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Emperor Silver demands a new wife! Being a busy sort of chap, he decides that the most efficient way of doing this is to kidnap every woman in the kingdom and then arrange some sort of marathon speed-dating session where he meets each and every one of them. While sending out his soldiers to complete this task, he understandably annoys a few of the locals and as one such perturbed citizen, you’ll start off on your epic quest to rescue the womenfolk and defeat the evil emperor. Silver was a critically acclaimed role playing game when it was released back in 1999. While it was overshadowed some by other big-name RPG releases of the time, such as Diablo 2 and Final Fantasy 8, the game enjoyed moderate commercial success and is fondly remembered by many PC and Dreamcast gamers.
The game should install on modern PCs without any major difficulties. At the end of the installation process, the installer will offer to install “DirectX Media”. You should decline this option since the version of DirectX on the CD is very much out of date.
Remember that Silver places its save game files into the same directory it is installed to, so you might want to install to an alternative path, such as C:\Games\Silver. See the troubleshooting section for more information.
Our initial attempts at getting Silver to run on our Windows 8 PC were met with disappointment. This of course led us to search for patches. There are an awful lot of patches for this game floating around the internet, from what look like official fixes to specific fixes for bugs you may encounter while playing the game. Our search took us to some of the more shady parts of the internet and its here we found a download of the game that worked absolutely perfectly on Windows 8. Inspecting the files in this download it is highly probable that this version was the one once sold by those lovely folks over at GoG.com. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown GoG no longer sell this game.
This left us with a bit of a dilemma. Even though Silver is no longer commercially sold, it’s still under copyright. We’re not here to provide illegal downloads, so obviously we couldn’t offer the working version of the game as a download. In the end we decided to see what it would take to produce a patch/upgrade that would update the retail version of Silver to the working version we found online. It turns out that there are quite a few changes required, but we were able to produce a patch. Now, strictly speaking this patch may (and probably does) contain some files that are the copyright of GoG.com. The updated content in the GoG.com version was not released as a patch for the original retail game. Obviously it’s not our intention to trample anyone’s copyright, just to make it so that people who own the game can continue to play it on their new machines. We’d consider this fair use, but if GoG.com or their legal representatives want us to remove this patch we will do so immediately, just contact us here.
Okay, with the legal stuff out of the way, you can go ahead and download the patch here (link dead? Let me know here). Make sure you have installed Silver from your CDs before you try and patch. You will need both of your Silver game CDs handy in order to install the patch too. As of 7th May 2015 the patch should work with both the US and European versions of the game. When installing the patch, please check that the installation directory is correct and amend it if necessary. Particularly if your are running the European version of the game, your games default installation directory may be different (C:\Program files (x86)\Silver rather than C:\Program Files (x86)\Infogrames\Silver). Please report any problems or difficulties in the comments.
We found a few other fixes lurking around the net and after virus checking them we decided to put them up here too. These fixes are for specific points in the game where you may encounter difficulties. We haven’t played the game far enough to know if they are necessary or not. Below are the files with the descriptions they came with. If the links are broken for any of these patches, let me know here.
Mansion fix – When you’ve defeated the last boss (I won’t say who) your character will remain still while the whole mansion is collapsing. This fix will allow your character to move out of the mansion before it collapses. Unzip the files then copy them into your Silver game folder under data\levels\Outro\ and overwrite all files when prompted.
Sewer fix – You will come across a room with a wooden gate and a bell right above it. For some people, the gate will not open when they shoot at the bell. This fix will solve that and allow you to open the gate by shooting the bell with any projectile weapon or magic. Unzip the files then copy them into your Silver game folder under data\levels\rain\Ray_sec\ and overwrite all files when prompted.
Unusually for a PC game, there aren’t any other visual quality options to tweak, so you can simply start playing now. Unlike the Dreamcast version, Silver on the PC supports mouse and keyboard only. Combat initially feels a little clumsy compared to the Dreamcast version but we soon got used to it.
Problems saving games and configurations – Like many old titles, Silver saves its game data into the same folder as the game itself. In some instances on more modern versions of Windows, this will mean that save games cannot be written. To solve this problem you can either run the game as administrator (right click on the games icon and choose “Run as administrator”) or, better still, set the permissions on your game folder so that your user account has full control/read write permissions. You can find a tutorial on how to configure folder permissions here. The games default installation directory is “C:\Program Files (x86)\Infogrames\Silver”. The actual save game files are stored in the “SAVEGAME” sub directory. Remember the game doesn’t save your progress automatically, you must find a save point in order to save.
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