THIS IS AN OLDER VERSION OF OUR TECH FOR GALILEE FLYER
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Galilee Flyer Technical & Flying Help
Print the Flying guide and playing tips for Galilee Flyer from www.sundaysoftware.com/tips
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, depending on which version that OS you have, you may need to RIGHT click the Galilee Flyer desktop icon, and select "Run as Administrator" to allow the game to start.
You may also need to RIGHT click the Galilee Flyer desktop icon, select Properties/Compatibility and tell Vista/W7 to "run as XP". This will settle the OS down a bit.
Release Note: If you have a version of Galilee Flyer purchased prior to 2007, it may be lacking the "easier easy mode" changes we made to subsequent versions released after 2006.
Important Wide Screen Technical Tip:
Many newer monitors and laptops come with W I D E aspect screens so you can view dvd movies in full width. This creates a problem with many 3D games which attempt to STRETCH to the full screen width. It can make Galilee Flyer appear "fat." You have two options to correct this. 1) Open the Graphic Properties in your Windows Display control panel and select "fixed aspect" as the display option. Or, 2) We put a "Run in Window" option at the beginning of the game. After starting, you can RESIZE the window by dragging the corners of the window to your preferred screen dimension.
Reported Problems and Solutions:
Problem: After installing and starting the program on Windows 98 you get a "missing export DDRAW.DLL:Direct Draw CreateEx" error message.
Problem: The program quits/crashes after installation.
Problem: Error msg reads "Can't run windowed ...set desktop to high or
Problem: The triplane seems to flutter or bounce when taking off from land or sea.
Problem: The mountains in the distance seem to build in jagged chunks.
Problem: I'm using a joystick and the plane is flying oddly or in circles.
Problem: The plane suddenly stops in mid-air.
Problem: Some graphics/fonts look odd, plane is black sometimes, and other mischevious display errors...
Problem: Your new computer gives you an "insufficient memory for D3D textures" error message when you try to play Galilee Flyer.
Solution: Read on...
Video Technical Tips for Older Computers:
When the game first opens, select to Run Galilee Flyer in "Window Mode" if you're going to be viewing the videos found in Beatitudes or Sermon on the Mount. This will allow you to resize the window of the video for clearer viewing.
On older computers, run Galilee Flyer in 16 bit "High Color" instead of 32 bit "True Color" ...this will free up an extra megabyte of videoRAM helping slower computers. You can change this setting in your Display setting (look in your Control Panel). Select 800x600 screen resolution for best performance.
Windows XP Note:
Play Galilee Flyer in the MAIN USER's account. The game needs access to your computer's harddrive to save Game/Scores.
WINDOWS VISTA (& Windows 7) Tech Helps for Galilee Flyer
Read our detailed and easy to follow instructions at www.sundaysoftware.com/vista-tweaks.htm
Vista Installation Problem: During installation it may slow down at 97% installed. Solution: Wait. If after 2 minutes it still hangs, abort the installation and do this: copy the entire contents of the CD into a folder on your desktop. Run the setup.exe installer from that folder. It will then attempt to install Gal Flyer into the default folder on your computer. If you run into problems doing that... read the vista-tweaks file linked above.
Vista Starting the Game Problem & Solution: The desktop startup icon for GF may not work. If it doesn't, do the following:
If you have other problems with installing or starting Flyer in Vista, read our detailed and easy to follow instructions at www.sundaysoftware.com/vista-tweaks.htm
Vista Full screen Problem and Solution: "Game won't start in 'Full Screen' mode." Select "Run in Window" ...then when the game screen appears, grab the corners of the screen with your mouse and drag the corners to full screen width.
Please make sure you have updated your Vista with Service Pack 1. Vista should automatically seek this update IF you have an internet connection on the computer. IF you don't, you need to figure out how to get it updated... because Vista continues to 'fix/update' itself, solving many compatibility issues.
THIS IS AN OLDER VERSION OF OUR TECH FOR GALILEE FLYER
Galilee Flyer Game Play Help:
1) Pick from one of four subjects.
Important Classroom Use Note:
It takes third graders about 25 minutes to play one of the game's four subject areas. This can vary depending on how well they fly, land, and know their subject matter. After they're done flying they can go to the discussion areas, or try flying again to improve their score. Discuss area questions/discussion can last between 10 and 20 minutes depending on how much you want to tackle. Two kids can easily play together. We have a complete outline of all the game's content here at this website.
Our BIG Tip: let the kids learn how to fly and land the Galilee Flyer triplane before using the program for a lesson.
More details on how you fly and learn the verses...
As you fly, you learn about the subject selected at the beginning of the game. Students collect parts of each verse in the group they are studying. These verse "halves" are found floating in the air all over the region. Just steer the Galilee Flyer triplane into them and they pop open. The "easy" game option makes it easier for younger players.
When you find and fly into a floating verse icon, you are presented with the first half of one of the verses in your subject, and a list of possible second halves of the verse. Match it wrong and the verse closes and you must fly back around to open it again.
"Pop-up" windows after each correctly matched verse contain more brief information about the subject or verse, such as, "what does the word 'meek' mean?" Players then continue on to find the next verse.
To win the game, players match all the verses on that subject as fast as you can and head back to the airstrip to receive a score and learn even more. Galilee Flyer's flying fun will encourage students to go back over the content again and again to get a better score.
More Content Details....
After they've collected the verses and been ranked, they can return to the terrain and find the three sets of ruins in the outer terrain which activate "discussion panels" when flown near (picture on right). These pop-up panels contain comments and discussion/reflection questions. (You can view this content in our free Teaching Tips for this program located here at our website.)
Each game gives you 3 "lives." You can "crumple" the plane into mountains and objects, but there's no fire and explosion, ...just the sad sight of a bent plane, a funny sound and the word "ouch." I'm also happy to report that you cannot crash into Jesus!