Galilee Flyer CD Technical & Flying Help
- Print the Flying guide and playing tips for Galilee Flyer
- In Windows Vista and Windows 7,8,10, depending on which version you have, you may need to RIGHT click the Galilee Flyer desktop icon, and select “Run as Administrator” to allow the game to start, and to allow the program to save the the player’s “pilot ranking” at the end of the game.
- This is also needed in order to be able to ‘save your game score’. In XP, you will need to run Galilee Flyer while logged in as the Main User with full admin rights in order to save pilot ranking.
- Some performance or start-up problems can be corrected by RIGHT clicking the Galilee Flyer desktop icon, select Properties/Compatibility and tell Vista/W7 to “run as XP”. This will settle the OS down a bit.
- See the notes below about making the game appear proportionally correct on some larger monitors.
Version 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 version releases after 2007. We offered a free upgrade for 4 yrs. Now you need to buy a new version.
Graphic Notes about the Onscreen Display
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.
Some graphic cards can sense the right way to display the game. Others aren’t so smart.
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.
Solution: You need to update your Window’s copy of DirectX. Look on the Galilee Flyer CD for the DirectX folder we have provided, or go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/directx/default.asp.
Some older videocards may not be fully DirectX compliant and may not meet industry standards. “Voodoo” brand videocards are to be avoided for just such a reason. They may cause display problems with the Flyer game engine.
Problem: The program quits/crashes after installation.
1. Make sure you’re logged in as the User with Full Admin Rights and not as a limited user account. Flyer needs to write your score to the harddrive and may not be able to do it in the presence of limited access or heavy security software or limited settings.
2. Try switching the “compatibility option” for Galilee Flyer to “Run as XP”. This will tell the system to run a little more gentle. To switch compatibility, place your mouse over the desktop startup icon and RIGHT click. Select Properties, then Compatibility. This only affect that icon.
3. Make sure you have the latest release of your video driver. Even on newer computers, some drivers had bugs and have free updates you may need to run 3d style programs without problems. See my tech notes at the bottom of this page for how to do that, or go to www.sundaysoftware.com/dxdiag
Problem: The triplane seems to flutter or bounce when taking off from land or sea.
Solution: This is a fluke in the game engine when attempting to roll on uneven ground. Accelerate faster and press your down arrow as you do for steeper take-off. It could also be the result of low videomemory causing the screen to stutter.
Problem: The mountains in the distance seem to build in jagged chunks.
Solution: Open the Options menu in the Main Menu and adjust “Terrain Distance.” Slower videocards will have less smooth terrain transitions.
Problem: I’m using a joystick and the plane is flying oddly or in circles.
Solution: Your joystick needs to have its “centering” position calibrated. Check the joystick software or the joystick control panel in the Windows Control Panel.
Problem: The plane suddenly stops in mid-air.
Solution: Check the NumLock key on your keyboard. If you accidentally hit it while working the other keys, it will pause the plane. Press NumLock to unpause the plane.
Problem: Some graphics/fonts look odd, plane is black sometimes, and other mischevious display errors…
Solution: You have a cheapie videocard or integrated chipset which doesn’t support newer game software, or you have mismatched video drivers (might try downloading new ones from the manufacturer’s website).
Problem: Your computer gives you an “insufficient memory for D3D textures” error message when you try to play Galilee Flyer.
Solution: Your video card is not 3d capable or has too low video ram.
Problem: Game Screen Minimizes or “closes” to the taskbar during play…
Solution: Press your SHIFT Key rapidly 5 times. This will prompt the Window’s “sticky keys” feature to open. Select “No”. If this doesn’t help, do one of two things or both: (1) Update your video driver. Window minimizing during game play is a known issue with some video chip drivers. (2) Turn off programs that may be trying to update in the background. Pop up windows often interfere with game processes.
WHY you may need to Update your Videodriver even on your “new” computer…
CASE IN POINT: A few years ago I installed Galilee Flyer on a BRAND NEW Dell laptop. It had an integrated graphics/video chipset (the Intel 915 / 910) with TONS of videoram. But…When I clicked the “start” button in Galilee Flyer I received the following message: “insufficient memory for D3D textures.” Then the program crashed. So I checked the date of the installed videodriver on my new October 05 purchased computer. The driver date was January 2005. Sounds new, right? But I knew better. Developers are constantly “fixing” videodrivers. So I went to Dell’s support.dell.com website and downloaded the very latest videodrivers for my brand new laptop. They were dated August 2005. I installed them with just a few easy clicks, and Galilee Flyer now works fine.
Go to www.sundaysoftware.com/dxdiag to learn how you can easily examine the dates of your drivers.
Galilee Flyer Game Play Help:
Here’s how you play Galilee Flyer:
1) Pick from one of four subjects.
2) Select “easy” or “hard” flying controls.
3) Take off and go study the verses on Mount Hippus.
4) Fly all over Galilee to find the verses and match the correct halves with each other.
5) Answer questions about the verses to win bonuses.
6) Zoom back to the airfield when you’ve matched all your subject’s verses.
7) Land on the floating airfield to get your “pilot ranking” and enter your name on the scoreboard
8) Then go fly to the Discussion Areas -or try for a higher score.
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…. (gleaned from our teaching guide)
There are approximately NINE VERSES per subject which must be correctly matched.
There are approximately NINE QUESTIONS per subject which you can answer to win time bonuses.
There are 3 or 4 questions with life-applying comments in each subject’s discussion area.
Location of verses and questions change each time you play the game. All floating verses and questions in the game you select can be found in two locations across the terrain (so it isn’t too hard to find them, and they’ll undoubtedly encounter them at least twice).
Kids can also fly-in and land close to Jesus to hear him preaching on one of four the subjects selected for the game. Our Jesus voice and re-phrasing of scripture is warm and friendly. Jesus speaks in a modern informal style, not preachy.
To make finding Verses & Questions in the landscape a little easier, the triplane has a “heads-up display” which turns red/yellow/green the closer the plane comes to Question and Verse icons –seen here on the left and at the top of some of the screenshots on this page.
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!