Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will Freedom Planet run on Mac or Linux?
A: Unfortunately, Windows is the only platform that's 100% supported. You can attempt to run the game on a Mac using a Windows emulator, but expect performance to be far slower than usual.
Q: My controller won't work! The Options menu doesn't show it, or it won't read some of the buttons.
A: If you have multiple controllers plugged into your system,
the game will only use the first one, so try unplugging extra controllers if
this is the case. If this doesn't solve the issue, or if you only have one controller plugged in, try downloading Joy2Key. It's a popular tool that allows you to map your gamepad's buttons to keyboard keys.
Q: The game crashes and displays a message saying "Multimedia Fusion Application has stopped working."
A: This is mostly likely caused by using a controller that's not compatible with the game. You may have to settle for using the keyboard until we fix this, or, as an alternative, use the Joy2Key utility described above.
Q: How do I unlock more stages in the demo?
A: The demo only has the Dragon Valley stage. You'll need to wait for the full version to be able to play the rest of the game.
Q: Isn't this just Sonic the Hedgehog with different graphics?
A: We were definitely inspired by Sonic when developing the characters and stages for Freedom Planet, but they are not exactly the same thing. Sonic is one of the most iconic franchises out there and not many developers in recent times have created games with similar styles and physics, so it is understandable that our game has been compared to it and it is something that we openly acknowledge. We hope that the similarities won't discourage you from playing and enjoying the game.
It should also be noted that Freedom Planet is not the first commercial game to be inspired by Sonic. During the 1990's, many other games tried to put their own spin on the concept, such as Bubsy, Aero the Acrobat, Socket: Time Dominator, Kid Chaos, Jazz Jackrabbit, and more.
Q: When I try to run the game, I get the following message: "Cannot load joystick2.mfx. This object might need an external program or library not yet installed."
A: Make sure that xinput1_3.dll is in your system directory (which is usually located in C:\Windows\system32). The file should be included with Freedom Planet, but if not, click this link to download it. If the message doesn't go away after this, try disabling your firewall. If that doesn't work, update your system to the latest version of DirectX.
Q: The screen flickers a lot while playing, or I can hear sound effects but the screen is completely blank.
A: You can try running the game in different display modes to see if it solves the problem. To do this in Windows, create a shortcut, then right-click on it and select Properties. In the Target field, after the file path, enter one of the following commands:
/DIB => forces standard graphic mode
/DIB3 => forces standard graphic mode, 256 colors
/DIB4 => forces standard graphic mode, 16 millions of colors, 24 bits
/DIB6 => forces standard graphic mode, 32768 colors
/DIB7 => forces standard graphic mode, 65536 colors
/DIB8 => forces standard graphic mode, 16 millions of colors, 32 bits
/DDRAW => forces DirectDraw + VRAM mode
/NOVR => no VRAM in DirectDraw mode
If none of these work, your video card drivers may not be compatible with Freedom Planet. Modern Nvidia drivers are known to cause this problem. If you're using the latest version of your drivers, try downgrading them to see if there is any difference.
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