Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will Freedom Planet run on Mac or
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 Settings program doesn't show it, or it
won't read some of the buttons.
A: First, run the Settings exe included
with the game and make sure that the current device is
set to your controller and the keys are properly mapped
to your controller's buttons. If this doesn't solve the
issue, 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
Q: How do I unlock more stages in
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,
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
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
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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