Problem Getting Pirate Kart Games to Work on 64-Bit Vista.

Hey everybody, I'm new to this place. Anyway, I really want to try pirate kart, but I'm having a problem. When I try to click or double-click any game in the menu program, it won't start up. Furthermore, when I try to start game .exe files individually, I get this error:

"The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher."

So, what can I do to fix this? I tried setting it on Windows 95 compatibility and XP SP2 compatibility, but to no avail. Any assistance on this matter?

SpindleyQ's picture

This is quickly becoming a

This is quickly becoming a FAQ!

The best way that I know of to run Klik & Play games on 64-bit Windows is to run Windows 3.1 within DOSBox. There exists a lovely and detailed guide to setting this up; if you have trouble following that, I can write up a more streamlined step-by-step guide. (Use the S3 video drivers.)

If you get that set up, you may still need to install Klik & Play in order to get many of the games on this site to run, as we have a tendency to forget to package up the necessary DLLs beside the game.

Of course, this does mean that you'll need to obtain a copy of Windows 3.1. This is left as an exercise to the reader. Glorious Trainwrecks Dot Com does not endorse the piracy of hopelessly outdated software that Microsoft won't see a dime from even if you legally buy it, since the only possible way of doing so is second-hand.

Let me know if you have any trouble! I would hate for you to have to miss out on the glory that is the 100-in-1 Klik & Play Pirate Kart.

Radix's picture

You're the captain, sir.

You're the captain, sir. You're entitled.

Hey, thanks a bunch for

Hey, thanks a bunch for finding that. I got Windows 3.1 going, and hopefully the games will work now. Hooray!

SpindleyQ's picture

Hooray! Enjoy Swordquest:

Hooray! Enjoy Swordquest: Horseworld*!

In an ideal world, I would host a zip file that you could extract somewhere that had Windows 3.1 pre-installed with the appropriate drivers for DOSBox set up, and Klik & Play ready to run. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world.

* The ability of any human being to genuinely enjoy Swordquest: Horseworld has not been proven in any clinical study.

It's cool. However, I notice

It's cool. However, I notice some games just flicker a bunch of colors on the screen for about a half-second, then immediately die. Is this because they need the KnP DDL's?

Also, what folder name is Sword Quest under in Pirate Kart? I can't find it under your name (the game menu program doesn't work).

snapman's picture

That sounds like when I

That sounds like when I tried to run some windows 9X software on 3.1 under dosbox. Weren't there a few games on the pirate kart not made in KnP? I bet those are the ones done in processing or something. Which you'd be able to run under normal windows!

Ah, thank you. They do work

Ah, thank you. They do work in regular Windows, except for Allard's Quest. Although that game runs fine in 3.1 (not in Vista, though), it just complains of not having enough memory to continue past the title screen.