tisdag 8 maj 2012

Backup savegames from Indiana Jones on Steam (and probably other games)

I needed to copy the savegames for the Steam/LucasArts/SCUMM game "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" from one Windows 7 PC to another. The files were not that easy to find...

The files are located here:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\indiana jones and the last crusade\INDY3\savegame.___"
"C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\roaming\LucasArts\Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade\*.*"

You need to copy the both the "savegame.___ " file and all files in the other folder and copy them to the corresponding location on the other computer.

I would guess this applies to other Steam/LucasArts classics as well.

Also note that using the Steam function "Verify integrity of game cache" can actually overwrite your Indiana save games! This is because Steam thinks the "savegame.___" file is a game data file and thus overwrites it with some file one they have on their servers! Because they don't change the other files, they will mismatch and wont be possible to load. That happened to me, but I was fortunate enough to recover my savegames by using system restore (or whatever it is called) - right-click on the file, Properties, Previous versions. Copy the old version.

Based on the fact that one of the savegame folders are for all users, and one which is specific for the current computer user, I think trying to run the game using different Windows accounts on the same computer would probably not work and might corrupt savegames!

I would be happy to post this info to Steam's support and the Steam forums instead, but because they for some moronic reason require separate accounts, I write about it here instead.

By the way, I wouldn't recommend anyone to buy the LucasArts classics from Steam. Even though non-steam of the games are made for DOS/Amiga/etc, you can use ScummVM to play the games on virtually any operating system and hardware.

Hope this was usefull to anyone!

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