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Configuring the Game Settings
 
When the Inherit the Earth program is first run you will need to set your game configuration. Select your operating system below to view the proper instructions.
Windows


The first time that you run the Inherit the Earth program, you will be presented with the configuration dialog shown above. This dialog allows you to configure a number of game settings including some that cannot be changed while playing the game. For most people the default settings will be acceptable, but those with unusual system configurations may want to change some settings.

Sound and Music Settings / Sound Volume: To test the sound volume press the Test button.This will play the sound of a Crow at the same volume it would be heard in the game.

Sound and Music Settings / Music Volume: To test the music volume press the Start button. The music will play at the same volume it would be heard in the game. You can stop the music by pressing the Stop button (which was formerly labeled Start).

Sound and Music Settings / Output Device: If you have multiple output sound devices, you may want to change the DirectSound output device setting. Note that the output device setting cannot be changed while playing the game.

You cannot configure your system's master volume here. Click on the yellow speaker icon in the system tray to adjust the master volume.
 

Example:  
 
Text Dialog Settings: Turn this checkbox off if you want dialogue in the game to be only spoken.

Program Settings / Display Full Screen: The default is to display the game full screen using DirectDraw. If you would prefer to play the game in a 640 by 400 pixel window, turn this option off.

Program Settings / Pause When Game Inactive: By default the game will pause whenever the game display or window becomes inactive or minimized. Turning this option off will cause the game to continue playing music and sound unless the active application has exclusive access to the sound hardware.

Click the Play button to accept the settings and start the game.

You can change the configuration anytime before you start a game by selecting the Configure Inherit the Earth icon in the Inherit the Earth folder under the Start menu.


Mac OS X

When you run the Inherit the Earth program, you will be presented with the configuration window shown above. This window allows you to configure a number of game settings before playing the game. For most people the default settings will be acceptable.

Sound Volume: This control allows you to set the sound volume. You can test the volume by pressing the Test button, which will play the sound of a Crow at the same volume it would be heard in the game.

Music Volume: This control allows you to set the music volume. You can test the volume by pressing the Start button, which will begin playing music at the same volume it would be heard in the game. You can stop the music by pressing the Stop button (which was formerly labeled Start).

You cannot configure your system's master volume here. Click on the speaker icon on the left side of the menu bar to adjust the master volume.
 

Example:  
 
Show Dialog Text: Turn this checkbox off if you want dialogue in the game to be only spoken.

Play Full Screen / Play in a Window: The default is to display the game full screen. If you would prefer to play the game in a 640 by 400 pixel window, select the "Play in a Window" radio button.

Click the Play button to accept the settings and start the game.


Linux

 
Whenever you start the game, the above window will appear allowing you to configure a number of game settings before playing. For most people the default settings will be acceptable.

Sound Volume: This control allows you to set the sound volume. You can test the volume by pressing the Test button, which will play the sound of a Crow at the same volume it would be heard in the game.

Music Volume: This control allows you to set the music volume. You can test the volume by pressing the Start button, which will begin playing music at the same volume it would be heard in the game. You can stop the music by pressing the Stop button (which was formerly labeled Start).

You cannot configure your system's master volume here. Check your Linux distribution's documentation to determine how to alter the master volume.

Show Dialog Text: Turn this checkbox off if you want dialogue in the game to be only spoken.

Play Full Screen / Play in a Window: The default is to display the game full screen. If you would prefer to play the game in a 640 by 400 pixel window, select the "Play in a Window" radio button.

If you select Full Screen mode and the game does not appear to fill the screen during play, see the trouble-shooting page for help.

Click the Play button to accept the settings and start the game.


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