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For a more in-depth tutorial, see [https://www.play-old-pc-games.com/compatibility-tools/_inmm-dll-tutorial/ this guide].
 
For a more in-depth tutorial, see [https://www.play-old-pc-games.com/compatibility-tools/_inmm-dll-tutorial/ this guide].
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Note that this will break the volume sliders somewhat, as the music will always start at 100% (much louder than the sound effects) until the music slider is changed. A workaround for that is to take all of the music files into an application like [https://www.audacityteam.org/download/ Audacity] and manually lower their volume by about 20db.
 
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{{Fixbox|description=The cutscenes and music are stored on the CD, so will only work when a CD is present in the drive. However, running the game with the CD will break sound. This results in a choice of whether you prefer to hear sound or music. See [[#Music and sound fix on Windows 10|Music and sound fix on Windows 10]] on how to fix this.}}
 
{{Fixbox|description=The cutscenes and music are stored on the CD, so will only work when a CD is present in the drive. However, running the game with the CD will break sound. This results in a choice of whether you prefer to hear sound or music. See [[#Music and sound fix on Windows 10|Music and sound fix on Windows 10]] on how to fix this.}}
  

Latest revision as of 07:56, 30 August 2021

Ball Breakers
Ball Breakers cover
Developers
Lost Toys
Windows Broadsword Interactive
Publishers
Take-Two Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 3, 2000
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Genres Action
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Ball Breakers on Wikipedia

Ball Breakers (known as MoHo in Europe) is a video game developed by Lost Toys and published by Take-Two Interactive for PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Microsoft Windows in 2000.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Copylock DRM
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Fixed exe from myabandonware.com[edit]

To run the game on modern systems, you will need the fixed exe available on myabandonware.com.

This works as a no-cd patch, but also seems to fix a crash when loading a level.

Widescreen and high resolution support[edit]

Use DgVoodoo
  1. Download DgVoodoo.
  2. Extract dgVoodoo.conf, dgVoodooCpl.exe and the contents of MS/x86 directly into <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe
  4. In the "General" tab set the following:
 * Appearance - "Full Screen"
 * Scaling mode - "Stretched, keep aspect ratio"
  1. In the "DirectX" tab set the following:
 * Videocard - "dgVoodoo Virtual 3D Accelerated Card"
 * VRAM - "4096MB"
 * Filtering - "Force anisotropic 16x"
 * Disable mipmapping - true
 * Resolution - choose the max for your monitor
 * dgVoodoo Watermark - false
  1. Press "Apply", then "OK"
  2. Edit dgVoodoo.conf in a text editor and:
  3. Set the FullscreenAttributes property to "fake" (to make cutscenes work somewhat properly)
  4. Set the DepthBuffersBitDepth property to "forcemin24bit" (to fix some z-fighting issues)

Music and sound fix on Windows 10[edit]

Use _inmm.dll
  1. Rip the game audio using a tool like CDex
  2. Put the ripped audio into a folder like <path-to-game>/music
  3. Download and install _inmm.dll
  4. Drag and drop moho.exe onto _inmmcnf.exe (this will modify the exe file!)
  5. Click "OK" in the window that pops up
  6. Run _inmmcnf.exe
  7. On the "Method" tab change "default" to "DirectShow"
  8. On the "_inmm.ini" tab, click "Add" and add all of the ripped music files from the <path-to-game>/music folder
  9. Click "Save" and save the ini file to <path-to-game>
  10. Optionally, open the newly created ini file and modify the paths to be relative (removing <path-to-game>/ from the beginning of each line)

For a more in-depth tutorial, see this guide.

Note that this will break the volume sliders somewhat, as the music will always start at 100% (much louder than the sound effects) until the music slider is changed. A workaround for that is to take all of the music files into an application like Audacity and manually lower their volume by about 20db.

Controller configuration[edit]

You might need to use XInput Plus for the configuration window to recognize controller inputs (if you want to change the default control scheme). Note that the game will take longer to launch when the xinput files are present. Due to this, it's recommended to delete the DLLs after configuring the controller.
Create XInput DLLs
  1. Follow the guide to create the necessary DLLs.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and music volume controlled separately
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

Graphical glitches when using dgVoodoo[edit]

An odd graphical glitch can occur when using dgVoodoo, where a weird black shadow-like effect with z-fighting can be seen around boost pads.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash when loading a level on Windows 10[edit]

Use the fixed exe from myabandonware.com.

Music or sound not playing on Windows 10[edit]

The cutscenes and music are stored on the CD, so will only work when a CD is present in the drive. However, running the game with the CD will break sound. This results in a choice of whether you prefer to hear sound or music. See Music and sound fix on Windows 10 on how to fix this.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References