Samorost 2 and Samorost 3 were on sale at GOG last week, both are great adventure puzzle games. Samorost 2 runs on Adobe Flash and Samorost 3 installer is a pkg file, again both are headaches to install or run.

Samorost 2

The Samorost 2 installer is a dmg file, easy to install but hard to run(blame Apple and Adobe). Click the game icon only opens a HTML file which embeds a SWF file. Installing Flash to your browser then open that file. If it doesn’t work for a local file, try this:

$ cd /Applications/Samorost\
$ python -m http.server 8001

Open localhost:8001/Samorost2.html and enjoy the game before Flash is dead.

Just checked today(8 August 2020), the game is 32-bit and Flash will be EOL at the end of 2020. Damn, software surely isn’t just a binary file. I was using Chrome to run this game when I wrote this post last year, now I strongly discourage you to install it if you care your data and privacy.

Amanita just released a remastered version with lots of improvements(5 November 2020). And it’s a free update! Install the updated game and start a new adventure begin with a guy lost his dog. Sounds familiar? No, the Gnome doesn’t use pencil in the game.

Samorost 3

Some GOG pkg installers don’t work at all. The pkg file contains a script called postinstall, it moves the game files to /Applications. For no reason, the mv command does nothing. You can use the following commands to extract pkg.

# extract pkg
xar -xf xxx.pkg

# extract Scripts
cd package.pkg
tar -xvf Scripts

# copy game files
cp -R payload /Applications/
# or run ./postinstall

# clear files
cd ..
rm -rf package.pkg Distribution Resources xxx.pkg

This is better because I don’t see the point of requiring admin privilege just to copy a folder. And most games powered by ScummVM include and run on an older version of ScummVM, I prefer to load them on the latest version anyway.

Read more