Need help in recovering several flash-game "save files"

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by kanketsu, May 20, 2008.

  1. kanketsu macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007

    I have several flash-based games (.swf) stored on my macbook, each seems to have some kind of a save file: if I make progress in the game and then quit, I'll not lose the progress if I return to the game.

    However, If I move the game (the whole folder directory) to another location, everything will be lost. Move it back, everything will be restored. Same thing with renaming the parent folder where the game resides.

    So I was wondering, is there a way to "back up" this mysterious save files? I didn't see anything resembles separate save files, though.

    Any insights? Thank you for your time :)
  2. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Maybe look for web cookies tied to that specific file location, and if you find any, see if you can assign them to the desired other location.

    I don't know how one edits cookies menually, though--I've never done it.
  3. kanketsu thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Web cookies, I see. Any ideas about where they are? I tried to search a bit but clueless to their whereabouts.

    BTW, I always play the games using Flash Player - no browser required. Sorry if it is a dumb question but would this issue still have relation with web cookies then?
  4. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    No idea--the cookies theory is purely a guess on my part. Just something to look into. (Last I knew, Flash games needed an HTML wrapper with JavaScript, or some other external aid, in order to make cookies. So unless that has changed, if you are running just bare swf files then I don't know if cookies are even possible.)

    Check yourname/Library/Cookies. Looks like they are all in one plist. I'd make a backup copy before messing with it, but Leopard TextEdit can edit it.

    Pure guess: if you DO find a relevant cookie, see if editing the Path line lets you connect the cookie to a new location for the game swf.

    If not a cookie, then the Flash app may be writing some other file someplace. I'd use Spotlight to search for the game title, and poke around the Library too.

    And another possibility is that the game is sending your data to a server on the Internet someplace--in which case I don't know what you could do, if it doesn't like the game being moved.

    Workaround: leave the game where it is. And just put an ALIAS of it in the place you really want it.

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