New App: Monster 2 Portable 2.0 Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on January 7, 2011 - 11:47pm

logoMonster 2 Portable 2.0 has been released. Monster 2 is a retro-style role-playing game with a focus on good story, unique gameplay features, and professional looking and sounding artwork and audio. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

Read on for more details... Platform 2.0 Beta 5 users who already have this app installed, simply click 'Check for Updates' in your PA.c Menu to update to the new version.


ScreenshotMonster 2, the latest edition in the series, is a nostalgic trip back to the days of the epic SNES RPGs. An iPhone version is also available.

In the forest the staff lies
Untouched for years
Unseen by eyes
Until one day
When fate behold
The staff enslaved a mortal soul
Burning towns and taking lives
Bringing sorrow
Forcing cries
A girl shall seek a captive friend
To bring the evil to an end

Learn more about Monster 2... Installer / Format

Monster 2 Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Monster 2 Portable is available for immediate download from the Monster 2 Portable homepage. Get it today!

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I wanted to thank qwertymodo for his original anaylsis of this. It's since been redone using the Launcher in the current PA.c Format using the most recent release of Monster.

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I'd just like to point out that on the page for this game it says the game is GPL but it is actually BSD licensed.


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It was GPL from being copy pasted before.

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Unfortunately when started from HDD it shows black screen only. What's more - it can be closed only from Task Manager. I don't think this is due to system requirements - on the screenshot it looks to ancient to need the Hi-Tech hardware.


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Please post a bug report in the forums with complete details.

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WinXP SP3, DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.00 GHz
504 MB RAM
Intel 82845G Graphics Controller (64MB)
DirectDraw and Direct3D - ON

Unfortunately I am not good enough to supply you with professional bug report - I am just a user not developer Sad


If I create a new debug build of the game, could you help me try to diagnose the problem (I'm the developer of Monster 2 BTW)? I would first just need you to backup some files, then copy some new ones in their place, run the game, and then send me the log. How does that sound?

Ok, great. Well you should first backup the .dlls and the .exe in Monster2Portable\App\Monster2\game. Then download the file from the link below, and extract it into the same directory, overwriting all files. Run the game, and then either 1) pastebin the output of allegro5.log (from the game directory also) and post the link here or 2) email it to me at It's very hard doing remote debugging, so I may not be able to fix the problem... but I will give it a try if the log points anything helpful out. Thanks.

I don't know if it's important or not, but monster2.exe is visible in Task Manager as two separate processes with completely different CPU and memory usage: one with 0% CPU and about 120K memory, and secound with 56-99% CPU and about 1240-2130K of memory usage.
The third process Monster2Portable.exe is just 0% CPU and about 230K of memory.

BTW it would be useful to be able to add e.g. a screenshot to a post.


In hindsight it was not a good idea to name both of the executables monster2.exe. One of them, the one using 120K of memory is just a launcher/relauncher for when you make changes to configuration settings which require a restart. It will restart the game for you. The other monster2.exe is the game itself. Did you see my post above with the link to the files to use to overwrite your existing install?

I'm having the same issue (black screen, can only close via Task Manager). WinXPSP3 Dell Inspiron 1100 2.4 GHz Celeron 1 GB RAM