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 Betreff des Beitrags: [CM1] English versions and compatibility to German labs
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Note: This post was written to cover versions prior to CM². Since CM², the game has a plugin interface allowing to include addons directly into the main application, which means that everybody can always play every lab, as long as all required plugins are installed.


Unfortunately, finding out which lab files are compatible to which CM game is quite difficult, especially when it comes to the question which German labs can be used with which English version.

At first, note that compatibility has basically nothing to do with the language of the CM game, it only depends on the engine version. Since all lab files of all (both English and German) games have a .cml extension, it is not possible to distinguish them by just looking at the file name. If you try to open a lab file your game is not compatible to, you will only get a somewhat cryptic error message like "Lab file test.cml has wrong format: 0.03!"

In order to make this a bit more transparent, I will describe all officially released CM games in this thread and tell which German game has which English counterpart (and vice versa). Those not inerested in a detailed description of each game may want to skip to the end of this post directly, where I'll give a short compatibility chart.


Die Erfinderwerkstatt (German) - As far as I know, this first CM game has only been relased as German version. I have heard about an English one, but this seems to be a pirated version with a non-offical translation. Lab files that are marked with Bild can only be opened with this game, which means that English CM players usually won't be able to use these labs.
Known official version numbers: 1.0

Neue Herausforderungen (German) - This was the second CM game with an improved version of the physics engine and some new pieces. Labs which have the symbol Bild next to them are made for this game.
Known official version numbers: 1.12, 1.142

New Challenges (English) - A direct translation of the German Neue Herausforderungen. Nothing was changed, only the UI and Professor's Lab have been translated. Bild-marked labs can also be used for this version.
Known official version numbers: 1.12, 1.13

The Wacky Contraptions Game (English) - This game contains a translated version of the official German Die Erfinderwerkstatt lab, which is called The Inventor's Workshop. It also has the New Challanges lab included. Although it contains a lab from an earlier version, this game can also only read Bild labs.
Known official version numbers: 1.13, 1.14

Neues aus dem Labor (German) - This was the third actually different version, providing new elements, a better lab editor and an improved version of the physics engine. Lab files whith this symbol: Bild are for this game.
Known official version numbers: 1.20, 1.21

New from the Lab (English) - This is a direct English translation of Neues aus dem Labor. No game changes were done, just the UI and Professor's Lab have been translated. Thus, labs with the Bild sign also work for this game.
Known official version numbers: 1.21

Der total verrückte Tüftelspaß (German) - A rather simple game, designed mainly for preschoolers. Although it features some new elements, it was far less popular than it's predecessors. There are only a few user labs that have been created for this game. They are marked with Bild on the fanpage download section.
Known official version numbers: No version indicated in title screen

Crazy Machines 1.5: More Gizmos, Gadgets and Whatchamacallits (English) - This package contains two completely separate games: The English version of New from the Lab and an English translation of Der total verrückte Tüftelspaß, called Inventor's Training Camp, which is not available separately. If you own this package, you can play labs that are with the Bild or with the Bild image, but be sure to copy the lab files to the right game folder.

Gold Edition (German) - This was a compilation released only in Germany which contains all German CM games except Der total verrückte Tüftelspaß. Since it installs all three games separately, one must be careful to copy lab files to the correct directory. Games markes with Bild, Bild, or Bild can be played.



If we resume all these descriptions, we can cut them short to the following table. It shows which lab files are compatible with which game:
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 Betreff des Beitrags: Re: English versions and compatibility to German labs
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Awesome post.... it should be required reading for all forum users. THANKS!


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