I'm hoping the Stack Exchange community can give a definitive answer on this. I recently purchased a new computer, and I'm attempting to migrate a bunch of game save files to it. I've managed to get all of my games situated except for RollerCoaster Tycoon: Deluxe. The saved games are stored at the following location in the Steam version:
..\steamapps\common\RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe\Saved Games
After installing the game on my new computer, I transferred the files from the above directory to the same location on my new computer. However, when I load the game, it does not show my completed scenarios. For example, when clicking the "Start New Game" button from the main menu, the "Select Scenario for New Game" window opens. In that window, none of the scenarios show that they have been completed. The window loads as if this is a brand new installation, with no saved data. Here is a screenshot showing as such:
Compare this to the installation on my old computer. When I open the "Select Scenario for New Game" window on my old computer, it shows the exact scenarios that have been completed. This tells me that the "completed scenario" data is stored elsewhere on the computer:
What I've tried so far is to move other files and folders from the installation directory on my old computer to my new one.
..\steamapps\common\RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe\Data ..\steamapps\common\RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe\RCTDeluxe_install ..\steamapps\common\RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe\Scenarios ..\steamapps\common\RollerCoaster Tycoon Deluxe\Tracks
Transferring the files from the above directories has not solved the problem. So this still leaves the original question: where is the completed scenario data stored?
I've done a little research, and the resulting information is mixed:
- This Steam forum post suggests it's not possible to transfer this data, and that the scenarios must all be completed again from scratch. I find this hard to believe, but I suppose it's possible. The same post also suggests that the "workaround" is to download scenarios off the internet that were saved right before the scenarios were completed. Then, upon loading the scenarios, they will be logged as completed on your new installation.
- This Steam forum posts suggests something about manipulating the system time when restoring saved data, but it doesn't give much detail beyond that.
- A user in this GOG forum post states the following:
To transfer scenario progress, you must place the save file for any completed parks in the default save game location inside the installation folder. These files must be present the first time you start the game on a new machine; on the first run, the game checks for saves of completed parks in the save game folder, and marks any parks it finds as beaten on the main menu.
However, I followed the steps of placing my "Saved Games" data in the appropriate folder before first booting the game, and this did not work for me. It's worth noting that the instructions above are specific to the GOG version, but I would think that due to the age of the game, there shouldn't be any major differences between the GOG and Steam versions, at least as far as how the data is saved.
I would greatly appreciate any comments or discussions on how this data is stored, and how it might be transferred to a new computer.