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Creatures 2 DirectX bug

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Creatures 2 won't run

A messagebox is shown, the game seems to be starting then it quits.

The error [DDERR_INVALIDPARAMS] has been detected when attempting to draw game sprites.
Please check that your desktop is in 16-bit video mode, Microsoft DirectX is correctly installed and
that you have the latest driver software for your graphics card.
Extra information: [Creatures path]\dung.S16

Known errorcodes the solution applies to[edit]


Affected systems[edit]

Windows XP, Windows 7,[1] Windows 10[2]


Go to start->run, type regedit, and hit OK, then go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\CyberLife Technology\Creatures 2\1.0

find Loading Flags entry and modify it from 0 to 1.

Note: This entry will be created after running the game for the first time.


The game should now tell you it's renaming some files and run after a while. It may run slower, than normal, as I suppose.

Known exclusions[edit]

This fix works unless all the addons installed, it seems one of them modifies the entry back to 0 when the game is starting.

Possible reason for the workaround working[edit]

The game might be running without 2D hardware acceleration.


Copy this to Notepad and save as "fix.reg", then run whenever you want to apply the fix.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\CyberLife Technology\Creatures 2\1.0] 
"Loading Flags"=dword:00000001

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