With the announcement that the Popfly Game Creator will be shut down starting August 24th, we've published the Popfly Game Downloader, a utility to download Popfly games while the Popfly service is still running so you can play them even after the Popfly service is shut down!
Note: This tool hasn't been fully tested on multiple operating systems. Some games may not work properly offline.
Step 1: Download Popfly Game Downloader
Download the zip file for the Popfly Game Downloader to a directory, say on your desktop and unzip the file as shown in the figure below.
Step 2: Run Popfly Game Downloader
Next, double click “PopflyGameDownloader.exe” and click Run or “Accept” if you get a security warning to run the file.
The Popfly Game Downloader should then open as shown below.
From inside the Popfly Game Downloader, you can download any Popfly Game that has been shared, including:
Popfly games built by the community
Your personal Popfly game projects
Downloading mashups for offline use is not supported given that the mashups require connections to live services. Similarly, private games that have not been shared publicly cannot be downloaded either.
Step 4: Downloading a community game
For example purposes, let's download the Chicken Long Jump game. To do this, in the Search text box, enter “Chicken Long Jump” and click the Go button to start the search. Click the link for the first option in the search results as shown below.
Step 4a: The Download prompt
This will take you to the game home page and, after a few seconds, you'll notice a new yellow colored bar at the top of the page that gives you an option to download the game.
Step 4b: Downloading a Game
Click on the link and Popfly Game Downloader will begin downloading the game. You'll be able to see detailed progress information while Popfly Game downloader builds the offline version of the game.
When it's finished downloading, you'll see a notice that the status message changes to Done. You can then click the link to launch a local copy of the game!
Step 5: Run your newly downloaded game
Clicking on the link will open a new browser window to a html file that includes the offline version of the Popfly game.
Step 6: Bulk downloading a user's projects
Another handy feature that you can use to download either all of your shared projects (the project must be set to shared) or all projects built by a specific Popfly user is the Online Bulk Download feature. Switch back to the Popfly Game Downloader and click on the Online Bulk Download tab.
From here, enter the user name of Popfly user who's games you want to download. For example, to download all of the games Adam Nathan built (http://popfly.com/users/adam/), enter “adam” in the download text box and hit enter.
Viewing the Games You've Downloaded
Once you've finished downloading all of the projects you're interested in, you can see the list of all of the games you've downloaded by switching to the Offline tab Popfly Game Downloader.
Now that you've downloaded the games, if you switch back to the directory that you put the PopflyGameDownloader.exe in, you'll see a folder for each of the games that you downloaded (using the format “PopflyUserName.ProjectName”).
Inside each directory is the Silverlight application for the game (the .xap file) and an index.html file that hosts the .xap file.
You can now play games like Crayon Cannon to your heart's content
How does it work?
When you click the “download” link, Popfly Game Downloader goes to the game you selected and does a number of things, including:
- It downloads all of the game assets (audio, images, XAML)
- It dynamically builds a .xap file including all of the game assets
- It also removes server-side features like the high-score and achievement services
- Finally, it builds an index.html file to host the Silverlight game
While it's sad that one of our favorite Microsoft services is shutting down, we can at least take solace in the fact that Popfly users can download and play with their creations long after the Popfly service is shut down.