Welcome to the Googulator Help and Information Center. Here, you will find information to help you troubleshoot issues with Googulator and get started using it!
Logging into Googulator can be troublesome, but can be resolved relatively easily. First, try these steps:
On the Library tab, there is a button towards the upper left corner that says "Add Games". Click this and a menu appears where you can choose to add
games from google drive or from the free library. Games from the free library must be saved too google drive to be played. Game files that Googulator runs
are called ROMs. These are copies of the data from game cartridges. You can try searching Google for
ROMs of the games you want to play. However, if you don't own the games it's illegal for you to download and play ROMs of commercial games.
Additionally, you can't add games if you're not logged in. If you're having issues adding games make sure you're logged in.
Yes! Googulator references files by ID, so you can move them to any directory you would like and they should still be able to load perfectly fine.
This could happen for a few different reasons:
This can be done from the Settings tab. You can enable/disable each controller for each player you want to be playing. You can then select which controller type you want that player to use. When you switch a controller type the default buttons for that controller are enabled. You can click the button for each mapping and then press the key/button that you want to switch it to.
Save states (also known as snapshots) are saves that contain all of the state of the emulator when they are created. For instance, if you enable save states
for a game that does not have any save support, then when you turn off the game and load it again later you will resume exactly where you had stopped previously.
Not only do you get saves for games that don't have built in saving, but you also get the ability to stop playing a game at any point and have a save.
Googulator also supports quick save states. These are not saved to files anywhere but instead are only kept until you turn a game off. These can be used to quickly make checkpoints before you try and play a challenging part of the game and if you lose you can simply press the load quick save state button and then try again.
ROMs don't store this information in them so a separate database has to be maintained. Some games like NES games, don't even have any type of real game ID in the ROM. In that case we take a checksum of the entire game to produce it's unique ID and try to map IDs from games to names. If we don't have a mapping, Googulator just shows the ID it has assigned to the game. When viewing a game, you can click the pencil next to the title in order to edit the name locally for your library. At this time we don't have support for users to edit the cover art of a game.
Before reading further, please understand that offline mode is currently in beta. This means that it is not fully complete and there is risk of your data
becoming corrupted which could mean loss of save data. If that didn't scare you off then here are the details of offline mode. There are two types of offline mode
for googulator: with and without local storage. Offline mode without local storage is always enabled for all accounts since it doesn't run any risk of damaging files.
This mode will allow googulator to work if www.googulator.com becomes unavailable, but google.com is still accessible. In this mode you can do all tasks the same
way as you do when you're online except access the free game library.
The other type of offline mode is with local storage. In this mode a local filesystem is created for Googulator to cache files from google drive. So that when you are offline or if Google ever goes offline you can still access some of your games. This is the part of the offline mode that could run into issues and has some drawbacks. Here's a list of issues that could possibly happen due to offline mode:
The sound emulation for Gameboy games is currently very bad. It will be fixed eventually, I'm sorry.
If your game is running slow, right now the only option is to disable sound by dragging the volume slider all the way to the left. In the future, the emulator will get more optimizations and more options for speeding it up.
Still having issues? Send us an email at email@example.com