Bugfix patch (v1.01e mirror)
(Un)official content restore patch
Walkthrough (Otaku Lair)
Alternate walkthrough (Google Doc)
After three long months the (un)official restore patch for Shiny Days has been released, finally giving fans the full uncensored experience.
Kokoro Katsura from Shiny Days
Shiny Days Restore Patch Installation Guide
- Buy Shiny Days (J-List).
- Important: Disable the auto-protect / heuristic scanning function of your antivirus and anti-malware software before installing the game or any patches. Add the installation directory to your exclusions before running the game, or files will disappear / be blocked and the game won't work. Extracted files may also be preemptively crippled by security software, so keep the .rar and .zip files handy.
- Download the game (or install from the DVD) and install following the included instructions. Important: Install to C:\SHINYDAYS (or the root of a different drive letter if you prefer). Don't install to Program Files; this can cause various problems with patching and saving in-game.
- Download and apply Bugfix patch 1.01e (or the bugfix patch version corresponding to the current version of the restoration patch). If the official link is down, use this temporary v1.01e mirror. Update 1/31/17: The mirror has been updated (details) after user Zeromic reported a file necessary to fix the Manami ending crash was missing. This updated version is untested and therefore you use it at your own risk.
- Download the Shiny Days Restore Patch 1.01e via torrent or direct download. Caution: Use the direct download version at your own risk; I haven't verified that it's malware-free. You'll need a BitTorrent client to download the torrent (e.g., qBitorrent). If you didn't install to C:\SHINYDAYS, Restore Patch 1.01e must also be patched by replacing the included patch.cmd file with the fixed patch.cmd by Vktr.
- Extract the .rar compressed archive. You'll need to install an extraction program that can handle .rar archives (e.g., 7-Zip).
- Move the 'patch' folder from the restoration patch's current location to your Shiny Days install directory (e.g., C:\SHINYDAYS) and run patch.cmd. Important: The unpatched patch.cmd will fail if there's any spaces in the directory path (e.g., a space between Program Files or Shiny Days). Important: Do not run patch.cmd inside Program Files, as it will likely fail due to Windows protections on this directory. Instead, move the Shiny Days folder (containing the 'patch' folder) to the root of your drive, patch the game, then move it back.
- If the patcher completes successfully, it'll display the message "Files patched! Enjoy your game." To verify that the restoration patch installed correctly, check the size of Movie04.gpk in your 'Packs' folder. The uncensored version should be 2.49 GB (2,617,184 KB), while the censored version is ~2.2 GB. If the Movie04.gpk file isn't the right size, that indicates the patcher has failed. See the Troubleshooting section below for a full list of successfully-uncensored files and their correct sizes.
A frequent fix is simply uninstalling and then reinstalling the game, following my guide step-by-step. A failed attempt to install the restoration patch appears to corrupt the files it needs to initiate. If the patcher fails once, don't expect the patcher to work without a reinstall.
|Restoration patch files|
|Shiny Days root directory after a successful restoration patch installation|
WINE users on Non-Windows systems:
The restoration patch / game do not expect the OS to be case-sensitive. After I installed the restoration patch in Windows, I noticed that some of the patched files in the Packs folder have the .gpk extension instead of the .GPK extension. While this does not affect Windows users, this causes problems for WINE users on a case-sensitive host OS like OSX. Such users may need to manually patch the game or rename files. I can't replicate the problem so I have no specific guidance, but other WINE users have been able to patch the game successfully.
If you enjoy Shiny Days, make sure you check out the first game in the series, School Days, which is also fully animated.