Performance Tuning - Optimize Game Speed
For the best gaming experience, we recommend balancing the looks and the performance of the game so that the frame rate is kept above 30 Frames Per Second - or FPS.
Frame rate is effectively a measure of animation smoothness. With a high frame rate, motion and animation in the game will be natural and smooth. However, a low frame rate means that game motion will appear 'choppy' and robotic, and the game will be more difficult to play; difficult to control and aim precisely with the mouse.
See below for performance tuning tips.
Note - with older hardware, a high frame rate may not be achievable.
1. »Configure« tab of Deer Drive's launcher application:
- Screen Resolution has a crucial impact on game speed. Deer Drive is a 3D game using advanced 3D effects, and these effects may take a toll when the game is played on higher screen resolutions. If you are unhappy with game speed, try lowering the screen resolution first.
- Visual Quality (it was called Shader Quality in older versions) determines how the game draws surfaces in virtual 3D world. If you are not satisfied with game's performance, or if you are experiencing graphical glitches during gameplay, such as flickering, a black screen, try selecting a different Visual Quality.
- Detail Settings allows you to select one of three quality tuning presets - Low, Medium, and High. If the game feels too slow, try picking a lower setting. Note that the affected settings may be individually configured on the game's Options screen, see below.
2. »Options« screen:
- Please keep an eye on the Game Speed readout at the bottom of the Options screen when tweaking the settings.
- Grass Density affects the game's speed in a major way on most 3D accelerators. If you want to trade performance for some of the grass cover, try moving the slider to the left.
- Texture Quality allows to select lower resolution for "textures" - images applied on the models and surfaces in the 3D world. On 3D accelerators with lower amount of memory (typically, notebook chipsets), lowering texture quality may give you increase in performance.
- Texture Sharpness - the setting affects perceived focus of slanted surfaces in the world, using a technique called Anisotropic Filtering. On certain range of 3D accelerators, this may improve the looks of the game, but at the cost of decreased performance.