All our free games, demo versions, and experimental stuff are now available on Windows operating systems via our minimal launcher application nornwarelauncher.exe.
Software is soft, which indeed is the whole point. This is reflected in games development the world over; change is constant. Bugs are found, bugs are (hopefully) fixed, and new features are implemented in response to customer requirements.
For all of this to actually work, we need a pipeline to get our stuff directly to our customers as simply as possible, with minimal fuss and installation procedures. With a custom launching application we can transparently keep all of our software up to date without forcing the user to manually re-install when change invariably happens.
Ideally we wouldn't want to have to depend on any third-party installers at all, but DirectX 9.0c is something that we cannot do without in order to utilize modern GPUs. However we have gone to great lengths to standardize the way all our games work, and a single install of DirectX 9.0c is sufficient to service all our current games.
The games themselves don't require any installation as such, and each consist of a single executable and a single aggregate data file. The launcher will display where everything is being written locally (in the current user area), and these files can be deleted at any time if you want to free up space. Each game also writes misc user settings to the same location.
We've tried our best to make all of this as compatible and hassle free as possible, but bugs can of course still happen. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have an problems / questions / comments!
contact (at) nornware (dot) com