Six Eared Maqacue

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This is the ghost/ukagaka of Macaque, based on TV series Lego Monkie Kid. WARNING - this thing includes headcanons and subpar writing that might be seen as OOC to some people. Macaque likes to be annoying, but a whole he'll mostly spend his time chilling on our desktop.

Made in one week for Ukagaka Dream Team Ghost Jam 2023, he doesn't include much dialogue or interactions, but still very pettable.

What's an Ukagaka/ghost?

An Ukagaka, or ghost, is a character that hangs out on your desktop! They can do little tasks for you such as emptying your recycling bin, checking for new emails, or checking the weather. Mostly they'll just keep you company and say random dialogue.

How to install a ghost

How to Install

(instructions by Zarla, thank you)

Basically, you can't run Macaque (or any Ghost) by himself - you need a baseware program first. SSP, the program most commonly used for running Ghosts, is compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8, 10, Vista... probably anything more current than XP. If you're using a Mac or are running Linux though, there are still options for you, but I can't personally tell you how to get them to work. I have heard from people who did get Ghosts running on their Mac using one of these methods though, so it IS possible. But Google Translate will probably be your friend here.

Macs - Ukagaka on Macs, NiseRingo, PlayonMac+SSP (10.6 or above), WineBottler (I think?)

Linux - NINIX

Android - Ukagaka for Android

If you are using Windows though, just follow these directions and you'll be set in no time! If you already have SSP installed, you can just skip to the end.

If you already have SSP coming into this, then all you have to do is drag and drop his respective balloon zip and nar onto your current ghost, and he'll install.

If Emily won't install the files

What you can do instead is unpack the files manually. If you don't have an unzipping program (I think this is included with Windows now? but), I use 7-zip myself, it's free and pretty versatile. First, extract the, so you have a folder called "MacBalloon". Then you'll want to go into SSP's balloon directory... it'd be under SSP\Balloon. You should see two folders in there called "ssp" and "emily4" if you're in the right place. Cut and paste the "MacBalloon" folder into that folder. Then close and reopen Emily, and check if Macaque's balloon is listed. If so, then you're good!

For Macaque, you'll want to do basically the same thing with the SSP/Ghost folder. First, extract the Macaque.nar into a folder (a nar is basically a renamed zip file, any zip program should be able to unpack it. 7-zip can do it, for example). You should end up with a Macaque folder, and inside the folder there should be two subfolders, called "ghost" and "shell". If everything's in place, cut the "Macaque" folder, and paste it into the ssp\ghost folder, so the ssp\ghost folder should now have both an emily4 folder, and a Macaque folder. Then close and reopen Emily, and see if Macaque is listed under "change ghost". If so, you're good!

A strange error window keeps coming up

If you run SSP and you see this error message...

Macaque.nar onto this message to install him from there, or you can click the first button, and then point SSP to the directory where Macaque (or Emily) is installed. The second button is for balloons, and works similarly - just point SSP to a balloon directory.

Quick user's guide

Macaque's desktop tray icon is a little black and red monkey head icon. If you can't find the bell icon while he's running, look for the red and black emblem instead.

You can stroke his head with your mouse to pet him. You don't have to click! You just move your mouse in the right area. If he's too small, you can use shell scaling to make him and the hotspot larger.

Double click his body (everything aside his face) to open his personal menu. This is the menu with the unique menu options like asking him questions, interacting with him or check on his mood.

Right click his body to open the general SSP menu. You can use this to change Ghosts or Balloons.

To check for updates, select it from his functions menu, right-click him and click Check for Updates from the SSP menu, or hit Ctrl-U when he's the focus. He should check for any new stuff and download it automatically. I usually post about new updates over at my Tumblr blog, you can look at the pinned post. If you run into any bugs or problems with him, you can leave me a comment there and I'll see if I can fix them.

If you want to make him bigger or smaller, right click him and go to shell scaling, then choose the percentage you like.

If you want to uninstall SSP, just delete the SSP folder. If you just want to uninstall Macaque, delete the Macaque folder inside the SSP\ghost folder. You can also turn on the Uninstall option in his personal menu, then select Uninstall from the right click menu.

Macaque likes to be annoying, but a whole he'll mostly spend his time chilling on our desktop.

More Ghost stuff!

I made a Future Leonardo from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie ghot before you can find here! If you want to check out more cool ghosts, check out Zarla-s! Their Gaster ghost was a huge inspiration for this one, and they also made a few other ghosts like Hunter and Smoker, tEMMIE and more!

This ghost was also made using the template and tutorial Zarla made, which was wonderful to work with. You don't need much coding experience to work with it, and can easily make your desktop friend dreams come true.

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