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grabbed pretty much everything from the redistrubutable page and directx, restarted, and still the same error :( 

The only other thing we can think to suggest is to try downloading the Steam version of the demo instead: https://store.steampowered.com/app/631860/Gataela/

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ah! that did the trick, steam got all the redists and stuff that i apparently didnt have and the game launches fine on both itch and steam! thank you!

Great! We hope you enjoy!