v2 – Updated on 4/9/19 to correct aspect ratio to 16:10, include Retroarch with custom shaders/bezels, and add support for joystick to emulated mouse input
This is an installer package for the game Dreamweb which will allow it to be played on modern versions of Windows, with easy to use desktop and/or start menu shortcuts and an uninstall option for quick removal. Both the CD (talkie) and floppy versions are included (there are some slight changes between the two versions, beyond the audio). The remastered soundtrack is included as well. PDFs of the "Diary of a Madman" and the manual are also included. Note that you'll need to consult both the manual (page 12) and the diary (last page) in order to know how to operate the network terminal in the main character's apartment.
Both DOSBox Daum and Retroarch are included and either can be used, depending on your preference. I would recommend Retroarch if you have a decent computer/video card as it has access to high quality shaders and bezels – my own custom shaders and bezel are included.
Both emulators are setup with controller support via Antimicro, with joystick to emulated mouse input (left stick, right stick, or dpad can be used) as well as a couple additional mappings (based on a 360/XB1 controller):
Left trigger = right mouse button
Right trigger = left mouse button
X = Enter
B = Space
Start = ESC
Back+LB = Quit
ASuite is a lightweight, open-source, portable launcher which is included to allow you to choose which emulator to use, some configuration options for each of them, as well as access to the manual and this readme.
Please note: DOSBox Daum is setup for 1080p resolution, by default. If you wish to change this, I have several additional options – 720p, 1080p, 1440p, 2160p (4k), and 16:10 / Stretch to screen. The reason they have to be divided out like this is the aspect ratio, which isn’t actually 4:3, so the resolution has to be specified in order to get the correct ratio (aspect=true in DOSBox just makes it use 4:3). Dreamweb is one of the rare instances of a DOS game that uses a 16:10 aspect ratio, not 4:3. If you’re using a 16:10 monitor already (or simply want it to stretch, regardless of your screen size), simply use the 16:10 option, regardless of resolution.
Also note that the shaders "Neuromancer", "Snow Crash", and "Razorgirl" in Retroarch will not work with onboard video - dedicated video hardware is required. If you do not meet this requirement and have one of these shaders set, it will simply be disabled when playing. The shaders "Decker" and “Hyllian-Multipass” should work regardless of video hardware. Note that all of these (other than Hyllian-Multipass) are somewhat system intensive, however. If performance on your computer is poor, simply disable the shader by starting the launcher and selecting either the "No shader" or "No shader / no bezel" option.
Lower end computers may have performance issues in Retroarch if Hard Sync is enabled. This is enabled by default because it helps reduce input latency. If the game is running poorly, however, try turning it off - there is an option in the Launcher under Retroarch Settings to turn it on or off.
You can quit the game immediately via numpad * (asterisk) + ESC in Retroarch or Ctrl+F9 in DOSBox Daum.
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