Dark Side of The Moon
Pentium 166 MHz processor (or better)
Windows 95 or 98
32 MB RAM
8X CD-ROM Drive
16 Bit Windows Compatible Sound Card
2 MB Video Card
150 MB of free Hard Disk space (250 MB recommended)
Microsoft Compatible Mouse
DirectX 5 or better
I bought this game on a whim. Appeared very interesting. However, when all said and done, it looks like another game with incomplete features for us XP'ers. I would only recommend it to those gamers who either really want to play it or those who have already played the game. The reason??
Quite simple. There are many "Speech Selection Boxes" with many "Dialogue Trees" reminiscent of many games played such as GK1 an Sherlock Holmes and the Rose Tattoo and even more recently Tony Tough and the Night of The Roasted Moths. Well, for some really strange reason, The fonts same to be missing from the displays...That's right, just blank invisible letters. You can access the questions to ask but how do you know what you're asking if you can't see to ask the right questions? And the same thing Happens when you try to save. (How can you save when there is no text to write with?) It give a whole new meaning the phrase "Blind Man's Bluff"!
For some reason during the installation process...The Text program for this game does not install. An OCX command line is missing. So, here is a plea to the "patch writers and gaming hacks" out there in the universe. If you can write a patch for or better yet already have let us other poor folk know about it!
I've decided to write a Setup anyway because many people have had trouble getting it to work on XP at all. Keep in mind this version is the CD Rom version (6 CDs) not the DVD version. Which BTW I think runs pretty well with text! (...go figure.)
The General Drill
updated printable version
First let's take a look at the "General Drill"
Whenever I start a new game, especially an "older one"; I have always made it a habit to make sure my system is clean. (So let's clean house) Our cleaning products?? No, I'm not talking about special Orange Sprays or Pine smelly disinfectants! I'm referring to the "3 Musketeers" of WINTEL Systems. They are: "Disk Clean Up", Check Disc (the old Scan Disc in pre XP Windows based systems) and Defrag.
First, Let's do a Disk Clean Up (Don't know how?) GO to-->Start-->All Programs--> Accessories--> System Tools-->Disk Clean Up. Empty out what you don't need ( you'll be surprised at what you can accumulate!) Shut down all extra programs. (for those of you who know how to do this part...just skip onto the next area of the "Setup".) For those of you who don't, the easiest way to terminate your TSRs (terminated but staying resident programs, also known as
background applications") is to right click on each of the little icons in the lower right portion of your "Tool Bar" (located near your clock), As you right click on each of them you will get the option to either "exit", "close" or "unload". Do this for each of them. Then, if you have a Screensaver go ahead and disable it.
If you haven't done the "Ole' Scan Disk"...(in XP it's called "Check Disk") and Defragged recently here is a good time to do it. Go to-->My Computer-->Local Disc "C" ("C" is mine but your Local Disc maybe assigned another letter)-->Right Click-->Properties-->Tools-->"Check Now..." ->Make sure that both boxes are checked--> 1.)Automatically fix file system errors and 2.)Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.-->Click Start. You can follow this same path to locate your Defrag program as well or use Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Defrag Hard Drive.
Check your system by doing a "Ctrl, Alt & Delete", this will bring up "The Task Manager", If you have closed out all Windows Programs, the field under "Applications" will be blank.
(Leave the field marked "Processes" alone. Yep, I know there are lots of interesting files in there...but your really better off not touching anything in there unless you really know just what you are doing.)
You might want to check on your Video and Audio Acceleration at this time, make sure you set the video at the 3rd notch from the right --> and audio should be set to 1 notch to the left (I find that this is the best setting for this adventure on MY system. Yours may be different, but this is always a good place to start and you can increase or lower them as you see fit after the game is installed.)
You also might want to set your Display and resolution to 800x600/16bit/100Hz. Right Click anywhere on your Desktop-->Properties-->Settings-->Advanced-->Adapters-->List all Modes-->Then choose your preference from the cascade menu. Click -->OK--> OK--> Apply-->OK.
I know this seems like a bother, but if you take the time to make sure your system is sparkling on the inside, you'll have less headaches later. Remember a healthy XP is a happy one.
You'll also need a slowdown utility. I recommend "Turbo" and "CDBremse" The former will slower down your CPU and the latter will slowdown your CD Rom Drive. You can find out more information on these utilities on my XP Compatibility Page.
- Put CD1 into your Default CD Rom-->My Computer-->The Letter of your CD ROM-->Right Click-->Explore.
Locate-->DSOM.exe-->Right Click-->Properties-->Follow the chart below:
Compatibility--> Compatibility mode--> no option checked Display Settings-->
check-->disable visual themes
input settings--> check-->turn off advanced text services for this program
Click apply Click OK.
Close out of all windows programs.
Go To Start-->All Programs-->South Peak Interactive-->Dark Side of the Moon-->DSOM Icon-->Right Click-->Properties--> Compatibility-->Follow the chart once again.
My advise???--------Play with a walkthrough! And prepare to die a lot
since you won't be able to know just where to click for the right
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