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DARE to DREAM adventure game for Windows
New from Epic MegaGames!
A Sierra-style graphical adventure game
for Windows 3.0 or later. Guide TYLER
through beautifully-designed scenes and
puzzles in search of a way to escape the
dream... Brilliant, addictive, highly
sophisticated, with an incredible sound
track. A 1993 shareware EPIC release!
Contents of the DARE2DRM.DOC file
Epic MegaGames DARE TO DREAM
10406 Holbrook Drive Created by Cliff Bleszinski
Potomac, MD 20854 Music by Robert A. Allen
USA Copyright 1993 Epic MegaGames
Episode 1 of 3: "In a Darkened Room"
* A 286 or faster processor
* VGA graphics
* Windows 3.x in Standard or Enhanced Mode
* 1 Megabyte RAM
* Hard Disk
* Over 1 Megabyte RAM
* Windows 3.1 or greater (or Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions)
* Any Windows-supported sound card
WINDOWS INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
1) First, go into the Program Manager.
2) Select your "Games" or "Epic MegaGames" program group.
3) On the bar at the top of the Program Manager select NEW.
4) A small window will appear. Select PROGRAM ITEM and click OK.
5) Another window will appear that says "PROGRAM ITEM PROPERTIES".
Enter DARE TO DREAM in the first box.
6) Click BROWSE on the same window-find the file DARE2DRM.EXE.
Click OK to select that file, then click OK on the
Brief Overview of the Game
You are Tyler Norris, a ten year-old who has had to grow up quite
rapidly. You must escape your dream by solving bizarre puzzles, traveling to
strange lands, and meeting even stranger creatures. It's all in your mind--so
nothing can hurt you... Right?
The Story So Far
Life has not been easy for Tyler Norris. The stressed ten year-old boy
has to deal with school, his paper route, and the recent loss of his father.
Over the past few evenings, he has been having several extremely vivid and
detailed dreams, dreams in which he met odd characters and solved many
Tonight, Tyler falls asleep after a particularly bad day -- his report
card came. He begins to dream. It starts out as any night before, but
suddenly he is falling through a storm to an unknown destination. Tyler lands
in a deserted alleyway in an unfamiliar city. He wipes himself off, stands up,
and begins to piece together the puzzles that will unlock his happiest and
most sinister thoughts, resulting in a confrontation with the evil that lurks
in all of us.
How To Play
Looking, taking, and moving around:
The mouse pointer in Dare to Dream is "Intelligent", meaning that it
knows when it is being moved over something of interest. On the first screen,
move the pointer to the underwear hanging in the top left of the alleyway. The
pointer changes to a spyglass, letting you know that the underwear may be of
some interest to you. Click once, and a description of what you see appears
in the StatusBox (the window at the bottom of the screen). Whenever playing
Dare to Dream -always- remember that one click looks around. Now, Double Click
(two clicks in rapid succession) to take the underwear. A message appears
telling you the action you have just performed in the StatusBox.
To see what you are carrying, click INVENTORY on the Remote (the
window on the left side of the screen). This brings up a window showing
everything you have. Click on the underwear. A description of it appears on
the right side of the window. Now click OK to have that item in your hands.
You can use that item on whatever you want simply by Double Clicking.
Now move the mouse to the picture of the street ahead. The pointer
turns into an arrow that says EXIT on it. Click once, and you will look to
see where that exit leads to. DoubleClick and you will walk there. Now you're
in front of Bouf's Bar and Auto Repair!
Talking and character interaction:
If there is someone on the screen who can be spoken to, move the
mouse pointer over the person and it will change to a SPEAK balloon. Click
TALK on the Remote to speak to that person. A window will appear (if that
person feels like talking) with a close-up of the character along with various
questions you can ask. Click any question to get a response. A "Goodbye" or
"See you later" will end the conversation.
Certain people must be given items or have items used on them. To do
this, you must first have an item selected (a picture of it on the Remote).
Then Double Click on the character to use the item on him/her/it. Remember to
always talk to everyone several times at different points in the game, as they
may have new things to say.
Dare to Dream is not a typical graphic adventure by ANY means. You
cannot "die" or "get stuck" like in some other popular adventures. The
creators of Dare have a belief that a player should be rewarded for his
curiosity, not thwacked on the head repeatedly. There are only so many times
a gamer will be burned to death before he turns off the game and does
There is no point in Dare to Dream in which you can "get stuck"
either. In many other games, you'll find yourself at the end only to
discover there was an irretrievable item that you missed 73 screens back. If
you think you are at a part in Dare that that happens, you may have overlooked
something a few screens back. You don't have to restart your entire quest,
just walk back there and get it.
Remember there is a solution to EVERYTHING. Be absurd, try a fish in
a keyhole, try using Petroleum Jelly on sewer grates -- ANYTHING can happen in
Saving and restoring your game:
Certain adventure games expect you to finish them in one sitting.
Dare to Dream, however, allows you to save your position so you can continue
on with your life and return to the game later.
To save your game click on SAVE on the Remote. The Save Game window
will appear. Click the slot (there are 5) that you want to save your game
into, type a description, and click OK.
To restore your game, click RESTORE on the Remote. A window similar to
the Save Game window will appear, however it will say "Restore" instead. Click
on the game you want to restore, and click OK.
The many windows of Dare:
The Remote acts just like your television Remote Control. Each button
has an equally important function for controlling the game.
SAVE-Saves your game in progress
RESTORE-Restores a previously saved game
ARRANGE-Arranges your three windows so that nothing overlaps
HELP-Brings up Dare to Dream's Online Help system
ABOUT-Shows ORDERING INFORMATION
EXIT-Quits the game
TALK-Speak to whomever is in the room
INVENTORY-Shows what you are carrying
Selected Item-A box that shows what you have in your hands.
(a caption below it tells what that item is)
The STATUS BOX
The Status Box is where Dare to Dream "talks" to the player. If you
click a door then the text "The door is made of glass and leads inside the
bar" will appear in the StatusBox.
The MAIN GAME SCREEN
This is what Tyler is seeing at the moment. Move the mouse over the
picture situated in the center and chances are it will change to one of
EXIT-This is an exit that you can walk to.
TALK-You can talk/interact with this person.
SPYGLASS-There is something of interest here.
Remember, one click will tell you what you see, two clicks (right
after one another) will perform an action. An action can be several things:
taking an object, using an object on something/some one, walking to an exit.
WARNING! THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SOLUTIONS TO THE FIRST FEW PUZZLES!
DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU LIKE A CHALLENGE!
Okay, on the first screen there are two items you should get. One is
the underwear hanging on the clothesline. See it? It's in the upper left of
the screen. Now you need the balloon in the garbage. Move the pointer to the
lower middle part of the screen, amoungst the spilled trash. Take the balloon
and go north (move the mouse to the street ahead and Double Click). You're in
front of Bouf's. Enter through the door (honest!) and look around inside.
You'll notice that the door on the second floor is locked (the door is in the
upper right part of the picture). Exit Bouf's, and once outside head left.
You're at a street corner with a frightingly large advertisement for Cola on
the wall. Move the pointer to the street ahead-you want to head -around- the
corner. You'll arrive at a parking lot, go to the boat on the right side of
the screen (at the dock in the distance). Once there search the boat up and
down-look near the lip of the railing. You'll find a fish. Return to Bouf's
and use this fish on the door. Once inside the Repair Shop, talk to Bouf and
take the jar next to him (it's really tiny). Return to the front of Bouf's.
Head right. Now, use the Jelly (the jar you stole from Bouf) on the grate.
You can now go into the sewers! Good luck!
When you order volumes 2 and 3 of Dare to Dream you will recieve a
hint book which contains solutions similar to this... you'll never be too
stressed over solving a difficult puzzle if you're not a "pro" adventurer!
Epic has included 3 bitmap pictures for your enjoyment:
The Dare to Dream logo (can use as a Wallpaper)
An EPIC Logo (can use as a Wallpaper)
An example MIDI setup (an example MIDI Mapper setup)
If you cannot run Dare to Dream, here are some tips.
Q. I get the message "CANNOT FIND VBRUN100.DLL" whenever I try to run the game.
A. A file (VBRUN100.DLL) is missing from the game. Contact the BBS/Catalog/
Vendor/Friend you acquired the game from. BBS's tend to remove that file
as it is commonly used in many Windows programs. Leave a message to the
Sysop or other users. The file is widely available.
Q. I get the message "OUT OF MEMORY" or other odd messages when I try to run
A. You do not have enough free RAM to run the game. Try closing all other
applications and removing any wallpapers. If that doesn't work try lowering
your resolution to 640x480 pixels.
If THAT does not work, create a "Boot Disk". In your AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS files include only the files that are needed to run Windows.
Q. I cannot seem to get my Sound Blaster playing!
A. Read the file SBSETUP.TXT for extensive information on how to do this.
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Professionals (ASP). ASP wants to make sure that the shareware principal
works for you. If you are unable to resolve a shareware-related problem
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Thank you for playing Dare to Dream,
Cliff Bleszinski Robert A. Allen Tim Sweeney
Author, Musician President,
Dare to Dream Epic MegaGames