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DREAMM emulator for classic LucasArts games v2.1 out with Linux support

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DREAMM is another project focused on keeping classic games alive, designed originally for preserving classic DOS, Windows, and FM-Towns LucasArts games. After a previous Beta release added initial Linux support, the developer has released DREAMM 2.1 now with the Linux support added in along with plenty of other enhancements.

How is it different to the popular ScummVM? The short answer according to the developer: "DREAMM runs different games, relying on low-level emulation instead of reverse engineering.". The longer answer is on the FAQ.


Pictured - Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

What's new in DREAMM 2.1:

  • Greatly enhanced Windows emulation to support new games:
    • Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures
    • Mortimer and the Riddles of the Medallion
    • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
    • Star Wars: Yoda Stories
    • Outlaws
    • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
    • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
    • Star Wars: Behind the Magic
    • Star Wars: Episode I Insider’s Guide
    • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
  • Extended support for Windows releases of Star Wars: X-Wing, Star Wars: TIE Fighter, and Afterlife.
  • Added support for Star Wars: Making Magic multimedia CD
  • Added support for running on Linux systems, both Intel and ARM.
  • Added detection of dozens of new game variants.
  • Improved the UI, adding mechanism to verify installed games.
  • Added support for MDS/MDF and CCD/IMG CD image formats.
  • Added a mechanism to turn on portable mode, where all data is kept next to the DREAMM executable.
  • (Re-)added standalone mode if you place DREAMM next to the game files.
  • Added an OPL-based MIDI emulator as a fallback for all platforms.
  • Games can now be installed via the command line.
  • Added limited telemetry to notify me remotely if DREAMM runs into problems.

See more on the DREAMM website.

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Jpxe Sep 6, 2023
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Preliminary support is already in the latest Luxtorpeda thanks to d10sfan. (Luxtorpeda is a Steam Play compatibility tool to run games using native Linux engines.)
PublicNuisance Sep 6, 2023
I may have interest if Aaron Giles ever makes the project FOSS.
Geamandura Sep 6, 2023
I don't get it. If it's just a "low level emulation", then why not just use Dosbox instead, which is a low level emulation? It would sound that this project only implements the subset of Dosbox which is needed at runtime by these games.
Jpxe Sep 6, 2023
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Quoting: GeamanduraI don't get it. If it's just a "low level emulation", then why not just use Dosbox instead, which is a low level emulation? It would sound that this project only implements the subset of Dosbox which is needed at runtime by these games.
For one thing this supports Windows games.
legluondunet Sep 7, 2023
Do they plan to support "StarWars - Episode 1 racer" because this game is a pain in the ### to play on Linux.
You can play this game it with wine but there are annoying bugs and no multiplayer.


Last edited by legluondunet on 7 September 2023 at 10:28 am UTC
nullzero Sep 7, 2023
So many found memories of Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures and Star Wars: Yoda Stories

Quoting: GeamanduraI don't get it. If it's just a "low level emulation", then why not just use Dosbox instead, which is a low level emulation? It would sound that this project only implements the subset of Dosbox which is needed at runtime by these games.

These two games for example were full windows GUI shareware games, that complety got broken on the Win95/98 to WinXP upgrade.

That and Clik n Play games :(
spacemonkey Sep 7, 2023
Does this do any enhancement? Because I can confirm that the Steam version of Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II already runs great on Steam Deck (only the menu's are 2 fps for some reason)
Calinou Sep 10, 2023
Quoting: legluondunetDo they plan to support "StarWars - Episode 1 racer" because this game is a pain in the ### to play on Linux.
You can play this game it with wine but there are annoying bugs and no multiplayer.

Support is planned at some point, according to the developer: https://www.reddit.com/r/emulation/comments/167mp7r/dreamm_21_released_for_windows_macos_and_linux/jyzwfdp/

Quoting: spacemonkeyDoes this do any enhancement? Because I can confirm that the Steam version of Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II already runs great on Steam Deck (only the menu's are 2 fps for some reason)

To play with enhancements, I would recommend https://github.com/shinyquagsire23/OpenJKDF2 personally. I've used it to play the full game and it's quite a nice experience.


Last edited by Calinou on 10 September 2023 at 3:51 pm UTC
neolith Sep 12, 2023
Hmmm... interesting. I never finished Dark Forces II back when it came out, maybe I should give it another go.
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