Posted by: Kai_LeRai | March 4, 2012

Call of Cthulhu – Shadow of the Comet

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### Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet (DOS) ###
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1. About this release

2. Features

3. Starting the game

4. DOSBox Advanced Settings

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### 1. About this release ###
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This edition allows you to play the Shadow of the Comet on every
modern and old Microsoft operating system. You don’t need to install
it or set up DOSBox. The game is pre-configured and runs with a
single press of a button. For the pros among the DOSBox users I
included the possibility to change DOSBox’ more advanced settings
without having to install it, or meddle with the conf-file thanks
to the use of my own GUI. To keep size to a minimum, a demo of
Alone in the Dark 2 that was included on the original CD-ROM has
been left out.

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### 2. Features ###
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– Compatible with all Microsoft operating systems starting from
MS-DOS 5.0 to Windows 7 x64

– Choose between running the game on original DOS or through emulation
by using DOSBox

– Original DOS mode allows you to use any DOS/Windows emulator on any
platform that has one or supports DOS natively be it Mac OS, Linux,
Solaris, BSD, OS2, etc. making this release more versatile than the
original release or a GOG version

– Portable release: behaves just like the original CD and therefore
also runs directly off CD or hard disk

– DOSBox and Game are preconfigured. No need to go through the battle
of setting up the sound or CD-ROM drivers. Just start the game and
play.

– No knowledge about DOSBox, DOS or Windows necessary. A simple click
installs the game on the fly and starts it

– Option to access most DOSBox settings through included GUI

– English manual And quick manual included

– Walkthrough included

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### 3. Starting the game ###
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The game doesn’t require an installation. You have to start it through
the autorun menu. If Windows doesn’t start it automatically then
open the CD and doublick on autorun.exe manually. The autorun menu
offers you several options:

Start Game
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This starts Shadow of the Comet according to the settings below.
Options of the advanced settings screen are ignored.

Start Museum
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Starts the Lovecraft Museum. Options of the advanced settings screen
are ignored.

DOS

Starts the original executables. This requires an operating
system that supports 16bit DOS-applications such as Windows 95/98, OS2
or an emulator such as Wine, VirtualPC or VMWare.

DOSBox
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This enables DOS-emulation through DOSBox. Deselecting this option
will start the game in original DOS-mode. Using DOSBox is the default
setting.

Fullscreen
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This option allows you to start the game in fullscreen mode when
using DOSBox. It is greyed out when DOSBox is not selected as
DOS-games always run fullscreen natively.

General Information
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Despite the emulation, the game behaves just as it would without it.
That’s why most of the game’s original documentation still applies.
Make sure to read it, too. The game’s data is always being saved to
C:\INFOGRAM\SHADOW.CD. Screen and video captures are also stored in
that folder. You’ll have to delete it manually after you get tired
of the game.

Like all DOS-games, this one also doesn’t come with an uninstaller.
If you want to remove your options and savegames, then delete the
above folder.

Settings
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Switches to the advanced DOSBox settings window. Starting the game
or the Lovecraft Museum from this page will make DOSBox use the
settings you specified. Those are ignored when starting the games
from the main page, though.

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### 4. DOSBox Advanced Settings ###
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Clicking on “Settings” sends you to the advanced settings window which
offers the following options:

Machine
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Sets the virtual computer that DOSBox emulates.

Scaler
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Defines video scaling filter

Autoexec.bat
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Set up execution of autoexec-section in conf-file. (default on)

Fullscreen
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Set fullscreen or windowed mode. (default fullscreen)

Console
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Display console window (default off)

Exit
—-

Close DOSBox window after ending the game. (default on)

Force scaler
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Force scaler mode even if it is incompatible. (default off)

Secure Mode
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Enables secure mode.

Personal Command Line Options
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Allows you to start the game with your own command line options.
You can load your own conf-file or additional autoexec.bat commands
for example.

Consult the included DOSBox readme for detailed descriptions of the
settings. However, if you don’t know what they do, then you also
don’t need to meddle with them.

Save Settings
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Saves all of the above settings in the registry. Next time you
want to play the game with advanced settings they’ll be loaded
automatically.

Delete Settings
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Deletes the settings in the registry.

Load Settings
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Load the stored settings manually. Useful for getting rid of screwed
up settings.

Main Menu
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Sends you back to the main menu.

Start Game
———-

Starts the game with the settings from this page. However, they do
not have an effect on the game if you start it from the main page,
giving you always the chance to run the game with standard settings.

Start Museum
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Starts the Lovecraft Museum with the personalized settings.

Xiaopang, 04.03.2012
 
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