From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, a look back on a game that was just plucked from the archives and made freeware. Is its weirdness worth a download?

You’re a normal guy. A bartender, in a dystopian future where the evening weather report is simply “Rain” and tomorrow will always be a trenchcoat and shades kind of day. You sleep, because that’s kinda something you do. Then you wake up and decide to go and murder several incredibly famous people in cold blood because some guy in your dream told you to. Sounds like a plan, right?

On the plus side, at least now you get to do it for free.

Wow, Scott Pilgrim got dark all of a sudden.

Dreamweb is a weird little game, and the latest 90s ‘thing’ to make the jump to official, go-nuts, abandonware-no-more freeware. ScummVM has the files you need, and of course, the software to run it. DOSBox works fine too, as indeed might opening the executable in a hex editor and having it processed by the greatest computer of all—the human brain! Definitely try that last though.


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