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Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

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Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey cover
Aspyr Media
Empire Interactive
Shark 3D
Release dates
Windows April 17, 2006
Metacritic 75
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera, Third-person
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres Adventure
Art styles Realistic
Themes Europe, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Steampunk
Series The Longest Journey
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Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is a singleplayer cinematic camera and third-person adventure game in the The Longest Journey series.

General information

Official forums
Official forums support section Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce DRM (install Patch 1.64 to remove).[1] Released on 6 CDs or 1 to 3 DVDs.
Released as pack-in game with LEVEL Magazine #159 in 2007 (Czech and Slovak Republic only). Contains Czech and English languages.
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Essential improvements


Patch 1.64 is the latest patch for the game. Removes StarForce DRM.[1]

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\bin\res\video.
  2. Delete or rename alienware_logo.bik, ati_logo.bik, creative_sbosb.bik, and funcom.bik.

Use high res textures

DreamfallHD Textures reworked

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\prefs.dat[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6300/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/6300/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.


Running the game in a window[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open prefs.dat with a text editor.
  3. Change the line with fullscreen 1 to fullscreen 0.
  4. Save the file and launch the game.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Extreme mouse deceleration applied to camera control. The mouse must be moved very slowly in order to achieve the fastest possible camera movement, and a sufficiently fast mouse movement results in zero camera movement.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg Controller button prompts are numbers.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support

A fix may be required for the game to recognize XInput analogue triggers.
Fix remapping issues[4]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set the "Target Program" to dreamfall.exe.
  3. Go to "DirectInput" and check "Enable DirectInput Output".
  4. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12.
  5. Click Apply, then OK.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
7.1 supported[5]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3, EAX 4[6]
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version only.
Local retail version only.
Retail version only.
Retail version, download.
Fan translation.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Dreamfall: The Longest Journey [Tweak Guide].
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed

Crashes on launch on Windows 10 Boot Camp

The game may crash a few seconds into the gameplay when run on Windows 10 via Boot Camp.

Run in compatibility mode
  1. Run dreamfall.exe in compatibility mode for Windows 98/Me and as administrator
  2. Also, if using an integrated graphics card by Intel, try using the following driver version:

Retail version won't run on Windows 10

The retail release (Any version: 6 CD, 1 DVD, or 1 DVD Game of the Year Edition) will refuse to launch on modern Windows, without even producing an error message.

Use fixed EXE
  1. Download the fixed EXE here and extract it to Dreamfall: TLJ's game installation directory. jackfuste's ultra-widescreen fix will work as well, though this is not recommended for those using standard 16:9 resolutions.

Characters get stuck in cutscenes

Bug example: In a Chapter 5 cutscene, Zoë and Damien may get stuck walking in place through the stairwell doorway.

Run dreamfall.exe in compatibility mode for Windows 98/Me and as administrator[citation needed]
Press keys to force the game to continue
  1. Press Print Screen to take a screenshot, which makes the game resume its animation routine. (This solution is the least intrusive.)
  2. Press the Windows Key to lose focus of the game window, then click on the game from the taskbar to resume play.
  3. Alt-Tab in and out of the game, another method of losing focus.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 1.6 GHz
AMD Sempron 2800+
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other 8X CD-ROM or 2X DVD-ROM
Supported AMD video cards: ATI Radeon 9550, ATI Radeon 9600, ATI Radeon 9700, ATI Radeon X300, ATI Radeon X500, ATI Radeon X600, ATI Radeon X700, ATI Radeon X800, ATI Radeon X1300, ATI Radeon X1600, ATI Radeon X1800.
Supported Nvidia video cards: Nvidia GeForce FX 5700, Nvidia GeForce FX 5900, Nvidia GeForce FX 5950, Nvidia GeForce 6200, Nvidia GeForce 6600, Nvidia GeForce 6800, Nvidia GeForce 7800.
Intel Extreme Graphics and SIS chipsets not supported


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Starforce or any DRM on this? - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  2. Verified by User:Virotti on 2023-04-30
    Deleted the files and only a short video is shown before the title screen.
  3. Windowed mode? - Official Dreamfall: The Longest Journey forums - last accessed on May 2023
  4. Verified by User:Fudgesiclesxd on 2022-07-10
  5. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey - (retrieved) - last accessed on May 2023
  6. EAX 2 not an available choice in Dreamfall - The Longest Journey Forums - last accessed on May 2023