Widget Workshop: The Mad Scientist's Laboratory

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Widget Workshop: The Mad Scientist's Laboratory
Widget Workshop: The Mad Scientist's Laboratory cover
Developers
Elliott Portwood Productions
Publishers
Maxis
Release dates
Windows 1995
Mac OS (Classic) 1995
Widget Workshop: The Mad Scientist's Laboratory at Wikipedia

Key points

Customisable interface that can be moved around freely
Installer is 16-bit only, but a workaround is available. See Running the game on 64-bit Windows

General information

MobyGames entry

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Mac OS

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Always windowed. Can be adjusted to fit any screen size.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Native Windows cursor.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Issues fixed[edit]

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Although the game installer is 16-bit, the actual game is 32-bit. There are two ways of running the game:

#1: Run the game directly from the disk[edit]

Running the exe from the disk[citation needed]
  1. In the Widget Workshop CD, go to the WIN95\WIDGET folder.
  2. Run the WIDGET.EXE file to play the game.

#2: Manually install the game[edit]

This also allows the game to no longer require a CD to use
Setting up the game manually[citation needed]
  1. Somewhere on the computer (ex. the Desktop), create a new folder called "Widget Workshop".
  2. In the Widget Workshop CD, go to the WIN95\WIDGET folder.
  3. Copy the contents of the folder and paste them into the folder that was created before.
  4. When everything has finished copying, go into the installation folder and run the WIDGET.EXE file to play the game.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) Intel 486 DX4 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 MB
Video card (GPU) 512 KB of VRAM
DirectX 5.0 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7.5 or higher
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 100 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 color graphics

References