DOS-games from the early 90′s is often impossible to play in any modern Windows release, and is therefor placed in the bookshelf only to collect dust. The solution (not a new solution though – DOSBox have been around for some time now) is DOSBox – an x86 emulator with DOS! DOSBox runs in all kinds of operating systems (Windows Win32, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, BeOS, Risc OS and if you are running a very special OS, u could try downloading the source for compiling yourself). The DOSBox application is “only” a DOS shell, and you can mount directories and CD-rom by using some commands. You can also download and install frontends to make gaming even easier. I will try to install only DOSBox and use it – the way it was meant to be used
First you have to download DOSBox :
DOSBox 0.74(follow the link, choose the download menu and pick the release for your OS)
Install the software. I installed the application in C:\Dosbox. I also created the directory C:\Oldgames afterwards for storing my old games.
When running the program for the first time, you get this window :
You can’t do much before you mount your games directory. This can be done by the command :
mount c c:\oldgames(“c” is the station being mounted in DOSBox, and “c:\oldgames” is the directory you have created on your harddrive for games)
Now you can change directory into c:\ and then into your games directory.
c:\ and cd examplegame
Now you can run your favorite game as we did in the old days. By running an .exe file
If you don’t have any old games, or if your old floppies are not working any more, you can download a lot of free games on the internet. A quick google-search will probably result in a archive with plenty of games for you to download!
A page I can recommend is
abandonia.comwith downloadable games, news and information about old games!
Here is a link for a favorite game of mine (downloadable!!) : Dune II – The Building of a Dynasty
Here is a small video made to show how it works, and to bring you back to the old retro days I have played the game Dune 2 for about hundreds of hours on my old Amiga 500 – and it was great trying it again in DOSBox – If i will play it for hundreds of hours again.. I don’t know
Enjoy some retro gaming for yourself – download DOSBox!