10/22/2006

Great old DOS games and how to run them today

Yesterday I really needed to play Master of Orion again. Best space strategy game I know - never found anything better. Don't know how it happend but i really needed it. So I grabbed my old copy and started it. Nothing happend. Using the emulated Win95 mode and other tricks did not work. Simply wouldn't start. Do you know the feeling when you desperatly need to play that old game again?

Here's how i finally got it to run:
Downloaded a opensource software called DosBox (http://dosbox.sourceforge.net). It emulates a real DOS enviroment, this is not the same as starting the command promt on your computer.
After starting it you need to mount your harddrive to the emulater first by typing mount d: d:\ if the game you want to play is on the d drive. After that navigate to it like you did under DOS.
The first time I started Master of Orion it run a little slow, but you can increase the emulators speed by opening the file "dosbox.conf" in the dosbox folder and set the CPUCycles variable higher (10000 worked well for me). Dos Box has a huge list of games it works with.
Another great source for learning about how to run old games is: http://vogons.zetafleet.com/

You didn't ask for it, but heres my personal list of classic games being played again:
1. Master of Orion
2. Escape Velocity (http://www.ambrosiasw.com)
3. Majesty - The Kingdom Sim (dos anybody except me know this?)
4. History Line
5. Duke Nukem

There's a lot of games old games which have been released as freeware now, just google for "Abandonware" as a starting point (Be careful there, some of the download sites are illegal).

Thats it for now, have to play Master of Orion again....

1 Comments:

Blogger wakaru-nl said...

I know DosBox... wanted to play Raptor, not sure you know it, that game where you fly around in your F-22 Raptor, wtfpwning stuff birds-eye-view-style. Ahh, the good ol' days.

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