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DOSBox

The last time I posted screenshots in an entry, I ended up generating over 500MB of bandwidth in one day, so 3 is your limit this time. You’ll need to read the extended entry to view them.
The program I’m reviewing is DOSBox, a DOS emulator specifically designed for running old games on newer machines. It’s open source and available for Windows, Mac, Linux, BeOS, FreeBSD and even the Amiga. It works pretty well, although it may require a little configuration. I was able to get Lemmings, Lemmings 2 and Theme Park working flawlessly on it, with Worms able to start (but I couldn’t load a level) and Zool not really running at all. Lemmings 2 actually plays better in DOSBox than it ever did on our 486, probably because DOSBox offers virtual support for a large variety of sound cards.
I haven’t tried it with Day of the Tentacle or Sam & Max because I already have those working through ScummVM which I reviewed in March. But it’s certainly nice to be able to play those games again. Lemmings 2 rocks.


Screenshot of the intro to Worms Screenshot of Theme Park Screenshot of Lemmings

2 Comments

  1. This is great news! I love those old games. Guess it’s time to dust off my copies of:
    Hocus Pocus
    Xargon Trilogy
    Jill Trilogy
    Pipes
    VGA Miner
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Wow look at the amazing graphics!
    I played those games for hours on end and i loved it.
    It shows how things change.