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Some links to begin with...
« on: November 15, 2006, 04:05:57 PM »
There's some places on the web where you'll be able to download old DOS games (as well as new non-DOS ones) free of charge -- no warez here, just abandonware (games that are not maintained anymore by anyone and that no one care about the license). The best known of them is The underdogs which is certainly also the most complete.

Once you've found an old DOS game to run (or if you already have one) you'll need a DOS emulator to run it. Many exist but just a few are really dedicated to the running of games. Among them the best known are:

Dosbox and VDMSound.

You don't even have to choose one of them since depending on the game you'll want to run you'll probably need both.

Dosbox is a full featured DOS environment for games integrating DOS emulator, sound card emulator, graphic card emulator and controlling device emulator. It is primarily targeted to games that won't even want to install on your Windows system because they need a full featured DOS environment.

VDMSound is less featured than DOSBox and its main purpose is to emulate an old DOS sound card (current sound cards don't have anymore Address, IRQ and DMA that a DOS game can see  and VDMSound provides a way to play them by tricking them into thinking that there is actually an old sound card in your system. No matter the sound card you have, it works.

With these two emulators at hand, you won't be able to run ALL the DOS games you can come across but you should be fine in 8 cases out of 10.

That's it for now but if some of you want to post more addresses to interesting resources, feel free to do it.

« Last Edit: November 15, 2006, 04:15:37 PM by Starfox »


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Re: Some links to begin with...
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2006, 04:43:48 PM »
Here are some of my favorite Abandonware links:

Abandonia (www.abandonia.com) is a great site with reviews and downloads of many games. They also have a sister site called Abandonia Reloaded (www.reloaded.org) that offers freeware remakes of retro-style games.

The Good Old Days (www.goodolddays.net) also offers reviews and downloads of some more obscure games.

Acid Play (www.acid-play.com) provides a mix of newer and older freeware and shareware.

Adventure Game Studio (www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk) allows you to create your own point-and-click adventure games, similar to the early 90's Sierra and Lucasarts adventures.

C:DOS Community (www.cdos.org) features a number of games with rankings.

ScummVM (www.scummvm.org) is a program that allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files: Adventure Soft's Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution's Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep's Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision's Gobliiins; Westwood Studios' The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts' SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system. SCUMM is used for many games, including Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more.

Adventure Developers (www.adventuredevelopers.com) lists a zillion adventure games, some which are free downloads.

The House of Games (www.thehouseofgames.net) offers reviews, downloads and screenshots.

And finally, if you find yourself with a ton of questions on getting old games to work, I guarantee you'll find the question has already been asked and answered at the Vogons Index (http://vogons.zetafleet.com/).

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Re: Some links to begin with...
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2006, 01:54:46 PM »
www.ntcompatible.com

Great site with solutions to common DOS problems on newer PCs   :)
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