Classic games

Spidermoore: I've been trying to get the game to run but I can't get dosbox to recognise it.

Just find an old DOS bootdisk, boot from the A drive instead of your C drive, and run the game. No loading windows or anything like that.

If your harddrive is partitioned in a way that DOS will not recognise, then just run the game off of a different floppy after bootup. That was the way it was originally designed to work anyway.

I have to disagree with Wing Commander 3. It really couldn't follow up with 1-2 in terms of classics, but still had me gripped.

1. Street Fighter 2
2. Super Mario Kart
3. Gran Turismo
4. GTA (3D ones)
5. Doom

In That Order.

Spider: I'm trying to get it to run off my HD, that's how I had it running back when I had a Tandy TL.

I'll see if I can get mine working and report back.


What exactly is the problem you are having? Are you using an original copy with the FMPLAY AND FMDAT folders or are you using the copy from the underdogs website?

I wasn't able to get my original to work quite right but the copy from plays good.

you might have to fiddle with the emulation speed settings though.

ALT-ENTER Go full screen and back.

CTRL-F5 Save a screenshot.

CTRL-F6 Start/Stop recording sound output to a wave file.

CTRL-F7 Decrease frameskip.

CTRL-F8 Increase frameskip.

CTRL-F9 Kill dosbox.

CTRL-F10 Capture/Release the mouse.

CTRL-F11 Slow down emulation (Decrease DOSBox Cycles).

CTRL-F12 Speed up emulation (Increase DOSox Cycles)."

I pressed CTRL-F11 until I got it down to about 485CPU cycles and it seems to work better.

Kai, care to post my screen caps?

Good old 320 X 200 EGA graphics man.


Working on this!

Thanks Kai.

Star Control 2

Masters of Orion 1

TIE Fighter

The Fairy Tale Adventure

Freespace 1 & 2

Any of the old Cinemaware titles


Tie Fighter

Privateer (never followed the story...just did my own thing)

Duke 3D

Wing Commander 3 (4 CD's...never saw anything like that @ the time)

Strike Commander (maybe not classic, but a cool game that I enjoyed for a while, the little book that came with it was full of good stuff)

Jagged Alliance (perhaps one of my fav's of all time)

Spider: It keeps saying 'please insert game disk' when I try to run it.

I had that problem too when I was actually trying to run the game installed off of the original disk.

The problem was solved when I downloaded it from the underdogs website and used theirs. It is the exact same game but the folder structure is slightly different and it worked for me.

Here is a quote from the readme file.

"Unpack the archive to C:\SW1--any drive will do, but the directory name must
remain \SW1.

Run PLAY.BAT to play the game.

The DOCS directory contains other useful files.

NOTE: the game originally played off the root in \FMDAT and \FMPLAY, I changed
it to this tree structure to be easier to deal with."

Hope that helps.

Okay, got it working, well... Mostly, I'm trying to get the tandy 3 voice sound to work now, but I'll try that later.

I just 'mounted' the directory a bit wrong.

Here's some other classics I just picked up:

Okay, the version I got off the internet doesn't work as nicely as my old version on my harddrive. Having the Tandy sound is such an improvement over the basic speaker...



Jesus H!!!!!!!!!

you guys forgot about NETHACK!!!!!!

anyone who's used Unix machines knows about Nethack.

the game is over 20 years old, people are adding new things to it every year, and people still play it regularly.

it's a dungeon crawl with randomly generated dungeons, ABSOLUTELY NO SAVES, and text-based graphics. if you play again after dying, you can loot your old dead body when you play again though.

however, you can use Dungeon's Eye ( or something like that, whatever ) and add pretty decent 2-D drawn graphics.

Rogue is the oldest game in this category, but Nethack is the one people will still be playing 20 years from now.

It's got one of the greatest depths of play of any game ever.