It’s been a while since I’ve sat with my first computer (Still in parents loft) and played some DOS games, on my old 486 I’d disabled Windows booting from the autoexec.bat script as many of my games launched direct from the DOS CLI itself.
So be it The Chaos Engine, Lemmings, Volfied or Space Quest I do miss sitting playing these games with the keyboard from time to time, the good news is that today these games are easy and free to find and play from any system that you have.
Firstly let me introduce DOSBox, a free DOS emulator. Exactly what it says on the tin, will emulate DOS the beauty however is it’s compatible on Mac and various Linux flavors also. When launched you’ll mount a folder on your system (IE – “DOS” in your Windows 7 Documents) as your C: drive, dump any of your old DOS games and applications in here and execute them using the familiar commands that have been carved into your head forever.
Now if you are in a position similar to myself, your current generation system won’t have a floppy drive in it and you’ll not been keen on fishing out all your old floppy discs to find your old games. Good news, most of our old games are now classed as “Abandonware” – the games are so old that you can download them and use without charge.
The games when downloaded are just like you’d already have them stored on your floppys up the loft, drop and drag them into your DOS folder and enjoy them just like you did previously.