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The DOS games thread

Post by Gabe » Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:28 pm

It seems we don't get a great deal of DOS-gaming love on this forum, but hopefully I am not alone in appreciating some of the fantastic DOS titles that were released over the years - so let's make this thread a place to make recommendations/sharing of experiences.

To kick-off, did anybody ever play Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday? I never have (and am attempting to get it working on DOSbox currently) but I remember watching my brother play it years ago - I distinctly recall him using the 'jury rig' command a lot without knowing what that meant. I want to play it now because I really want to get into a tactical RPG and I fancy a change from fantasy settings.

Or what about Master of Magic? I spent a bit of time with this when I was younger (and had disposable income!) without ever really getting very far. It was a good mix between civ-style city building and tactical battles. There were a ton of spells to learn and buildings to construct and both overground/underground maps to explore. In a way the Heroes of Might and Magic took the conept and made it a bit more accessable.

Over to you guys and gals.

Edit - Also, are there any good DOS-gaming based sites around - something like an expanded Retrobates experience, with reader reviews of games etc?

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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by theantmeister » Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:54 pm

Geez, where to start? Dos games ranged from Alley Cat to Tomb Raider - that's a lot of ground to cover!

I never played countdown to doomsday, but I did play another Buck Rogers game - I think it was a home port of a Sega arcade game?

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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:33 pm

Gabe wrote:To kick-off, did anybody ever play Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday? I never have (and am attempting to get it working on DOSbox currently) but I remember watching my brother play it years ago - I distinctly recall him using the 'jury rig' command a lot without knowing what that meant. I want to play it now because I really want to get into a tactical RPG and I fancy a change from fantasy settings.
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This is one of my fave games on the MD, which I've heard is a much simplified version. Would be interested to hear what the DOS version is like.
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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by c0nfu53d » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:13 pm

I can never get any to work - it's to fiddly. The last 2 games I tried, Baku Baku Animal and Al Qadim - The Genies Curse were both epic fails. Baku spat some weird error and to rub salt in the wounds the error was in Japanese! I don't remember why Al Qadim doesn't work but it's sat on my deskto doing nothing. Sometimes, on a quiet night I swear I can hear it laughing at me...

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Post by Farzlepot » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:23 pm

The first games I think about whenever anybody mentions DOS are Zork (wooo!), Commander Keen (wooo!) and Another World (woooo!).

Playing Zork on a re-badged Panasonic Senior Partner (branded as a Nixdorf, of all things) was... an experience.
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Post by Riddler » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:43 pm

I grew up with an DOS Amstrad PC. We had hundreds upn hundreads of games. some of my faves were:


Castle
Race (horse race betting game)
Sponges/Pango
Tomahawk
Jason Jupiter
Larry in the land of the lounge lizards
Pub Pool
Alley cat
Saboteur 2
Summer/Winter games
Kindom of Kroz
Mach 3

.......but to name a few. I could go on, great memories.

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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by retromax » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:48 pm

Ages ago I downloaded 1000's of dos games as I'd setup an old laptop with dos 6.2... don't know where they are now though (on some dvd's somewhere I guess) but I still have the old Omnibook 800ct setup for dos with a handful of games on the HDD, stuff like Asterix, Back to the Future and a Nightmare on Elm street comes to mind. I went though this whole stage of learning dos commands which ended up a useful thing to know. Obviousley I installed old computers/console emulators too that work on dos and even got a joystick working via a pcmcia port for both the dos games aswell as the emulators.

Infact..... I was playing the dos version of Lemmings the other day! 8)
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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by snigfarp » Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:21 am

Gabe wrote:It seems we don't get a great deal of DOS-gaming love on this forum, but hopefully I am not alone in appreciating some of the fantastic DOS titles that were released over the years - so let's make this thread a place to make recommendations/sharing of experiences.
I love DOS games! I particularly like the early 1990s era games. VGA had taken off by then so graphics were often comparable to or better than Amiga/ST versions of the same games. I find it easier to emulate than the Amiga/ST too, partly down to my familiarity with DOS from those days, and partly down to the ubiquity of DOSBox.
Or what about Master of Magic? I spent a bit of time with this when I was younger (and had disposable income!) without ever really getting very far. It was a good mix between civ-style city building and tactical battles. There were a ton of spells to learn and buildings to construct and both overground/underground maps to explore. In a way the Heroes of Might and Magic took the conept and made it a bit more accessable.
I've only tried Master of Magic once, and couldn't get into it. I haven't yet got around to giving it another go, but I know it's one of the classics. I have spent a lot of time playing Master of Orion over the years, though. And I still enjoy playing Populous and SimCity - both all the more impressive for working well on my 4.77MHz IBM PC with its Hercules graphics, which was old even back in those days.
Edit - Also, are there any good DOS-gaming based sites around - something like an expanded Retrobates experience, with reader reviews of games etc?
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Post by GarryG » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:31 pm

I've still got a lot of the origonal DOS games I bought in there big cardboard boxes... Elite, North and South, Xwing, amongst outhers...
I've also got the 3D construction kit some where...

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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by FatTrucker » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:05 pm

It would be nice if DosBox or one of its front-ends came with pre-configured files for games. Admittedly most can be had and then set up with a quick google search per-game, but it would be great if that data could be collated, uploaded or otherwise automated and integrated into a Front-End for the emulator allowing one click launching of games a la ScummVM, MameUI etc.
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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by snowkatt » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:32 pm

i could never get the buggers to work either
not on dos and not in dosbox i need a front end dosbox version to run daggerfall at all
hey wait ! i got a new complaint !

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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by Gabe » Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:09 am

It is a problem, yeah. I haven't yet been able to start Buck Rogers because the version I got is bugged. I tried getting X-Com: Terror From The Deep running too, to no avail. As an aside, I gather that TftD is better than the original X-Com (although I admit I prefer the land-based setting to underwater). What makes it better?

I really should rescue my DOS games from my parents house at some point - I had some fabulous games that will probably still hold up well today.

Anyway, be nice if some folks wrote a little about some of the games they enjoyed, see if we can make this thread a repository for those looking to get on-board with some DOS gaming!

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Re: The DOS games thread

Post by Trickster » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:27 am

I love "terror from the deep" much more than "enemy unknown" just because of the atmosphere. The levels were darker and therefore spookier - you feel really isolated under water. The ambient sound was great and raised the tension and I loved the Cthulhu-like creatures.´


Good DOS games? There are so many of them: a huge list of adventures of course. Many rpgs and some strategy games. But I really miss games like x-wing, tie-fighter, wing commander 1 + 2...

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Post by Fishsta » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:56 am

My personal favourite DOS game of ALL TIME (And it always makes my top 3 games of all time) is Pyro II.

It's a really difficult puzzle game where you have to burn down buildings by dropping petrol cans around the room and dragging a fuse behind you.

It sounds simple, but it's amazingly difficult and frustrating.

I *THINK* it was actually a PD game, too.
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