How to use DOSbox to run and play DOS games (the easy way)

12 months ago in About DOS gaming
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Wondering how to use DOSbox to run and play old DOS games on Windows / MAC? Let’s take a look, there is a simple tutorial how to run all games you want!

Old games running under DOS can no longer run on newer computers anymore. Luckily, there are few smart people who invented DOSbox, a software that can run these games on any computer.

How to use DOSbox?

First, download the software from this link: download dosbox , and select the version (for Windows, Mac, etc.). Then install the DOSbox itself.

After installing the DOSbox, get the old DOS game you want to play. We have chosen the perfect platform for Prehistorik 2. You can download it here.

After downloading the game, extract the game from the .zip directory to anywhere on your disk.

Launching DOSbox Games

The actual launching of the game is very specifically described on the official DOSbox websites. But there is still a much easier way to run the game. This option completely omits the need for anything to write, anything to set up or “develop”. Just drag the game play file (in our case, it’s PRE2.EXE) with the left mouse button and drop it to the DOSBox.exe startup file. This will automatically start the game. Its really just drag and drop, you do not have to click on anything, run anything.

Run DOSbox game

A useful list of commands and abbreviations:

mount – opens the disc drive

cd – opens the directory / path

dir – shows the list of directories and files

exit – exits the software

Alt + Enter – switches to fullscreen view

Ctrl + F5 – creates a screenshot

Ctrl + Alt + F5 – starts / ends video recording

Ctrl + F11 – decreases the emulation speed (CPU power, cycles, its recommended if the game is slow, necessary for some of the games)

Ctrl + F12 – increases the emulation speed (if you decrease too much 🙂 )

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