Many DOS game can be relived
Constantly updated
Can be confusing to newbies
Requires powerful hardware

Many times I have wished to play some old DOS games on my Windows 2000 workstation. And many times I have been disappointed with incompatibility.

In the last few years the only solution was a dual boot with compatibility drivers for sound and graphic cards, and a huge basket of luck. There was no real and effective DOS emulator on the scene. Then DOSBox appeared.

DOSBox is completely free of charge and an open source DOS emulator for modern operating systems like Windows (2000 and XP), BeOS, Linux, MacOS X... DOSBox also emulates 286/386 CPU in both real mode and protected mode, Directory FileSystem/XMS/EMS, a SoundBlaster card (and others) for excellent sound compatibility with older games.

There were a lot of problems in earlier versions, but now over a thousand games are supported, many of them are completely playable (like Full Throttleâ?Š finally :-) The only bad thing with DOSBox is that that you have to have a real beast to run some complex games. 400 MHz machine acts like old XT 80086â?Š Heck, you can even play original Tetris once again! :-)

Review by: Kosta

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Needs Pentium II or better to even emulate a 286
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