Play Classic DOS Games on Ubuntu Linux

Posted by jun auza On 8/15/2009
I know some of you can't get enough of those classic games, so after showing you how to play Super Nintedo (SNES) games on Ubuntu Linux using an emulator, I will be giving instructions on how you will be able to run DOS games on it. To do this, you will also need an emulator and download DOS games from the internet.

The package that you will have to install is DOSBox.

"DOSBox emulates an Intel x86 PC, complete with sound, graphics, mouse, joystick, modem, etc., necessary for running many old MS-DOS games that simply cannot be run on modern PCs and operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and FreeBSD."

To install DOSBox on Ubuntu, just search for it on Synaptic Package Manager and install it from there. Or, you can use the command line:

sudo apt-get install dosbox

After installing DOSBox, create a directory where you would like your games to be stored. Like on mine:


Free DOS games are very easy to find. Just search for them on Google.

To give you an example, I've downloaded Mario Brothers VGA from HERE.

I then extracted/unzipped the file and placed "mario.exe" inside my /dosgames directory.

Next, I started DOSBox using the Linux command-line by typing:


A DOSBox shell will appear...

Inside the DOSBox shell, I mounted the games directory by typing:

mount c /home/jun/dosgames

Once mounted, I can now go to C by typing:


I can now play Mario Brothers VGA by simply typing:


During the game, just follow the instructions to know what keys to press.

Now go and get those popular DOS games like Wolfeinstein 3D, Alley Cat, Duke Nukem, Hocus Pocus, Crystal Caves, and so much more. Have fun!

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