Playing Retro PC Games Just Got Easier

If you want to play old PC games on your new PC, the go-to option is a thing called DOSBox. It gets the job done, but it can be a little fiddly. D-Fend Reloaded, on the other hand, is a breeze.

It's a new front-end for DOSBox, taking the trusty old PC emulation program and making it easier to understand and easier to use. For hardcore users this has probably never been an issue, but for the more casual gamer, the type who only wants to fire DOSBox up every few months to play some X-Wing or X-Com, it's a great addition to your desktop, as it simplifies and streamlines a lot of the more complicated aspects of DOSBox in a more user-friendly interface.

You can grab it at the link below.

DosBox Frontend Reloaded [D-Fend, via Lifehacker]


Comments

    man... this is old news, weve known about dosbox for years

      It has a gui. Thats newish.

    Boxer for Mac is really easy to set up and runs well too.

    yeah this frontend is pretty old... unless its been updated or change dramatically in the last year or two... which going by the site linked its been a while

    DosBox would only be hard to use if you didn't know DOS. And I'm assuming those who want to play old DOS games would know DOS, so, I'm not sure what the point of this is, even though it's old news.

      " For hardcore users this has probably never been an issue, but for the more casual gamer, the type who only wants to fire DOSBox up every few months to play some X-Wing or X-Com, it’s a great addition to your desktop, as it simplifies and streamlines a lot of the more complicated aspects of DOSBox in a more user-friendly interface"

      Did you even read the article?

    Wow! Or you could just go out and get the windows versions of those games for like $3. Way to stay on top of things guys.

      There is no windows version of Little Big Adventure, The Incredible Machine, or Discworld II. Three games which friends of mine have recently been trying to play.

      That was an incredibly narrow-minded post. Next time, at least try to think from another person's perspective.

        Just FYI - Discworld and Discworld 2 work with ScummVM now.

        Actually there's a great little third party utility that modifies an LBA install to run natively in Windows. It also includes a couple of optional tweaks for things like damage from running into walls and an LBA2-style quick-action key so you don't have to keep changing stances.

        Check out magicball.net for the files - it's a great little LBA fansite with support forums and mod projects and suchlike

    DOSBox really isn't that difficult to setup, and it runs games now so much better than it used to. Most can run straight out of the box.

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