DOS games that don't need DOSBox to run in Windows

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DOS games that don't need DOSBox to run in Windows

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DOSBox is a great tool to run DOS games on modern systems, but I can perfectly understand users who would like to jump right into the game without having to go through the process of setting up and configuring this emulator.

Besides, there are several inherent limitations to DOS as a platform, including typically low screen resolution and often limited sound options.

Luckily, there are DOS games that just don't need DOSBox to run in any version of Windows, which is accomplished by a number of means:

1. Source ports
If the source code of a game is available, it may be ported to Windows and/or other systems to run natively on these platfroms. Source ports are often created by enthusiasts after the original source code is released by the developer and may feature enhancements such as higher resolution modes, improved sound/music and bug fixes.

Abuse
o Abuse for Windows
o Abuse SDL [latest version]
Beneath a Steel Sky
o ScummVM
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
Blake Stone: Planet Strike
o BStone
Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space
o Race Into Space
Catacomb II
o CatacombSDL
C-Dogs
o C-Dogs SDL
The Catacomb Abyss
o Reflection Keen
Chex Quest
o Chex Quest 3
Cylindrix
o Windows port
Descent
Descent II
o DXX-Rebirth
Digger Remastered
o WinDig
Doom
Doom II
o Chocolate Doom
o Crispy Doom
o PrBoom-plus
Duke Nukem 3D
o EDuke32
o JFDuke3D
o xDuke
Gladiator
o Openglad
HACX: Twitch 'n Kill
o ZDoom
o Chocolate Doom
Heretic
o Chocolate Heretic
Hexen: Beyond Heretic
o Chocolate Hexen
Jump 'n Bump
o Windows port
Keen Dreams
o Reflection Keen
Ken's Labyrinth
o LAB3D/SDL
o LAB3D/SDL (w/ hi-res texture support)
Quake
o Quakespasm
o WinQuake
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins
Rise of the Triad: Dark War
o WinRottGL
Shadow Warrior
o JFShadowWarrior
o ProAsms SWP [latest version]
Shaw's Nightmare
o WinShaw
Star Control II
o The Ur-Quan masters
o Ur-Quan masters HD
Tyrian
Tyrian 2000
o OpenTyrian
Wolfenstein 3-D
Spear of Destiny
o ECWolf
o Wolf4SDL

2. Engine recreations
If a source port is not available for whatever reason, enthusiasts often attempt to recreate a native Windows (or cross-platform) version of a game on their own, using observation and/or reverse engineering to achieve a result that would play similarly to the original game. These projects tend to be somewhat less accurate than source ports, but nevertheless quite often are very close to the original game to be deemed a proper replacement.

NOTE: Games that are supported by ScummVM are not listed individually because there are so many of them!

Cannon Fodder
o OpenFodder
Carmageddon
o OpenC1
Chip's Challenge
o Tile World
o Tile World 2
Command & Conquer
o OpenRA
Commander Keen in Invasion of the Vorticons
o Chocolate Keen
o Commander Genius
Commander Keen in Goodbye, Galaxy!
Commander Keen in Aliens Ate My Babysitter!
Keen Dreams
o Commander Genius
o Omnispeak
Duke Nukem
o ReDuke
Dungeon Keeper
o KeeperFX
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
o Dune Dynasty
o OpenDUNE
Fade to Black
o f2bgl
Flashback: The Quest for Identity
o REminiscence
Grand Theft Auto
o OpenGTA
The Great Giant Sisters
o OpenGGS
Heroes of Might and Magic II
o free heroes 2
Igor: Objective Uikokahonia
o Igor
Imperium Galactica
o Open-IG
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I
o Lord of the Rings game engine
Liero
o OpenLiero
Little Big Adventure/Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure
o LbaWin
M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault and Exploration
o Mechanized Assault & eXploration Reloaded
Prince of Persia
o Mininim
o SDLPoP
Transport Tycoon
o OpenTTD
Jazz Jackrabbit
Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare
Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1995 Edition
o OpenJazz
The Need for Speed
o OpenNFS1
One Must Fall 2097
o OpenOMF
Pagan: Ultima VIII
o Pentagram
Ragnarok
o NorseWorld: Ragnarok
Redneck Rampage
o Rednukem
o ERampage32
Rick Dangerous
o RickyD
o xrick
The Settlers
o Freeserf
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici
The Settlers II Gold
o Return to the Roots
Sid Meier's Civilization
o CivOne
Star Wars: Dark Forces
o DarkXL
Syndicate
o FreeSynd
Syndicate Wars
o Syndicate Wars Port
Telengard
o Telengard Remake
Theme Hospital
o CorsixTH
Tomb Raider
o OpenTomb
X-COM: UFO Defense
o OpenXcom
o UFO2000
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar
o xu4
Ultima VI: The False Prophet
Ultima Wolrds of Adventure: Martian Dreams
Wolrds of Ultima: The Savage Empire
o Nuvie
Ultima VII: The Black Gate
o Exult
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
o Underworld Exporter
o Underworld Adventures
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
o OpenWar
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
o Wargus

3. Modern Windows re-releases
Sometimes the original game's creators release an updated version of the game that runs on modern systems natively. This does not include remakes which completely reinvent the base game, such as replacing all graphics and sounds, only those that are effectively official source ports.

Amulets & Armor
o Windows Classic Version
Another World
o Windows Re-release
Death Rally
o Windows re-release [download]
Excelsior Phase One: Lysandia
o Windows version
Flashback
o 25th Anniversary Edition
Galactix
o Windows re-release
Nebula Fighter
o Windows re-release
Lemmings
o Lemmings for Windows
PowBall
o PowBall DeluXe
Raptor: Call of the Shadows
o Windows re-release
The Settlers/Serf City
o The Settlers: History Edition
SPMBT
o winSPMBT
SPWW2
o winSPWW2
Super Fighter
o Super Fighter: Special Edition
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I see the Underworld Adventure project was cancelled in 2007, something that often happens to these remakes.
(I guess it's still on sourceforge for anyone who wants to pick it up again.)
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I have included incomplete and/or abandoned projects if they are playable. A while ago I made a separate thread about Underworld Adventures, it's quite functional and even supports the demo version. And as the source code is available perhaps someone might pick it up and continue development (maybe).
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Added a note explaining why ScummVM games are not listed separately.
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Added PowBall DeluXe to the list.
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Why isn't Command & Conquer under "Modern Windows re-releases"? Not modern enough? :P
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Thanks for the games. Can't wait to get another Windows laptop to play some I'm stuck on a Chromebook right now :cry:.
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Nyerguds wrote:Why isn't Command & Conquer under "Modern Windows re-releases"? Not modern enough? :P
I think I just keep assuming that everyone knows about C&C95...
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I love this forum:)
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TagYoureIt wrote: Thanks for the games. Can't wait to get another Windows laptop to play some I'm stuck on a Chromebook right now :cry:.
Wow, I feel for you. :\

I'd try websites that emulate Dosbox through your web browser. Archive.org has a huge playable archive of them. Search ms-dos games.
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I haven't updated the thread in a while, but there have been some recent developments concerning Build and some other games.

In addition to Rednukem, the Redneck Rampage recreation based on EDuke32, there are now similar project for Powerslave and Blood called PCExhumed and nBlood, respectively. All three are available here. PCExhumed supports the demo version of Powerslave too.

EDuke32 devs also began the public beta phase of VoidSW, the Shadow Warror source port.

Raze is a project that wraps the EDuke32 codebase from the above ports with some GZDoom features.

There's also the catch-all BuildgGDX port that uses a different approach to deliver an authentic experience plus supports some games that have not had official code releases.

Finally there's RAD, the engine recreation of Radix: Beyond the Void on the Doom engine. Currently supports the v2.0 REMIX release, including the shareware version.
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Spectalum is a cross-platform engine recreation of Eye of the Beholder II.
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