There's a lot of different game avaiable here on Freeburners. In order to play some of these games you need emulators and sometimes other software. Here's a little list of what you might need to get games up and running. You can also get help in our forums.Spoiler
ISO AND CUE/BIN FILES (CD IMAGES)
Some of the games are available as a CD image, a perfect copy of the original CD. For DOS games, DOSBox will read the images if the format is ISO or BIN/CUE. Several formats are possible though: ISO, CUE/BIN, NRG, MDS/MDF. Usually, these images come with Windows games, scroll down for help on opening these.Spoiler
For DOS games, it's quite straighforward: DOSBox allows you to mount these images directly, with the IMGMOUNT command. The IMGMOUNT command will perfectly mount ISO images, but can also mount CUE/BIN images. CUE/BIN images allow you to mount a game CD which has music tracks on it - many games of the late 90s used this system, and you could play the game music on a CD player.
If you use a DOSBox frontend, you will probably find a way to mount an image through the menus. One alternative is to mount these images with a mounting software (see below for Windows) and using the mounted image as a source in DOSBox using the MOUNT command.Spoiler
DOSBOX DRAG AND DROP (WINDOWS)
Many of the standard DOS games can be played immediately with a drag and drop, after a standard DOSBox setup:
- download the game archive and unzip it ;
- drag and drop the game folder on the desktop icon of DOSBox ;
- the game folder will be mounted as C:\ - just type the name the right .exe file and press enter ;
- tips: use DIR command in DOSBox to list game files (if the list is big, use "DIR /p"), and use the TAB key to autocomplete the .exe file name.
If you don't have the DOSBox shortcut on your desktop, the drag and drop works on the DOSBox executable file located in C:\installdir\DOSBox-0.xx\Spoiler
HOW TO MAKE DOSBOX FULLSCREEN
By default, DOSBox runs in windowed mode. To make DOSBox fullscreen, just press ALT and Enter. Press ALT and Enter again to get back to windowed mode. If you want DOSBox to always run fullscreen when launched, edit dosbox.conf (click on "DOSBox 0.74 Options" in Start menu), change "fullscreen=false" to "fullscreen=true", save and close the text editor.Spoiler
GAMES RUNNING TOO FAST OR TOO SLOW
Many old games were made to run as fast as the computer could get, those may be too fast with DOSBox default CPU cycles. You have to reduce the CPU cycles with CTRL-F11 in DOSBox. Other frontend programs may use different shortcuts.
On the opposite, the default CPU cycles may be too low for "recent" DOS games, you will have to raise the CPU cycles with CTRL-F12 in Dosbox. Other frontend programs may use different shortcuts. You can also skip frames in DOSBox to get better performances, use CTRL-F8 to increase the number of frames skipped. You can read more about performances in DOSBox on the official wiki.Spoiler
D-FEND RELOADED WIZARD (DOS EMULATOR)
You may also use D-Fend Reloaded to play DOS games, it's simpler to add a game but lacks the default DOS interface
- After downloading and unzipping the game files somewhere, launch D-Fend, click Add > Add with wizard... A new window appears, "Create new profile", Emulation type should be set to DOSBox. Click on Next.
- Click on the folder on the right side of the "Program to be started". Navigate to your folders to the game directory and find the proper executable file. Click on Open.
- D-Fend will auto-detect the game sometimes, you may also select one in the list. By clicking Next, you get some additional information on the game, anyway, you can click Ok, the game will be listed in the main windows and ready to be played!.
For Windows games, you need an additional software to read the images. Many software is available, not all of them are free:
- Virtual CloneDrive: light freeware, no ads or adware installed, highly recommended.
- MagicISO MagicDisc: good freeware, supports Win98/ME for old machines.
- DAEMON Tools Lite: a free version is available, watch out for adware during installation, you can also pay a $4 licence for a clean installer.
- Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel: very basic software but doesn't require an installation - quite hard to use though.
Once installed, most of these softwares will allow you to mount an ISO or CUE/BIN image by simply double-clicking on it.Spoiler
MOUNTING IMAGES ON A MAC
On a Mac computer, ISO files can be mounted without installing anything, but CUE/BIN files require DAEMON Tools Lite Mac to be mounted easily (click on the Download link next to the buy button). You can also try to rename the BIN file as an ISO file: rename "gamefile.bin" to "gamefile.iso" and open the file - it may work!