By Jason CarrLaunchBox Shell for DOSBox is a single EXE file that you can copy next to an MS-DOS game to automatically and easily be able to play and install it. The focus here is on ease of use, portability, and easy distribution.
Why was this built?
I built this because I wanted to upload some old abandonware MS-DOS games to archive.org, and I realized that most users would have difficulty playing them without some help. I built LaunchBox Shell for DOSBox to be able to be easily distributed with a single MS-DOS game to make it exceedingly easy to play. In addition, I wanted to preserve the entire MS-DOS experience, including the installation program. LaunchBox Shell for DOSBox can be distributed next to a CD image (ISO or BIN/CUE) file and automatically help the user run the installer and then play the game.
LaunchBox Shell for DOSBox runs on the .NET Framework 4.6, which is automatically included on every install of Windows 10, and is already installed on most Windows 7 installations. Therefore, you should have no problem just distributing the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file only, and it should just work on all Windows 10 systems (and most Windows 7 systems). No other libraries are required for it to run.
How to Use
In general, using LaunchBox Shell for DOSBox is as easy as putting the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file next to the game files and launching the EXE. That said, there are a number of caveats and best practices, so it's best to follow the steps from one of the three sections below, depending on what type of files you're using.
How to Use with an ISO or BIN/CUE CD Image File
If you have an ISO or a BIN/CUE CD image file of the original MS-DOS disc, do the following:
Rename the ISO or the BIN/CUE files to match the full name of the game. Make sure that you update the path to the BIN file in the CUE file if you change the name of the BIN file (the CUE file can be edited with a text editor). Copy "Play with DOSBox.exe" into the same folder as the CD image files. Download a screenshot of the game (in either PNG or JPG format) and place it also in the same folder (ideally also rename it to match the full name of the game). This step is optional; no image will be displayed in the app if there is no image in the folder. Run the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file and test installing and playing the game to make sure that it works properly before distribution. If distributing, delete the "DOSBox" and "Game Files" folders that were created in order to save disk space (or you may keep them so that the user does not have to run the MS-DOS installation program). How to Use with MS-DOS Game Installation Files
If you have the MS-DOS installation files for a game, but do not have an image of the original media, do the following:
Create a new folder and place the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file into that folder. Create another new folder inside of the above folder, and name it with the full name of the game. Place the MS-DOS installation files inside of this folder. Download a screenshot of the game (in either PNG or JPG format) and place it in the same folder as the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file (ideally also rename it to match the full name of the game). This step is optional; no image will be displayed in the app if there is no image in the folder. Run the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file and test installing and playing the game to make sure that it works properly before distribution. If distributing, delete the "DOSBox" and "Game Files" folders that were created in order to save disk space (or you may keep them so that the user does not have to run the MS-DOS installation program). How to Use with Already-Installed MS-DOS Game Files
If you have the installed MS-DOS game files, but do not have the original media or the game's installation files, do the following:
Create a new folder, name it with the full name of the game, and place the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file into that folder. Create a new "Game Files" folder inside of the above folder, and place the installed MS-DOS game files into that folder. Download a screenshot of the game (in either PNG or JPG format) and place it in the same folder as the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file (ideally also rename it to match the full name of the game). This step is optional; no image will be displayed in the app if there is no image in the folder. Run the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file and test playing the game to make sure that it works properly before distribution. If distributing, delete the "DOSBox" folder that was created in order to save disk space. Known Issues
Currently, multi-disc games are not supported. This is planned for a future release. Games that run straight from the CD and don't copy any EXE, COM, or BAT files over to the hard drive do not currently work. A fix for this is also planned for a future release. Game disc images that don't have an install or setup file in the root of the disc will not currently work; these game discs are relatively rare, but they do exist (usually they're discs that include versions for both DOS and Windows). A fix for this is planned as well. Support for floppy disk images is planned, but not yet available in version 1.0. The goal of this application is to make as many games as possible "just work" without any custom configuration; however, there are bound to be games that do not. If you run across one of these games, please report it in the Comments section, and we'll do our best to make it work for the next version. You can also try the Debugging section below. Debugging
If a game is not working, it's usually because the game's installer or game play application can't be found, or the wrong application is chosen. Until we test every single MS-DOS game out there (not really possible), this will always be an educated guess. If a game isn't working, here are some troubleshooting steps:
Go to the Advanced Configuration tab, and then the Debugging tab, and uncheck the box to "Automatically Exit DOSBox". This will allow you to see any error messages that appear on screen. In the same tab, check the box to "Show MS-DOS" commands. This will allow you to see the commands that LaunchBox Shell for DOSBox is running, and it might give you a clue as to what the issue is. Start the game (or the installer) and observe any error messages that come up. Most likely these are the result of the wrong startup files being chosen, so type "DIR *.EXE" (without the quotes) and press Enter to see what files are available. If you see a file like looks like the right file instead, go ahead and type that file name and press Enter, which may make the installer or the game work. However, you will need to do this every time to start the game, so please report the issue in the Comments section so we can fix it. If no EXE file is found that works or makes sense to run you can try typing "DIR *.COM" or "DIR *.BAT" and pressing Enter instead. You can exit DOSBox by typing "EXIT" (without the quotes) and pressing Enter. FAQ
Doesn't LaunchBox already do this?
Yes, but it doesn't work well to distribute with games, for obvious reasons. In addition, there are some improvements to the way games are handled that are not yet in LaunchBox. We plan to integrate the changes here very soon, however.
How does LaunchBox Shell for DOSBox determine the name of the game that is displayed?
It does its best to gather it from wherever it can. When using a disc image, it will take the game's name from the file name of the disc image. When using installation files, it will take the game's name from the folder name of the installation files. Otherwise, it will try to get the game's name from any image files, or from the name of the parent folder.
How do I save the DOSBox configuration for distribution?
If DOSBox needs a custom configuration for the game, you can tweak the settings under the Advanced Configuration tab. When you play or install the game, those settings will be saved to any "dosbox.conf" file that is found anywhere inside of the application folder, or a new one will be created in the DOSBox subfolder. To save these settings for distribution, you can simply distribute the dosbox.conf file with the game. The dosbox.conf file can be kept either in the DOSBox folder, or in the root application folder. However, it is not advised to place it in the "Game Files" subfolder, as that folder is removed when the game is uninstalled via the interface.
Can I use a custom version of DOSBox, such as an older version or a distribution like DOSBox-X?
Yes, you should be able to use any custom version of DOSBox, though we have not tested it against any other versions. The version that is included inside of the "Play with DOSBox.exe" file is DOSBox 0.74-3 (the latest version at the time of this release). To use a custom version, simply overwrite the files in the DOSBox subfolder (these files are created whenever you install or run the game). LaunchBox Shell for DOSBox should not overwrite any custom DOSBox files that you place into this folder.
By Pinky4K MS-Dos Snaps
Video: 10-bit 2160p HEVC
Audio: Digital Theater Sound 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1, AAC 2.0
By tychoAfter building my Launchbox database, I discontinued my Emumovies subscription. A month later, I decided to add MS-DOS games to my build, but I couldn't get the video snaps. So I made my own! I'm sure some if not most of these exist already on Emumovies, but here's my collection of MS-DOS game video snaps, all 30 seconds long in MP4 h.264 format.
Games included in this version:
A Mind Forever Voyaging A10 Tank Killer Abuse Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Death Knights of Krynn Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Dragons of Flame Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - DragonStrike Adventures of Willy Beamish Alien Carnage Alone in the Dark 2 Alone in the Dark 3 Alone in the Dark Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse Altered Destiny Amazon Guardians of Eden Arthur the Quest for Excalibur Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur Ballyhoo Batman Returns Battle Chess: Enhanced CD-ROM Battlechess 4000 Battlechess Beneath a Steel Sky Betrayal at Krondor Beyond Zork Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor Bio Menace Blackthorne Blake Stone - Aliens of Gold Blood Border Zone Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars Bureaucracy Castle of Dr. Brain Circuit's Edge Codename Iceman Codename: ICEMAN Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes Commander Keen 3 Commander Keen 4 Commander Keen 5 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! Conquests of Camelot Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood Crime Wave Crusader: No Remorse Crusader: No Regret Cutthroats D Generation Dark Castle Dark Sun - Shattered Lands Dark Sun: Wake of the Ravager David Wolf - Secret Agent Deadline Death Rally Demon Gate: 666 New Levels for Doom & Doom II Descent 2 Descent Discworld DOOM II: Hell on Earth DOOM Dragon's Lair Duke Nukem 3D Duke Nukem II Duke Nukem Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty Dungeon Enchanter Epic Pinball Eric the Unready Extreme Pinball Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon Eye of The Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor Eye of the Beholder Fade to Black Flashback Flight of the Amazon Queen Fooblitzky Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist Full Throttle Future Wars: Adventures In Time Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Gamma Force Grand Theft Auto Heretic Hero's Quest Hexen - Beyond Heretic Hollywood Hijinx Hoyle's Classic Games I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream If It Moves, Shoot It Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Infidel It Came From The Desert James Clavell's Shogun Jazz Jackrabbit Jill of the Jungle 2 Jill of the Jungle 3 Jill of the Jungle Journey Journey: The Quest Begins Karateka King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne King's Quest III: To Heir is Human King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride King's Quest (EGA) King's Quest V King's Quest VI King's Quest VII Lakers v Celtics Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs Lane Mastadon Lane Mastodon vs. the Blubbermen Laura Bow - The Colonel's Bequest Laura Bow - The Dagger of Amon Ra Leather Goddesses of Phobos! 2: Gas Pump Girls Meet the Pulsating Inconvenience from Planet X Leather Goddesses of Phobos Leisure Suit Larry 5 Leisure Suit Larry 6 Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) Leisure Suit Larry III Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Leisure Suit Larry (VGA) Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail! Lemmings 2: The Tribes Lemmings Les Manley - Lost in L.A Les Manley in Search for the King Loom Manhunter 2: San Francisco Manhunter New York Manhunter San Francisco Maniac Mansion - Day of the Tentacle Maniac Mansion Mario Teaches Typing Martian Memorandum Math Blaster Plus Mean Streets MegaRace 2 MegaRace Mines of Titan Mixed Up Fairy Tales Monkey Island 2: LeChuck:s Revenge Monster Bash Moonmist Night Shift Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It Norse by Norse West The Return of the Lost Vikings Nova 9 Oregon Trail Out of this World Paratrooper Pepper's Adventures in Time Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh Phantasmagoria Planetfall Plundered Hearts Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame Prince of Persia Prophecy Quake Quest for Glory I: So You Want To Be A Hero (VGA) Quest For Glory II: Trial By Fire Quest For Glory III: Wages of War Quest For Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness Raptor - Call of the Shadows Reader Rabbit 3 Reader Rabbit Red Baron Return to Zork Rise of the Robots Rise of the Triad - Dark War Rocket Ranger Sam & Max Hit the Road Scorched Earth Seastalker Shadowgate Sherlock Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels Silpheed SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM SimCity Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe Simon the Sorcerer Sorcerer Space Quest 6 Roger Wilco in the Spinal Frontier Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in the Sarien Encounter (VGA) Space Quest II: Vohaul:s Revenge Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers Space Quest V: The Next Mutation Space Quest: Chapter I – The Sarien Encounter Spaceward Ho! Spellbreaker Spellcasting 101 Spellcasting 201 Spellcasting 301 Star Wars: Dark Forces Star Wars: Rebel Assault II Star Wars: TIE Fighter Star Wars: X-Wing Star Wars: Rebel Assault Star Wars: TIE Fighter Starcross Stationfall Stellar 7 Stunt Driver Stunt Island Stunts Super Star Wars Suspect Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare The 7th Guest The 11th Hour The Amazing Spider-Man The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery The Curse of Monkey Island The Dig The Even More Incredible Machine The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Incredible Machine 2 The Incredible Machine The Island of Dr. Brain The Legend of Kyrandia: Book 3: Malcolm:s Revenge The Legend of Kyrandia: Book One The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate The Lemmings Chronicles The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes The Lost Vikings The Lurking Horror The Oregon Trail The Pandora Directive The Prophecy The Punisher The Rocketeer The Secret of Monkey Island The Witness Tomb Raider Gold Tongue of the Fatman Trinity Tyrian Under a Killing Moon Warcraft II - The Tides of Darkness Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Ween - The Prophecy Weird Dreams Where in the World is Carmen San Diego Where in the World is Carmen San Diego (original) Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi Wing Commander III Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Wing Commander Wings of Fury Wishbringer Wolfenstein 3D Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders Zork I: The Great Underground Empire Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz Zork III: The Dungeon Master Zork Nemesis Zork Zero Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz ZorkQuest: Assault on Egreth Castle ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom
By edgemundoHi all,
This is my collection of MS-DOS 3D big boxes I created for my eXoDOS set. It’s a mix of both US and European boxes, basically everything I could find. Enjoy!
By seaview59These are the playing cards needed to play Robot Rascals. https://www.mobygames.com/game/robot-rascals This game was published for Apple II, C64 and DOS, these cards should work for all versions. These were converted from scans from the German version. I couldn't find any for English so I created these from those scans which is why they are pretty low resolution, but at least the game is playable with these. There are readme.txt files in the zip with notes on how many to print of each card.
By BiogarkI would like to share my PSD Template for those who want to create MS-DOS 3D Boxes for your own launchbox collection.
LIST OF GAMES COVERED:
By Tarmo_RB-1 Nuclear Bomber
Back to the Moon
Backlash: A Turret Gunner Simulation
Balance of the Planet
Ball Blazing Fantasy
Barbarian II_ The Dungeon of Drax
Barbie Super Model
Bard's Tale III_ Thief of Fate, The
Bard's Tale II_ The Destiny Knight, The
...A Personal Nightmare
100000 Pyramid, The
2 Fast 4 You
3D Body Adventure
4D Sports Boxing
4D Sports Driving
4D Sports Tennis
4 Queens Coputer Casino
15 Move Hole Puzzle
20th Century Frog
"21" for 1 to 4
221B Baker St.
By Tarmo_RA-10 Tank Killer
ABC Wide World of Sports Boxing
AJ's World of Discovery
ALF : The First Adventure
ALF's : Thinking Skills
ALF's : World of Words
ALFs Party Kit!
ATAC : The Secret War Against Drugs
AV-8B Harrier Assault
Abamis the Lion
Achtung, die Kurve!
Action in the North Atlantic
Adult Film Cameraman
Advanced thinking Skills
Adventure in Serenia
Adventure of Tipi : The Legend of Meda, The
Adventures in Math
Adventures of Beetlejuice : Skeletons in the Closet
Adventures of Maddog Williams in the Dungeons of Duridian, The
African Trail Simulator
Age of Dragon
Air Duel : 80 Years of Dogfighting
Air Power - Battle in the Skies
Alex Higgins' World Snooker
Alex the Allegator 2
Alien Assault v1.0
Alien Assault v2.52
Alien Breed : Tower Assault
Alien Fires : 2199 Add
All New Family Feud, The
Alpine Encounter, The
Alter Ego Female Version
Amarillo Silm 7 Card Stud
Amarillo Slim Dealers Choice
Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge!, The
Ambush at Sorinor
American Challenge : A Sailing Simulation
Amo del Mundo
An American Tail : The Computer Adventures of Fievel and His Friends
Anatema : Legenda o Prekliati
Ancient Art of War at Sea, The
Ancient Art of War in the Skies, The
Ancient Art of War, The
Ancient Land of Ys
Ancients I : Death Watch
Ancients II : Approaching Evil
Angel Devoid : Face of the Enemy
Angel Nieto Pole 500
Angst : Rahz's Revenge
Another Lifeless Planet and Me With No Beer
Apples & Oranges
Ar'Kritz the Intruder
Archer MacLean's Pool
Are We There Yet?
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Arithmetic Games Set 1
Armored Moon : The Next Eden
Arnie Goes 4 Gold
Aro und Elmi im Kampf gegen die Bakterienbande
Aspar GP Master
Astérix : Caesar's Challenge
Astérix and the Magic Carpet
At the Carnival
Attack On Altair
Aventurea En El Siglo XXIV
Avventura nel castello
Awesome Earl in SkateRock