I tested ~100 DOS games (v14)

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seth
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I tested ~100 DOS games (v14)

Post by seth » Fri 31 Aug, 2018 12:18 pm

I wanted to help this amazing project so I decided to test as much dos games as possible in the last couple of months. I don't know about the real hardware behaviour but I tested those games with dosbox, too. Hope this helps to improve pcem.

Emulated OS:: DOS [486] AMI 486 clone (no dynamic recompiler), Intel i486DX2/66, 16MB Memory, Paradise Bahamas 64 (S3 Vision864) with Fast VLB/PCI, Sound Blaster 16 (driver installed):

My OS:: i7 3770k, 16GB RAM, GTX 1070, Windows 10 64bit

Working:

3 Skulls Of The Toltecs
Archibald Applebrook
Amazon - Guardians of Eden
Alien Virus
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse
Alien Odyssey
Bad Blood
Bureau 13
Buck Rogers
Bud Tucker in Double Trouble
BloodNet
CyberMage - Darklight Awakening
Cyberia
Conquests of the Longbow - The Legend of Robin Hood
Dark Universe
Der Schatz Im Silbersee
Drascula - The Vampire Strikes Back
Dreamweb
Destruction Derby
Dunkle Schatten 3 - Tod in der Südkurve
Die Höhlenwelt-Saga
Down in the Dumps
Eye of the Beholder 1
Eye of the Beholder 2
Eye of the Beholder 3
Eco Quest 1
Escape from Delirium
Fable
Fascination
Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist
Full Throttle
Gobliiins 1
Gobliins 2
Hugo
Heart of China
I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream
Ishar 1
Ishar 2
Ishar 3
Iron Willy
Imperium Romanum
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones 4 - The Fate Of Atlantis
Innocent Until Caught
Jack Orlando - A Cinematic Adventure
Jonathan
King's Quest 5
The Legend of Nietoom
The Case Of The Cautious Condor
The City of Lost Children
Leisure Suit Larry 7
Lands of Lore 1 - The Throne of Chaos
Lands of Lore 2
Loom
Lost In Time
Maniac Mansion 2 - Day Of The Tentacle
M.A.X. Mechanized - Assault and Exploration
Murder Makes Strange Deadfellows
Monkey Island 1 - The Secret Of Monkey Island CD
Monkey Island 2 - LeChuck's Revenge
Nippon Safes Inc.
Noctropolis
On the Ball: World Cup Edition
Privateer 2 - The Darkening
Return To Zork
Stronghold
Sea Legends
Secret Mission
Simon The Sorcerer 1
Simon The Sorcerer 2
Star Wars - X-Wing
The City of Lost Children
The Dig
The Legend of Kyrandia 3 - Malcolm's Revenge
The Orion Conspiracy
The Patrician
Touché: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer
Ultima VIII - Pagan
Wild West
Waxworks
Warcraft 2 - Tides of Darkness
Warcraft 2 - Beyond the Dark Portal

Bugs (DOS):

Little Big Adventure - Twinsen’s Adventure
no speech in the intro and when I skip the last part of the intro, the game freezes.

Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb
pcem settings sb16 (220/7 (or 5) /1), autoexec.bat with sb16 commands and SB16/SB settings in installation menu: no voiced dialogue but music (works with DOSBox).

I tried some more settings (I haven't tested those settings in dosbox):

pcem settings sb16 (220/7 (or 5) /1), autoexec.bat with sbpro commands and sbpro settings in installation menu: "Speech Error: Detection System Failed To Find Hardware" Sometimes this error doesn't show up (50/50) and it starts and everything is fine (voiced dialogue and music).

pcem settings sbpro1/2 (220/7 (or 5) /1), autoexec.bat with sb16 commands and SBpro settings in installation menu: "Speech Error: Detection System Failed To Find Hardware" Sometimes this error doesn't show up (50/50) and it starts and everything is fine (voiced dialogue and music).

pcem settings sbpro1/2 (220/7 (or 5) /1), autoexec.bat with sbpro commands and sbpro settings in installation menu: "Speech Error: Detection System Failed To Find Hardware" Sometimes this error doesn't show up (50/50) and it starts BUT no voiced dialogue and music.

Sam and Max: Hit the Road
flickering mouse cursor. it's a little bit better with "Fast VLB/PCI", but not perfect (no issue with DOSBox)
irq 7 = crackling sound (works with DOSBox), irq 5 = no crackling sound.

Animal (http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/animal)
Blackscreen when I start the game. (works with DOSBox)

Dark Universe
when i start the game with start.bat, the intro freezes (works with DOSBox). qstart.bat is an option, because the game starts, but I don't see the intro this way.

Beneath a Steel Sky
automatic sound configuration doesn't work (no voiced dialogue). I have to choose the settings manually. (automatic configuration works with DOSBox)

Test Drive 2
seems like this game wants access to my cd drive d: (maybe it searches for floppy disk) otherwise it doesn't start. As soon as I mount a random cd... the game starts.

The Big Red Adventure
after a while the voiced dialogue in the intro begins to cracking and the game crashes. I tried to start the game with dosbox, but it didn't work there at all.

B.A.T. II - THE KOSHAN CONSPIRACY
german and english version works fine with "Paradise Bahama". But when I choose "Diamond Stealth 3D 2000" I have some graphics gliches with the german version. english version works fine. https://abload.de/img/unbenannt7ldcq.png

Star Wars - Tie Fighter (Collector's CD)
blackscreen when I start the game. (works with DOSBox)

Time Paradox
doesn't have voiced dialogue. When I look at some objects, I see the text and the game cursor dissapears and I stuck. (install option 3 or 4) - works with DOSbox.

Ark of Time
irq 7 = crackling (works with DOSBox), irq 5 = no crackling.

Jonathan (german DOS game)
when I want to start the game with "Paradise Bahama" this message appears: "Mode 101 doesn't support your monitor". With "Diamond Stealth 3D 2000" this game works fine.

Druid - Daemons of the Mind (german version)
when I want to start the game with "Paradise Bahama" this message appears: "Video -> Vesa 640x480x256 mode support required". With "Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 (S3 VirGE)" this game works fine. Also, there are some weird black linkes in the intro (in dosbox too)

Nemesis - The Wizardry Adventure
when I want to start the game with "Paradise Bahama" this message appears: "Video -> Vesa 640x480x256 mode support required". With "Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 (S3 VirGE)" this game works fine. Also, there are some weird black lines in the intro (in dosbox too)

Ruler of the Seas
when I want to start the game with "Paradise Bahama" this message appears: "error (19), unable to set graphic mode < hardware >". With "Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 (S3 VirGE)" this game works fine.

Synnergist
automatic sound configuaration doesn't work. finds wrong DMA channel number (same with dosbox), and the game freezes on startup (synn.exe) (same with dosbox).

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Emulated OS: Socket 7, Award 430VX PCI, Intel OverDrive 125 MMX, 256MB RAM, S3 Virge/DX, Voodoo 2 SLI, Windows 98SE

Working:

Feeble Files
Monkey Island 3 - Curse of Monkey Island
Age of Empires
Half-Life
Leisure Suit Larry 7
The Longest Journey
Broken Sword 2

Bugs:

Age of Empires 2
I can't regulate the music volume in options with "windows sound system" in a game. Sound Blaster PCI 128 works though.

Kana: Little Sister
flickering cursor (book symbol) https://abload.de/img/screenshotfrom2018-08ore4p.png



Bugs (PCem):

- when I change the "output scale" in opengl 3.0 (when a game is running) and after that I want to open the menu with F5 (lucas arts games like 'sam and max') or want to skip dialogue (in those games with "."), it doesn't work anymore

- when I open pcem with a batchfile ("PCem.exe --config "DOS.cfg") and close the program with X (not shutdown), pcem is still open in the taskmanager (background process)

- sometimes I have the same problem like this guy: https://pcem-emulator.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=3005
Last edited by seth on Wed 07 Nov, 2018 4:49 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: I tested ~100 DOS games (v14)

Post by xXLuckyXx » Fri 31 Aug, 2018 9:56 pm

Great job!

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Re: I tested ~100 DOS games (v14)

Post by omarsis81 » Wed 05 Sep, 2018 2:39 am

Excellent job, thanks!

seth
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Re: I tested ~100 DOS games (v14)

Post by seth » Wed 07 Nov, 2018 4:52 pm

Some more games added.

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