Thursday Jan 03, 2008

Twinsen's Adventures on a modern machine

Over the break I installed Twinsen's Oddessey, also known as Little Big Adventure 2, on my Alienware Aurora earlier this week. I have not been able to play this since we upgraded from Windows 95. I had previously discovered a couple of emulators that might be of help, and wrote about them last Xmas. I chose to try Dosbox who hang out at http://www.dosbox.com. I chose them, because their ambitions seem larger and more open and LBA was documented as working.

So, I downloaded the installer and ran it to install dosbox. I checked out their install guide, which gave good advice on directory structure and the mount command. I used the dosbox to install the software, using two mount commands, one to make the cdrom available to the dosbox, and the second does an effective chroot and assigns a drive letter to the install directory. This also needs to be done when running the program. The other really usefull resource I found was at MagicBall, where they document in a step by step manner how to get LBA2 to run.

 

LBA2 running inside a Dosbox under windows xp

 

Here's how it looks running, you can make it run full screen, but it looks pretty poor as it was designed for a VGA screen. The other great thing is that they claim dosbox runs on other operating systems. So if you have a MAC, or are using Linux, then you can now have access to this great game.

Marginally more detail is on my bliki, but if you want to copy me you're better off looking at the resources above. 

I wonder how easy a Solaris x86 build would be, or if it'll run in a branded zone.

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Monday Dec 25, 2006

Sometimes the future ain't better than the past

Looking at the Xmas (computer) games we over the last couple of days, we all decided we rather missed Twinsen's "Little Big Adventure". We seem to have had this game since we first got a computer in the house. It is a delightfull, if some what surreal, third party adventure set in a fantasy world. The games house that wrote it is/was french. (You can google or wikipedia it, and the produced a followup.)

It looks like its abandonware now, we'll see. I have tried to run it on the new computer's but the game predates Direct-X. It is for this reason that I searched for, found and bookmarked these dos emulators!.

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