DOSBox

This page is for those adventurous persons who wish to setup The Settlers II by themselves without paying for GOG.com’s version (which runs the game via preconfigured DOSBox). In this case you already own the game on a CD and are not willing to pay again, or maybe you wish to try out a demo version before rushing things and buying a copy from GOG.com.

DOSBox requires a few steps to get a game running:

  1. You need to download & install DOSBox
  2. Run DOSBox & mount a drive
  3. Now you can access the game files and start the game

Note that DOSBox running on Windows 7 and Vista may have issues with CD-ROM access. In that case you can create an image out of your game CD using tools such as ImgBurn.

Step-by-step with images

Once you have installed DOSBox and are running it you may wonder what to do. So here is how I got the original The Settlers II demo version 1.02 running on my computer.

Mounting a directory as a drive in DOSBox

The first step is to mount a real local directory to your DOS games directory. I have all of mine located at T:\Pelit\DOS so that is what I mount as my drive C in DOSBox. The syntax is simple:

Mount C C:\RealPathOfYourDOSGames

Then you can move to the newly mounted drive C by typing C:, and then move to the directory where you have your version of Settlers II.

Running The Settlers 2 setup

I have multiple versions of The Settlers II installed, so that is why I have both Settler2 and SET2DEMO directories. Anyway, the first thing to do is to run setup. This lets you setup music and sound.

Setting up MIDI for music

You don’t really need to do much here, just first go to select MIDI for music and make sure you select Creative Labs Sound Blaster or 100% compatible. This same selection also works for setting up digital sound.

Once the setup is complete you can exit and quit the graphical setup screen, you’re told to enjoy the game (which you will!) and then you can simply launch the game by writing S2.

Ready to launch The Setters II demo version

And you should soon be greeted with the game’s title screen:

The Settlers II: Veni Vidi Vici

For me the game ran perfectly fine with the default DOSBox settings, so I didn’t need to change anything. For a more complete tutorial to get DOSBox running you can reference Basic Setup and Installation page at DOSBox wiki. Happy gaming!

  • Luba

    And where is the facebook like button ?

  • K

    Hello – are you able to post instructions to get splitscreen working with 2 mice? Using the GOG version or otherwise?

    That would be most appreciated!

    • Merri

      I’ll see what I can do ­čÖé

      • Merri

        I’ve been experimenting with two player setup on my oldest computer, but unfortunatenaly I think I hit a roadblock of incompatibility of some sort. Or my very old serial mouse just doesn’t work anymore. Anyhow, I didn’t get Windows or the game to recognize my mouse so that has slowed me down quite a bit. For one, I don’t have that many computers with a serial port! I don’t know if DOSBox gives you the ability to use a secondary mouse for second player… it is quite unique multiplayer feature so I guess they won’t be implementing that anytime soon.

        What I’ve heard though is that there is a passthrough feature that allows one to use a real serial mouse in DOSBox so that shouldn’t be a problem if you just have a working mouse and a computer with a COM port. Oh well, I’ll experiment and investigate this more later. I did it sometime in the past but didn’t document how I did it.