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[Guide+Video] How to Play PC Games on Android with DosBox Turbo

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By RolandDeschain79, Recognized Contributor on 18th August 2013, 04:30 AM
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Hello Android gamers, today we will be learning how to play PC games on Android with the App DosBox Turbo; the best and fastest Dos Emulator for Android

Quick Links:
DosBox Turbo Performance Page
DosBox Turbo main information page
How to Play Dos Games on Android with DosBox Turbo
[Guide+Video] How to Play Fallout 1 with Dosbox Turbo
[Guide+Video] How to run Fallout 1 & 2 on Android with QEMU
[Guide+Video] How to Play Classic PC Games on Android with Exagear RPG
(Paid app, Easier setup, Runs faster)


Dosbox Turbo Videos
How To Play PC Games on Android With DosBox Turbo
How to Play Fallout Tactics on Android with DosBox Turbo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAsFVUL0b_w

System Requirements
Recommended System Requirements:
CPU: Quad-Core/Octa-Core device 1.6Ghz
RAM: 2GB-3GB
Storage: 16GB


Minimum Requirements:
CPU: Dual-core 1.5Ghz
RAM: 1GB (My default setup uses 256MB)
Storage: 8GB


Emulated PC Gaming System
CPU: Pentium 1 Processor @ 60-90Mhz (Performance will vary)
GPU: 2D=S3 Trio64V+ 4MB 3D=3Dfx Voodoo 1 8MB
RAM: 256MB(Default)
Audio: Sound Blaster 16
HDD: HDD image files mounted from your devices internal(default) or external storage. Full install around 2.5GB
-Dosbox Turbo System DxDiag on my Note 2
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DosBox Turbo Tested Win9x Game List:

Age of Empires 1 & 2
Alpha Centauri
Anno 1602
Arcanum
C&C Red Alert 95
Civilization II
Combat mission Beyond Overlord
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun
Diablo 1
Diablo 2
Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper 2 (Needs pentium_mmx CPU setting in Dosbox Config)
Dune 2000
Fallout 1
Fallout2
Fallout2: Restoration project
Fallout Tactics
Half life
Heroes of Might and Magic III
Homeworld 1
Homeworld cataclysm
Ignition
Interstate 76
Jedi Knight dark forces 2
Lionheart
Lords of the Realms 2
M.U.G.E.N
Neighbors from Hell
Nox
Populous The Beginning
Quake 1
Seven Kingdoms 2
Simcity 2000
Simcity 3000
Starcraft 1
Strategic command
The Journeyman Project
The Longest Journey
The Sims
Total Annihilation
Europa Universalis 2
Warhammer 40k
Z



DosBox Turbo Win9x Installation Guide:
1)a]First you will need to install the DosBox Turbo app (free or paid) on your Android device.
DosBox Turbo Play Store (Paid but Best)
Or
aFreeBox Play Store (Free but Slower)
-Run the DosBox Turbo app and open the settings menu from either the pull-down menu at the Top(3 dots) or swipe the left side of the screen to reveal a menu.
-Go to DosBox Settings/Advanced DosBox Config check “3DFX Glide Support” and “Manual Mode”.
-You must restart the app before these changes will take effect.

b]Important Change Not in the Video:
-Dosbox Turbos default directory path to the dosbox.conf file changed sometime after I made the video.
-Due to these changes, you will need to modify the directory path back to the old default.
-Do this by selecting "Config Location" right under where you clicked “3DFX Glide Support” and “Manual Mode” in the previous step.
-Full location @ settings/Advanced DosBox Config/Config Location
-Modify the "Config Location" path by removing the red text between /dosbox.conf and the /<path to storage>/
-View the below examples and modify the path to your own dosbox.conf
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Default dosbox.conf location modification example:
Before:
/<path to storage>/android/data/com.fishstix.dosbox/files/dosbox.conf
After:
/<path to storage>/dosbox.conf

How it looked on my Note 2:
Before:
/storage/emulated/0/android/data/com.fishstix.dosbox/files/dosbox.conf
After:
/storage/emulated/0/dosbox.conf


Download DosBox Turbo Win9x Gaming Packages:
2)a]Download version 1.0 here DirectX9.0C, 3dfx, SB16, Runs the most games
Or
2)b]Download version 2.0 here DirectX9.0C, 3dfx, SB16, CD/ISO support with Daemon tools 3.47
Note:Win9x, CD/ISO support with daemon tools makes emulation less stable.
Or
2)c]Download version 3.0 here DirectX8.0, 3dfx, SB16, runs slightly faster doesn't support as many games.

3)Free software to access our HDD img files:
-We will need software to access or HDD img files and transfer over game folders
-On PC install the free 30 day trial of WinImage and run the application.
-This program will allow you to open and save your game data to your empty hdd .img files.
Download WinImage 9.00 here or here
Or
On Android install the free Zarchiver app here to access your image files and zips.

4) Locate and extract HHD .img images files for game storage:
Open the Win9x package you downloaded and look for the hdd folder. Inside you will find the empty hdd images files to store your games and ISO’s. Extract the default hdd-2gb image file and open the folder.

(Optional) How to use different sized HDD image files:

-To change the size of the image file used you must modify the name and drive geometry in the dosbox.conf file
-You can edit the config file from your the DosBox Turbo app @ settings/Advanced DosBox Config/ Edit Config File/

Default hdd line in the dosbox.conf file:
imgmount d: /sdcard/hdd-2gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,1023

Change the hdd name and drive geometry in the dosbox.conf file:
-In the below example we are changing the data to accomidate a 1GB HDD image:
imgmount d: /sdcard/hdd-1gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,520

Driver Geometry:
2GB image: 512,63,64,1023
1GB image: 512,63,64,520
512MB image: 512,63,32,520
256MB image: 512,63,16,520


(Optional)How to use SDcard storage:

Warning! This doesn't always work properly with newer devices or versions of Android.
-Using the device's default internal storage is recommended and it might be required for the app to load .img files from your device.

-To store the image files onto an external SDcard you will need to open the dosbox.conf file and change the storage directory path.
-The directory path will vary across android devices. I'd recommend using a file explorer program to help find the correct path to your SDcard.
-Below are several common paths to external SDcards on various devices. Review the following information and change devices SDcard path accordingly in the dosbox.conf file.
Note: Some devices may have issues starting emulation using an external SDcard.
-If you experience any issues launching emulation or running games use the default internal memory.


Default internal storage path in the dosbox.conf file:
imgmount c: /sdcard/c.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,16,520
imgmount d: /sdcard/hdd-2gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,1023

Change the storage path to your external SDcard:
imgmount c: /sdcard1/c.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,16,520
imgmount d: /sdcard1/hdd-2gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,1023
or
imgmount c: /mnt/sdcard1/c.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,16,520
imgmount d: /mnt/sdcard1/hdd-2gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,1023
or
imgmount c: /mnt/extsdcard/c.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,16,520
imgmount d: /mnt/extsdcard/hdd-2gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,1023
or
imgmount c: /storage/extSdCard/c.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,16,520
imgmount d: /storage/extSdCard/hdd-2gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,1023

5) Open the image files:
On PC Now that WinImage is installed you can open the empty hdd.img’s by double-clicking them
-You can drag game folders directly into the open WinImage program or
-You can also direct the program to the game folders from the WinImage menu @ file/open
Or
On Android Open the ZArchiver app locate a game folder and copy it
-Next direct the app to the HDD.img files and paste it directly into the empty image

6) Place Games folders into the .img files:
-Locate your fully installed games such as DRM free GOG games, ISO images or extracted game data.
-Playing Fallout on android requires some additional modding
-Review my guide below for "How to setup Fallout 1, 2, Tactics with DosBox Turbo:"
-Once your games are setup drag the folder(s) containing this data into the opened hdd image files
-Save your new hdd.img and close the program

(Optional)Download the Free Official Fallout 1 Shareware Demo:
-If you don't have games available download the Fallout 1 demo here
-Just extract the zip files and run the Falldemo.exe from Android

7) Transfer Files to the Root directory of your internal storage:
On PC Connect your Android device to your PC with the USB cable and open your devices internal memory. Copy over the dosbox.conf, c.img, and hdd-2gb.img, files into this space; note that none of these files should be located in a folder.
Or
On Android use a file explorer app here or here to locate and place the files into the root directory of your internal storage.

8) Launch DosBox Turbo:
-Now you' are ready to start the DosBox Turbo app and play your PC games on Android, have fun!
Click here to watch me launch games with Dosbox Turbo.


Get the Hackers Keyboard with useful Arrow<^> keys:

Get the free Hackers Keyboard here from the Play Store
-It has a better layout for playing games and includes directional keys
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How to play Games Fullscreen (No Black Bars):
-To play games fullscreen you'll need to disable the default Aspect Ratio setting
-This will stretch images to fill your display and remove the black bars from the sides of the screen
-Go to DosBox Settings/Keep Aspect Ratio remove the checkmark
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How to use Virtual On Screen Buttons:

DosBox Turbo has 4 programmable virtual buttons that can be used for additional in-game controls.
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-In the DosBox settings menu check “Overlay Buttons”.
-Open “Button/Controller Maps” and choose “Add button Mapping”.
-A new label will appear, click it “Map custom Button (x)”
-At the top select 1 of 4 custom buttons to map
-Now select “Dos key mapping” and assign a key to the button.
-Once done select ok and repeat this for all 4 buttons.
-A good setup for playing fallout would be:
-Btn A=space, Btn B=b, Btn C=I, Btn D=s
-space=end turn, b=change hands, i=inventory, s=skill index,
-There is a Fast Forward button at the very bottom of the “Dos key mapping” menu, scroll down all the way.
-Map this key and you can hold it down to increase the cycles.
-This helps to speed up long load times, but note it will distort any audio that is playing.

How to Improve DosBox Turbos Performance:


Increasing the default memory size:
Warning! Test your device with the default settings before attempting to increase the video or system memory sizes. With newer versions of Android, this can cause the app to crash at launch or display an "Insufficient memory" or "Low memory" error message.

Video Memory:
-Increasing the default video memory size can have a big impact on performance and frame rates
-Moar video memory can make more demanding games playable like Diablo 2, Fallout 2 RP, Quake 1, Half-Life...
-Changing the video memory size from 4MB to 32MB doubles the performance of the WinQuake 1 Benchmark
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-Open the "dosbox.conf" file and change the vmemsize= entry, once modified save the changes
-You can edit the config file from your the DosBox Turbo app @ settings/Advanced DosBox Config/ Edit Config File/

Before:
[dosbox]
vmemsize=4


After:
[dosbox]
vmemsize=32


System Memory:
-You can also increase the system memory size but this tends to make the app crash at launch
-Test the video memory change first before attempting to modify the system memory
-If your android device has 2GB+ of memory or more, then you can increase the usable memory from the default of 256MB to 512MB
-Open the "dosbox.conf" file and change the memsize= entry, once modified save the changes
-You can edit the config file from your the DosBox Turbo app @ settings/Advanced DosBox Config/ Edit Config File/

Before:
[dosbox]
memsize=256


After:
[dosbox]
memsize=512



Overclocking:
Disclaimer: Overclocking could cause damage to your device, do it at your own risk.
-You will need to be rooted in order to Overclock your device. Increasing your CPU speed can have a large impact on performance and could make games playable on older devices.
-Get a free overclocking app from the Play Store such as Kernel Adiutor (ROOT) or AnTuTu's CPU Master . Open the app and increase the speed in small increments of 100-200Mhz and then run AnTuTu's Benchmark to check stability and performance. Once you've found a stable overclock test it with Dosbox Turbo.

Extra HDD space for Virtual Memory:
-Using a 1/2GB HDD and then allocating free space for virtual memory, could help to improve performance.
-Once you're running win9x right click on the vault 13 desktop icon and choose properties, select the performance tab,“virtual memory” at the bottom, click “Let me specify my own virtual memory settings”. Select the HDD and specify the amount of space you want to use for virtual memory.
-It will prompt you to reboot once you exit. Don’t reboot, choose no, and then shut down and re-launch the emulator.
-This will help to keep System Resources between 98-99% free, this helps to optimize the performance.
-You can check the performance by right-clicking on the Vault 13 desktop icon and selecting properties. Navigate to the performance tab at the top and look for “System Resources:98%free”.

DosBox Turbo Quick Menu:
-You can access the quick menu by swiping the left side of the screen.
- This will give you access to quick settings and toggles for your input devices.
-To improve load times you can select “Cycles” and increase this number.
-By default, it will be on Auto, which gives the best balance between sound quality and performance.
-Increasing this will cause the games to load faster but can badly distort the sound.
-You can Toggle this up in games that have long load times.
- Set the Cycles back to Auto once your game has loaded.
-You can also disable the sound in the DOSBox settings and play with increased cycles.
-This will significantly improve performance on slower devices.
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How to setup Fallout 1, 2, Tactics with DosBox Turbo:
Fallout 2 Regular
-To play Fallout 2 on Android install Killap’s unofficial Fallout 2 patch.
1) Download and Extract the Unofficial patch here then open the folder.
2) Open the extracted patch folder, copy the "data" folder and paste it into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
3) Open the "Windows 95-98-ME" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
4) Open the “Batch_work’ folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. Run the "master_dat_fix_up.exe" file (A window will pop up, wait for it..)
5) Next this is EXTREMELY important, in your Fallout 2 install directory delete a file called "patch000.dat"
6)Download and extract the Fallout 2 custom configs files .zip here
-Locate the fallout 2 config folder, here you will find two different Fallout 2 configs to choose from.
-Copy and paste the "fallout2.cfg" config file from "Config With video & music sounds" into your Fallout 2 folder.
-The music and ambient sounds in the game can be distorted and cause lag, turn them off if necessary.
Note: You can always turn off the music and video sounds from the games preferences menu.
-Config With video & music sounds: fixes sound data path, increases the max volume.
-Config Without video & music sounds: disables music and boosts performance, fixes sound data path, increases the
max volume.

(Optional) Download and extract Mash’s Hi-Res patch here
Note This Hi-Res patch allows you to increase the resolution but it will impact game performance.

Fallout 2 Restoration Project
Note) The Fallout 2 Restoration Project has longer load times it requires a faster device than the regular version
-To play Killaps Fallout 2 Restoration Project on Android do the following.
1) Download and Extract the manual Restoration patch here open the folder.
2) Open the "main" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
3) Open the "Windows 95-98-ME" folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. (yes to overwrite the files)
4) Open the “Batch_work’ folder and copy and paste these files into your Fallout 2 install directory. Run the "f2.bat" file (A window will pop up, wait for it..)
5) Next this is EXTREMELY important, in your Fallout 2 install directory delete a file called "patch000.dat"
6)Download and extract the Fallout 2 custom configs files .zip here
-Locate the fallout 2 config folder, here you will find two different Fallout 2 configs to choose from.
-Copy and paste the "fallout2.cfg" config file from "Config With video & music sounds" into your Fallout 2 folder.
-The music and ambient sounds in the game can be distorted and cause lag, turn them off if necessary.
Note: You can always turn off the music and video sounds from the games preferences menu.
-Config With video & music sounds: fixes sound data path, increases the max volume.
-Config Without video & music sounds: disables music and boosts performance, fixes sound data path, increases the
max volume.



Fallout Tactics
-In order to make Fallout Tactics playable with DosBox Turbo, you will need to remove ambient sounds from the game.
-The result is faster smoother scrolling and less lagged gameplay by reducing CPU/disk usage.
-Optionally you can also remove the videos since they don’t run properly and take up extra space.
How to remove ambient Sounds and Optimize files:
-Use Odin’s Booster utility to modify the audio files so ambient sounds can be deleted.
-Download Odin's Booster Utility here
-Extract the Booster.exe into your Fallout Tactics game folder.
-Run the Booster.exe with admin privileges by right-clicking the exe
-Select "Browse" and direct the booster utility to your Fallout Tactics game folder (Example= C:\GOG Games\Fallout Tactics\)
-Next select sound_o.bos and sound_amb.bos under "Files to optimize". Click on "Optimize!"
-Now the ambient sounds folder will appear in your Fallout Tactics game folder @ \Fallout Tactics\core\sounds\ambient\
-Delete or remove the ambient sounds folder from the Fallout tactics game folder
-(Optional) Delete or remove the intro movie from fallout @ \Fallout Tactics\core\movies\intro.bik


Fallout 1 Dos Guide + Video
-The Fallout 1 guide is in the 2nd post, click here or scroll down

How to use Version 2.0 with CD/ISO support:

1)Start the Daemon tools program by click the desktop icon.
2)Tap the Icon that will appear in the bottom right corner.
-Select “Device 0: [E:] No media”
3)Find your ISO image and select it
-Autoplay should now start your CD.
Note:To use ISO files they must be located within a folder before transferring them to the HDD.img.
-If the ISO is not located in a folder it will attempt to fill the HDD image and won't work correctly.
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Use this to Play Games like Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. This video demonstrates how to mount the ISO images using Daemon tools @1:28.

Troubleshooting:

General Issues:
-3Dfx glide support is not working properly in the current build 2.1.21 and could cause the app to crash when launching 3Dfx enabled games. It works properly in previous builds.
aFreeBox: Can't open configs with manual mode enabled and the default directory location
'Error occurred when gettings files content: dosbox.conf"
-Changing the default conf to the old default fixes the issue.
-Win9x emulation can be unstable while exploring your emulated desktop. Opening multiple windows can cause crashing and lockups.
-By adding ISO/CD support windows becomes less stable and you should mount your ISO images right away.
-To maintain Win9x image stability I would recommend going to the start menu and shutting down windows after gaming but then exit the app.

I've Tried everything and DosBox Turbo won't run on my Device:
Magic DosBox Play Store (Free but limited)
Note: If DosBox Turbo doesn't work with your device try the Magic Dosbox Dos emulator
-Pros: smooth mouse support, frequent updates, great for Dos games
-Cons: No 3dfx support, Ram limit set to 64mb, few games launch due to limited Ram

How to setup Magic Dosbox for Win9x:
- Open the app click the +, make a new game, check Expert Commands, click the gear symbols, set "memsize=64", set "cputype=pentium", set "sbtype=sb16", add the following to the auto exe line at the bottom of the cfg file.

"[autoexe]
Ecco off
imgmount c: /sdcard/c.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,16,520
imgmount e: /sdcard/hdd-2gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,1023
boot -l c"

Insufficient memory/Low memory Error Message
-Increasing the default memory amount on newer versions of Android can sometimes cause a "Low memory" warning message.
-If you get a "Low memory" error message or your device crashes to the desktop when you run the app, you may need to reduce the amount of memory used. Try 128MB or 64MB.
- This message could also indicate that there is not enough free memory on your Android device. You may need to reboot or clear away background apps.
-If you still have problems launching windows or finding the D drive make sure you are using the default internal storage for your .img files.

Fallout 2 Notes:
-Fallout 2 runs best with a resolution of 640x480 and an 8bit color depth for best results. Using higher resolutions or 16-32bit colors can cause the game to become unplayable.
-Killaps Restoration project version 2.3.3 can cause screen scrolling issues with maps such as Temple of Trials.
-Using the older RP 2.1.2b version works best with DosboxTurbo. ExaGear RPG can run the latest RP 2.3.3.
Killaps Fallout 2 Restoration Project Main Page here

CD/ISO support issues:
-Overtime using the ISO support can cause the C img to stop working correctly. I would recommend making a backup of the image once you have a game installed.
- If this happens you can copy the backed up C image over to your device again. Your saved games will be located on the D HDD image and will be unaffected.
-The CD Rom support makes emulation less stable and can cause error messages when starting win9x with DosBox Turbo.
- If you experience errors simply exit and restart the app.
-There are alternatives to installing game data from the ISO.
-You can use the WinImage program to extract the ISO’s contents to a folder.
-This can be added to an HDD image and the setup exe run from inside of an emulated win9x environment.
-Many classic games can be run with game fixes, that will allow you to play without the CD.
GameBurnWorld No-CD Game Fixes
-You can add CD/ISO support by downloading Daemon tools 3.47 here and installing the setup exe from inside of an emulated win9x environment.
-Once running win9x with Daemon tools disable autostart and automount or the image may crash when launching win9x.

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How to Play Fallout 1 on Android with DosBox Turbo(Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTruSMVWvYw

System Requirements
Recommended System Requirements:
CPU: Quad-Core/Octa-Core device 1.6Ghz
RAM: 2GB-3GB
Storage: 16GB


Minimum Requirements:
CPU: Dual-core 1.5Ghz
RAM: 1GB (My default setup uses 256MB)
Storage: 8GB


How to play Fallout 1 on Android:
1)a]You will need to have the DosBox Turbo app installed on your Android device. Run the DosBox Turbo app and open the settings menu from either the pull-down menu at the Top or left side swiping menu. Go to “DosBox Settings/Advanced DosBox Config” check “3DFX Glide Support” and “Manual Mode”. You must restart the app before these changes will take effect.

DosBox Turbo Play Store (Paid)
Or
aFreeBox Play Store(Free but Slower)
Or
Magic DosBox Play Store (Free but no Turbo)

b]Important Change Not in the Video:
-Dosbox Turbos default directory path to the dosbox.conf file changed sometime after I made the video.
-Due to these changes, you will need to modify the directory path back to the old default.
-Do this by selecting "Config Location" right under where you clicked “3DFX Glide Support” and “Manual Mode” in the previous step.
-Full location @ settings/Advanced DosBox Config/Config Location
-Modify the "Config Location" path by removing the red text between /dosbox.conf and the /<path to storage>/
-View the below examples and modify the path to your own dosbox.conf
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Default dosbox.conf location modification example:
Before:
/<path to storage>/android/data/com.fishstix.dosbox/files/dosbox.conf
After:
/<path to storage>/dosbox.conf

How it looked on my Note 2:
Before:
/storage/emulated/0/android/data/com.fishstix.dosbox/files/dosbox.conf
After:
/storage/emulated/0/dosbox.conf

2)You will need to have a copy of Fallout 1 the game, I got mine from GOG here. GOG makes the best version available but you can also use older CD/DVD versions of the game.
-Locate your copy of the Fallout 1
Fallout 1 directory Locations:
By default the GOG version of the game should be located at C:\GOG Games\Fallout
By default the CD or DVD version of the game should be located at C:\Program Files\BlackIsle\Fallout

3)Dos is no longer included with newer versions of Fallout 1(GOG) we will need to add support for it
-Download the Fallout 1 Official v1.1 DOS Patch here
-Extract the Dos patch files directly into your Fallout 1 game folder
-Download and place the dos4gw.exe here, hmidet.386 here and hmidrv.386 here, into your Fallout 1 folder

Or
-Get it as part of Fallout Fixt mod here
When selecting the type of install, there is an option to include the DOS exe

4)Download and extract the Fallout 1 configs files .zip here
-Locate the fallout 1 config folder, here you will find two different Fallout 1 configs to choose from. Copy and paste the "fallout.cfg" config file from the "Config With video & music sounds" into your Fallout 1 game folder.
-(Optional) If you have a slower device or experience sound/performance issues use the file from "Config Without Video & Music sounds" instead. Copy and paste the "fallout.cfg" file into your Fallout 1 game folder.

-(Optional) Download the Fallout 1 NPC mod here
This patch allows you to edit your NPC follows weapons and inventory like in Fallout 2
Download and extract the "Data" folder into your Fallout 1 game folder

5)Locate the "dosbox.conf" file also in the Fallout 1 configs package.
-This file will launch the game automatically with a modified auto exe line.
-Transfer both the "dosbox.conf" and the Fallout 1 game folder to your Android device.
-They will need to be located in your devices internal storage by default.
-Now you are ready to launch the DosBox Turbo app from your Android device and begin your adventure into the Wasteland.

Note: If you forgot to enable manual mode and then exit the app in step 1 the "dosbox.conf" will be overwritten and Fallout 1 won't load. If this happens recopy the "dosbox.conf" file to the device after redoing step 1.


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-Get the free Hackers Keyboard here
-It has a better layout for playing games and includes directional keys.
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How to use Virtual On Screen Buttons:
-In the DosBox settings menu check “Overlay Buttons”.
-Open “Button/Controller Maps” and choose “Add button Mapping”.
-A new label will appear, click it “Map custom Button (x)”
-At the top select 1 of 4 custom buttons to map
-Now select “Dos key mapping” and assign a key to the button.
-Once done select ok and repeat this for all 4 buttons.
-A good setup for playing fallout would be:
-Btn A=space, Btn B=b, Btn C=I, Btn D=s
-space=end turn, b=change hands, i=inventory, s=skill index,
-There is a Fast Forward button at the very bottom of the “Dos key mapping” menu, scroll down all the way.
-Map this key and you can hold it down to increase the cycles.
-This helps to speed up long load times, but note it will distort any audio that is playing.
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How to play Games Fullscreen (No Black Bars):
-To play games fullscreen you'll need to disable the default Aspect Ratio setting
-This will stretch images to fill your display and remove the black bars from the sides of the screen
-Go to DosBox Settings/Keep Aspect Ratio remove the checkmark
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(Optional)Fallout Fixt Mod 0.81alpha July 5th 2015:
"Fallout Fixt exists to enhance, expand and improve upon the Fallout 1 experience. This includes fixing bugs, restoring features, modifying balance, adding new features, and many fixes to text/dialog. In addition to that, all other available mods and patches are rolled into Fixt (see below), meaning that Fallout Fixt is the only thing needed for "the best" Fallout 1 experience. As of the most recent version, this mod fixes roughly 150 bugs still present in the unofficial patches and adds roughly 170 features. In addition, there are hundreds if not thousands of text&dialog fixes."
-Fallout Fixt Mod NMA here
-Fallout Fixt Mod Moddb here

(Optional)How to use the new default paths for DosBox Turbo files:
What happened:
-The location for the "dosbox.conf" and the mounted storage changed after I made the video
-You can use the new default locations by reviewing the below info

Default DosBox Turbo configuration file:
/<path to storage>/Android/data/com.fishstix.dosbox/files/dosbox.conf
Note: Find your "dosbox.conf" in the above default location. You can replace it with the one included in my package

Default Dos game space that is mounted as C:
/<path to storage>/Download/
Note: Place your .img files or Dos games into the "download" folder in your devices internal storage

Default location for the manager app conf:
/<path to storage>/Android/data/com.fishstix.dosboxlauncher/files/dosbox/<game name>.conf
Note: A handy tool for making and storing multiple "dosbox.conf" files.

Troubleshooting Fallout 1

-If Dosbox turbo crashes at launch and you get the a message like
"Directory /storage/sdcard/ doesnt exist.
Drive C does not exist!"

or
"unable to change to: fallout.
Illegal command: fallout."

Then you will need to open up the dosbox.conf file and change the mounted storage path

Default dosbox.conf modification example:
Before:
mount c: /storage/<path to storage>/
c:
cd fallout
fallout

How it looked on my Note 2:
mount c: /storage/emulated/0/
c:
cd fallout
fallout

Other possible examples
mount c: /storage/sdcard0/
c:
cd fallout
fallout

mount c: /storage/sdcard1/
c:
cd fallout
fallout

mount c: /storage/sdcard/
c:
cd fallout
fallout

mount c: /storage/extSdCard/
c:
cd fallout
fallout

-If Fallout 1 launches but crashes from the main menu once you try to start or load a game, then, take a good look at the instructions and make sure you didn't miss anything in step 4. Step 4 requires you to add a fallout 1 custom config to the Fallout 1 folder. This corrects the path for the game data and could be the reason why you're unable to get past the start screen.



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How to Play Dos Games on Android with DosBox Turbo
Original "Beginning DosBox Turbo for Newbies" main page click here
More help and device specific questions can be found in the FAQ here

This guide will teach you how to play the popular Dos game DOOM on Android:
Step 1) Install DosBox Turbo or aFreeBox onto your Android device:
DosBox Turbo Play Store (Paid)
Or
aFreeBox Play Store(Free but Slower)
Or
Magic DosBox Play Store (Free)

Step 2) Download Dos Games:
-In this example, we will be using the free DOOM Shareware package
-Click here to download the "doom19s.zip" shareware to your computer or Android device
-Most DOS games arrive in a zip archive, some need to be unpacked with a .bat file into a seperate folder
-Once you've completed this guide Download the DOS Freeware/Shareware game of your choice here

Step 3) Unzip your Game folder:
-On PC unzip the archive using a program like WinRAR or WinZip
-The "doom19s.zip" will unzip to a folder on your PC called "doom19s"
Or
-On Android use the ZArchiver app here to unzip the Dos games directly into the "Download" folder.

Step 4) Copy the game folder to your Android Device:
On PC-Plug your Android device into your computer via USB cable and locate the "Download" folder in the root directory of your internal storage.
-Copy the "doom19s" folder and other games into the "Download" folder
-On Android- The files should already be in the "Download" folder

(Optional)Create a new folder called "dos" where you can put all our DOS games to keep them organized
-This is very helpful but do it once you're familiar with navigating DOS
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Step 5) Setup the GamePad app or a Game Controller:
-If you don't have a controller install and Enable the free GamePad application on your Android Device to get cursor controls here
-Once installed click the GamePad icon and follow the steps to enable it on your Android device
-Then follow the video for instructions on how to mapping the keys to play doom
Note: The instructions for mapping buttons on the gamepad are the same as mapping an actual controller (Xbox360, Nvidia Shield, Xperia Play). Follow this video to setup the controls for playing doom on Android
Step 6) Start DosBox Turbo and configure the game settings:
-Start the DosBox Turbo app and when you see the dos prompt (c: \)
-Now you will need to bring up the Keyboard and begin typing

How to bring up the keyboard:
In Portrait Orientation: At the top of the screen, you'll see a keyboard icon, click this to show/hide the keyboard.
In Landscape Orientation: There will be no icon bar at the top of the screen. You can swipe down (from top to bottom) to bring up the icon bar with the Keyboard icon. Swipe Up to hide it again.
In ANY orientation: You always have the option of swiping (from LEFT to RIGHT) across your screen to bring up the "Quick Menu". From the Quick Menu you can enable/disable the keyboard.

Finally, after you brought up the keyboard we're ready to input dos commands
Many games will need to be unpacked before launching
Type the following to unpack the files for doom

c:\> cd doom19s

c:\doom19s> install


-You will be asked "which drive to install to? (example:C)" press c
-It will ask "Enter directory name to copy into:" by default its "DOOMS" press enter to confirm
-Next "That directory does not exist! Create it?" press y
-You'll be asked about the setup keep pressing enter till the game launches.
-A new folder will be created called "DOOMS" @ c:\DOOMS and the game's data will be extracted there

DOOM should now launch. If you are using the free GamePad keyboard, switch from the keyboard to the gamepad by swiping from left to right across the keyboard itself. You can also run the setup.exe if you want to change the DOOM settings. The procedure is basically the same for most Dos games.

The next time you launch doom you will need to direct Dos to the newly created "DOOMS" folder:

c:\> cd dooms

c:\DOOMS> doom


To run the doom setup again do the following:

c:\> cd dooms

c:\DOOMS> setup


How to Launch other Dos Games:
-To launch other games replace the doom folder and exe names with ones from your desired game.

c:\> cd "game folder name here"

c:"game folder name here"> "game .exe or .bat name here"


Basic Dos Commands you will need full list here and here and here:
cd "your folder here" = change directory to the specified location
cd.. = change directory back one folder in the file system
cd\ = Takes you back to the root directory (c: in this case)
dir = list all the files in the current directory
-If you don't know the name of the file to launch a game or unpack an archive type dir to list the files
-Any files listed that end in .exe or .bat are the ones to input, for example, install.bat, SETUP.exe DOOM.exe

How to Quick Launch Games with DosBox Manager:
-Click here for and a great guide for setting up games with Dosbox Manager app
-You can use the DosBox manager app here to create and store multiple dosbox.conf files like the one I've posted below.
-These can be used to quickly launch games
-You create a profile for each game that saves your settings and makes an auto exe for Dos commands
-Watch the instructional video
Auto exe Examples:

Fallout 1 Auto exe:
mount c: /storage/emulated/0/Download/
c:
cd fallout
fallout


DOOM Auto exe:
mount c: /storage/emulated/0/Download/
c:
cd dooms
doom


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Get the free Hackers Keyboard here from the Play Store
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How to use Virtual On Screen Buttons:

DosBox Turbo has 4 programmable virtual buttons that can be used for additional in-game controls.
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-In the DosBox settings menu check “Overlay Buttons”.
-Open “Button/Controller Maps” and choose “Add button Mapping”.
-A new label will appear, click it “Map custom Button (x)”
-At the top select 1 of 4 custom buttons to map
-Now select “Dos key mapping” and assign a key to the button.
-Once done select ok and repeat this for all 4 buttons.
-A good setup for playing fallout would be:
-Btn A=space, Btn B=b, Btn C=I, Btn D=s
-space=end turn, b=change hands, i=inventory, s=skill index,
-There is a Fast Forward button at the very bottom of the “Dos key mapping” menu, scroll down all the way.
-Map this key and you can hold it down to increase the cycles.
-This helps to speed up long load times, but note it will distort any audio that is playing.

How to play Games Fullscreen (No Black Bars):
-To play games fullscreen you'll need to disable the default Aspect Ratio setting
-This will stretch images to fill your display and remove the black bars from the sides of the screen
-Go to DosBox Settings/Keep Aspect Ratio remove the checkmark
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How to Enable MIDI support:
-Open the dosbox.conf files and make the following changes

[midi]
# Only enable MIDI if you have the necessary MT32 ROM files
mpu401=intelligent
mididevice=mt32
mt32.thread=on
mt32.verbose=off

How to Play Classis GOG.com Dos Games with 3Dfx Glide Support:
-You will need to have 3Dfx support enabled in DosBox Turbo app
-Open the settings menu from either the pull-down menu at the Top or left side swiping menu
-Go to “DosBox Settings/Advanced DosBox Config” check “3DFX Glide Support” restart the app before these changes will take effect
-For games to play Dos Games with 3Dfx glide support (Blood, Tomb Raider,ect) you will need to download and extract this glide2x.ovl file into your game folder here

How to Use DosBox Turbo with GOG.img files and ISO's in Dos Games:

-Download pre-made configs for Blood and Tombraider with auto exes to launch the games here

Mounting ISO and IMG files with Dosbox Turbo:
1) Run DosBox go to “DosBox Settings/Advanced DosBox Config” check “3DFX Glide Support” and “Manual Mode”. You must restart the app before these changes will take effect.

2)Some games have ISO or IMG files that must be mounted in order to play the games. GOG games have data image files called "game.gog", you will need to mount these in order to play your GOG games. I suggest you add a line to your DosBox Turbo config file. You can do this by opening up your dosbox.conf file and adding the following lines. Note you can also manually type these commands into Dosbox Turbo but you will need to repeat this each time before launching the game. In addition, you can use the free Dosbox manager to create a quick launch profile with the auto exe lines and ISO/IMG file commands.

imgmount d: /sdcard/[path_to_game]/game.gog -t iso

or

imgmount d: /sdcard/[path_to_game]/gamename.iso -t iso

In this example the game data is located on your Android device in a folder named "tomb".

imgmount d: /sdcard/tomb/game.gog -t iso

In this example the game data is located on your Android device in a folder named "blood".

imgmount d: /sdcard/blood/game.gog -t iso



How to play the Elder Scrolls II - Daggerfall on Android:

How to Benchmark Dosbox Turbo:

Dos Doom Shareware Benchmarking:
Download the Doom and Quake Shareware package for Dosbox Turbo:

The Doom 1 timedemo 3 is used as the main benchmark for Dosbox turbo. To keep the results accurate across devices users should use the Doom1 Shareware v1.9 in conjunction with a preset Dosbox config file. The config file will automatically run the test and display the results.

Doom time demo results will be displayed as gameticks and realticks. In order to calculate the average Frames per second (FPS) we will enter these results into this equation 35(gameticks/realticks). The gameticks will always be 2134 for the Doom Shareware V1.9. If you have a different number then you aren’t using this version and results will not be comparable. Compare your results with those on the Dosbox Turbo performance page here

1) You will need to have the DosBox Turbo app installed on your Android device. Run DosBox Turbo and open the settings menu from either the pull down menu at the Top or left side swiping menu. Go to “DosBox Settings/Advanced DosBox Config” check “Manual Mode”. You must restart the app before these changes will take effect.

2) Download the Doom v1.9 shareware and config with Auto exe. Copy this file and folder into the root directory of your internal storage space. This is the area that opens by default from your computer with the USB cable, all your Android data is located here. The folder should be called doom and have all the data contained within. You can manually run the test by launching Doom, bringing up the console by pressing (`)and typing “timedemo demo 3”.

3) Launch the Dosbox Turbo app from your device and Doom will start and run time demo 3. Once complete you will see your results that you can calculate your average FPS from. Round up your results to the nearest 0.1FPS.
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Multiplatform benchmarking with Quake 1 in Win9x and Dos:
You can benchmark the Quake 1 timedemo in both Dos and win9x. This will allow you compare performance between Dos, win9x and win9x with Glide 3Dfx support. Results will be displayed as average frames per second (FPS). Dosbox Auto exe configs can be used for Dos benchmarks and automated benchmark shortcuts are used with win9x.
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1) You will need to have the DosBox Turbo app installed on your Android device. Run the DosBox Turbo app and open the settings menu from either the pull-down menu at the Top or left side swiping menu. Go to “DosBox Settings/Advanced DosBox Config” check “3DFX Glide Support” and “Manual Mode”. You must restart the app before these changes will take effect.

2) Download the Quake shareware demo and config files. Copy the Quake folder into your devices internal storage space. This is the area that opens by default from your computer with the USB cable, all your Android data is located here. The folder should be called quake and have all the data contained within.

3) To run the Quake 1 Dos benchmark, copy the Quake Dos config from the folder onto your device. Launch the Dosbox Turbo app from your device and Quake will start and run the time demo via the auto exe. Once complete you will see your results as an average FPS. If it doesn’t start you can manually run the test by launching Quake, bringing up the console by pressing(`) and typing “timedemo demo1”.

4) To run the Quake win9x benchmark copy the Quake win9x config from the folder onto your device. Place the Quake shareware demo folder into your HDD image, save it and transfer it to the device. This is the same procedure covered in the video for playing PC games with Dosbox Turbo. Launch the app to start win9x, open the shortcut to D and find the Quake folder. Inside this folder you will find several benchmark shortcuts for both regular quake and GL quake. Two Quake mods have been added to the folder to enable 3DfX glide support, Pro quake and Joe quake. Run one of these shortcuts to automatically start the benchmark and display results once complete. Note Pro Quake is the recommended benchmark for Quake in win9x. Joe Quake displays more of the screen and is, therefore, harder to run but is more enjoyable for playing the actual game demo. All comparable benchmark results should be done with either Pro Quake or Pro Quake GL. Note the shortcut links expect the game data to be located @ D:\quake.

Quake Benchmark Shortcut Legend:
-wqpro-Benchmark (Pro Quake Software Benchmark)
-glpro-Benchmark (Pro Quake GL Benchmark)

-joequake-Benchmark (Joe Quake Software Benchmark)
-joequake-gl-Benchmark (Joe Quake GL Benchmark)

-winquake-Benchmark (Default software Benchmark)


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Nice stuff. Thank you very much. Will try it as soon as I have more free time.

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((Amended due to not being able to post links -- I had pictures and links :/ Sorry I cannot provide them being as I am new to the forums and only signed up to respond to this thread in particular))

I've watched the video and read the guide all the way through.

What I have been trying to do is play a Windows 98 compatible game called Ahriman's Prophecy made by Amaranth Games. It's a free game you can download from their website, and the stats on it say "Windows 98/XP/Vista".

I also have tried another one of their games, which is pay to play ($20US), called Aveyond: Rhen's Quest which is made by the same people. Despite trying both version 1 and version 2 of the guides you posted, as I've tried for about 5 hours, which has kept me entertained, but alas it still will not work. I'm pretty persistent, but being able to play these on the Nextbook would make me incredibly happy.

I am running the Android application on a Nextbook. I have Dsbox Turbo purchased and installed.

Quote:

Technical Specifications:
1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 Dual-Core processor
1GB DDR3 of system memory and 8GB on-board storage memory
8.0" touchscreen, 1024 x 768 resolution
Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi

My Config File:
Quote:

imgmount c: /sdcard/c.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,16,520
imgmount d: /mnt/sdcard/external_sdcard/hdd-1gb.img -t hdd -fs fat -size 512,63,64,520
boot -l c

  • I can access them, but when I run the application Aveyond: Rhen's Quest it crashes the whole system.
  • When I run Ahriman's Prophecy it gets to a white loading screen with the loading screen icon on the mouse. I can move the mouse about, but if I leave it running for 30 minutes it will go to a blue screen, require me to press a key, and then crash Dosbox Turbo all together.

I have also tried compressing Aveyond: Rhen's Quest into an ISO file and running it through Daemon tools, just to see if it would work, and that too hit a dead end.

BOTH programs run fine on a PC, so there's nothing wrong with the .exe files, but I have a feeling I made a mistake in the installation somewhere. Dsbox loads up fine, it's just running the .exe programs themselves that is an issue.
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((Amended due to not being able to post links -- I had pictures and links :/ Sorry I cannot provide them being as I am new to the forums and only signed up to respond to this thread in particular))

I've watched the video and read the guide all the way through.

What I have been trying to do is play a Windows 98 compatible game called Ahriman's Prophecy made by Amaranth Games. It's a free game you can download from their website, and the stats on it say "Windows 98/XP/Vista".

I also have tried another one of their games, which is pay to play ($20US), called Aveyond: Rhen's Quest which is made by the same people. Despite trying both version 1 and version 2 of the guides you posted, as I've tried for about 5 hours, which has kept me entertained, but alas it still will not work. I'm pretty persistent, but being able to play these on the Nextbook would make me incredibly happy.

I am running the Android application on a Nextbook. I have Dsbox Turbo purchased and installed.



My Config File:

  • I can access them, but when I run the application Aveyond: Rhen's Quest it crashes the whole system.
  • When I run Ahriman's Prophecy it gets to a white loading screen with the loading screen icon on the mouse. I can move the mouse about, but if I leave it running for 30 minutes it will go to a blue screen, require me to press a key, and then crash Dosbox Turbo all together.

I have also tried compressing Aveyond: Rhen's Quest into an ISO file and running it through Daemon tools, just to see if it would work, and that too hit a dead end.

BOTH programs run fine on a PC, so there's nothing wrong with the .exe files, but I have a feeling I made a mistake in the installation somewhere. Dsbox loads up fine, it's just running the .exe programs themselves that is an issue.

Version 1 and 2 are the same but 2 has CD/ISO support. The minimum system requirement for Aveyond 1: Rhen's Adventure starts with a 600Mhz CPU. Equivalently my Note 2 has a 75-90Mhz CPU when running PC games with DosBox Turbo. Remember to look at the Emulated Android PC Performance chart in the guide and see where your device fits. The most limiting factor is our current level of hardware. Games that require a CPU above 300Mhz are generally unplayable with current hardware. If you happen to have a Tegra 4 device and set GPU acceleration, then you might be able to make it happen.

To be able to post pics and links here you need to get your post count up. Checkout some of my other fun gaming threads, you might find something interesting. Cheers


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Version 1 and 2 are the same but 2 has CD/ISO support. The minimum system requirement for Aveyond 1: Rhen's Adventure starts with a 600Mhz CPU. Equivalently my Note 2 has a 75-90Mhz CPU when running PC games with DosBox Turbo. Remember to look at the Emulated Android PC Performance chart in the guide and see where your device fits. The most limiting factor is our current level of hardware. Games that require a CPU above 300Mhz are generally unplayable with current hardware. If you happen to have a Tegra 4 device and set GPU acceleration, then you might be able to make it happen.

To be able to post pics and links here you need to get your post count up. Checkout some of my other fun gaming threads, you might find something interesting. Cheers

Thank you very much for the response. I'm more interested in RPG games, so playing Fallout really is not necessarily my goal. I figured it could possibly have something to do with that. Still, I was entertained enough playing with the guide. It's really good, and I at least succeeded with getting DosBox Turbo working. \o/
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Wanted to let everyone know the 2.1.5 release of DosBox Turbo supports CD-Audio (ie. mixed mode CD's), so mounting bin/cue files from GoG should now allow for cd-audio.
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Wanted to let everyone know the 2.1.5 release of DosBox Turbo supports CD-Audio (ie. mixed mode CD's), so mounting bin/cue files from GoG should now allow for cd-audio.

Thats fantastic news! I can't wait to try it out Gaming just isn't the same without the music
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what level of games are possible ? for instance could you play warcraft 3? will we ever se that kind of emulation?
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what level of games are possible ? for instance could you play warcraft 3? will we ever se that kind of emulation?

That all depends on the power of the Android device and the system requirements of the game. I have yet to try using this with a Tega 4 device but we can expect more GPU heavy Android devices from Nvidia in the future. If a game can be run with a Voodoo 1 and low powered CPU then it would be within the realm of possibility. Voodoo 3Dfx support is a new and experimental feature currently, so games will run better in software mode. We can expect this to improve as development continues but it might be a few years before something like WC3 is playable. Have a look at the current hardware info below. If a fast current device provides around 100mhz CPU then we need something 4x to 6x faster for WC3.

Emulated Android PC Performance

Recommended System Requirements:
CPU Quad- Core, Dual-core 1.2Ghz+, equivalent or better.
GPU Adreno 220+, Nvidia Tegra2/3/4, equivalent or better.
2GB, 1GB, 512MB. My Config asks for a min or 256MB & shouldn't be run on a device with less than 512MB.
8GB disk space


Minimum System Requirements:
1Ghz Single-Core CPU with 512MB of Ram
4GB Disk Space

Android to PC hardware conversion:
Quad Core Samsung Exynos (1.6 Ghz - Samsung Galaxy Note II) ~ Pentium 75 - 90
Quad Core Nvidia Tegra3 CPU (1.5Ghz) ~ Pentium 60-75Mhz
Dual Core Nvidia Tegra2 CPU (1Ghz) ~ [email protected]
Dual Core A9/Exynos Processor (Samsung Galaxy II @ 1.2Ghz) ~ [email protected]
Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 (MSM8260 1.5Ghz) ~ [email protected]
Single Core Generic Cortex A8 (1Ghz) ~ [email protected]

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