One of the best developments for Linux gaming in the past ten years has been the rise of GOG.com. The site began as Good Old Games in 2008, devoted to acquiring the rights to legally sell “abandonware” games, old DOS games that had been abandoned by their publishers for whatever reason.
GOG.com 2008, originally Good Old Games, improved to GOG.com in 2010. GOG.com currently offers numerous older DOS games now repackaged to run smoothly on Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak. In this example, we will show you how to install Darklands, a classic Microprose RPG from 1992. The installation for Darklands is pretty typical, and you can use this example to install other older GOG.com games on Ubuntu.
First, log into your GOG.com account and download the Ubuntu installer for the game you wish to play. The installer will download as a shell script, which you will need to first mark as executable. To mark the shell script for Darklands as executable, launch the Terminal by hitting the CTRL+ATL+T keys simultaneously, and then enter this command
chmod +x ~/Downloads/gog_darklands_184.108.40.206.sh
Then execute the shell script with this command:
This will launch the GOG.com installer for Darklands. Accept the EULA, and then select the destination folder for the installation. The default destinations are usually acceptable, unless you have a specific reason for installing the game elsewhere. The installer will then ask if you want to create a desktop shortcut and a menu item (this will allow you to find the game to launch it through the Dash). Make sure to select both, as it will make it easier to launch the game after the installer has finished.
Once the installation as finished, you can launch the game by going to the Dash, searching for “Darklands”, and then double-clicking on the icon for Darklands. Ubuntu will then launch DOSBox and load Darklands preconfigured for you.
Note that the game will load full-screen – you can switch to the windowed mode by hitting the ALT and the ENTER keys simultaneously.
This procedure will let you install most of GOG.com’s Ubuntu-compatible classic games.
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