best way to run dos games on my imac G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kaitlin4599, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. kaitlin4599 macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2013
    ok so i have the imac G4 sunflower pc and i have a few dos games i want to run that dont play well with my linux pc whats the best way to run them i have say 4 dos games i wanna run
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    If you're running Leopard, you can download Boxer here:

    This is a great app for running DOS games. Really, really great app. Just drag the DOS folder into Boxer and it will install it for you. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be compatible on Tiger or earlier, so I'm not sure what to suggest if you're on 10.4 or earlier.
  3. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2015
    Central Michigan
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    What are the specs of your Linux PC? I can't imagine any situation where a G4 would run DOS games better than any native x86 system, even running Linux.
  5. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
    It's worth mentioning at least for a lot of major titles, there is a Mac version available. In fact, there were some games where I think the Mac version predated the Dos version(Oregon Trail comes to mind).

    Getting the native Mac version really is the best of all worlds.

    With that said, I've had great luck with Dosbox for a lot of the old shareware/freeware games that I use to love playing. You could also run Win2K in VPC, which lets you cover a bunch of both DOS and Windows games.
  6. mzs.112000 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2015
    Try DOSBox, it should play any of your DOS games, also here is a hint: DOSBox also runs on Linux(x86 and PPC and pretty much everything else too).
    Actually DOSBox on your Linux PC should be faster than DOSBox on any PPC Mac, because it does not have to do as much work to emulate the CPU.
  7. dandeco macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2008
    I'm gonna have to go with keysofanxiety, Boxer is a great app. I use it for my Let's Play videos of old DOS games from my childhood...

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