Ever since Apple eased up their App Store approval guidelines, all kinds of crazy things have been getting released like the fabled GV Mobile+ [$2.99] and other apps that have been stuck in approval purgatory for months (or even years). Some emulators slipped through the cracks either by appeasing Apple's wishes such as Commodore 64 [$4.99] and others that were inexplicably approved, then immediately pulled like Nescaline. Late last night iDOS [99¢] was released. Based on DOSbox, an open source DOS emulator, iDOS is a universal app that has PC keyboard support, mouse support, multiple screen modes, and more.

Forum member Menneisyys posted the following two screenshots of iDOS running Spellcasting 101 both on his iPad and on his 4th generation iPod touch (Yes, it even runs at Retina Display resolution.):


iPad left, iPod touch right. Click for full size.

Currently we've got a fairly active thread on our forums with people trying various games running in the emulator and there's another thread on the DOSPAD forums with even more compatibility testing going on. We're going to have our own retro fetishist Blake Patterson take a closer look at iDOS very soon, so if you've got any questions or want to see any specific games tested that aren't mentioned in the threads I linked, drop a comment and we'll try to include it in our followup post.

In the meantime, if you're even remotely interested in emulating old DOS games, this is 99¢ you need to spend. While iDOS technically seems to comply with all the new approval guidelines, it's hard to say whether or not this was an accidental approval or if iDOS truly does have the blessing of Apple. In any case, I'd download it now in the interest of being safe rather than sorry if the powers that be change their mind.

UPDATE: Just for an idea of exactly how deep the iDOS rabbit hole goes, and what the emulator is actually capable of: After blasting this link out to everyone I know, my friend Sam successfully installed Windows 3.0 and is currently playing Windows Solitaire on his iPad:



This is unreal. The capabilities of this emulator is insane.

Update 2: Mark just posted the following video in our comments of him running Space Quest:

Update 3: It seems that Sierra adventure games work great in the emulator, here's a screenshot of Freddy Pharkas - Frontier Pharmacist sent to us by Fish of Four Player Coop.

Update 4: Assuming your monocle hasn't blown completely off your face yet, forum member Audioteknika just got Warcraft II running:

Update 5: Aaaaannnd just like that it's gone.

Update 6: Even though it may seem like the fun is over, if you're a jailbreaker you can download this same emulator for free. It's called DOSPAD and here's how to get it. Also, just for fun, one last screenshot of The 7th Guest running from a CDROM disc image, complete with music:

  • http://www.jindofox.com/ Jindo Fox

    It won't stay up for long -- at least not in its current form. There's NO way that Namco considers anything with Dig-Dug and Ms. Pac-Man to be "abandonware," even in crappy DOS form.

  • http://www.jindofox.com/ Jindo Fox

    It won't stay up for long -- at least not in its current form. There's NO way that Namco considers anything with Dig-Dug and Ms. Pac-Man to be "abandonware," even in crappy DOS form.

    • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

      Yes. It’s hard to understand, why they included these two games. It’s like asking Apple to remove the app.

      • Howard

        I thought exactly the same thing...

      • Howard

        I thought exactly the same thing...

      • Jim

        It was likely approved because of the bundled games, actually. The app was pulled because – what the developer failed to mention in the description – you can install unauthorized executables. The reviewer saw that some games were included and obviously didn't look much further (perhaps an unfamiliarity with DOS made investigation cumbersome.) iDOS would have otherwise stayed in the store for a few days while Namco went through the process of filing a C&D.

  • MicroByte

    I'm hoping this can stay quiet until the end of day before Apple pulls it so I can pick this up!

  • Ouisch

    If you guys are looking for stuff to test, please check out all the old Sierra games and Neuromancer.

    I think someone in the forums already had King's Quest 1 running.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Ruotsalainen/685558551 Werner Ruotsalainen

      Yup, it works - and, given that other DOS Sierra titles also worked on previous (WinMo) DOSBOX ports, I'm pretty sure all of them work here, too (e.g., the VGA KQ5).

    • Cyphercolt

      yup got kings quest 1 running =D its somewhat slow but im on a 3gs. im sure anything on the ipad runs smoothly and easier to play

  • Rad

    For .99 get it before its gone

  • tsharpfilm

    Wow... Can this emulator run gwbasic? If so, that would pretty sweet. I'd love to play some of the old basic games I made on my iPod.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Ruotsalainen/685558551 Werner Ruotsalainen
      • tsharpfilm

        That's awesome! I really hope Apple lets this one stay.

    • tsharpfilm

      Hehehe. It can. :D And it loads basic games just fine. I used filesharing to copy over gwbasic.exe and a basic game.

  • RMimagery

    Definitely test Epic Pinball!!!

  • Hackmodford

    i LOL'd when I read this...

    And then I bought it when I thought twice...

    Now I have it forever! Hahahahahahaha

  • http://aussiebloke.blogspot.com/ scarnie

    This is real interesting, as we, manomio.com / Commodore 64 for iPhone were not allowed to download arbitrary content. Perhaps I will revisit this issue :)

    • Howard

      and they will immediately pull idos...!

      • http://aussiebloke.blogspot.com/ scarnie

        I certainly won't say anything until we see how this pans out, believe me...

    • Howard

      and they will immediately pull idos...!

  • Anonymous

    and, it's now gone...... too bad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Ruotsalainen/685558551 Werner Ruotsalainen

      ??? It's still in the US store...

  • Anonymous

    ah, spoke too soon. i tried purchasing it on the iPhone and i got a 'unable to download', then it let me enter my password, which i did. i got the blank icon on the homescreen, but it says 'waiting' underneath as it can't download the app. as if the app has been taken down. anyway, just hit the direct link to download on the laptop and it's still available within iTunes. nice. if only you could get Operation Wolf on it.....

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Ruotsalainen/685558551 Werner Ruotsalainen

      OpWolf... good old days... and my envying my Amiga friends who had a much better and more spectacular version :) But, in on the other hand, Indy 500 ran faaaaar better and faster even on my 12 MHz NEC-20 CPU & CGA card than on the Amiga 500.

      • Anonymous

        yeah, good times.
        that would have to be my first purchase if i ever came into some big money. that original arcade cabinet with the gun was awesome. i never quite got to the end.
        one day...one day.

      • Anonymous

        yeah, good times.
        that would have to be my first purchase if i ever came into some big money. that original arcade cabinet with the gun was awesome. i never quite got to the end.
        one day...one day.

    • Dan

      Yah for a looong time it was failing on me. But just now the bar started to load. Just going abysmally slow. So maybe they did not take it down. Jut the servers are getting slammed.

    • Dan

      Yup confirmed it is still in the mobile version of the US APP Store. I just downloaded it from my iphone [after about 15 attempts]

  • Adam

    I just tried Frontier Elite 2 and Populous 2. They work on it! Sweet!

  • Adam

    I just tried Frontier Elite 2 and Populous 2. They work on it! Sweet!

  • Chris K.

    Wonder if Ultima Underworld (I and, particularly II) work...They work great under dosbox, but are probably the hardest to run because of their high memory requirement, but I believe the other Ultimas also had the same requirement so I'm sure they'll get it working if it doesn't already. (If only I had time to try 'em now.)

    Anyways, bought.

  • Chris K.

    Wonder if Ultima Underworld (I and, particularly II) work...They work great under dosbox, but are probably the hardest to run because of their high memory requirement, but I believe the other Ultimas also had the same requirement so I'm sure they'll get it working if it doesn't already. (If only I had time to try 'em now.)

    Anyways, bought.

  • Joe

    Going to try some games like Menzoberranzan and other d&d titles

  • http://dendory.net Dendory

    That's amazing.. someone get XP installed on that thing, please!

  • Anonymous

    bought because I'm assuming it will be pulled imminently! brilliant that its running Windows 3.0 now :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darren-Noyce/552938144 Darren Noyce

    Excuse me for being thick but how do I load games into it?.

  • http://twitter.com/DrMacenstein DrMacenstein

    Zork Zero and Beyond Zork

  • Mike

    LOL, Duke Nukem II runs! If only they could get joystick support enabled. :)

  • Jas

    LOL, brilliant. Just bought it too before it gets pulled.

  • Anonymous

    Ok who's gonna make the newb tutorial? I know a little dos, and can check stuff like the directory and tree lists, but I want to know how I can put windows... someone please make a full tutorial for us slightly younger gents..

  • guest

    I was wondering if anyone would be able to get Windows 3.1 installed. I didn't have my old copy laying around to try. Brilliant.

  • http://twitter.com/TheeGravedigger TheeGravedigger

    I picked up a copy for my iphone 3G, since the requirements where just iphone or ipad. It seems like it might be possible to use this to do some benchmarking between various iphones, which could be very interesting.

  • Bryan

    I had LSL 6 up and running. Sluggish, but it runs. The sound is great. I'm going to try an old Space Quest next, see how it runs without the higher res. graphics and mouse input.

    • Dan

      If all the Space Quest games run - this will be easily my most used app.

      • Codej

        I have all of them running, both on the jailbroken DOSPad and the iDOS that was released this morning.

        Happy Gaming!

      • Tripex

        Hello, you have still application iDos for iPad?
        tripex@email.cz

  • mark

    I got space quest up and running video is here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wzOM-bjrO0

  • mark

    I got space quest up and running video is here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wzOM-bjrO0

  • http://twitter.com/sonofalink Dave L

    I downloaded it. I hate how on the iPhone the keyboard obscures the screen.

    I wonder if it's powerful enough to play the 7th Guest? Because if so? EPIC!

    (Also 7th guest was CD only, so that would probably be an issue there...)

    • Jon S.

      Go to the option section and turn the transparency up higher and the keyboard will barely be there. Also you customize the key pad there as well so you don't have to use the keyboard as much

    • thewiirocks

      I don't see why not. 7th Guest was more of an interactive movie than a game.

    • thewiirocks

      I don't see why not. 7th Guest was more of an interactive movie than a game.

    • http://twitter.com/sonofalink Dave L

      Alright, I see screen shot evidence of 7th Guest! Can someone post a tutorial or something on how to make it run? I just have an iPhone so tinkering with the commandline is kinda painful. I have the discs, so that's not a problem.

  • r08

    bought it too on itunes, works still.

  • Diablohead

    Quite amazing to see something like this get through after all the fun and games developers had with other emulators and stuff, awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Elite runs, first thing I tried what with GOF2 being released tonight. Lesiure Suit Larry runs great. and so does alone in the dark! most surprising.

    Warcraft 2 runs though is very sluggish and obviously unplayable due to being a RTS with two mouse buttons required. however, its so cool. 59p well spent!

  • hoquet

    how to emulate games? Any step by step guide ?

  • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo
  • Cyphercolt

    I got kings quest working on my iphone pretty epic app even if apple takes it down it will still be available somewhere

    • Cyphercolt

      im also sure that apple approved it because you cant install windows or any other games without jailbreak anyway.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        This isn't true at all. You can add any file you want to it through iTunes, including the Windows installer disk images.

  • Jas

    Just shows how awsome the iDevices could be if Jobs gets that stick out of his *** and Apple allows us to actually use the devices' functionality. Windows 3 on iPhone..... freakin' awsome!

  • Hammonds Mark

    woot space quest 3 and 4 works

  • Yo bro!

    Does this mean I can play Daggerfall on my iPhone?

    • Zang

      Holy crap X_X why didn't I think of this!

      First thing I loaded was ADOM and that runs awesome :D

      Need to use the keyboard a lot, but ADOM on iPhone? Hell yea!

  • Radiocaravan

    "The app you requested is currently unavailable."

  • idosrox

    Oh man, thats great.
    I tried Aladdin just for fun. currently works but without sound.

    http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/3290/aladdinz.jpg

    Testet on Ipod Touch 4g

  • 505mcasias

    I want lemmings, and Quest for Glory VGA remake on my ipod touch 4g. Can someone post the instructions for game installation so when I get home and install idos I dunna have to ^%$ around, and I can just start game testing.

  • Tom

    Has anyone tried Quake yet? ;)

  • Az

    Wonder if this would run any of the older DOS SNES emulators...

  • Izzynobre

    I have never been this happy over an electronic gadget in my entire life.

    I'm off the buy everything I can find on GOG.com now. Holy jesus today is a glorious day for us nostalgic gamers.

  • RuB1X

    Unavailable.

    • Anonymous

      Yep.

  • Funksoulxl

    OMG gonna try Lemmings BRB!

    • Funksoulxl

      OK no point, what with the cumbesome controls... still nice that it works though!

  • http://twitter.com/wise_steve Steve Atkins

    It's still visible in the US store, but you can't buy it. I presume Apple pulled it.

  • Tanukitsune

    I don't know how to get more games on iDos, and I don't know if I will... Dig Dug runs slow as molasses, so I doubt it will run well with other games....

    Do you need a 3GS for it to work at all or what? :|

    • jd

      i got Ms. Pacman to work a bit better by changing the "cycles" by pressing CTRL+F11 (CTRL+F12 to go the other way). The optimum value on my iPod touch 2G is in the low 200s.

      Dig Dug still plays terribly, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/whitechocolate.fraggy White-Chocolate Fraggy

       Yeah.. Emulation is a processor hungry thingy... I got a iPod 4G and I can run my favorite games smoothly, but if you want to run Tyrian, Magic Carpet, Quake or Mortal Kombat, you´ll need a faster processor!!!! Those won´t run smoothly on my iPod 4G, but I bet they run fine on the latest iPad (3rd gen).

  • imusic

    ARGH!!!!! DAMN YOU APPLE!!!! YOU PULLED IT!!

  • guest

    BOO!!!!!

    So what happens if you already purchased it? Can apple disable it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/krobipd Johannes Krobath

    i just bought it on the german store, so its still there!

  • Killadude290

    Still up in UK. Should I get this and worms 2, or GOF 2 tomorrow? Leaning towards this because of elite and frontier. How hard is it to put games on it (no jailbreak) ? And can someone make a guide please? Ty all

  • Anonymous

    Glad I grabbed it when I did.. it was pretty obvious that Apple would pull this.

    Anyway, I got my old favorite management game 'Detroit' working perfectly on the iPad.. (though the mouse is a bit janky)

    For those that didn't get their hands on iDOS.. this might be a good time to consider jailbreaking - especially if you've got an iPad or a Touch (that you don't rely on for phone use)

  • Anonymous

    Glad I grabbed it when I did.. it was pretty obvious that Apple would pull this.

    Anyway, I got my old favorite management game 'Detroit' working perfectly on the iPad.. (though the mouse is a bit janky)

    For those that didn't get their hands on iDOS.. this might be a good time to consider jailbreaking - especially if you've got an iPad or a Touch (that you don't rely on for phone use)

  • Tomtun

    omg Master of Magic, Master of Orion 2, Civilization 2 (civ revolution is for noobs!) UFO series!!! omg... omg....... not to mention all the RPGs!

    I've died...

    • http://www.facebook.com/whitechocolate.fraggy White-Chocolate Fraggy

       Isn´t iDOS sweet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/fredsarran Frederick Sarran

    For anybody needing Windows 3.1 : http://www.icascot.com/WINDOWS31.ISO.zip (extract it, mount the ISO and add the files via iTunes to iDos). If link not working, please let me know. As far as I know, this is legal to distribute this file because it is abandon-ware. If it is not legal, please delete this post.

    UPDATE : I just installed it on my iPad, easy to do so and it works great. If you need a tutorial, let me know.

    • Midinotes

      Do you have to copy every single file individually via itunes? Doesnt seem to support drag and copy multiple files? suppose a dos version of pkunzip would help though!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Ruotsalainen/685558551 Werner Ruotsalainen

        It does support multiple file dragging - at least under OS X.

    • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

      it's easier to just download this iso, and rather than going through the mounting process, etc.. it's just way easier to use winzip or winrar (or whatever extractor you use) to extract the files from the iso and then just stick the folder into iDOS and run the setup file...

  • http://www.facebook.com/fredsarran Frederick Sarran

    For anybody needing Windows 3.1 : http://www.icascot.com/WINDOWS31.ISO.zip (extract it, mount the ISO and add the files via iTunes to iDos). If link not working, please let me know. As far as I know, this is legal to distribute this file because it is abandon-ware. If it is not legal, please delete this post.

    UPDATE : I just installed it on my iPad, easy to do so and it works great. If you need a tutorial, let me know.

  • Justindavidson

    How do I get windows loaded?

    • http://www.facebook.com/fredsarran Frederick Sarran

      1- extract it, mount the ISO and add the files via iTunes to iDos
      2 - Launch iDos on your iPad, when C: thing is blinking, type setup.exe
      3 - Follow on screen instructions.
      4 - To launch Windows 3.1, type in win

  • Justindavidson

    How do I get windows loaded?

  • Justindavidson

    How do I get windows loaded?

  • Justindavidson

    How do I get windows loaded?

  • Justindavidson

    How do I get windows loaded?

  • Justindavidson

    How do I get windows loaded?

  • Hammonds Mark

    the reason this got pulled is because people are downloading roms do the right thing people and purchase your games support the developers I just bought all the games

    http://lh4.ggpht.com/_0TWdhN8WsYU/TMcuV-2Rf_I/AAAAAAAAAA4/mDSM4BILPYw/s640/P8250126.JPG

    • Noman

      While that is true and people should buy them, that really is no reason why it got pulled

    • Vulture3

      Shut your pie hole, marky.

    • http://twitter.com/riChchestMat Chris Matchett

      You are half right.
      Right in that we should support devs but
      Wrong in that these aren't ROMS. A lot (not all) of this stuff is lying around our PCs already or abandonware and freeware. It's not a reason to pull it.

      • Anonymous

        There is no such thing as abandonware. Copyrights are still in force for every commercial game ever released unless the copyright holder released it to the public domain. You are breaking the law by downloading "abandonware". That is why Apple pulled it, because it is encouraging people to break the law. Look up the terms of copyrights, they can go 75+years so no game, even ones from the 1980's, is out of copyright protection yet.

      • http://www.facebook.com/whitechocolate.fraggy White-Chocolate Fraggy

        Many old DOS games have indeed been released to the public domain! Beneath a Steel Sky, Flight of the Amazon Queen... But the question would be if "abandonware" would be the appropiate term here...

        Also there are a few games that cannot even be bought anymore, because they have really been ABANDONNED... Here abandonware is a good word for it, since you cannot buy them even if you really really wanted to. I would not consider it piracy to run these games, since the owners don´t care anymore for their product...

        Other games (for example all Lucas Arts games ever made) are still copyrighted and sold, and therefore are not abandonware...

      • TheLight

         Whether you consider it OK is irrelevant. The copyright laws still apply unless the owner of the copyright specifically waives their rights, like game released into the public domain. Whether you can still buy the games or not is also irrelevant as SOMEONE still owns the distribution rights and if that person is not you, then you do not have the right to distribute that game regardless of how old it is and you do not have the right to run it without the copyright holders consent if you find it at an abandonware site. As I said, the law does not recognize 'abandonware' it only recognizes that copyrights still exist on those old games.

    • thewiirocks

      I legally purchased a ton of DOS Games from Steam and GOG.com. (In addition to all the old floppies and CDs I have lying around.) I imagine a number of other users here have done the same thing. Don't be so quick to judge, please.

      As Chris mentioned, "ROMs" is a non-sensical term when applied to DOS Software. (Unless we're talking about a PC-jr, that is. But I imagine very few people understand that reference.) "Disk Images" is more along the lines of what you're looking for.

  • HelloKitty

    how to emulate games? Any step by step guide ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/fredsarran Frederick Sarran

      Probably the same instructions posted above, should work, as long you copy the files via iTunes.

  • Kungfuchris99

    Is it possible to buy apps from the UK App Store if one is in America?

    • Kung-Fu Santa

      yes, just change your location in y our itunes account.

  • Davidsschulhof

    how about an old apple 2 emulator on Ipad, would not that be grand?

  • Chris K

    So I downloaded iDOS on my iPhone before it got pulled, but I haven't sync'ed with my Mac yet. What's going to happen when I sync tonight?

    Will the app be pushed from the iPhone into my app library? And will it then be pushed onto my iPad, where it can live forever?

    Or is iTunes going to look at iDOS and refuse to copy it into my library, since it's not available in the App Store?

    • LordVader

      Why would it refuse to get copied into your library? You've already downloaded it, right? Just sync and enjoy.

    • Justindavidson

      Well the app handylight that opened up a socks server transferred to my app library and ipa so I think you good on that.

    • BoxOfSnoo

      It lives forever now that you have it. I still have Delicious Library on my iPhone and it was pulled a long long time ago.

  • Laurenluckinbill

    This is absolutely amazing. Now I can relive my gaming childhood away from my PC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525338891 Jiří Fiala

    Gone. It probably got booted because you could mount an ENTIRE iPhone drive (as in: root) like this

    mount D /

    no write/delete/modify permissions, though

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525338891 Jiří Fiala

    Gone. It probably got booted because you could mount an ENTIRE iPhone drive (as in: root) like this

    mount D /

    no write/delete/modify permissions, though

  • Jas

    Best APP ever..... DOS on my iPhone and iPad..... still can't believe it!!!! Now off to install Windows and look through my old collection of PC discs and CDs.

    Very happy customer here :)

    ......I do wish Apple would stop being such ****'s over this though. There is NO piracy involved. I own a Windows 3.1 licence and have loads of old PC games!

    Why deprive others of this?

    No wonder people jailbreak. I would too now if I hadn't managed to grab this app in time!

  • Hammonds Mark

    Damn I have windows 3.1 on floppy disks but no floppy drive on pc

  • http://www.facebook.com/krisx85 Kris Butler

    fantastic app... had a blast playing Warcraft 1 (good to see 2 works!) and Command & Conquer, Leisure Suit Larry 1 (the VGA version with mouse support!!)...

    it also managed to load up GTA1....however as it "required" the disc i was unable to see if it'd go in game :(

    shame its pulled... but i expected it... best $1.19 i've ever spent and the dev deserves it... if he does more updates i'll prob end up grabbing the jailbreak version

  • http://twitter.com/iTouchAppReview iTouchAppReviewers

    Dam* you Apple.

  • http://twitter.com/iTouchAppReview iTouchAppReviewers

    Dam* you Apple.

  • Midinotes

    synced and backed it up fine to itunes. What's the risk of a dos virus then on the ipad? How safe is this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Ruotsalainen/685558551 Werner Ruotsalainen

      Well, at least in some directories it has write permissions if it does mount / to a logical drive. Definitely not the most dangerous ones and only files that are owned by the iPad user (e.g., the dynamic word dictionary) can be overwritten.

      That is, I'd say it's pretty safe. I haven't checked all these files, though.

  • Roaming_jammin

    If there was joystick support imagine Tie Fighter or X-Wing - on the iPad...wow.

    • Ty

      I got Tie Fighter up and running but you can't calibrate the "joystick" properly so the cursor always wants to run away to one of the corners. You can use the touch as a mouse though, but your ship will constantly want to fly in circles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seo.konzultant Tomáš Kapler

    I wonder what about Windows 95 - it is also "DOS" application and i can imagine the real usage for such thing

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Ruotsalainen/685558551 Werner Ruotsalainen

      I don't think it wouldn't work - after all, it was possible to run Win95 even on the DOSBOX ports of Windows Mobile. With a really bads speed, though - back then, hardware capabilities (RAM, CPU etc.) were far inferior to current-gen iOS devices.

  • UserTouch

    And the inevitable happened : Blue Screen of Death XD http://bit.ly/1C8iZT

  • deadclown

    Frak. Fraking god frakkin' frak. I didn't get it in time.

    So answer me this: why's it take Apple weeks to approve something, but only hours to kill it?

    • Josh

      Because they really do not test before approving. They have a automatic system that holds on to apps for weeks and when it feels like it you will see it on the app store. When attention to a specific app arises it is pulled quickly.

  • Anonymous

    God damn, I missed it.

  • jordz

    maybe it got pulled for a differnt reason. microfag and apple are competitors. and were running MS windows on an apple device..just a thort.

  • http://twitter.com/ithinkimalion Dan Parker

    I got the Windows 3.1 from above, but I cant get it to open on my iPhone. How do I do it?

    • Anonymous

      You follow the directions they posted.

  • Sticktron

    Cool App!
    I'm installing Win95 now ...

  • Rezorrand

    It runs Ultima Underworld I, I rest my case. It's really choppy (on 3GS) but playable. Music gets somewhat choppy too, so I turned it off, but the intro worked fine. As soon as there's 3D it slows quite some (and drinks loads of battery juice).

    Unbelievable. Also tried Commander Keen 1 (works well, although no sounds?), Alley Cat (no sounds here either, both PC speaker though..)

    • Rezorrand

      You have to increase the cycles to around 10 000 though for it to be playable. If the cycles are at around 500, then the sounds and music plays just fine, but it takes 10 seconds to move an inch.

  • http://twitter.com/ithinkimalion Dan Parker

    I didnt understandthe directions to get Windows on it. Or they didnt work for me.

  • Tom

    I grabbed it earlier today and am going to try MAME on it this weekend. I'll let you know how it works out. :)

  • Kev

    Since I almost never sell my games, I have a huge library of DOS games in the closet, though I think I would have enjoyed this had a caught it in time, but it's not a big enough issue for me to want to jailbreak my device over.

  • DatsunZ

    This is awesome, windows 3.1 running on my 3gs, my boss will get a real kick out of this..

  • Sticktron

    It's taking forever to install win95.
    [img]http://db.tt/f49SBID[/img]

  • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

    Check out this masterpiece on iDOS!!!!11 Now this is the greatest thing ever...

  • http://twitter.com/bsanderson Brian Sanderson

    I cannot believe I missed this.

  • http://twitter.com/bsanderson Brian Sanderson

    I cannot believe I missed this.

  • John johnner

    well i just saw this and checked cydia, ive searched and cant find it, any help?

  • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

    Update: Heretic installed and fully running.. Installing sam and max now.
    Also a word of advice for those of you with idos installed, you really should change the doscfg file to include the use of your device's physical memory. and change the CPU core to normal rather than simple.

    this is my updated dospad.cfg:

    [dosbox]
    memsize=8
    [cpu]
    core=normal
    cycles=3000
    cycleup=500
    cycledown=20
    [render]
    frameskip=2
    aspect=normal
    scaler=none

    it should speed up some of those dos applications that recommend/need 2-4 mb of ram or so... if you are using an ipad or current iphone 4, it is ok to set the memsize to 16 or so.

    http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/2977/img0015v.png
    http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/7757/img0018u.png
    http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/9235/img0017ia.png

    • SteveHiggs

      Thanks for the memory tips friend... I can't believe what this app opens up eh? I've got literally thousands of DOS games and a load of old QBASIC files I wrote forever ago to try out. Good old Norton Commander is helping me navigate once again. :)

      PS. If this app ever makes it back to the app store keep an ear out... If your using it to mount your iPhone's root and access it's files I'm betting that will be patched in an update.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

        no need to mount for me, i got a jailbroken device, anyways, if you head over to the developers website, they have a link to their repo which contains the latest beta version, etc, so no need to keep an eye out for the official appstore release.

        but then again, it's nice to have an official polished appstore release.

        Well, I am going to give installing Windows 3x a shot! hopefully it should install faster than what others have reported since I used the Memory and CPU Tweaks

  • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

    Unfortunately, (probably due to my older iphone) I cannot run quake nor blood or pretty much any game that takes advantage of graphic improvements, etc of 1995 and after :(

    I wonder if anyone with an iPad or the current iPhone 4 and Touch have any luck with these...

    Another bit of bad news, my favorite Sam and Max, for some reason the graphics are really choppy and makes the game unplayable :...

    http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/1508/img0020c.png
    http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/5390/img0019x.png

  • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

    for those of you who have zero clue how to use the features of the Appstore release of iDOS or the Jailbreak/Cydia version DOSPod or manually load files to it. you should google DOSBOX. you will find all the information you need, including list of all the commands, and files you can modify, etc... As for the location where to manually place your dos files to install, etc... it is:

    private/var/mobile/Documents

    The actual "Documents" folder is your "main C: Drive" and you can place your install/setup files in here and run them and install them to whatever folder they need to go in, etc..

  • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

    Another thought comes to mind with this new DOS/Windows stuff going on on the iPhone/iTouch/iPad.... I wonder if this will open up a new can of security risk... i.e. dos or windows viruses managing to make the jump from infecting this dos emulator to somehow getting out of the emulator's boundaries and wreaking havoc on the device itself?

    I doubt it.., but who knows?

    • http://chaoseffect.com leon

      What you're proposing is the equivalent of an imaginary friend coming to life and stabbing you. It's impossible.

      • LickMyBungholioPlease

        Unless they have a jailbroken device.

        Then, in that case, everyone believes it's an imaginary friend who is actually real.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

        appharantly even some without a jailbroken device managed to make iDOS mount their iDevice's root directory... basically allowing the program to access all the behind the scenes files as those of us with Jailbroken devices are so familar with (SSH, etc).

        I am wondering if those "most vicious" dos or windows 3x viruses... you know the kind in which every early computer geek faced one time or another in history, where the Virus doesn't care who or what the file is.. but just deletes everything in it's path (regardless of what type of file, type of format, type of OS compatibility, etc) :D! or maybe some of the ol' boot sector corruptin' viruses or those that keep self replicating :D!

  • Phil

    Anyone know if networking utils work, like ping, ipconfig, etc...

  • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

    Ahhh yes, Raptor runs so smooth! one of the best smoothest dos games on my iPhone, a little choppy, but playable to the fullest.. Terminal Velocity runs smooth also, however seems delayed/laggy to react fast enough to enemies...

    http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/4185/img0022m.png
    http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/7494/img0024.png

    Then for all you GUITAR HERO AND ROCKBAND FANS!!!! HERES THE REAL OG ROCKSTAR GUITARIST SIMULATOR!!!!!11

    http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/438/img0021u.png

    Also I installed windows and installed an old program called BadApp16, which is program to make windows crash, actually suspose to be for later editions of windows, however it works jsut the same as windows 3x crashes, However I am not sure if it crashed because of the app or because it just did not know how to run the app since it's 16bit, etc, BUT WHATEVER THE CASE I PRESENT THE RETURN OF THE BSOD!!!!

    except it's not blue on my device... rather the BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH! however it manages to freeze the DOS App. when it crashed to the BSOD, i was stuck staring at it and could only press the option, kboard, and kpad buttons, but when i clicked keyboard, it froze the app completely.

    http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/3871/img0023a.png

    • http://twitter.com/MattRix MattRix

      Raptor was/is so awesome. Nice work!

  • Adam

    If anyone gets Daggerfall running please post here.
    I have DAGGER and DFCD unzipped to my C: on my iPod Touch, I can install at minimum size ( How do you increase Hard Drive size?)
    I can't seem to get it to mount the CD either...

    • Adam

      I have Daggerfall "running"! More like stuttering though.
      I installed it on my PC with the instructions on the Bethesda site, then followed
      http://www.uesp.net/dagger/daghack.shtml#nocd
      to get it to run without the CD.

      I rezipped all the files of just the DAGGER folder and put that on my iPod.

      cd dagger
      fall.exe z.cfg

      and it worked! Didn't have any sound besides Midi, and it's about 3FPS...
      Any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/SorrowDemonica Raven Salseda

    my last task before deleting idos and dospad from my iphone was the great Scorched Earth!

    http://www.geekshow.us/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/scorched_earth.png

    However, I am bored now of this iDos/DosPad stuff. it's a nice demo to showcase the iOS's ability to run dos and windows 3x and 95, but other than that, it's just too unstable and "too slow" to really be practical... Maybe later someone will release a version with better performance and stability or just make modifications to the actual dos games to be more compatible with the iDos program.. but until then, I just deleted it.. thanks!

  • Los_loco

    I recently got iDos, and i was always been wanting to play Battletech again, crescent hawk revenge. And so yesterday i got the game in iDos on a iPhone 4. It runs wonderful. I am glad i can play this game again since when i was a kid i couldnt finish this game because it crashed when i was flying offplanet. so hopefully it wont crash here. i wish the maker put 4 extra buttons on the keypad to move diagonal. but GREAT APP

  • Mariol

    I desperately need to know how to
    Run turbo pascal on idos

  • http://koowie.com Koowie

    woot space quest works

  • Anonymous

    What about pinball fantasies?? Did anyone run it successfully?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariaeugenia.rodriguezrey María Eugenia Rodríguez Rey

    I bet iDOS (and MAME also for that matter) runs like a dream on the latest iPad, but on my iPad 1 and iPod 4G, iDOS still does the job! It runs "Lands of Lore - Throne of Chaos" and "XCOM - Terror from the deep" (with tv2x or tv3x filter - my favorites - enabled!) and many other golden oldies without any problem!!!! iDOS absolutely rulez!!!

  • Kane

    I've installed iDOS on my iPhone 5, works like a charm!

  • Coy Fabian

    There is a way to get iDOS without jailbreaking your iDevice. Just set your date to before July 16, 2013 and go to emu4ios.weebly.com and just tap iDOS and tap install.