Castle of the Winds
DOS - 1993
Description of Castle of the Winds
If you haven't play Castle of the Winds (also known as Castle of the Winds: Lifthransir's Bane, Castle of the Winds: A Question of Vengeance) already, go ahead and download it now! Published in 1993 by Epic MegaGames, Inc., Castle of the Winds features action, role-playing (rpg) in a fighting, medieval / fantasy genre.
Comments and reviews
tojo added this comment :
Awesome game. Still runs on my 32 bit windows systems.
stabbim added this comment :
I'm very happy I found this game. My family had part 1 (the shareware part) on an old hand-me-down PC many years ago. I didn't know who the PC came from and had no way to know at the time how to get the rest of the game. I was too young to order it myself. :) I'm not sure what compelled me to go looking for it now, but I was pretty happy to find that it has been released in full form and is now quite easy to obtain.
To clear up the will/won't run debate:
This is a 16-bit program. 32-bit Windows PCs can run it natively. 64-bit Windows PCs can't. It's not a matter of whether you're on Windows 7, or 8, or whatever. It's just a matter of your system's architecture. I'm not a computer science expert and I can't explain how processor architecture works and precisely why that is, all I know is 16-bit programs don't run on 64-bit systems without some kind of emulation, or being run inside a virtual machine.
In the previous paragraph I specifically said that it won't run natively under 64-bit Windows, rather than saying it won't run on 64-bit PCs at all. I phrased it that way because I've been running this game on a 64-bit Linux machine through WINE. I didn't have to do anything special to get it to work on 64-bit, but it might be that WINE simulates a 32-bit environment?
It might be that you could run this under 64-bit Windows by using DOSBox, which runs a sort of MS-DOS emulation environment. I haven't tested that myself with CotW, but it works for a lot of other old programs. The person who said you need to use DOS may have actually been referring to this method, because the statement that you "need to use DOS" to launch CotW is incorrect if taken literally. It was designed for Windows 3.1 and runs in a window, with full mouse support, menus, and the like. It doesn't need to run in a full-screen MS-DOS type environment, and you can quite happily launch the .EXE file from Windows Explorer, if you have a system that it will run on in the first place.
godswarpawn added this comment :
Oh my god you guys are such idiots, you have to use DOS to launch these programs. Of course they won't work on new computers, they're for the oldest computers, the most primitive of it's time.
Sean added this comment :
Won't run on 64 bit windows 7.
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jim added this comment :
doesn't workonmy windows7
Forsakenabyss added this comment :
Finally this game has hunted my dream for years i played this when i was only 5 and i been hunting it down since lol all i could recall was it was blue floppy and call castle of something : ) running perfect on my windows 7
Viejo added this comment :
when saving, remember that old school windows had file names like xxxxxxxx.xxx eight characters for the file name, then a three digit extension.
indstr added this comment :
Wow.... I played this once upon a time and forgot totally about it.
alternative added this comment :
I know you're all talking bout getting this to work in windows, but...
I bet this works on WINE. If you have linux or any other os that has wine ported to, give it a try!
Didn't try it myself, but works great with many old windows games and apps (no need for drivers or such). It even works great with some new apps too.
Maharion added this comment :
I have a question. I'm running this game in Windows XP Proffesional and i can't save my game... Any ideas? It gives me a messange that says "Can't open save file"
FrozenFire added this comment :
It took me a small effort to get Win 3.1 installed via DosBox, but this is what got me through it:
And you will want to install both the graphics drivers AND the sound drivers. I tried to skip the sound drivers because CotW doesn't have sound, but then windows wouldn't run without the sound drivers.
I won't give a link to where you can find a copy of Win 3.1, but if you can't find a copy on your own, then you probably don't have the know-how to get it installed anyway.
DpwnShift added this comment :
I loved this game! I got REALLY stuck once though where the series of stairs I took left me in a dead end with very little health... I picked up up again years later and it was totally worth it!
bob added this comment :
Damn can't run it on windows 7:((
Sigermen added this comment :
maybe you can run it on windows 3.1 use dosbox
darkmasterde added this comment :
tried to dos-box it on windows 7 say "this progarm requres microsoft windows" how can i get it to work
rozrea14 added this comment :
This was my favourite game when I was little!!
ashpenaz added this comment :
google castle of winds adn download it from pretty much any site there... works fine .. 2nd part is also freeware now ... both very playable
Nathan added this comment :
I'm running xp and didn't need anything for this game. but several others haven't worked. I tried installing d-fend reloaded, but I got a message saying that it could damage my computer's ability to function either now or later (or something along those lines). As a result, there's not much I can play here, which is too bad since there are some good games.
MooSe added this comment :
Someone should port this over to iOS or Droid..
Lostcow added this comment :
Yeah, you don't need a route nearly as complicated as bbb says. Just use dosbox to run windows 3.1 like Goodbrew said, and you are good to go. Worked on my Windows 7 64 bit without any hassle. Took maybe 20 minutes to get all the required software installed and running.
Goodbrew added this comment :
I got this game to run by running windows 3.1 in dosbox.
It was every bit as awesome as I remembered it being.
stublue added this comment :
I'm running 64-bit and can't run in, and no way I'm going to those lengths so that I can play it again... that's heaps lame. Wish I could play it again, but not bad enough to do what 'bbb' said
bbb added this comment :
Simplest most straightforward way to play on 64-bit system - download free version of Vmware, download Windows 98 iso from a torrent site, download Daemon Tools lite, download ImgBurn.
Which is all a bitch...but seemed much more straightforward than any way I could find online:
Install Windows 98 in vmware (I burned 98 to CD - then installed). Then, because unless you have the paid version it's a horrible bitch to transfer files to your vmware 98 desktop from your computer's main file system - use imgBurn to turn the castle of the winds files into an .iso. Then *mount the .iso with daemon tools, and from there - open it in your Windows 98 Vmware desktop.
*Or if you want to skip the Daemon Tools bits - just burn the Castle of the Winds files to CD, put the CD in, and copy the files to your VmWare 98 desktop.
Bam, done. Wasn't that a fun 60 minutes? But, are now setup to play any other 16-bit games you want.
The Fifth added this comment :
Unfortunately it can't be run natively on a 64-bit system
Schmaugen added this comment :
Awesomely simple Windows RPG, ran great on old my spare PC and outdated work computers. Great memories.
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