Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
DOS - 1992
Also available on: Amiga
Description of Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
Noticeably different from the adventure-strategy format of rival game Dune, (also released by publisher Virgin Games in the same year), Westwood’s Dune II is widely considered the father of real-time strategy games. Although Herzog Zwei predated it by several years, Dune II set a benchmark for RTS games that would become the norm for decades.
As a player you get to choose one of three houses and battle for control of the planet Arrakis, the only place in the universe where the mystical substance called spice is to be found. Harvesting spice from the sand dunes allows it to be refined and converted into credits. These are then spent on building units to aid you in your conquest, and “he who controls the spice controls the universe”.
Each of the houses has a distinct personality which is reflected by the units under their command. House Atreides favours guerrilla warfare and allies itself with the Freman, natives of Arrakis, while House Harkonnen uses its wealth to field armies of huge battle tanks. The final house, Ordos, favours stealth, saboteurs and chemical weapons.
Over the course of a multi-mission campaign you must first establish a base before attempting to overthrow the rival houses and take control of Arrakis and its Spice reserves, leading to one of three endings depending on the house you chose.
This game would mark the beginning of a gaming dynasty for Westwood. Building on the success of Dune II the critically acclaimed Command & Conquer followed leading to a RTS franchise which dominated the next decade.
Review By Richard
How to play Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
- Create a new folder for the game e.g. C:\OLDGAMES\DUNE2
- Extract the contents of the folder ‘dune-ii-the-building-of-a-dynasty’ to the game folder
- In DOSBox mount the folder - ‘mount c c:\OLDGAMES\DUNE2’ press ENTER
- Then - ‘C:’ press ENTER
- Run the game – ‘DUNE2’ press ENTER
Comments and reviews
Berserker 2018-05-24 -3 points DOS version
Hey, KC, do you know how to setup a DOSBox, deflate the ZIP, paste the contents on a folder and run it?
KC 2018-05-03 -2 points DOS version
I don't agree with all the hype of this game. Way too much management required, I mean you must do EVERYTHING which makes the game impossible to enjoy. The first two levels maybe, but in the advanced levels all you do for hours is make, send, repair. Make, send, repair. Make, send, repair. Now tell me, doesn't that sound fun? I give it four stars for graphics, and a one star for playability.
KC 2018-04-30 -1 point DOS version
I downloaded the ISO version offered on this page and tried to use Boxer to run the game in DOS on my Mac. Boxer gives me this error:
Dune 2 - ISO does not contain any MS-DOS programs.
I have not tried the other downloads offered on this page.
Space Man 100789 2018-01-04 1 point
Dune 2 is amazing it made a great novel into a great strategy game this game is revolutionary later Westwood studios would do the awesome command and conquer series.
GuyFawkes 2017-11-29 1 point DOS version
Not sure if this is pre cracked or not but I found a crack for the game here: http://www.gamers.org/pub/games/uwp-uml/romulus/cracks/dune2.txt
Not sure if it works on the unofficial patches, but given they're technically the same files it should. You can also find a "universal" game cracker for dos here: http://www.gamers.org/pub/games/uwp-uml/romulus/cracks/cracker.arj
You write text files with file and offset information and the program reads and changes it to so when opened by it.
Also it's worth noting that calling the second download for the DOS version the "French" version is misleading as it actually has English French and German. It's know as the European release in the community.
Ina 2015-12-13 2 points
I cannot believe this is not in the top 10. Next to the amazing gameplay the guys at DOSBOX choose the Harkonnen mentor as their icon.
Q-Skill 2015-10-12 0 point DOS version
The problem is dealt with now, nvm!
Now to figure out how I can put Windows 8 to 32 bits
Q-Skill 2015-10-12 1 point DOS version
This game was the best game ever. Played it dead!
But now that I'm reviving it for myself, I bumped up against a technical issue with the dosbox.
I can't enter the setup.exe. It stops at language selection. No matter if I choose english, french or german, the dosbox gives this error:
"IO error with SETUPENG.DIP (2) - exiting"
The same turns out with the other two languages, but then saying SETUPFRE.DIP and SETUPGER.DIP.
Anyone know what's up here?
RustedNutz 2015-08-05 2 points DOS version
This game was pure sex for me growing up. Love it wish I could play it on my phone.
Bobby 2015-05-05 4 points DOS version
I still have bad dreams about the sand worms. I remember vivid dreams of desert battles after playing this game. Actually, the problem may have been that I read the dune books, watched the 3-part TV series, the movie, and played the game all at the same time - at a very delicate age :P
Chris 2015-01-17 3 points DOS version
This game was the first game I really got hooked on. I remember my father coming home with a case of floppies on the day of the release and I would just sit for hours between me coming home from school and him coming home from work (and shooing me away from the computer so he could play).
This game helped me learn English (as I'm not a native English speaker) and the music is etched to my mind to this day.
ChristerC 2014-10-22 1 point DOS version
The game that really started the genre that Command & Conquer gets credit for. As far as I know this is the first game that you needed to build slabs to bulid silos to store spice and so on..
One of the real great games in my opinion.
Schizojr 2014-02-18 3 points DOS version
Ahhh, Dune 2, what fond memories...
Actually, the first game I ever played on a PC with a Soundblaster sound card! I remember my mom paniqued cauz she thought there was strangers in the basement with me. I had to show her that the "voices" she heard came from the game!
StillHere 2013-11-04 1 point DOS version
Call me dumb, but i bought every title of the Dune-Series since Dune-CD.. It's a "must-have" :D
jay-cee 2013-10-29 0 point DOS version
thinking of younger days and make me feel like a youngster again
Snowwhite 2013-07-06 2 points DOS version
For me this is one of the most genius games ever made!
The modernized 3D sequel to it is "Emperor".
I always prefered Dune over Command&Conquer which is also a good game.
kismet 2011-09-25 2 points DOS version
This game is a little primitive, but its a legacy game, and has a number of fun features, mining the spice, running from sandworms, a special attack unique to your house, and ordering military hardware by spaceport.
You cannot group units and give them multiple orders, the AI will attack in always the same place, and the play is limited and linear. Nonetheless, this game is worth playing.
1GreatScott 2011-08-28 0 point DOS version
I spent many hours getting my assets destroyed in this game.
F0XX 2011-05-26 1 point DOS version
Many an hour I have wasted on this. I use wasted in the nicest of terms :D
vascoa 2011-02-08 0 point DOS version
Since I came later I can agree with both of you ;D
Many addicted hours on this one.... great game
Puppie 2010-12-11 2 points DOS version
Sorry Feyd i have to disagree with you...
Its not one of the greatest games. It is the greatest game:D
Feyd 2008-08-31 1 point DOS version
The ancestor of warcaft style strategic games. One of the greats games of the old days.
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