Version 1.1 is out! The most notable new features include pretty new graphics for the games to make them look more like game boxes, new notes and status fields, easy editing of the default DOSBox configuration, quick access to the game folders, and just an overall smoother experience. LaunchBox now also comes with game demos for the original Need for Speed, Descent, WarCraft, and The Secret of Monkey Island!
Download LaunchBox 2.6 here.
Again, the app does not require installation; simply extract the zip file to a location of your choosing, run LaunchBox.exe, and start playing! The latest version of LaunchBox uses a WinRAR-built setup, but you can choose to extract the files from the EXE manually with WinRAR, if you’d rather. Be sure to check the changelog under the Help menu in the app for the full list of changes.
LaunchBox is a new Windows frontend for DOSBox, but it’s a whole lot more than that. Originally, I went looking online for a portable DOSBox games launcher for Windows that displayed the games using the game box art, much like Boxer for Mac. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find one, so I decided to put in the time and build one. Development went extremely well, and all-in-all I’ve put a lot more time into the project than I originally envisioned. Thus, I’m left with what I consider to be an excellent application for managing and playing portable (and not portable) Windows and DOSBox games:
Here are some of LaunchBox’s best features:
- Uses relative paths wherever possible in order to ensure that the app behaves properly in a portable environment (such as on a USB stick or in your Dropbox, the app will work on every computer you have synced).
- Supports both DOSBox and regular Windows games, so you can organize your entire gaming library, not just your DOSBox games.
- Sort, arrange, and filter your games by title, release date, genre, platform, rating, developer, and publisher.
- Easily configure your games to launch in DOSBox just by choosing the game’s EXE.
- Supports mounting additional drives in DOSBox with an easy-to-use interface.
- Maintains separate DOSBox configurations for each game, allowing you to fully configure the DOSBox settings individually for each game.
I believe the app to be very stable at this stage, and ready to use to manage a serious game collection. That said, development will not stop here on the project, and I have some very cool features planned for the near future.
Download LaunchBox 2.6 here.
The app does not require installation; simply extract the zip file to a location of your choosing and run LaunchBox.exe. The latest version of LaunchBox uses a WinRAR-built setup, but you can choose to extract the files from the EXE manually with WinRAR, if you’d rather.
I am very interested in your feedback! If you run into any issues or suggestions, please do let me know in the comments below.