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Adventure Construction Set - Electronic Arts (1987)
Tested By: Newsdee

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.72 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
100% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.70 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
80% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.63 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
28% (runnable)
  DOSBox version: 0.61 (runnable)


Easy way: create a "disk file" instead (2008-09-13 19:37) foober
So apparently, ACS looks for the disk file "on the same disk" first. You can create this file in advance and save yourself some time and effort. Just create a blank text file in the same directory as the game. Name it "ADVEN.HRD" . ACS will recognize this as your game disk, and will overwrite it with the "Rivers of Light" or "Land of Aventuria" game disks, whichever you elect to create.
previous post (2008-01-26 23:27) ChrisH
My previous post made much more sense before the carriage returns were stripped out. :) But look up info on the SUBST command and what I'm doing should make sense.
Disk-swapping method that works in Windows (2008-01-26 23:26) ChrisH
There's an easier way than the USB device, floppy drive, or virtual PC, at least in Windows: use the SUBST command. For example, say you have your ACS program in (Windows path) C:ACS and your adventure disk in C:ACS-disk:

(In Windows command prompt, before running DosBox)
subst x: c:acs
(in DosBox, to run ACS)
mount a x:
a:
acs
(In Windows, when it's time to switch disks)
subst x: /d
subst x: c:acs-disk
(and to switch back)
subst x: /d
subst x: c:acs

You may want to make batch files to do this, as certain operations require switching back and forth frequently. Hope this helps!
Solution with Virtual PC (2008-01-18 09:45) fmr
You can use virtual PC software such as VMware or MS Virtual PC and install dosbox on an OS inside a virtual machine. Then use the Virtual PC's floppy drive to swap your disks. Use WinImage or a similar program to create your 1.44MB floppys, but just be sure to save it as an *.ima file and not *.imz, etc.
Enjoy!
USB Swapping! (2007-09-16 10:54) jweicher
emase is entirely right, but I found a working solution that I've tested and confirmed. We don't have a physical disk to swap in and out, but if you have two USB keychain drives, they work just as well.

Example:
USB Drive 1: make a folder with game files (i.e. e:\acs)
USB Drive 2: make an empty folder with same name (i.e. e:\acs)

Put in the usb drive with the game files, fire up dosbox, and:
> mount a e:\acs

when you need to make a adventure disk, you can just swap your usb drives in an out like you would have with the floppies.

Works perfectly, tested, played and saved.

Disk Swapping (2007-06-19 16:13) emase
You can't get around the disk swap requirement by moving the files because, by running acs.com, the OS locks that file (ie can't move it).

It'd be nice if you could mount several directories and swap between them like this:
mount a c:\game_disk c:\save_disk1 c:\save_disk2
and pressing ctrl+F4 would swap between game_disk, save_disk1, and save_disk2
DB 0.70 - 300 cycles (2007-03-05 01:47) red_avatar
I believe you can get around that by mounting a folder as A: drive, and then removing the data from that folder each time and naming it "disk1" etc.
Note: (2004-02-20 11:28) Newsdee
The game seems to run flawlessly, and even too fast (had to reduce my CPU cycles to 250). However, it is unplayable on a machine that does not have a physical floppy (i.e. a laptop). The game needs the user to swap disks and there is not (to my knowledge) a mechanism in DOSBOX to do this with a mounted directory.
Thus, since you can't create "adventure disks", you can't play the game.


Game directory (browsing from A)
Game: Year:   Version:   Status: runnable - playable - supported
A Dudley Dilemma 1988   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
A Line in the Sand 1992   0.72   supported 90% (supported)
A Mind Forever Voyaging 1986   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1989   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
A-10 Tank Killer 1989   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
A-10 Tank Killer 1.5 1991   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
A-Maze 1989   0.74   supported 97% (supported)
A-Train (Take the A-Train 3) 1991   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
A.G.E. 1991   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
A320 Airbus 1991   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
A4 Networks 1995   0.73   supported 90% (supported)
Aaargh 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Abadía del Crimen, La 1992   0.73   supported 95% (supported)
Abandoned Places 1 1992   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
ABC Monday Night Football 1989   0.72   supported 80% (supported)
Abenteuer Europa 1994   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Abmis The Lion 1996   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Abrams Battle Tank 1988   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Absolute Pinball 1996   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Absolute Zero 1996   0.72   supported 85% (supported)
Abuse 1995   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Ace 1987   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Ace 2 1987   0.72   supported 95% (supported)
Ace of Aces 1987   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Aces of the Deep 1994   0.72   supported 80% (supported)
Aces of the Pacific 1990   0.72   supported 80% (supported)
Aces of the Pacific: 1946! 1992   0.72   supported 80% (supported)
Aces Over Europe 1993   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Acheton 1987   0.70   supported 80% (supported)
Acid Tetris 1997   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Across the Rhine 1995   0.70   supported 80% (supported)
Action Fighter 1989   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Action in The North Atlantic 1989   0.74   supported 99% (supported)
Action Soccer 1995   0.74   playable 60% (playable)
Action Stations! 1989   0.61   supported 80% (supported)
Action SuperCross 1998   0.63   supported 100% (supported)
Activision 2600 Action Pack Win 3x 1995   0.74   supported 95% (supported)
Actua Soccer 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Adlib Jukebox 1990   0.74   supported 99% (supported)
Adult Film Cameraman 1994   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Advanced Civilization 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Advanced DOS Quiz 1991   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Advanced Tactical Fighters 1996   0.73   supported 90% (supported)
Advantage Tennis 1991   0.72   supported 95% (supported)
Adventure Construction Set 1987   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Adventure Creation Kit 1995   0.65   supported 100% (supported)
Adventure Fun-Pack 1989   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Adventure in Serenia 1986   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Adventures In Math 1983   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Adventures of Captain Comic 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Adventures of Melvin Freebush 1993   0.74   supported 96% (supported)
Adventures of Robbo (Robbo Deluxe) 1994   0.60   supported 100% (supported)
Adventures of Tintin 1997   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Aethra's Chronicles 1994   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
African Adventure 1997   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
African Raiders-01 1986   0.74   supported 87% (supported)
After Burner 1989   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Afterlife CD version 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Age Of Rifles 1996   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Agent USA 1984   0.74   supported 95% (supported)
Air Bucks 1992   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Air Duel: 80 Years of Dogfighting 1993   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Air Power 1995   0.72   supported 90% (supported)
Air Trax 1983   0.74   supported 90% (supported)
Airball 1987   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Airborne Ranger 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Airlift Rescue 1995   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Airlines 1994   0.74   playable 50% (playable)
AIV Network$ 1997   0.60   supported 100% (supported)
Akalabeth (from Ultima Collection) 1980   0.74   playable 50% (playable)
Al Unser Jr. Arcade Racing (Win3.x) 1995   0.74   supported 85% (supported)
Al-Qadim 1994   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Aladdin 1993   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Aladin 1993   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Albion 1996   0.73   supported 95% (supported)
Alcatraz 1992   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Aldo Again 1988   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Aldo's Adventure 1987   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Aldo's Assault 1989   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Aleshar - The World of Ice 1997   0.70   supported 85% (supported)
ALF 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
ALF's Thinking Skills 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Aliants 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
alice 1990   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alice in Wonderland 1989   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Breed 1993   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Breed 2 - Tower Assault 1994   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Breed: Tower Assault 1994   0.74   playable 29% (playable)
Alien Cabal 1997   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Carnage 1994   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Incident 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Legacy 1994   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Logic 1994   0.70   supported 90% (supported)
Alien Odyssey 1997   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Olympics 1994   0.63   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Rampage 1996   0.63   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Syndrome 1989   0.63   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Tales (aka Reading Galaxy) 1995   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Trilogy 1996   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Alien Virus 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure 1995   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
All Dogs Go To Heaven 1989   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
All New Family Fued 1989   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Alley Cat 1984   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Alone in the Dark 1 1992   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Alone in the Dark 2 1994   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Alone in The Dark 2 - CD/Flopy 1993   0.73   supported 97% (supported)
Alone in the Dark 3 1995   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Alpha Waves 1990   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alphaman 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alpine Encounter 1985   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Alter Ego Male/Female 1986   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Altered Beast 1990   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Altered Destiny 1990   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Alternate Reality - The City 1988   0.60   supported 100% (supported)
Amarillo Slim Dealer's Choice 1991   0.72   supported 80% (supported)
Amazing Maze 1983   0.74   supported 99% (supported)
Amazing Spider-man 1989   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Amazon 1984   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Amazon Guardians of Eden 1992   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Amazon Trail 1993   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Amberstar 1992   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Ambush at Sorinor 1993   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
American Challenge 1986   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Amnesia 1986   0.63   supported 100% (supported)
Amok 1997   0.72   supported 86% (supported)
Amulets & Armor 1997   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Amy's First Primer 2.2 1991   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1994   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021 1988   0.72   supported 90% (supported)
Anatomik 1994   0.63   supported 100% (supported)
Ancient Art of War 1989   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Ancient Art of War at Sea 1987   0.60   supported 100% (supported)
Ancient Art of War in the Skies 1992   0.70   broken  
Ancient Battles 1988   0.61   supported 80% (supported)
Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) 1994   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Ancient Empires 1991   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Ancient Land of Ys 1989   0.74   supported 98% (supported)
Ancients 1: Death Watch 1991   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Ancients 2: Approaching Evil 1993   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Andromeda Conquest 1982   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Angband 3.0.6. 1997   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy 1996   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Animal 1996   0.72   supported 85% (supported)
Animal Quest 1993   0.74   supported 85% (supported)
Annals of Rome 1986   0.70   supported 95% (supported)
Annihilator tank 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Another World / Out of this world 1991   0.72   supported 97% (supported)
Anstoss 1994   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Anstoss Worldcup Edition 1994   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Ant Hill 1991   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Ant Run 1993   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Antarctic Adventure 1984   0.74   supported 85% (supported)
Anti-Ballistic-Missile 1982   0.74   supported 99% (supported)
Antix 1985   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Anvil of Dawn 1995   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Apache 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Apache Strike 1989   0.74   supported 97% (supported)
APB: All-Points Bulletin 1989   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Apocalypse Abyss 1994   0.73   supported 96% (supported)
Apollo 18 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Apple Panic 1982   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Arachnophobia 1991   0.70   supported 80% (supported)
Arcade America 1995   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Arcade Pool 1994   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Arcade Volleyball 1988   0.74   broken  
Arcade Volleyballl 1994   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Archer Maclean's Pool 1992   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Archimedean Dynasty 1996   0.70   supported 90% (supported)
Archipelagos 1989   0.74   supported 97% (supported)
Archon 1984   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Archon Ultra 1995   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Arctic Adventure 1991   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Arctic Fox 1986   0.58   supported 100% (supported)
Arctic Moves 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Are We There Yet? 1991   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Are you afraid of the dark? 1994   0.72   supported 95% (supported)
Arena 1995   0.74   supported 95% (supported)
Arena - The Elder Scrolls 1994   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Arena:Elder Scrolls 1994   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Ark of Time 1997   0.74   supported 90% (supported)
Arkanoid 1983   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Arkanoid II - Revenge of Doh 1989   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Armaeth - The Lost Kingdom 1993   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Armchair Quaterback 1985   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Armor Alley 1991   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Armored Fist 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Armored Fist 2 1997   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Armour-Geddon 1991   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Army Moves 1986   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Arnhem 1985   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Arnie 2 1993   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Aro 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Arthur: The Quest For Excalibur 1990   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Artic Baron 1992   0.70   supported 90% (supported)
Artic Moves 1995   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Artura 1989   0.63   supported 100% (supported)
ARYAVAIV 1994   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Ascendancy 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Ascendancy (CD) 1995   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Ashes of Empire 1992   0.70   supported 90% (supported)
Aspar GP Master 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Aspetra 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
assault 1993   0.72   supported 89% (supported)
Assault Trooper 1996   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Asterix & Obelix 1996   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Asterix & Obelix 1996   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Asterix - Le Défi de César 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Asterix - Operation Getafix 1989   0.70   supported 75% (supported)
Asterix and Obelix 1996   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Astonishia story 1995   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Astro Blaster 1988   0.74   supported 85% (supported)
Astro Fire 1994   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Astro-Dodge 1982   0.74   supported 75% (supported)
Astrocounter of Crescents 1996   0.74   broken  
Astronomy Quest 1988   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Astrotit 1987   0.70   supported 90% (supported)
ATAC: The Secret War Against Drugs 1992   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Atlantis - The Lost Tales 1997   0.72   supported 80% (supported)
Atlas 1995   0.74   playable 40% (playable)
Atomino 1991   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Atomix 1990   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
ATP: Airline Transport Pilot 1990   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Attack on Altair 1983   0.70   supported 90% (supported)
Aufschwung Ost 1993   0.74   supported 75% (supported)
autka 1997   0.74   supported 95% (supported)
Autobots 1989   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Autodesk 3d Studio 4 1994   0.72   supported 100% (supported)
Autoduel 1988   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Avish! 1993   0.73   supported 100% (supported)
Avoid the Noid 1989   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Axe of Rage 1989   0.74   supported 92% (supported)
Axia 1998   0.74   supported 100% (supported)
Azalta 1996   0.70   supported 100% (supported)
Azrael's Tear 1996   0.74   supported 90% (supported)

Compatibility statistics (3864 games in database)
Version: Games broken: Games runnable: Games playable: Games supported:
DOSBox 0.74 (927) 34 (3.67%) 20 (2.16%) 34 (3.67%) 839 (90.51%)
DOSBox 0.73 (618) 13 (2.10%) 13 (2.10%) 13 (2.10%) 579 (93.69%)
DOSBox 0.72 (709) 40 (5.64%) 20 (2.82%) 28 (3.95%) 621 (87.59%)
DOSBox 0.71 (151) 28 (18.54%) 5 (3.31%) 7 (4.64%) 111 (73.51%)
DOSBox 0.70 (944) 21 (2.22%) 13 (1.38%) 30 (3.18%) 880 (93.22%)
DOSBox 0.65 (714) 35 (4.90%) 26 (3.64%) 39 (5.46%) 614 (85.99%)
DOSBox 0.63 (912) 75 (8.22%) 43 (4.71%) 45 (4.93%) 749 (82.13%)
DOSBox 0.62 (391) 54 (13.81%) 24 (6.14%) 27 (6.91%) 286 (73.15%)
DOSBox 0.61 (998) 87 (8.72%) 58 (5.81%) 68 (6.81%) 785 (78.66%)
DOSBox 0.60 (768) 109 (14.19%) 67 (8.72%) 72 (9.38%) 520 (67.71%)
DOSBox 0.58 (1141) 263 (23.05%) 14 (1.23%) 19 (1.67%) 845 (74.06%)






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