How to Play SimEarth in DOSBox

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SimEarth is a life simulation game created by Will Wright and published by Maxis in 1990. You control the development of life on a simulated planet by manipulating the atmosphere, climate and monitoring evolution. The SimEarth game is "abandonware," meaning that it can be downloaded and played for free. The game must be run from a DOS (Disk Operating System) command prompt, so you'll need to use a DOS emulator such as "DOSBox" to run SimEarth on a Windows Vista/7 computer. Additionally, the "loadfix" command must be used when running SimEarth to ensure that the program loads correctly.

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  1. 1

    Download and install "DOSBox."

  2. 2

    Download the SimEarth ZIP file from the "Abandonia" website by clicking the "SimEarth" link in the "Resources" section below.

  3. 3

    Double-click the "" file to open it in your default file extractor. Extract the files contained in the "" archive to a directory in the root of your primary hard drive called "simearth", making the path to the SimEarth files "c:\simearth\".

  4. 4

    Double-click the "DOSBox" icon on your desktop to run the "DOSBox" emulator.

  5. 5

    Type "mount c:\simearth." Press "Enter" to mount the "c:\simearth" directory as your virtual "c" drive.

  6. 6

    Type "c:" and press "Enter" to switch to the mounted drive.

  7. 7

    Type "loadfix simearth" and then press "Enter" to run SimEarth in the DOSBox emulator.

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