Play Dune II The Building of a Dynasty with Dune Legacy

Dune 2 for Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 high resolution.All time classic! Revolutionary strategy game on which several succesful games are based, like the Command & Conquer series and Warcraft. Although still playable with DOSBox, the game features a primitive control set. For example, selection of multiple units isn't possible. To attack your enemy you first need to press the attack button (or corresponding hotkey). Quite cumbersome for such an important move. Fortunately for us, some people have spent time to rebuild the Dune II engine under the name "Dune Legacy" (which might change due to copyright issues). The engine supports multiple unit selection and control, high resolution and multiplay.

What do you need to play Dune II with the Dune Legacy engine?

Basic needs

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  • Search for and download Dune II
  • Install the original Dune II game or unzip the downloaded file
  • You'll need the .PAK game files from the original game

Installation of Dune Legacy

  • Download Dune Legacy 0.96.3 (Dune Legacy 0.96.3 Setup.exe)
  • Install Dune legacy, by right clicking the installation file and chosing "run as administrator"
  • During the installation, you'll be asked for the .PAK game files of the original Dune II game
  • Finish the installation

Start and configure Dune Legacy

  • Start Dune Legacy by either clicking the start menu item, or double clicking the dunelegacy.exe file in the Dune Legacy folder
  • Click on Options in the Dune Legacy main menu
  • Select the appropriate resolution
  • To make the units larger, select Zoomlevel x3
  • To make the units smaller, select Zoomlevel x1
  • To get the "classic DOS look" of Dune II, select ScaleNN

Help! The screen looks like it only supports 16 colors!

This has been noticed when Dune Legacy starts in full screen with an NVidia card. Quick solution is to find your way to the options and disable full screen.

  • Click Options in the main menu
  • Uncheck Full Screen
  • Click on Apply
Comments from the retro community
ehaab · 30-03-2016 · 20:47 CET · [#]
yup it works like a charm !! thank you dosgamers ^^
Van Slanzar de Fanel
Van Slanzar de Fanel · 14-05-2016 · 05:32 CET · [#]
Dune Legacy does work great, and I discovered it through this site. But, in the difficulty of getting the enhanced music to work (which involved digging into the source code to find the directory structure), I discovered Dune Dynasty. It has the same enhanced features as Legacy, but it plays closer to the original I think. Works the same, just have to provide the original .PAK files. And it's already set up to handle several different enhanced music packs.
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 14-05-2016 · 15:52 CET · [#]
Thanks! The visuals indeed are more like the original Dune II. That's very cool. The fastest game speed seems kind of sluggish though; some units however go blazing fast (carry-all), others are slow (trike). Did you have trouble with speed? Updating the config file doesn't work either...
Van Slanzar de Fanel
Van Slanzar de Fanel · 15-05-2016 · 01:45 CET · [#]
I actually haven't played with the speed settings. I always felt Dune Legacy was too fast, and Dune Dynasty seemed to be closer to the original. Maybe need to fire the original up in DOSBox for a comparison.
Van Slanzar de Fanel
Van Slanzar de Fanel · 25-05-2016 · 05:15 CET · [#]
I've been out of town for a while, but I just did another test, and you can adjust the game speed in the config file. You have to be careful to edit the actual file, though. The sample file in the game folder won't work. The actual config file is in C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Dune Dynasty.
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 25-05-2016 · 22:40 CET · [#]
Thanks for checking that out! I remember editing such a file, but the changes got overwritten by the program at some point... Didn't see any speed change, but perhaps the config file was already reset at that point.
Van Slanzar de Fanel
Van Slanzar de Fanel · 25-05-2016 · 06:02 CET · [#]
I did experience the freakish carryall speed, though. Also, one feature Dune Legacy does have that Dune Dynasty is missing is meters for spice capacity and power generation and requirements.
AdmiralLini · 30-05-2016 · 19:07 CET · [#]
Hi, i followed exactly your installation guide, but the game doesn´t run on my windows 10 system.
as soon as i start dune legacy, it crashes with a runtime-error.
anyone an idea?
thx and greetings
AdmiralLini · 13-07-2016 · 19:36 CET · [#]
Anyone alive here ?
DOSGamers · @DOSGamers · 13-07-2016 · 20:25 CET · [#]
YES! We're here! Sorry for the late reply. No clue. You could try the latest beta of Dune Legacy if you have a 64 bits version of Win10. Or you can visit the Dune Legacy forum.

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