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Boxtron is another awesome Steam Play tool! Covered here a few times now, like Proton it enables you to play games on Linux that don't have a Linux build setup on Steam only this is for DOSBox games.

Rather than running DOSBox-powered games on Steam through Proton when they don't have a Linux build of it all up, using Boxtron should give a better experience.

Today a new release went up with Boxtron 0.5.4 fixing multiple issues including: games that use multiple CD images not starting like The Dame Was Loaded (and probably other FMV titles), they tweaked Retro City Rampage 486 to use "aspect=false", several bugs around parsing user-supplied regex for MIDI synthesiser detection were fixed, they also fixed a bug preventing MIDI port detection if there are no soundfonts installed and there's now several fallback soundfont names for various Linux distributions.

Additionally, they have another build of DOSBox Staging up as well. DOSBox Staging is their attempt to improve DOSBox with new features, bug fixes and so on while also getting the patches hopefully accepted upstream to the main DOSBox project.

You can download the releases of either Boxtron and DOSBox Staging here on GitHub. Alternatively, they also now have certain packages setup. If you're doing a manual install you can simply download the release archive, extract it and then place it in (make the compatibilitytools.d folder if it doesn't exist):

~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d/

Once you reload Steam, Boxtron then shows up as an option to force on a game in the Properties.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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slaapliedje 17 Jan
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This reminds me that I need to finish Dark Forces with the Amazing MIDI music!
Boxtron now with also a flatpak! So it's even more straight forward then! What about Luxtorpeda? Will a flatpak come soon also?
I'm very fond of Boxtron. I don't know just why, I haven't even used it, it just seems like such a nice thing.
Eike 17 Jan
Purple Library GuyI'm very fond of Boxtron. I don't know just why, I haven't even used it, it just seems like such a nice thing.

Same boat. :-)
slaapliedje 17 Jan
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Purple Library GuyI'm very fond of Boxtron. I don't know just why, I haven't even used it, it just seems like such a nice thing.
Get a Roland SC-88 pro, or MT-32 (or be stubborn and get both like I did) and then really see Boxtron shine!
oh god roland midi music reminds me of the old sharp x import machine i had castlevania midi on a roland 64 great times
dreamer_ 17 Jan
heidi.wengerBoxtron now with also a flatpak! So it's even more straight forward then! What about Luxtorpeda? Will a flatpak come soon also?
Flathub does not advertise it on the page nor through Gnome Software for some reason - but it's installable via terminal, and even without specifying full reverse domain, simply:
$ flatpak install Boxtron

… which is great :). I had reports from the community it works fine, but couldn't test it myself, as Steam inside Flatpak refuses to start for me.

As for Luxtorpeda… I don't think Flatpak will arrive anytime soon: (1) I am pre-occupied with dosbox-staging and don't have much time to work on Luxtorpeda (2) Flatpak/Flathub is problematic for packaging software written in Rust at the moment (this is a problem I did not expect at all).


Last edited by dreamer_ on 18 January 2020 at 12:37 am UTC
TheRiddick 18 Jan
Is there a list of games that have been tested with this somewhere?
Patola 18 Jan
TheRiddickIs there a list of games that have been tested with this somewhere?
Yes, when you click the github link on this post, you'll see right in the top the link to the list of curated games.
dreamer_ 19 Jan
TheRiddickIs there a list of games that have been tested with this somewhere?
Reports (Steam), Reports (GOG)

I am regularly testing with some GOG games - an included script `install-gog-game` helps with installation and adding a GOG game to Steam (otherwise there are some Steam client bugs, that need to be worked around).
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