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Boxtron is another Steam Play tool we briefly talked about at the beginning of this month, enabling you to play almost any DOSBox game on Steam for Linux.

Just like Proton GE, this is an unofficial Steam Play tool. It enables you to use a native Linux version of DOSBox to play titles that don't provide a Linux package on Steam—super handy!

A few days ago, the developer released a fresh build with some rather sweet sounding fixes and upgrades to the tool so hopefully even more DOSBox games will work. With the 0.5.1 release Boxtron will now detect broken case-sensitive paths in .cue files, show a UI box (using Zenity) to show errors, adds in several game-specific tweaks for DOS titles distributed without DOSBox, it will filter out escape-carets where not needed, fixes a crash with non-DOS games run through the Sierra Launcher and a few other improvements.

Not a huge release but every little improvement is a good step forward to getting a top gaming experience.

The install process is easy and the same as other such tools. Close Steam, extract the folder from the boxtron.tar.xz download into here:


You are then able to force the power of DOSBox with Boxtron onto your games. To do so, right click the game in your Steam library, go to Properties and then see this at the bottom:

That really is all you need to do. Then just enjoy your games!

See the full release notes and download on GitHub.

Going by the comments in the previous article, looks like using Boxtron has been quite helpful to play a number of games on Linux. Brilliant stuff.

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0ttman Sep 2, 2019
Boxtron is great! Another Steam tool that works great also is Luxtorpeda.
Liam Dawe Sep 2, 2019
Quoting: 0ttmanBoxtron is great! Another Steam tool that works great also is Luxtorpeda.
Yup, I'm following, it's not quite ready yet.
fagnerln Sep 2, 2019
I thought that WINE has a dosbox built-in :s
dreamer_ Sep 2, 2019
Quoting: fagnerlnI thought that WINE has a dosbox built-in :s

It's a bit complicated. If you'll try to run DOS binary through Wine, it IS going to start DOSBox (if it's installed), yes - but that's not how DOS games on Steam are distributed. Game publishers bundle old DOS games with Windows version of DOSBox (often in old, deprecated version), and that's what is being run through Proton. Unfortunately, it results in some problems, e.g. high input lag, crashes when Steam Overlay is enabled or Proton scaling applied on top of DOSBox scaling (making games blurrier than they should be). Boxtron deals with these problems (and several more) to provide tweak-free experience :).

Last edited by dreamer_ on 2 September 2019 at 10:23 pm UTC
Asu Sep 3, 2019
Praise Lord Gaben!
slaapliedje Sep 3, 2019
By the way, Boxtron rules for MIDI playback, and especially sounds awesome with Doomand Star Wars: Dark Forces. Specifically I have a Roland SC 88 Pro and Roland UM-ONE mk2.
DrMcCoy Sep 3, 2019
Same for Roberta, which does the same for ScummVM :)

Last edited by DrMcCoy on 3 September 2019 at 7:53 am UTC
Liam Dawe Sep 3, 2019
Quoting: DrMcCoySame for Roberta, which does the same for ScummVM :)
Yup, one we covered before.
DrMcCoy Sep 3, 2019
Oh, right, must have slipped by me :). Or I forgot reading this article again :P
FireBurn Sep 3, 2019
Is there a way to get Steam to use your native wine rather than proton?
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