Bioforge Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download & Install Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your C:\ drive when asked. Finally when finished rename your Dosbox folder Bioforge.

Dosbox installtion program
Bioforge Windows folder
Next: Open the Bioforge (formerly Dosbox) folder. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Bioforge Dosbox program icon
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Bioforge config creation
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing Dosbox config file
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\bioforge
cd bioforge

Dosbox autoexec mount commands

Now Lets Download
the Free Game Bioforge:

Go To:

Next: Type "Bioforge" in the game search box in the upper right corner of the main page and press enter.

Abandonia search box
After That: Click on "Bioforge" in the game search results column.

Abandonia game search results
On the page that follows click on the "download this game!" button

PC game download button
Finally: Click on the "Get It" button on following page and wait for your browser to give you the option to download and save the file. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the zip file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save the file for extraction.

Saving Bioforge zip file

Now Lets Extract the Bioforge Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Bioforge game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting Bioforge zip file
Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will then be asked where you would like to save the extracted folder, select C:\Bioforge. After you've chosen this directory on your hard drive click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

Now Lets Install Bioforge:

Double click on the Dosbox program file and Dosbox will launch. After Dosbox launches type Install and press enter. You should now be launched into the Bioforge installation program.

Bioforge DOS install command
Now: You will be given the option to change the sound settings. Scroll to both sound devices and select Sound Blaster 16. When asked to configure the cards settings choose the following settings

Port: 220
IRQ: 7
DMA: 1

When you are finished select "Save Settings and Exit". This will exit the installer and return you to the C:\ prompt in Dosbox. At the C:\ prompt type exit and press enter, this will close the Dosbox program.

Bioforge config program
Now: We are going to head back to the dosbox config file and add another line of code. Again its in the [autoexec] section, this time below the commands we have already added. The command is "bioforge". It should look like this.

Adding to the autoexec commands
Save and exit the config file.

Ready, Set, Go!:

Bioforge screenshot
Click on the Dosbox program in the Bioforge directory and Bioforge will launch, enjoy!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Matthew said...

When I get to the installation process it says:
Halting: Internal Error
Where: MAIN.C - 487
Reason: C:\Bioforge\install.msg

I'm trying to install it in dosbox on Linux. It would probably work in the windows emulator wine but I dunno if it'll affect game performance.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, unfortunately I'm totally unfamiliar with Linux so the best advice I could give is to try a reinstall and make sure to keep in mind any file structure or access differences linux might have (if any) and change the mount commands if needed.


Anonymous said...

Hi, your site is really great and it's good to see some guides for getting old games to work on XP.

I'm having some trouble with Bioforge: I've followed the guide's instructions and everything seems to work correctly, including the menu selection, but I can't seem to get the main character to get up from his bed and move around at the beginning of the game. In fact, the only button on the keyboard that seems to function is the "L" key, which brings up the "Load Game" menu... The Bioforge Readme mentioned a problem like this, but I'm not sure what to do about it. Any ideas?

Thanks again :-)

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi if you head over to the Bioforge page on Abandonia and look under the section titled "Extras" there is one labeled "Commands". If you download this text file it will give you all the different keyboard inputs for the game.


Zach said...

Actually the controll issue (or lack of control) is because you chose IRQ 5 for your sound card instead of 7. Redo the setup and change it to 7 and life will be good for ya. (I was having the same issue and ran across the solution here

Glenn Scrima said...

Zach I just edited the guide with this fix added. Thanks for the tip!


Anonymous said...

Hey Followed everything ya said to do but when i write

C:\cd bioforge

it say "unable to change to bioforge" i am totally stuck on what to do can ya help?

is there something i missed out?

Glenn Scrima said...

hi remove the c:\ from the command and you should be all set. So instead of:

c:\cd bioforge

it should be

cd bioforge

Anonymous said...

i installed bioforge from a cd

it all sorted but when i go to play it , it says

"cannot find file C:\GAMES\BIOFORGE\script\Emessage.txt"

even tho i checked and the file is there.

suggest anything?


Anonymous said...

try loading the game from the dos box in the bioforge file you created

frostbittenyeti said...

Hi have the original CD for this game. And have got it running with dosbox. It was all going smoothly until i get to the part where you have to use the palm reader with the severed arm. Where ever I place the robot it will not register the code I enter in the terminal.
No idea what is causing this.
I am sure I am doing everything correctly, even checked a walkthrough to check.

May be something to do with my quad core processer but not sure.

Glenn Scrima said...

It's worth checking. I'm guessing you might be able to do this in the system bios but if not you can try doing it through Windows.


Anonymous said...

Hi. I had to follow the additional instructions for replacing the missing config file. Now I am trying to open the file by right clicking on the "open with" only when I right click I don't get an open with option only an "open" option. I have config file now thanks to your directions but I can't get to open so I can download BioForge. I have Windows Vista, by the way. I don't know if that makes any difference. Thanks for any help.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, when you click the open option what comes up?


WOLF said...

Regarding the Emessage.txt missing how do i fix it i have checked and the file is indeed in the right location and i have followed the guide except that i have used a cd to install i set the IRQ and everything right on the game settings

Anonymous said...

cannot find file: C:\BIOFORGE\script\Emessage.txt '

Does anybody has got an idea?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, is this error coming up when you are in the game itself or are you stuck on installation?


Demian said...

For people having problems during the setup, if you are installing to a non standard location or mounting another drive as C it can act weird.

I have the old CD version and I had to start dosbox, activate the cd-rom and run the install from inside dosbox to get the drive letters to match up.

If the install location showing in setup does not match where you set dosbox to mount things at it will error when trying to write the save file.

Demian said...

By save file I mean save the config file.

Fernando said...

Hi, I can run the game, but in the firs scene, the earthquake never comes. What can i do?

Anonymous said...

the dosbox options won't save the notepad changes what do i do?

haggar said...

Thanks for guide, I finally install it! When I was a kid I wanted to play this game but didn't have chance back then.

Btw, I have installed it on Windows 7 without problem.