Legend of Kyrandia 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: http://www.dosbox.com > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

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

Dosbox installation program
Legend of Kyrandia PC game folder
Next: Open the Kyrandia folder and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

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

Creating the Legend of Kyrandia game config
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 the Dosbox config file
With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\kyrandia

Dosbox autoexec mount commands

Now Lets Download
the Free Game Legend of Kyrandia:

Go To: http://abandonia.com

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

Search box
After That:
Click on "Legend of Kyrandia" in the game search results column.

Search results
On the page that follows click on the "Get It!" button.

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

Saving Legend of Kyrandia zip file

Now Lets Extract the Legend of Kyrandia Free Game Download:

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

Extracting zip file
Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to save the extracted folder, select "C:\Kyrandia". 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 the Free Game Legend of Kyrandia:

Double click on the Dosbox program file in the "C:\Kyrandia" directory and Dosbox will launch. After Dosbox launches type "setup" and press enter. You should now be launched into the Legend of Kyrandia installation program.

Setup DOS command
You will be asked if you want to install Legend of Kyrandia on your hard drive. Press enter to confirm this.

Installing on hard drive
Now: You will see a list of options under the "Setup Main Menu". Press "1" on your keyboard to begin the setup process.

Setup menu
After That:
You will first be asked to "...select your video system". Select "VGA 256k+ video RAM" by pressing "1". You likely will see a warning message stating "Some older VGA cards are not completely compatible". Ignore this message by pressing enter.

Selecting video card
You will see a list of sound cards to choose from. You may have to play with this setting if the sound doesn't work the first time but for now choose "Sound Blaster / Sound Blaster Pro" by pressing "3".

Selecting sound card
After This: You will be asked if "...you want to use a mouse?". This simply comes down to personal preference.

Selecting mouse
Now: You will be shown a summary of your settings. At the bottom of the screen you will be asked if, "...you wish to save this configuration", press "Y" and then enter. You will now be brought back to the "Setup Main Menu", press "3" to "Exit Setup".

Finally: Once you have exited from the installer and you're back at the "C:" prompt in Dosbox type "exit" and press enter, this will close Dosbox.

DOS exit command
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 "kyrandia". It should look like this.

Reediting Dosbox autoexec commands
Save and exit the config file.

Let's Play Some Legend of Kyrandia:

Legend of Kyrandia screenshot
Click on the Dosbox program in the "Kyrandia" directory and Legend of Kyrandia will launch. You may see the setup screen again when you launch the game, press the escape key and then enter to bypass this. You will be now brought into the game itself, 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?


Lilac said...

Your walkthrough on how to set this up was really helpful.
I'm having a problem with the sound though, the sound on the intro works, but not on the actual game. Do you have any suggestions?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Lilac did you download the game from a site other then Abandonia since the server was down or did you download it before then. Also what operating system are you using?


Anonymous said...

when i type setup in the dosbox it says illegal command i don't know what to do

dolce102 said...

Can you pease make a guide for Legend of Kyrandia 3? I used the download from abandonia but I just can't seem to get it to work. Thanks so much!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Dolce102, I considered writing a guide for Kyrandia 3 a while back but decided against it for now. The Abandonia copy of the game has no video's, music or speech. I didn't want to put out a guide with the game so crippled. I'll look and see if any of the other sites have a copy of the game but I know it unavailable at the moment on XTC Abandonware and Home of the Underdogs.


Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn!! Your walkthrough has been very helpful! Are you aware of another site to download the Kyrandia series? Abandonia will not work... any help would be appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Dont know if this helps but i got it from home of the underdogs

Kimmy said...

Hi, The game won't run in dos mode so what do I do next? Lol x

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, are you running kyrandia.exe through Dosbox?


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for making this awesome game available. Your walk through was perfect but at the very end when you said the game should run, it doesn't. The DosBox prompt just says "This program cannot be run in DOS mode." Any suggestions?

Emy said...

Awesomeness! I loved this game as a kid! One problem: When they speak there is no sound. The music in the intro worked and normal sound effects (like when I pick up things, etc.) works, but when he speaks there's only text and no sound track.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, this is the floppy disk version of the game which unfortunately doesn't include speech like the CD-ROM version has.


Anonymous said...

How do you change from one game to another in the series Kyrandia (for example from hand of fate to malcolms revenge)? I can't get it to do anything but play the one game and i have already beat it and tried deleted the dosbox and re-downloading it...nothing worked..anyone have the answer for me?

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, open the dosbox.conf file and delete the mount commands under the [autoexec] section.


Anonymous said...

Wow. I don't think I've ever read a better set of instructions for doing *anything*!

Topala Ioana said...

I have a problem with the Dosbox. After going through all the steps i try loading it but it prompts "Illegal command; kyndira"
Any ideas?

Topala Ioana said...


Anonymous said...

Same problem as Topala.

Anonymous said...

I was finally getting a hang of how to use dosbox. I'm not so technical, so it was quite a challenge. I came to the setup, and when I chose "Y" to install, it says: "Copying main.exe from CD... IO Error with main exe (2) - exiting".
I don't know what to do? I tried so much, and I can't get it to work from there. Can someone please help me?