Return of the Phantom Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

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Note: Playing this game requires the booklet. This can be found on the Return of the Phantom page at Abandonia. Under the section labeled "Extras" there will be a link labeled "Manual". Please download or print this pdf version of the manual or use your own copy if you have one as it will be needed to play the game.

Game manual

First Download the Free Game Return of the Phantom:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download availableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableHome of the Underdogs : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator 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 hard drive in the directory C:\Games\ROTPhantom. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Return of the Phantom game folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the ROTPhantom folder within it. Locate 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 game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

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

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

mount c c:\games\rotphantom
cd return~1
cd phantom

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract The Return of the Phantom Free Game Download:

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

Extracting the game Return of the Phantom
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to
extract the Return of the Phantom game files, select "C:\Games\ROTPhantom". When you're done click "Next" again and the Return of the Phantom game files will begin to extract.

Zip program

Phantom of the Opera:

Return of the Phantom
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\ROTPhantom" folder and the game Return of the Phantom 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?


Anonymous said...

Thank you! I've been trying to get this old game to run on my new XP Pro machine for a while. This worked like a charm. Just wanted to send my gratitude your way. :)

Glenn Scrima said...

Thanks I really appreciate it :) . Have fun playing the game!


Anonymous said...

Hey Glenn
Thanks for the complete guide to Downloading "Return of the Phantom" - it's such a great game..and has brought back soo many memories.

Unfortunatley, I cannot get any of the voices to work...the sounds (Raoul's footsteps, doors opening etc.) work works, but the voices do NOT.

Please Help!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi it looks like this is an issue with the download from Abandonia itself. It looks like they removed the speaking audio tracks to save bandwith for their server downloads.


Anonymous said...

I did all of the instructions, and when I go to click on the doxbox to play at the end, I get an error message. It looks like this:

Error "-32" in module "5" data: 0 0

Most recent memory check: 463616
Most recent DOS error: 2
Stack use indicator: 10087


Any idea what this is and how I can fix it? Thanks!

Glenn Scrima said...

It sounds like a memory issue. Have you made any additional changes to the config file. Also do you experience issues with any other games crashing?


Anonymous said...

My copy of the game showed the Error "-32" in module "5" as well.

But when I placed it in the root of the C:\ drive, it worked perfectly.

As well, the version I downloaded today from Abandonia had the speech pack with it! :)

Anonymous said...

I have no idea how to get it running. How do you place it in the root of the C:\ drive?

My error message looks like this:

Error "-32" in module "5" data: 0 0

Most recent memory check: 463248
Most recent DOS error: 2
Stack use indicator: 10087


Anonymous said...

If you are having that memory error issue, follow this hint:
Firstly, if you did some dosbox conf autoexec editing, remove it.
Next, Drag & Drop your Return of the Phantom folder ON the actual Dosbox.exe. This will mount this folder for you.
Next go to the PHANTOM folder and run the phantom by typing:

cd phantom

That's it. This is not a memory issue, it is caused by you not mounting the whole folder, so the game cannot find the Resource folder outside the game folder. :) This will work

Anonymous said...

I got the "Error "-32" in module "5" data: 0 0" too!

All I did was copy and paste the 'PHANTOM' and 'RESOURCE' file into the main ROTPhantom file (the one with the DOSBox) and it worked fine!

No need to redo everything!