Gabriel Knight - Sins of the Fathers Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

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Note: This is the floppy disk version of the game. The difference between this version and the CD-ROM version is the floppy disk version lacks each characters dialogue sounds. This is supplemented however with written dialogue. All other game sounds are present.

First Download the Free Game Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download availableThe House of Games : Download : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableAbandonia : Download : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableXTC Abandonware : Download : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download : 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\GKSins. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Dosbox installer
Windows Vista folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the GKSins 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 Gabriel Knight 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 Dosbox 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\gksins

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract The Gabriel Knight Free Game Download:

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

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

Zip program

Knight Detective:

Gabriel Knight screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\GKSins" folder and the game Gabriel Knight - Sins of the Fathers will launch. Enjoy playing one of the best adventure games of the 90's!

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?
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How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Capitano said...

Thank you for all this incredible work! :)

The game does not work properly at day 5. Do you know why? It stops after Gabriel receives some stuff from Grace in the beginning. Quite annoying:/

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Capitano, I couldn't find any mention of this specific issue on the games message board on Which version of Dosbox are you using? One thing you might want to try is using a slightly older version of Dosbox and see if that fixes it. Just make sure to remember to save the save file before doing this.


Shaun Thomas Hoy said...

hi, the game seems to be running fine for me. The only problem i have is i do not hear the character voices only the text.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi Shaun this is the floppy disk version so unfortunately it doesn't have full speech. All other content is the same besides this though.


Oceane said...

I have the exact same problem as Capitano. The game freezes as soon as I receive the package from Grace on day 5 :/

Reloading the game from the last save, and replaying it, does nothing to fix this.

Doesn't anyone have a solution to this problem?

I'm using version 0.73 of DOSbox.

Oceane said...

... Nevermind, further digging online revealed a solution that worked for me.

To anyone else having the same problem, simply go into the game settings at the end of day 4 and turn the detail slider all the way down, and the speed slider all the way up. Begin day 5 with these settings (you can change them back later), and the game should continue as normal, without the freezing.

Anonymous said...

On Day 1 as soon as I leave the bookstore and try to go to another location on the map, it crashes and informs me of an in-game error. It says:

"error number 135 except.cpp:36:64989:ed"