BPGE #7 – Dune II: The Building Of A Dynasty

We start off this week with the most important real-time strategy game to exist. Developed by Westwood Studios, Dune II literally defined the RTS genre as we know it. Basic game elements like resource gathering and tech trees all originated from this game. As much as it did define the genre, the game still feels quite antiquated twenty years later. To play a much more modern RTS, we need to move forward by three years and take a look at Command & Conquer. I highly recommend watching both games one after another to truly see how much Westwood influenced RTS games as we know them. If you wish to give it a try, read on for more information on Dune II.

  • In our video I played the original release using Dosbox. The following guide covers the basic Dosbox setup and installation – http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Basic_Setup_and_Installation_of_DosBox
  • Alternatively the game can be played using OpenDUNE. You can visit the following website to learn more about it – http://www.opendune.org/
  • To play the game you will need to find a copy on you favourite abandonware websites. We used the following – http://www.abandonia.com/
  • To run the game, first execute ‘SETUP.EXE’ to configure the settings. Afterwards you can launch the game with ‘DUNE2.EXE’. Please note that this game will have a skill testing question, please have a copy of the manual available when this happens. The answers can be found under the structures section.