I’ve talked about Boxer before, an awesome DOS front end for Mac with a great GUI for “plug n playing” DOS games. I’ve just recently found a great Windows (also for Mac and Linux) front end called DBGL (DOSBox Game Launcher). For people who don’t quite know how to setup DOSBox properly or just want to play a DOS game without messing around in the Command Prompt, this is perfect for you.
DBGL has a lot of cool features going for it, but by far the best feature is to import and export games and their profiles. Their website even offers a TON of classic DOS games that are preconfigured to run in DBGL. Just import the ZIP file and start playing (by the way, Apogee and Epic MegaGames have the best selection. Duke Nukem, Jazz Jackrabbit, Alien Carnage, Bio Hazard, Monster Bash, etc. I could go on for hours about how all these games are amazing).
Another great thing about DBGL is it is able to look up info/metadata about your games from MobyGames. This can be really handy if you have a LOT of DOS Games (I can’t be the only one). Having the metadata makes sorting and categorizing all your games incredibly easy (especially when the program does it for you). The presentation is not quiet as good as Boxer for Mac, but it’s still impressive. It can even grabs screenshots of games and imports it with the metadata. Very cool.
So if you’re itching to play some Commander Keen, Math Blaster, Major Stryker, Cosmo’s Cosmic Adventure, Wolfenstein 3D, Wacky Wheels, Jill of the Jungle, Hocus Pocus, Daggerfall, or any other of the thousands of DOS games out there, check this out. I still think Boxer on Mac has a really slick interface in comparison (because everything looks cool on Macs right?), but the ability to import and export your games across all platforms and the fact that they host freeware/demos of great games all ready to play makes this the best frontend of DOSBox yet.