Watch someone install old floppy disk, CD-ROM DOS games on an iPhone

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What you need to know

  • Someone has been able to install old DOS games on an iPhone.
  • The games were installed from old media including a floppy disk and CD-ROM.

Being able to run a Microsoft DOS emulator on your iPhone 12 is old news thanks to an app called iDOS 2. But being able to install games from it is something I wasn't even aware of. And being able to install games from ancient media? Now that's cool.

YouTube channel Will It Work? shared a video recently that showed the whole thing off using an almost comical array of cables and adapters. But the important thing is it worked. And it worked surprisingly well.

In fact, iDOS 2 was even able to emulate the infamous SoundBlaster 16 sound card, too!

Check it out:

In this video, I'll show you how to use DOS on the iPhone, including loading games from their original floppy and CD-ROM media.

I remember dealing with Microsoft DOS back in the day and I wish games ran as well on my Intel 386 16MHz processor as well as they do via this emulator!

You can download iDOS 2 from the App Store now and try some of this for yourself. It's a great app and runs just $4.99.

Nowadays we have wonders like true mobile gaming and the amazing collection of family games for Nintendo Switch to choose from.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.