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Offline steve_mcdee

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Playing FRUA on an iPad
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:43:05 PM »
I was wondering whether anyone has made an attempt to see if FRUA, and FRUA designs, can be played on an iPad or iPhone or other mobile device? I see that there is an app called “iDos 2” in the Apple App Store but there doesn’t seem to be much info available about how to use it to play a game like FRUA. FRUA strikes me as a game that could be played quite effectively on an iPad since it can be played mostly just by pressing buttons on the screen.

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Re: Playing FRUA on an iPad
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2018, 05:51:23 PM »
I have iDOS2, but in order to actually put DOS programs onto it, you have to use some sketchy programs like "iFunPad" that are dubious in nature and always come up as threats and viruses on my virus scanner, since Apple won't allow you to do it natively through iTunes.  Once you purchase the program, you have to contact the author so he can put you on his list to get a special version of iDOS2 that runs through the TestFlight program (where people test unreleased versions of apps).  Using a virtual machine might be the best option to move your DOS stuff over.

I don't actually have any DOS stuff installed at the moment.  I do know if you run iDOS2 in portrait mode, you have access to full PC keyboard, so running something like FRUA (or even making designs for it) would be possible.

I've been meaning to mess around with it (since I have purchased a new laptop that will be delivered this Tuesday anyway, and I'll have to wipe my hard drive in the process).  I'll let you know how it works out.

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Re: Playing FRUA on an iPad
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 06:30:08 AM »
I suspected it would be complicated...

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Re: Playing FRUA on an iPad
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018, 08:14:41 AM »
It's not really too complicated.  I probably didn't explain it well.  Here are the steps (which will sound complicated, but really aren't as bad as they seem):

* Purchase iDOS2
* Write email to author requesting to be put on the iDOS2 Beta
* Receive iDOS2 Beta key
* Install "TestFlight" from the app store
* Place code for iDOS2 Beta into TestFlight and install
* Install "iFunBox" on the PC that has the DOS games
* Using "iFunBox" from the computer, alter the configuration file in iDOS2 to not autoboot to their built in menu (which leads to four freeware games).  I usually let mine just drop me to the DOS command line
* Using "iFunBox," move over all your DOS stuff from the PC to the iPad
* Start playing DOS games on iPad/iPhone
* Every 90 days get an update to iDOS on TestFlight before previous version expires (test versions can only be run for 90 days, but the author is good about updating within that timeframe so that you can just install a minor update to keep it going).

All this would be really easy if Apple wouldn't try to make themselves content police.  I don't play anything on iDOS2 (or DOSBox) that I don't legally own, so personally it annoys me that they automatically assume that I'm doing something illegal. 

The only other option is if you jailbreak your iPad.  Or, if you have either an Android or a Windows tablet. 
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Re: Playing FRUA on an iPad
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 05:22:41 PM »
Well, I thought I'd give it another shot.  Every version of iFunBox seems to be tagged as highly dangerous and infected.  People online can't decide if it's safe or not. Same with similar programs. 

In the end, I think my verdict is that it isn't worth the effort to try to play DOS games like FRUA on the iPad, as much fun as it would be.  Might be worth my time to pick up a cheap Android tablet at some point so that I have the option to what I want to do.
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Re: Playing FRUA on an iPad
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2018, 01:55:52 PM »
I got it to work using a program called iMazing, which seems to be safe according to the Internet and the virus scanner I have.  Anyway, the free version only allows you to make 100 copies to or from your iPad.  Luckily if you have all your DOS stuff in one directory, copying that entire directory only counts as 1 copy, so that's good.

If you're still interested, I can walk you through how to get it up and running.

Here's a screenshot I took of Champions of Krynn running in demo mode on my iPad in portrait mode...

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Re: Playing FRUA on an iPad
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2018, 02:23:26 PM »
...If you're still interested, I can walk you through how to get it up and running...
 

I don't have an iPad, but it's easy for me to see how helpful and valuable such a walkthrough could be to many people (and good for our community's growth and longevity).  I recommend you do one and consider making it a sticky (perhaps in FAQs).   :)