Take Atari’s classic coin guzzling arcade game “Gauntlet”, add in a dose of humour and a silly story about dragons and bring it all to the PC, what do you get? Get Medieval is a fun little dungeon crawler that’s much better when played with friends. The game supports up to four players via local coop and LAN and is well worth a look if you loved a little Gauntlet action in the arcades.
Get Medieval has a 16 bit installer program which unfortunately means that it won’t work at all on 64 bit versions of Windows. To work around this problem, we’ve produced a simple replacement installer which you can download here (link broken? Let me know here). Simply download the installer, insert your Get Medieval CD-ROM and then run the replacement installer you downloaded and follow all the on screen prompts. The installer will then copy the files from the CD-ROM and create shortcuts as necessary, saving you any hassles.
Running the game
The game itself runs fine on Windows 7 PCs, but isn’t quite so happy running on Windows 8 PCs. On our Windows 8 PC the game ran but suffered from jerky scrolling. We tried all the usual tricks to work around this, including the Wine Direct3D wrappers and the Microsoft DXPrimaryEmulation compatibility toolkit fix, but nothing seemed to improve the gameplay. Unfortunately, running the game via a virtual machine didn’t work well either, under VMWare the game suffered from flickering sprites. This was the situation for Windows 8 users until recently, when a new legacy DirectX wrapper appeared on the scene. Using dgVoodoo2 the game runs at full speed in Windows 8. Simply follow our dgVoodoo2 tutorial here to install and use it with the game. Keep in mind that dgVoodoo2 requires a graphics card or chip that is DirectX 11 compatible.
Surprisingly for such an old game, Get Medieval detected both our Xbox 360 controllers just fine. With 2 players on controller and 2 on keyboard we were able to play a 4 player coop game. The only thing you may want to do is configue Xpadder (or a similar tool) to assign the escape key to the controllers Start button, to allow you to access the in-game options menu and skip the cutscenes.
We had less success with network games. To play with a friend on your home network or even across the internet you will need his or her IP address. Usually on a home network that begins with the numbers 192.168, 172.16 or 10.0. You can see your current IP address for a computer by typing “ipconfig” into a command prompt window. The first time you try a LAN game you will most likely need to Alt-Tab out of the game back to the desktop to grant permission for the game to connect through the Windows firewall. While we were able to connect across our LAN, the games frame-rate was simply unacceptable, even using computers attached by our gigabit wired network.
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