Retro Gaming without CDs: Azrael’s Tear

by expack3

Azrael’s Tear is a first-person adventure game – a rare combination – by Intelligent Games, Ltd. In it, you play as a Raptor, a futuristic thief who plunders archeological sites formerly untouched by humans, as you seek out the legendary Holy Grail.
This game is somewhat complicated to set up to run without a CD. While the game comes with a “Full Install” option, it doesn’t actually install the entire game – rather, it installs 150MB of the full 425MB game to your hard drive. It also unnecessarily clutters up your installation folder with files no matter what settings you use! Fortunately, the game can be set-up to read all data from the hard drive through changing a simple text file and copying over data from the CD-ROM.
The Nitty-Gritty

  1. Create a folder somewhere on your hard drive called Azraels Tear. Ensure you don’t place it within your Program Files folders – it will cause major issues with how the game saves.
  2. Download the latest version of DOSBOX from http://sourceforge.net/projects/dosbox/files/latest/download?source=files
  3. Install DOSBOX to the folder you created (i.e. if you put the folder on your C drive, you would install DOSBOX to C:\Azraels Tear\Dosbox)
  4. Insert the game disc into the CD-ROM drive of your choice.
  5. Navigate to the folder you installed DOSBOX to, and run dosbox.exe
  6. You will see DOSBOX’s command line.
  7. Type the following command into DOSBOX: mount c “..\..\Azraels Tear”
  8. Press the Enter key. By doing so, DOSBOX will treat the folder you entered previous as the C drive of the emulated MS-DOS system.

Before we move on, I’d like to explain why I had you type in those dots. Those dots tell DOSBOX to use what’s called relative pathing to look at a specific folder which is up one in the chain of folders. This allows these instructions to not rely on a specific path, and it enables some nifty things later like being able to run this off a flash drive. As this can get complicated to explain, I’ll let this image explain:

DotDot-Explanation

  1. Type the following command: mount d d:\ -t cdrom (Replace d with the letter of your CD-ROM drive.)
  2. Press the Enter key. DOSBOX will now treat the drive you specified as a CD-ROM drive accessible by the emulated MS-DOS system.
  3. Type in the following command: d:
  4. Press the Enter key. You’re now on the CD-ROM drive.
  5. Type AZRAEL into DOSBOX and press the Enter key.
  6. You will be presented with the installation window. Press the Enter key at the first prompt.
  7. Next, select the “Full Install” option using the arrow keys, then press the Enter key.
  8. Wait for installation to complete. This may take some time, so be patient.
  9. When installation is complete, select “Done” from the prompt which appears using the arrow keys, then press Enter.
  10. You will be presented with the Sound Setup screen.

SoundSetup1

  1. Press Enter. This will bring up a screen to select your MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) device.
  2. Ensure “Creative Labs Sound Blaster(TM) 16” is selected using the arrow keys, then press the Enter key.

SoundSetup2

  1. Select the “Attempt to configure sound driver automatically” option.
  2. After a moment, a dialogue will appear stating the device was detected successfully. Press Enter.
  3. Using the arrow keys, choose “Select and configure digital audio driver” from the menu which appears, then press the Enter key.
  4. Ensure “Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 or AWE32” is selected using the arrow keys, then press the Enter key.
  5. Select the “Attempt to configure sound driver automatically” option.
  6. After a moment, a dialogue will appear stating the device was detected successfully. Press Enter.
  7. Using the arrow keys, choose “Done” from the menu which appears, then press the Enter key.
  8. Enter the following command into DOSBOX: exit
  9. Press the Enter key. DOSBOX will close automatically.
  10. Now we need to copy over all the important files from the CD-ROM to the game folder. First, go to the CD-ROM drive.
  11. Next, select the SOUNDS and MOV folders.

CDfilesAzrael

  1. Right-click on either folder and select “Copy” from the menu which pops up.
  2. Navigate to the Azraels Tear folder, then open the folder called AZRAEL.
  3. Right-click on an empty space, then click on the Paste button from the menu which appears.
  4. Still in the AZRAEL folder, search for a file called RESOURCE.CFG.
  5. Using the text editor of your choice, open RESOURCE.CFG.

ResourceAzreal

  1. Replace the second and third lines of text so the document appears as such:

Resource2Azreal

  1. Now let’s run the game. Navigate to the folder you installed DOSBOX to, and run dosbox.exe
  2. You will see DOSBOX’s command line.
  3. Type the following command into DOSBOX: mount c “..\AZRAEL”
  4. Press the Enter key. By doing so, DOSBOX will treat the actual folder containing the AZRAEL you entered previous as the C drive of the emulated MS-DOS system.
  5. Type the following command: c:
  6. Press the Enter key. You’re now on the C: drive of the emulated MS-DOS system.
  7. Type R into DOSBOX, then press the Enter key. You can now run the game without the CD!

If you don’t want to repeat steps 38-44 every time, just download this file and place it in the folder where you installed DOSBOX. Using the file, all you have to do to play the game is launch DOSBOX.

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