I suddenly missed playing Gainax‘s Princess Maker 2 today, so I downloaded it again and started playing. I really love this game, and I honestly never get tired of it, but the only thing that bothered me about it was that I never managed to get it to work with sound… until a few moments ago. Here’s how to get PM2 to work on your computer with sounds.
[NOTE: I’m using Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 with the Realtek High Definition Audio driver/codec installed. I’m not really sure if this will work on other operating systems/audio drivers.]
Step One: Get the game
The first thing to do, of course, would be to get a copy of the game. I downloaded my copy of Princess Maker 2 from Abandonia.
Step Two: Get DOSBox
Though you can run PM2 by itself, you’re going to need DOSBox to make it work with sound. You can download DOSBox from the DOSBox website.
Step Three: Extract the game
Open up the “Princess Maker 2” zip file and extract the entire “pm2” folder. I recommend putting the folder straight into drive C (meaning the folder’s location should be C:pm2).
Step Four: Tweak the sound settings
Open up the “pm2” folder and run the DOSINST.EXE file. When you do, you’ll see this screen:
From there, select “Change setup options”, then in the next screen, choose “Change sound driver”. There are five options there: Sound Blaster, MIDI (MT-32), GENERAL MIDI (GM), MIDI + Sound Blaster, and GM + Sound Blaster. I don’t have any Sound Blaster software/hardware installed, so I chose MIDI (MT-32). Once you’ve selected your sound driver, select “Quit” to exit DOSINST.EXE.
Step Five: Run the game in DOSBox
Run DOSBOX and type in the following commands (assuming that you took my advice and put the “pm2” folder in C:):
- mount c c:pm2 – You should see the message “Drive C is mounted as local directory c:pm2” right after you type this.
- c: – The “Z:” text should change into “C:” after you type this.
- pm2 – The game should start loading after you type this.
If you placed the “pm2” folder elsewhere, you have to type that location instead of “c:pm2” in the first command.
And there you have it. The game will take a little longer to load using this method, but at least you’ll be able to play it with sounds!