Discworld Noir

25 Oct, 2016

Last week I did something I never expected to have to do ever again. I installed Windows 98. The reason? To play Discworld Noir (1999).

Thankfully Simon McVittie has done all the heavy lifting in figuring out how to set up Qemu (and especially get sound working satisfactory). I'm very grateful for his HOWTO.

I did not have legal version of the operating system, so that was handily provided by WinWorld. That version needed a boot floppy which was also provided by WinWorld. The serial key on that page did not work, but there's plenty to choose from here.

Discworld Noir is an odd title. It does not work in Wine, it's problematic (to say the least) to run on a modern Windows system, and it was never considered enough of a classic to have been reverse engineered like the first two Discworld games.

Was it worth the effort? Oh yes, the interface may be clunky, the graphics and animation obviously dated, but it is well written, funny and a joy to finally be able to play through. (With a little help!)