Apple pulls iDOS, a DOS emulator for iPhone and iPad, from the App Store


Want to play Commander Keen on your iPhone or iPad? You can... or rather, you could. For several hours on October 26, iDOS, a fully functional emulator of the classic OS, was available on the App Store. Then Apple pulled the plug.

Those few lucky retro fans who were able to get their hands on the old-school app have been testing its limits ever since. Some have even gone so far as to get Windows 3.0 running on their phones through it.

Since Apple pulled the plug on iDOS, it's no longer available on the App Store, but intrepid jailbrakers will still be able to find it under the name DOSPAD. For those that do find it, here's a list of classic games that reportedly work on the emulator with a bit of tweaking (just like the old DOS days).

7th Guest
Cannon Fodder
Commander Keen
Duke Nukem 1
Duke Nukem 2
Dune 2
Gabriel Knight
Leisure Suit Larry 1-3 and 5-6
Mortal Kombat
Quest for Glory 3
Space Quest I-VI
Star Control II
Star Trek 25th Anniversary
Star Trek Judgment Rights
Terror From the Deep (Xcom)
The Secret of Monkey Island
Ultima IV
Ultima VI
Warcraft II
Wizardry 7
Wolfenstein 3D

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  • TheVoid - October 29, 2010 4:47 a.m.

    Goddamn figures. F'ing Apple yanking the leash on its user base, as usual. God forbid a slice of pc gaming history surface on one of Jobs' money-grubbing technical wonders. It might just paint the "other side" as a more attractive restriction-free environment, right? And how do they respond to such a threat? More restrictions! Damn iPhone users wanting to do what they want with the platform - will they never learn? Why doesn't Chuck Norris use an iPhone? For the same reason Chuck Norris doesn't use a tampon!
  • HaitianSensation - October 28, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    I LOVED Commander Keen as kid (heck, i'd still play it now if I could). The days of Shareware were some of my greatest moments of gaming. If they would somehow put those games back in the store, i'd download them like crazy.
  • DreamWeaverPL - October 28, 2010 6 p.m.

    PSP did it YEARS ago. With DOSBox. OH MAC YOU'RE SO POWERFUL And who the hell wants to play syndicate on a damn touchpad?! Ridiculous!
  • bass88 - October 28, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    @Tyler Sorry, I just joking about the list not being alphabetical. But, thanks anyways. I feel ashamed now.
  • FACANAWESOME - October 28, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    Oh well this is the reason why I brought and Android phone(evo 4g W00T!).Its awesome and doesn't include the all mighty apple ruling over everything like the Deathstar.
  • Ravenbom - October 28, 2010 5:28 a.m.

    My question is why the hell did apple approve iDOS in the first place? Everything on the App Store has to be approved and with all the apps it might not seem like they have high standards but in my experience they are pretty restrictive about what they approve for the store. Maybe things changed or lawyers got involved after the initial approval process but it's kind of baffling to me when I still can't get my Japanese Tentacle Rape Dating Sim to get approved for the App Store by Apple.
  • Ultima - October 28, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    What a shame there are some great games on that list
  • HumorTumor - October 28, 2010 4:31 a.m.

    Oh Keen, I loved your games to death, and old Duke too. Sometimes I miss the olden days.
  • NotBraze - October 28, 2010 4:26 a.m.

    I bet Apple pulled it when they found out about running an alternate operating system. If the devs released it as a simple package of games I'm sure it'd go right back up.
  • StrayGator - October 28, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    This made me try to recall what was the hardest hardware-pushing game to run on dos. I think it was quake, though really not sure.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - October 28, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    @bass88 @oneshotfinch Fixed, thanks.
  • Larinah - October 28, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    Windows 3, on an iPhone. Hell just froze.
  • bass88 - October 28, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Why isn't this list alphabetical?
  • oneshotfinch - October 28, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    "Gabriel Knight" I feel sorry for Charlie. Also there's a typo on Mortal Kombat

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