First post, by ArthurDent42
I have been playing "Pirates: Captain's Quest" lately, a point and click educational adventure game about pirates from the Discovery Channel which I had when I was small and am quite nostalgic for. One thing I have noticed about running the game in DosBox is that the game's Menu Bar at the top of the screen (File, Options, View, Help) renders *on top* of the uppermost portion of the actual game graphics, occluding them from view. This is mostly not a problem but does result in obscured text in several menus (for example, when bartering for goods the label for "Silver" is mostly blocked by the menu-bar and the player has to guess what that button does by the icon of a pile of silver coins beneath.)
It has been some time since I've played this on original hardware, but I do not remember this being an issue with the game. Short of building a 486 PC and installing from the original CD, what would be a good way of going about diagnosing whether Dosbox itself is to blame for this problem? (As opposed to it being a bug that existed on original hardware which I simply don't remember.) And, if so, is there any likely way to fix it?
I should point out that the game officially supports both Windows 95 and Windows 3.1 and that I am currently running the Windows 3.1 version on Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in DosBox (running on Ubuntu) with S3 video and Soundblaster 16 drivers installed and Windows set to 640x480 in 256 color mode (the game's native settings.) I have not verified whether the same issue exists when running the game on Windows 95 (this would explain why I don't recall the bug from childhood as I was likely running in under Windows 95 (we did have a 3.1 system early on, though.)