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Dune cover
Cryo Interactive
Virgin Interactive
Re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
DOS 1992
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Top-down view
Controls Point and select
Genres Adventure, Strategy
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi
Series Dune
Dune on HowLongToBeat
Dune guide on StrategyWiki
Dune on MobyGames
Dune on Wikipedia
Dune 1992
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty 1992
Dune 2000 1998
Emperor: Battle for Dune 2001
Frank Herbert's Dune 2001
OpenRA (unofficial) 2010
Dune: Spice Wars EA
Dune: Awakening TBA

General information

Dune Wiki - The Duniverse - A major Dune fansite with an active community


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Floppy release uses manual-based copy protection. CD-ROM release uses disc-check.
Although a Dune "demo" is available it is not actively playable; the executable more or less plays the first mission out it's self without your intervention much like a pre-release demonstration video.

Version differences

The CD version adds support for more sound cards, number of new rendered screens that can be seen in the introduction and some 3D animations available during ornithopter flight. There are also clips from the David Lynch's movie available in the Dune-O-Pedia book. All dialogues are fully spoken. There is also a new in-game option available from the main interface where the player can adjust sound, music and speech settings, make a selection of text language (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Fremen), choose type of music (classic or from CD in order or shuffle mode) and choose type of text presentation (in the bubbles or as subtitles).

Essential improvements

Play without a CD

Copy files to installation folder[citation needed]

Copy files DNCDPRG.EXE, DUNE.DAT and INSTALL.EXE to the harddisk installation directory (\DUNECD by default). Edit the DUNE.BAT and change the D:(CD drive letter) to C: and WRIC:\DUNECD(installation directory) to WRI.\.


The setup program gives you the option to change the directory saves are stored to. This will also move the DUNE.BAT which is used to run the game and setup it's parameters. To get around this confusion, you could also copy the DUNE.EXE off the disk and copy it to your installation directory and use it to run the game instead as it automatically searches all directories on the C: drive for the DUNE.BAT.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DUNE.BAT

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DUNE37S0?.SAV


Game options (CD-ROM version)
Game options (CD-ROM version)

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
For DOSBox set in the DOSBox configuration file.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Only in CD-ROM version: Music, Speech and Music during Speech; with balance/pan setting for each source
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio
The CD-ROM version's intro and Dune-O-Pedia feature copyrighted audio from Dune (1984); the floppy disk version exclusively uses royalty free audio.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
American or British English subtitles in CD-ROM version
CD-ROM version only
CD-ROM version only
In the CD-ROM version a complete "Fremen" language interface can also be selected as an in-joke.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) Intel 80286
System memory (RAM) 640 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) Unknown, only config (DUNE.BAT) and save data are stored on the harddisk. Everything else (including the executables) is read from the CD.
Video card (GPU) VGA
CD-ROM version requires an Intel 80386 20 MHz processor.