Castle of the Winds

Publishers Epic MegaGames
Developers SaadaSoft (Rick Saada)
Release date 1989
Genre Role-playing
Game rating

Game Description

Castle of the Winds (also known as “Castle of the Winds: Vanquish the Dark Forces”) is a tile-based roguelike video game for Microsoft Windows. It was developed by Rick Saada in 1989 and distributed by Epic MegaGames in 1993. The game was given around 1998 into the public domain and provided as Freeware download by the author.

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We might have the game available for more than one platform. Castle of the Winds is currently available on these platforms:

Windows 3.x (1989) (20.5MB)

How to play on Windows 10

  1. Download and Extract
  2. Open the “Game Files” folder and then double click on “Launch game.bat”
  3. Play the game

Additional files, patches and fixes

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Windows 3.x

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  1. Could someone tell me how do I save my game progress? When I hit save, it doesnt allow me to press ok to save a game file anywhere

  2. Hi, there is a much simpler way. Launch with launch game.bat. When Win 3.1 starts, do NOT click on the icon for Castle of the Winds. Instead, choose the File menu in the master window, then choose Run, click the ‘browse’ button, double click on C: to go to the root directory, open folder Castwind, then folder Castle2, finally choose the executable and run it. Voila, it runs part 2.

  3. I will post an answer to my own question in case someone else runs into the same issue. I was messing around with the game files and discovered a potential fix. I opened the folders “Game Files” then “Win3.1” then “Castwind” then “Castle2”
    I then copied the Castle2.exe app/icon and went back to the folder “Castwind” then went into the folder “Castle1”.
    I pasted the Castle2.exe app/icon into the “Castle1” folder. I then deleted all the icons that were labelled “Castle1”. I then renamed the “Castle2.exe” app “Castle1” so that the program would think it was loading Castle1 when in fact it was loading the renamed Castle2. I then went back to the folder “Game Files” and clicked “Launch game”. It opened up the Windows 3.1 as usual and when I clicked on “Castle of the Wind” program it launched Part2 instead of Part 1. In the game I was able to click “Load” and was able to load my character from the first game (I had saved the game after beating part 1 and that file was still there and I loaded that file and it brought my character into part 2). I tried going into shops and saving and loading and it all worked. I haven’t tried going to the castle, but I’m assuming there won’t be glitches there either. If there are, I’ll post back. Thankyou Abandonware for putting this game together in a way that I can just click and play from my Windows 10 system. Hopefully this workaround will help anyone who, like me, isn’t tech savy enough to work out all the doxbox/Win3.1 stuff on their own. No extra downloads or anything needed. I did this all on my Windows 10 system with the files provided in the original download

    • I found an easier way… when the windows 3.1 window opens, instead of using the shortcut to open part 1, go to the “Main” file at the bottom, then “File Manager”, then open the “castle2.exe” program in c:castwindcastle2. To get your saved character from part 1, when you click load game it will be open in the part 2 file… double click “castwind” on the right and open “castle1” instead and select your saved game. This will start part 2 with your part 1 character and off you go.

  4. I have been playing part 1 of Castle of the Winds, but I am having difficulty playing Part 2. How do I access part 2? When I click “Launch Game” it sends me back to Part1. I don’t see how to play part 2. I tried finding the software online, but I can’t figure out how to get it from my Windows 10 computer and put it in the Win3.1 so I can run it. Please help.


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