List of programs that require EMS

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This is a list of known programs that require Expanded Memory (EMS) in DOS, in the sense that they other do not run at all, or have important features not working when EMS is unavailable. Running these programs requires an EMS board, a chipset with built-in EMS support, or an EMS device driver, such as EMM386 or JEMM386.

Games

Title Year Publisher Problem Error message
Aladdin 1993 Disney / Virgin Does not work EMS allocation error
Blackthorne 1994 Interplay / Blizzard Does not work At least 2048k of EMS is required
Darklands 1992 MicroProse Does not work Unable to find EMS memory
Delta V 1994 Bethesda Softworks Does not work DeltaV requires EMS memory
Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993 DMA Design / Psygnosis Digital sounds do not play (music works) No Expanded Memory Manager found; FX Failed to Load
Master of Magic 1994 Simtex / MicroProse Does not work You must have at least 2700K of expanded memory
Monster Bash 1993 Apogee / 3D Realms Digital sounds do not play (music works) Sound Blaster sounds require 100K bytes of EMS memory
NHL Hockey 1993 Electronic Arts Does not work Insufficient EMS available
Sid & Al's Incredible Toons 1993 Sierra / Dynamix Does not work You need 737280 free bytes of EMS memory
Star Wars: X-Wing (Floppy Version) 1993 LucasArts / Totally Games Advanced sound effects and music do not play
Star Wars: X-Wing (CD Version) 1994 LucasArts / Totally Games Does not run Not enough memory!
Star Wars: TIE Fighter 1994 LucasArts / Totally Games Does not run Using 2000K of EMS will add more music and speech. 565K main, 896K EMS required!
The Incredible Machine 2 1994 Sierra / Dynamix Does not work You need 262144 free bytes of EMS memory
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss 1992 Blue Sky / Origin Does not work Out of EMS memory. Error code C001.
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993 Looking Glass / Origin Does not work Out of EMS memory. Error code C001.

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