I got a tip in another post about this fantastical project, boxedwine! It’s Wine + a 386 processor emulator, and it’s been targeted to SDL. What does this mean? Wine on Windows!
I went ahead with one of the oldest Windows games I have around, SimEarth, for Windows 3.0. I don’t have Balance of Power, although I guess I may procure a copy one day. Anyways it’s Windows in it’s 1990 glory 16bit, 286 protected mode, and sure as heck won’t run on Win64. Oh sure you can run this on MS-DOS + Windows, but where is the fun in that?
Now that’s all good fun, sure Wine can run stuff, sure, but it’s still wine. Well remember all that noise about android running Wine? Yeah, well here we go.
Here we go. Games, and the BoxedWine project page. And yes, it can run stuff like Quake 2, and other far more intense applications. Just like Wine. It’s really great stuff, check it out, if only in a browser.
If you want to run ancient Win16 stuff in a pinch, it may actually run. I had issues with win87em.dll stuff, but just like Wine it’s a moving window of compatibility.