Running AGI Games

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To run an AGI game on your system, you will need the game-specific files and an interpreter. The game-specific files are distributed by the author and are system independent. Games often come bundled with an interpreter. However -- barring some exceptions -- you will be perfectly able to run them with the interpreter of your choice.

Choosing the right interpreter

The most popular choice for playing AGI games is using the NAGI interpreter. Here is a table showing available interpreters and their compatible system.

DOS Windows Mac OS Linux BSD Pocket PC

Game Boy Advance

Series 60 Mobile Phone

Sierra's original interpreter Yes Yes No No No No No No
Sarien Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
AGIL Yes Yes No Yes No No No No
NAGI No Yes No Yes No No No No
ScummVM No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Other/Emulator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

1. Sarien has been quite inactive in years. Luckily it has been merged with ScummVM as it's AGI engine and now they are improving it, so it's a lot recommended to use ScummVM instead in the near future when the AGI engine appears on a stable build (or unstable if you want to try and not worry of finding some bugs and want to help on the betatesting).

Quick guides


Running an AGI game with Sierra's original interpreter

To use Sierra's original DOS interpreter, you will need the following files:

Game Specific Files Interpreter Files

(See Game Specific Files for more info.)


To play your game, copy the Game Specific Files into an empty directory, then simply copy the Interpreter files into the same directory. Then execute the SIERRA.COM file from either typing it at the DOS prompt or Double-Clicking it in Windows.

Running an AGI game with NAGI

  1. Create a folder under your NAGI directory for the game to go in


  1. Copy the Game Specific Files into that folder you created.
  2. Run the game by executing N.EXE

Before we start, please install the development sdl libraries.

Now to get NAGI working in linux you are going to need the source code of NAGI which you can get from the AGI Development Site.

Extact the tar.gz file to your hard drive. Now open up a terminal and browse to the src directory of the files you extracted. Now type:

make -f Makefile.linux

If all went well if you go to the bin directory you should see a file called "nagi".

Copy all the files from the nagi directory into your games directory and run it.

Note: I havn't gotten sound in nagi to work properly yet in linux... I will have to play around with it later to see if I can get it to work.

Running an AGI game with Sarien

Running an AGI game with PocketSarien

Running an AGI game with GBAGI

Running an AGI game on a Series 60 mobile phone


Setting up DOSBox

Setting up PocketDOS

Setting up CastCE


Some games require a certain interpreter to run properly or at all.

Version 3 AGI games

AGI Mouse games


AGI256 Games

Memory issues

See Also