The Universal Game Launcher is a lightweight alternative game launcher to store-bound clients like Steam, GOG Galaxy or Epic Games Launcher and other tools like LaunchBox or D-Fend.

With this tool, you can organize your games and applications, list them neatly and in a modern way, and connect them to an executable file on your PC to start them directly.

I wasn’t entirely happy with the other launchers. With some, I was annoyed that the first thing I saw was a shop and advertising. With some I was simply overwhelmed by the sheer number of options, some just looked too much like 1998. With some tools I couldn’t add my old DOS games.
And so I thought: I’ll do it myself.

First I wanted to develop a tool to visually configure my DOS games via DOSBox, to display the games in a modern way and to be able to start them with one click. Then came the other Game Profiles, then the Organize features, then more Views, and so on.

And now we have another launcher. The universal game launcher.


Sometimes the auto-update stops with the message “Universal Game Launcher cannot be closed. Please close it manually and click Retry to continue”. Even if the app is already closed.
This happens when you have installed the application for all users of the computer.
Then you have to run the application as an administrator before the update.
The background is that the updater tries to uninstall the application, but without administrator rights you do not have permission to uninstall an app that is installed for all users.
You can solve this as follows:
  • Run the application as administrator and perform the update again.
  • Or install the application for your user only and the update as well.