2,400 MS-DOS PC Games are Now Free to Play Online

2,400 MS-DOS PC Games are Now Free to Play Online

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Some of the best PC games of all time are now free to download, or play in your browser.

Have a hankering to play Wolfenstein 3D, Commander Keen, Star Wars: Rebel Assault, or MechWarrior, but don't have the discs or Steam files handy? The Internet Archive has you covered.

The popular non-profit this week put over 2,400 MS-DOS games and demos online, and they're all free to download and/or play in your browser. The massive library means your favorite 90's PC titles are likely included, or at the very least represented by a demo (which is the case with Doom, and others). Today's addition of 2,400 files is part of a larger 6,000-plus item collective.

The deciding factor for which games are wholly represented, and which are mere demos is if the titles in question are currently for sale. The Command & Conquer series is available on Origin, for example, so only a few C&C demos are listed. There are a few exceptions to that rule, however, as Wolfenstein 3D (which is available on Steam) is represented by a full download, and not a demo.

While some of the collection can be played right in your browser of choice, many titles can also be downloaded via zip files. If the game you're craving is available via download, you'll probably have to get some virtuosity going, via Windows Virtual PC, DOSBox, or Wine.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some classic Sim City to play, giant orange monsters and all.

Source: Internet Archive

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Well, there goes my free time for the foreseeable future. Thank you, now my girlfriend, friends and family will wonder why I have disappeared for months on end. This is your fault Devin, you could have stopped this.

So I'm looking over this list and wow, there's some really adult games here. Kinda disgusting and I hope there's a way to filter them out of searches.

I was hoping for more 90s lego games. Only had a lego racers demo.

Ah well, still a great game list.

Xan Krieger:
So I'm looking over this list and wow, there's some really adult games here. Kinda disgusting and I hope there's a way to filter them out of searches.

YOUR JOURNEY WILL BE FRAUGHT WITH PERIL AND TEMPTATION, MY SON.

Devin Connors:

Xan Krieger:
So I'm looking over this list and wow, there's some really adult games here. Kinda disgusting and I hope there's a way to filter them out of searches.

YOUR JOURNEY WILL BE FRAUGHT WITH PERIL AND TEMPTATION, MY SON.

Let me quote something from the site

My eyes have been violated.

Welp, there goes my productivity for the rest of the year.

There's an Internet Arcade portion as well, where you can play hundreds of classic arcade titles in your web browser.

Taking a moment to step back for a second, as a history enthusiast it warms my heart to see video gaming's past preserved for future generations.

Actually the PC version of the very first Command & Conquer is available is freeware, along with Red Alert and Tiberian Sun, so there's no real need to play it via DOS emulator.

OT: A very impressive collection, although more advanced games do seem to lag quite a bit.

"Excelsior Phase One: Lysandia"

I've been looking for the name of this game for goddamn YEARS and I fire up this page ONCE to see it again.

Now that I'm an adult, I believe this collection will be far, far more entertaining. Escapist. I'm loving you today.

One Must Fall 2097. Still my favorite fighting game ever.

I was using myabandonware.com already and it also has a good selection.

Xan Krieger:
So I'm looking over this list and wow, there's some really adult games here. Kinda disgusting and I hope there's a way to filter them out of searches.

adult games have been around since inception of games and they are not going away. there is nothing disgusting about it. what your asking is akin to ability to filter out porn from google.

Braddon Dent:
I was using myabandonware.com already and it also has a good selection.

A better selection, I found Civilization 2. So much for me being productive tomorrow, time to enjoy my childhood all over again.

Never got to play many of these. Might look into this later, anybody got some recommends?

I like martial arts, platformers, RPG, Shooters in the vein of Deus Ex & classic Resident Evil, and space shooters ALA Raiden or Gradius

The big problem with this is these games are played through adobe flash on the archive website and the sound codec in place is absolutely abysmal. It's actually muted by default because half the time it just bugs out and doesn't work correctly.

Oh my - this is wonderful

But its mostly just demos. Full games are very few and very far between sadly enough.

Devin Connors:
The deciding factor for which games are wholly represented, and which are mere demos is if the titles in question are currently for sale. The Command & Conquer series is available on Origin, for example, so only a few C&C demos are listed. There are a few exceptions to that rule, however, as Wolfenstein 3D (which is available on Steam) is represented by a full download, and not a demo.

It's not exactly a "deciding factor" if there are random exceptions, now is it?

I understand Star Control 2, Leisure Suit Larry, Battle Chess, and Ultima VI are up there, even though they are very much for sale on GOG.

And actually, at least the original C&C was officially released as freeware (as in "we own the rights to this game and declare that you may download it for free" as opposed to "haylookit this is really old so it's free now k?").

I made it to the end of the Oregon Trail, though we did lose two kids in a river and another one got typhoid and snakebite.

Xan Krieger:
So I'm looking over this list and wow, there's some really adult games here. Kinda disgusting and I hope there's a way to filter them out of searches.

Hahaha, how are you still on the internet?

And of course Blizzard puts out DEMOS of warcraft 1 and 2 on it. Heaven forbid they loosen the grasp on any of their ips.
They dont even sell them anymore, or support them.

Demos, hm, do people remember those?

Hoped to find the first game I ever played, Mega Race 2... there was only demo :(

Dogstile:

Xan Krieger:
So I'm looking over this list and wow, there's some really adult games here. Kinda disgusting and I hope there's a way to filter them out of searches.

Hahaha, how are you still on the internet?

I just don't look at porn, it's not an interest of mine.

Well that's interesting. I ought to try Chasm: The Rift, I could never get it to look good/not be laggy using DOS box.

harrisonmcgiggins:
And of course Blizzard puts out DEMOS of warcraft 1 and 2 on it. Heaven forbid they loosen the grasp on any of their ips.
They dont even sell them anymore, or support them.

In the demo version of Warcraft, the last level of both the orc and the human campaigns was one that wasn't in the full version, so there's still reason to get it.

...

Wondering, though, can you save a browser based game?

harrisonmcgiggins:
And of course Blizzard puts out DEMOS of warcraft 1 and 2 on it. Heaven forbid they loosen the grasp on any of their ips.
They dont even sell them anymore, or support them.

To be fair, Blizzard does have some people working on getting Warcraft 1 and 2 compatible with modern computers, or at least they did in 2014. It's a side project, though, so it's probably slow going.

Wow, their search function is worse than useless.

Look under "D" and it lists every game title with the letter "d" in its name.

Search for role playing games and it lists ever game title or publisher with the words "role" "playing" and "games" in their title.

Anybody got a figure on how many different versions of Tetris there are in that archive? I went through one page of games from 1995 and found at least 3.

Hey, they have the Champ Software games. That's cool. It's how we used to play Donkey Kong before MAME, kids.

The one game I want to get badly is Noctropolis. That was a fun DOS game.

 

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