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One of the things I loved about DOS games were the simple graphics. Not a big
seller in today's gaming market but for those of us with low vision, a low
graphics game can be easier to see.
MakeUseOf.com discovered some sites where old DOS games are still available and
some newer titles as well.
Abandonia is an index of abandonware, "dedicated to classic DOS games".
Abandonware titles are games (or software) with expired copyright, or games
which are no longer supported by the publisher.
The site was founded in 1999, when the concept of abandonware was merely two
years old. After a few inactive years, it continues to blossom, with new
'abandoned' games added nearly every day. At the time of writing, the Abandonia
database hosts 1,063 downloadable games and counts a total of more than 100,000
Most games get a thorough review, screenshots, an editor rating as well as a
user rating. You can browse and download old pc games by name, year, rating and
category. As the game's focused on DOS games, you won't find any of the 'newer'
abandonware games here, but the vast DOS archive should satisfy most of your
gaming needs, at least for a while.
Click this link to visit:
Another DOS focused site, the name gives it away, is the DOS Museum. Their goal
is to preserve old DOS games and make sure they won't be lost over time.
Through one of their other initiatives, they try to encourage copyright holders
to make their work available, "either for sale or as freeware".
With over 1,600 resources (although this includes various patches and
save-games) DOS Museum offers an even wider array of games. Through an easy,
graphical interface, you can browse the games by name, rating, date or
popularity. Although you won't find excessive reviews like on Abandonware,
basic information (usually in two or three sentences) is provided.
Click this link to visit the DOS Museum at:
One of the best sites to look for an ex-commercial video game is Wikipedia.
That's right, on one of their pages, they keep a pretty up-to-date list of
abandonware (loose interpretation) titles.
The list shows less games than these other sites, but from a wider array.
You'll find games from 1988 to 2008, all of them with a short description, most
of them worth a try. If you think there's a game 'missing' from the list that
should be there, you can add it yourself.
Click this link to visit Wikipedia's List of commercial video games released as
Remain In Play
Another site that takes on a wider array of non-DOS games is Remain In Play.
This site refuses to take in abandonware and games that were free from the
start. They only focus on commercial games that were deliberately released as
Even though site navigation is not optimal, they host plenty of great games,
both new and old. You might want to consider their 'top 10 games' in the
sidebar, for it is the only way of sorting titles by rating. Otherwise, you can
search their database by name, data (type), genre, or OS.
Click this link to visit:
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