Internet Archive Resurrects Over 2300 Classic MS-DOS Games For Your Enjoyment
Ahhh, the 90s! Jean shorts, Big Johnson t-shirts, fanny packs, and of course, MS-DOS gaming. I can remember spending hours playing games like Crusader: No Remorse, Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem 3D, Road and Track Presents: Need for Speed, and yes even the original Worms (usually in my high school drafting class when I finished my Autocrat R12 assignments ahead of schedule).
The Internet Archive, which is probably best known for its Wayback Machine, puts a lot of effort into collecting all sorts of media (books, movies, software, images, etc.) and makes them free for the public to view. But for those that have a soft spot for classic MS-DOS games, the Internet Archive has something that is sure to brighten your day (and weeks, if not months to come). The group has made available over 2,300 older MS-DOS gaming titles available, for free, to play online.
The games are playable thanks to the EM-DOSBOX emulator, which is currently still in beta, so please be mindful of that warning before you get upset if Super Street Fighter II gets a bit glitchy on you.
You can search the vast inventory of games, which currently stands at 2,305 titles, by release date, title, or developer. Once you find a game that you’d like to play, you’ll be presented with a history of the game and its release date. You can play each in a rather small window at the top of each game’s page, or opt to go full-screen for maximum enjoyment.
Some of my favorites that I came across while browsing included Leisure Suit Larry, SimCity, Prince of Persia, Oregon Trail, and Commander Keen. So what are you waiting for, head on over and check out a big slice of gaming history.