Attention retro gamers: The Internet Archive has released 2400 old MS-DOS video games into an online repository, including timeless classics like Dune 2, Bubble Bobble, Street Fighter II, Prince Of Persia, Sim City, Golden Axe, Doom, Lemmings, Speedball 2, The Hobbit and Eye Of The Beholder. The best part is that every game can be played for free in your browser. (That’s my entire life cancelled for the rest of the year.)
Browser-based game emulation is nothing new, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen such an enormous treasure-trove of free classics in one place. The easy-to-navigate repository boasts more than 2400 titles, ranging from the early days of MS-DOS to later efforts like Duke Nukem 3D.
The user interface is impressively polished: you can sort through games via screenshot thumbnails, game descriptions or just a list of titles. There’s also a search function if you’re after a specific game from your youth. (I just did a search for Turrican II, Last Ninja, Bust-A-Move, Xenon 2, Alien Breed, Populous, Heimdall, Stunt Car Racer, Into the Eagle’s Nest and The Lost Vikings — every single one of them was available and ready to play!)
If you’re a veteran gamer or just interested in the history of video games, this is an indispensable resource.
Incidentally, if you’re wondering about the legalities of this collection, the Internet Archive has a DMCA exemption which allows it to archive vintage software. So nobody is breaking any copyright laws. Hurrah!