As avid retro gaming fans, we bloody love the Internet Archive. It's one of the best places to access old video games straight in your browser - and it just updated its collection with thousands of DOS classics! Here's how to play.
The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library that aims to provide universal access to all forms of knowledge. Its collections cover everything from dead websites and archival microfilms to public-domain books and magazines.
But the jewel in its crown is arguably the extensive database of video games. Thanks to an "archival reproduction" loophole, these are all free to play without breaking any copyright laws.
This week, the organisation added 2500 additional PC DOS games - including much-loved oldies like Tetris, Wizardry, The Lords of Midnight, Magic Carpet and The Secret Of Monkey island. There are also some slightly newer games, like the PC port of the PlayStation classic Wipeout, Team 17's Ultimate Body Blows and the original Need For Speed.
To play the games, simply browse the archive and click on the title you're interested in - you can then load it via software emulation directly inside your browser.
In no particular order, here are a few games to get you started:
- The Secret Of Monkey island
- Night Trap
- The Sentinel
- I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
- Sensible Soccer
- Galaga 94
- Captain Blood
- The Last Ninja
- Commander Keen 8 - Dead in the Desert
- The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
- Ultima Underworld
- Need For Speed
- Super GemZ
- Street Fighter II
- The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
- Life & Death
- The Simpsons Arcade Game
- Robotron - 2084
- The Lords of Midnight
- The Faery Tale
- Puzzle Bobble
- Dragon's Lair
- Oh No, More Lemmings!
- North & South
- Might and Magic 4 - Clouds of Xeen
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Magic Carpet Plus
- The Blues Brothers
- The Lost Vikings
Not bad, eh? You can check out the full collection here.
Personally, I always preferred Commodore Amiga games to IBM. As luck would have it, the Internet Archive has a free collection of those too. Hurrah!
The Amiga 500 was the best games machine of the late '80s and early '90s (don't @ me, SNES fans.) Boasting four-channel stereo sound and up to 4096 colours on screen, it was light years ahead of every other microcomputer on the market.
Thousands of the Amiga's best games are now available to play directly in your browser for free, thanks to the Internet Archive. Here are the details!