Even More DOS Gaming

The Internet Archive has always impressed us with its vast volumes of historic technical data. From movies to web pages, audio files to text documents, and software to gaming, there are billions of collection in this virtual museum, and it’s just a got a little bigger.

Within The Software Library collection, under the MS-DOS heading, you’ll find a treasure trove of DOS goodies dating back as far as the early 70s; in particular, the DOS gaming section offers tens of thousands of titles that will certainly spark one or two memories from those old enough to recall the heady days of fiddling with the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files in order to free up enough memory to play a game.

Back in October, the Internet Archive stepped up the pace and added a further 2,500 more games to the collection, and what’s more all these are playable within the browser.

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Getting to the DOS gaming collection is easy. Navigate to:

https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games

and scroll away to find a game that you remember, or the one that got away and you never managed to play back in the day.

For example, let’s take Master of Orion, the iconic 4x strategy game from the early nineties. Locate it in the available list of games, click the title to open the link, then click the Play icon in the middle of the top window. The game will then launch within the browser, using DOXBox.

Scroll down through the page for more information, key-bindings and so on, as well as any comments from the community – such as hints and tips, what and what isn’t working, and ways to improve the experience.

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So if you fancy getting to grips with Prince of Persia, SimCity, the Oregon Trail, or even Leisure Suit Larry: Land of the Lounge Lizards, then head on over to the Internet Archive and cancel whatever work commitments or appointments you have for the day. We certainly are.

David Hayward

David has spent most of his life tinkering with technology, from the ZX Spectrum, getting his hands on a Fujitsu VPP5000/100 supercomputer, and coding on an overheating Raspberry Pi. He's written for the likes of Micro Mart, Den of Geek, and countless retro sites and publications, covering reviews, creating code and bench testing the latest tech. He also has a huge collection of cables.

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