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:
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.
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.