Relive yesterday with these 2,500 MS-DOS games
Internet Archive makes available a huge list of games
For those who are old enough to remember, computer programming wasn’t always as graphic-friendly as it is now. There was a time when anything that someone wanted to do had to be entered as a command and this even included video games. MS-DOS was Microsoft’s version of the command run line and there were plenty of games that were introduced for it. It’s time for a little nostalgic gaming action, thanks to a slew of MS-DOS titles just released by Internet Archive (IA).
IA has released 2,500 games that span a variety of genre, including strategy, action and adventure, among others. There are games like 3D Bomber, Alien Rampage, Princess Maker 2, Spooky Kooky Monster Maker and many more. According to IA’s software curator, Jason Scott, “This will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago.”
If none of those titles ring a bell, perhaps Mr. Blobby is more familiar. It came out in 1994 and was available for PC and Amiga, a remake of Super Troll Islands that had been published for the SNES. There’s also a Dig-Dug clone, Digger, that was first introduced in 1983.
Gamers should be patient, though. Many of the titles are huge files, so a fast broadband connection isn’t just a recommendation; it’s a necessity. Says Scott, “If you find yourself loading up one of these games and facing down a hundred-megabyte download, consider one of the smaller games instead, unless it’s a title you really, really want to try out. Maybe in a few years we’ll look back at cable-modem speeds and laugh at the crawling, but for now, they’re pretty significant.”