I'd like to lend a hand, what can I do?
I prefer to work on Abandonware DOS by myself, but I can think of a couple of things: - Write reviews. As you can see, Abandonware DOS lacks reviews... I really need them - Donate! I'm not selling anything, but I do have server costs. Your money would help paying the hosting bill
What exactly is a retro game?
Simply put, we consider a retro game as a recently released game with a strong old flavor. Pixellated platform games, point and click adventures with low res graphics, remakes of old games are all "retro games".
Who created Abandonware DOS?
Me! All by myself. I work as a web designer and php programmer and I spend my time between games and web designing (and my girlfriend, yes). I live in northern Italy... my english is not YET very good.
I can't see Abandonware DOS using [name a browser]
I usually test Abandonware DOS on Internet Explorer (7+), Google Chrome and Firefox. Abandonware DOS is not mobile friendly and is not tested on any tablet PC. Feel free to contact me if you see something wrong on Abandonware DOS.
I think you made a mistake there...
Prove me I'm wrong, tell me what's right and I'll be ready to correct anything on abandonware DOS. (And please, be patient and forgive me for any error I could make...).
What is Home of the Underdogs?
You may have heard about it, Home of the Underdogs was one of the best Abandonware sites out there. Actually, HotU was a site dedicated to all those games that deserved attention but never quite got it (hence the name "Underdogs"). It didn't matter if the game was abandoned or not. Unfortunately, the very dedicated person behind HotU stopped maintaining it and the site quickly disappeared. There are some HotU clones, but none of them equals the original.
How can I find legal/original abandonware games?
The most obvious source is e-bay: there are dozens of games, some good, some not. It's also a good idea to search on abandonware-specific forums. Ask your friends or colleagues, some of them could have old games in the attic he doesn't even remember. Just ask!
What's the difference between abandonware and old warez?
There is a subtle difference between abandonware games and old warez. An abandonware game is a software no longer sold or supported, usually completely forgotten by the industry. Old warez are those games which are still sold or fiercely protected by some company. We do NOT host old warez.
Why are some games protected?
Some old games were never released for free or liberated. Many old software companies are still in business and prefer to protect their intellectual property. Some of these games may be still sold in online stores, in a different form (mobile apps, for example.
What is DOS?
DOS (short for Disk Operating System) is a family of operating systems for IBM-compatible computers, very popular in the eighties and most of the nineties. One of the most used DOS systems was MS-DOS (MicroSoft DOS). Starting with Windows XP, MicroSoft operating systems became very incompatible with pure DOS and old games were very difficult to run on them.
What is DOSBox?
DOSBox is a MS-DOS emulator. Many old games and DOS applications can't run on modern IBM-PC compatible operating systems. Using DOSBox and, of course, the original videogame, you can play on recent versions of Windows, Linux and even Mac OSX. Learn more on this fantastic emulator on the official DOSBox Wiki.
Why [game] crashes before launch?
The reasons can be many and can vary from game to game. Some tips for D-Fend Reloaded users: - access the profile editor of the malfunctioning game - select "DOSBOX settings" - disable the "Close DOSBOX when program closes" checkbox This will help you see what is the error causing the crash.