Retro games and abandonware spotlight
23rd September 2023top games and awardsThe Spotlight Awards (GDC) was hosted annually by the Game Developers Conference from 1997 to 1999. Its focus was on the video and computer game industry. The Spotlight awards took a lot of gaming platforms into consideration, but 1999 awarded many PC games.The best video games for 1999 according to the Spotlight awards were:1999Baldur's Gate Best Adventure Game/RPGGran Turismo Best Simulation GameHalf-Life Best Action GameHalf-Life Best AI (Artificial Intelligence)Half-Life ...
16th September 2023actionPitfall: The Mayan Adventure is an abandoned action game set in South America designed by John Spinale, developed and released by Activision in 1995. Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure was published for Windows, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, Jaguar, etc. The Mayan Adventure is part of the Pitfall franchise that began in 1982 with the original Pitfall! for Atari 2600.
1st September 2023RPGMight and Magic 2: Gates to Another World is a single-player abandoned fantasy RPG designed by Jon and Michaela Van Caneghem, developed and released by New World Computing in 1988 for DOS, Apple 2 and many other platforms. MM2 is the second chapter of the Might and Magic series and it's an improvement of Might and Magic 1 under every aspect: from graphics to gameplay. More infoGenres: RPG, first-person party-based RPGPlatforms: ...
abandonware 1993 Physics puzzle
Physics-based puzzle video games are a genre of video games that rely on realistic or semi-realistic physics simulations to create challenging and engaging puzzles for players to solve. These games typically involve manipulating objects, characters, or the game environment in a way that takes into account the laws of physics, such as gravity, friction, momentum, and inertia.
Key features of physics-based puzzle video games include: realistic physics, puzzle solving, trial and error, environmental interaction, platformer elements. These games often offer a unique and intellectually stimulating gaming experience, as players need to apply their understanding of physics principles to progress through the game.
abandonware 1997 Platform
Platform games, also known as platformers, are a genre of video games characterized by gameplay focused on navigating a protagonist through a series of platforms and obstacles within a 2D or 3D environment. The main objective in platform games is to progress through levels, often reaching the end or completing specific objectives.
In platform games, players typically control a character who possesses the ability to jump or perform other acrobatic moves. These movements allow the character to traverse platforms, avoid obstacles, and defeat enemies or overcome challenges.
The genre originated in the early days of video gaming, with iconic titles like "Super Mario Bros" and "Donkey Kong" shaping the foundation of platformers. The success of these games led to the growth and diversification of the genre, resulting in a wide range of platform games with unique gameplay mechanics, art styles, and level designs.
To abandonware or not?
Where does the love for old abandoned games comes from? Our childhood, perhaps. What's left of that age? What do we miss so much? The long afternoons spent walking in the worlds of Ultima or the hours passed impersonating Duke Nukem. Here we are now, slightly aged, eager to pay homage to all those wonderful DOS games.
After all, it's about the passion for old games and a little bit of nostalgia.
The games listed on Abandonware DOS are no longer supported by their respective developers (as far as I know... I often check sites like Steam and GOG). If you find out that a game is still on sale or "protected", please let me know and I'll remove it from Abandonware DOS as soon as possible.How to run DOS games on Windows?
What is Abandonware?
Abandonware is a word that describes a software (game or application) no longer supported by its developers or its publishers and is no longer available for sale in any form (digital or retail).
When we talk about abandonware we usually refer to old games for systems no longer available to the public such as DOS, Commodore 64, Amiga, Spectrum, etc.
Some "abandoned" games are still on sale, that's why you will find games tagged as "protected" on Abandonware DOS.How to run old Windows games on Windows 10?
Is abandonware safe?
There's a misconception about abandonware: since it's about old games, there's no security involved. It's not like that, al least not on Abandonware DOS. Every single Windows and DOS game on this site was personally tested. Every game was played on a computer with all kinds of tools: antivirus, antispam, etc.
That said, there's the possibility of a false positive: your software tells you there's a virus but there's no such thing. I can't speak for other abandonware sites, but I can assure you that I take all the necessary measures to keep the games on Abandonware DOS safe.