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SimEarth: a life simulation game by Maxis29th March 2023simulationSimEarth is a simulation in which you can shape and mold a planet in almost every way you can imagine. In SimEarth our planet is simulated as a whole: life, climate, atmosphere are all aspects of a single Gaia-like Earth. SimEarth can be played in two modes: game and experimental. In game mode, you have to to develop (and preserve) Earth with limited energy levels. In experimental mode, you are ...
Wayne's World: from movie to game25th March 2023adventureWayne's World is an abandoned point and click adventure game based on the movie of the same name. In Wayne's World you control both the characters of Wayne and Garth (created by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey) in a quest to save their TV show. Wayne's World was developed and released by Capstone in 1993.
GOG Spring sale 202320th March 2023deals and free gamesBirds are chirping, the days are getting warmer, games are on sale: spring is coming! And it's coming both in digital form on GOG and, well, in real life. I'm tempted by Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (-75%), Cyberpunk 2077 (-50%) and The Witcher 3 (-70%). Also: nature-inspired games.
CODiE Awards 1997: Tomb Raider, Monty Python, Links18th March 2023top games and awardsIn 1997 quite a few interesting things happened around the world. Scientists cloned Dolly the sheep, Hong Kong was handed over to China by the UK, the Mars Pathfinder probe landed on... Mars. In fiction, the first book of Harry Potter was published in the UK, Titanic literally hit cinemas all over the world and Pokemon were released in the USA.The 1997 CODiE awards winner was Tomb Raider (I wonder if ...
Populous 2 Trials of the Olympian Gods: the perfect god-game?11th March 2023simulation, strategyPopulous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods is an old sandbox strategy god-game. As the title suggests, the setting is more of less ancient Greek mythology and you're a god (hence the god-game label). Populous 2 is the sequel of the much acclaimed Populous, designed by Peter Molineaux. Populous 2 was developed by Bullfrog and published by Electronic Arts in 1993 for PC and Mac.
Gobliiins: half adventure, half puzzle game
Martial arts: Street Fighter 2abandonware Released in 1992 Martial artsKarate, Jujutsu, Kung Fu, samurai warriors, ninjas, etc. Martial arts were a major source of inspiration for classic video games like the Double Dragon series, Dragon Ninja, Karateka, The Last Ninja, the Ninja Gaiden series and many other fighting and beat'em up games.
Aquatic / underwater: Advanced Destroyer Simulatorabandonware Released in 1990 Aquatic / underwaterSubmarines, boats, ships, you name it. Games set underwater, in the deeps of the ocean, or in a less specific aquatic environment are all about doing something on water or surrounded by it. Naval tactical games like the Great Naval Battle series, submarine simulations like Silent Service are common occurrences for this kind of setting, while action games like Aquanox or fishing sports games like Bass Tour are less known but still part of this game group.
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.
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.
Is abandonware safe?
There's a misconception about abandonware: since it's often about old games that are found here and there, there's no security involved. It's not like that, al least not on Abandonware DOS. Every single game on this site was personally played (a little) by me. This means being run on a computer with all kinds of tools: antivirus, antispam, etc.
That said, there's the possibility of a falso 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.
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