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4th February 2023top games and awards1991 was the year of a few peculiar games.SimEarth was an unusual new addition to the Sim brand (thank you Maxis). I loved SimCity and SimAnts but I could never get into SimEarth.King's Quest V was the last chapter of the popular King's Quest series. I have to admit that I never played a King's Quest game... shame on me.Where the World is Carmen Sandiego? is something ...
29th January 2023shooterThe Operative: No One Lives Forever is a first-person shooter with stealth gameplay elements, developed by Monolith Productions and released by Fox Interactive in 2000 for Windows, Mac and PS2. As Cate Archer, a spy working for a secret organization in the 60s, you have to find out who killed your colleagues. No One Lives Forever is the first of the series. Multiplayer mode is available.
21st January 2023RPGBaldur's Gate a fantasy RPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe which is regarded as the RPG that brought new life in a dying genre in the late 90s. Baldur's Gate was developed by BioWare and released by Black Isle Studios in 1998 for Windows, Lunux and Mac. Some of the innovations that Baldur's Gate introduced to the RPG genre are the real-time with pause combat and the high level ...
7th January 2023adventureZork Zero is a very well documented and user friendly game. Overall, it is a worthy addition to the Zork series and is, by far, the best one to date. Players who like text games will definitely love this game. Even those who don't usually like text games or are "not sure" about them will probably be pleasantly surprised with Zork Zero. Frankly, Zork Zero is probably the best text ...
2nd January 2023Abandonware DOS updatesHello everyone! Another year has passed and Abandonware DOS is still here. Well, there are no reasons for this site to disappear in the vastness of the forgotten internet. I intend to go on, to endure and add more games and more content, in time. Unfortunately, server costs just went up. And I mean really UP: five times what I used to pay. I'm looking for other ways to host ...
abandonware Released in 1987 Robots / mechsSince Isaac Asimov's books, robots have been very popular among science fiction readers. Much later, robots (and the so called "mech", popularized by pen and paper RPGs and anime cartoons) began to appear in early video games: think about Robotron. DOS gamers saw some robot action especially thanks to video game series like Mechwarrior, BattleTech or Mega Man.
protected Released in 1993 Isometric action-adventureIn isometric action-adventure games the action (and the adventure too...) takes place in an isometric environment. Isometric perspective allow the player to walk around in a 3D environment in a third-person view without the need of real 3D graphics. Like every action-adventure game, isometric action-adventure games can include features of both adventure and action elements: action mini-games, inventory, a story, etc.
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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