Abandonware DOS title


Virus (also known as Zarch) is an abandoned shooter game designed by David Braben, , released in 1988. Virus runs on DOS but was also published for Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum. Virus is part of the Virus game series.
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Do you have trouble running this game on Windows? Read this guide.

Main executable game file: virus/virusega.exe.

DOS games can't run on Windows. You need a DOS emulator like DOSbox or D-Fend Reloaded. Follow these instructions to play DOS games on Windows 10 or later systems.

Retro gamer collector's corner:

Zarch (the original Virus name) started off as a demo called Lander which was bundled with almost all releases of the Acorn Archimedes.

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Additional info about Virus

Also known as: Zarch
Status: abandonware
Input: joystick, keyboard, mouse
Also published for: Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum
Abandonware DOS views: 13482
Series: Virus is part of the Virus series.


  • MarkTheMorose 30/06/2018 11:45
    To clarify solleali's comment, the original version of Zarch was a demonstration released with the first Acorn Archimedes home computer, the successor to the BBC Micro in Britain. Firebird picked up the rights to publish it on other systems, and it arrived, renamed to Virus, on the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, and PC. Control can be tricky at first, but a quick guide in the popular games magazine The One helped me greatly, and it became a favourite game of mine.
  • solleali 09/12/2015 08:15
    solle loved acorn archimedes
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