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  • Cars: racing and building vehicles on wheels

    Cars: racing and building vehicles on wheels

    24th November 2018racing
    I just added a bunch of car-racing games, including a couple of top-down fixed-screen ones that I always liked. It seems there were a lot of racing games being published back in the nineties that I couldn't remember, but I've never been interested in cars anyway. Actually, one of them ...
  • GOG Black Friday sale

    GOG Black Friday sale

    22nd November 2018deals and free games
    Black Friday comes once a year, like Christmas sales, autumn sales, spring sales... ok, ok, there are far too many excuses to buy games. This time it's Black Friday on GOG, and I'm about to get one or two RPGs, or strategy games, or maybe a good old adventure, or... ...
  • CODiE Awards 1991: SimEarth, Carmen Sandiego and fairy tales

    CODiE Awards 1991: SimEarth, Carmen Sandiego and fairy tales

    10th November 2018top games and awards
    1991 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 ...
  • Police Quest: 1, 2, 3 and

    Police Quest: 1, 2, 3 and "4"

    3rd November 2018adventure
    Sierra On-Line published lots of games back in the 80s and the 90s and was famous for the various "Quest" series. Think about King's Quest, Quest for Glory, Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry ("Love Quest"?). I'm sure you remember a few.Police Quest wasn't perhaps one of the most popular ...
  • Free Games Utopia has been updated

    Free Games Utopia has been updated

    30th October 2018deals and free games
    It's been a while since I created and nurtured my other project: Free Games Utopia. What is it? As the name suggests, Free Game Utopia is all about free games: free-to-play, fully free and liberated games.After a couple of years, Free Games Utopia changed, but the purpose of ...
  • Solving murders and simulating detectives

    Solving murders and simulating detectives

    27th October 2018simulation, strategy
    Pure and simple detective stories are hard to find in video gaming today. Everyone goes for fantasy, sci-fi, horror, but the good old murder to solve is not so popular. Back in the 90s (or the 80s) you could play some adventure games based on a detective story. There was ...
  • Dizzy, by the Oliver Twins

    Dizzy, by the Oliver Twins

    20th October 2018action, adventure
    Every gaming platform has its video game mascotte: Mario, Sonic, etc. Codemasters came up with their own character: an egg shaped... thing... called Dizzy. This strange fellow was the protagonist of a series of action adventure games on Spectrum, C64 and many other systems, PC included. Here are some Dizzy ...
  • It's GOG.com birthday!

    It's GOG.com birthday!

    5th October 2018deals and free games
    GOG is 10 years old and is giving away Shadow Warrior 2. If you're interested in such things, there's also an history of GOG page. If you're looking for games on discount, there are a few "10 anniversary collections": Shadow Tactics, Theme Hospital, Homeworld Remastered, System Shock 2, Dungeon Keeper 2, Kingdom Come Deliverance, etc.
  • Pinball: the art of bouncing balls

    Pinball: the art of bouncing balls

    1st October 2018action
    Pinball is a very specific subgenre of action games that can't be assimilated to other kind of games. It's not a platformer or a shooter, and there were a lot of pinball games in the 80s and the 90s, so I think it's only fair that there's a whole category ...
  • Game Critics Awards in 1998: Homeworld, Half-Life, Grim Fandango

    Game Critics Awards in 1998: Homeworld, Half-Life, Grim Fandango

    15th September 2018top games and awards
    The Game Critics Awards are annual awards held after the very popular E3 video game conference since 1998. As you can see, 1998 saw the birth of great classics for every kind of gamer: Half-Life for shooter lovers, Homeworld for RTS gamers, Grim Fandango for adventure addicts and Alpha Centauri for the ...
  • Text only gaming: it's not always about interactive fiction

    Text only gaming: it's not always about interactive fiction

    8th September 2018adventure, simulation, strategy
    Text only games are a curious phenomenon. Unlike other kind of old games, they survived to this day in one form or the other. Maybe that's because it doesn't take a huge team to develop a game completely (or partially) devoid of graphics. When I say text-only games, some of ...
  • Action and arcades: Comix Zone and other games

    Action and arcades: Comix Zone and other games

    1st September 2018action
    I was browsing platform games on Abandonware DOS when I noticed something was missing. I talking about a game I loved and I bet most of you played it at least once: Comix Zone. So... here it is, available with this content update along other action and arcade games. Comix ...
  • A bunch of games for Windows

    A bunch of games for Windows

    18th August 2018top games and awards
    The name of the site is Abandonware DOS, but some of the games hosted here are games for Windows. I'm talking about old and abandoned games for Windows, not easy to make them run properly if you're not using a Virtual Machine.I don't usually add many Windows games but ...
  • Memories from Populous: play god in your browser

    Memories from Populous: play god in your browser

    11th August 2018play online, strategy
    I clearly remember the first time I heard about Populous. I was young and still living with my parents. It was a late sunday morning, the sun was high in the sky and the smell of roasted chicken was all around the house: lunch was almost ready, but I was ...
  • CODiE Awards 1990: SimCity, Carmen Sandiego, Space Quest 3

    CODiE Awards 1990: SimCity, Carmen Sandiego, Space Quest 3

    4th August 2018top games and awards
    1990 was a seminal year in videogames. The last decade of the millennium saw the birth of two genres: city building simulations and god games.The first was represented by the first chapter in a long series of sims: SimCity. There are not many well known city building games around ...
  • Sequels to action games: Gauntlet, Rick Dangerous, Xenon and more

    Sequels to action games: Gauntlet, Rick Dangerous, Xenon and more

    30th July 2018action, remakes and sequels
    Back in the day, sequels were not always appreciated. That number "2" after the title for many meant lack of ideas. This wasn't just about video games, everything was subject to that kind of treatment "if it's good, why change it?".I don't see this kind of hate anymore. In fact, ...
  • Manuals, walkthroughs and readme files

    Manuals, walkthroughs and readme files

    21st July 2018Abandonware DOS updates
    Part of the updates to Abandonware DOS consists in adding every kind of document I can get without copyright notices. I already added lots of manuals, walkthroughs (expecially interactive fiction solutions) and a few maps.Recently, I started digging into the zip files of every games in search for useful ...
  • Comics and superheroes in videogames

    Comics and superheroes in videogames

    14th July 2018action, adventure
    When I think about superheroes and supervillains what comes to my mind are comics, big budget movies, cosplayers. And then, and only then, videogames. If you think about it, the superhero theme wasn't that popular in old videogames. Nonetheless, there are a few DOS games about super-men in tights.With ...
  • CODiE Awards 1989: Tetris, Battle Chess, King's Quest 4

    CODiE Awards 1989: Tetris, Battle Chess, King's Quest 4

    7th July 2018top games and awards
    In 1989 Tetris was the single most awarded game. The fact that it was a puzzle game based on a very simple concept and made by a nice russian man has contributed to the Tetris myth. Thank you Alexey Pajitnov.1989 was a very important year in world history. Just think at ...
  • Sports: hockey, golf, football and more

    Sports: hockey, golf, football and more

    30th June 2018sports
    Sports games are not the most sought after on abandonware sites. Nonetheless, a few of them are fondly remembered by fans. I wonder if any of you ever heard, or played, the games I uploaded in this update.Golf, hockey, football (or soccer... whatever) and wrestling; here they are: Tony ...