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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
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The Roll with it RPG sale on GOG26th February 2023deals and free gamesIt's time for the Roll with it sale. An awkward name for a RPG sale on GOG. Whether you're into retro old school RPGs or modern titles, it's a good way to get some of the best RPGs and save some money.
Starquake: sci-fi platformer25th February 2023action, play onlineStarquake is a weird DOS science fiction platform game developed by Bubble Bus Software in 1988 and designed by Stephen Crow and Dave Collins. I remember it fondly... it's not punishing and it's still very much enjoyable even today, after more than two decades. Genres: action, platformSystem: DOSYear: 1988Publisher: SharedataDeveloper: Bubble Bus SoftwareDesigners: Stephen Crow, Dave CollinsThemes: science fictionGame modes: ...
Archaeology: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doomabandonware Released in 1989 ArchaeologyWhen you think at archaeology in the entertainment world, one name comes to mind: Indiana Jones. The archaeologist with the hat and whip is the protagonist of some very successful movies that spawned quite a few video games. Professor Jones is not the only archaeologist to star in a video game. The pixellated Rick Dangerous and the 3D Lara Croft in Tomb Raider are perhaps equally revered in the gaming community.
Aquatic / underwater: Pirates! Goldprotected Released in 1993 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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