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The best abandoned remakes of old games

Remakes, in the video gaming world, are not uncommon. It happens that some lone programmer, or even a small company, do a remake of an old game. Usually, it's a matter of popularity: the more the game was popular back in its time, the more is likely that someone remakes it sooner or later.

What you may not know is that remakes of old video game exist from a long time. Think about it: some classics dates back to the early 80s or even the 70s. It was inevitable that, at some point not to far in the future, someone wanted to do a remake.

This is obviously a very partial list and it take into consideration only games like the original, not sequels and not variants (games like the original, but too different to be considered a direct remake). All these games are available for download on Abandonware DOS.

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  • Remakes of Adventure

    The original game Adventure was an action-adventure first published for Atari 2600:
    Title: Adventure
    First released in: 1980
    Developer: Atari
    Publisher: Atari
    Designer: Warren Robinett
    Originally developed for: Atari 2600
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  • Remakes of African Adventure: In Search of Dr. Livingston

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  • Remakes of Asteroids

    The original game Asteroids was one of the most popular arcade games of the 80s; a shooter first published for arcade machines in 1979:
    Title: Asteroids 
    First released in: 1979
    Developer: Atari
    Publisher: Atari, Taito
    Designer: Lyle Rains, Ed Logg, Dominic Walsh
    Originally developed for: arcades
    Also released for: Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit, Game Boy
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  • Remakes of Ballblazer

    Ballblazer was a futuristic sports game created by David Levine and others at Lucasfilm in 1984. Ballblazer is a one-on-one ball game. The objective is simple: put the ball in the opposite goal and score more points than your adversary.
    Original title: Ballblazer
    First released in: 1984
    Developer: Lucasfilm Games
    Publisher: Atari, Epyx, Activision
    Designers: David Levine, Peter Langston, David Riordan, Garry Hare
    Originally developed for: Atari 8-bit
    Also released for: Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 5200, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum, Atari 7800, Famicom
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  • Remakes of Break Out

    Breakout was one of the most popular arcade games published in the early years of the Atari 2600, but it saw the light in the arcades in 1976. The goal of the game is simple: break a wall made of bricks using a paddle and a bouncing ball.
    Title: Breakout
    First released in: 1976
    Developer: Atari
    Publisher: Atari
    Designers: Nolan Bushnell, Steve Bristow, Steve Wozniak
    Originally developed for: arcades
    Also released for: Atari 2600
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  • Remakes of Centipede

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  • Remakes of Donkey Kong

    The original game Donkey Kong was one of the most iconic arcade games ever made. It's a single-screen platform arcade where you, as a plumber, have to save your lover avoiding barrels thrown at you by a giant ape.
    Title: Donkey Kong
    First released in: 1981
    Developer: Nintendo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Designer: Shigeru Miyamoto
    Originally developed for: arcades
    Also released for: every platform you can think of
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  • Remakes of Jet Set Willy

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  • Remakes of Joust

    The original game Joust was an arcade action-platform released in 1982 for arcade machines:
    Title: Joust
    First released in: 1982
    Developer: Williams Electronics
    Publisher: Williams Electronics
    Designer: John Newcomer
    Originally developed for: arcades
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  • Remakes of Mario Bros

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  • Remakes of Ms. Pac-Man

    The original game was Ms. Pac-Man, a maze arcade game released by Midway, which is the sequel to Pac-Man.
    Original title: Ms. Pac-Man
    First released in: 1982
    Developer: Midway Games
    Publisher: Midway Games
    Originally developed for: arcades
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  • Remakes of Pac-Man

    The original game was the popular Pac-Man, a maze arcade game that was one of the most influential games in videogame history.
    Title: Pac-Man
    First released in: 1980
    Developer: Namco
    Publisher: Namco (Midway Games in North America)
    Designer: Toru Iwatani, Shigeichi Ishimura
    Originally developed for: arcades
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  • Remakes of Pango

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  • Remakes of Paratrooper

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  • Remakes of Q*Bert

    The original Q*bert was a classic fixed-screen arcade game. The goal of the game is to change the color of each cube of a pyramid by jumping on it with Q*bert while avoiding enemies.
    Original title: Q*bert
    First released in: 1982
    Developer: Gottlieb
    Publisher: Gottlieb
    Designers: Warren Davis, Jeff Lee
    Originally developed for: arcades
    Also released for: every platform you can think of
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  • Remakes of Qix

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  • Remakes of Railroad Tycoon

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  • Remakes of Space Invaders

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  • Remakes of Super Mario Bros

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  • Remakes of Tempest

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  • Remakes of Tetris

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  • Remakes of The Great Giana Sisters

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