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However, you don’t always want the latest AAA game. You want to scratch the nostalgia itch. Luckily for you, there are a host of websites dedicated to exactly this. Sometimes, developers choose to re-release their games as freeware, or sometimes they simply neglect to support their creations and let the support dwindle away. Whatever the reason, a lot of commercial games – which, admittedly, often work with a bigger team on a bigger budget – become free over time.

Today we’ll take a look at four of the best sites to download old PC games for free.

Abandonia

Abandonia is an index of abandonware, “dedicated to classic DOS games”. Abandonware titles What Is Abandonware & Is It Legal? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is Abandonware & Is It Legal? [MakeUseOf Explains] Most websites that offer formerly paid software for free do so with little to no illusion of legality. However you feel about torrents of paid software and media, it’s unarguable that they are illegal in... Read More are games (or software) with expired copyright, or games which are no longer supported by the publisher.

The site was founded in 1999, when the concept of abandonware was merely two years old. After a few inactive years, it blossomed and has continued to grow, with new ‘abandoned’ games added nearly every day. At the time of writing, the Abandonia database hosts 1,177 downloadable games and counts a total of more than 100,000 members.

4 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games For Free Abandonia Sim Tower Verticle Empire

Most games get a thorough review, screenshots, an editor rating as well as a user rating. You can browse and download old PC games by name, year, rating and category. As the site is focused on DOS games, you won’t find any of the ‘newer’ abandonware games here, but the vast DOS archive should satisfy most of your gaming needs — at least for a while.

Abandonware Dos

Abandonware Dos is another abandonware site focusing on – you guessed it – DOS games. It also features a reasonable repertoire of Windows titles, though nothing too recent. Abandonware Dos is a very active site, too. Each title comes with its own site rating, title specification (e.g. abandonware, protected status, freeware), release date, screenshots, as well as a recent(ish) video play-through and snippets of game-related facts. You’ll also find handy articles and lists to aide your search for the best old games.

4 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games For Free Abandonware Dos Magic The Gathering

What I really like about Abandonware Dos is its open approach to its abandonware site status. The site owner clearly states their compliance with take-down notices. Furthermore, the site features direct links to GOG.com Why I’m No Longer Buying Games On Steam [Opinion] Why I’m No Longer Buying Games On Steam [Opinion] Steam is now approaching 10 years old. Its impact has been undeniable. Millions of gamers enjoy the service’s seamless community services, low prices and excellent selection. I have been one of them – until now.... Read More . These are found on the direct game page, as well as featured titles on the site homepage.

RGB Classic Games

RGB Classic Games features a wide range of classic DOS games, previously unreleased titles, and even some “modern” DOS titles. The entire site is “dedicated to preserving classic games for defunct PC operating systems” such as DOS, CP/M-86, OS/2, Win16, and Win9x, as well as making them easier to play on modern systems.

4 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games For Free RGB Classic Games Keen Dreams

You can search for games using genre and/or operating system, as well as the company name, legal status, year released, and interestingly, video mode. Furthermore, testament to RGB Classic Games mission, you can play a significant number of titles on a site-hosted emulator, including Keen Dreams, Hexen, and one of my all-time favorites, Transport Tycoon.

Remain In Play

Another site that takes on a wider array of (also non-DOS) games is Remain In Play. This site refuses to take in abandonware and games that were free from the start. They only focus on commercial games that were deliberately released as freeware.

4 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games For Free Remain In Play Homepage

Even though site navigation is not optimal, they host plenty of great games – both new and old. If you don’t want to search, you might want to consider their ‘top 10 games’ in the sidebar. It is the only way of sorting titles by rating. Otherwise, you can search their database by name, data (type), genre, or OS.

Honorable Mention: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving one of the core tenets of the internet 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive The Internet Archive keeps a variety of old content alive on the Web for the future. What kind of content can you dig up, and why should you care? Let's find out. Read More : universal access to all knowledge. Old video games certainly require protection, and The Internet Archive agrees. In 2014, The Internet Archive brought 900 classic arcade games to our browsers, preserving and promoting some of the best Internet Archive Brings 900 Classic Arcade Games To Your Browser. Here Are 7 Of The Best Internet Archive Brings 900 Classic Arcade Games To Your Browser. Here Are 7 Of The Best Your town's arcade may have shut down in the mid-90s, but that shouldn't stop you from getting your classic games fix. Read More . A year later, in 2015, The Internet Archive announced it would preserve over 2,300 classic DOS games Emulate Classic DOS Games Right In Your Browser For Free Emulate Classic DOS Games Right In Your Browser For Free Play retro DOS games in a couple of clicks, thanks to The Internet Archive. Read More .

4 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games For Free The Internet Archive DOSBox games

Unfortunately, you cannot actually download the classic titles. However, The Internet Archive has an integrated version of DOSBox, meaning you can play each game within your browser. Found a title you love? Bookmark it! Alternatively, add the page to your desktop where it will be available with a single click.

Now, Go and Play

I hope you’ve found some great new sites today. Go and discover cool free games to waste your precious time. Struggling to find a particular title? Wikipedia has a comprehensive list of commercial games released as freeware. There are so many amazing old games out there!

What are you favorite old games? What are you views on abandonware? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Originally written by Simon Slangen on 11 September 2009.

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  1. Dmnd098
    November 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    another site is winworldpc.com

  2. Don
    May 17, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I think we could use a new Dos Parameters program developed to play the oldies ;-0 I for one would but technology or Windows view certainly don't want that :-(

  3. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    you can try this site too hellofgames.com

  4. WinWorld Abandonware
    February 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    If you're looking for old versions of MS-DOS, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 to run old games on check out WinWorld at https://winworldpc.com/

  5. Chris @ GamingWeapons.com
    February 14, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Thank you so much for these links, I've been looking to recapture some of those classic gaming moments. XCOM:Ufo Defense is one such game I'm looking for!

  6. The Geek
    January 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I wonder if they have such a thing for macintosh users, would make things easier for me :D

  7. rb3
    January 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    can any one tell me where to get an old game by title Shadow Watch?

  8. Electronic Smokeless Cigarettes
    December 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Yes! Thank you so much for this, now its just a matter of remembering all the old Amiga games I used to play 20 years ago... omg I'm getting old!
    - Smokeless Cigarette

  9. Electronic Cigarette Club
    December 5, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I like this site, thanks!

    - e cigarette

  10. Ps3 Modern Warfare 2
    November 9, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Old pc games! this is really good way to get old pc games from such sites and quite helpful for those who have been waiting for this from long time.

  11. Raging Bull
    September 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Are you leaving out Squakenet!? It's the biggest abandonware archive as far as I know. Quite good design and always up to date with a particular automatic system.

  12. Joel
    September 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Well done. The real thieves are here.

  13. zero nonsense
    September 25, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Want Full Free Version Games ,
    You Get it at zerononsense.co.cc
    NFs Shift
    Year: 2009
    Genres: Arcade / Racing (Cars) / Simulator / 3D
    Developer: Slightly Mad Studios / EA Black Box
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Platform: PC

  14. Apocalypso
    September 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I see that System Shock is pictured there under Abandonia. I'm playing that right now. I didn't get it from there or any site, though.

    About the copyright issue that was brought up earlier. That's actually quite correct. Abandonware or Oldwarez is a grey area. Those sites under the Abandonware Ring were shut down years ago because of their activities.

  15. Advocate
    September 15, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    This website has a good handful of "abandonwarez" games as well as soundtracks. also, demos, videos, screenshots etc. of the genre.

  16. Dan
    September 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the crapware sites you moron !

  17. adam
    September 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Great list. (classicgamesarcade.com) Classic Games has some old pc games done in flash on such as Rick Dangerous and Street Fighter.

  18. gaming mouse
    September 14, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Amazing list. The problem with a lot of sites you'll find that supposedly host older games is that they're too chock full of ads to navigate through, or they only have crappy games, or...one of several other issues that make trying to find classic games a pain in the butt.

    Remain in Play is a new one for me, so thanks for that. Also had no idea you could use Wikipedia to find some older games. Most excellent! :D

  19. Joel
    September 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Yeah, that explanation Simon sounds like a really awesome excuse to pirate stuff.

    • Bryan
      November 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      Joel, who put the thorn up your butt, perhaps un-pirated Sesame Street is more your speed, in otherwords, go away dipstick.

      • Joel
        November 22, 2009 at 5:23 am

        Wow, Bryan. Awesome reply there. Wherever you go I'm going to follow because... damn, you really owned me there. Hey, why don't you share with us all some more of your incredible wisdom? The world really needs to hear more of the opinionated drivel that's floating around inside your head.

        • Bryan
          November 22, 2009 at 7:54 am

          Joel, with your flippant, cavalier, supercilious attitude, I think most people can tell you are a complete self centered, selfish, baby. Grow up, please come back with something better than that last pathetic reply, unless you are in third grade, it was extremely LAME!!!

        • Joel
          November 22, 2009 at 8:01 am

          As I said Bryan, I can't compare to you. But, thankyou for replying with such a thoughtfully constructed message, created from almost every word from my thesaurus.

        • Bryan
          November 22, 2009 at 8:17 am

          What is a thesaurus????? lmfao@the village idiot. Whatever A-HOLE, have a nice day, and this is the last response you will be getting from me, you are now blocked, adios no juevos Joel.

  20. Bob
    September 13, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    "Abandonware titles are games (or software) with expired copyright"

    There is no such thing. Copyright is so freaking long that anything that has an expired copyright is older than computers. No software, of course, is older than computers, so no software copyright has ever expired.

    You also fail to warn readers that downloading "abandoned" games is illegal in most countries. Unless the copyright owner has specifically denied copyright (public domain) or has otherwise authorized its free distribution, then it is still copyrighted. I suppose you expect us to already know that, but your article sort of implies otherwise, that downloading these games is legal.

    • Simon Slangen
      September 13, 2009 at 2:07 pm

      I looked the definition up again after your remark. In most cases it means that the copyright indeed hasn't been revoked, but that the copyright ownership is unclear (due to diverging reasons). Thusly downloading isn't exactly 'illegal' either.

  21. Pappy
    September 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    gog.com is good too. They only have a few free games, but the rest are reasonably prices ($5.99 - $9.99) and are all DRM free!

  22. mik
    September 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    jsut search for "abandonware" on google and you can get almsot every game..

  23. Comet Arcade
    September 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Awesome! I love old classics like Monkey Island.

  24. Trevor
    September 13, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Not free, but Good Old Games has old school PC games for $5-$10. They removed all the DRM and updated the code for compatibility with modern Windows systems. They also include PDF manuals and extras like concept art and wallpaper. I was on the site recently and picked up Battle Chess Deluxe and the Oddworld series -- very cool to relive my favorite games again.

  25. Chris H
    September 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    OLD GAMES ROCK!

  26. xOrion73x
    September 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

    So... you do realize those are console games in the pic.. you know.. in an article about "PC Games".

    just sain..

    • Simon Slangen
      September 13, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      err, easter egg? :-D

      No, you're right, that's a slight error.

  27. self
    September 13, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Note to self, those are not PC games, those are NES games...

  28. Simon Slangen
    September 13, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Read Wired's Top 10 Eighties Computer Games Worth Playing (Again) for abandonware inspiration!

  29. John Roberts
    September 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Wow, amazing resources, thanks for sharing!

    RT

  30. bob
    September 12, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    yea nice list, also home of the underdogs an old skool classic games site is back, http://hotud.org/ , nice to see them return...

  31. Sophie A.
    September 12, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Liked the post! The way you explained everything is much appreciated! Will definitely return.

  32. Mk
    September 12, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Don't forget the game site "theunderdog.org".

  33. dr, no
    September 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    home of the underdogs is still around

    http://www.hotud.org/

  34. Andrew
    September 12, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    http://www.dosgames.com is really good too!

  35. Casual game downloads
    September 12, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Wonderful posting . Very informative and descriptive one. This is very useful and valuable. Thanks for posting.

  36. eSPy
    September 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm
  37. Hugo
    September 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    You can add Mr Old games it is a very good site.

    • Nitesh Patel @techmadly
      January 31, 2010 at 1:45 am

      yea Mr Old games is really a nice website fro old games
      and your list is very nice...

  38. Vincent
    September 11, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Don't forget Liberated Games: http://liberatedgames.com/

    Also allow me to introduce my own blog which is geared to reviewing some 900 DOS games. No download links provided but if you're clever you can probably find the games yourself: http://letsplayoldies.wordpress.com