4 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games For Free

videogames   4 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games For FreeThere are sufficient free games available for the budget gamer, many of which we’ve already reviewed on MakeUseOf, but it’s not the only alternative.

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 the best sites to download old PC games for free. These will include (abandonware) DOS games, but also newer releases that are thrown to the masses by publishers in a good mood.

Abandonia

Abandonia is an index of abandonware, “dedicated to classic DOS games”. Abandonware titles 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 was and has continued to blossom, with new ‘abandoned’ games added nearly every day. At the time of writing, the Abandonia database hosts 1,063 downloadable games and counts a total of more than 100.000 members.

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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 game’s 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.

DOS Museum

Another DOS focused site – the name gives it away – is DOS Museum. Their goal is to preserve old DOS games and make sure they won’t be lost over time. Through one of their other initiatives, they try to encourage other copyright into making their work available, “either for sale or as freeware”.

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With over 1,600 resources (although this includes various patches and save-games), DOS Museum offers an even wider array of games. Through an easy, graphical interface, you can browse the games by name, rating, date or popularity. Although you won’t find excessive reviews like on Abandonware, basic information (usually in two or three sentences) is provided.

Wikipedia

One of the best sites to look for an ex-commercial video game is Wikipedia. That’s right – on one of their pages, they keep a pretty up-to-date list of abandonware (loose interpretation) titles.

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The list shows less games than these other sites, but from a wider array. You’ll find games from 1988 to 2008, all of them with a short descripton, most of them worth a try. If you think there’s a game ‘missing’ from the list that should be there, you can add it yourself – after all, that’s what wikis are for.

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.

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

I hope you’ve found some great new sites today and will continue to discover cool free games to waste your precious time. If you’ve got any other “abandonware” recommendations, or have anything else to add in that direction, feel free to take advantage of the comments section below.

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43 Comments -

Vincent

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

Hugo

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

Nitesh Patel @techmadly

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

eSPy

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

Andrew

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

dr, no

home of the underdogs is still around

http://www.hotud.org/

Mk

Don’t forget the game site “theunderdog.org”.

Sophie A.

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

bob

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

John Roberts

Wow, amazing resources, thanks for sharing!

RT

Simon Slangen

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

self

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

xOrion73x

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

just sain..

Simon Slangen

err, easter egg? :-D

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

Chris H

OLD GAMES ROCK!

Trevor

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.

Comet Arcade

Awesome! I love old classics like Monkey Island.

mik

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

Pappy

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!

Bob

“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

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.

Joel

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

Bryan

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

Joel

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

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

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

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.

gaming mouse

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

adam

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

Dan

Thanks for the crapware sites you moron !

Advocate

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

Apocalypso

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.

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Joel

Well done. The real thieves are here.

Raging Bull

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.

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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.

Electronic Cigarette Club

I like this site, thanks!

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Electronic Smokeless Cigarettes

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!
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rb3

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

The Geek

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

Chris @ GamingWeapons.com

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!