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3 Emulators To Play Free Old School Games On Your Linux Machine

Varun Kashyap 26-08-2009

3 Emulators To Play Free Old School Games On Your Linux Machine marioOld school games have always been fun, yet simple and easy to play. They may not have the best of the graphics but you can surely enjoy a trip down memory lane!


When it comes to emulators, Linux is right up there. It might not be able to run Crysis or World of Warcraft, however you can surely run various free old school games like Mario, Popeye, Contra, etc.

Here is how you can play those old, free games on your Linux machine. There are various emulators available for Linux, let us look at them one by one.


Simply put, DOSBox is a DOS-emulator and lets you re-visit the good old days when DOS used to rule the roost. Using DOSBox you can play all those DOS games that you loved.

Just install DOSBox, download the game you want to play, run DOSBox from the terminal and execute the game you just downloaded for a trip back in time! The best way to download your favorite game is to Google it.

3 Emulators To Play Free Old School Games On Your Linux Machine dosbox


Check your distributions package manager, Ubuntu users can sudo apt-get install dosbox.


ZSNES emulates the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (NES/SNES). You can thus play almost all of the popular games that made their way onto the NES.

You can install ZNES using your package manager. Once installed you would need to download some of those old, free games. These are generally called SNES ROMs. These are freely available across the Internet and specially on various p2p networks.

PLEASE NOTE that downloading ROMs may be illegal, so you might want to re-consider your decision before you go in for the download.


3 Emulators To Play Free Old School Games On Your Linux Machine zsnes

Fire up ZSNES emulator and you can play the game you just downloaded by loading it via the Game > Load option within the ZSNES emulator.


3 Emulators To Play Free Old School Games On Your Linux Machine zelda

gnuboy emulates the GameBoy console. So if you are interested in playing some of your favorite GameBoy games on the PC, give gnuboy a spin. It has great compatibility with almost every free old school game you might want to play.


As with other platforms, you can find games floating around on the Internet, you just need to put your head down and search!  You need to install gnuboy-sdl or gnuboy-svga or gnuboy-x depending upon which libraries you want to support. Again, as above, gnuboy is generally available through the package manager.

Where to get the free old games

The games are generally a Google search away, however you can also check out various p2p networks to find ROMs for your emulator. Abandonia and PDRoms are great for finding such games as well.

Are you still into old school games? Tell us about the emulators you use and your favorite games in the comments section!

Related topics: Emulation, MS-DOS.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

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      October 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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  2. Ragter
    August 28, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Hey, interesting site you have here.

    One thing you should know, all 3 of those probably run in Windows too, not just Linux. At least, Zsnes runs in Windows(2000), I got it to.

  3. Eddie S
    August 27, 2009 at 6:38 am

    What about ScummVM?

    • ychaouche
      September 24, 2009 at 8:18 pm

      Yes, ScummVM is awesome too. I have discovered "under a sky of steel", which is an excellent point-and-click game, and I have also played "Indiana Jones" which is cool.

  4. free online games
    August 27, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for simple and easy games to play .thanks for giving games with graphics so thats why they are easy and understandable:)

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      You know, that post looks like spam.