5 Sites To Play Old Computer Games Once Again

Lee Mathews 24-06-2008

5 Sites To Play Old Computer Games Once Again atari joystickI don’t know about you but I’m not much into fancy-pants 3D first person shooters. I can’t be bothered to build a massive gaming rig, blow $500 on a video card, and figure out what custom weights give me the best mouse response.


I’ve got a WII, and I love it, and one of the big reasons I do is for the emulation. Sadly however, I can’t bring my WII to work or to the coffee shop down the street – but I can bring my laptop, jump on their WiFi and fire up these four awesome sites for a quick old school gaming fix!

VirtualApple (Apple II and Apple IIGS)

VirtualApple (Apple II and Apple IIGS)

I don’t know about you but every now and then I get a craving to hunt square rabbits, hire unfit workers, make them walk too far and then lose three days because I’ve got scurvy. Virtual Apple always satisfies my Oregon Trail fix; but don’t other classics like John Elway’s Quarterback, Crystal Castles, and Max Headroom (don’t lie, you remember Max Headroom). (Commodore 64) (Commodore 64)

My family’s first computer was the UPS-brown Commodore 64, so this one really takes me back. I even remember “modding” the case to the newer, more angular style when it came out. Yikes. Thrill to such Commodore favorites as Zork, Wizard’s Lair and Pakacuda. The site has all the titles categorized by genre and features screenshots – further underscoring the real graphical prowess of the C64!

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vNes has a huge catalog of NES cartridge titles available for play on their site via a Java-based emulator – 765 of them to be exact. I’ve noticed a few problems with slowness on a few titles, but all in all it’s an excellent place to play old games online and satisfy your urge to jam on Super Mario Brothers, Zelda, or one of my favorites: Ivan Stewart’s Super Off Road. (Nintendo Entertainment System) (Nintendo Entertainment System)

Another big catalog of NES titles, but you’re able to register which gives you the ability to save states in the games you’re playing. You can even open other people’s states – meaning that when your buddy gets stuck trying to battle through the ninjas, you can swoop in, rescue the President, and prove just how bad a dude you really are.


GetBack.Com Arcade

Unlike the rest of the sites I listed, GetBack isn’t strictly a gaming site. It’s kind of a “throwback culture” site. The upside is that they do have several games in their arcade that you can play, like Intellivision Backgammon and River Raid.

What about you? Where do you go to satisfy your vintage gaming urges? Let us know!

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  1. Jeff
    December 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Some great old dos games here ->

  2. laine
    November 17, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Does anyone know the name of an old computer game that had a man that climbed ladders and blew up bridges while trying to escape from billy goats. I think the object was to blow all the bridges up before the goat got him.

  3. cameron
    July 17, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Hey all . great sites !! really took me back ;)
    ive got two other sitesto recommend !! and .. ( i think ive spelt them right XD ) ..
    you can play old megadrive games on the .. well you have to sownload them , its really good quality ;)
    hope you enjoy !!

  4. goldenaxefan
    May 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Another one to try is Goldies Games which has loads of Sega Master System and Genesis games, plus NES and TG16 games. The great thing about this one is the games run in Flash 10, no need for Java.
    Try it here :

  5. Old games
    May 6, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Holy crap, my first machine was Commodore 64 too. I think I still have it somewhere in the atic, but I'm too lasy to get it so the emulator will do. Thanks.

  6. TJ Liebgott
    April 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Oh man Oregon trial? That brings me back. I loved playing that game on the family IIe! For NES games, I like using

  7. Hugo
    April 14, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Well i am more into old dos games. I normally use this Old Games site to download old games. You need to use DosBox emulator to make them work. I really miss those old days....


  8. RlM
    February 24, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Does anyone remember the name of the game where you were in ancient egypt or somewhere and you had to get artifacts and do different kinds of puzzles to get to the next level?

  9. RemX25
    December 28, 2008 at 3:43 am

    I love VNES-- that site brought me back my childhood.\

    There is one other website that you might be interested in--

    This website allows any registered user with certain arcade ROMS to play against each other online. I'm not talking about new aged 3d arcade games like Time Crisis or other pariferal based like most racers. I'm talking about joystick and a bunch of buttons involving kick, high punch, low punch; or even just jump and fire.

    The only downloads required include the latest .NET framework, Firefox users require a small add-on, and the ROM for the games, which can be found across the internet. A complete list of games can be found on their website.

  10. Todd
    December 11, 2008 at 4:13 am i play there all the time. They have a ton of them there. Its the old ROMS and Emulators that play on a computer..

    my favorite is Super Mario..

    The also have a VISTA GAGDET very unique you can install it in the gadget side bar and play them offline as well.

    Nice Post


    • Zack Young
      December 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm

      Super Mario Sucks.

  11. matthew corgan
    September 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I use to play Duck Hunt and Mario Bros. at

    They always have games there. I enjoy those websites as well. Long Live Nes.

  12. ltronic
    August 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Try for genesis games

  13. ltronic
    August 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Give Classix Games a shot too :

    Play Sega Genesis/Master System/Game Gear, Nintendo NES/GameBoy/GameBoy Color, TurboGrafx 16 games online.

    SNES going to be added in October, polishing the emulator :)

  14. cody
    August 20, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    hey what is that old game where u start off with two balls bouncing around in a square box and then you use your mouse and click and it sends a red line up and a blue like down and splits the room in half. and you keep doing it until the balls are in seperate boxes and there small. and each level has another ball...? anyone??

    • sarah
      October 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm


      thats what it was called!!

  15. Erika
    July 1, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Cool post.

    I'm looking for a game that was on the old Macs around 1988 or so. Can't remember the name! You started out with one open square and a field of black, and you are a tank. You used the arrow keys to move in any direction. You gained territory, found more tanks, I think you traded tanks in for planes, ships, etc. It was kind of a world conquest theme, but very simple. It was so fun!

    If anyone knows how I could find a PC version of this game, I'd be grateful forever!

  16. 800HighTech
    June 26, 2008 at 5:50 am

    Great post, I'm sure many people who read this article clicked straight on over to one of numerous sites to start playing old school games!

    I know I did!

  17. AskTheAdmin | Karl Gechlik
    June 25, 2008 at 7:21 am

    What a small world! I found and posted this yesterday as well:

    I have been hooked playing all the Super Mario Brothers Since!!

    The destination site is in Spanish but the post describes how to get your game on!

  18. Gunnar andreassen
    June 25, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Wow, just the joystick on top of this was a flashback for me. Fun stuff! :-)

    • hyu
      November 9, 2008 at 10:08 pm

      Hey what's up. How do I use a joystick to play old school games like mario?

  19. colton
    June 25, 2008 at 3:15 am > & imo

  20. tyler
    June 25, 2008 at 2:29 am

    nice reference to Bad Dudes... which I owned in arcade form for a short, sweet time.

  21. Michael
    June 25, 2008 at 7:26 am

    thanks for sharing those links. i learned about firenes some days ago. it's a free firefox plug-in you can download here:
    play over 2500 nes games in your browser. a java vm needs to be installed tho.

  22. John thomas
    June 25, 2008 at 6:00 am

    Wow, its cool to see old games becoming popular again but I have used emulators and ROMs for years to keep the old games alive.


  23. kiran
    June 25, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Playing old games again....Its a very fun.


  24. d3wd
    June 25, 2008 at 3:48 am

    This one took a lot of my time; a browser version of Lemmings:

  25. Lee Mathews
    June 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    We can't be all business all the time, can we? I mean, half the fun of being a tech is being able to multitask something pointless like old Konami games while you polish off your code!

  26. Travis Quinnelly
    June 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    You're taking us way back here Lee!

    • Mark O'Neill
      June 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm

      yeah and he's totally wrecking my productivity! I am totally stuck on playing "Commando" on the Commodore site and I can't stop! Thanks a bunch Mr Mathews! :-)

  27. Lee Mathews
    June 24, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I would've finished this post a lot sooner, but I caught scurvy and lost three days. Now if he would just get his hands on "Car Builder" I'd be all set!

  28. Mark O'Neill
    June 24, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Oh man, this REALLY takes me back! Our first family computer was also a brown Commodore 64! My favourite game was a strategy game where we were in command of a old fashioned sailing ship and we had to fight enemy ships and take promotion tests to get to the next rank. I loved that game but I can't remember the title of it. Maybe if I visit that Commodore 64 site, it might be there....

    • Friendly C64
      June 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm

      That games was "Ship of the Line" I believe.