7 Sites To Find The Best Classic DOS Games

Nancy Messieh 20-09-2010

A while back Matt wrote an article on how to run DOS applications Run DOS Applications Through A GUI Interface With DOSShell Read More on your Windows machine. What better way is there to make use of that than to load up the old classic DOS games that we loved playing growing up?  They may seem outdated, but a classic is still a classic.


There are hundreds of old games with cheesy sound effects and questionable graphics that will make you wonder how you ever played them as a kid – but you’ll probably find yourself diving in headfirst into the ultimate memory lane in all of geekdom.

Mac users can also get in on the fun using the free app, Boxer. The free application uses a simple drag and drop approach to install and play games on your Mac.

Abandonware Games

Abandonware Games has a large selection of DOS games available for download. The categories included are action, racing, RPG and strategy games. With just over 700 games to choose from, you’re bound to find some of your favourites on this site. You can also search the site by game title or keyword. Each game is accompanied by a wealth of information from the year of release to the types of visuals, to how many times it has been downloaded.

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DOS Games

After Abandonware Games, DOS Games has one of the biggest collections with over 500 games and counting in its database. The updates are spaced out, but every now and then, a bunch of new games are added. Browse the games by genre, or simply browse the entire list and see what catches your eye.


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Free Game Downloads

The design and graphics on the site, Free Game Downloads are about as exciting as the graphics of a DOS game. But their massive collection of games, and easy to navigate categories, make up for a pretty dull design. They also have a list of Atari games available for download.

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Free Classic DOS Games

Free Classic DOS Games has a list of about 200 games. Each game is accompanied by a review, description and screenshots, and most importantly, a download link. Search the site for your favourites or go through the entries one by one.


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RGB Classic Games

RGB Classic Games is another great repository with a huge combination of classics, previously unreleased games, and even a few “modern” DOS games. Browse the games by category, search the database, or chat with other DOS gamers in the forums.

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Free Game Empire

Free Game Empire offers a method of playing DOS games in your browser – but you do still need to download a couple of things. The site provides an easy-to-use emulator and, while you download the game to your computer, the game play takes place in your browser. Only Firefox and Internet Explorer are supported by the site.


Of course you only have to download the game the first time, after which you can return to the site and play it any time. The emulator can be uninstalled from your control panel. Mac and Linux users are out of luck as the site only works with Windows.

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If you’d rather not download anything at all to your computer, you can play some classic DOS games online at Play.VG. Forget tennis on the Wii, when you can be playing a pixelated game of tennis using nothing more than your arrow keys and spacebar – we were so easy to please back then. Other classics include Pacman and Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Also be sure to check out Simon’s article 5 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games for Free Want to try downloading some old PC games for free? Here are the sites where you can find the best games of old, free to download. Read More on 4 other great resources for free DOS games.

What are your favourite DOS games on these sites? Let us know in the comments.

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    • Aibek
      October 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm

      the first link doesn't work for me

  2. Anonymous
    September 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Could not get one application to run on Vista using Dosshell, thinks I will stick to stand alone Dosbox.

  3. Andre1973
    September 25, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Does anyone know of any site that has old Commodore 64 games and how to play them on a PC?

  4. jebatking
    September 25, 2010 at 3:00 am

    wow..i never thought i could came across this particular DOS game again...thanks really did help make comparison to the newer version of this day games...old but gold..keep it up..

  5. Saikat Basu
    September 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

    This one is pretty cool too -

  6. Saikat Basu
    September 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

    This one is pretty cool too -

  7. Peces
    September 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm
  8. Peces
    September 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    • nm
      September 25, 2010 at 7:03 am

      Yep Abandonia is one of the sites Simon had recommended in his article that's linked to - you should check it out to see a few other sites you might like.

  9. JAHGoVeg
    September 22, 2010 at 4:17 am
  10. JAHGoVeg
    September 22, 2010 at 4:16 am

    HOW In the heck could you forget The Old lol

  11. JAHGoVeg
    September 22, 2010 at 2:16 am

    HOW In the heck could you forget The Old lol

    • JAHGoVeg
      September 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

  12. Zlak
    September 21, 2010 at 10:38 am
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    September 21, 2010 at 8:38 am
  14. Doc
    September 21, 2010 at 3:25 am ("Free Game Downloads," the 3rd one down) has NOT been free for a LONG time. From their site: "We're sorry but because of increasing service maintaining costs we had to introduce paid subscription to our service. We offer two simple plans - either pay only $5.95 to use our download service without any limitations for 1 day, or for $8.95 you get unlimited downloads for the whole month! We hope this measure is sufferable for you - it costs you almost nothing and it really saves our site. If you really can't afford it, then we are very sorry, but there is no other way if we want to keep our site up. Thank you." NOT free.

    • nm
      September 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out Doc - sorry about that.

  15. Jhardman
    September 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    NetHack and Empire are always going to be playable games simply because they are fun strategy games.

  16. Tech Maish
    September 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Nice Collection.Going to check now.