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5 Great No-Fuss Sites for Finding Classic Computer Games

You could sit there at your desk pretending to work all day or you could play some of your favorite old-school computer games instead.

Actually, pro tip: a lot of these sites contain old adventure games that require you to do a lot of typing. And typing sounds just like work. You’re now pretending to work by playing old-school computer games. Everyone wins! Except your company, but it’s not like you’re employee of the year anyway.

Let’s move on. Here are five sites that remind us all of simpler times.

The “GOG” in stands for good old games, and the site delivers. With more than 700 retro titles, you’re bound to feel the warm tickle of nostalgia coursing through your now-withered veins. This site is your childhood, in web form. And now you have money.

Games generally run between $5 and $20 or so, depending upon their popularity and year of release. Everything you buy is kept in a library you can access whenever you like, and games can be easily downloaded and installed on any of your computers.


Like, Steam’s classic games section sports a bunch of blasts from the past. Keep an eye out for sales, as they happen often: Some games can dip as low as a few bucks, while collectors editions and multi-packs can run upwards of $30 in some cases. You’ll need to download and install the Steam app in order to access your games, too, but they’ll all be there waiting for you when you’re ready to play.

The half hour I spent playing Zork while researching this piece? Not the worst half hour of my life. I forgot how hard it is to try to retain a mental map, though. That’s the challenge of text-based games where your imagination processes all the graphics. houses just shy of 20 old-timey text-based adventure games, all playable right from within your browser.

Speaking of browser-based adventure games, if you ever got hooked on Sierra games as a kid (like I did, repeatedly), is a must-visit site. It’s home to seven versions of classic Sierra games (King’s Quest I to III, Police Quest, Space Quest I and II, and more), all of which are playable from within your browser. You can create save points and everything, and the kicker is that you can see other people’s characters wandering around if a bunch of you are playing the same game at the same time.

AGD Interactive

If you can’t get enough Sierra (obviously I can’t) but you wonder what some of your favorites would feel like as more modern-day reboots, you should absolutely check out AGD Interactive’s site. This game studio has painstakingly recreated the first three King’s Quest games and the second Quest for Glory game — with completely overhauled graphics, music and all-new voice tracks. They’re all free, too, which is insane.

Bonus Level

If you’ve somehow managed to play your way through the five sites mentioned above, make sure to also check out Abandonia. The site houses almost 1,400 old-school titles, some of which are available to download if they’ve been deemed “abandoned” by their creators, and others that contain links to where you can purchase them. Even if you don’t play a single game, the site itself is a blast, with screenshots and writeups of all the old classics.

If you do decide to get your hands dirty by downloading some old titles, you’ll need to use emulation software to run them. In that case, the gold standard for most old games is DOSBox. If you’ve never used DOS, DOSBox can get a little tricky but it’s worth learning — see a good how-to here. It’s an excellent life skill to have, like knowing how to golf or being able to French-roll your jeans. I don’t have to tell you that the conversation at every dinner party invariably ends up being about DOSBox once everyone gets a few drinks in them, so you might as well know what you’re talking about.

And if you really want to do some digging, the Internet Archive has a collection of more than 5,700 classic games, many available for download or playable in-browser. It’s a lot to wade through, but there are some real gems if you’re patient.

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5 Sites Where You Can Download Old PC Games for Free

By Gavin Phillips


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.

Modern gamers have an unrivaled bounty of free games. Many of the most popular online games use the free-to-play model to entice users. There are free games on Steam, in your browser, and on your smartphone.

However, you don't always want the latest AAA title or free battle royale. You want to scratch the nostalgia itch. Luckily, there are a host of websites dedicated to precisely this. Here are the best sites where you can download old PC games for free.

1. 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. (What is abandonware, anyway?)

Abandonia was founded in 1999 when the concept of abandonware was merely two years old. After a few inactive years, Abandonia blossomed into one of the leading sites where you can download your favorite old games. At the time of writing, Abandonia features over 1,100 downloadable games with over 800,000 members.

Abandonia gives each game a thorough review, screenshots, and an editor and 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 old gaming needs.

2. 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. (It cuts off at 2002, meaning you can grab all-time greats Sid Meier's SimGolf and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds!)

Abandonware Dos is a very active site, too. Each title comes with a 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 aid your search for the best old games to download.

What I 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 These are found on the direct game page, as well as featured titles on the site homepage.

Once you start building your abandonware library, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of each title you have. If that sounds like you, check out these video game launchers that let you add the titles you want to play.

3. 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.

You can search for games using genre and operating system, as well as the company name, legal status, year released, and interestingly, video mode. Furthermore, testament to the mission of RGB Classic Games, 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.

Of course, some of the best old games are not abandonware. Check out the best old games still worth playing for another trip down nostalgia avenue.

4. My Abandonware

My Abandonware is a great place to download old PC games, plus some of the more recent additions to the abandonware list, too.

You'll find listings for over 15,000 titles, including "some very rare titles found in the deep web," as well as "some sent by our awesome visitors." The small team running My Abandonware actively maintains the site, making updates and improvements, plus adding new content.

One of the best My Abandonware features is the range of search options. You can work through the massive catalog of games using names, year of publication, the game platform, genre, the theme of the game, publisher, and even a specific developer. The developer option is great because if you find a game you like, you can also explore other titles from the same development team.

5. Games Nostalgia

Our trip through your childhood ends with Games Nostalgia. Games Nostalgia features hundreds of amazing games that hit the market between 1985 and 1995. The Games Nostalgia site is easy to use, allowing you to peruse games by genres, tags, new arrivals, popularity, and more.

Games Nostalgia also goes the extra mile by packaging each game in its own emulator, available for both Windows (and in many cases, macOS, too). In that, Games Nostalgia removes any additional steps to playing your favorite old games. Just download, unzip, and start playing!

Honorable Mention: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving one of the core tenets of the internet: 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. A year later in 2015, The Internet Archive announced it would preserve over 2,300 classic DOS 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.

What Are the Best Old PC Games?

There are a lot of fantastic old PC games. The problem is finding time to play them all. Retro gaming and abandonware titles keep the old gems alive and kicking. Part of the resurgence is the ease with which you can play and download old PC games.

Why not take a look at how you can play classic PC games on your Raspberry Pi using DOSBox or other ways to play retro games on your PC legally.


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Welcome to Classic Games Arcade

Classic Games Arcade is a 100% free online arcade games website. We aim to bring you the best classic arcade games which you can add to your blog or website and share with your friends. We have loads of retro games from mario, galga, metal slug, sonic, street fighter 2 to pac man. All the old arcade games on this site are proven console and arcade classics. We've added a web classics section as we feel that there are some insanley popular internet classic flash games that you should have a go at playing.


Pac Man Classic Arcade Flash Game Pac Man Classic Arcade Flash Game
Play pacman the classic game for free here. Pac man was a landmark in arcade games, it created mass media coverage and became a huge success in the usa. It's success is mainly down to its simplicity, gameplay and creating a new genre. At the time only spaceship shooters existed and some sports games(like pong).
Classic Street Fighter 2 Flash Game Classic Street Fighter 2 Flash Game
Classic Street Fighter 2 flash Game. Play as ryu to beat sagat. Play Steet Fighter 2 for free here. Street Fighter 2 was a massive hit in arcades across the world.
Contra Contra
Contra the classic game made famous by the nes and arcades. In contra you play soldiers and you have to shoot the aliens and crazy soldiers. With the name Gryzor, Contra was born in 1987 in Japanese arcades.
Final Fight Final Fight
Free playable final fight game. Play as guy to rescue his girl. The story of Final Fight is mainly about the rescue of the Mayor's daughter. Final fight was meant to be street fighter 89 but got made into final fight when Capcom decided to make street fighter 2 instead.
Mega Man Project X Mega Man Project X
Play this classic flash mega man game remake Mega Man Project X.
Kung Fu Remix Kung Fu Remix
Kung Fu Remix classic game. A remake of the NES classic.
Double Dragon Double Dragon
Play this remake inspired by Double Dragon the classic 1987 beat 'em up video game. This is inspired by a hand held version of the game. The game follows the story of Billy and Jimmy Lee, twin brothers who take on the Black Warriors gang in order to rescue Marian.
Commando Commando
Remake of the commando game for the Commodore 64. Ported by Tav.
King of fighters King of fighters
King of fighters beat em up classic arcade game. The aim is to beat up your opponent.
Megaman polarity flash game Megaman polarity flash game
Megaman polarity flash game remake. Mega Man is known as Rockman in Japan. Mega Man was created and modified by Dr. Light to combat Wily and made famous by the NES/SNES.
Final Fight 2 Final Fight 2
Play Final Fight 2 as Guy or Haggar in this epic side-scrolling beat-em up flash game.
The King of Dragons The King of Dragons
Play The King of Dragons a early 1990s side-scrolling classic video game. In the game you can choose to play as an (wizard, elf, fighter, cleric or dwarf) in order to travel through the kingdom of Malus and defeat the monsters and their leader.
Metal Slug Zombie Game Metal Slug Zombie Game
See how long you can survive against the zombie hoarde in this Metal Slug Zombie flash game.
Rick Dangerous Amiga Atari ST Rick Dangerous Amiga Atari ST
Rick Dangerous is the classic Amiga Atari ST game.
Dynasty Wars Dynasty Wars
Dynasty Wars, known as Tenchi wo Kurau (天地を喰らう) in Japan, is a 1980s beat em up retro arcade game. In the game you act as the hero in three kingdoms of ancient China. It was one of the first games to let you choose a character.
Ruff Ruff 'n' Tumble
Ruff n Tumble is a classic Commodore Amiga game. In this flash remake of the game you play different bosses from other games. Unfortunately Ruff n Tumble never got the recognition it aimed for, but remains a favourite for many Amiga fans.


Ms Pac Man Ms Pac Man
Ms Pac Man is an arcade game produced by Midway as a sequel to Pac-Man. It contains a different maze to the normal pac man game.
Tetris Arcade Game Tetris Arcade Game
Tetris Arcade Game. The object of Tetris is simply to rotate the various shaped falling blocks to form an horizontal line without there being any gaps.
Puzzle bobble Puzzle bobble
The classic puzzle bobble arcade game. Play as Bub and Bob to connect 4 bubbles of the same colour to burst them before time runs out. Puzzle bobble is also known as bust a move in the usa as sometimes in europe. Puzzle bobble was released in 1994.
Flappy Bird Flappy Bird
Fly the flappy bird to get through the green tubes for points. Press space key to flap the bird during the flash game. Please buy the game for your mobile phone from the Apple app store or Google play store.
Arkanoid Arkanoid
Play this Arkanoid flash arcade game. Arkanoid is a game similar to break out where you move the paddle to hit the ball.
Burger Time Burger Time
Released in 1982 as an arcade game, you play chef Peter Pepper and you must run over the burger parts to make a burger.
Prince of Persia Prince of Persia
Prince of persia free online game. Prince of persia is famous for its leap forward in its state of the art animation.
Solitaire Solitaire
Play Solitaire (AKA Patience) the classic card game by organizing the cards by suite.
Ping Pong Arcade Game Ping Pong Arcade Game
Ping Pong (table tennis) has been played on many home consoles and arcades. It's regarded as the first popular arcade and home console game. Ping Pong is based on table tennis. Latter games such as Arkanoid were based on the concept of table tennis.
Bomb Jack Bomb Jack
Play this Bomb Jack Arcade Game. Get the bombs avoiding the baddies.
Chuckie Egg Chuckie Egg
A classic flash remake of the Chuckie Egg game that was popular on the BBC Micro computers, ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Atari, Amstrad and Acorn. Before a countdown timer reaches zero you must collect the twelve eggs positioned in each level. Eat the piles of seed to slow down the timer and get points.
Angry Birds Angry Birds
Angry Birds is one of the most successful mobile phone games of all time. It sprang to popularity on the iphone selling more than 12 million copies and then spread to many other phones, consoles and computers. Play this game inspired by Angry Birds for free in flash at Classic Games Arcade.
Bomberman Bomberman
Bomberman classic arcade game and made famous on the nintendo. Play as bomberman to drop bombs trapping your opponent.
Mahjongg Mahjongg
Play mahjongg the classic puzzle game.
Tic Tac Toe Tic Tac Toe
Tic Tac Toe or noughts and crosses. Get three in a line and you win.
Curve Ball Curve Ball
Curve ball is a 3d style pong game.
Chopper Drop Chopper Drop
Chopper Drop was a game that has appeared on many home computers, consoles and hand held computers. It has taken many different names but the aim was always the same drop the bombs to destroy the buildings.
Chess Chess
Play chess the classic board game online for free at Classic Games Arcade. Chess has been around for some 1500 years. Computerized chess came about in the 1970s and this is when computer chess games started to appear. Chess has been released on many consoles.
Tron Game Tron Game
Tron was a movie in 1982 by Disney that was moderately successful at the box office it was about a programmer that gets sucked into his computer and it's electronic world. The film was centered on a game where the players had to cut each other off using motor bikes that left a line behind them.
The game was also released with the film and you can play a similar tron game made in flash below.
Minesweeper Minesweeper
Play the classic minesweeper puzzle game. Pick the plots where there are no mines to win.
Checkers Checkers
The classic checkers board game. The aim is to jump over the computers checkers.
Snake puzzle game Snake puzzle game
Snake puzzle game control the snake, guide the snake around the playing area whilst avoiding the walls and hitting it's own tail. Snake is popular on the a range of mobile phones.
Bubble Bobble 2 Bubble Bobble 2
Bubble bobble 2 is the follow on from bubble bobble. You play bub and bob and your aim is to catch the monsters in the bubbles you fire and then burst them.
Poker Poker
Play the classic poker game for free. Poker has been available on many consoles and computer systems throughout the years. No money needed to play. Click the Bet 1 text to start.
Sudoku Sudoku
Play Sudoku The classic puzzle Game at Classic Games Arcade. The objective is to fill a 9 by 9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3 by 3 sub-grids that compose the grid contains all of the digits from 1 to 9.
Simon Simon
Play the Simon memory game here for free. Simon is a memory game that uses colors and sounds to help you remember patterns. Atari released a handheld version of simon in 1978.
Gyroball & Marble Madness Gyroball & Marble Madness
Marble madness arcade classic game. Get the marble into the hole without going off the side of the map. Also known as gyroball.
Connect4 Connect4
The classic connect 4 board game playable online in flash. Connect 4 of your pieces to win the game either in a line or diagonal.
Jet Set Willy Jet Set Willy
Jet set willy flash game playable online. Jet Set Willy was released for the zx Spectrum in 1984. Story: Jet Set Willy has had a party and needs to tidy up his house to gain access to his bedroom to get some sleep.
Nebulus Frog Tower Game Nebulus Frog Tower Game
Guide Nebulus the frog around the tower in this classic amiga puzzle type game. Play Nebulus online for free.
Fire Man Incoming Storm Fire Man Incoming Storm
Play Fire Man Incoming Storm the 8 bit style platform game which is very similar to megaman.
Bomb Jack 2 Bomb Jack 2
Play Bomb Jack 2, a flash remake of the classic puzzle game. Collect the bombs and avoid the bad guys. Get the fused bomb first.
The Great Giana Sisters The Great Giana Sisters
The Great Giana Sisters was released on the commodore 64, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST and MSX2 but was pulled off the shelves allegedly due to Nintendo putting pressure on the publisher to pull the game off shelves because of its similarities to Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers. This led to the game becoming rare and a valuable collectors item.
The Lost Vikings The Lost Vikings
You play as three Vikings get kidnapped by Tomator, emperor of the alien Croutonian empire, for an inter-galactic zoo and become lost in different periods of time. You can control only one at the time, and each one has its special ability. Using their abilities you will need to solve puzzles. See the game history tab for each of the special abilities.
Cyberbox Cyberbox
Cyberbox is a classic DOS PC game. The aim is to get to the exit by moving boxes out of the way and solving a puzzle. For instructions on how to play see controls.

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TOP 10 FREE Browser GAMES - 2021 - NO DOWNLOAD

For the holiday weekend, we wanted to provide you with some more ways to have fun. The following sites allow you to play and download classic and retro games, such as DOS games, classic adventure games, and old console games.

Anonymous Game Developers (AGD) Interactive

AGD Interactive is a game development group that has committed to bringing back classic adventure gaming by remaking the classic Sierra On-Line adventure games, such as King’s Quest. They’ve remastered them with enhanced graphics, polished voice acting, and more, and now offer them as free downloads.

They also have a commercial adventure games company called Himalaya Studios.


VirtualNES offers hundreds of vintage Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games you can play online. They also offer some special games, such as unlicensed games by enterprising developers, unreleased games that were left unfinished, and excellent homemade games by people who love video games and decided to make their own. The NES brought home console gaming back to life when it came out. offers hundreds of classic 8-bit Nintendo games from the eighties and early nineties available for online play. It’s a link site that does not actually host any ROMs. All games linked to on the site are assumed to be “abandonware or copyleft.” The games use the vNES emulator from the VirtualNES site mentioned above.

They also have some sister sites that offer other classic console games you can play online.

  • Snessy (SNES games)
  • c64i (Commodore 64 games)
  • DOSDose (DOS games)
  • MasterSystem8 (SEGA games)
  • GBemul (Gameboy games)


DOSBox offers a full DOS environment that runs ancient DOS apps on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other UNIX-like operating systems. It emulates an Intel x86 PC, with sound, graphics, mouse, joystick, etc. necessary for running many old DOS games that can’t be run on modern operating systems.

They also offer frontends to DOSBox, such as D-Fend Reloaded (discussed below), to make it easier to use DOSBox.

See our article for more information on using DOSBox.

D-Fend Reloaded

D-Fend Reloaded is a graphical environment, or frontend, for DOSBox. The installation and configuration of DOSBox can be complicated. The D-Fend Reloaded installation package includes DOSBox, so there is only one installation to be run. You do not have to install DOSBox manually first before installing D-Fend Reloaded.

The download page also has links to available games. You can also download PacPC, Ms. PacPC, and PC-Bert, which are clones of PacMan, Ms. PacMan, and Q-Bert.

For more information about installing and using D-Fend Reloaded, see our article about it.

MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator)

MAME is a non-profit project whose purpose is to preserve many historical arcade games so they don’t disappear once the hardware on which they run stops working. In order to play games on MAME, you must provide the original ROMs, CDs, or hard disks from the arcade machines. There is no original game code inside the MAME executable.

There are also frontends to MAME (available at the link above) that make it easier to use, or you can use MAMEUI, which is a desktop-oriented GUI front-end for MAME. See our article about playing classic arcade games on your PC for more information about MAME and MAMEUI.

Some game developers have released some of their games for free, which you can download from the MAME developer site.


Abandonia offers downloadable, classic abandonware games for DOS. Abandonware games are discontinued game programs for which no product support is available and whose copyright ownership has expired.

Most games on the site have a review, screenshots, an editor rating, and a user rating. Browse and download old PC games by name, year, rating, and category.

Abandonware DOS

Abandonware Games offers a large selection of abandonware DOS games that are no longer supported by anyone. You can download games in categories such as action, racing, RPG, and strategy. Most games have a star rating, status (freeware, shareware, etc.), screenshots, and facts and trivia about the game.

Classic Arcade Games

Classic Arcade Games offers free online arcade games you can play online or even add to your own website or blog. They have a lot of retro games such as Super Mario World, Galaga, PacMan, Donkey Kong Classic, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Free Classic DOS Games offers about 200 free games, most of which are accompanied by a review, description, screenshots, and a download link. The types of games available include action, adventure, arcade, role playing, shoot-em’ up, and strategy. You can browse through each category one by one or use the search feature to find a specific game.

RGB Classic Games

RGB Classic Games offers a large combination of classic games, previously unreleased games, and even a few “modern” DOS games. RGB Classic Games is “devoted to preserving classic games for defunct PC operating systems (DOS, CP/M-86, OS/2, Win16, Win9x) and making it easy to play them on modern computers.”

Almost all the games on RGB Classic Games were originally distributed commercially, except for a few shareware games that were extremely good. RGB Classic Games concentrate on quality, not quantity and they also attempt to include every version of each game listed on the site.

From the site: “The highest ideals of this site are to support the authors by providing links to their web sites and ordering information for the full versions of games that are still sold, and to encourage the authors of classic games to preserve their games for future generations by making them available for sale or as freeware. If you enjoy a shareware game, please consider buying it from the author.”

All the games on RGB Classic Games are “freely distributable because they are shareware, freeware, or because the copyright holder has officially and legally released all rights to the public domain (abandonware).”

DOS Games Archive

DOS Games Archive offer an archive of 275 DOS games from the eighties and nineties that can be downloaded for free. They are shareware, freeware, playable demos, and full versions of games that are released as freeware or into the public domain.

Free Game Empire

Free Game Empire offers classic games you play directly in your Firefox or Internet Explorer browser. The in-browser emulator is powered by DOSBox. They also have many forums dedicated to discussion of the games, a blog, and a My Games section, where you can log in and find all your active games. They also offer some old games for purchase that are still being sold for reasonable prices.

You do have to download each game to your computer, but game play takes place in your browser. Each game only has to be downloaded once. After that, you can return to the site and play it any time. The emulator can be uninstalled from within the Control Panel. The games on Free Game Empire can only be played in Windows. offers classic DOS games you can play online, such as PacMan and Sonic the Hedgehog, without downloading anything to your computer. Simply use your arrow keys and spacebar to play games like Zork, Asteroids, and Tetris.

Abandonware at Free Game Downloads

Free Game Downloads offers a large collection of free abandonware games. Their site is not very exciting to look at, but it’s easy to navigate through the categories and search for specific games. Their list of games also includes some remade versions of classic Atari games.

Remain In Play

Remain in Play offers commercial DOS and non-DOS games that were deliberately released as freeware. They have plenty of new and old games for download. You can sort the games by name, genre, OS, and even game data type. If you want to search by rating, refer to their list of Top 10 Games in the left sidebar. offers free classic games in Flash format, such as RetroMash, Warning Foregone, and Alley Fighter. They update their list of fresh, free games daily. You can also browse through other games you can play online, games available for download, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) games, and Multiplayer games.

Free Classic Games at Online Flash Games

Online Flash Games offers classic games for free in their classic/retro category, such as break-out games, Tetris games, Mario games, Sonic games, Arkanoid games, and Invader games. You can also find Flash remakes of old consoles, or platforms, such as Commodore 64.


Online-Games-Zone offers free classic games, retro games, and old-school games for playing online, such as Tetris and PacMan. The thumbnails of the games in the middle of the page are not listed alphabetically. However, you can find an alphabetical list on the left side.

All the Oldies

All the Oldies offers free classic games found all over the web that you can play online. All the games, except for multiplayer games, require no registration. They are of high quality and are always free.


GamezArena offers a collection of free online classic games, such as Ludo, Connect 4, Solitaire, and Battleship. You can also license or purchase these games if you want to add them to your website.

Free Classic 80’s Arcade Games

Free Classic 80’s Arcade Games offers classic 1980’s Atari 2600, Nintendo (NES), Intellivision, and Colecovision games and even the Pong Game Console game for playing online. They also have Shockwave, Flash, and Java games and classic DOS games. offers a collection of classic games you can play online, such as Monopoly, Chess, and Cribbage. You can register for free so you can enter daily for chances to win prizes and earn tokens that you can keep and redeem for fun gifts. Join Club Pogo to gain access to premium classic games and to play games ad-free. Club Pogo also allows you to download more games on the download page.  Until September 10, 2012, you can join Club Pogo for $29.99 per year, which is $10 off the normal price.

You can also browse their collection of free games. offers 100% DRM-free games for sale, a lot of which are less than $20. Once you buy a game, you own it. There are no limits on how often you can download your games off the cloud. You can also install them on as many PCs as you want and back them up without limits. They also bundle exclusive content as free bonus downloads.

When you sign up, you receive 9 PC classic games for free, including Beneath a Steel Sky and Ultima IV, so you can try out before buying any games.

Wikipedia’s List of Commercial Video Games Released as Freeware

Wikipedia has a list of commercial video games released as freeware. These games were not freeware when originally released, but were re-released at a later date with a freeware license, sometimes as publicity for a forthcoming sequel or compilation release. The list is kept fairly up-to-date.

There is also a list of games originally released as freeware. For a list of FOSS (free and open-source software) or FLOSS (free/libre/open source software) games, see the list of open source video games on Wikipedia.

In addition to our article about playing classic arcade games on your PC, mentioned earlier, we’ve also covered how to play retro video games on your PC. You can also learn how to use your Nintendo DS to play old NES, Gameboy, and even arcade games.

Also, learn fun video game trivia at “Did You Know Gaming?”. For reviews of games, interviews, features, previews, cheats, and forums, see Adventure Classic Gaming. There’s even a site that allows you to play word search games online.

Have fun!


Game websites classic

Retro gaming consoles such as the SNES, Sega Genesis, and Playstation were the staples of video gaming long ago. You may remember owning one or two of these consoles and playing the popular games of that era. Revisiting that nostalgia can be a great experience, and it’s possible to do so right now, online, directly in your browser for free. 

Although you may not be able to find every game you played when you were younger, there exist huge libraries of retro games on many websites. On them, you can play games without having to go through the often confusing process of downloading an emulator and ROMs. Simply find the games you want to play, and get started right away. 

Here are the best websites for you to play retro games online. 

1. Old Gameshelf

Miss the days of the NES, 8-bit pixel graphics? Gameshelf has plenty of them available for you to play right now. Once you find a game you want to play on the site, you can play it in a small window or choose full-screen to play the game in all its pixelated glory. 

On the game’s page, you’ll find control instructions, which you can change as you wish. You can also connect a controller if you want to play that way. In the window of the game itself, you have plenty of game options, including the ability to save your game so you can come back to play later, right where you left off. 

This site is amazing for NES games, with fast FPS rates, and a simple layout, making it easy to find and play your favorite classic games. 

2. Retro Games

This site is amazing for finding old games and has games for multiple consoles, such as the SNES, Gameboy, Sega Genesis, and more. Tons of old favorites live on at this site, which is also very sparse of advertisements unlike a lot of other online retro game sites. 

On each game’s page, you can find the controls (which are customizable), tons of info on the game from Wikipedia, original game manuals, as well as the file for the game to download if you wish. This is an amazing site for playing old games with the amount of content available, and the clean layout that makes it easy to play the games. 

You can also choose from multiple different online emulators to find the one that works the best for each game. If you want to get your nostalgic gaming fix, this site is definitely one of the first you should check out. 

3. Classic Reload 

Are you a big fan of old DOS or Commodore 64 computer games? This site has a huge library of all the best games from this era, from the early 80s all the way through the 90s. There are multiple other classic platforms available on this site as well such as Windows 3.x, Sega Genesis, and arcade games. 

With each game, you have the ability to play in full screen, which really makes it feel like you’re playing on one of these old systems. You use the keyboard to play, or you can connect a controller as well. The games themselves play very well within a browser and provide a great way to spend some time with your favorite retro video games. 

4. Emulator Games Online

With a huge library of games available, you may have a hard time choosing which game to play here. Their library includes Nintendo games that are otherwise very difficult to find a way to play online, such as Pokemon and Zelda games. 

Each game page has customizable controls, information on the game, as well as options to full screen, save and load your games, or change some display settings. The vast library alone, with games that are actually available to play online, makes this site worth visiting. But, despite some advertisements (which you can easily get around with ad-blockers or full-screening your game), it’s set up very well and makes playing retro games easy and enjoyable. 

5. Play Classic Games

This website is very modern and sleek, and it has a library of tons of the best retro games. You can find games from nearly every classic console, including the SNES, Gameboy, Atari, and more. 

Each game has a large in-browser window, or you can opt to full-screen your game. Unfortunately, they leave you a bit in the dark as far as controls go, but a little experimenting on the keyboard will help you figure it out. It’s a small price to pay for all the great games available, and the games play incredibly well and fast. 

6. My Emulator Online

My Emulator Online has a large selection of old games to play, even including Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS games. All the games use a browser-based emulator like the other entries in this list, meaning you can connect a controller and save/load your game. The games on this site work really well, with minor lag compared to what you might get from other browser-based emulator sites. 

There is also a larger library here than many other sites and it includes plenty of popular Nintendo titles. There’s no limit to the number of games you can play, so make sure you have plenty of time on your hands before you get on this site! 

Playing Retro Games Online

The sites above are decidedly the best for finding and playing your favorite classic games. Since they don’t use Flash, you don’t have to worry about them not being available in the future. With the browser-based emulators that are used on these sites, it takes the work out of downloading and setting them up yourself. 

What are some of your favorite old-school video games? Let us know in the comments. 

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Over 6000+ DOS/Windows and Console games preserved for future generations.

ClassicReloadwas setup for preservation of 6,000+ old retro abandonware games and abandoned OS/interfaces that you can play DOS games onlineright in your web browser for education and research purposes. There is just something magical about the old DOS games that just brings back memories and takes many of us back to our childhood or a time when things were simpler and just as much fun without all the animation that is the standard these days. These games were from a time when there were so many different types of PC's on the market that all had different hardware. You will notice that many of the games will let you change sounds cards, graphics cards etc. There was so much change in the 80’s and 90’s with DOS games and many seem to be all but forgotten, but we have them here! (If there is a game missing shoot us a message and we’ll put it up.) This website was not only setup to try to preserve these games, but also to make them playable for free on modern desktop computers, tablets and phones. Before you get started make sure that you are using the latest Google Chromeor Mozilla Firefox.


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Retro gaming is such a big deal that the UK’s postal service, the Royal Mail, has unveiled a stamp collection to acknowledge the classic titles designed in the UK in the 1980s and 90s. I’ll be reviewing them after they come out next week.

The love of classic gaming is a global interest and people all over the world want to be able to play the titles they adored in their youth. As some gaming systems start failing or become harder to get hold of, people obviously turn online to play games. Let’s look at a few options to satisfy your online gaming hunger.

Classic card games
It’s not just video games we’re talking about in this post. The first stop for online gaming for many people is often classic card games. You can’t get more retro or old school than that. We all love a bit of Solitaire for example, don’t we?

But if you’re a fan of casino card games then there are obviously lots of online gaming sites to choose from with games like Poker, Blackjack and the aforementioned Solitaire. But while you might be able to use card-counting in Blackjack, if you’re mathematically inclined, don’t be suckered in by software that offers card-counting for Poker – it’s likely it will be a scam. However, you can read more about how to apply some of the principles of card-counting to Poker – if you change its definition.

For many people it’s video games that they want to play online. One of the first sites you’ll find when searching for a games “emulator” is Emulator.Online, and with good reason – it has many of the best retro games consoles playable, along with some of the most popular titles ever released. The systems on Emulator.Online’s list includes:  

  • Super Nintendo
  • SEGA Genesis
  • Game Boy
  • NES

This means you can get your fill of Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Zelda and many more great games series. Emulator.Online also has a useful recommendation engine, meaning you can play some games you may have completely forgotten about or perhaps even ones you’ve never played before.

Classic games don’t begin with Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog of course – before either of those franchises were released there were a number of great arcade games and Free80sArcade allows you to play some of the best ones. There’s a massive list of arcade games that you can play using Free80sArcade including the following classics:

  • Space Invaders
  • Asteroids
  • Donkey Kong
  • Pac-Man
  • Galaga

Free80sArcade even has Sonic and Zelda in its catalogue, so you can play the arcade games that made the leap onto classic games consoles. You obviously don’t get the fantastic background noise, neon lights and often smoky smells that you remember from arcades back in the 80s but the nostalgic gameplay more than makes up for that.
If you’re seeking a website that offers you a good mix of old and new retro games then is perfect – it ranges from titles on the Atari 2600 to some of the finest games made for the Nintendo 64. gives you the chance to play the best games from the top classic games consoles including the following:  

  • Atari 2600
  • Sega SG-1000
  • NES
  • Game Gear

But isn’t limited to games console and arcade titles alone – it also has a few top PC games (MS-DOS) titles, such as Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D and Doom. One of the things to keep in mind is that all the games are e­mu­la­ted in Flash, Java or Java­Script. This doesn’t water-down the gameplay noticeably (almost all of the titles are near-identical to the original) but it is something for you to keep in mind.

My Emulator Online
Love old school Nintendo, SEGA, and Neo Geo games? Then look no further – MyEmulator.Online has an incredible library of games for all of the classic consoles made by these incredible games companies (and more). You’ll find an extensive collection of the following franchises on MyEmulator.Online:  

  • Mario
  • Pokémon
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Zelda
  • Kirby

But while these are some of the headline-grabbers, football fans might be particularly pleased with the footy games you can play at MyEmulator.Online, including EA’s FIFA series and also the brilliant International Sensible Soccer (among others).  

And one more for luck. is an amazing resource for playing classic ZX Spectrum games. A lot the big Speccy classics are available for your enjoyment and I believe it runs in HTML5 which gives a great gaming experience. Some personal standouts for me are Manic Miner, Bruce Lee and Penetrator.

I think it’s always best to play games on their original hardware and with the original controllers if you can. But not everyone can, so it’s great to have other options. These are just some of the great ways to play games online. There are many other sites out there, helping to keep the retro gaming experience alive.


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