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What (And Where) Are The Classic Free Games?

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the beep-beep-beeeeeeep dept.

Games 432

An anonymous reader asks: "I'm flying from the US to Europe in a few weeks and am taking my iBook along for the ride. With a seven hour flight looming, I'm wanting to take some games along to play. But I don't want to download a bunch of freeware that may or may not be junk; I just want the classics. What are the classic free games? I've already downloaded Nethack and am looking into Freeciv. What else is there? I need something that's multiplatform (or at least has a Mac port), something that's stable and has stood the test of time, and something that is more complex and engrossing than a Tetris clone. Thanks!"

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tuxracer (1)

beattie (594287) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008969)


Re:tuxracer (1)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009011)

Tux racer would probably be perfect for a long flight. Also check out Mac GLQuake and

Re:tuxracer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009032)

tux racer is far from a classic, you Micro$lop hating zealot.

Re:tuxracer (1)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009039)

But it's still fun

Doom (1)

Glonoinha (587375) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009106)

The original Doom.

Hell, I even have it running on my Jornada 680, runs for about 7 hours on the regular battery, or 20 hours on the fat boy battery.

Doom. Accept no substitute.

hm. (1)

Spudnewt (317489) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008970)

have you checked out ?

iBook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4008971)

That probably means that all my Windows classic games are useless to you?

angband, cthangband, etc (4, Informative)

ShogZilla (136264) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008972)

many variants to play with, all take a good long while to complete. Think of 'em as nethack extended.
Personal favortites are pernband & cthangband, psiband isn't bad either.

oh, c'mon... (5, Informative)

swein515 (195260) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008973)


Re:oh, c'mon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4008995)

Yeah... MAME should be a given. Add on a couple of Street Fighter ROMS, and you're set for not only a trip, but for life!

Re:oh, c'mon... (2)

johnpaul191 (240105) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009044)

that's the way to get the classic arcade video games.... though i suggest playing around with them before you fly away. some games seem to lack decent controls through the keyboard. they kept me entertained on a trip to Orlando a few years ago during the off season. the only laptop with us was an older Mac powerbook, but of course it still runs MAME just fine.

The Underdogs (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4008974)

All you need and tons more: []

Sokoban (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008975)

'Nuf said...

More ngrossing than a Tetris clone? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4008976)

Is that possible? I'm having a hard time taking a break to even write this. I've been playing Tetris for the past 10 years with very few breaks for eating, sleeping, etc. Gotta go! Straight line block coming!

Re:More ngrossing than a Tetris clone? (0)

Noble-Gas (410137) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009080)

as for classic tetris clones, none shall beat Nyet III, has to find, but well worth it

Don't waste your time (2, Insightful)

bobbabemagnet (247383) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008977)

read a book!

Digger (1)

YahoKa (577942) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008978)

Digger is the best game ever.

What? (2, Informative)

TriCCer (591321) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008979)

Whats wrong with Tetris?
It's still playable... =)
Still can't get enough of it sometimes
then there's always xbill when tetris has gotten the best out of you.

so there. thats what I'd bring.

I dunno if it's ported to the Mac, but.. (2, Funny)

dunkerz (443211) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008980)


(Although you'd better not let a stewardess see you madly running around with a gun, on a computer, whilst on a plane.. it might make you look conspicuous.. ;)

game hippo (1)

WickedChicken (459613) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008981) has a bunch, I forget if they're mac or not.

FIRST POST 0wnz j00 w00t w00t (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4008982)


^-- HEHE TACTO w00t w0t0 w00t0w 00t hahaahhahr har ahrhar

an entire year of college was spent playing (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4008984)


Perhaps the most addictive game ever.

Re:an entire year of college was spent playing (1)

King of the World (212739) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009040)

My girlfriend did the same thing. Then I installed Linux and our relationship is on the rocks. Is there a Linux equivilent? (it just looks like Puzzle Bobble to me)

Re:an entire year of college was spent playing (2, Informative)

Shiblon (25972) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009098)

The closest thing to Snood under Linux is called Frozen Bubble [] . It's also got a really fun two-player mode that my wife and I enjoy together.

Re:an entire year of college was spent playing (2, Informative)

redcloud (3426) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009103)

For a Linux equivalent, try Frozen Bubble [] .

Re:an entire year of college was spent playing (1)

amentia (142487) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009111)

of course it is: frozen bubble [] !

Re:an entire year of college was spent playing (1)

swright (202401) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009112)

that looks awful similar to an old game called Puzzle Bobble if I remember rightly - is it related?

ZZT (1)

bmwm3nut (556681) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008985)

i don't know if there's a mac port, but zzt is one of the greatest classic games. plus if you get bored you can design your own levels. it's an old dos game made by epic, i don't know if mac has a dos emulator, but if so, then i suggest zzt.

Re:ZZT (0)

cHiphead (17854) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008998)

any halfassed generic dos emulator should run ZZT!

I used to play ZZT! on my 286 12mhz and it was super fast. Even made a 'Doom' port of it a few years later when doom came out. Strange are the ways of teenagers with nothing to do.

old mac shareware games rule (3, Informative)

MiTEG (234467) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008986)

I haven't used a Mac in a while, but there were some cool shareware games out.

Off the top of my head, some great games were Lode Runner, Beam Wars, Hazardous, Taskmaker, Tetris, and a few more I can't remember the names of. Check for one of those shareware CD-ROMS they used to sell and the ones listed in bold are probably going to be pretty good.

Re:old mac shareware games rule (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009053)

Ambrosia has, and continues, to make great shareware for the mac. Though be warned that some games (the Escape Velocity series) have some interesting ways of motivating you to register.(AHH!! CAPTIAN HECTOR)

Emulators? (1)

10 Speed (519184) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008987)

Perhaps you have an old 8 bit system in a closet?

If you do (and its complete with games) this would make it legal for you to download an emulator with the rom (disk) images

definitly the way I'd go anyway...

Emulation (1)

fmita (517041) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008988)

I'd say download an NES emulator or SNES emulator if you don't mind emulation. How about some of the Monkey Island games? I think the firstone might have been released as freeware...

Quake? (2)

Savatte (111615) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008989)

Why not get quake and a couple of bot mods? That should keep you going for a long time, at least until your battery runs out?

Alternatively, mame and some free (but illegal) roms could be pretty fun as well

MAME? (5, Interesting)

randomErr (172078) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008990)

Why not install MAME and borrow [] some roms?

The classics are everywhere.

Try here (4, Informative)

Joel Ironstone (161342) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008991)

This place has thousands of mac games. Some are shareware, but most are abandon ware.

Mac Gamer [] .

Freeciv not the best on a Mac (1)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008992)

I'd advise against Freeciv(on the mac at least), it doesn't have a good feel on the Mac, and uses X11. I think there is or was an Aqua port, so it may be worth checking out. Also, Freeciv is mostly a multiplayer game, although there is limited single player play.

Re:Freeciv not the best on a Mac (1)

NiteHaqr (29663) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009122)

Freeciv NOT Multiplayer.

Once upon a time some guy named Sid converted the board came of Civilisation to the PC, and other platforms of the time.

The main reason for this (other than the cash) was, I believe to enable himself to play the game WITHOUT having to drag out the board and a load fof friends for a game that coul last days (never played the board game, but know friends who have and it CAN take ages).

As far as I remember the 1st versions didnt have multiplayer.

I quite happily play Freeciv against a couple of compubot players and Freeciv will give you a good run for your money, certainly better than the PC versions.

SO, Freeciv would be a GOOD choice.

Or MAME :) - dont forget to delete any roms within 24 hours that you download and dont own the hardware version of :)

Where the free games went. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4008996)

Companies who give shit away for free go out of business. Period. Just look at LNUX. Are we clear? Crystal.

Re:Where the free games went. (2)

Doomdark (136619) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009090)

And what does that have to do with free games? Very few of now free games ever came from a company, and of those that did many were made free after being commercial for as long as that made sense.

Most free games were, are and will be written by invididuals or groups of individuals.

one word (3, Insightful)

The Electric Messiah (591306) | more than 12 years ago | (#4008997)


Re:one word (1)

dcstimm (556797) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009073)

if he runs linux it wont work, to bad snood doesnt make a Linux version, and even if they did it wouldnt be opensource so you probably wouldnt have a ppc version. Damn.

We should write snood saying we want a Linux version. x86 and ppc! ;-)

Re:one word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009104)

Amen brother! :)

Although I recently started playing JewelToy (check versiontracker) on my OS X box. Simple, equally addictive and a bit more involving

Re:one word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009134)

Snood has spyware.

Old games search engine (5, Informative)

Xtraneous (594376) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009000)

One place that I find to be quite reliable for finding old games is
(And yes, I know, it does sound like a porn site)

Re:Old games search engine (2)

zerocool^ (112121) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009133)

Also, if you're looking to set up an old box for pleasure, you can usually get the OS of your choice here: []

And for those of us who are mac-less, don't forget those old boot floppies: []


Simple (2)

secondsun (195377) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009001)

IN a word: ROMS
In two words : NES ROMS
In 3 words : Custom NES ROMS

Metroid x, super butt bros, strange mario brothers. There are MANY TCs/updates/ refits of loads of old games begging to be played.

Re:Simple (1)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009116)

Don't forget Super KKK Bros. 2 [] , one of the most inherently wrong things I've seen in a while.

Mame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009003)

Mame might work. It's a popular emulator for arcade games. I'm not sure if it runs on a Mac though. I do know that it runs in Unix with X, so maybe you could use the Mac OS X X server.

It can be tricky getting ROMs for Mame. Most websites that used to carry them have been shutdown. I think most people use chatrooms now to share them, or perhaps P2P.

uhm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009005)

snes/nes emulator (if you own those games ofcourse)
tuxkart (uhm, that is not an clasic game) ..
look at

EV! (5, Informative)

zaffir (546764) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009008)

Escape Velocity. The original runs perfectly on a 3400, as does EV: Override. EV:Nova, the lattest version, is supposedly great. Really, no shareware game compares to these three gems from Ambrosia [] . They have a 30 day trial period with a popup at startup being the only real annoyance.

Re:EV! (1)

nelsonal (549144) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009091)

EV & Maelstrom are my favorite mac games.

Seahaven Towers (see Tucows) (1)

Darth Cider (320236) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009009)

Absorbing solitaire type of card game. A true classic.

Emulation! (2, Interesting)

NeoOokami (528323) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009013)

Although free, in the gray area.. emulators and roms gives you access to thousands of wonderful games. You can find many good NES, GB, Genesis, SNES, and Arcade emus for both MacOS 9 and X. I would personally reccomend RockNES, Snes9x (MacOS X version really shaping up lately with gamepad support), gnuboy (simple but quite powerful and compatible), Generator, and MacMAME (Same as Snes9x).

What About Old Sierra Games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009014)

Remember there Aces Of The Pacific, Monkey Island, Hero's Quest? Where are theses games. It's a shame that classic software is not given the same respect as classic film and movies. It's not that any of these games need to be updated with flashy graphics, they just need to be available for people to enjoy. The simplicity of these games where what made them amazing.

Rogue (1)

smcn (87571) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009019)

I think the best you're going to get are Rogue-like games. I'd recommend ADOM [] . You might also try [] , they actually have some pretty interesting puzzle games.

If all else fails, there's always the Playstation Portable [] ...

Great Games (5, Informative)

vstanescu (522393) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009020)

I enjoy a lot physics games, like:

The Incredible Machine (TIM)

Bridge Builder 1 and 2 (from Pontifex)
Other great games are:



At least, these are the only games which I am still not bored.

real Clasiscs (1)

Nobley (598336) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009021)

I dont know about Mac games, but some of the real classics on the PC were the likes of : Heros Quest [I & II](aka Quest for Glory) ; Master of Magic, one of the true greats, Master of Orion is also of note ; Space Rouge and Elite are the two space trading games of mention ; Day of the Tenticle and Sam and max hit the road are two great adventure games, as well as some of the Indy games by Lucas Arts; or if you feel like punishing yourself there is always Commander Keen I - VI.

Some resources (3, Informative)

SkipToMyLou (595608) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009023)

Gamespy site [] with classic ROMs and emulators.

Some old DOS games [] .

More recent games at Kev's Classing Gaming [] .

DOPE WARS!!!! (1)

interdigitate (592865) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009024)

dopewars, its the ultimate!

Render the graphics in your head (1)

SN74S181 (581549) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009025)

These aren't really games, but some of the coolest data for rendering 3-D virtual reality is available at this site [] . No batteries required, and they won't want you to turn them off during takeoff and landing either.

I want Tetris! (1)

Anonymous Shepard (595554) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009026)

I must agree with the person who wondered what was wrong with it. But where is a decent Tetris game for Windows to be found? There seems just to be dozens of clones around that lack the charm of the Tetris I once had on my old Macintosh SE (the Uspensky cathedral, the cosmonaut, the Russian folk melodies in plink-plonk version...). [*nostalgic sigh*] Is there a tetris for Linux (if I only get my Linux install to work...) A good Tetris version could be the killer app that Linux needs.

Re:I want Tetris! (1)

Akor (596116) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009097)

Maybe you are searching for tetrinet, it has 6-Player support and clients are available for linux and windows, I just love tetrinet! :)

7 hours..please... (1, Flamebait)

billmaly (212308) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009029)

Get a book (dead tree) and suck it up. Try 36 hours from Chicago to Cape Town, 8 hour layover in Frankfort, 2 hours on the tarmac in Johannesberg, all with a crappy 2nd rate novel and nothing to fall back on, and then you can gripe about a long flight.

I can't find it anymore.. (0)

insta (267245) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009030)

But my favorite game of all time was Spacestation Pheta for Mac. The game was a great puzzle game, you also had the ability to create new puzzles for other people.

pron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009031)

Pron is in fact the most popular classic game ever.

Ambrosia Software (1)

Dzifa (25761) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009034)

Take a look at Ambrosia Software's [] offerings.

All of their games are excellent.

I would especially highly recommend the Escape Velocity series, Chiral, and Barrack. They have enough games, of enough different styles, that you can just download all of them (they are all shareware) and try each one in turn until you find one you like.

There's this damn cool game... (1)

bnatale (532324) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009038)

...where you have to build a bridge and a train has to drive over it. Anyone knows how to get it?

You really should try that!

nethack (5, Insightful)

majcher (26219) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009042)

The last time I loaded up nethack on my Mac, I was stuck in front of the computer for about 30 hours straight.

If you can't get through an eight hour flight with that, you've got bigger problems than finding free games...

Fits the bill (3, Interesting)

drodver (410899) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009046)

Master of Orion II!

Why Free? (-1, Flamebait)

OaITw (155633) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009048)

The statement of your question gives no information about why you are so interested in 'free' games. I suppose you may have taken a vow of poverty and thus cannot come up with the $25 to $50 it takes to by a commercially produced game. But then I think to myself, 'how could he be so poor as to not be able to by himself a game but be flying to Europe with a Mac laptop.' This does not compute. The I think, 'maybe he has devoted hour upon hour of his time producing free software for the world, maybe databases or weather tracking software, I don't know but because of his years of selfless programming, he now just want's to take a little bit back but does not want to resort to software piracy to even the score.' Anyway I don't want to presume you are just cheap ( is there such a thing as a cheap Mac owner? )

Well whatever your motivation and dispite the lack of character development in your post; this will in fact probably produce a decent reponse from the slashdot community. Excuss while I go follow the links to the games!

How about paying for some software? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009054)

if you're flying around you're obviously able to afford a few bucks for a shareware or some type of game. how about supporting developers and BUY something. if more people bought software from developers and companies we like, we wouldn't see so many open source and developers go away. cheap-ass go buy something, you get what you pay for.

hm pt2 (1)

Spudnewt (317489) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009058)

there is a very cool freeware game out there for the mac called 'abuse'
its pretty neat actually, and i'd definately say its a classic.

go over to

and get ! its for Windozes as well.

Maelstom (3, Informative)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009059)

Maelstom [] is classic Mac game, now ported using SDL to many platforms and released under the GPL.

only 7 hours? (1)

BlueArchon (531981) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009062)

So you're going to find that damn amulet and build a civilization in less than 7 hours?

Other old mac games (1)

willpost (449227) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009063)

Dark Castle
Strategic Conquest
Armor Alley

Not exactly free but very good.

Crystal Quest (0)

artels (551550) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009068)

The only game besides Sim City and Boom I ever (!) played.

Infocom games (5, Insightful)

dpm (156773) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009070)

Nearly every platform has an interpreter for the old Infocom text games. Zork I, II, and III are available for free legally from ActiVision [] ,
and once you have a z-machine interpreter for your Mac, you can use any of the other Infocom games you can find. There are also many (legal) free z-machine games available on the net, and I think that Activision recently sold a CD-ROM with most of the old Infocom collection, including Hitchhiker's Guide, Enchanter, and the others.

Any one of these will keep you busy for the whole flight and taxi ride to your hotel, and you'll probably stay up and keep playing once you get there instead of sleeping off the jet lag. Just remember to bring a pad of paper, pencil, and eraser for drawing maps and working out mazes.

It might not be a classic, but... (5, Informative)

Sir Joltalot (66097) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009072)

Frozen Bubble [] . Is that game ever addictive. The music is a bit repetitive but very fitting. And the cute little noises it makes when you shoot the little spheres.. delightful. An easy way to kill a few hours. It's Perl/SDL so I'm sure you could compile it on OS X.

Re:It might not be a classic, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009114)

This is sick!

A fast paced 2D action game written in... PERL!?

Dear god help us!

nethack (1)

jethro_troll (596531) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009074)

If you can nab the Amulet of Yendor in under 7 hours, pat yourself on the back and take a nap!

Try Gnutella, IRC, or Usenet (0)

Minkey Brines (584079) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009075)

Somebody's always sharing out the latest cracked 0-day warez.

The best Gnutella front-end I know of is Bearshare [] .

As for IRC, I tend to like MIRC [] as a front-end.

For Usenet, I've used News Binary Extractor [] .

Corewars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009076)

Corewars is a great game! You must program an assembly code (actually redcode, but it's like assembly) program which will compete against other codes running in the same "virtual machine". Run a google search for "corewars" and you'll get loads of info. I can't decide which is the best link so I will not post any links this time.

Way of the Exploding Stick (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009077)

Admitedly, I stole this from someone else - but their credits are in the flash file, so it should be ok ... (they did an excellent job with it, it's a neato web game)

Way of the Exploding Stick []

Zelda Classic (1)

bobgoatcheese (455695) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009082)

I know it's not Mac, but Zelda Classic [] is a great, in fact identical from what I can tell, remake of the original Legend of Zelda for NES. It comes with a level editor so you can also find homebrew quests. The same team is also working on an engine based on the Zelda 3 (SNES) engine, but with a "powerful scripting engine" built in. Also in the works are a remake of Galaga and a new "drug dealing simulation." Just some things if you don't want to use an emulator.

go and/or chess (1)

dotgpb (161780) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009086)

gnugo []

gnuchess []

Ambrosia Software! (1)

wirelessbuzzers (552513) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009088)

Go get some Ambrosia Software [] ! It's all shareware, though most can be pirated straight up with Surfers' Serials or the like (I didn't tell you that!). Many of the games are based on arcade games (Swoop [] =Galaxian, Apeiron [] =Centipede, Maelstrom [] =Asteroids, etc), although some of them, such as Harry the Handsome Executive [] or the Escape Velocity [] /EV Override [] /EV Nova [] trilogy, are not at all like arcade ports.

I always liked sarien and freesci (1)

jjeff (80578) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009092)

Im assuming these work on a mac.

The combination of these two programs let you play pretty much any old sierra adventure game.

Oh and if you like lucas arts games like Day of the Tenticle & SamnMax look for scummvm.

7 Hours is a breeze, screw the games. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4009093)

3 of those little bottles of jack daniels, Close your eyes, turn on a long play list on your nomad and wake up when the wheels hit the ground.

Speaking of this... (2)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009109)

Of course, Mame [] is the best answer to this question, as many have pointed out.

On that topic, does anyone know what happened to All the roms get removed with just a mysterious message that a copyright holder complained. One copyright holder and they ditch everything?

Fortunately, I had written a program to download all roms from the site (heh) not long before it closed, but are there any other places that are as complete as used to be?

Games + kudos to Freeciv (2, Informative)

joe_n_bloe (244407) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009110)

Before I make some suggestions I should say that as a longtime Civ II and Civ I player I am tremendously impressed with the latest (1.13) release. Bravo, it is great! It lacks a little "Microprose polish" but play-wise it is terrific. The previous versions didn't really cut it for me but the current one is just fine. (Now, how about alpha centauri, spaceward ho, and/or masters of orion.)

If you like Nethack you should try Angband, or perhaps just (u)moria. Or from another Cygnus old-timer (umoria was from Jim Wilson), try xconq (Stan Shebs). Although umoria is ancient it has the advantage that it doesn't take incredibly long to play, which unfortunately vanilla angband does.

You can finish a game of nethack in a few hours or a few days (depending on your determination and experience level) but vanilla angband can take, gee, hundreds of hours (during any of which you can suffer an insta-death from hitting a key one too many times). It's still enjoyable but in a more serious and perverse way than nethack.

If you just need a good game to take care of a couple hours of the twitchies on an airplane, I recommend kshisen, which is a thoroughly addictive timed mah-jong-like game.


Heh. (1)

Skreech (131543) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009113)

It is the year 2002. Where are the classic free games? I was promised classic free games.

Hah! How interesting... (3, Interesting)

zerocool^ (112121) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009115)

My roommates and I, in the end-of-summer boredom lurch, just set up a computer running MS-DOS 6.22 just to play the old games! Man, back in the day...
Anyway, I'm only 21, so I never did much with dos, so despite what I think I know about "computers" and windows or other microsoft products, etc, I know exactly crap about EMS and XMS and EMM386 and HIMEM and SMARTDRV. We've run into problems with wing commander running at the speed of light because it counts clock cycles, not seconds, and with some games not liking the fact that the machine has 160 megs of ram. One of the games suggested we make $ExtraRam sized cache with smartdrv so the game thought we had less memory, except instead of $ExtraRam being 5,341 KB, it was 157,325,210 KB...
But anyway, here's my list of games I have installed:

Doom 2
Mechwarrior 2
Wing Commander
Wing Commander II
Wing Commander III
Jazz Jackrabbit
Rise of the Triad
Duke Nukem I
Duke Nukem II
Duke Nukem 3D
Warcraft I
Command and Conquer
Command and Conquer: Red Alert

I don't know how many of these have mac ports - Doom2 did, I use to own it...

I also didn't know that windows 3.1 wasn't an operating system. That bugged me - when you install windows, it doesn't install any OS files, just the interface to dos... Despite saying "Windows Operating System" on the floppies.


SDL? (0)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009117)

A HREF="">SDL has hundreds of free and excellent games which are written in C. They compile for any platform that has the library available for it. Why not try Project Starfighter [] , a good example of fun games written with SDL.

Ever consider abandonware? (1)

MattC413 (248620) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009118)

There is a lot of abandonware these days, including many older games. I would suggest looking for something at an abandonware site.

The best site I've found in my travels has been Home of the Underdogs [] . This site has many levels of classification, and attempts to stay legal by asking develoeprs if it is OK for them to put these files up for download - something rare in the 'free-for-all', file-sharing and copyright-infringing attitude of the Internet these days.

I'd give them (or another site like them) a shot.


The best Game for a Geek is... (1)

broody (171983) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009124)

Robocode [] . Yeah it takes "work" but nothing finer for a geek game. A modern classic. ;

i know where they are (2, Informative)

hypnos (156403) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009125)

i don't know if they're all classics, but they all run under Classic. [] has everything you want. I recommend Armor Alley in particular.

eDonkey (2)

Saeger (456549) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009130)

Step 1) Download the eDonkey [] P2P app.
Step 2) Search for "mame" or maybe give this [] a go.


Re:eDonkey (0, Offtopic)

Saeger (456549) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009137)

Step 3) Possibly go to jail (for much longer than a corporate thief would) for copyright infringment.


Abandonware is your answer (0)

jedie (546466) | more than 12 years ago | (#4009135)

abandon games []
home of the underdogs []

these sites have archives (or links to) many (thousands) of old/classic games. even lots of IF (interactive fiction).

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