If you are looking for some pure relaxing games to wind down on your laptop, then you should check out the massive ever-expanding collection of games on the Internet Archive. This website has a whole section dedicated to weird and cool MS-DOS games since the time immemorial. Just recently, Internet Archive has added 2,500 more games to its collection, reaching the number of almost 7,000 MS-DOS games.
Huge effort from eXoDOS
According to Jason Scott (an archivist), this new batch of games was mainly possible thanks to the eXoDOS project.
He explained that what made this a feat much more than just gathering a bunch of ancient, sketchy graphics games was how eXoDOS handled the process. Unlike what most people think, acquiring one full game and porting it to the PC environment were just the first steps.
DOS has been somewhat consistent in the last 40 years. However, lots of things have changed, and some specific games sometimes only work with some particular setups or hardware. The developers have released these games, sold some copies, and then those titles just disappear from store shelves and our memories without a trace. How would we find more information about those games?
Therefore with the project eXoDOS, they have taken the extra steps with configuration and acquisition to preserve these titles.
According to Scott, not all the games on their collection are fun to play. However, that also adds an interesting aspect to the collection. Amidst this large collection of game, who knows what will you stumble upon? Moreover, you could also return to those classic titles such as SimCity, Prince of Persia, and Oregon Trail.
The efforts of eXoDOS and the Internet Archive, thousand more MS-DOS games have been added. The best part? They’re all playable!
eXoDOS is a project that has been working on the preservation of MS-DOS games for several years. Their aim is to make sure that every MS-DOS game, from the original ancients to modern-day creations that are designed to work with the OS, are preserved for years to come.
eXoDOS doesn’t just preserve the software, however. The project works to ensure that all of the games are not only preserved, but are also playable, regardless of how niche the hardware and setup they require may be.
As such, the Internet Archive has been archiving several of these MS-DOS games so that people can experience them for themselves. Whether you want to play the games for fun or research how games used to be back in the day, there’s an entire archive at your fingertips.
However, as Jason Scott (Software Curator for the Internet Archive) says in his blog post about the topic, sometimes the emulations are slower than they should be, not all the games are necessarily enjoyable, and not all of the games come with their manuals.
Download speed may also be an issue. Some games contain a lot of data and, if you load up a game and come across a hundred-megabyte download, it may be wiser to leave that game until network speeds improve.
If you want some game suggestions from the entire Internet Archive’s collection of MS-DOS games, some of my favourites include SimCity 2000, Disc world, and the game adaptation of the iconic short story I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.
Thousands of MS-DOS Games Now Available Online
The new update is part of the game preservation and restoration project called eXoDOS. So far, the eXoDOS collection has acquired and preserved more than 7,000 titles, ranging from simple games developed during the early years of IBM PC up to more recent independent productions from people that still work on MS-DOS.
“DOS has remained consistent in some ways over the last (nearly) 40 years, but a lot has changed under the hood and programs were sometimes only written to work on very specific hardware and a very specific setup. All titles available on the digital library are playable, but the usual caveats apply: the emulations might not always run smoothly, and not all games include a manual.
In Digger, the player has to steer a mining machine while evading enemies and collecting diamonds.
Preserving The Past
The nonprofit digital library is also working on preserving copies of books, videos, images, audios, web pages, software programs, and even Google+ posts.
To play, the character has to walk around to reveal the true colors of the background. Another game mentioned is Digger, an arcade game from 1983.