The Internet Archive is doing God’s work. Actually, the digital librarian’s work. It archives websites and programs for the greater good of humanity. So you can go back and see what the homepage of Google looked like all those years ago (Spoiler alert: surprisingly similar).
And now, the Internet Archive has done it again. Bringing thousands of DOS, Arcade and Console games from the 80’s and 90’s, right in your browser window.
This means that not only will you be able to play DOS games like Prince of Persia, you can also play coin-based arcade and console games from yesteryear like Mortal Combat, Sonic the Hedgehog, and lots more.
The DOS Game Archive
Visit this page to check out the DOS based games. They’re being emulated in your browser, so loading will take some time. After that, the experience is pretty smooth. Given that the computer you’re using is dozens or hundreds of times faster than the computer from the 80’s (thank you Moore’s law), there should not be any performance issues.
If you do run into any problems, they’ll be code based. Check out the website’s FAQ for help.
Now, here are some of my favorite DOS games, the ones I remember playing on my dad’s office computer (we didn’t have a PC at home in the 90’s).