Our old big buddy old’ pal, Archive.org has created a huge library of archived games on the MS-DOS platform along with games and applications from the Windows 3.1 era on their online website. So now you can remember those days at the convenience of your web browser! The greatest part of all these online applications is that they are FREE. That is right.
So for a jolt of nostalgia, you could play old MS-DOS classics like:
Of course, you could download DOSBox, and play these games too. However, if you are in a closed environment, or if the evil Information Technology department locked down your workstation and only left you with a web browser you could always navigate to archive.org and get your nerd rage on, and perhaps that Information Technology Specialist will get a nerdgasm at the same time from watching you play. It is also more convenient to use the website as some of these games only provide momentary euphoria, and installing these games would have wasted a few minutes of your time.
Windows 3.1 games and applications
The Windows 3.1 applications are even more interesting. Archive.org uploaded quite a few applications that you might find very nostalgic depending on what year you were born.
- Business Calculator – useful for business people
- Pinball machine – Such a classic back in the day
- Castle of the Winds – an old school Rogue-like game
- SkiFree – My favourite game on windows 3.1 and an easy game to cool down while at the office
- Son of Google Eyes – a pretty much useless “Google” back in the day
- Neko – this app could easily be ported on a mobile app
These applications were state of the art back in those days and they still serve entertainment value even today (especially SkiFree). Now it would be interesting to see what would be posted on Archive.org 20 years from now. Perhaps most of the early 2000 to 2010 games?