Computer games have been around for less than a century, but already, humankind has accumulated some real classics. And if you still have nostalgic memories of the good old days, there’s some great news for you: most old classics can still be found online. What beats a great old computer game? That’s right, a great old free computer game. These days, the most you might have to do to find some great old classic computer games is to pay for a membership to sites that archive them. Some are even awesome enough to let you download with no strings attached.
So, with that in mind, here’s a very short list of some great old and free computer games that you might remember, and can now find and play to your heart’s content.
Duke Nukem 3D
Fans have been waiting for Duke Nukem Forever to come out for over ten years. With its imminent release on the horizon, perhaps it’s time to head back to the roots and enjoy Duke Nukem 3D again, the archetypal first-person shooter that everyone loved. Its tongue-in-cheek action and quips and it’s ridiculously over the top gameplay is sure to re-enchant you and get you all ready for the sequel.
Game Category: First-person shooter
Prince of Persia 4D
With the Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time movie and the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands computer game both released in 2010, the Prince of Persia franchise is still going amazingly strong even after so many years. In the light of murmurs of a much-awaited sequel to the Prince of Persia 2008 computer game as well, it’s clear this series has something pretty magical. Rediscover some of its older magic with Prince of Persia 4D computer game, available for free online.
Game Category: Puzzle and adventure, with booby traps and monsters galore.
When the Legend of Zelda first came out in 1986, Nintendo probably didn’t realise what a huge hit it would become. No matter – for those of you who have enjoyed saving Hyrule for over 25 years, the fan remake and tribute to the original Legend of Zelda, Zelda Classic, is a great and free way to re-enjoy the series. The game even comes with a custom quest creator to help keep you going! Even better – no emulators required – the game will run perfectly well on your PC.
May the triforce be with you.
Game Category: Role-playing, Adventure, Puzzle
Street Fighter II
If you’re nostalgic for the old Capcom, arcade-style beat down, there’s nowhere better to start than heading back to Street Fighter II. With its classic animations and controls, Street Fighter II is the perfect computer game for sitting back (or leaning forward and mashing furiously, as the case may be) and enjoying the fight. Let’s just say there was a reason that Street Fighter II was credited for starting the fighting game boom during the 1990s, and that so many extensions and spinoffs were made.
Game Category: Fighting, Arcade
Command & Conquer
The original Command & Conquer is something so fun and classic that I actually found a shortcut to it on my grandfather’s desktop. He is over 80. This says something.
As one of the absolute classic real-time strategy games, Command & Conquer features great gameplay, parallel campaigns, an actual storyline, and more – so much that its franchise now consists of eleven games and eight expansion packs. And with yet another new one in development to add to the fold, it’s time to revisit the original.
Game Category: Real-Time Strategy
I will admit that I am saving my favourite for last. Lode Runner kept me and all three of my siblings entranced when we were less than a knee high. Indeed, my younger brother who is severely autistic has learned puzzle-solving and keyboard skills from it. With both single player and co-op options, hundreds of amazing and fun levels, and the ability to make your own levels so that the fun never runs out, Lode Runner is hands down one of the best puzzle games out there. And now you can find it online for free!
Game Category: Puzzle
There are sometimes cries in the gaming community that computer games just aren’t what they used to be anymore. Those slick graphics are taking over. That gameplay, story, and sheer fun is being left behind.
Whether that is true or not, taking these old classic computer games for a whirl is sure to guarantee an afternoon, or perhaps even several afternoons, of laughter, adrenaline, and enjoyment. After all, there’s a reason that they are classics.