Internet Archive has released a new update, allowing you to play 2500 MS-DOS games on your browser for free. In case you didn’t know, Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library that archives digital versions of old PC/MS-DOS games, books, audio recordings and videos.
According to the team, this latest update ranges from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago. Therefore, you can now play for free Mortal Kombat, Doom, Jurassic Park and Alone in the Dark. You can also find Shadow Warrior, Duke Nukem 3D, Redneck Rampage and more classic PC games.
Internet Archive basically uses an emulator in order to run these old games on your browser. However, I’ve tried some of them and the results weren’t that great. Mortal Kombat had major slowdowns and audio issues, as did Jurassic Park. Moreover, the CD-ROM version of Jurassic Park could not load at all.
Speaking of Jurassic Park, I have to say that I’m really glad to have finally played/tested the MS-DOS version. This version was created by OCEAN, the same team responsible for the SNES version. And while these two versions share some similarities, I have to say that the MS-DOS version cannot come close to what OCEAN created for the SNES.
What this ultimately means is that PC gamers will encounter major emulation issues with some games. So yeah, emulation is not perfect at this point, and I don’t know when and if thing will improve. Still, this is a pretty cool archive library so you should at least check it out.
You can browse the library and start playing your favourite MS-DOS games by visiting this link.