Play Retro Classics In Your Browser, Thanks To The Internet Archive

While we wait for Grand Theft Auto V to make its way to PC, there's a treasure trove of old games in desperate need of play. No, I'm not talking about previous GTAs — if you head on over to the Historical Software Archive, you can enjoy the likes of Karateka, Akalabeth and Choplifter without installing a thing.

Despite the broad name for the collection, right now it's made up mostly of games, though you can have a go of WordStar if you want to experience the incredible fun of old-school word processing.

But I'm going to guess that won't interest most of you. OK, any of you.

Instead, the aforementioned Akalabeth, from Ultima creator Richard Garriott, is not a bad way to spend a few hours, especially if you're in a dungeon-crawling mood.

The titles are powered by the Javascript port of the Multi Emulator Super System, better known as MESS. A few games take a little while to load initially and I'd recommend entering your own scaling values so the game isn't a tiny little box in the middle of your screen. This is easily done by making a change to URL — just look for scale=2 at the end of the address and up the number to 3 or 4.

Historical Software Archive [Internet Archive, via Gamasutra]


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