The games that my friends and I spent our childhood playing are now at risk of being lost forever because modern operating systems no longer natively support them. RGB Classic Games is devoted to preserving classic games for defunct PC operating systems (DOS, CP/M-86, OS/2, Win16, Win9x) and making it easy to play them on modern computers.
This particular classic games site is a little more focused than most. Companies and individuals produced thousands of shareware games for the PC and, like movies and books and anything else, a lot of them weren't very good. Most sites aim for quantity. This site is almost exclusively dedicated to games that were distributed commercially, except for a select few games that were extremely good and achieved the same level of quality. Only the best games make it to this site.
This website is unique. I am attempting to include every version of each listed game. A lot of research has gone into making sure that all of the information on this site is correct. You'll quickly notice that there is no other web site that has all of these files in one place. RGB Classic Games is quite possibly the most complete, and most accurate classic DOS games resource in the world.
The highest ideals of this site are to support the authors by providing links to their web sites and ordering information for the full versions of games that are still sold, and to encourage the authors of classic games to preserve their games for future generations by making them available for sale or as freeware. If you enjoy a shareware game, please consider buying it from the author.
All of the games on this site are freely distributable because they are shareware, freeware, or because the copyright holder has officially and legally released all rights to the public domain (abandonware).
10 August 2014
- Added Claw (Win9x).
13 July 2014
- Added 4 games: EGA Coloring Book (DOS), VGA Coloring Book (DOS), Virtual Chess (Win9x), and Windows Coloring Book (Win16).
30 June 2014
- Major Update VII: Phase II
- Rewrote the Search by Video Mode functions to divide games into specific video modes rather than just by resolution and color depth, as determined by taking screenshots in DOSBox. That method was error-prone, and was incapable of determining whether text mode games were Mode 0 or 1, or Mode 2 or 3, and also grouped Mode 4 and 5 together.
- Changed review methodology to test every game using the DOSBox debugger with a breakpoint set for INT 10h where AH=00h to determine the exact video mode used by each game and capture screenshots for each mode.
- Performed an enormous audit of all DOS games on the site to ensure that games listed the correct video mode. Paid particular attention to whether or not text mode games set a video mode or not, as those that don't can be played on systems with MDA/Hercules cards, unlike those that set a CGA mode. Since MDA/Hercules, CGA, EGA, MCGA and VGA use fonts with different pixel dimensions, took screenshots of all text games using each video standard.
- Took dozens of new screenshots, expanded dozens of reviews, add information for dozens of companies, improved compression of every screenshot on the site.
- Created ASCII art version of RGB Classic Games logo for the DOS theme.
- Fixed dozens of bugs, rewrote tons of code, and generally did a ton of thankless tasks.
- Oh, and since this is still a game site, I added some new games.
- Added The Catacomb Abyss (DOS).
7 March 2014
- RGB Classic Games has its 9th anniversary.