Tips on Running Games
A few quick tips for running games:
- Most games here are archived to speed up download times. You’ll need WinRar or 7Zip to extract them, and PowerISO to mount the CD image(s) for installation. Google ‘how to use PowerIso‘ for more info. CD Image formats include .bin .iso .mdf .img or .nrg
- If you encounter a file divided into numerous archive files (example: game.001, game.002, game.003) then you’ll have to open the first file with WinRar and simply extract its contents. If you get an error, it’s likely because some archive files are missing (not located in the same folder). After extracting, mount the CD with PowerISO & install the game.
- If after installation the game asks for the CD, look for a crack .exe to copy into the game folder, or leave the correct virtual CD mounted. Read the NFO file with Notepad for more info.
- Here’s a list of useful programs you’ll need to run some of these games.
- If the download fails repeatedly midway it might be down to your ISP (Internet Service Provided). Try to reduce your bandwidth and don’t download things simultaneously.
- Game downloads are essentially divided into full disc versions that you can mount with PowerIso or “ripped” versions.
- These “rips” are working games that have some content (intro movies, music, sound effects) removed but are otherwise workable. They may have Setup.exe or Install.exe in the game folder that you must run to auto-extract essential files. Many also have a registry program that must be applied before starting the game.
- Got an error extracting a .7z file with WinRar? Then don’t use WinRar. Use 7Zip.
- Most games have an information (.info) text file alongside the CD file. Open them with NotePad and READ the instructions.
- If a 90s era Windows game doesn’t run on your brand-new computer, you might want to consider DOWNGRADING to something that the game was actually designed for. Old offline Windows XP SP3 machines are still a great solution for running many old games. For games that XP can’t run, use a Virtual Machine to simulate a Windows 98 or 95 environment. Also try to run in XP or Win98 Compatibility Mode.
- Some 90s games (Shadow Warrior, Quake 2, Rival Realms) will have music files coded on the CD alongside game files (these come as BIN/CUE CDs). I’ve found the best solution to playing the music tracks ingame is to run the game in a Win98 environment, and making sure the CD file is mounted on the PRIMARY optical drive within Win98.
- To play MS DOS era games on modern operating systems you have to use a DOS emulator, such as DosBox.
- Not one game here will ask for a password!!! If you get asked a password when extracting, try using an older version of WinRar. There are no passwords.
- Search for CD Keys on Google or look for them in the .nfo file. Also check this useful page.
- There is NO password. Stop asking for the password. Downgrade your WinRar
Comments like “How do I run this?” , “This game isn’t working.” or “This isn’t version X. Where can I get version X?” will be deleted. These types of comments just clog up the page and are frankly incredibly annoying. Neither myself nor anybody else will likely go through the trouble of downloading and getting a game to run after reading a vague and non-descriptive “This game isn’t working.” message.
If your comment is courteous, detailed and if the problem is specific, then it won’t get deleted. It’s important to remember that troubleshooting vague and general problems is a waste of everyone’s time, and that the comments section is primarily aimed towards discussing the games themselves. If you find a broken link or file, however, then please let me know in the comments section and it will be fixed.
Also remember that it’s much easier to run old games by buying them off Steam or GoG.com