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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an abandonware?
An abandonware is a game that is no longer sold by its company, in physical stores or online. Abandonware has never been a clear category in software, sometimes the software editor or publisher simply closed or have been bought. Many games get out of abandonware status now with GOG.com or Steam, and these games usually run instantly on modern computers. For more information on abandonware, you may visit Wikipedia.
Is it free? Is it legal?
We allow you to download old games for free, but we do not take any responsibility for downloads considered illegal in your country. Please try to buy the game first: GOG.com, Steam, Amazon or eBay may be selling your game. We never ask for credit card number, PayPal or anything.
Is it safe?
We never modify the game archives we provide, but not all of them are tested by an antivirus. However, old DOS programs won't be able to contaminate your system. Windows games may be provided with a NoCD program, these are well known to carry malware or worms. Always check with an antivirus, like VirusTotal. We do not take any responsibilities for system damage on your computer, use at your own risk.
Also, we do not distribute malware, but we are not responsible for third-party programs installed after clicking on an ad displayed in our pages.
Do I have to register?
No, you can download at full speed when not registered. If you register, we may give you updates by mail. Registering allows you to disable the adult screenshot filter and browse more games per page. Comments are anonymous for now, you can't own a nickname.
How can I help?
We refuse donations but we would gladly accept help on the game catalog: missing screenshots mainly, game reviews or playing instructions. Finding missing games in the catalog can be great, we are looking for rare 80s and early 90s DOS titles, we can provide a list. Anyway, start by dropping us mail so we get to know each other.
You may also talk about us to your friends, on any social networks, your blog... Spread the word!
When do you release new games?
We release at least one game per week. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get updates. Some games may be randomly published during the week, usually Monday/Thursday, then on Friday.
I can't play a game, can you help?
We do not provide game support through mail or social networks. Always start by reading our guide : how to play abandonware games.
I can't download the game!?
We use a secure system to ensure the game files are not downloaded from another website. You have to display the game page first, then click on the download button. If you don't access our site in a fancy way, you should be able to download immediately and at the best speed we can provide.
Can you help me remember this game?
We can't help you remember a game, the best way is to browse the site and come by a familiar screen. You can also use the MobyGames Game Browser. You may try to ask on the /r/tipofmyjoystick subreddit.
Can you add this game?!
We may add games on request. We may add games of the 2000 era if they are not available through legal ways. If you make a request for upload, take some time to check its availability on digital distributors, usually GOG and Steam. Educational games are extremely hard to find and most licenses are still in use.
The game asks for a code in the manual!
A classic game protection in the 80s and early 90s was to ask for a specific word found in the printed game manual. Most of the time, our game archives are cracked, meaning you don't have to enter anything at all, or enter any characters, then hit enter.
Try to do this first, if it's still not working, you should google the game name + manual and use the scanned manual. Drop us a message then with the URL of the manual, we will upload it. If the manual can't be found, send us mail, we'll see what we can do.
Our servers are quite fast but located in France. If you get slow downloads, we can't do anything about it, you will have to be patient. You should try to download late in the night or in the morning (USA Timezones). On rare spikes in visits, most of the time due to a Reddit thread, our servers may get a bit slow!