Early last year The Internet Archive unleashed a flood of nostalgia when they made a huge collection of MS-DOS games available for free, and now they’re pulling the heart strings of ’90s kids once again with over 1000 Windows 3.1 games.
Of course, given Windows 3.1 is a more recent operating system than MS-DOS, there are fewer Windows 3.1 games in the public domain. That means there are fewer recognizable games in the Windows 3.1 collection than in the MS-DOS one, but there still are a few gems including SimEarth, The Even More Incredible Machine, Castle of the Winds, Out Of This World and more. There are also a lot of weird shareware games – the Windows 3.1 era saw the birth of a little thing called the internet and the concept of downloading and sharing games. Almost everybody’s computer was packed with strange, homebrew shareware titles during this period, so maybe you’ll recognize a few old, obscure favorites.
All of The Internet Archive’s Windows 3.1 can be played directly in your browser, although, as in the past, you can’t save any of the games. You can browse the collection here. Find any favorites on there? Fire up your dial-up connection and leave a comment, below.