FAQs

Are games listed on this website copyright-free?

Video games listed on Old Games Download are “abandonware”, meaning they are no longer being sold or supported by the original developers or publishers. Our downloads are hosted on Archive.org which has DMCA exemption for vintage software archiving. The purpose of our website is to preserve archival copies of video games which would otherwise be lost. You can read more about this DMCA exemption here: https://archive.org/about/dmca.php

We take copyright holder complaints very seriously and will remove games which the copyright holders don’t want archived on our website. If you own the copyright or licensing of a game archived on our website, and want your game removed, please send us a message here: https://oldgamesdownload.com/contact/

To learn more about Abandonware, you can read the Wikipedia article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abandonware.

Are your downloads safe?

All the files we upload have been checked to be virus free. Files are usually hosted on 3rd party servers such as archive.org. We do not distribute malware and never will. If you find anything suspicious in one of our downloads please contact us immediately.

Do I have to register or pay to download games?

Old Games Download is a free archive of abandonware games, you will never be required to register or pay to access downloads on our website.

Why do you compress the game files you upload?

Most of the files provided by Old Games Download will come in a compressed file archive format. These have extensions such as .zip, .rar or .7z. This allows us to preserve these games in a smaller file size. This leads to faster download speeds, and makes it less likely for files to be corrupted during downloads. To access the original, uncompressed files, these files will need to be extracted. You should refer to our wiki section for tutorials on how to do this: https://oldgamesdownload.com/wiki/

What are the controls for this game?

Every game has different controls and the controls will change depending on the platform you are playing on. Where we can, we will try to include controls for the game. Sometimes, “ReadMe” or “Manual” files will be available for the game – these usually have the game’s controls detailed in their contents. When using emulators, you should refer to that specific emulator’s documentation for further help.

Can you add a game?

If there is a game which you played a long time ago and can’t find anywhere to buy or download it, feel free to request it on this page: https://oldgamesdownload.com/request-a-game/

Can I donate a game?

We accept donations of rare, abandoned games which cannot already be found online. Please check this article for details: https://oldgamesdownload.com/wiki/donate-a-game/

How can I support you?

As we have ads on the website, we are currently not accepting any donations. If you want to support us, then please share our website with friends and family and help us grow!