Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 Programs Forever Immortalized

Thanks to the Internet Archive, over a thousand Windows 3.1 programs – including plenty of games – are now available for you to emulate for free right here on your browser.

Do you want to relive your youth? Or at the very least: do you want to relive my youth? Well, not quite relive. I was roughly six years old when Windows 3.1 came out, but despite my near-infancy, I can fondly remember many of the games now available for free on the Internet Archive. Oh Wheel of Fortune and your pixelated Vanna White. And let’s not forget the blatant Snake clone, Rattler Race.

I know what I’m doing this weekend. Other than trying to finally finish up Xcom 2 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, that is.

And even if you’re too young to have been alive, or at the very least mentally cogent enough, to appreciate many of the games on that page, you should at least give a few of them a whirl. It’s like a history lesson. We all know how few steps there are between Rattler Race and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Now don’t you scoff at 25 year old game, either. I mean you don’t really have to play them, but do appreciate what the Internet Archive is doing if only for the posterity of it. Most of these games probably can’t run on most of the computers these days, so the only way to play them would be with an emulator. Now you don’t even have to go through that hassle, and can simply do it for free over the internet, where they are now preserved for all eternity.

Or at least as long as the Internet Archive lasts.

About Josh Price

Josh Price is a writer who probably spends too many hours of the day playing video games. At some point he decided to put the two together to (hopefully) great effect. He also wrote some fiction. You should check that out if you're into such things, which you should be. Reading is FUNdamental.

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