The Best Web Sites to Get Your Retro Gaming Fix – Lifehacker

Shoot all the digital things; collect all the meat.Screenshot: David Murphy

Ready to relive some retro games directly in your web browser? If you’re bored at work and your mind suddenly drifts to those hours you spent punching a Nintendo Power Pad as a child, don’t worry. You can warp back to your youth without ever having to leave your desk. Check out some of these amazing websites that let you play all the classics right in your browser—no emulator apps or ROMs needed.

Taking top honors on our list is the digital library over at, which has two different sections dedicated to online games: the well-organized Console Living Room and the Internet Arcade. (Ah, the days when token-based arcades were a thing.)

Though it can sometimes be a little tricky to figure a game’s controls, it’s a small price to pay for a huge archive of classics you can play directly in your browser.

You can also check out’s DOS Collection for some classic PC titles (including some Sierra classics like Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards). And if you’re not feeling like gaming at the moment, you can even play around with some old-school Windows 3.1 or Macintosh apps.


(Speaking of, is an excellent, but smaller alternative if you just want to waste an afternoon playing legacy Sierra games.)



Second verse, same as the first. If you can’t find it on—or the controls or quality of the game you’re trying to play just aren’t working out—check out ClassicReload. The site boasts over 5,000 different retro games for PCs and consoles that you can play directly in your browser, including some decently modern

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