There are many questions we receive every day. We try to answer all of them, but sometimes it's not possible. We hope you will find this list useful.
Please note GamesNostalgia is a free (and no-profit) service and it does not offer any support for the games. In some cases the game manual is available as additional download or it’s included in the package, but this is not always possible. If you need the manual, you can try to search for it on Google, or, even better, you should check if the game is available on GOG.com or Steam, and buy it. GOG always provide all documentation, as well as soundtracks and additional files. Steam or GOG can also offer a better support compared to us.
We normally compress files creating ZIP, RAR or 7z archives. Your PC or Mac should be able to extract ZIP files without any additional software. RAR shouldn’t give you any problem either. 7z is a less popular format but it’s very powerful, so we use it for bigger files. Many programs are able to open 7zip, but in case your computer doesn’t know how to do it, there are many free softwares that can do it including 7zip manager (for Windows) and The Unarchiver (for Mac).
If you don’t know the password, open your browser again and go back the page of GamesNostalgia where you downloaded the game. If the archive is password protected, you will find the password there. Sometimes the password is just the game title, for example to extract Hercules, just type “hercules”.
We test all the games and we don’t publish any game that hasn’t worked for us. Emulated games (the ones packed with DOSBox or FS-UAE) normally work without problems. However there are also some native Windows games on GamesNostalgia - some of them created 20 years ago for Windows 95 – and there’s a chance they won’t work or give problems on modern systems (especially Windows 8 or 10). If this happens to you, feel free to write us on our Facebook page or Twitter, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to solve the issue.
We have a commitment: no one should be sad because he/she cannot play his/her favorite game from the past. Feel free to write us on Facebook or Twitter. We always try to make our users happy.
GamesNostalgia is not a company, it is a non-profit site maintained by volunteers in their spare time. We don’t want to get a profit from this activity, but there are costs to sustain, especially for the server and the bandwidth, which is required to allow users to download the files. At the moment the revenue generated by advertising, is not enough to pay the costs, so any donation will be greatly appreciated. You can donate to our Paypal account using the address firstname.lastname@example.org or going to this page
Please note: we glady accept all kind of donations, anyway you should know that Paypal gets a fee that for small amounts is quite impacting. For example if you donate 1 Euro, 38 cents go to Paypal, which means we get the 62%, it's really not very fair. For 2 Eur donations, we get 1.58 (which means 79% for us). While for example if you donate 10 Eur, we get the 93%. So if you were thinking to make a donation per month of a small amount, don't do it. Much better a bigger donation every year. Thanks a lot!
We work on GamesNostalgia during our spare time, we do it for passion, not to receive a salary. Anyway maintaining a website has a cost and in the case of GamesNostalgia the cost is high: to allow users to download files at a decent speed, we pay a monthly traffic of 1000tb per month (not to mention other smaller costs like hosting, domain, https certificate etc). The reason why we added banners, is to pay these costs. At the moment the costs are always higher than the advertising revenue, that’s why we appreciate donations (see #6). The day donations will cover the costs, we will be happy to remove any advertising from the site.
Did we already mention donations? (see #6 and #7). You can also help us in other ways: speaking about GamesNostalgia with your friends; sharing our links on Facebook or Twitter; posting something about us on Reddit, Pinterest, etc. If you have a site/blog, write a small article about us and link our site.
We are always open to collaborations. If you can write a review about a game, we will be happy to publish it. If you find a manual, soundtrack, a map or an enhanced version of a game, feel free to send it. If you are programmer and you have fixed some bugs on a game, or created a better package (i.e. using a different configuration for the emulator) we’ll be happy to use your version. If you have created a package for a game you don’t see on our site, we’ll be happy to add it. Finally, if you found a bug on our site, just tell us, we hate bugs!
We created a simple Trello board to keep track of the games that we plan to add, either because they have been selected by the team or because they have been requested by the users. Games to be fixed are also reported here. The board is public and if you want to add cards to be board, just send us an email!
Our Mac versions are pretty cool right? We have been able to create packages for DOS games and Amiga games that include the required emulators and configurations, all packed in a Mac OS application that you just need to run. Unfortunately creating these versions require time and patience (remember we always test them), so you won’t find a Mac version for all the titles. Anyway if you would like to play a game for which we didn’t create the Mac version, just tell us. We’ll try to make it.
Of course this only applies to DOS and Amiga games. For old Windows games it’s a completely different story. In the case of Hercules and other games, we used Wine to create a working version. If you are interested, write us to talk about it.
The answer to this question is not so simple. We have a specific page about this. If you want to know more about it, you can read our opinion here: what is abandonware?