How to install and run games downloaded from GamesNostalgia

GamesNostalgia is not like the other retrogaming & abandonware websites. From those sites you normally download files that cannot run on your computer, unless you install the proper emulator first.

GamesNostalgia instead wants to make your life easier. All the games you download from this site have been tested, configured and packaged with the proper emulator so that they can run on your computer with just one click.

And we didn't forget Mac users! When possible, we created two different packages: one for Windows and one for Mac. Just download the correct version and follow the instructions below.

Unzipping the archives

We use the 7zip format whenever possible. Many programs are able to open 7zip, so it's possible your computer is able to open these archives without any additional software. If this is not the case, you can download 7zip manager (for Windows) or The Unarchiver (for Mac).

Mac Versions

If you have a Mac and the mac version of your game is available on GamesNostalgia, you are very lucky. Our package is compatible with all the recent versions of OS X (Lion, Maverick etc). You just need to unzip the archive you have downloaded, move the .app file into your Applications folder and launch the game. Enjoy!

Windows (or PC) versions

In most cases, the games you will download are MS-DOS executables that cannot run natively on your modern Windows OS. But GamesNostalgia prepared special packages that already include all the emulators required, so that you can easily play the game on your Windows 7, 8 or higher. You just need to unzip the archive (the file downloaded from our site) into a folder (for example C:\OldGames\), then open the folder and search for the launcher, it's a disk-like icon normally with the name of the game (e.g. "PrinceOfPersia" or "Launch_PrinceOfPersia"). Double click this icon and the game will start automatically.

GamesNostalgia PC Installer

In some cases you will find some more recent games that don't require emulators (e.g. some freeware remakes or clones). In this case the game runs natively on your Windows system, so you won't find our "Launch" icon. You will find the exe or the installer prepared by the original developer.

Amiga Games

Most of the games hosted on GamesNostalgia are DOS games, but there was a time where Amiga games where far superior. We could not miss these games on our site! Running them on modern computers is more difficult, but we found a way to pack them into executable files so that you can play them easily. These files already include the required emulator. Some examples are Defender of the Crown or The New Zealand Story.

To run these games, simply unzip the archive, then launch the icon, just like you do for DOS games (see above).

The good news is this is not only for Windows: after many efforts, we found a way to create an all-in-one package for Mac too. They are simply Mac apps. You just have to extract the archive, move the app somewhere and launch it. Cool eh?

Wanna use your emulator?

Do you already have your emulators installed and don't want to use our packages? No problem, just choose the Windows version, unzip the archive and delete the DOSBOX folder. Keep the rest and save it in your "OldGames" folder. Same thing if your machine is running Linux.

If you need more info about retrogaming emulators like DOSBox, check our Emulators section.


Not enough? Have a look at the FAQ section! If you need more help don't hesitate to contact us. Have fun and spread the love for retrogaming!