Frequently Asked Questions

1. I downloaded a game from your site. How do I extract it?

We usually compress the games creating 7z archives with maximum compression. That's why you need to use the right software to open them. Please use 7zip manager for Windows and Keka for Mac. Sometimes other programs seem to be able to uncompress the archives, but when you launch the games, they don't work. In most of the cases, it's because not all files have been extracted correctly. Be sure to use Keka or 7-zip.

2. The game doesn’t work. What can I do? (Windows users version)

All emulated games should work without problems. In general, we don’t publish any game that hasn’t worked for us. So, first thing, please check that you have extracted the archive correctly (see #1). Please also check that you are running the correct file: search for ".BAT" or ".LNK" file in the first level of the directory extracted (for example, PrinceOfPersia.bat). Don't look for an EXE file (unless it's a Windows game, see below), because it won't work. In general, you need to run a BAT file to launch the game with the emulator.

Non-emulated games (Windows 9x games), for example, Hercules or Road Rash, are a different story. There is no Windows 95/98 emulator for Windows 7 or 10, so the only possibility is trying to see if these titles - some of them created 20 years ago - still run on your new PC. If we have published a game, it means that it works at least on Windows7 64bit, but there’s a chance it won’t work on Windows 10, and, if this is the case, there's not much we can do. However, feel free to leave a comment on the game page, it's possible that other users might have found a solution.

Please also remember that GamesNostalgia is a free service, and we don't offer any support for the games. This FAQ is the best we can do.

3. The game doesn’t work. What can I do? (MacOS users version)

First of all, check if you have used Keka to uncompress the archive (see #1). Then, when you open the archive, you either find a folder or a DMG file. If it's a DMG, double click it to open it. In both cases now you see a folder. Now DRAG & DROP the game icon (just the game icon) into another location (e.g., Applications, or Desktop). Don't run the game from the installation folder! Once moved, you can double click the icon to launch the game.

If your Mac doesn't launch the game, open the System Preferences -> Security and Privacy, and check if you have a warning below "Allow apps downloaded from". Click the button to launch the game.

4. The game works, but I don't know how to play. Can you help?

No, we can't. But in some cases, the game manual is available as an additional download or included in the package. When it's not available, you can try to search for it on Google, or, even better, you should check if the game is live on GOG.com or Steam, and buy it. GOG always provide all documentation, as well as soundtracks and additional files. Unlike us, Steam or GOG can also offer a technical support.

5. I cannot save/load Amiga games. How to fix this? new

First of all, if you have a Mac, be sure you have installed the game properly (see #5). Said that, both Windows and Mac users can have problems saving games with Amiga WHDLoad games (for example you save the games but then they disapper). There is a very simple fix for this: once you have saved a game, you might be tempted to type F12, and click X to close the window. Don't do it!. If you do this, the saved game could be lost.

Instead, before closing the emulator, you must exit to the AmigaOS, otherwise games won't be saved. Pay attention when you launch the game: a small window will tell you which key can be used to exit the game. Often it's F10. On Mac, the key could be different from what is written, try different ones (for example Page Up or Page Down). Once you are back to AmigaOS, you can close FS-UAE with the X.

6. Can I use the emulator save states of FS-UAE? new

You can try, but it's possible that this will generate crashes. It's a known bug of FS-UAE with WHDLoad games. Despite the situation seems to be improved now with the new version, people are still reporting crashes. You must use the in-game save feature (please read #5).

7. Your site is great. How can I donate?

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. Any donation will be much appreciated. Click here to donate.

8. There is this game that I loved so much, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Can you add it to your site?

No one should be sad because he/she cannot play his/her favorite game from the past. Feel free to write us and ask. Remember that the list of requests is very long and it might take some time before we can add your game. If you are a supporter (you are if you have donated), just let us know, because your request will receive priority.

9. I love your site. How can I help?

Besides donations, you can help us in many ways: speaking about GamesNostalgia with your friends; sharing our links on Facebook or Twitter or your favorite site. If you have a site/blog, write a small article about us and link our site.

We are also 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 a programmer and you have fixed some bugs in 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 glad to add it. Finally, if you found a bug on our website, tell us, we hate bugs!

10. Is there any list of games that are coming soon on your site?

Yes, we created a simple Trello board to keep track of the games that we plan to add. Games to be fixed are also reported here. The board is public and if you want to add cards to the board, send us an email!

11. Can you add the Mac version of this game? I can only see the PC version.

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 ready to be run. Unfortunately creating these versions need time and patience (remember we always test them), so you won’t find a Mac version of 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.

12. Why I receive a Virus warning when I try to download a game from your site?

We take all the necessary precautions to protect our packages from computer viruses. If you want to know more, please read how we keep GamesNostalgia safe from viruses and malware. We are aware of a known issue with Windows Defender. This antivirus cannot read our maximum compression 7zip archives properly, and in some cases, it reports a trojan, but in reality, the file is clean. If you trust us enough, you can try to deactivate Defender, download the file, and extract the archive in a folder. After that, you can scan the folder with antivirus, and you will see that it's clean.

13. When I try to extract the archive, I have been asked a password. What is it?

If you don’t know the password, open your browser again and go back the page of GamesNostalgia where you downloaded the game and read the review/game description. 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”.

14. What does Abandonware mean?

The answer to this question is not so simple, but if you want to know more about it, you can read our opinion here: what is abandonware?

Finally, my question is not here. What can I do?

Have you checked the Help page? You can also write to our email address. Just remember we receive a lot of emails every day, so be patient.

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