Internet Archive Historical Software Collection.

A few days ago, the Internet Archive added a new section to their site called the Historic Software Collection –


‘Welcome to the Historical Software Collection

This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software)’



There’s only a few titles added to the collection at the moment (since checking, they’ve now added even more), but even still, I’ve just had a fun few hours reading about them and then going on to play some of the games directly from within my web browser. Web based computer emulation has been out for ages, but I’m liking how the Internet Archive has used this technology to accompany each article. I’m even playing E.T.!

So far, the collection includes –

Karateka – Apple II

Akalabeth – Apple II – I’ve really been enjoying this one.

The Hobbit – ZX Spectrum

Choplifter – Apple II

E.T. – Atari 2600

Elite – ZX Spectrum

Pac-Man 4K – Atari 2600

Microsoft Adventure – DOS

High-Res Adventure #1 – Apple II

Pitfall – Atari 2600

Chuckie Egg – ZX Spectrum (an absolute classic).

Lemonade Stand – Apple II

KC Munchkins – Philips Videopac/Odyssey 2

Pac-Man – Atari 2600

Rocky Boots – Apple II

Chess – TRS Colour Computer

Adventure #1 – Adventure International

Jet Set Willy – ZX Spectrum

Mega Bug – TRS -80

Silicon Salad – Apple II

The Designers Pencil – I can’t seem to get this one working though.

Smurf Rescue – Colecovision

Knight Lore – ZX Spectrum (another cracking game)

Castle Wolfenstein – Apple II (maze)

School Daze – ZX Spectrum

Here’s the link –


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