You may or may not have read about the recent Internet Arcade web-based library of free online retro games all playable in your browser. But there's more than just the Internet Arcade for you to get your retro kicks as we are going to go one step further and feature other retro browser based sites that really should be getting all of your attention. If you think 900 games is amazing, try playing into the 1000's with Amstrad, Amiga, Arcade, C64 and more all ready to play!
First up we have the Internet Arcade a hugely playable in your browser game list from the 1970's through to the 1990's, all emulated in JSMAME containing hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles. One of the best sites available for free Arcade gaming, a retro dream!
Also worth a mention is the Console Living Room which is a part of the Internet Archive, that allows you to play even more retro based games in your browser. Some very obscure titles in this list with systems like the Emerson Arcade, Entex Adventure Vision and others. So check out the games HERE and thanks to Aaron Hickman of RetroObscura for the heads up.
The next site we have to share is "Game Oldies"; systems such as the Amiga, Nintendo, Megadrive, SegaCD, NEC PC Engine, Neo-Geo, Atari LYNX and many more are all playable. But the gaming list isn't exactly small either, they are in the hundreds from incredible games like Aero Fighters 2 on the Neo-Geo to Dungeon Master on the Amiga. What's more the creators behind the site have even listed the games with artwork, logo's, title screenshots and in game screenshots!
Here's my personal favourite, JavaCPC Games; a huge list of playable in your browser Amstrad CPC games, ranging from the classic retro titles of the 80's to the latest homebrew releases. What's even more impressive, is the in browser emulator actually looks like a real Amstrad CPC 464, It's the one site I used regularly before I got my real Amstrad CPC 6128.
Classic Sega Online, Virtual SNES, Virtual NES, Virtual GBX
Also of interest to our readers would most likely be Classic Sega Online, Virtual SNES, Virtual NES and Virtual GBX. According to the developers of the site, the premier online destination for playing classic Sega, SNES, NES and GBX games. Which is pretty much true as it was also one of the original sites for playing games in browser in good quality such as Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, LoZ: A Link to the Past, Tecmo Super Bowl, Mega Man X, and many others.
Qaop - ZX Spectrum Emulator
80's Top Games
The last site for feature is "80's Top Games", which features so many systems and games we'd fill our site in no time just by listing them. From systems such as the Amstrad, C64, to Apple II and even TurboGrafix16. According to the owner, over 4000 games and growing, one of the biggest playable game databases on the internet.
UPDATE : We've just been contacted by an anon in our email with even more sites that might be worth a look
A system I've not personally had the pleasure of playing was the Atari 400/800XL. The Atari 8-bit is a series of 8-bit home computers introduced by Atari in 1979 and manufactured until 1992. Thanks to Xlatari you can now play every Atari 400/800XL game through your browser. Game list includes Aurum, Atomit, Atari Tennis and many more!
Retro MSX1/MSX 2
Ah the MSX, what a great system this was for retro gamers! MSX was the platform for which major Japanese game studios, such as Konami and Hudson Soft, produced video game titles. The Metal Gear series, for example, was originally written for MSX hardware! Now you can play all those lovely MSX games through the online browser based site Retro MSX1/MSX 2
Retro PC Engine - TurboGrafx
The last update mention is "Retro PC Engine - TurboGrafx", a wicked cool TurboGrafx 16 browser based emulator with hundreds of Retro games. From Arcade shoot em ups such as Armed Formation, to great platformers such as Adventure Island. Of all the TurboGrafx online gaming sites, this is one of the best!
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So there you have it, as promised over 1000 games from the Amstrad to the ZX Spectrum, pretty much every game you can think of is playable in some form on your browser. Hours will be spent at home, or at work just re-living those memories in Chrome, Firefox or any other browser you prefer. Why list just one site for gaming when we can go much further and list as many as we can. A special article treat from Indie Retro News!