Website: GOG (Good Old Games)

Part of the GOG homepage (snapshot by Old School Game Blog)
Part of the GOG homepage (snapshot by Old School Game Blog)

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to write about a website that I recently discovered through Amiga.org. The name of the site is GOG (Good Old Games) and it can be found here.

GOG is basically an Online store were you can purchase and download old-school games. There’s no copy protection or usage restrictions, so when you’ve bought a game, you own it in full. You can install the software on any PC you want, re-download whenever you feel like it and play without an Internet connection. The games are fully compatible with newer versions of Windows, like Vista and XP. GOG also provides after-sales support, which can be handy if a game refuses to work on your setup. As a bonus, you’ll even find wallpapers, manuals and other stuff for download. All this looks pretty good to me, so I decided to make an account. I haven’t purchased anything yet, but I probably will in the near future. Lot’s of goodies to pick from. πŸ˜‰

When you sign up for an account, you’ll get the option to download free games. These are (at the current moment) Tyrian 2000, Teen Agent, Beneath a Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, Ultima IV and Dragonsphere. Not bad for just signing up! All of these are true classics and well worth trying out if you are not familiar with them. I particularly recommend Tyrian 2000 for shoot’em up fans and Beneath a Steel Sky for bold adventurers.

An in-game screenshot from the PC version of Teen Agent (taken from http://www.gry-online.pl/S055.asp?ID=12945)
An in-game screenshot from the PC version of Teen Agent (taken from http://www.gry-online.pl/S055.asp?ID=12945)

The catalogue of games contains some real gems like Caesar 3, Cannon Fodder, Superfrog, Fallout 1 & 2, Simon the Sorcerer 2 and Call to Power 2. For a complete list of games, please head over to the catalogue.

Now, what does it cost to purchase a game through GOG? I can tell you that it is pretty cheap.. most of the titles seems to cost $5.99 (Β£3.89) or $9.99 (Β£6.49).

I just have to mention that your account contains a “virtual shelf”. The covers of the games you buy (plus the once you received for free when you signed up) will be displayed there. Looks quite cool. You can even change the style of the shelf.. I went for the wooden one. Here’s a picture of it:

Old School Game Blog's virtual shelf on GOG
Old School Game Blog's virtual shelf on GOG (snapshot by Old School Game Blog)

Personally, I think GOG is a great website for old-school gamers. It offers a wide range of quality games for download, the prices are fair and the software should work properly on modern versions of Windows. Now I’m off to browse the catalogue.. πŸ˜‰

What do you think of this store? Hope to hear from you concerning this. Are you going to sign up?

12 comments

  1. I’m a huge fan of GOG and have purchased many many old school classics from them. Best of all, some of them are patched to work on modern hardware/software which was brilliant as I got to play Interstate 76 all over again! Haven’t played this since the days of Voodoo 3dfx cards!

    Have also been playing a lot of FreeSpace 2, the Police Quest series and Under a Killing Moon which I haven’t played since way way WAY back when I had an 486 DX. Tex murphy makes me roll πŸ™‚

    Nice to see some of Team 17 classics being released. Only ever played them on the Amiga but like the idea of Tower Assault for my Windows netbook.

    • Hi Stiggy,

      Thanks for the comment mate. πŸ™‚

      Good to hear that you are happy with GOG. I think it looks great so far. More stuff will probably be added in the future.

      When I first read your comment, I noticed that you mentioned Under a Killing Moon. I’ve always wanted to play this game, but sadly I’ve forgot about it. I therefore went to GOG and bought it as a Weekend-gift for myself. πŸ˜‰ Had a go at it and it is great.. πŸ™‚ Love it so far! It worked right out of the box on Windows 7, which was great.

      Interstate 76? Never played that one before.. will have a look. πŸ™‚

  2. love the GOG website, I bought Little Big Adventure series and Planscape Torment in there, i’m also looking for an old PC game (don’t remember its name) but it looks like this flash bubble shooter gamer, id appreciate if you could help me find it πŸ˜€

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