Early Mac / PC Shareware Resources

I grew up playing games on Mac and DOS based computers. Every once in a while I’ll get the hankering to look for old games that I haven’t played before.

One of my favorite ways to find old computer games is by surfing around the old websites that used to host them back in the day.

Vintage Macintosh

If you’ve ever went down a similar path to find old vintage computer websites, you’ll probably have realized how many useful websites and cool pages are now offline and seemingly wiped off the internet!

Thankfully most websites can still be accessed using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, but you’ll first need to know where and what to look for.

This page is my attempt to organize some of the archived links to retro computing resources that I’ve collected over the years.

I hope you find it helpful!

Last updated: 10/14/2022

Classic Mac Resources:

macintoshgarden.org/ – First stop for vintage Macintosh games and apps.

tinkerdifferent.com/ – Forum for vintage computer enthusiasts.

68kmla.org/forums/ – Classic forum for vintage Apple Mac Enthusiasts.

themacarchive.net/ – Essential software for vintage Macintosh.

macgui.com/ – Home of the Mac GUI Vault. This website has lots of resources for Apple II and Mac computers.

compmuseum.org/wiki/Main_Page – The Highland Historic Computer Museum (HHCM) — located in Highland, Maryland, USA — is a computer museum dedicated to preserving historical computer equipment and making it available to the public.

sites.google.com/site/oldmacarchive/ – Used to be a small abandonware page with hand picked ROMs and software. Most of the links are dead.

max1zzz.co.uk/ – Another great website dedicated to classic Macintosh software. This website also includes ftp access to the archive, but as I understand you’re only able to download up to 5kb/s without an account.

euronet.nl/users/mvdk/system_6_heaven.html – A website devoted to System 6, including a download section.

System 7 Today – A great resource and forum for all things System 7!

underground-gamer.com/wiki/index.php/Classic_Mac_Games_Project – A wiki hosted on underground-gamer, “The goal of this project is to have every game made for the Classic Mac OS.”

macshare.com/ – Vintage in its appearance, this website seems as if it may contain a whole lot of fun Mac shareware games.

vintagemacworld.com/ – A website devoted to interesting and obscure Apple hardware and software and marketing materials.

home.planet.nl/~pulle071/firemac/ – FireMac – a classic site filled with 68k apps and games.

mu0n.github.io/ForayInto68k/index.html – Foray into 68000: Classic Mac Game programming resources.

mac-archive.emnet.co.uk/data/mac/game/index.html – EMNET’s classic Mac archive. The downloads on this page don’t work anymore, but it is useful to read and find out about new games.

gamegenie.com/cheats/mac/index.html – Cheat codes for what is mostly vintage Mac games.

ktroad.ne.jp/~hisaki/000/sounds.html – Archive of an old japanese site that has most all vintage Mac models start up sounds. Most of these still work, though there are some that werent archived.

w3.trib.com/~dwood/gateways.html – Archive of an old Macintosh focused website with lots of interesting resources. Downloads on this site no longer work but the software descriptions are helpful.

mactimes.com/puremac/arcade.shtml – Archive of an old Mac site, very few of the categories still worked, so this link takes you start to the arcade section. The download links do not work, but it is useful for reading game descriptions.

gamesdomain.co.uk/info/gphl.html Archive of the old Hack Mac Games text. This text is very useful to disable copy protection on very early Mac games.

edprint.demon.co.uk/se/index.html – Archive of an old site dedicated to squeezing the last bit of life out of your Macintosh SE. In depth stuff including pinouts!

oldermac.hardsdisk.net/oldmac.html – This website has a ton more links to vintage Macintosh resources.

myoldmac.net/ – Resources and pictures of many classic Mac computers and accessories. Really great site!

machut.com – Mac Hut was a large archive of older Macintosh software. Abandonware, Shareware, Freeware, and Demos.

applemuseum.bott.org/sections/os.html – VERY in depth descriptions of early Mac OSes. This is the place to check out if you want to know more about the roots of Mac OS.

folklore.org/ – Anecdotes about the development of Apple’s original Macintosh computer, and the people who created it. Very interesting stuff here.

www.5star-shareware.com/ – This website appears to have a collection of shareware and freeware for both classic Mac OS, early OSX, and most versions of Windows.

This following section is for old Windows and DOS shareware and freeware stuff. In this day and age finding DOS stuff is easy, but still the obscure shareware stuff can be tough to find, and yet tougher to discover new games.

DOS & PC Resources

http://winworldpc.com/ – WinWorld is an online museum dedicated to the preservation and sharing of abandonware and pre-release software, as well as any and all knowledge associated with such works.

home2.swipnet.se/~w-27553/games.html – A website with shareware downloads, and lots of game descriptions. (Descriptions are really important in my opinion.)

http://vetusware.com/ – Lots of weird stuff here, though its mainly on this list because it has descriptions of the files.

pcxt-micro.com/history.html – History of DOS. Another site with all sorts of weird DOS stuff.

bootdisk.com/dostools.htm – Lots of useful DOS tools are here.

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