How to play old games on a new computer (free and legally)

How to play old games on a new computer (free and legally)

As has been well established, I'm stuck in the 1990s. For this reason, VR headsets have never appealed to me as much as a game which uses an icometric grid. The problem is I use Windows 10 - but here's how I've got my favourite retro games to work.

How to play SimCity 4 on a new computer

SimCity 4 was my favourite in the series. It had the right balance between many features, and being saturated with complications.

For years it was assumed SimCity 4 would never work on anything above Windows XP, but fear not, the good people of Simtropolis have developed a launcher which should be downloaded. Follow the instructions and you can get SimCity working on Windows 10 without issue!

While you're on Simtropolis, stick around because their mods and downloads are fantastic. I'm not in to the game like I used to be but it's still worth downloading the top few so you're not missing out on some great features.

I always found SimCity 4 was prone to crashing, and unfortunately 10 years later this is still the case. Best to save regularly.

Can I get SimCity 4 for free?

Officially, it's a no for this one. The game has been hacked many times and there are plenty of dodgy websites offering you (illegal) free copies, but you need to know what you're doing if you want to mess with that corner of the internet.

How to play RollerCoaster Tycoon on a new computer

RollerCoaster Tycoon was a legendary game in its day. Which version was best? The newer ones added more features, but lost the charm.

Step in the amazing OpenRCT2. They have taken the original version of the game, rewritten it to make it work with Windows 10, and added many more features. It's retrogaming perfection.

Can I get RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 for free?

The OpenRCT2 project is in development, and I hope one day it gets so far you can play it without the original game. For now, you will need the original, but you can find it cheap on Steam.

How to play Transport Tycoon on a new computer

Unsurprisingly this one was my favourite. Transport Tycoon was a seriously underrated economic simulation game, the predecessor to RollerCoaster Tycoon.

It always felt like more could have been done with it, and luckily some enthusiasts agreed. Step forward OpenTTD.

Unlike OpenRCT2 above, OpenTTD has been going for years, and has now completely rewritten the game. If you've never played it before but you have a soft spot for human geography, I'd urge you to give it some time, because many people have found it extremely addictive.

Can I get Transport Tycoon for free?

This is the best part. OpenTTD is now so far removed from the original Transport Tycoon Deluxe it copies, you can download the full game free of charge from their website. In the unlikely event you do have your original CD, there is the option to copy over the original graphics, which adds a little more retro appeal.

I love all three games in their own way, but I'd say OpenTTD is the most addictive overall.

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