OpenBSD Gaming Resource

What Games Are Available and Where to Get Them

Mr. Satterly

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Introduction

I want to show you what free games are available on OpenBSD. How can you search for something you don't know exists? After reading this document you will have an overview of what games, emulators, and other game tools exist and be able to find more on your own.

If you have questions about hardware check the OpenBSD manuals, mailing lists, and other forums. Bugs should be reported to the ports maintainers and software developers. Specifics about how to run the games are in their manuals, FAQs, Wikis, and ports documentation.

New to OpenBSD?

OpenBSD is an operating system like Microsoft Windows, MacOS, or Android. The best explanations on what OpenBSD is, what you can do with it, and how does it work come from the OpenBSD FAQ and Wikipedia. If you don't plan on using OpenBSD read the Wikipedia entry and some of the OpenBSD FAQ. If you use or plan to use OpenBSD read the manuals, OpenBSD FAQ, mailing lists, and other documentation.

General Resources

Many of the links are about old games because most of what OpenBSD can run and emulate are old games. Old can also mean classic, best ever made, and great genres that are no longer commercially produced.

Downloads

The demos here are about the demoscene, not the limited versions of commercial games.

Information

Communities

Reviews

These reviews mostly deal with commercial games. AVGN is entertainment, though he does review several of the consoles OpenBSD can emulate.

OpenBSD Exclusive Games

OpenBSD has exclusive games? Yes it does, except for ports. The OpenBSD ports system is only used in OpenBSD which is different from some operating systems which share a software repository. The ports repository has OpenBSD specific patches mostly for compatibility, but the games are available for other operating systems.

BSD Games

BSD Games are a collection of terminal games and software toys that can be installed during an install or upgrade of OpenBSD. They existed before OpenBSD and now are significantly different than the originals. Only two games need further explanations than what the manuals give - pig and wargames.

tetris tetris shows some graphical games can be played on a terminal

My description of pig spoils the game. Don't read the rest of this section if you want to avoid spoilers. The pig program converts English to Pig Latin which is classified as a language game. The entire manual for it is in Pig Latin which is the point of the game. I translated the manual to English.

"The pig utility reads the standard input and writes it out to standard output in Pig Latin. Useful for generating monthly reports."

Wargames lacks a manual or any explanation how it works. It is a simple launcher for other BSD games based on the movie called WarGames. Playing the game spoils the end of the movie.

hangman hangman tells me the word wasn't "OpenBSD"

Games

Software Toys

Resources

ddb

ddb is the kernel debugger that comes with OpenBSD. It includes a version of hangman similar to the one in BSD Games. This isn't an accessible game unless you can debug the OpenBSD kernel. See the hangman manual for how to play.

Games in Ports

0 A.D. 0.22 is one of the most polished games on OpenBSD. You can wage war against your friends or turn the map into a farm. 0 A.D. 0.22 is one of the most polished games on OpenBSD. You can wage war against your friends or turn the map into a farm.

Ports is the third-party software repository for OpenBSD. Packages are the binary distribution of ports. Read the FAQ and manuals to understand how to use both of them. Ports has readmes, extra documentation, website URLs, a software search, and more.

There are more ports than listed here. MMOs, game engines, and some others in ports are split into their own sections. The rest are here, but only those which I have tried.

The OpenTTD 1.7.0 menu using the free graphics replacement. The OpenTTD 1.7.0 menu using the free graphics replacement.

Older games such as Batrachians 0.1.6 don't scale, though sometimes offer a full screen option. Older games such as Batrachians 0.1.6 don't scale, though sometimes offer a full screen option.

Not even OpenBSD can escape the many card games on every system. Belooted 0.1.4.1 shown here plays a card game popular in France and Bulgaria called Belote. Not even OpenBSD can escape the many card games on every system. Belooted 0.1.4.1 shown here plays a card game popular in France and Bulgaria called Belote.

FooBillard 3.0 a 3D billiards simulator is an unexpected find in ports. FooBillard 3.0 a 3D billiards simulator is an unexpected find in ports.

Roguelights and roguelikes are an important genre in open source games. Witchblast 0.7.5 is one of several games from those genres in ports. Roguelights and roguelikes are an important genre in open source games. Witchblast 0.7.5 is one of several games from those genres in ports.

Packages

Packages: Software Toys

Resources

Resources: Game Extras

Games Requiring Nonfree Data

So many nonfree games end up on this list because the copyright owners of those games released the source code, but not the game assets. This creates an odd situation where the source code was ported to OpenBSD, but you still have to buy the game.

CorsixTH 0.61 using the Theme Hospital demo. "Sorry, the demo data files don't contain this dialog." CorsixTH 0.61 using the Theme Hospital demo.

Descent 1 demo on DXX-Rebirth 0.60 Descent 1 demo on DXX-Rebirth 0.60

Descent 2 demo on DXX-Rebirth 0.60 Descent 2 demo on DXX-Rebirth 0.60

Arx Fatalis demo on Arx Libertatis 1.1.2 The Arx Fatalis demo played through Arx Libertatis 1.1.2 looks and plays like Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Packages

Games: Nonfree

Resources

Network Clients

MMOs

I wouldn't call any of these games massive. Choria claims to be an MMORPG, but it has a single player mode and I haven't found any servers for it. Crossfire is effectively dead. It had 0 players many times I checked, though recently I saw a few players or maybe idlers online.

The ManaPlus client supports Evol Online and The Mana World. The only active one is The Mana World and it has a small and dwindling player base. The total online numbers don't show that many of the players are idling in the center of a town.

Crossfire client showing 5 people online which is the most I have ever seen. The client doesn't like my font choices. Crossfire client showing 5 people online which is the most I have ever seen. The client doesn't like my font choices.

Packages

Games: Servers

MUDs

MUDs are the precursor to MMOs and they could be described as text based MMOs or multiplayer Interactive Fiction. Ports includes MUD clients, not servers.

Packages

Games: Servers

Resources

The Players who suit MUDs paper and A Rape in Cyberspace are great reads even if you don't play MUDs.

Browser Games

I define browser games as any game that runs in a browser including those played in JavaScript emulators. Any full-featured browser from ports should work.

I would need the space of this entire document to explain how terrible browsers such as Firefox and Chromium are. All the browsers in ports are bad choices, but I think Firefox is the least worst.

Ever thought that web browsers with Canvas, JavaScript, WebGL, Web Fonts, Cookies, WebSockets, Local Storage, WebAssembly, WebRTC, and other game enabling features are just too secure? Then ports has a Java plugin you can install. Fortunately the fun stops there because there are no plugins for Flash, Silverlight, or Unity.

Packages: Browsers

Packages: Plugins

Games

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has so many games across many systems I thought it deserved its own section under browser games. All the games linked here run in the browser, but can't be downloaded.

Games

Games: Console Library

Games: Software Library

Game Engines

Game engines need games, game data, or other files to run. Ports sometimes includes games for them, but not always. Some of the programs are game engine recreations, forks, or source ports.

Blender Game Engine

Blender is quite flexible for a 3D graphics program. You can make models for 3D printing, animated movies, and even games. Load the .blend file in Blender and the render menu becomes a game menu. Selecting the Start Game Engine option should work.

I read the API changes often and isn't backwards compatible. This may be why some of the games I tried didn't work.

Blender 2.79 with Sintel the Game loaded and ready to run. Blender 2.79 with Sintel the Game loaded and ready to run.

Sintel the Game on Blender 2.79 Sintel the Game on Blender 2.79

Packages

Games

Flare

Flare 0.19 and its Alpha Demo Flare 0.19 and its Alpha Demo

Flare is a 2D action RPG engine. It comes with one short game and more are available as mods.

Packages

Mods

id Tech 1, Doom engine

I am not sure where to begin. The Doom franchise and all the games based on the engine have so much written about them. Luckily I don't have to say much about OpenBSD and the Doom engine.

Chocolate-Doom runs Doom, Doom II: Hell on Earth, Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders, Hexen: Beyond Heretic, and Strife. PrBoom and PrBoom+ run Doom and Doom II. None of those games are free, but there are several free game data replacements. There are probably tens of thousands of mods known as WADs for Doom and Doom II.

Freedoom is a free content replacement for Doom seen here on Chocolate Doom 3.0.0 in Windowed mode Freedoom is a free content replacement for Doom seen here on Chocolate Doom 3.0.0 in Windowed mode

Packages

Packages: Free Content Replacements

Packages: Nonfree

Games: Nonfree

Games: Free content replacements

Resources

Instead

Escape the Toilet on Instead 3.0.1 Experience toilet humor in the escape the room game titled Escape the Toilet on Instead 3.0.1

Instead says it is a simple text adventure interpreter, but like Ren'Py the games go beyond what the description says. Depending on if you speak Russian you will find most of the games aren't playable.

Packages

Games

Marathon 2

Blasting aliens in Marathon 1 using Alephone 1.2.1 Blasting aliens in Marathon 1 using Alephone 1.2.1

Aleph One is based on the original Marathon 2 engine. It runs Marathon, Marathon 2: Durandal, Marathon Infinity (Marathon 3), and 3rd party scenarios. Bungie released the Marathon game data for free years ago.

Ports has the data for the Marathon trilogy and two 3rd party scenarios. The scenario ports are nice enough to include commands to start each one, but it is possible to start Aleph One with the game directory as an argument. The few scenarios from outside ports worked, but I didn't test them extensively.

If you don't play the game I suggest reading Marathon's story told through game terminals on Bungie's website. If you don't play the game I suggest reading Marathon's story told through game terminals on Bungie's website.

Packages

Packages: Scenarios

Games: Scenarios

Resources

Ren'Py

Ren'Py is a visual novel game engine. It comes with two tutorial games for developers. Ren'Py on OpenBSD requires all the game files or source code. While the downloads don't mention it the Linux versions usually expose the needed files.

Each game might have it's own documentation and in game help systems. Ren'Py lacks a manual and most of the online documentation is for game developers. Use these lines for some basic help.

$ renpy -h
$ renpy --help

Ren'Py on OpenBSD wont start because of a bug somewhere. This fix was posted on the mailing list.

$ export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so.17.0

Ren'Py needs the full directory name of a game as an argument to start or it assumes it is in its base directory and will give you an error. Here is an example.

$ renpy /home/user_name/game_directory/

The version of Ren'Py in ports is out of date. It wouldn't run some of the newer games, but I had no problems with older ones. Check the release date of the version in ports then avoid games made after that date.

The quality of the free games runs from absolute garbage to amazing. Commercial games might work if the game exposes all the files, but I didn't test any.

Mimi Nezumi on Ren'Py 6.17.7 The games can be cute and short such as Mimi Nezumi on Ren'Py 6.17.7.

Katawa Shoujo on Ren'Py 6.17.7 Katawa Shoujo on Ren'Py 6.17.7 evokes strong emotions from its fans.

Packages

Games

Most Ren'Py games are free, though there are quite a few commercial games.

Solarus

Solarus says it is an action RPG engine. All the games are clones of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Solarus has no manual or readme and the Solarus Wiki is nearly useless.

There are 3 games by the Solarus team in ports. The community has made 1 game and 1 demo. Solarus said my version was too new to run Tunics and too old to run the demo The Legend of Zelda: Book of Mudora.

The games in ports support a gamepad. To play them use this command.

$ solarus_run game_directory

Press F1 or D then left or right to get an in game help or option screen.

Packages

Packages: Games

Games

Game Engines for DOS

The game engines listed here are for DOS or more specifically DOSBox. While I don't cover emulating other operating systems to play games I think using DOSBox is a special case. DOSBox doesn't require an emulated disk and instead uses the file system exposed by OpenBSD. For other OS emulation it requires installing that OS inside a full computer emulator, which DOSBox doesn't need either. The game engines themselves don't require an installation, but they do need configured. All of those reasons make using DOS game engines somewhere between the difficulty of using ROMs in game console emulators and using an OS you must install inside a full computer emulator.

Eamon Deluxe

Packages

Games

Software

MegaZeux

MegaZeux 2.70 start screen on DOSBox 0.74 MegaZeux 2.70 start screen on DOSBox 0.74

MegaZeux is a game engine for Microsoft Windows that is similar to ZZT. The older DOS version of MegaZeux works in DOSBox, but this limits which games can be played.

The controls in MegaZeux are not intuitive. Read the help file MegaZeux offers during the first configuration. If you missed it then view MZX_HELP.FIL in any text editor. It isn't plain text, but it is still readable.

The Endless Journey is one of the more advanced games for MegaZeux 2.70 on DOSBox 0.74. The Endless Journey is one of the more advanced games for MegaZeux 2.70 on DOSBox 0.74.

Packages

Software

Games

Resources

Mugen

The Mugen title screen on DOSBox 0.74 The Mugen title screen on DOSBox 0.74

MUGEN, M.U.G.E.N., or Mugen was a fighting game engine for Microsoft Windows, though the early versions were for MS-DOS. The last DOS version was 2001.04.14 so any characters, stages, and mods need to be compatible with that. When looking for mods remember versions 1.0 and 1.1 were for Microsoft Windows only. The DOS version of Mugen also needs DPMI to be placed in its directory which I linked to below.

Adding new content to Mugen can be a pain. Go through all the Mugen directories and read all the readmes and look through some of the .def files. It will explain how to add everything. After that comes the part of scouring through old websites testing which addons will work. Even if you find something that works most of the content out there has major problems with the old DOS Mugen. I didn't have a good experience with this engine, but I included it because it mostly works.

Majin Buu vs Goku in front of Babidi's spaceship. Notice the poor scaling in DOSBox 0.74. Use the fullscreen option instead. Majin Buu vs Goku in front of Babidi's spaceship. Notice the poor scaling in DOSBox 0.74. Use the fullscreen option instead.

The characters, stages, movies, and interfaces you can add are based on everything from 1990s fighting games to fast food mascots and vocoloid holograms. Everything I read called Mugen a game engine, but FreeCiv allows new units, graphics, sounds, and rulesets and it's not a game engine. I'm don't want to debate minor differences, so I also listed Mugen as a game engine.

Packages

Software

Addons

Resources

Multiple Game Engines

EasyRPG - RPG Maker 2000, RPG Maker 2003

The controversial RPG Maker 2000 game Super Columbine Massacre RPG! on EasyRPG 0.5.3. The controversial RPG Maker 2000 game Super Columbine Massacre RPG! on EasyRPG 0.5.3.

The specifications and games for RPG Maker 2000 are similar to RPGs on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System while RPG Maker 2003 is similar to the Sony Playstation. The only software available to run them is EasyRPG. At a glance the games seemed to work, but I noticed some font distortion issues in RPG Maker 2000 games.

EasyRPG is a game engine, not a game maker. That means it can only run RPG Maker 2000 and 2003 games. It can't open, design, or compile them.

Packages

Games: RPG Maker 2000

Games: RPG Maker 2003

Resources

Interactive Fiction - Glulx, Hugo, Inform, TADS, Z-machine

I listed all interactive fiction engines here because I have never seen a website with interactive fiction game downloads focus on only one engine. There are so few ports it wouldn't make sense to split them.

This section should be called Gargoyle because I think it is the best interactive fiction program in ports. I was surprised that it supports graphics and sound. The only reason to use anything besides Gargoyle is to run Frotz in a terminal.

The Gargoyle website says the developers thought they were making the typography better than the X Windows rendering. The problem is they don't allow hinting. I don't know what fonts look better without hinting, but I haven't seen any on OpenBSD. Maybe on other operating systems it looks better.

The default fonts selected by Gargoyle look worse in Gargoyle than they do outside of it. DejaVu the default font for OpenBSD and many ports programs also looks worse without hinting. I didn't see an option to enable hinting. Maybe they hated it so much they never put it in.

Packages

Games

The great thing for players nearly all the games are free other than a few from the 1980s when IF was still sold in stores.

Resources

ScummVM

ScummVM runs 2D graphic adventure games that were made for other systems. Ports has the data for the CD versions of Beneath a Steel Sky and Flight of the Amazon Queen. A few more are available for free on the ScummVM website.

ScummVM supports too many game engines to list in the title. Here are just a few of those engines.

The protagonist who looks like Neil Gaiman put into Neuromancer interrupts a famous scene in the game DreamWeb on ScummVM 2.0.0 The protagonist who looks like Neil Gaiman put into Neuromancer interrupts a famous scene in the game DreamWeb on ScummVM 2.0.0

Packages

Packages: Games

Games: Free

Games: Nonfree

Multiple System Emulation

MAME

MAME emulates over a thousand systems including computers, handheld and home consoles, arcade systems, chess machines, calculators, and slot machines. Many of the popular and recent systems require firmware.

MAME 0.204 showing the available arcade games. See the Arcade Emulation section for a download link to these free games. MAME 0.204 showing the available arcade games. See the Arcade Emulation section for a download link to these free games.

Packages

Resources

Mednafen

Mednafen emulates many home game consoles and handheld game systems. Some modules require external firmware files. The documentation included with the package is the same as the documentation on Mednafen's webpage.

Packages

RetroArch

RetroArch is frontend for libretro cores or plugins. The cores emulate many systems.

Packages

Packages: libretro cores

Arcade Emulation

Neo-Geo 4-in-1 upright arcade cabinet Neo-Geo 4-in-1 upright arcade cabinet [Neo-Geo_Cabinet]

Arcade emulation means MAME which is an acronym for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. The term arcade game goes beyond the classic upright cabinets of the early 1980s. MAME emulates so many types of systems such as pinball and video poker systems, though getting games for it is difficult. There are few free games and publishers have only rarely offered a limited amount of ROMs for sale in the past.

Arcade games were designed to suck down quarters as much as possible. You will find playing with infinite credits is almost like cheating and will see just how short the games really are.

World Rally on MAME 0.195 World Rally on MAME 0.195

Packages

Games

Resources

Computer Emulation

The computer systems I list had operating systems, but it wasn't required to play games. It seems for those systems the disk images were enough to start playing.

Resources

Atari ST, Atari STE, Atari TT, Atari Falcon

Atari 1040STf Atari 1040STf [Atari_1040STf]

The Atari ST series had firmware and an operating system called TOS. Hatari has everything needed to play games.

Hatari 2.1.0 running its EmuTOS Hatari 2.1.0 running its EmuTOS

Packages

Games

Commodore PET, CBM-II, Plus/4, VIC-20, 64, 64 Direct-to-TV, 128

Commodore PET 2001 Commodore PET 2001 [PET]

This sections covers the list below, but there were other 8 bit systems by Commodore.

Commodore 64 Commodore 64 [C64]

I briefly tested VICE and games seem to work with it. Both Frodo and VICE have the classic blue Commodore boot screen with Commodore BASIC.

That classic blue Commodore BASIC boot screen on VICE 3.1 That classic blue Commodore BASIC boot screen on VICE 3.1

Packages

Games

Commodore Amiga

Commodore Amiga 500 Commodore Amiga 500 [Amiga_500]

FS-UAE and UAE both emulate many of the Commodore Amiga systems and the firmware called Kickstart. AmigaOS wasn't required to play the games I tried.

FS-UAE was frustrating to get running the first time even though the package readme and the documentation covers everything. The internal firmware is enabled by setting kickstart_file = internal in the configuration file. Set the floppy_drive_0 = to a floppy image file location. Press F12 once the program is running. That is enough to get started.

Packages

Games

Microsoft MSX, MSX2, MSX2+, MSX Turbo R

Sony MSX HitBit HB-10P Sony MSX HitBit HB-10P [MSX]

The MSX is a standard and not a specific computer. The four generations of MSX standards are the MSX, MSX2, MSX2+, and MSX Turbo R. I imagine there was problems over the years between implementations of that standard, but I didn't see any problems emulating games.

openMSX supports cassettes, cartridge ROMs, disk files, and so on. It also emulates the firmware and can use a directory as a disk. Surprisingly openMSX uses the menu key.

Packages

Games

Sega SC-3000

See Sega SG-1000 in Game Console Emulation.

ZX Spectrum

ZX Spectrum 48K ZX Spectrum 48K [Spectrum]

Fuse worked with the games I tried and it didn't require any extra files to run ZX Spectrum games.

Packages

Games

Game Console Emulation

There is so much to say about every console. Each one of these systems could fill a book by themselves. I am fairly brief with each section to prevent this from turning into an emulation document. Specific information about MAME and Mednafen are covered in multiple system emulation. I only include systems that have at least one emulator that works without firmware.

Amstrad GX4000

The Amstrad GX4000 was a European game console based on the Amstrad CPC and was made 1990-1991. The Amstrad GX4000 was a European game console based on the Amstrad CPC and was made 1990-1991. [Amstrad_GX4000]

Play a bear and fight a teddy bear in the bare problems zone of BEARS! on MAME 0.204 Play a bear and fight a teddy bear in the bare problems zone of BEARS! on MAME 0.204

Pentomino is a simple puzzle homebrew game shown here on MAME 0.199 Pentomino is a simple puzzle homebrew game shown here on MAME 0.199

Packages

Games

Atari 2600, Atari VCS

The Atari 2600 complete with woodgrain a popular feature on products in the 1970s. The Atari 2600 complete with woodgrain a popular feature on products in the 1970s. [Atari_2600]

Neither MAME nor Stella require any firmware because whatever the Atari 2600 needs is included with the game.

Atari 2600 Atari 2600 Jr [Atari_2600_Jr]

Packages

Games

Atari Jaguar, Atari Jaguar CD

Atari Jaguar with Atar Jaguar CD Atari Jaguar with Atari Jaguar CD [Atari_Jaguar]

Virtual Jaguar is the only Atari Jaguar emulator in ports. I haven't seen any games use the number pad and I hope I don't. I wasn't able to get many of the games and demos to run unless they were in a certain format. None of the Atari Jaguar CD games I tried worked.

Packages

Games

Resources

Interton Electronic VC 4000

Interton Electronic VC 4000 Interton Electronic VC 4000 [VC_4000]

The Interton Electronic VC 4000 group consists of at least these variants and clones.

Like many other game consoles there isn't a homebrew scene for the Interton Electronic VC 4000. The good news is I found one homebrew game and that gives me a reason to make this section.

Flappy Bird for the Interton Electronic VC 4000 which MAME 0.195 emulates poorly. Clearly the pinnacle of gaming has been reached. Flappy Bird for the Interton Electronic VC 4000 which MAME 0.195 emulates poorly. Clearly the pinnacle of gaming has been reached.

Packages

Games

NEC TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine

The NEC TurboGrafx-16 is also known as the NEC PC Engine. It was a fourth generation console produced first produced in 1987. The NEC TurboGrafx-16 is also known as the NEC PC Engine. It was a fourth generation console first produced in 1987. [PCE]

The TurboGraphx-16 used media called HuCards. There was a CD-ROM addon and several of the variants included it. Mednafen seems to need the firmware for the CD addon while MAME seems to need the CD game in CHD format. Here are some of those variants.

There are few homebrew games for the TurboGrafx-16. One of those is Reflectron on MAME 0.197. There are few homebrew games for the TurboGrafx-16. One of those is Reflectron on MAME 0.197.

Another game by Aetherbyte is Nantettatte Engine on MAME 0.197 with this title screen spoof about the homebrew scene. Another game by Aetherbyte is Nantettatte Engine on MAME 0.197 with this title screen spoof about the homebrew scene.

Packages

Games

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS XL Nintendo 3DS XL [3DS]

I was surprised such a new system would show up in OpenBSD. Before you get too excited Citra can only emulate a few homebrew games. Luckily there is an active and large homebrew scene for the 3DS unlike other older and more obscure systems. Not only that, but many of the games include source code too.

Packages

Games

Nintendo 64

The Nintendo 64 was released in 1996 and had 3D graphics. The Nintendo 64 was released in 1996 and had 3D graphics. [N64]

Mupen64Plus is the only working emulator in ports for the Nintendo 64 that emulates the firmware. It includes all the needed plugins to work and has 3D acceleration support in OpenBSD. It only requires a game to run.

The controller configuration for Mupen64Plus is a bit complicated, but it does work. I was able to eventually get my gamepad to work with it.

Mupen64Plus 2.5 running Funnel Cube. Many homebrew games don't work with this emulator. Mupen64Plus 2.5 running Funnel Cube. Many homebrew games don't work with this emulator.

Packages

Games

Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS used both a stylus and a microphone to play games. The Nintendo DS used both a stylus and a microphone to play games. [NDS]

DeSmuME is the only Nintendo DS emulator in ports and it doesn't need the DS firmware. It supports using a gamepad, keyboard, and mouse. In OpenBSD a mouse can also be a touchscreen or graphics tablet. This might be useful since the DS used a stylus. I found some of the games nearly impossible to play without a stylus, but when I tried a graphics tablet it wasn't any better than the mouse. Maybe a touch screen with a stylus might work better. I didn't test if the microphone support works.

Bob's Game on DeSmuME 0.9.11. The developer claims he spent over 15,000 hours working on the game. Bob's Game on DeSmuME 0.9.11. The developer claims he spent over 15,000 hours working on the game.

Packages

Games

Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System was a massively popular and influential third generation console and was first released in North America in 1985. The Nintendo Entertainment System was a massively popular and influential third generation console and was first released in North America in 1985. [NES]

The Nintendo Entertainment System also known as the NES and Nintendo Famicom had so many clones it would be difficult to list them all, but here are just a few.

Nintendo Famicom with Disk System Nintendo Famicom with Disk System [Famicom]

Just as there was many games for the NES there are hundreds of homebrew games as well.

Packages

Games

Resources

Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color

Nintendo Game Boy Nintendo Game Boy [Game_Boy]

VBA-M and Gambatte have command line and graphical versions. I prefer the command line, but neither of them could correctly use my gamepad without the graphical configuration. VBA-M gives Pango warnings and crashes when configuring a controller. mGBA has limited options and is best used as a RetroArch core.

Nintendo Game Boy Color Nintendo Game Boy Color [GBC]

Packages

Games

Nintendo Game Boy Advance

Nintendo Game Boy Advance Nintendo Game Boy Advance [GBA]

The options for Nintendo Game Boy Advance emulation are similar to the Game Boy except without Gambatte.

Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Mark 1 Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Mark 1 [GBA_SP-MK1]

Packages

Games

Nintendo GameCube

Nintendo GameCube Nintendo GameCube [GameCube]

Dolphin runs both Nintendo GameCube and Wii games. There isn't much of a homebrew scene.

The Dolphin 5.0 user interface The Dolphin 5.0 user interface

Packages

Games

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii Nintendo Wii [Wii]

The Dolphin 5.0 user interface The Dolphin 5.0 user interface

Packages

Games

Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Famicom

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was a fourth generation console first released in North America in 1991. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was a fourth generation console first released in North America in 1991. [SNES]

Tchou on Snes9x 1.57 certainly has a different art style compared to other SNES games. Tchou on Snes9x 1.57 certainly has a different art style compared to other SNES games.

The SNES was known as the Nintendo Super Famicom in Japan and was the follow up to the NES or Nintendo Famicom. The SNES was known as the Nintendo Super Famicom in Japan and was the follow up to the NES or Nintendo Famicom. [Super_Famicom]

The censored title screen of the homebrew Rape Games on Snes9x 1.57. It's an awful set of three button mashing mini-games. The censored title screen of the homebrew Rape Games on Snes9x 1.57. It's an awful set of three button mashing mini-games.

Packages

Games

Sega Genesis, Sega Mega Drive

The Sega Genesis was a fourth generation console first introduced in North America in 1989. The Sega Genesis was a fourth generation console first introduced in North America in 1989. [Genesis]

The Sega Genesis also known as the Sega Mega Drive had an odd history of peripherals. The Sega CD was a base that the Genesis plugged into. Then the Sega 32X plugged into the top loader of the Genesis. Even though the 32X and CD were peripherals they were also another game console. This created a patchwork monstrosity. This section only deals with the original Genesis.

Similar to the Nintendo Entertainment System the Sega Genesis had many names and had several variants. Here are a few of those.

Bare Knuckled Princess on MAME 0.195 is one of the many interesting homebrew creations. Bare Knuckled Princess on MAME 0.195 is one of the many interesting homebrew creations.

Packages

Games

Resources

Sega Master System, Sega Mark III

Sega Master System Sega Master System [Master_System]

The Sega Master System is also known as the Sega Mark III.

Packages

Games

Resources

Sega Saturn

Sega Saturn Sega Saturn [Saturn]

I don't have much to say about the Sega Saturn because I had no luck emulating games with Yabause, but it does emulate the firmware.

Packages

Games

Sega SG-1000

Sega SG-1000 Sega SG-1000 [SG-1000]

Some of the clones and variants of the Sega SG-1000 include

Sega SC-3000 Sega SC-3000 [SC-3000]

The emulation websites I saw lumped the SG-1000 together with the Sega Master System. Both are similar, but different systems. None of the Sega SG-1000 emulators in ports require firmware.

Packages

Games

Sony PlayStation

Sony PlayStation SCPH-5001 Sony PlayStation SCPH-5001 [PS1]

Both PCSX-Reloaded and the core for RetroArch emulate the Sony PlayStation BIOS.

Sony PlayStation PSone Sony PlayStation PSone [PSone]

Packages

Games

Sony PlayStation Portable

The Sony PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 was released in 2004. The PSP was an advanced portable 3D system for its time. The Sony PlayStation Portable PSP-1000 was released in 2004. The PSP was an advanced portable 3D system for its time. [PSP].

The PSP ran games similar to ones on the Sony PlayStation 1 so much so that several PS1 games were ported to the PSP. Again there is only one choice in ports for emulation. This time it's PPSSPP which has a built-in game repository. Outside the repository there is a large homebrew scene.

The PPSSPP Homebrew Store on PPSSPP 1.5.4 The PPSSPP Homebrew Store on PPSSPP 1.5.4

Every system needs Flappy Bird shown here on PPSSPP 1.5.4 Every system needs Flappy Bird shown here on PPSSPP 1.5.4

Packages

Games

Live Media Emulation

I added live CDs and DVDs with games here. None of these require an emulated disk or an OS install.

ReactOS

The ReactOS live CD runs on x86 and x86-64 emulators. I tested it with QEMU, though it should work with Bochs and MAME. ReactOS comes with Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, and WinMine. Both the solitaire games are clones of the card games with the same names in Microsoft Windows. WinMine is a Microsoft Minesweeper clone.

ReactOS live CD on QEMU 2.12.0 ReactOS live CD on QEMU 2.12.0 using a high resolution playing Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, and WinMine all at once

Packages

Games

Software

TempleOS

TemplOS logo TempleOS incorporates the Bible in its core functionality and is the subject of many internet jokes. [TempleOS]

The one man behind making TempleOS had a colorful history. While he was alive the internet encouraged him for both fun and morbid curiosity in their search for novelty. The operating system he made is impressive, but what about playing games on OpenBSD?

The TempleOS live CD includes several games that have the quality, look, and functionality of shareware from several decades ago. A few of them appear to be clones of more popular games. You can access games by clicking on the main menu near the top of the screen and clicking on their icons in the window that pops up. For me the games run too slow on QEMU so there isn't much more to say. Maybe one day with faster emulation they might be playable.

TempleOS 5.03 game menu on QEMU 2.12.0 The TempleOS 5.03 game menu complete with blinking text and spinning logos on QEMU 2.12.0

Packages

Games

Software

Operating System Emulation

Operating systems that are emulated directly and don't need to be installed inside another emulator are listed here. Live CDs have their own section under emulation.

DOS

DOSBox is the only DOS emulator in ports. The other emulators require you to install DOS. While not a perfect description it is probably somewhere between a full computer emulator and WINE.

DOSBox is designed to run DOS games, but supports any DOS software including Microsoft Windows 1, 2, 3, 95, 98, and ME. A few DOS games require extra files to run such as CWSDPMI. Some of its great features are using a directory as a filesystem and using ISO files without mounting the image in OpenBSD first.

There are many thousands of DOS games made over the last few decades. To play any of them you need to know how to use DOS. If you know how to use a shell and terminal then DOS is easy to learn. Don't forget to read manual and package readme because you will need them.

There is a known bug in DOSBox on OpenBSD that causes games to run slower as the cycle count increases. The best way to find the best cycle count is to run a game that has audio and lower the speed until the audio sounds right. Put the cycle count outputted by DOSBox in cycles= in the [cpu] section of the DOSBox configuration. For me 33000 cycles worked best, but 40000 to 50000 was acceptable. CPU Speed Test said 40000-50000 cycles in DOSBox is around the speed of an early Intel Pentium 1. If games freeze or DOSBox crashes try lowering the cycle count.

Some old commercial games such as The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall running on DOSBox 0.74 are given away for free now. Some old commercial games such as The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall running on DOSBox 0.74 are given away for free now.

There are countless freeware games for DOS such as MinerVGA on DOSBox 0.74. There are countless freeware games for DOS such as MinerVGA on DOSBox 0.74.

Packages

Games

Utilities

Resources

Games in Other Software

Sorting things into categories always leaves something out. Everything that doesn't fit neatly into other sections is here.

Shell Scripting

Third-party shell scripts can have all sorts of problems running in OpenBSD plus all the possible security issues. Consider what can happen before running a script you haven't examined.

Bash

Bash is a popular shell especially in other operating systems besides OpenBSD. While not an ideal way to make games someone just had to do it anyways.

Packages

Games

GNU Emacs

One of the old jokes about GNU Emacs says it's an operating system in need of a text editor. It shouldn't surprise anyone that it includes several games it calls amusements. More are available as addons which are often clones of popular games. Both types of games are similar to the BSD Games collection.

Packages

Games: Built-in

Games: Addons

Software Toys: Built-in

Resources

What Next?

Thanks for reading and looking at my page. If you skipped the general resources section go check out the Reddit's OpenBSD Gaming forum. There are so many games out there I couldn't possibly list them all. Here are a few things I might look at for future updates.

If I had to guess I would estimate there are at least 20,000 free and playable games on OpenBSD. Look at the index and you can see I don't have anywhere near that many listed. So there are plenty more games, game engines, live CDs, and emulators still out there I don't know about. Hopefully I made you aware of at least some of those and gave you some ideas about what to search for next.

Copyright

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