There exists a whole plethora of old games that have been remade as open-source or freeware, dubbed remakeware.
Here is a list of classic games that have been remade to work on modern computers.
Aleph One is a free software first-person shooter game engine based on the source code of Bungie Software’s 1995 game Marathon 2: Durandal.
Battlezone1.net brings you back BattleZone’s amazing Stars and Stripes & The Red Brigade missions and The Red Odyssey’s challenging Dogs of War & Red Storm missions, plus a chance to play numerous opponents in multiplayer.
In-browser remake of the classic Lemmings. The basic objective of the game is to guide lemmings through a number of obstacles to a designated exit.
The Doomsday Engine allows you to play the classic first-person shooters DOOM, Heretic, and Hexen using modern technology, with hardware accelerated 3D graphics, surround sound and much more.
Exult is a project to recreate Ultima 7 for modern operating systems, using the game’s original plot, data, and graphics files.
Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age…
FreeCol is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization. The objective of the game is to create an independent nation.
Hedgewars is a turn based strategy, artillery, action and comedy game, featuring the antics of pink hedgehogs with attitude as they battle from the depths of hell to the depths of space.
IMOGEN is an animated adventure game in sixteen sections; Each section contains a number of puzzles based on a particular theme
KeeperFX is an extensive mod for Dungeon Keeper. It is written by fans and not supported by original developer. It contains some of original Dungeon Keeper data, but many files
are also modified or remade.
King’s Quest Remakes
King’s Quest I and II remakes, also a remake of Quest for Glory II.
King’s Quest III
A remake of Roberta William’s classic 1986 hit, King’s Quest III. Remade in colours and style to match Sierra’s Kings Quest 5 and Kings Quest 6 releases, and using the AGS engine by Chris Jones, IA promises an enjoyable remake of this landmark game.
La-Mulana is a freeware free-roaming platformer game designed to look, sound, and play like a classic MSX game.
Lords of Conquest
Lords of Conquest was an old computer game from the late 1980s that is still played today. It was originally developed by Eon Software and published by Electronic Arts.
Studio MekTek, in association with Smith and Tinker, INC., Virtual World Entertainment, LLC, Catalyst Game Labs, and Microsoft Games, is happy to announce the release of Mechwarrior4 Free.
OpenRA is a Libre/Free Real Time Strategy game engine supporting early Westwood games like Command & Conquer and Command & Conquer: Red Alert.
OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game “Transport Tycoon Deluxe”, written by Chris Sawyer. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.
OpenTyrian is a port of the DOS shoot-em-up Tyrian. Jason Emery generously gave the OpenTyrian developers a copy of the Tyrian 2.1 source code, which has since been ported from Turbo Pascal to C.
Planet M.U.L.E. is a free remake of the original game M.U.L.E. and a Tribute to it’s original designer Dan Bunten & Ozark Softscape.
The original Quake is a first-person shooter released by id Software in 1996. Quake Flash was ported by Michael Rennie.
QUAKE LIVE is a new and innovative multiplayer game experience from id Software – the creators of DOOM, WOLFENSTEIN and QUAKE – that offers players of all skill levels an easily accessible multiplayer game and community through a single website.
Risen3D is an advanced Doom port by Graham Jackson based on Jaakko Keranen’s Doomsday port. Risen3D should be used as a stand alone port as it does not require any of the Doomsday binaries.
Sim City Classic
In SimCity™, the rules are based on city planning and management, and it is playable in-browser.
Simutrans is a freeware and open-source transportation simulation game.
Stratagus is a free cross-platform real-time strategy gaming engine. It includes support for playing over Internet/LAN, or playing vs. computer opponents.
Streets of Rage Remake
A freeware remake of the whole Streets of Rage trilogy started on March 2003.
The Silver Lining
The Silver Lining (TSL) is an unofficial continuation to the King’s Quest series created by fans, which was granted official legal permission from King’s Quest copyright holder Vivendi Games, Inc.
The Spring Project
Spring is a project aiming to create a new and versatile RTS Engine with remakes of Total Annihilation.
The Ultima 6 Project
The Ultima 6 Project is a retelling of Origin Systems’TM classic 1990 RPG Ultima VI: The False Prophet implemented as a Mod, or Siegelet, for the Dungeon Siege game engine.
The Ur-Quan Masters
The project started in August 2002, when Toys For Bob released the partially ported sources of Star Control 2 3DO version to the fan community. Their goal is to port this wonderful game to current personal computers and operating systems.
Theme Hospital / CorsixTH
This project aims to reimplement the game engine of Theme Hospital, and be able to load the original game data files.
UFO: Alien Invasion is a squad-based tactical strategy game in the tradition of the old X-COM PC games, but with a twist. Our game combines military realism with hard science-fiction and the weirdness of an alien invasion. The carefully constructed turn-based system gives you pin-point control of your squad while maintaining a sense of pace and danger.
UFO: The Two Sides
UFO: The Two Sides is a multiplayer remake of the original game X-Com: Defence / Ufo: Enemy Uknown, developed by Mythos Games and MicroProse in early 90′.
Ultima IV: Flash Version
Ultima IV: Flash Version is a new and improved version of the classic role-playing game released in 1985. This new version widens the appeal of Richard Garriot’s original game and tells the story of The Quest of the Avatar to a younger generation of game players
Ultima V: Lazarus
Ultima V: Lazarus is an exceedingly ambitious project that greatly improves the graphics and sound of the PC version of Ultima V. However, that’s not all. Rather than releasing an “upgrade patch,” as happened with Ultima IV, what we’ve done is a true from-the-ground-up remake of the gaming classic, Ultima V.
In Warzone 2100, you command the forces of The Project in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles.
Widelands is an open source (GPLed) real-time strategy game. It is built upon the SDL and other open source libraries and is (and will always be) under heavy development. If you knew Settlers I & II™ (© Bluebyte), then you already have a rough idea what Widelands is all about because widelands is heavily inspired by those two games.
Wing Commander Remake
Back in 1993 Privateer was released as part of the Wing Commander series and became a great success in the gaming industry. Over 10 years later a small group of privateer enthusiasts reintroduced the game with a new graphic engine and real 3D spaceflight.
Wonderboy III The Dragon’s Trap
Wonderboy III was released by Sega for the Sega Master System in 1989. This remake is available for Windows and needs the .net 2.0 framework and DirectX. The game is very complete and even comes with a level editor.
Have the mascots of your favorite free software programs battle in the Wormux arena. Using dynamite, grenades, baseball bats and other bazookas,… exterminate your opponent in a funny 2D cartoon style environment.
Zelda Classic is a tribute to the greatest video game of all time: Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. It has been developed into an exact replica of the NES version that we all know and love.
xu4 is a recreation of the classic computer RPG Ultima IV for modern operating systems.