10 retro games you can download from Gog.com

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From early Mario to Sonic, Pac-Man and Earthworm Jim, everybody loves to play an old-school game every now and then, and here are 10 of the best that you can find at Gog.com (formerly Good Old Games).

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Earthworm Jim 1+2: The Whole Can ‘O Worms

Jim wasn’t always a studly super-worm. He was once just a spineless, dirt-eater with no real mission in his life. But then something unexpected happened. A cosmic twist of fate placed Jim in control of an indestructible super-suit, and now he is on a mission to rescue a princess and stay clear of the intergalactic bounty hunter Psy-Crow. To accomplish this, you’ll have to use every weapon and ability at your disposal to wriggle your way through dozens of original and just plain weird levels.

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The Prince returns to the exotic Persia. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, players guide the Prince to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land.

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Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem, the politically incorrect celebrity and ultimate alien ass kicker, defends Earth and its babes from alien invasion. He is a can-do hero who realizes that sometimes innocent people have to die in order to save Earth, so accuracy of gun fire is not a real concern to him. This is the award-winning game that helped define the FPS genre and introduced unparalleled interactivity and a talking main character.

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Alone in the Dark

A suspicious suicide. A chilling curse. A malevolent power. Finally, a wicked dark secret. This is Derceto, a legendary Louisiana mansion where, against your better judgment, you’re drawn into a world of shadows to explore the darker side of Jeremy Hartwood’s imagination. Despite a paralysing sense of personal danger, your quest for truth drives you to investigate the old house. But, you didn’t know that, by entering Derceto, you’ll be plunged into the daily nightmare that was Jeremy Hartwood’s life.

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SimCity 2000

Now you can design any city you can imagine and SimCity 2000 will bring it, and its resident Sims, to life. It has all the features, flexibility, art, animation, and power you need to create an environment of your dreams. Choose from a selection of bonus cities and scenarios to rule or ruin as you please. Build schools, libraries, hospitals, zoos, prisons, power plants, and much more… Lay down roads, railways, and highways. Explore the underground layer and build subways and utilities without compromising your aesthetics. Customise different buildings or design your own graphics sets from scratch.

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The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic game (originally released in 1990) for original and new audiences. The development team at LucasArts brings the game into the modern era with a new re-imagined contemporary art style, a re-mastered musical score, full voice-over, and an in-depth hint system to help players through the game’s side-splitting puzzles. Purists will also delight in the ability to seamlessly switch between the updated hand-drawn re-imagining and the original classic version.

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Unreal Gold

Your prison ship has crash-landed on the fastest, sleekest, most dangerous 3D world ever created. Look around, crystal clear water shimmers, shadows dance and shift, alien architecture fades into the horizon. Discover the secret of this mysterious planet and find out what caused a peaceful race to be enslaved by vicious merciless aggressors.

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Far Cry

A tropical paradise seethes with hidden evil in Far Cry, a cunningly detailed action shooter that pushed the boundaries of combat to shocking new levels. Freelance mariner Jack Carver is cursing the day he ever came to this island. A week ago, a brash female reporter named Valerie had offered him an incredible sum of cash to take her to this unspoiled paradise. Shortly after docking, however, Jack’s boat was greeted by artillery fire from a mysterious militia group swarming about the island. With his boat destroyed, his money gone, and the gorgeous Valerie suddenly missing, Jack now finds himself facing an army of mercenaries amid the wilds of the island, with nothing but a gun and his wits to survive.

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Serious Sam: The First Encounter

In the near future, during their first interstellar travels, humans encounter a great evil that has been roaming the galaxy for the last few eons. This evil being is an incarnation of the last ancient immortals called Notorious Mental. Mental has set forth to wipe out the Human Race, just for fun, as it has with all the other civilizations in galactic history. But the enemy has underestimated Earth’s defenses, a secret weapon left by the Sirians, an ancient race which fought against Mental on Earth in ancient times. This device, called the Timelock, will enable Special Forces veteran Sam ‘Serious’ Stone to return to the time of ancient Egypt and assassinate Mental, saving Mankind from extinction.

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Hitman: Codename 47

To us society is normal. We walk the streets fearing no one and nothing. Yet through his ice blue eyes, Agent 47 sees a world of potential threat and danger. He watches interested, but uninvolved. Your time has come to enter the Hitman’s world. A world where you trust no-one but yourself, a player in a deadly game, a warrior on a battlefield most people don’t even know exists.

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Stuart O’Connor