Update 18 Oct 2020: I have removed the oldpcgames dot com link mentioned in the previous update. Nevertheless, a fabulously working version of Theme Hospital is still available for download online, FREE.
Update: If you’re looking to download Bullfrog games, head over to Old School PC Games (link removed, site, non-existent).
While downloading a mobile version of The Sims 2, I suddenly went nostalgic and had the itch to play two of my favourite DOS games from 10 years ago, Theme Hospital and SimTower. You can imagine how elated I am when I found that these games are now available for download, free! I downloaded Theme Hospital from Best Old Games, and got Sim Tower from Abandonia. Both of these sites have a huge collection of popular DOS-based games way back when, like Theme Park, Final Fantasy, SimCity, Bubble Bobble, Warcraft and Civilizations — all of them were must-installs in my dearly departed Pentium MMX powered PC.
Update 18 Oct 2020: I haven’t tried downloading from Best Old Games in a long while, so please do so with caution if you decide to try. Otherwise, as mentioned on the top of this post, a Theme Hospital download for Windows 10 is available. As for Abandonia, the download link doesn’t seem to work when I tried it a minute ago. Again, attempt so with caution.
The only challenge with playing these games on newer PCs is that they may not be compatible with your sound card. I downloaded DOSBox to see whether it solves the issue, and after an amount of tweaking, I did manage to get decent sounds coming out of the game.
If you do decide on downloading the games, maybe you can do those free download sites a favour like I did. Get a couple of sponsored posts on your blog, then donate your earnings to those sites.