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Fallout – Free!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 6, 2012

You’ve got just over 24 hours left to get the original Fallout game for free from GOG.COM

If you don’t have it already, you have no excuse. Get it now, play it when you have time. Get a free copy to send to friends. Whatever.  Snag it.  It’s a classic.  Not perfect by any means, but that’s part of its charm.  And … hey, unsurprisingly, still fun to play, a decade-and-a-half later. Go figger.


Fallout 1 Giveaway at GOG.COM


And for your viewing pleasure… the intro to the game

Filed Under: Free Games, Retro - Comments: 9 Comments to Read

  • Silemess said,

    Thanks for pointing this gem out! I’ve had to buy a replacement copy for Fallout twice. Too many moves, too many fragile/small things that can get lost.

    But of course, war. War never changes…

  • McNutcase said,

    I’ve been pointing it out everywhere. Also, if you go looking on No Mutants Allowed, there are patches which allow you to massively increase screen resolution, clear up graphics glitches on modern graphics hardware, and so on. I have Fallout running fullscreen on a monster of a monitor that’s 2048 pixels wide.

  • Xian said,

    I still have the original CD here, but I went ahead and got it anyway. I didn’t have the Fallout Bible that comes in the extras with the GoG version.

  • Anon said,

    Also highly recommended for countries, where the game is mutilated like for example Germany.

  • Noumenon said,

    I thought GOG wrapped its games in a DOSbox or something, what I got is a game with hypersensitive mouse skitter and NPCs that stop and think with every step. If I could just run it in a window and turn up the framerate skips it’d probably be fine.

    It was a lot of fun, when I started killing the rats I thought it would be lame, but in short order I had recruited a follower, stolen a knife, and murdered a raider for his armor.

  • Noumenon said,

    I found the list of GOG games that use DOSbox and Fallout’s not one of them.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Yeah, I think Fallout had both a DOS and Windows 95 version, and they used the Win 95 version. Or something.

    I had an original release version that would cause the screen to go black except where it had been refreshed (basically around moving characters, or until I scrolled the map). The GOG.COM version doesn’t do that. So I don’t know what they did to tweak compatibility, but it worked for me.

  • LateWhiteRabbit said,

    As McNutcase pointed out the No More Mutants website has some essential patches to fix bugs and issues the game has on modern systems. I haven’t checked my GOG.com copy of the game yet, but unless they’ve included these fan patches, you need to grab them. If nothing else, being able to play in the native resolution of your screen is nice, and the quest and scripting fixes are numerous.

  • Noumenon said,

    Coyote, I recreated that problem you had when I tried the troubleshooting step of deleting “ddraw.dll” from the Fallout directory. So that’s probably what fixed it.