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Last PC games supporting Windows 9x?

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First post, by notsofossil

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Every now and then I find a post-2000 PC game still supporting good old 98SE and ME. I've even found a few that still work on Windows 95 OSR2. Anyone want to share information on the final games for 9x? Let's go with games released in 2002 and onward. Here's a few I know of:

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter (2002) - Windows 95 OSR2
Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast (2002) - Windows 95 OSR2
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (2004?) - Windows 98SE/ME

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Reply 1 of 26, by KCompRoom2000

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Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures (2006) - Windows 98/ME
The Sims 2: Apartment Life (2008) - Windows 98SE/ME (according to the back cover)
School Tycoon (2003) - Windows 98/ME
The Incredibles (2005?) - Windows 98/ME
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (2004) - Windows 98/ME

These were from most of the games I could gather from my personal collection, I haven't actually played them on a 9x machine so IDK how well they would run, I imagine a P4-era system will take them just fine and those seem to be pretty popular machines for 9x gaming.

(Off-topic comment @ the OP) I can help you with the Dell Inspiron 8x00 driver guide since I've gotten 98SE and ME working on them before.

Reply 2 of 26, by DosFreak

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Visual Studio 2005 was released Apr 2003 and dropped 95 support
Visual Studio 2008 was released Nov 2007 which dropped 98 support.

Of course not everyone uses Visual Studio or jumps to the latest version immediately.

Also is this for games that list 9x in their requirements because there are likely games that don't that will work?
Also there is kernelex.

https://www.msfn.org/board/topic/152471-kerne … ility-list-new/
http://kernelex.sourceforge.net/wiki/Category … ompatible_games
Supposedly Oblivion works with kernelex

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Reply 3 of 26, by Jade Falcon

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Age of empires 3, biohazard 4, kotor1/2, battle frount1, MCRae 05, silent hill3/4 all work in 98se without kernelEX

On a side note, has anyone gotten battlefront 2 working in 98se?

Reply 4 of 26, by notsofossil

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KCompRoom2000 wrote:

The Sims 2: Apartment Life (2008) - Windows 98SE/ME (according to the back cover)

(Off-topic comment @ the OP) I can help you with the Dell Inspiron 8x00 driver guide since I've gotten 98SE and ME working on them before.

Wow, that might take the cake for most recent Windows 9x game.

I had been meaning to do up driver threads for the Inspiron 8000 and maybe a few other systems, I think I was missing drivers for a couple of components, I'd have to dig out my 8000 and see what's all there. If there's interest I can certainly post up that thread and make fixes to it later.

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Also is this for games that list 9x in their requirements because there are likely games that don't that will work? Also there i […]
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Also is this for games that list 9x in their requirements because there are likely games that don't that will work?
Also there is kernelex.

https://www.msfn.org/board/topic/152471-kerne … ility-list-new/
http://kernelex.sourceforge.net/wiki/Category … ompatible_games
Supposedly Oblivion works with kernelex

Preferably no KernelEx in this thread. What I'm looking for are the last games that had official 9x support. Maybe we could track down the absolute final Windows 9x game? I'd love to know what it was and when it was released.

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Reply 5 of 26, by DosFreak

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Isn't Sims 2 Apartment life an expansion?

Psychonauts was released in 2005.
Half-Life 2 Episode 1 2006

I would say use mobygames to find the game but it doesn't seem to be accurate for this.

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Reply 6 of 26, by KCompRoom2000

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DosFreak wrote:

Isn't Sims 2 Apartment life an expansion?

He didn't mention if expansion packs counted, but I know that EA has updated some executable components in The Sims 2 expansion packs and later "Deluxe" printings so I'd be mildly surprised if they haven't broken 9x compatibility. 😲

notsofossil wrote:

I had been meaning to do up driver threads for the Inspiron 8000 and maybe a few other systems, I think I was missing drivers for a couple of components, I'd have to dig out my 8000 and see what's all there. If there's interest I can certainly post up that thread and make fixes to it later.

I know the audio driver is tricky to find for the Inspiron 8000/8100 since Dell hadn't posted the drivers in the Windows 98 category, I believe many other Dell laptops have used the ESS Maestro 3i sound chipset so it might work if you used a driver from another laptop with that sound chipset, I'll be sure to help you when you post the WIP driver guide.

Reply 8 of 26, by vvbee

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DosFreak wrote:

Visual Studio 2005 was released Apr 2003 and dropped 95 support
Visual Studio 2008 was released Nov 2007 which dropped 98 support.

Meanwhile, mingw/gcc supported win 95 natively till 2012.

Reply 9 of 26, by Baoran

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I think you need to go to the asian market if you want to find the latest game for windows 98. They often reused old engines and you can find visual novels even past 2010 that use old windows 95/98 engine.

Reply 10 of 26, by Jo22

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Yup. And let us do not forget the indie scene.
Freeware games by small groups of individuals supported 9x (sometimes even NT3.x) until the late 2000s.
Some games that come to mind are Holdover, Cave Story, Out of Order, Guardian of Paradise, Sonic Robo Blast 2,
HamsterJam, Buster, Magical Feelings 2, The White Chamber (?), Same Cube (?)
It is notable that especially the japanese/asian games are still using MIDI-based music.
This makes them ideal candiates for testing wavetable cards and expanders. 😉

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Reply 12 of 26, by chinny22

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oeuvre wrote:

Think Vice City ran on 98SE

Sure did! but that was 2004, looks like 2005 was the end for main stream games

Reply 13 of 26, by leileilol

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chinny22 wrote:

Sure did! but that was 2004

Not even 2004 but May 2003.

The latest I can think of is Half-Life 2... and that ended around late '05 or 06 (one of the two)

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Reply 14 of 26, by Solarstrike

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Slight necro, but I found more late-end 98 games:
-Painkiller (April 2004)
-Sonic Heroes (November 2004)
-HamsterBall (2004)
-The Punisher (January 2005)
-BloodRayne 2 (August 2005)
-Fahrenheit (September 2005)
-King Kong (November 2005)
-Quake 4 (November 2005 with hacks)

and arguably the most extreme - War Front: Turning Point (ME only, February 2007)

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Reply 15 of 26, by oeuvre

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I want to say I've gotten NHL06 to work on 98SE but it's been over 10 years so I don't remember.

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Reply 16 of 26, by shiva2004

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Jo22 wrote:
Yup. And let us do not forget the indie scene. Freeware games by small groups of individuals supported 9x (sometimes even NT3.x) […]
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Yup. And let us do not forget the indie scene.
Freeware games by small groups of individuals supported 9x (sometimes even NT3.x) until the late 2000s.
Some games that come to mind are Holdover, Cave Story, Out of Order, Guardian of Paradise, Sonic Robo Blast 2,
HamsterJam, Buster, Magical Feelings 2, The White Chamber (?), Same Cube (?)
It is notable that especially the japanese/asian games are still using MIDI-based music.
This makes them ideal candiates for testing wavetable cards and expanders. 😉

Thank you, you've showed me some nice games 😀

Reply 18 of 26, by DosFreak

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That's not what this thread is about.

What I'm looking for are the last games that had official 9x support

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Reply 19 of 26, by vetz

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World of Warcraft (2004). Win9x at launch. Continued to run there until patch 2.2.3 (October 2007)

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