Blizzard releases trio of classic games as free downloads

For those looking to partake in some nostalgic gaming over the weekend, Blizzard has released some of its oldest original titles as a free download on Battle.net. The trio of retro games includes: The Lost Vikings, Rock N’ Roll Racing, and Blackthorne. While The Lost Vikings and Rock N’ Roll Racing are Windows-only titles, Blackthorne will also be available for Mac.

Although Blizzard is known for its more recent titles like Diablo, StarCraft, and WarCraft, there was a time when they created games that weren’t global hits. Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce founded Blizzard in the 90’s under the name Silicon & Synapse. The company worked primarily on porting games for other companies. Eventually, Blizzard branched out into developing their own titles like Rock n’ Roll Racing, The Lost Vikings, and Blackthorne.

It wasn’t until 1994 that they released their first global hit, Warcraft. This led to a sequel, and subsequent impressive releases like StarCraft and World of Warcraft. Recently, Blizzard has focused on bringing its intellectual properties to gaming consoles. In 2013, Blizzard released Diablo 3 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The expansion, Reaper of Souls, is expected to release on next generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014.

The Lost Vikings, Rock N’ Roll Racing, and Blackthorne can be downloaded via Battle.net.

Source: Polygon via Battle.net | Image via IncGamers

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They actually put Blackthorne on there in 2013, the other two were just added but sadly Rock N' Roll Racing is really stripped down as mentioned above. I guess they couldn't get or didn't want to pay for the music rights again, but that doesn't explain all the other missing stuff. Only three levels; basically it's just a demo.

Edited by Thrackerzod, May 4 2014, 12:34pm :

68k said,
Blackthorne';s physics seemed a lot like Prince of Persia's.

thats also my first impression when i play it in the 90s.

Weissmeister said,
RnRR is a joke. No driver selection, no car mods, no career, no music.

Shadow of its former self. I recently sold a SEGA Megadrive copy on ebay.

No music? How can it even be called RnRR then?

Not a gamer, but I AM a rocker, so thought I might I have looked that game over just for the music!

Actually,
Racing/sports games are about the only thing I play, which still isn't very often.