You can now play ‘Oregon Trail’ from inside a tweet

PC gaming in 140 characters or less.


Mike Wehner


Posted on Apr 30, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 10:54 pm CDT

You don’t exactly have to scour the internet to find places to play retro games, but now you might see them in a place you never expected: Twitter. Thanks to the magic of the Internet Archive you can embed a huge number of old school MS-DOS based PC games right into your tweets, and they play just like you remember.

From The Oregon Trail to Wolfenstein 3D, the list of games that can be crammed inside your social network updates is long and full of history.

This magical bit of retro gaming nostalgia is made possible thanks to an in-browser MS-DOS emulator that is lightweight enough to fit just about anywhere, including in-tweet link preview field. When you click on a tweet that has been embedded with one of the classic games, all you have to do to begin the fun is click the large power button icon displayed in the center.

Controlling the games is done via your keyboard, but there’s not an easy way to actually view the keybinds from within a tweet. The enter, spacebar, control, shift, and arrow keys are typically your best bets if you’re going in blind, so jump in and enjoy a gaming flashback. 

Screenshot via Moby Games

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*First Published: Apr 30, 2015, 3:33 pm CDT