Following the demise of Acorn in 1998, the RISC OS gaming scene saw a steep decline in development, the market at the time consisted primarily of commercial releases, but as the general RISC OS market side dwindled, the activity in commercial and free development as well porting came almost to a complete standstill.

TEK 1608 from Artex Interactive was the last major commercial release back in 2002. Desktop Repton was released in 2004 but following that, the only commercial releases seen were puzzles games like SuperDoku from Sine Nomine Interactive.

Now that the RISC OS userbase is on the up again, and the community has well and truly caught the open source bug, more and more games are now making their way over to RISCOS. There’s a good amount of free ports of some good games available, and very recently we saw the release of commercial space shooter Overlord.

The blog reviews RISC OS games both old and new from time to time, so be sure to check out the Game Reviews list.


Recommended Games

This is by no means a comprehensive lists, there’s hundreds and hundreds of titles out there, but here’s a list of some games that are thoroughly recommended:

  • Legends of Magic
    • Cost: £9.99
    • 32-bit compatible: Yes
    • Summary: A isometric 3D adventure game which involves playing your way through a number of quests and solving puzzles along the way.
    • Links: Website Purchase from PlingStore – Review
  • Overlord
    • Cost: £9.99
    • 32-bit compatible: Yes
    • Summary: A 2.5D/3D space shoot-em-up game in the style of Gyruss/Tempest featuring 47 minutes of original music including 7 in-game themes, original sound effects and graphics. The game features multiple missions including ‘power-ups’ (Warp drive, smart bombs etc) as well as worm holes, time bombs, mini black holes and more.
    • LinksWebsite Purchase from PlingStore – Review 
  • Duke Nukem 3D 
    • Cost: Free
    • 32-bit compatible: Yes
    • Summary: A RISC OS port of the 1996 first-person shoot ’em up. Earth is being invaded by aliens, and it’s your mission to kill off the seemingly endless horde of baddies! As the engine is a free release, Duke Nukem 3D’s game files are still covered by a commercial license, the game files (WADs) will need to be sourced seperately in order for this game to work.
    • LinksDownloadReview 
  • Battle for Wesnoth

    • Cost: Free
    • 32-bit compatible: Yes
    • Summary: Battle for control of villages, using variety of units which have advantages and disadvantages in different types of terrains and against different types of attacks. Units gain experience and advance levels, and are carried over from one scenario to the next in a campaign. There are thousands of 3rd party campaigns and extensions available for download online.
    • Link: Download
  • Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
    • Cost: Free
    • 32-bit compatible: Yes
    • Summary: Originally ported to RISC OS by R-Comp in 1999 as a commercial release. The latest port of the game to RISC OS is Chris Gransden’s port of HHeretic, a linux port of the game. As the engine is a free release, Heretic’s game files are still covered by a commercial license, the game files (WADs) will need to be sourced seperately in order for this game to work.
    • Link: DownloadDemo gamefile Review
  • Hexen: Beyond Heretic
    • Cost: Free
    • 32-bit compatible: Yes
    • Summary: Originally ported to RISC OS by R-Comp in 1999 as a commercial release. The latest port of the game to RISC OS is Chris Gransden’s port of HHexen, a linux port of the game. As the engine is a free release, Hexen’s game files are still covered by a commercial license, the game files (WADs) will need to be sourced seperately in order for this game to work.
    • Link: DownloadDemo gamefile
  • Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion
    • Cost: Free
    • 32-bit compatible: Yes
    • Summary: Ported to RISC OS for the first time by Chris Gransden. The sequel to Hexen is now available to play on RISC OS and is compatible with all modern systems like the ARMX6 and PandaRO. As the engine is a free release, the Hexen II game files are still covered by a commercial license, so the game files (WADs) will need to be sourced seperately in order for this game to work.
    • Links: Download

The big list:

All titles are 32-bit compatible and should work with Raspberry Pi, Pandaboard etc. unless otherwise stated. Feel free to get in contact if you find an incompatible title so it can be noted on here.


The Legacy list:

All titles in this list are not deemed 32-bit compatible and were designed for use on RISC OS 4 and earlier running on 26-bit computers like the RiscPC and A7000+. The majority should work fine under emulation (As long as RISC OS 5 isn’t being used, 3,4 and 6 should be alright.


The Emulators list:

There’s a good number of emulators available for RISC OS, so although RISC OS does lack a lot of popular titles natively, there’s a good chance you can still play that title you’ve been itching to play through emulation.

Noticed an inacurracy or want to get a game added to the above lists? Get in touch.