Download and Play the Original Quake

Gameplay footage from Quake Live
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Quake is a first-person shooter PC game that was released in 1996. It is the first game in the Quake series of games and was developed by id Software, the same company that created Doom. It is also the successor to the Doom series and Quake was built with, and enhanced some of the same technology used in Doom. One enhancement included in the Quake Engine over Doom is full 3D rendering of the graphics/environments.

The Original Quake

In Quake players take on the role of a character simply known as the Ranger who has been given a quest to stop an enemy named Quake. Players are teleported from present day back to a medieval setting. From there, players will make their way through medieval style buildings and environments fighting creatures and monsters using a variety of different weapons.

Quake includes a single-player campaign and multiplayer game modes. The single-player story campaign contains more than thirty missions or levels split across four episodes. These thirty levels include 26 standard levels and your secret. There is also one final boss fight/level. The gameplay in Quake is similar to Doom and the environments have a gothic look and feel to them and include environments with cave and dungeons.

The multiplayer portion of Quake helped popularize multiplayer shooters and introduced a number of new game modes and gameplay techniques such as bunny hopping. The multiplayer component also includes the ability to play the single-player campaign cooperatively.

Quake Ports

Similar to Doom and Duke Nukem 3D, Quake has also been ported to a number of game systems including Mac OS, Linux, and a number of home console systems. The source code for Quake was also released and a number of clones/ports have been created for the PC making it freely available to download and play. While these ports may be free to download and play, the copyright to original and official Quake are still maintained and the game is available for purchase via Steam for very reasonable price. This makes the need to download the old DOS version or Port somewhat unnecessary considering the game costs about the same as a cup of coffee.

However many of the ports available for Quake enhance various aspects of the original or include additional gameplay options. Quake has also been heavily modded over the ears and there are a number of add-ons that may not work with the Steam version. One such mod to be born from Quake was the original Team Fortress. The Quake modding community is still very active with more than 100 mods available at ​

Quake Download Links

Below are links to some of the popular Quake ports and mods available as well as the official Steam page where Quake can be purchased. Some of these modifications/ports do require the original Quake game files in order to play.

  • Best Old Games - Original DOS version which will require a DOS emulator such as DOSBOX.
  • - FreeQuake, includes the multiplayer component which uses the original shareware to enable multiplayer mode.
  • DarkPlaces - Source port for Quake that features enhancements such as support for high-resolution, real-time shadows rendering, particle effects and more.
  • GLQuake - source port of Quake built using OpenGL graphics library developed by id Software.
  • EzQuake - Multiplayer source port for Quake that is still updated. Features updated graphics, particle effects and more.