Blizzard offers three of its earliest games for free

Download three classic Blizzard games free of charge.

Three years before it would become known as Blizzard Entertainment, the company now famous for creating the Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft series was making games as Silicon & Synapse. Three of the games from Blizzard's early years--The Lost Vikings, Rock N' Roll Racing, and Blackthorne--can now be yours for free.

As discovered by BlizzPro, Battle.net members who check out the list of games associated with their accounts will find all three now listed under the "Classic Games" section that is home to titles like StarCraft and Diablo II. Even without a Battle.net account, they can be downloaded by going here. All three are available for download on Windows computers; Blackthorne is the only one also available for Mac users.

It would appear this promotion is intended for gamers in the United States (though exactly why these games are suddenly free is unclear, as Blizzard has made no announcements). However, gamers from outside the U.S. can get around this restriction, as BlizzPro notes you can manually change your region at the very bottom of the page--the one you want is "Americas - English (US)."

Both The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne are single-player 2D platformers, the former of which incorporates puzzles. Rock N' Roll Racing, as you might imagine given the name, is a combat racing game. All three were released on computers as well as consoles, and were eventually brought to Game Boy Advance under the Blizzard Classic Arcade label.

Have you ever had the chance to play any of these games, or will this be your first opportunity to try them out for yourself? Let us know what you think of them in the comments below.

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chippiez
chippiez

Rock n Roll Racing was awesome.  I loved racing to Sabbath's Paranoid.

TacoTuesdays
TacoTuesdays

they ruined rock n roll racing without classic music. and its not all the tracks. why not give us the full game?

StickyJr1
StickyJr1

Now the only unavailable Blizzard game (save from buying it on eBay) is the original Diablo.  I'm glad I kept my copy.

Stinger78
Stinger78

I just played this version of Rock N Roll Racing - chose Rookie class - raced 3 races (took 1st each time) and was taken back to the start screen.

No 'Rock N Roll" music, no choice of vehicle, generic repetitive midi music playing - the same music all 3 races.

Half of the fun of RNR Racing is missing from this version.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

I loved to play lost vikings on my ... genesis I guess? Not sure which system it was on, but I loved it ^^

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

Wait what Blizzard did those games. I thought they only made crappy games

Ranger-X
Ranger-X

Never played any of these but recently watched the Blackthorne 32x intro. Damn good intro! reminds of the Diablo days with the cinematics

B1ackf0x
B1ackf0x

lol still got a working copy of RnR 

bafalcon
bafalcon

This version or RnR racing is pathetic, I will stick to emulators to play this when I feel like playing it


digishah
digishah

Rock and Roll Racing!!

Whatever happened to you Blizzard?

northcrystal
northcrystal

R&R Racing was one of my favourite racers of all time. And Lost Vikings was awesome too.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

I played The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne on the Super NES back in The Day.

Memories...

Lionheart8472
Lionheart8472

Blackthorne has been a free download for a long time on their site. The other games though that's cool.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

Thanks for the heads up. Loved Blackthorne back in the day.

javalino
javalino

rock n roll racing is good but pretty hard !!! 

the others are great games ,  classics !!! 

Deathstalker83
Deathstalker83

They should put these on the Wii U VC or Xbox Arcade or PSN for $4.99 or $7.99 !

falcon11
falcon11

I downloaded rocn n roll racing as I loved that game back in the day. This version did not have the same music as the gen and snes games, the is no character choice or vehicle customization in this one. I dont know why. It sucks. :(

grenadehh
grenadehh

Lost Vikings is the only one really worth picking up butthis is cool.

drumjod
drumjod

I've heard great things about Rock N' Roll Racing. Looks like this will be my first chance to play it.

BuBsay
BuBsay

The Lost Vikings was one of my favorite games on the SNES, I'm getting that immediately.

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

Rip....is in another time zone!

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I remember playing Rock N' Roll Racing with my dad on the SNES all them years ago. Good times. I still have the cart.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I played Blackthorn......well a little of it, epic game very similar to Flashback in it's gameplay but Blackthorn was more deliberate....wasn't as fast paced as Flashback....

santinegrete
santinegrete

Played Rock n' roll racing and Starcraft. Second one is in my top 5 best games ever, first one is bested by Pro AM championship from RARE Ltd.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Spent a LOT of time on Rock N Roll Racing back in the SNES days. Wonder if they still have the music, or if it is just generic tunes now.

blackace
blackace

I have all 3 games for my SNES. I don't think I have the sequel for The Lost Vikings though. All 3 games are great though. I'll download them all on my PC when I get home. I miss playing these games. I didn't beat any of these games. I got pretty far in Blackthorne though. One of the best side scrolling games for the SNES.

wookiegr
wookiegr

At the rate things are going, If they would have waited a few years these games could have been released along side any new indie title and no one would know the difference.

captainfeck
captainfeck

Aaah Rock and Roll Racing! That game was the tits!
 In fact, all THREE of those games ruled.

drumjod
drumjod

@bafalcon  Agreed. It's odd that Blizzard included ZSnes files with it but removed all of ZSnes's features like gamepad support...

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

@falcon11  Thanks for letting me know. I'm not interested in a bastardization of the original classic.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@falcon11  Yeah, disappointed as hell.  The SNES and Genesis version were awsome!


This version of Blackthorne is good, though.


Although I still like the 32X version best.

adders99
adders99

@falcon11  What!? all of that stuff is what made the original so good!!!

bafalcon
bafalcon

@drumjod If you want to play the way it is suppose to be played, do not play this one

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@wookiegr I dont think many indie teams have the talent to make games this quality anymore especially the artwork. They just call it retro so they can use crappy 8 bit graphics

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@wookiegr True, they could've made "spiritual successors" and made a ton. Oh well, it's nice to see Blizzard make something free for once ;P

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Arach666 @grenadehh  Agreed.  Blackthorne was awsome!


There just aren't enough games like that anymore.  The newest example is Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken.


Another World, Oddworld, Heart of Darkness, Flashback... I love games like that!

drumjod
drumjod

@bafalcon @drumjod  I just tried and see there is no gamepad support. Looks like I'm better off just downloading the Rom. 


It's strange that Blizzard included ZSnes files but removed all of the features...