Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Amiga, N64, SEGA Saturn, Acorn 32-bit
Publisher: id Software
Developer: id Software
Genres: 3D Shooter / First-Person Shooter
Release Date: June 22, 1996
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

Quake sprouts two horns and heralds a new era in 3D gaming.

Jump back in time a couple of decades and you’ll find what might be the greatest action game of all time. Quake is an all-out first-person splatterfest where you explore dark worlds, find keys, open doors and kill everything that moves. Gameplay is heavily influenced by Doom, id Software’s defining title, with a few major distinctions. The most obvious is the full 3D engine allowing for poly-based levels, enemies and weapons to grace our monitors like never before, officially advancing the first-person shooter into a new age of gaming.

Breaking New Grounds


Seen in OpenGL, a Shambler prepares to attack.

Experiencing a true 3D shooter for the first time is unlike anything you’ve experienced before in a computer game, and it’s this visceral appeal that made Quake the best action release of 1996. The engine has levels stretch across all three spatial planes, and contains poly-based monsters, items and weapons. Where before enemies were confined to 2D cutaways-status, Quake introduced fierce beasts that you could view from any angle, and who could attack you from both up high or down below. The initial buzz and expectations were so great that Quake raked up a whopping one million pre-orders.

Quake originally shipped under DOS and supported both software and hardware mode under Sierra’s Screamin’ 3D series of 3D accelerators, which relied on the Rendition V1000 chips specifically programmed for Quake. Purchasing Sierra’s 3D card cost a whopping 200$ while having 4MB of EDO DRAM, but they greatly improved the image quality and framerate of the game by taking the rendering workload off the processor. A Windows 95 port followed some time later. Seen here is GLQuake, an official source port from 1997. Should you have the original game, you can run it under any number of third-party source ports that can handle the game under Windows Vista / 7 / 8.

The Mystical Past Comes Alive

A fiend prepares to pounce on you. Behind his hideous figure stands the level exit door.

The game is divided up into four Episodes that you must complete in any order to unlock a final showdown with Shub-Niggurath, the game’s Cthulhu inspired mega-monster. The way you select each chapter and difficulty setting is quite clever. You start in an open room with three hallways, each one representing the difficulty you wish to play at, and each path assumes a more menacing look on higher difficulties. After choosing your preferred skill level, you are again left in a hub complex that lets you select one of four episodes to play. Initial levels are comprised of human installations, but these eventually give way to darker runic and satanic-themed worlds.

Quake’s monsters, fifteen types in total, are divided far and wide. Some are universal while others are restricted to the theme of the level. Dark Knights, Ogres and Fiends can mainly be found in the medieval or runic-themed levels in the game, while possessed humans guard a network of military installations. One of the more interesting enemies is the Fiend, a savage creature with huge claws that leaps in the air in an attempt to cut you in half, or the Zombie that hurls bits of its own putrid flesh at you.

But Quake’s most iconic monster is the Shambler, a huge yeti-like creature with blood-soaked limbs and a giant gaping mouth. Just picture this encounter – you jump into a pool of water only to find it isn’t actually water, but immediately find yourself falling into a dark pit, hearing your legs crack as you hit the stone pavement. Out of the darkness you see the angry frame of a Shambler going your way, eager to claw you a new one.

Kill Your Friends

The single-player campaign is good, but where Quake truly shines is multiplayer. It was designed from the ground up as a client to server environment, allowing people to jump into hosted games at their leisure without interfering with every other connected player. Doom, C&C and its like used a much less forgiving peer-to-peer interface. The advantages of having a central server to call the shots from are obvious, allowing more control over the game, smoother gameplay and the ability to bridge different networks together. Joining wanton fragfests online was remarkably easy given the game’s wild popularity, and a few running servers still exist today.

Notice the Quake symbol on this Ogre’s rags.

Although revolutionary from a technical standpoint, Quake doesn’t really push the envelope as far as gameplay, having the same action trappings set by Doom and Wolfenstein. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but at the same time it’s unavoidable to compare Quake to 1995’s action game of the year, Duke Nukem 3D, which significantly raised the bar for all of action gaming. Quake’s levels are atmospheric, dark and often quite masochistic, but you can’t do much in them besides kill things, open doors and discover the odd secret area. The level themes, either dank dungeons or high-tech military stations, are fairly conventional, and the weapons lack the creative touches seen in Duke 3D.

The controls are spot-on, though Quake’s mouselook feature feels incomplete. You can use the mouse to look sideways but never up and down, a problem that’s easily fixed by enabling ‘+mlook’ via the console menu. And with that I’ll just wrap up this review by saying that Quake is an excellent, groundbreaking game. It’s fast, grim, energetic and I’ve had good fun replaying it. Grab the game and its mission packs from here dk.toastednet.org

System Requirements: Intel 486 DX4 100 Mhz, 8 MB RAM, 80 MB HDD, MS-DOS 5.0

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  1. chris says:

    which version works for windows 10?

    is the remake better or is the old good?

    what about the music, is it available for each one?

  2. The remake is the same as the original except it works on modern computers

  3. Ezreal says:

    Hey! i want to download every part of the franchise, which ones particular? So i dont install mission packs extension for nothing. Thx for help

  4. SwegitySwogity says:

    Is the multiplayer still available?

  5. LAN, gameranger, maybe some servers on quakeone.com

  6. SanZ says:

    I’ve been looking for this since forever.. the nostalgia running around DM6 dark zone is… wonderful. Thank you! 🙂 Ok. That being said, how do I add bots? Would be real grateful for a reply – cheers!

  7. Quake doesn’t have native bot support

    Try this though – https://www.quakewiki.net/quake-1-bots/

  8. yo mama! says:

    Hey! I want to download this game but none of the links work… could you replace them?? thanks!

  9. links are fine. problem on your end. try later or use the magnet link with utorrent

  10. Rimantas says:

    One of best FPS games even for today. Cool, dark, scary, fast, fun. Very good soundtrack.

  11. Trirst says:

    Fuck man you are amazing, the port works really well. 😀

  12. Tomas says:

    Can someone please seed at least the remastered version? Thx

  13. Rimantas says:

    That remake is very unbalanced. Ogres are way too good to blow you with grenades. All enemies are faster than in original Quake and harder to kill. Also there is not possible to “telefrag” enemies (stand in place, where enemy will teleport and it gets crushed).
    I recommend this source port http://quakespasm.sourceforge.net/download.htm
    it does not add any graphical enhancements, looks just like original Quake/WinQuake. And supports ogg, mp3 music (will not play soundtrack from CD).

  14. JAMES says:


  15. Rimantas says:

    Little James, you should talk like that only about yourself. I guess you are noob in gaming and you get yourself killed by door, lava or even water in Quake. If you can’t deal with your emotions (crying), stay away from comments, kid.

  16. Mateo says:

    Rimantas, you are damn right, man! and old pc gaming, you are godlike, thank you a lot

  17. Viktor says:

    Great review!

    You captured really well how profound Quake’s impact was at the time and what an interesting amalgamation of different styles it, partly by accident, successfully represented.
    I will never forget the first time I had QTest running on my Pentium60 in 96 and how amazing the world felt… I sometimes would just “stand there” and look at the sky, hallways allthewhile some eerie sound whispered in the background.

    Quake in 4 player LAN, at a buddy’s house, was one of the funniest and most exciting experiences I ever had – the rush of adrenaline and primal fear of who might obliterate you out of nowhere had us literally screaming profanities during the matches…

    …thinking back I REALLY miss those times.

    I really miss these

  18. Bryanpenguin says:

    So I started downloading this using the magnet link but i couldn’t help but notice that its titled “Quake Complete”. so i don’t have to download the other mission packs then?? If that’s the case…Wooot!! =)

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