While many other online game retailers focus on the sale of the latest games, DotEmu offers its customers the unique opportunity to purchase PC video game titles that have mostly been pulled out from online and computer store retail circulations. Old games like Stronghold, Commandos, and Red Faction can be found and purchased on DotEmu for a fair price (around $6-$9 on average). If that’s too much for you, you could also wait it out until the game is chosen to be featured under a promo, which often slashes off at least half the price. The site also features a select number of mobile games for both Android and iPhone, with the classic side-scroller/shoot-em-up Metal Slug present among them.
Unlike many other online retailers, what DotEmu offers on the site itself is the entire game instead of a redeemable code or CD key. This is one of the things that make purchasing from the website more secure and convenient. For security, the payment methods are covered by the usual MasterCard, VISA, and PayPal methods, and the site is checked by SecurityMetrics and GoDaddy.com. As for convenience, since the buyer is guaranteed the product in its entirety, there is no need to download the rest of the core game files from a separate location.
Perhaps the only downfall of DotEmu is that it caters to a very select group of customers. Those who are looking for their old childhood video game classics that used to run on their Pentium IV and Windows ME computers will find it much easier to appreciate this site. Also, there may be compatibility issues with the games, although the site has a Forums section with very active moderators that are willing to lend a hand.
Since the site itself is so unique, I’d recommend it to those who have a longing to try their hand at those old games that used to keep them on the computer for hours on end. DotEmu may have a select video game base and playerbase in mind, but it manages to capitalize on that unique quality very well.