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Developer: id software
Publisher: GT Interactive
Release Date: July 22, 1996
Chat-Room: #quake
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"Quake is the biggest, baddest, bloodiest and most atmospheric 3-D action game ever conceived." -- PC GAMER

"The most important PC game ever."-- PC ZONE

"Quake looks like no other game and perfectly displays id's trademark fusion of nightmarish art and advanced technology." -- WIRED

"The vanguard of a terrifying new level of immersive interactivity."-- COMPUTER GAMING WORLD

"The new, radically different graphics engine delivers mesmerizing 3-D effects." -- TIME

From the creators of DOOM and DOOM II comes the most intense, technologically advanced 3-D experience ever captured on CD-ROM. Features free and fluid motion, ambient sound and lighting, and unmatched multi-player capabilities (play with up to 15 others via internet, modem, LAN or serial connection).

taken from the back of the box


Magazine features

• Computer Gaming World #136 - Nov 1995
• Computer Gaming World #138 - Jan 1996
• Computer Gaming World #142 - May 1996
        Hands on
• Computer Gaming World #143 - Jun 1996
        CG Tips
• Computer Gaming World #144 - Jul 1996
        Cover Story
        Sneak Preview
        Game Design
• Computer Gaming World #145 - Aug 1996
        Big Game Hunt
• Computer Gaming World #146 - Sep 1996
        Net Play
        Multiplayer Design
• Computer Gaming World #147 - Oct 1996
        Quake Aftershocks
• Computer Gaming World #149 - Dec 1996
        Holiday Hot 100
• Computer Gaming World #150 - Jan 1997
        4 page print ad
        The Quakelet Boom
        The Quake pageBots
• Computer Gaming World #151 - Feb 1997
        The Quake page
        MPlayer ad
        Print ad
• Computer Gaming World #152 - Mar 1997
        Mod Letter
        MPlayer ad
• Computer Gaming World #153 - Apr 1997
        GLQuake Unleashed
• Computer Gaming World #154 - May 1997
        Action Game of the Year
        Special Award - Quake Engine
• Computer Gaming World #155 - Jun 1997
        Elliot Chin on Addons
• Computer Gaming World #157 - Aug 1997
        Quake Lives On
        Beating Romero
• Computer Gaming World #158 - Sep 1997
        Tresh, Carmack, Ferrari
• Computer Gaming World #159 - Oct 1997
        Shareware controversy
• Computer Gaming World #160 - Nov 1997
        CrackWhore Clan report
• Computer Gaming World #164 - Mar 1998
        Micron Electronics propaganda

Source code availability

The source code was released on December 21st 1999, under the GNU General Public License 2.

How-to-play On-line

The digital version on Steam features a closed, proprietary multiplayer experience. It is incompatible with most modifications, QuakeWorld and more. In order to experience the entire world Quake multi-player has to offer - get a third-party client based off the source code release.

Grab a FTE QuakeWorld executable for your system and start playing immediately! You can host a server without port-forwarding by changing the 'Public' setting to 'Hole-Punch', which will show up in's master server list immediately!


Filename Size Description 8.67 MB Quake shareware v1.06 772.6 KB Map: idctf1, Capture The Flag level for ThreeWave CTF by Tim Willits 2.1 MB Map: base32b & and death32c by American McGee and Christian Antkow 263.2 KB Map: dm7 by American McGee 524.6 KB Map: q1edge (port of q2dm1) by Tim Willits 226.39 KB Quake's QuakeC source v1.06
qw-qc.tar.gz 121.7 KB QuakeWorld's QuakeC source v2.33 3.06 MB Quake, QuakeWorld & Win/GL engine sourcecode
q1tools_gpl.tgz 900.4 KB Quake Development Tools source, GPL release 2.3 MB Map sources for all Quake maps. Released under the GPL by John Romero. 4.1 MB QTest - The Official Quake Deathmatch TEST (DOS)

This is a curated selection of official files. Files we deem a must-have! You can find a more complete list of official files compiled by Jason2Brownlee right here.. Excellent work!

Third-party downloads

You can find loads of custom levels to play with your install of Quake by visiting Quaddicted!

Even the most advanced singleplayer levels work flawlessly under FTE QuakeWorld. Quaddicted is the largest Quake level archive, ever.

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MP2: DoE-

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