Home of the Underdogs: Underdog Harder

By: Xander

On: June 19th, 2009


Classic abandonware/freeware portal Home of the Underdogs has brilliantly returned from the grave. There really isn’t much else I need to say, except that it has been sorely missed and I will forever owe a debt of gratitude for being the site that introduced me to Nikujin.

Welcome back!

(Source: Rock, Paper, Awesome)

  • Kamos

    I don’t really understand what is going on. There is the site you gave a link for and there is this one: http://www.homeoftheunderdogs.net/


    Scratch that, Wikipedia explains it all. There are three different recreations of the Home of the Underdogs, none by Sarinee (the original HOTUD webmaster).

    Hotud wants to go beyond the original, homeoftheunderdogs.net is a perfect copy of the old site (but without the games), and there is one other that seems to have the old game descriptions and a new look, but not the games.

    Anyway, it’s impressive that a site could spawn three different recreations.

  • Ezuku

    While bonus points for the “X: X harder” title, I don’t think HotU is actually run by the same person, nor does it seem to have all the content of the original.

    Also, this is old, it’s been up since March or so. And it’s not the only Home of the Underdog substitute anyway.

  • mtarini

    Hail HotU!
    Not only it let me replay countless old glories, but it introduced me to the brilliant indie game “Mount and Blade”, probably the game I’ve played the most overall.

  • Nuttipedia

    Interesting trivia: did you know that ALL the games on HotU were invented by Tim Langdell…? Oh, and he invented the internet too.

  • Omega

    Enough about that crap. Just cut it out. Seriously.

  • Joe/Tom/Tim

    I’m deeply sorry for all the pain i have caused.

  • reuben

    Man, HOTU is so good. I remember way back when I was a kid, that site introduced me to classic games. Good to see it’s back (again)!

  • Gary_Oak

    This site isn’t displayed and tells me that I need JReview and a S2 Framework, where can I find them?

  • Cobalt

    @Gary_Oak: What browser are you using? I’m using Firefox and it displays just fine.

  • TCM

    And I’m using IE, and it displays just fine.

  • Lurker

    Its not the same; huge parts of the site are gone; i miss the Hall of Belated Fame for one, that was great

  • http://chaoseed.com/garden John Evans

    Woo, the Underdogs are back! Now I can tell people where to get Master of Magic!

  • Bbbbaarrry

    It’s just not the same.

  • Quetz

    This is the goodest good news that ever was good news!

  • Paul Eres

    not hotu but close

  • Bob

    Kind of old news, but great news nonetheless!

  • Hypersapien

    Can’t stop the signal.

  • Archagon

    There are actually many different HOTU sites now, some better than others.

  • Trotim

    Wait, the Hall of Belated Fame is gone?

  • Trotim

    But what? homeoftheunderdogs is still there and looking fine. Did I miss something?

  • http://lumberingdream.com/ !CE-9

    Awesome news. Long live HotU!

  • Flamebait

    One of my favorite sites from way back, nice to see it back in action. Again. After going down, again.

    Shame about the stuff that’s missing, like the mass of ratings that were accumulated over time.

  • Ezuku

    Most of the download links aren’t up. Funny though, I actually didn’t download a lot of the old abandonware games because I always assumed they’d “always be there”.

  • Gabby Jay


  • fartron

    This isn’t the real Home of the Underdogs. That doesn’t exist anymore.

    This is one of 3 fan-sites that sprung up in its absence.

  • xerus

    That Gabby Jay comment is gold.

  • Baltirow

    When was it gone?

    I’ve been going to http://www.homeoftheunderdogs.net/ for at least 3 years now and I always thought this was the original?

  • plvhx

    ‘ey, oh!

    glad to see this site starting to pick back up; it was horrible when it went down, and i was surprised by the outpouring of woe and eagerness to reconstruct the wonderful library. it’s great to browse the archive again, in all of it’s early 90’s web-design glory. a little more scratchware, a little less pigsource, although the tigdb will always have it’s place. ;)

  • http://www.geenat.com gnat

    Whats with the constant domain changes? Domain squatters should die. This is an international historic archive.

  • trav


  • adam

    HotU FTW!!

  • James

    There are like three of these things. None of them are run by the original owner.


  • TnD studio

    its not the same.. something is missing.. something isnt right.. who else see’s this?.. we need to make a descidion..

  • Riccardo

    Let’s hope it has not lost his shape… but I’m sure that anyway it is it will get better and better whit everyone’s effort :D

  • Mooseral

    Wait, what?


    Now there are two?
    I can see many reasons for this being true, but still.

  • Scab

    Where’s the porno section? luv those pixeletated babes

  • negative zero

    wow…how long has it been? HOTU will forever be the ultimate abandonware site on the internets to me. i think i have water in my eyes…

  • tomelin

    Its like half-a-site without all the search options it had originally…

    And also, it doesnt work right in Firefox.

  • 6_6

    don’t forget the other hotu

  • 6_6

    or the other other one which doesn’t have any files on it

  • 6_6_6

    ..or the other one–oh, wait. that’s it.

  • http://www.cymonsgames.com Joe Larson

    Apparently “There really isn’t much else I need to say” isn’t quite true.

    Personally I prefer the one listed here because it’s active. True it doesn’t have the original creator’s touch, but it has the hotud spirit.

  • http://www.cymonsgames.com Joe Larson

    Apparently “There really isn’t much else I need to say” isn’t quite true.

    Personally I prefer the one listed here because it’s active. True it doesn’t have the original creator’s touch, but it has the hotud spirit.