IPX network protocol

Software concept

Uses the old and largely obsolete IPX network protocol. Unfortunately no longer supported by modern operating systems natively, making playing games that require it difficult.


Alternate names: Internetwork Packet Exchange, IPX/SPX, Sequenced Packet Exchange

Z.A.R. (Windows)
WIN 1998
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (MS-DOS)
DOS 1995-12
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (MS-DOS)
DOS 1996-04-30
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (Windows)
WIN 2000-10-24
Interstate '76 (Windows)
WIN 1997-03-01
Stratosphere - Conquest of the Skies (Windows)
WIN 1998
War, Inc. (MS-DOS)
DOS 1997-09-04
Fragile Allegiance (MS-DOS)
DOS 1996
Screamer (MS-DOS)
DOS 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic III (Windows)
WIN 1999
DOS 1998
TekWar (MS-DOS)
DOS 1995

The first video game about IPX network protocol was released in 1993.

Activision, Blizzard and SSI has published most of these games

Windows XP at least includes an optional IPX compatibility driver, but this isn't enabled by default. Whether IPX works over the internet might be another issue (possibly limited to be used only in LAN).

Around 2007 several operating systems removed IPX support completely, most notably Windows Vista. Other operating systems also removed it, but on them IPX probably never was used very seriously. Mac seems to have never had IPX support built-in, and Linux still seems to include IPX support despite it likely never having much use there.