Free 16-Bit Borderlands Demake Now Online


You may not know this, but the Borderlands franchise actually got its start way back in the 1980’s as a 16-bit top-down shooter called The Border Lands. OK, that’s not really true, but Gearbox Software and 2K Games have crafted that fake history to set up the release of a lo-fi Borderlands demake as a clever marketing tool to build even more hype for Borderlands 2.

You can play The Border Lands for free right now at It’s very simple but surprisingly fun and well made (for a freebie browser game) and very Borderlandsy, complete with Skags, Psychos, four playable characters, experience points, loot crates, lots of guns, an online high score leaderboard, and one retro-handsome Claptrap rooting you on.

Try it out to bide your time until Borderlands 2 whips you into an all-out shoot & loot frenzy on September 18th. There’s also this fake YouTube video review of The Border Lands you can watch if you wish. I would have embedded it, but I didn’t find it particularly funny.

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