Windows abandonware games

At the end of the DOS era, PCs started mounting the latest Operative Systems from Microsoft. Starting from version 3.1 Windows spread everywere and more and more software houses began to produce games for Windows.
The first games for Windows 3.1 weren't very popular; there were solitaire card games, puzzle games and little else. With the release of Windows 95 and 98 first and Windows XP later, the popular Microsoft O.S. became central to the development of mainstream games like Age of Empires or the Civilization series.
Unfortunately, backward compatibility can be a problem. The only safe way to play old Windows games is to install them directly an older version of the O.S. or, if you know how, donwload and install a Virtual Machine.

Here’s a few Windows abandonware games available for Microsoft Operative Systems.

Windows game released in genre
Age of Empires Age of Empires 1997 strategy - real-time strategy
Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings 1999 strategy - real-time strategy
Alpha Centauri (a.k.a. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri) Alpha Centauri (a.k.a. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri) 1999 strategy - 4x
Atomic Bomberman Atomic Bomberman 1997 action - other action games
Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity Beavis and Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity 1995 adventure - point & click
Blade Runner Blade Runner 1997 adventure - point & click
Castle of the winds Castle of the winds 1993 rpg - roguelike
Civilization 2 Civilization 2 1996 strategy - 4x
Dope Wars Dope Wars 1998 simulation - business simulation
Dune 2000 Dune 2000 1998 strategy - real-time strategy
Dungeon Crawl Dungeon Crawl 1997 rpg - roguelike
Holiday Island Holiday Island 1996 simulation - city building
Indiana Jones and his desktop adventures Indiana Jones and his desktop adventures 1996 adventure - action adventure
Magic: The Gathering Magic: The Gathering 1997 strategy - card games
Metal Marines Metal Marines 1993 strategy - turn-based strategy
Morphman Morphman 1993 adventure - other adventures
Pharaoh Pharaoh 1999 simulation - city building
SimCity 3000 SimCity 3000 1999 simulation - city building
SimTower SimTower 1994 simulation - business simulation
Spaceward Ho! Spaceward Ho! 1992 strategy - 4x
True love True love 1995 adventure - visual novel