Abandonware DOS title

Abandoned Linux classic games

Linux has never been a particularly well-known and popular operating system for video games. Despite this, over the decades, several independent developers have worked hard to design and develop games natively supported on Linux.

In keeping with the ideals of those who supports Linux, several developers created completely free and open source games, several of which have disappeared from circulation, forgotten by a merciless Internet. Others have survived oblivion, abandoned, but still available to the public who knows how to find them.

There are several approaches to gaming on Linux for games not natively supported. Wine is ideal for native Windows games. Alternatively, you can always use a Virtual Machine. DOSBox is a valid DOS emulator, even on Linux (take a look at DBoxFE, a front-end for DOSBox). 



rpg2009 -

Ascii Sector

simulation2007 -

Baldur's Gate

rpg1998 BioWare
Baldur's Gate a fantasy RPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe which is regarded as the RPG that brought new life in a dying genre in the late 90s. Baldur's Gate was developed by BioWare and released by Black Isle Studios in 1998 for Windows, Lunux and Mac. Some of the innovations that Baldur's Gate introduced to the RPG genre are the real-time with pause combat and the high level of character customization. Baldur's Gate was followed by an expansion called Tales of the Sword Coast and by two sequels (so far).

Blade Runner

adventure1997 Westwood Studios
Blade Runner is one of those point & click adventure games that somewhat manages to fully capture the spirit of a cult movie without copying the original plot. Fans of the Blade Runner movie will enjoy this game, even without Harrison Ford. Blade Runner was developed by Westwood Studios and released in 1997 by Virgin.

BlockOut 2

puzzle2000 -

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars

adventure2009 Revolution Software


strategy1994 MicroProse Software
Colonization is a turn-based strategy 4x game developed and published by MicroProse in 1994 for DOS, Windows 3.1, Linux and Mac. The setting is the European Colonization of the New World. Colonization gameplay and interface are similar to Civilization, another Sid Meier game. However, there are some differences between Civilization and Colonization: playable nations (European powers), resources and commodities, declaration of independence, etc.

Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion

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application2002 -
DOSBox is an open-source emulator that allows you to run software and games designed for the MS-DOS operating system on modern computers. As you probably already know, MS-DOS was a popular operating system used in the 1980s and early 1990s. DOSBox emulates the necessary hardware components and provides a DOS-like environment, allowing users to run old DOS-based programs without requiring a dedicated MS-DOS machine. DOSBox itself is operated through a command-line interface, similar to the original MS-DOS.DOSBox is cross-platform and can be run on various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, and others.


rpg2007 -

Jagged Alliance 2

strategy1999 Sir-tech Software
Jagged Alliance 2 is a turn-based tactical role-playing strategy game developed by Sir-Tech and released in 1999 for Windows. It is the sequel to the original Jagged Alliance and has earned a reputation as one of the best games in the turn-based strategy genre.Set in the fictional country of Arulco, Jagged Alliance 2 presents players with the task of liberating Arulco from the oppressive rule of a dictator named Deidranna. The player takes on the role of a commander who must assemble a team of mercenaries, each with their unique skills and personalities, to overthrow the dictator and restore freedom to the country.


adventure1990demo LucasArts
Loom is a graphic adventure game developed and published by Lucasfilm Games (now LucasArts). It was designed by Brian Moriarty and is known for its unique gameplay mechanics and emphasis on storytelling. Loom is distinctive for its interface, which revolves around musical notes and spells. The protagonist, Bobbin Threadbare, is a young weaver who can use a magical distaff to play musical drafts to interact with the world. The puzzles often revolve around using musical notes and spells in creative ways.

Maniac Mansion

adventure1987 LucasArts
Maniac Mansion is one of the most famous point-and-click adventure games developed by Lucasfilm Games, designed by Ron Gilbert (who later created Monkey Island) and Gary Winnick. The story is a blend of old sci-fi and horror B-movie elements. Players can choose between several characters, each with unique abilities useful for solving various puzzles. Maniac Mansion was also the first game to use the popular SCUMM interface.


shooter1994 Bungie

Marathon 2: Durandal

shooter1996 Bungie

Railroad Tycoon 2

simulation1998 Pop Software
Railroad Tycoon 2 is an abandoned train simulation game designed by Phil Steinmeyer, developed by Pop Software and released by Gathering of Developers for Windows, Linux and Mac in 1998. As the title suggests, Railroad Tycoon 2 is the sequel of the acclaimed train management simulation Railroad Tycoon designed by Sid Meier in 1990.

Realms of Chaos

action1995 Apogee Software


rpg1984 Artificial Intelligence Design
Rogue is one of the first RPGs in the history of video gaming. It's a text-based dungeon crawler in which you have to fight your way in the dungeon to recover the Amulet of Yendor. Rogue became popular around 1980 on mainframes and later ported to various platforms, including DOS in 1984. Rogue is simply the father of all the roguelike games that came later.


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System Shock 2

action-adventure1999 Irrational Games
System Shock 2 is a first-person action role-playing video game developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios. It was released in 1999 and is known for its innovative gameplay, atmospheric setting, and deep narrative.The game is set in a futuristic cyberpunk universe aboard the starship Von Braun in the year 2114. Players assume the role of a soldier who awakens from cryosleep to find the ship overrun by hostile creatures and rogue AI. As they explore the ship, they uncover the mysteries behind the catastrophe and the true nature of their own character.

Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive

adventure1996 Access Software
Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive is the sequel to Under a Killing Moon and the 4th game in the Tex Murphy series. The Pandora Directive is a first-person 3D adventure game set in a dark sci-fi version of the U.S.A., more specifically in a futuristic San Francisco. The Pandora Directive was developed by Access Software and released in 1996 for Windows, DOS and, later, for Linux and Mac platforms.

Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon

adventure1994 Access Software


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adventure1996 Virgin Interactive

UFO 2000

strategy2004 -

Unreal Gold

shooter2000 Epic MegaGames
Unreal Gold is a first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by Epic MegaGames and published by GT Interactive. It was originally released in 1998 for Windows. Unreal Gold is an enhanced edition of the original Unreal game, and it includes the base game along with its expansion pack.The game is set on a distant planet called Na Pali, and players take on the role of a prisoner, who must escape from an alien world.

Wizardry 6: Bane of the Cosmic Forge

rpg1990 Sir-tech Software

Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant

rpg1992 Sir-tech Software
Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant is a first-person perspective party-based RPG developed and released by Sir-tech Software in 1992 for Windows, Linux and DOS. Wizardry 7 is the seventh chapter in the Wizardry series and it's part of the Dark Savant trilogy, set in a world where sci-fi themes (space travel, androids) are mixed with fantasy themes (weapons and armors, magic).


rpg1999 -
Zangband is a variant of the popular roguelike game Angband. Zangband, short for Zelazny Angband, was developed by Chris Weisiger and first released in 1994. The game features a fantasy world with diverse races, classes, and monsters. Players explore dungeons, caves, and other environments in a quest to reach the bottom level of the dungeon, defeat the final boss, and retrieve a powerful artifact known as the Palantir of Westernesse.