Abandonware DOS title

The most popular turn based games

In direct contrast with real-time games, turn-based games gameplay is based on the players taking turns to do what needs to be done: move in a dungeon, play cards, attack enemy units.
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Nuclear War

DOS19894/5 New World Computing
Nuclear War is an abandoned turn-based strategy game designed by Eric Hyman and Jon Van Caneghem. Nuclear War was developed and released by New World Computing in 1989 for Amiga and, later, for DOS, and it's loosely based on a card game of the same name. Nuclear War took a satirical approach to the grim possibility of a global nuclear war and succe...
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Machiavelli the Prince

DOS1995protected4.2/5 Holistic Design
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Archon: the Light and the Dark

DOS19844.2/5 Free Fall Associates
Archon: The Light and the Dark is an abandoned DOS fantasy blend of strategy and action game, developed by Free Fall Associates and published for DOS by Electronic Arts in 1984. Archon and its sequels are a unique mix of chess-like turn-based strategy and arcade action games. Take chess and add the fact that every time two pieces land on the same s...
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Hack

DOS1984freeware3.8/5
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Fantasy Empires

DOS1993protected3.9/5 Silicon Knights
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Knights of Legend

DOS19894.2/5 Origin Systems
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221B Baker Street

DOS19864/5 Datasoft
221B Baker Street is a turn-based strategy strategy game developed by Datasoft. 221B Baker Street is base on the tabletop game of the same name "221B Baker Street" and it plays in a very similar way, with dices, etc.
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The Temple of Elemental Evil

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS2003protected3.9/5 Troika Games
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Strip Poker 2 plus

DOS1988NSFW3.8/5 Anco Software
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Dogs of War

Windows XP/98/951996demo4.2/5 Software Engineering
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V for victory: Market-Garden

DOS1993protected4.1/5 Atomic Games
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Railroad Tycoon Deluxe

DOS19934.1/5 MicroProse Software
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Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 Synergistic Software
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Uninvited

DOSMac OS19873.8/5 ICOM Simulations
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Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games

DOS1996protected4.2/5 Sir-tech Software
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Doomdark's Revenge

DOS19853.9/5 Beyond Software
Doomdark's Revenge is a strategy and role-playing video game developed by Mike Singleton and originally released in 1985 for DOS and various home computer systems, including the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and Commodore 64. It is the sequel to the earlier game Lords of Midnight and is known for its unique combination of strategy, adventure, and story...
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Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed

DOS1992protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed is a CRPG developed by SSI Strategic Simulations Inc. and released in 1992 for DOS only. Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed is the sequel to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday and it's based on a campaign setting created by TSR in the late 80s. The game uses the Gold Box engine, common to much of the RPGs developed by SSI.
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Minesweeper

Windows 3.x19924/5 Microsoft
Microsoft Minesweeper is an iconic puzzle game that has been included with Microsoft Windows operating systems since Windows 3.1. The game's objective is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden mines without detonating any of them. The player clicks on a square to reveal what's underneath, and numbers are displayed to indicate how many mines...
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Archon Ultra

DOS1994protected3.7/5 Free Fall Associates
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Disciples of Steel

DOS19943.9/5
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Football Manager 3

DOS19934.3/5 Bedrock Software
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Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021

DOS1987freeware3.9/5 Thinking Machine Associates
Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021 is one of the first 4x turn-based strategy games, ASCII based. Anacreon is set in space, as most 4x sci-fi games are, and was published by Thinking Machines Associates and designed by George Moromisato who later re-released the game as freeware.
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Pacific General

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Dark Designs 2: Closing the Gate

DOS19904/5 Softdisk Publishing
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Escape from Hell

DOS19904/5 Electronic Arts
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The Aethra Chronicles

DOS19943.9/5
The Aethra Chronicles is not a well know fantasy RPG, but it deserves some praise. It was developed by only one person (Micheal Lawrence) and, as the title implies, was intended to be the first volume of a saga. Unfortunately, volume two and three were never made. For a shareware game, Aethra was pretty solid and is still loved by the ones who play...
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Computer Diplomacy

DOS19843.5/5 Avalon Hill
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SimHealth

DOS19943.7/5 Thinking Tools Inc.
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Champions of Krynn

DOS1990protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.