Abandonware DOS title

The best abandonware action games

Action video games are all about speed, fast moving and dexterity. The main action varies according to the kind of game, which can include jumping from platforms, running, beating up other human players or computer controlled adversaries, etc.
If the action is focused on shooting adversaries, the game belongs to the shooter genre. There's also the action-adventure genre, where the action elements are less intense and the gameplay incorporates one or more adventure elements such as inventory management, puzzles and a lot more thinking in general.

There are quite a lot of action sub-genres. In maze games, the action takes place in a labyrinth (the mother of all maze games is Pac-Man). Platformers are action games where you're going to spend most of the time jumping on some kind of platform (Bubbgle Bobble, Prince of Persia). There's also two types of games that involve physical combat: fighting games and beat 'em ups. Fighting games are all about 1 vs 1 combat in a single screen (Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat). In beat 'em ups (Golden Axe, Double Dragon) you have to fight hordes of enemies and advance to the next level.

Recently added and trending action games

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
actionWindows XP/98/95
Rick Dangerous

Action games

  • jetpack-xmas-03
  • lawnmover-1
  • litil-divil-02
    DOS1993protected4/5 Gremlin Graphics / Gremlin Interactive
  • navy-seal-02
    DOS19894/5 Cosmi Corporation
  • onslaught-07
    DOS19904/5 Arc Developments
  • pango-02
  • primal-rage-03
    DOS19954/5 Atari
  • shadow-knights-02
    DOS19904/5 id software
  • starquake-1
    DOS19884/5 Bubble Bus Software

    Starquake is a weird DOS science fiction platform game developed by Bubble Bus Software in 1988 and designed by Stephen Crow and Dave Collins. The Commodore 64 version boasts a wonderful soundtrack. Unfortunately, the PC version comes with CGA graphics and no soundtrack.

  • super-cauldron-02
    DOS19924/5 Titus Interactive
  • super-mario-fusion-revival-02
    Windows XP/98/952011freewareremake4/5

    Super Mario Fusion Revival is a remake of the popular Super Mario platform game by Nintendo. SMFR was released in 2011, designed and developed by SMFR Team.

  • way-exploding-fist-03
    Windows XP/98/952008freewareremake4/5
  • time-bandit-08
    DOS19894/5 MichTron
  • keen2-1
    DOS1990protected4/5 id software
  • coolspot-1
    DOS19944/5 Virgin Interactive
  • darkages-1
    DOS1991freeware4/5 Scenerio Software
  • nickyboom-1
    DOS19924/5 Microids
  • pong-1
  • homealone-2
    DOS19914/5 Manley Associates
  • doubledragon-1
    DOS19883.9/5 Technos Japan
  • zool-3
    DOS19923.9/5 Gremlin Graphics / Gremlin Interactive

    Zool was to Amiga what Sonic was for Sega consoles: a cool protagonist (a ninja of the Nth dimension!) for a high adrenaline action platformer. Zool was designed by George Allen and published by Gremlin in 1992 and it was an instant success. It was ported for many platforms, DOS included, and followed by Zool 2 in 1993.

  • dangerousdave-1
    DOS1990protected3.9/5 Softdisk Publishing
  • xenophage-03
    DOS1996freeware3.9/5 Argo Games
  • pinball-illusions-02
    DOS19953.9/5 Digital Illusions
  • biomenace-2
    DOS1993freeware3.9/5 Apogee Software
  • elviraarcade-1
    DOS19913.9/5 Flair Software
  • 3d-maze-01
    Windows 3.x19913.9/5
  • hercules-05
    Windows XP/98/951997protected3.9/5 Eurocom Developments
  • stormlord-02
    DOS19893.9/5 Hewson Consultants

    Stormlord is an abandoned DOS platform game set in a fantasy world, developed and published by Hewson Consultants in 1989 and designed by Raffaele Cecco. There was some controversy about the scantily clothed fairies in the game.

  • jbird-4
    DOS1983remake3.9/5 Orion Software