Abandonware DOS title

The best abandonware strategy games

Games based on strategy allow for reasoning and planning of one’s moves and actions. The gameplay may be based on player’s turns (Turn-based Strategy) or it may be in real time (Real-Time Strategy, RTS). These games focus on strategy and tactics rather than action, sometimes with the addition of financial or logistic features.
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Nobunaga's Ambition 6

DOS19943.9/5
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V for victory: Velikiye Luki

DOS1992protected3.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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Kasparov's Gambit

DOS19933.9/5 chess
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Hoyle Classic Card Games

DOS19933.9/5 cards
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Unnatural Selection

DOS19933.9/5 real-time tactics
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Metal Marines

Windows 3.x19933.9/5 turn-based tactics
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Power Dolls

DOS19943.9/5 real-time tactics
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Chess

DOS19813.9/5 chess
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Dominus

DOS19943.9/5 real-time tactics, real-time strategy
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Doomdark's Revenge

DOS19853.9/5 first-person party-based RPG
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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4Play

Windows 3.x1995NSFW3.9/5 board game
4Play is a multi-player board-like strategy party-game for adults released for Windows 3.1 in 1995. 4Play is a board-game very similar to Monopoly in which players have to perform certain (adult) actions in response to events happening on the board.
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V for Victory: D-day Utah Beach

DOS1991protected3.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Vol. 2

DOS19893.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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La Grande Armee

DOS19913.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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MacArthur's War

DOS19903.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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Star Saga: Two - The Clathran Menace

DOS19893.9/5 board game
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A Line in the Sand

DOS1992protected3.9/5 board game, wargame, turn-based tactics
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Laser Squad

DOS19923.9/5 turn-based tactics
Laser Squad is an abandoned turn-based strategy/tactical game designed by Julian Gollop (the mind behind the X-COM series). Laser Squad was developed by Target Games Limited and released by MicroLeague Multimedia in 1992 for DOS and other 8-bit systems. Laser Squad is considered as a precursor of X-COM: Ufo Defense.
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Powermonger

DOS19923.9/5 god game, real-time strategy
Powermonger is a real time strategy game where the player must defeat the opponents by conquering towns and tipping the balance of power in his/her favor. This is done by giving orders to soldiers and captains and by accumulating enough resources (food and equipment) to survive and ultimately win.
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Clash of Steel

DOS1993protected3.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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King's Bounty

DOSMac OS19903.9/5 turn-based tactics
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Crusade in Europe

DOS19853.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021

DOS1987freeware3.9/5 4x
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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Arrakis

DOS20003.9/5 real-time strategy
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The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici

DOSMac OS1996protected3.9/5 sandbox strategy, real-time strategy, city building
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Core War Plus

DOS19843.9/5 real-time tactics
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Populous

DOS19893.9/5 sandbox strategy, god game, real-time strategy
Populous is an abandoned strategy game designed by the video game celebrity Peter Molyneux, developed by Bullfrog. Populous was released by Electronic Arts in 1989 for DOS and for a long list of other 16-bit and 8-bit systems, both console and PCs. Populos is a really unique game: it gave the name to the the whole god-game genre since, well, in the...
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Fantasy Empires

DOS1993protected3.9/5 turn-based tactics