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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Red sky at morning

DOS19933.9/5
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The Ancient Art of War

DOS19843.9/5 real-time strategy
The Ancient Art of War is a classic video game that was released in the late 1980s. Developed by Evryware and published by Broderbund, it was available on various platforms, including Apple II, Atari ST, Amiga, and MS-DOS. The Ancient Art of War is a strategy game that takes place in various historical settings, such as ancient China, Greece, and t...
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Ante-Up at The Friday Night Poker Club

DOS19903.9/5 poker, cards
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V for victory: Velikiye Luki

DOS1992protected3.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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Bandit Kings of Ancient China

DOS19893.9/5 kingdom simulation
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Stellar Crusade

DOS1988protected3.9/5 4x
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Hoyle Classic Card Games

DOS19933.9/5 poker, 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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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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War in Middle Earth

DOS19883.9/5 real-time tactics
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Cultures

Windows XP/98/952000protected3.9/5 sandbox strategy, real-time strategy
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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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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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V for Victory: D-day Utah Beach

DOS1991protected3.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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Austerlitz 1805

DOS19893.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44

DOS1992protected3.9/5 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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Defender of the Crown

DOS1991protected3.9/5
Defender of the crown is a strategy game set in the middle ages, in England. You control a Saxon and must fight Normans to control the country. The player can conquest territories, lay siege to castles, join tournaments, rescue damsels.
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Blood & Magic

DOS19963.9/5 real-time strategy
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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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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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Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance

DOS1985NSFW3.9/5 poker, cards
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Crusade in Europe

DOS19853.9/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
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The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici

DOSMac1996protected3.9/5 sandbox strategy, real-time strategy, city building