Abandonware DOS title

Games based on a novel

A lot of old games were based on a book, being it a novel or even a short story. Some novels that inspired developers to create video games are The Lords of the Rings (by J. R. R. Tolkien, Rendez Vous with Rama (by Arthur Clarke), The Mist (by Stephen King).
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ICON: Quest for the Ring

DOS19843.6/5 Macrocom
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan

DOS19974.1/5 Papyrus Design Group
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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I

DOS19904/5 Interplay Productions
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I is an abandoned fantasy top-down DOS RPG game set in the The Lord of the Rings universe. The Lord of the Rings I was developed and released by Interplay Productions in 1990. The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I is based on the popular The Lord Of The Rings book by J.R.R. Tolkien and it's focused on the f...
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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers

DOS19923.9/5 Interplay Productions
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers is an abandoned fantasy top-down DOS RPG game set in the The Lord of the Rings universe. The Lord of the Rings II was developed and released by Interplay Productions in 1992. The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers is based on the popular The Lord Of The Rings book by J.R.R. Tol...
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James Clavell's Shogun

DOS19894.2/5 Infocom
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La Abadia del Crimen

DOS19874.2/5 Opera Soft
La Abadía del Crimen (The Abbey of Crime) is an action-adventure developed in Spain by Paco Menéndez in the mid-1980s. It was initially created for the Amstrad CPC and later ported to other popular home computer systems of the time, such as the ZX Spectrum and MSX. The game was released in 1987.
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Lone Wolf: The Mirror of Death

DOS19913.8/5 Mr. Micro
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Megafortress

DOS1991protected4.1/5 Artech Studios
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Mixed-up Mother Goose

DOS19874.1/5 Sierra On-Line
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Neuromancer

DOS19894/5 Interplay Productions
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Pacific Islands

DOS19924.3/5 Oxford Digital Enterprises
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Prisoner of Ice

DOS1995protected4.1/5 Chaosium Inc.
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Red Storm Rising

DOS19894/5 MicroProse Software
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Rendezvous with Rama

DOS19853.7/5 Telarium
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Return of the Phantom

DOS1993protecteddemo3.7/5 MicroProse Software
Return of the Phantom is adventure game set in France, designed by Raymond Benson, developed by MicroProse Software and released in 1993 for DOS only. Return of the Phantom is a third-person adventure game based on the book Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
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Return to Ringworld

DOS19943.8/5 Tsunami Media
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Ringworld: Revenge of the Patriarch

DOS19923.8/5 Tsunami Media
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Scrooge

DOS19913/5 Leisuresoft
Scrooge is an abandoned interactive fiction graphic adventure game developed and released by Leisuresoft in 1991 for DO. Scrooge is based on the popular Christmas tale of the same name.
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Shannara

DOS1995protected4.1/5 Legend Entertainment
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Spirit of Excalibur

DOS19903.8/5 Synergistic Software
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Team Yankee

DOS19904.2/5 Oxford Digital Enterprises
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The Cardinal of the Kremlin

DOS19904/5 Capstone
The Cardinal of the Kremlin is an abandoned simulation game involving espionage, politics and govern management set in the cold war years. It was designed by Kenneth Rothschild, developed by Capstone and released by IntraCorp in 1990 for DOS and Amiga. The Cardinal of the Kremlin was based on the Tom Clancy novel of the same name.
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The Crack of Doom

DOS19893.7/5 Beam Software
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The Fellowship of the Ring

DOS19864.1/5 Beam Software
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The Fourth Protocol

DOS19874/5 The Electronic Pencil Co.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

DOSMac1984freeware4.2/5 Infocom
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a humorous free text adventure game based on the novel of the same name written by Douglas Adams (if you never read it, shame on you!). The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was designed by Douglas Adams himself and interactive fiction god Steve Eric Meretzky, it was released by Infocom in 1984 for DOS and for...