Abandonware DOS title

The best based on a novel games

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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The Fourth Protocol

DOS19874/5 The Electronic Pencil Co.
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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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William Shatner's TekWar

DOS19954/5 Capstone
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Emmanuelle: A Game of Eroticism

DOS1989NSFW4/5 Coktel Vision
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Callahan's Crosstime Saloon

DOS19974/5 Legend Entertainment
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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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Neuromancer

DOS19893.9/5 Interplay Productions
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The Hobbit

DOS19833.9/5 Beam Software
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The mist

DOS19853.9/5 Angelsoft
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The Cardinal of the Kremlin

DOS19903.9/5 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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Transarctica

DOS19933.9/5 Silmarils
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Death Gate

DOS1994protected3.9/5 Legend Entertainment
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Gateway 2: Homeworld

DOS1993protected3.9/5 Legend Entertainment
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms

DOS19893.9/5 KOEI
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Arrakis

DOS20003.9/5
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The Wizard of Oz

DOS19853.9/5 Windham Classics
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War in Middle Earth

DOS19893.9/5 Synergistic Software
War in Middle-earth is a real-time strategy game developed by Synergistic Software and published by Melbourne House. It was released in 1988 for various platforms including the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC.The game is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy world of Middle-earth, specifically focusing on the events depicted in "The Lor...
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Return to Ringworld

DOS19943.8/5 Tsunami Media
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Spirit of Excalibur

DOS19903.8/5 Synergistic Software
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Dune Generations

Windows XP/98/952002canceled3.8/5 Cryo Interactive Entertainment
Dune Generations was a canceled 3D MMO strategy game set in the Dune universe that was never published. Dune Generations was in development by Cryo Interactive Entertainment, but it was canceled in 2002 when the company filed for bankruptcy. As of 2002 the game was still in the alpha stage; what's left are some screenshots ...
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Lone Wolf: The Mirror of Death

DOS19913.8/5 Mr. Micro
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Companions of Xanth

DOS1993protected3.8/5 Legend Entertainment
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20000 Leagues under the sea

DOS19883.8/5 Coktel Vision
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Ringworld: Revenge of the Patriarch

DOS19923.8/5 Tsunami Media
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Below The Root

DOS19843.7/5 Dale Disharoon, Inc.
Below the root is an atipycal early 2 dimensional adventure game based on the Zilpha Keatley Snyder novels: the Green Sky Trilogy. The player can choose one of many characters, each with different skills and embark in a quest to eliminate the distrust between two races: the Erdling and the Kindar.
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The Crack of Doom

DOS19893.7/5 Beam Software
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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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The Shadows of Mordor

DOS19883.7/5 Beam Software