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The most popular open world games

An open-world video game is a genre of video game where the player is given a large, expansive virtual world (or universe) to explore and interact with. In contrast to linear games that follow a predetermined path or level-based progression, open-world games typically offer freedom and non-linearity, allowing players to roam and engage with the game world at their own pace.

Open-world games often feature vast landscapes or cities that can be freely traversed, and they often include a variety of activities, missions, or quests for players to undertake. These games commonly provide a range of gameplay options, such as exploration, combat, puzzle-solving, character development, and interacting with non-player characters (NPCs).

Popular examples of open-world games include The Elder Scrolls series (e.g., Morrowind), the Grand Theft Auto series, Ultima 7, Darklands, and Star Control 2, among many others.

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Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams

DOS19914/5 Origin Systems
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams is an abandoned science fiction RPG designed by Jeff George, developed by Origin Systems and released in 1991 for DOS. Martian Dreams uses the Ultima VI engine to depict Mars in a top down perspective.
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Exile: Escape from the Pit

Windows XP/98/95MacWindows 3.x1995freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
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Realms of Arkania 3: Shadows Over Riva

DOS1996protected4/5 Attic Entertainment Software
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UnReal World v. 3.20

Windows XP/98/95Mac1992freeware4.1/5
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Legends of Valour

DOS19924.1/5 Syntetic Dimensions
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Elite Plus

DOS1991freeware4/5 Realtime Games
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Captain Blood

DOSMac19883.8/5 ERE Informatique
Captain Blood is a space exploration video game released in 1988. It was developed by the French company ERE Informatique, and it was designed by Philippe Ulrich and Didier Bouchon.The game is set in a futuristic universe, where players take on the role of Captain Blood, a human abducted by an alien race known as the Thiiny. The gameplay revolves a...
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Darklands

DOSLinuxWindows XP/98/95Mac1992protected3.9/5 MicroProse Software
Darklands was a unique historical isometric RPG that mixed real historical data from medieval Germany during the 15th century with a touch of folklore and fantasy. Unfortunately it was also the only Microprose RPG of that kind and beauty. The original game box contained a huge manual with info on european folklore (including the live...
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Galdregon's Domain

DOS19883.8/5 Pandora
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Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire

DOS1990freeware4/5 Origin Systems
After the success of Ultima 6: The False Prophet, Origin decided to "create worlds" not part of the popular Ultima series (strictly speaking) using the same engine of Ultima 6. They came up with two games: The Savage Empire and Martian Dreams. The Savage Empire is set in a stone age-like world and features prehistoric tribes, dinosaurs, insectoid a...
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Might and Magic 3: Isles of Terra

DOS1991protected4/5 New World Computing
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AlphaMan

DOS19953.6/5
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Anachronox

Windows XP/98/952001protected4.1/5 Ion Storm
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Doomdark's Revenge

DOS19853.9/5 Beyond Software
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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Midwinter

DOS19904.1/5 Maelstrom Games
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TomeNET

Windows XP/98/95Linux2003freeware4.3/5
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Bad Blood

DOS19904.2/5 Origin Systems
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The Magic Candle 2: The Four and Forty

DOS19913.8/5 Mindcraft Software
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The Faery Tale Adventure: Book I

DOS19873.8/5 MicroIllusions
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Spirit of Adventure

DOS19914/5 Attic Entertainment Software
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Disciples of Steel

DOS19944/5
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Don't Go Alone

DOS19894/5 Sterling Silver Software
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Rings of Medusa

DOS19903.9/5 Starbyte Software
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Prophecy of the Shadow

DOS1992protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Ys: The Vanished Omens

DOS19894.1/5 Nihon Falcom
Ys: The Vanished Omens (also known as The Ancient Land of Ys) is an abandoned top-down open-world action RPG designed by Masaya Hashimoto, developed by Nihon Falcom and released by Kyodai Software Marketing for DOS in 1989. Ys: The Vanished Omens was published (earlier) for quite a few other home computers and console.
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Challenge of the Five Realms

DOS1992protected3.7/5 MicroProse Software
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Arctic Fox

DOS19873.9/5 Dynamix
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Legend of Faerghail

DOS19903.9/5 Electronic Design Hannover