Abandonware DOS title

The best abandonware rpg games

In a Role-Playing Game (RPG), players control one or more characters in a fictional world, be it fantasy-oriented, contemporary, sci-fi, etc. RPGs follow up on traditional tabletop role-playing games features, including narrative threads full of obstacles and enigmas, character development, combat systems, or complex inventories.

Realms of Arkania 1: Blade of destiny

DOS1992protected4.1/5 first-person party-based RPG, sandbox RPG


WindowsLinux20094.1/5 JRPG, platform

Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures

After publishing a plethora of Gold Box titles, SSI decided to release a fantasy RPG based on the Forgotten Realms scenarios of Dungeons & Dragons where the player could create its own adventures. Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures (FRUA) is the ultimate Gold Box RPG and received praise from everyone who played it. If you loved Dark Knights ...

Ys: The Vanished Omens

DOS19894.1/5 JRPG, action RPG
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.


DOS19934.1/5 action RPG
ShadowCaster is a first-person action role-playing game (ARPG) developed by Raven Software and published by Origin Systems. It was released in 1993 for MS-DOS and later for other platforms such as Amiga and FM Towns.The storyline of ShadowCaster follows Kirt, who discovers that he has the ability to transform into various creature forms. As Kirt ex...


Windows XP/98/95Linux1997freeware4.1/5 dungeon crawl, roguelike

Ultima Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds

DOS1993protected4.1/5 action RPG

Treasures of the Savage Frontier


Betrayal at Krondor

DOS1993protected4.1/5 first-person party-based RPG

Van Buren (Fallout 3)

Windows XP/98/952003canceleddemo4.1/5
Van Buren was a science fiction post-apocalyptic RPG being developed by Black Isle Studios and never published. Van Buren was the direct sequel to Fallout 2, part of the Fallout franchise. Van Buren was canceled in 2003.

Hired Guns

DOS19934.1/5 first-person party-based RPG
Hired Guns is an abandoned game developed by DMA Design and published by Psygnosis in 1993 for DOS and Amiga platforms. Hired Guns is a sci-fi RPG in which you control four mercenaries in four individual simultaneous first person sub-screens tasked with destroying all the bad guys from a single planet.


DOS1993freeware4.1/5 roguelike

Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle

DOS19934.1/5 sandbox RPG, top-down party-based RPG
After the well received Ultima 7 The Black Gate, Origin decided that their Ultima engine could be used for one more game. Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle begins right after The Black Gate ends. This time the Avatar travels to a whole new land, far away from the usual Britannia. Serpent Isle brings its own charm to the series; exploring new lands...

Gateway to the Savage Frontier


Dark Sun: Shattered Lands

DOS1993protected4.1/5 top-down party-based RPG

Shard of Spring


Realms of Arkania 2: Star trail

DOS1994protected4.1/5 first-person party-based RPG, sandbox RPG

Times of Lore

DOS19894.1/5 action RPG
Times of Lore is an abandoned action RPG designed by Chris Roberts, developed and released by Origin Systems in 1989 for DOS and many more 8 bit and 16 bit platforms. Compared to Ultima (the much more popular franchise also by Origin) Times of Lore is a washed down RPG, more similar to a NES game. In fact, Roberts was inspired by The Legend of Zelda.

Lords of Doom

DOS19904.1/5 first-person party-based RPG

Circuit's Edge

DOS19904.1/5 interactive fiction
Circuit's Edge is a single-player science fiction blend of adventure game and RPG, developed by Westwood Studios and released by Infocom in 1990. Circuit's Edge is based on George Alec Effinger's cyberpunk novel "When Gravity Fails".

Warriors of Legend

DOS19934/5 action RPG

Planet's Edge

DOS1991protected4/5 top-down party-based RPG

Cobra Mission


Ultima 9: Ascension

Windows XP/98/951999protected4/5 sandbox RPG, action RPG

The Bard's Tale

DOS19874/5 dungeon crawl, first-person party-based RPG
The Bard's Tale 1 is the first chapter of a popular first person RPG series by Interplay. You control a group of six adventurers with the task of defeating the evil wizard Mangar the Dark. You will fight monters, explore the city of Skara Brae, solve riddles and guide your party into earning levels, gold and glory.

Might and Magic 5: Darkside of Xeen

DOS1993protected4/5 first-person party-based RPG

Dungeon master 2: The legend of Skullkeep

DOS19954/5 dungeon crawl, first-person party-based RPG

Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness

DOS19874/5 top-down party-based RPG
This is the first of the very popular RPG saga Ultima. The setting is the land of Sosaria, the enemy to defeat is Mondain. It's a classic cRPG. The wilderness and cities are represented from a top down perspective, while dungeons can be explored in a first person 3d view.