Abandonware DOS title

The most popular 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.

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.

Decision in the Desert

DOS19853.8/5 wargame, turn-based tactics

Steel Panthers

DOS19954.2/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
Steel Panthers is the first game in the Steel Panthers series. It was released in 1995 by Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI). This initial release laid the foundation for the series and introduced players to the turn-based tactical wargame experience that would be further developed in subsequent titles. The game focused on armored warfare and featur...

Master of Magic

DOSWindows XP/98/951994protected4.2/5 kingdom simulation, 4x
Master of Magic is a turn based 4x strategy game developed by SimTex and published by the well know Microprose, very similar to Civilization, with a fantasy twist. You play as a wizard and your objective is to evolve your race from a small settlement to a bursting empire. To do so, you can produce military units to fight other computer controlled p...

Blood & Magic

DOS19963.9/5 real-time strategy


DOS1996protected4.1/5 real-time strategy
Z is a real-time strategy game developed by The Bitmap Brothers and originally released in 1996 for MS-DOS. It's known for its fast-paced gameplay, humorous style, and distinctive art design.In Z, players control a robot army across various battlefields, aiming to conquer territories and defeat enemy forces. The game features a tongue-in-cheek narr...

Strip Poker Deluxe

DOS1994NSFW4.2/5 cards

North and South

DOS19904.2/5 wargame


DOS19954.2/5 4x
Ascendancy is a science fiction themed turn-based strategy game developed by The Logic Factory and released in 1995 for DOS. Ascendancy is a classic 4X game (eXpand, eXplore, eXploit, eXterminate), similar to Master of Orion, yet with a few differences such as a technology tree.

Dark Reign: The Future of War

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 real-time strategy, real-time tactics

Myth: The Fallen Lords

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS19974.2/5 real-time tactics, real-time strategy


DOS19843.8/5 chess

Dungeon Keeper 3: War for the Overworld

Windows2000canceled4/5 sandbox strategy, god game, real-time strategy
Dungeon Keeper 3 was a cancelled dungeon management strategy game being developed by Bullfrog that was never released. Dungeon Keeper 3 was cancelled in 2000 and the Dungeon Keeper franchise ended without a third chapter.

Heroes of Might and Magic

DOSWindows XP/98/951995protected4.2/5 turn-based tactics


Windows XP/98/95Mac OS1998protecteddemo4.1/5 real-time strategy
StarCraft is a classic RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released in 1998 for Windows and Macintosh. StarCraft takes the Warcraft experience to a sci-fi setting with an interesting story, three very different races (the militaristic Humans, the alien Zerg and the religious Protoss) and one of the best gameplay ex...

Queen of Tenshindo 95

Windows XP/98/951995NSFW3.9/5 cards

Command HQ

DOS19904/5 wargame, real-time strategy

Dragonriders of Pern

DOS19873.1/5 board game


DOS1991protected4/5 real-time strategy

The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici

DOSMac OS1996protected3.9/5 sandbox strategy, real-time strategy, city building


DOS19813.9/5 chess

Ambush at Sorinor

DOS19933.7/5 real-time strategy, real-time tactics

Scorched Earth

DOS1991protected4/5 artillery

Tank Wars

DOS19904.1/5 artillery

Gary Grigsby's War in Russia

DOS1993protected3.7/5 wargame, turn-based tactics

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

DOS1994protecteddemo4.2/5 real-time strategy
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is the first real-time fantasy strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment. Two separate story lines (Orcs and Humans) evolve with 12 scenarios per side telling the tale of the battle for the Kingdom of Azeroth. Players must mine gold and chop wood in order to construct buildings and create units. Each side tries to destro...

Alpha Centauri

Windows XP/98/951999protected4/5 4x

Emperor of the Fading Suns

Windows XP/98/9519964.1/5 4x

Panzer General

DOS1994protected4.2/5 wargame, turn-based tactics
Panger General is a turn based strategy wargame developed by SSI set in World War 2. The player can choose Axis or Allies and fight against the AI or another human player in more than 30 scenarios on a classic hex based map.