Abandonware DOS title

Games similar to board games or based on a tabletop game

Classic board games like Backgammon, Othello, Checkers were an inspiration to the first wave of developers for their simplicity and appeal. In time, modern board games like Diplomacy, Risk, Monopoly or Scrabble were also adapted in a number of games. And let's not forget the strategy games NOT based on actual tabletop games which gameplay is clearly inspired by board games (like the excellent Archon).

Most popular board game applications

Axis and Allies
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Battle Chess

Board game applications

  • baker-street-2
    DOS19864/5 Datasoft

    221B Baker Street is a turn-based strategy strategy game developed by Datasoft. 221B Baker Street is base on the tabletop game of the same name "221B Baker Street" and it plays in a very similar way, with dices, etc.

  • 4play-01
    Windows 3.x1995NSFW4/5

    4Play is a multi-player board-like strategy party-game for adults released for Windows 3.1 in 1995. 4Play is a board-game very similar to Monopoly in which players have to perform certain (adult) actions in response to events happening on the board.

  • 5th-fleet-07
  • 8088othello-4
  • a-line-in-the-sand-03
    DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
  • acquire-1
    DOS19893.9/5 IBM
  • advanced-civilization-02
    DOS19953.9/5 Avalon Hill
  • archon-ultra-1
    DOS1994protected3.7/5 Free Fall Associates
  • archon-3
    DOS19844.2/5 Free Fall Associates

    Archon: The Light and the Dark is an abandoned DOS fantasy blend of strategy and action game, developed by Free Fall Associates and published for DOS by Electronic Arts in 1984. Archon and its sequels are a unique mix of chess-like turn-based strategy and arcade action games. Take chess and add the fact that every time two pieces land on the same s...

  • auto-duel-05
    DOS19853.8/5 Origin Systems

    Autoduel is an abandoned top-down open world post apocalyptic RPG/driving game hybrid designed by Chuck Bueche and Richard Garriott of Ultima fame. Autoduel was developed by Origin Systems and was released in 1985 for DOS, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, C64, Apple II, Macintosh, Amiga. Autoduel is based on a board game designed by Steve Jackson himself.

  • axis-and-allies-05
    Windows XP/98/9519984.2/5 Wargaming West
  • axis-allies-iron-blitz-07
    Windows XP/98/9519994.2/5 Wargaming West
  • backgammon-1
    DOS19843.1/5 IBM
  • backgammon-green-valley-02
  • battlechess-1
    DOS1988protected4.2/5 Interplay Productions

    Chess was a niche genre in video gaming. There were lots of chess simulations: black and white very old games, licensed games from chess champions, etc. No one ever attempted to broaden the audience until Interplay published Battle Chess. Battle Chess appeal was almost entirely focused on the animations when two pieces ended on the same square.

  • battle-for-atlantis-02
  • battlestar-05
    Windows 3.x1996freeware3.6/5
  • btechcrescent-1
    DOS19884.1/5 Westwood Studios
  • birthright-win-05
    Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 Synergistic Software
  • blackcrown-2
  • blitz-01
    DOS19923.6/5 PC Solutions
  • bureau-13-02
    DOS19953.7/5 Take-Two Interactive
  • bushbuck-04
    DOS19914.1/5 Pc globe
  • buzz-race-into-space-06
    DOS19934/5 Strategic Visions
  • chaos-overlord-01
    Windows XP/98/95Mac1996protected3/5 Stick Man Games
  • checkers-for-windows-02
    Windows 3.x19974.1/5
  • classic-concentration-01
    DOS19884.1/5 Softie
  • clue-master-detective-03
    DOS19894.2/5 Dalali Software

    Clue Master Detective is an abandoned strategy game developed by Dalali Software and released by Leisure Genius in 1989 for DOS, Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, C64. Clue Master Detective is based on the well known board game Clue (also known as Cluedo). Clue can be played in single player, but the best gaming experience come from the multi-player mode.

  • codebreaker-02
  • diplomacy-1
    DOS19843.6/5 Avalon Hill