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 games

WinRisk
strategyWindows 3.x
Autoduel
rpgDOS
HeroQuest
rpgDOS, Mac
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221B Baker Street

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.
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4Play

Windows 3.x1995NSFW3.9/5
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.
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5th Fleet

DOS19943.9/5
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8088 Othello

DOS19853.5/5
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A Line in the Sand

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Acquire

DOS19893.9/5 IBM
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Advanced Civilization

DOS19954/5 Avalon Hill
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Archon Ultra

DOS1994protected3.7/5 Free Fall Associates
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Archon: the Light and the Dark

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...
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Autoduel

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.
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Axis and Allies

Windows XP/98/9519984.2/5 Wargaming West
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Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz

Windows XP/98/9519994.2/5 Wargaming West
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Backgammon

DOS19843.1/5 IBM
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Backgammon

DOS19862.7/5
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Battle Chess

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.
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Battle for Atlantis

DOS19903.8/5
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Battleship

DOS19833.3/5 Mirror Images Software
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Battlestar

Windows 3.x1996freeware3.7/5
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BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception

DOS19884/5 Westwood Studios
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Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 Synergistic Software
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Black Crown

DOS19953.8/5
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Blitz Draughts

DOS19923.7/5 PC Solutions
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Bureau 13

DOS19953.8/5 Take-Two Interactive
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Bush Buck: Global Treasure Hunter

DOS19914.1/5 Pc globe
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Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space

DOS19934.1/5 Strategic Visions
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Chaos Overlords

Windows XP/98/95Mac1996protected3/5 Stick Man Games
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Checkers for Windows

Windows 3.x19974.1/5
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Classic Concentration

DOS19884.2/5 Softie
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Clue Master Detective

DOS19894.3/5 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.
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Codebreaker

DOS1994freeware3/5