Abandonware DOS title

Turn-based tactical games

Turn-based tactical video games are a genre of strategy games where gameplay is divided into turns, during which players take sequential actions with their units or characters. In turn-based tactical games, players typically control a group of units, such as soldiers, heroes, or specialized characters, and navigate them across a grid-based map or environment. Each turn, players can move their units, attack enemies, use special abilities, or perform other actions within the game's mechanics and rules.

The turn-based nature of these games allows players to carefully consider their options and plan their moves strategically, taking into account factors like terrain, unit strengths and weaknesses, and the overall objectives of the game. Typically, the outcome of battles or encounters is determined by a combination of factors such as unit statistics, positioning, and sometimes random chance. Some well-known examples of turn-based tactical games include the XCOM series, Heroes of Might and Magic series, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Jagged Alliance. 

Most popular turn-based tactics games

Jagged Alliance 2
strategyWindows XP/98/95, Linux, Mac OS
X-COM: Ufo Defense
strategyDOS
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101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy

Windows XP/98/9519984.2/5 Empire Interactive
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5th Fleet

DOS19943.9/5
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A Line in the Sand

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
age-of-wonders-09

Age of Wonders

Windows XP/98/951999protecteddemo4.2/5 Triumph Studios
age-of-wonder-2-05

Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne

Windows XP/98/952002protecteddemo4.1/5 Triumph Studios
Age of Wonders II: The Wizard's Throne is a turn-based strategy game developed by Triumph Studios and published by Gathering of Developers. It was released in 2002 as a sequel to the original Age of Wonders. The game is set in a fantasy world where players take on the role of a leader, either as a wizard or a warlord, and compete for control of the...
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Arnhem: The Market Garden Operation

DOS19883.1/5 Cases Computer Simulations
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Austerlitz 1805

DOS19893.9/5 Cornerstone Software
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Battle for Normandy

DOS1983protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
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Battle Isle

DOS1991protected3.7/5 Blue Byte Software
battle-isle-2-01

Battle Isle 2200

DOS1994protected4.1/5 Blue Byte Software
battle-isle-93-03

Battle Isle 93: The Moon of Chromos

DOS19934/5 Blue Byte Software
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Battle of Antietam

DOS1985protected3.6/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Blitzkrieg: Battle at the Ardennes

DOS19903.5/5 Command Simulations
capture-the-flag-01

Capture the Flag

DOS19933/5
carrier-strike-south-pacific-04

Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44

DOS1992protected3.8/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
clash-of-steel-07

Clash of Steel

DOS1993protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Conflict in Vietnam

DOS19864.2/5 MicroProse Software
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Conflict: Europe

DOS19894.2/5 Personal Software Services
Conflict Europe is an abandoned turn-based top-down strategy game set in Europe. The game was developed by Personal Software Services and released by Mirrorsoft in 1989 for DOS, Amiga and Atari ST.
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Conflict: Korea

DOS1992protected4.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Crusade in Europe

DOS19853.9/5 MicroProse Software
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Decision at Gettysburg

DOS19903.7/5 TigLon Software
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Decision in the Desert

DOS19853.8/5 MicroProse Software
decisive-civil-war-1-03

Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Vol. 1

DOS19884/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
decisive-civil-war-2-08

Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Vol. 2

DOS19893.9/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
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Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Vol. 3

DOS19923.5/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
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Decker

Windows2002freeware3.5/5
desert-rats-03

Desert Rats

DOS19863.9/5 Cases Computer Simulations
empire-deluxe-07

Empire Deluxe

DOSWindows 3.x19934/5 White Wolf Productions
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Empire II: The Art of War

DOSWindows XP/98/9519954.1/5 White Wolf Productions
fantasy-empires-03

Fantasy Empires

DOS1993protected3.9/5 Silicon Knights