Abandonware DOS title

Games with grid-based movement

Grid-based movement in video games refers to a movement system where characters or objects can only move along a predefined grid or set of discrete positions. The game world is divided into a grid, composed of squares or tiles, and the movement is typically restricted to the cardinal directions (up, down, left, and right).

Grid-based movement has been widely used in various types of games, including turn-based strategy games, role-playing games (RPGs), and tactical games. This movement system allows for precise positioning and strategic planning, as the player must consider the grid layout and plan their movements accordingly.
One of the advantages of grid-based movement is that it simplifies navigation and collision detection, as the game engine can easily determine valid movement paths and detect collisions with other objects on the grid.

Most popular grid-based movement games

Civilization
strategyDOS, Windows 3.x, Mac
Civilization 2
strategyWindows XP/98/95
X-COM: Ufo Defense
strategyDOS
baker-street-2

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.
2400ad-4

2400 A.D.

DOS19884/5 Origin Systems
alphaman-02

AlphaMan

DOS19953.6/5
amuletyendor-4

Amulet of Yendor

DOS19853.6/5 Keypunch Software
adom1.1-05

Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) v1.1

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1996freeware3.9/5
ancients1-deathwatch-01

Ancients 1: Deathwatch

DOS19913.8/5 Farr-Ware Software
ancients2-approaching-evil-02

Ancients 2: Approaching Evil

DOS19943.9/5 Farr-Ware Software
angband-03

Angband

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
anvilofdawn-1

Anvil of dawn

DOS1995protected3.8/5 DreamForge Intertainment
archon-ultra-1

Archon Ultra

DOS1994protected3.7/5 Free Fall Associates
archon-3

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...
arnhem-01

Arnhem: The Market Garden Operation

DOS19882.8/5 Cases Computer Simulations
blades-exile-02

Blades of Exile

Windows 3.xMacWindows XP/98/951997freeware4.1/5 Spiderweb Software
bloodwych-4

Bloodwych

DOS19893.8/5
Bloodwych is an abandoned RPG set in the fantasy world of Trazere. Two players can play at the same time in split screen mode, a feature that was unusual at the time, especially for an RPG. Bloodwych was released in 1989 by Image Works for DOS, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, C64, ZX Spectrum.
boulderdash-3

Boulder Dash

DOS19843.7/5 First Star Software
Boulder Dash is a classic action-puzzle video game that was first released in 1984 by First Star Software. In Boulder Dash, players control a character named Rockford as he digs through caves to collect diamonds while avoiding falling boulders and other hazards. The game is set in a scrolling, grid-based environment, and players must strategic...
boulderdash2-3

Boulder Dash 2: Rockford's Revenge

DOS19853.5/5 First Star Software
Boulder Dash II is the sequel to the original Boulder Dash game. It was released in 1985 and follows the same basic gameplay mechanics as its predecessor while introducing new levels and features.In Boulder Dash II, players once again control the character Rockford as he explores caves, collects diamonds, and avoids various hazards such as falling ...
buckcountdown-04

Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

DOS1990protected4.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
buckrogersmatrix-05

Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed

DOS1992protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed is a CRPG developed by SSI Strategic Simulations Inc. and released in 1992 for DOS only. Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed is the sequel to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday and it's based on a campaign setting created by TSR in the late 80s. The game uses the Gold Box engine, common to much of the RPGs developed by SSI.
captive-5

Captive

DOS19923.9/5 Mindscape
championskrynn-2

Champions of Krynn

DOS1990protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
circuitsedge-2

Circuit's Edge

DOS19904.1/5 Westwood Studios
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".
civ1-7

Civilization

DOSWindows 3.xMac19914.2/5 MicroProse Software
Civilization is the critically acclaimed strategy game designed by Sid Meier and Bruce Campbell Shelley that became a staple in 4X turn-based strategy. Civilization was developed by MicroProse Software and released in 1991 for DOS, Windows 3.x, Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, etc. Civilization was followed by sequels, the last one being published recently. T...
civilization2-4

Civilization 2

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 MicroProse Software
Civilization 2, later renamed Sid Meier's Civilization II, is a turn based 4X strategy game developed and published by MicroProse in 1996. The gameplay is similar to the first Civilization, many aspects were improved and new features were introduced: a new isometric perspective, hit points for units, new civilizations, new wonders of the world and ...
civ2-test-of-time-02

Civilization II: Test of Time

Windows XP/98/951999remake4.2/5 Atari
Civilization II: Test of Time is an abandoned turn-based strategy game developed by Atari and released by MicroProse Software in 1999 for Windows. Civilization II: Test of Time is a remake of the cult classic Civilization 2, without the involvement of Sid Meier (the creator of the Civilization franchise). Test of Time includes fantasy and science f...
crystals-of-arborea-07

Crystals of Arborea

DOS19904.2/5 Silmarils
curse-azure-bonds-1

Curse of the Azure Bonds

DOS1989protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
dark-queen-of-krynn-08

Dark Queen of Krynn

DOS1992protected4.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
deathknightskrynn-1

Death Knights of Krynn

DOS1991protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
dragon-wars-08

Dragon Wars

DOS1990protected3.7/5 Interplay Productions