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  • The beginning of Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

    The beginning of Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss

    14th May 2022RPG, top games and awards
    Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss is a first-person 3D RPG set in the Ultima universe created by Richard Garriott. Ultima Underworld was designed by Paul Neurath, developed by Blue Sky Productions and released by Origin Systems in 1992. It was followed by Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds.More info about ...
  • The Zork universe: an underground empire

    The Zork universe: an underground empire

    7th May 2022adventure
    Zork is one of the most popular text-adventures and one of the first interactive fiction games ever created. The first Zork was developed in the seventies and ported on various platform by Infocom in the early 80s. Infocom was one of the most prolific developers of text-adventures for home ...
  • A classic roguelike: Linley's Dungeon Crawl

    A classic roguelike: Linley's Dungeon Crawl

    29th April 2022RPG
    Dungeon Crawl (also known as Linley's Dungeon Crawl from the name of the original programmer: Linley Henzell) is a classic roguelike: an RPG with permadeath, procedural generation and high replayability. Dungeon Crawl was released on 1997 but it's not maintained anymore. The spiritual successor of Crawl is DCCS (Dungeon Crawl Stone ...
  • Retro racing: Grand Prix 2 by Geoff Crammond

    Retro racing: Grand Prix 2 by Geoff Crammond

    23rd April 2022racing
    Grand Prix 2 is an abandoned Formula 1 racing game designed by Geoff Crammond and published by MicroProse Software in 1995 for DOS. Grand Prix 2 is the sequel to Formula One Grand Prix and was a one-man project (which was uncommon at the time). Grand Prix 2 was essentially an accurate simulation of ...
  • The Origin of The Savage Empire

    The Origin of The Savage Empire

    16th April 2022big box PC games, RPG
    After the success of Ultima 6: The False Prophet, Origin decided to "create worlds" not part of the popular Ultima series using the same engine as Ultima 6. They came up with two games: The Savage Empire and Martian Dreams. The Savage Empire is set in a stone-age-like time period and features ...
  • From the arcades: Turbo OutRun

    From the arcades: Turbo OutRun

    9th April 2022action, racing
    Turbo OutRun is an abandoned DOS action racing game set in North America, developed and published by Sega in 1990. Turbo OutRun is a conversion from the arcade classic of the same name and it's the sequel of the popular OutRun. The OutRun games are regarded as iconic and representative of ...
  • The Terminator: Future Shock

    The Terminator: Future Shock

    2nd April 2022shooter
    The Terminator: Future Shock is an abandoned science fiction first-person shooter game based on the popular Terminator movies franchise, set in a dystopian world where machines has taken over the Earth. The Terminator: Future Shock was developed by Bethesda Softworks and released in 1995 for DOS.Game details Genres: shooter,&...
  • Cabal: an abandoned shooting gallery game

    Cabal: an abandoned shooting gallery game

    25th March 2022play online, shooter
    Cabal is an abandoned arcade conversion of a popular shooter game set in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Cabal was developed by TAD Corporation and released by Capcom in 1989 for DOS.Zero Magazine (issue 06) wrote: "The idea in not only to shoot everything that moves but also most of ...
  • Civilization 2: an improved sequel

    Civilization 2: an improved sequel

    19th March 2022strategy
    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 ...
  • Post-apocalyptic RPGs: from Wasteland to Fallout

    Post-apocalyptic RPGs: from Wasteland to Fallout

    13th March 2022remakes and sequels, RPG, strategy
    Wasteland was an early party-based top-down RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world that filled a gap in RPG video games at the time (we're talking about the late 1980s): sci fi RPGs weren't many and post-apocalyptic ones were even less.There are two series of games that are part to ...
  • Quest for Glory 2: Trial by Fire - Adventure and RPG mixed

    Quest for Glory 2: Trial by Fire - Adventure and RPG mixed

    5th March 2022adventure, RPG
    Quest for Glory 2: Trial by Fire is a the second chapter in the Quest for Glory series. Trial by Fire is an adventure game with RPG elements (at the very start the player must choose a class from the three available: fighter, wizard, thief) set in a fantasy setting inspired ...
  • X-COM: Terror from the Deep - The sequel

    X-COM: Terror from the Deep - The sequel

    27th February 2022strategy
    X-COM: Terror from the Deep is a DOS science fiction tactical strategy game, the sequel of one of the most popular DOS games in history X-COM Ufo Defense. Terror from the Deep was designed by Stephen Gross (the X-COM original being designed by Julian Gollop) and was published by MicroProse ...
  • Ascendancy: 4X turn-based strategy game

    Ascendancy: 4X turn-based strategy game

    19th February 2022strategy
    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.More info about Ascendancy:Genres: strategy, 4...
  • Adventure Construction Set: build your own CRPG

    Adventure Construction Set: build your own CRPG

    12th February 2022adventure, RPG
    Adventure Construction Set is an abandoned application developed by Stuart Smith and published for DOS, Amiga, Apple II and Commodore 64 by Electronic Arts in 1987. As the name suggests, ACS is a game-building system (we're talking about adventure RPGs) that lets you edit maps, items, creatures, etc. Included with ACS is ...
  • Retro game spotlight: The Lost Vikings

    Retro game spotlight: The Lost Vikings

    5th February 2022action, puzzle
    I'm not a fan of platformers. I love RPGs, I enjoyed many point & click adventures, I like most strategy games, but I never got excited while playing a platform game. Lost Viking is different. I LOVED the concept of controlling three different vikings in order to solve riddles and ...
  • Loom: a fantasy adventure by Lucasfilm

    Loom: a fantasy adventure by Lucasfilm

    29th January 2022adventure
    Loom is one of the first graphic adventures released by Lucasfilm Games. It was designed by Brian Moriarty and it follows a fantasy theme. There's no inventory and it lacks classic commands like "look", "take", etc. You can play tunes using a combination of notes in order to interact with ...
  • Bomb Jack: an arcade classic

    Bomb Jack: an arcade classic

    22nd January 2022action, puzzle, remakes and sequels
    Bomb Jack is a classic arcade platform game developed and published by Tecmo in 1984. The goal of the game is to collect bombs while avoiding enemies; the whole game takes place in a fixed screen. Bomb Jack for DOS is a conversion from the arcade original version. The arcade and ...
  • Knight Games: medieval olympics

    Knight Games: medieval olympics

    15th January 2022sports
    Olympic games were something back in the 80s and the 90s: Winter Games, Summer Games, California Games, anything-you-can-think-of games. Some imaginative developer thought that the world needed a different kind of "multisport" game and came up with he idea behind Knight Games."What Knight Games lacks is the feeling of ...
  • Amulets and Armor: a lesser known first-person CRPG

    Amulets and Armor: a lesser known first-person CRPG

    7th January 2022RPG
    Amulets & Armor is a first-person RPG with a fantasy setting. It was developed and published as shareware for DOS by United Software Artists in 1997. Amulets & Armor became freeware in 2013. Gameplay is mission-based; the player can take up quests in any order and even complete the same quests over ...
  • Abandonware DOS in 2021: let's say goodbye to a not so great year

    Abandonware DOS in 2021: let's say goodbye to a not so great year

    2nd January 2022Abandonware DOS updates
    First of all, I would like to thank everyone who donated a few bucks to help me keep working on Abandonware DOS. THANK YOU, THANK YOU and again THANK YOU! I must confess that I didn't put a lot of work in implementing new features these last year. I had ...