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  • The Magic Candle series: almost like Ultima

    The Magic Candle series: almost like Ultima

    21st November 2020RPG
    The Magic Candle is a series of old school RPGs developed by Mindcraft much like Ultima. You control a party of adventurers in a top-down perspective environment. You can explore towns, fight monsters, talk to people, manage your inventory and even get someone of your party to work for a ...
  • Heimdall: an RPG with a norse mythology setting

    Heimdall: an RPG with a norse mythology setting

    10th October 2020RPG
    "This PC Incarnation of Heimdall is every bit as good as its Amiga cousin, and also runs slightly faster. You're not just playing an adventure, you're experiencing a bridge between game genres, and the transition is a very easy one. Everything about the game is excellent, and even if ...
  • Retro company spotlight: Strategic Simulations Inc.

    Retro company spotlight: Strategic Simulations Inc.

    29th August 2020RPG, strategy
    SSI (Strategic Simulations Inc.) was one of the most prolific game companies of the 80s and the 90s. SSI was founded in 1979 and developed and/or published more than one hundred games. SSI was popular among video games players for two things: wargames and RPG goldbox games.Strategy games developed ...
  • What is your favourite dungeon crawler?

    What is your favourite dungeon crawler?

    31st July 2020RPG
    Dungeon crawlers are RPGs in which the player has to explore one or more dungeons (or similar non-open world environments), fight hordes of cunning monsters, looting treasure, gain experience and levels and so on. Usually, dungeon crawlers have simple storylines and a linear progression. A lot of rogue-likes can be ...
  • Abandoned games set in the 19th century

    Abandoned games set in the 19th century

    2nd May 2020adventure, RPG, simulation
    The 19th century was the age of steam, railroads and remarkable discoveries. It was the age of literary masterpieces like the Sherlock Holmes novels, Dracula and Jules Verne's sci-fi stories.Some of the most popular games set in the 19th centurey are:The Oregon TrailThe Lost Files of Sherlock HolmesMartian ...
  • Old school forgotten RPGs from the past

    Old school forgotten RPGs from the past

    1st February 2020RPG
    RPGs are a strange animal when it comes to old-school PC gaming. If you exclude huge hits and successful franchises, the games that remains are often obscure RPGs, sometimes so awful that playing them is a pain in the keyboard. There are of course exceptions: underdogs that somehow were a ...
  • Old school: first-person party-based CRPGs

    Old school: first-person party-based CRPGs

    28th December 2019RPG
    Party-based role-playing games with a first person perspective became popular after the release of Dungeon Master in 1989. Before Dungeon Master only a handful RPGs used first person, the Bard's Tale and Wizardry series among others. Dungeon Master managed to create a very neat user interface without sacrificing the gameplay.Some ...
  • Lesser known old school RPGs for DOS

    Lesser known old school RPGs for DOS

    19th October 2019RPG
    Ultima, Wizardry, Fallout, Might & Magic are among the most popular old school RPGs that every RPG fan played or know something about. However, lots of RPGs published in the distant past never reached a wide popularity. Some the RPGs uploaded today on Abandonware DOS are not exactly well known, ...
  • An old school RPG: The Magic Candle

    An old school RPG: The Magic Candle

    20th August 2019RPG
    It's a pity that I never played The Magic Candle when it was published, in 1989. I'm an Ultima fan and the Magic Candle series is very similar to some of the Richard Garriott masterpieces. Lately, I dedicated a few hours to Magic Candle and I felt at home: I loved ...
  • The Ultima series: old school RPGs at its finest

    The Ultima series: old school RPGs at its finest

    6th July 2019RPG
    Ultima is perhaps the most popular old-school RPG series of all time. The whole series was designed by Richard Garriott, head of Origin, who redefined the genre more than one time with moral choices, cutting edge graphics, state of the art interface. It's a shame that Ultima lasted only 9 chapters (...
  • Horror-themed games from the past

    Horror-themed games from the past

    30th March 2019adventure, RPG
    Sometimes I like to spend quite some time looking at Google Analytics statistics of Abandonware DOS. I'm amused that "horror" (and variants) is a much searched keyword.What is that you like in horror games of the past? Did they scare you? I remember that the game that scared me ...
  • More RPGs: Might and Magic, Wizardry, Elder Scrolls

    More RPGs: Might and Magic, Wizardry, Elder Scrolls

    16th March 2019RPG
    While browsing the Abandonware DOS database, I noticed that a few very popular RPGs were missing. How could I forget to include them? I had to add them to the already long list of old school RPGs, even if they are not technically abandoned (and you can't download them for ...
  • Obscure abandoned DOS RPGs

    Obscure abandoned DOS RPGs

    8th February 2019RPG
    There are a lot of role-playing games already on Abandonware DOS: from the Ultima series to Might and Magic, from the Wizardry series to Rogue.I periodically convince myself that I covered every possible RPG published for DOS and periodically I find out that I missed a few ones. The ...
  • Retro spotlight: Lands of Lore, The Throne of Chaos

    Retro spotlight: Lands of Lore, The Throne of Chaos

    14th April 2018RPG
    Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos is a fantasy RPG published in 1993, very similar to other dungeon crawlers like EotB or Dungeon Master. Lands of Lore was developed by Westwood Studios who wanted to start a new franchise after the success of the Eye of the Beholder series.
  • RPGs from the 80s and the 90s

    RPGs from the 80s and the 90s

    20th January 2018RPG
    Dear DOS gamers, you seem to particularly like RPGs, so I started looking for old RPGs I missed in the past updates. It turns out that there's A LOT (and I mean A LOT) of lesser known (and often ugly, unplayable, forgettable) role playing games developed for DOS. Without further ...
  • Obscure RPGs (almost) no one ever heard of

    Obscure RPGs (almost) no one ever heard of

    15th December 2017RPG
    The most loved RPGs from the PC era are known to everyone: the Ultima series, the Might & Magic series, Wizardry, etc. There were also a lot of minor and sometimes unsuccessful RPGs that made it on the shelves but almost never appeared on video games magazines. Have you every ...
  • RPG underdog: Legend of the Silver Talisman

    RPG underdog: Legend of the Silver Talisman

    6th October 2017RPG
    Inter-Active Arts developed the DOS fantasy RPG called Legend of the Silver Talisman in 1996. Legend of the Silver Talisman is a freeware top-down perspective dungeon crawler.
  • Have you ever played Eternam?

    Have you ever played Eternam?

    2nd August 2017RPG
    Eternam is a strange blend of adventure, RPG and action game. To be honest, is more of a first-person 3D adventure (RPG elements are few) without mouse support. Something in this game reminds me of Sean Connery in Zardoz. Ugh.
  • Have you ever played Heroes of Might and Magic?

    Have you ever played Heroes of Might and Magic?

    29th July 2017RPG, strategy
    Have you ever played Heroes of Might and Magic? I bet you did play one of the more recent sequels, right? Heroes of Might and Magic began as a strategy-tactical son of the marvellous Might and Magic RPG series and (almost) never changed. The fact that the last one is ...
  • They made worlds: Space Rogue, by Origin

    They made worlds: Space Rogue, by Origin

    17th June 2017RPG, simulation
    Space Rogue is a science fiction RPG developed by Richard Garriott's Origin and desined by Paul Neurath (Ultima Underworld 1 and 2). Space Rogue combines a rough 3D space simulation experience with a top down view RPG gameplay when in stations or on planets. As a space pilot you can ...