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  • 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 ...
  • Games set during the cold war period

    Games set during the cold war period

    14th March 2020simulation, strategy
    There was a time when the two major political superpowers were at war, but nobody knew. U.S.A. and the former U.S.S.R. used spies, subterfuge, blockades, political and military influence all over the world. The so called "Cold War" era lasted decades and ended in 1989 with ...
  • Crusader: No Regret retro review

    Crusader: No Regret retro review

    12th October 2019strategy
    "Crusader: No Regret is a game that comes close to being perfect, if only the Origin folks could come up with some simpler controls or a way to grow an extra finger this game could have scored 100%." - PC PowerPlay (1996) - Final score: 95%
  • Strategy games: Battle Bugs, Beyond Columns, Roadwar Europa and more

    Strategy games: Battle Bugs, Beyond Columns, Roadwar Europa and more

    10th September 2019strategy
    Lately I'm taking some time to update the info of some of the less popular games on Abandonware DOS. Here's a few:Beyond ColumnsFalling block puzzle - Released in 1989 for DOS. This blatant Columns clone is not much in terms of graphics, but it fills an empty spot in the ...
  • Chris Crawford: game designer

    Chris Crawford: game designer

    4th September 2019simulation, strategy
    Chris Crawford is a computer game designer known for simulations and strategy games, including the popular Balance of Power. Among developers he became known for his passionate advocacy of game design as an art form, founding both The Journal of Computer Game Design and the Computer Game Developers Conference (now ...
  • Cards, tabletop and board games

    Cards, tabletop and board games

    19th July 2019strategy
    Card games and board games are not the most popular games available on Abandonware DOS. After all, there are countless versions of Poker, Clue, Scarbble, Monopoly and many other board/card games you can play for free online or buy on Steam or GOG. That's not an excuse for not ...
  • PBEM: Play By E-Mail multiplayer mode

    PBEM: Play By E-Mail multiplayer mode

    1st June 2019strategy
    What is PBEM? PBEM stands for Play By E-Mail. PBEM games allow a peculiar multiplayer option; players can play turns in an asyncronous way and send the result of their completed turn via e-mail to all opponents. As the Internet evolved, PBEM in recent games ceased to exist and quickly ...
  • More strategy games: Battle Isle, Army Men, etc.

    More strategy games: Battle Isle, Army Men, etc.

    20th April 2019strategy
    Looking back at the past Abandonware DOS content updates, I noticed a few missing games that deserved to be included in the Abandonware DOS database. Most notably: Army Men, one of the Battle Isle games and a few more I remember from a time when I played them, many years ...
  • Wargaming everywhere

    Wargaming everywhere

    23rd February 2019strategy
    As I add to Abandonware DOS every game I can think of, week after week, I get increasingly astonished by the sheer number of wargames available back in the day. I had no idea that wargaming was so popular in the 80s and the early 90s.With this update I ...
  • Strategy in the far east: Japan, China, the Pacific

    Strategy in the far east: Japan, China, the Pacific

    17th December 2018strategy
    I'm a fan of turn-based strategy games, but I have to admit I've never played KOEI games. KOEI was a Japanese company founded in 1978 (!) known for the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Nobunaga's Ambition series. Romance of the Three Kingdoms wasn't the only game that deserve some praise. With ...
  • Solving murders and simulating detectives

    Solving murders and simulating detectives

    27th October 2018simulation, strategy
    Pure and simple detective stories are hard to find in video gaming today. Everyone goes for fantasy, sci-fi, horror, but the good old murder to solve is not so popular. Back in the 90s (or the 80s) you could play some adventure games based on a detective story. There was ...
  • Text only gaming: it's not always about interactive fiction

    Text only gaming: it's not always about interactive fiction

    8th September 2018adventure, simulation, strategy
    Text only games are a curious phenomenon. Unlike other kind of old games, they survived to this day in one form or the other. Maybe that's because it doesn't take a huge team to develop a game completely (or partially) devoid of graphics. When I say text-only games, some of ...
  • Memories from Populous: play god in your browser

    Memories from Populous: play god in your browser

    11th August 2018play online, strategy
    I clearly remember the first time I heard about Populous. I was young and still living with my parents. It was a late sunday morning, the sun was high in the sky and the smell of roasted chicken was all around the house: lunch was almost ready, but I was ...
  • Strategy across the ages

    Strategy across the ages

    6th January 2018strategy
    It's time to update Abandonware DOS with a few more strategy games (you seem to like the genre). From the ancient past to the far future, not forgetting the fantasy genre, here are some turn-based strategy games to download and play. Fantasy EmpiresThe Great War: 1914 - 1918Pacific GeneralMech Brigade
  • Different kinds of strategy games

    Different kinds of strategy games

    14th October 2017strategy
    More games have been uploaded. Two turn-based tactics games, one wargame, one real time strategy, a real time tactics game and, the best of them all (probably) a turn based tactics game from Julian Gollop, the designer of one of the most loved PC games of all time: X-Com: Enemy ...
  • Board games!

    Board games!

    23rd September 2017strategy
    Here's a few DOS board games to play with your family or friends (if you still have a PC with MSDOS installed). Monopoly, Othello and Backgammon are known to everyone from age 5 to age 99. Settlers of Catan is more recent, but pretty popular. Battle of Atlantis... I don't think anyone ...
  • 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 ...
  • Keyword: god games (it's good to be god)

    Keyword: god games (it's good to be god)

    20th May 2017simulation, strategy
    In the so called god games, the player takes the role of a divine entity (or something similar). Gameplay involves controlling people, units or even the environment on a large scale. God games usually show some artificial intelligence in the form of autonomous NPCs.
  • Abandonware spotlight: Defender of the Crown

    Abandonware spotlight: Defender of the Crown

    11th February 2017strategy
    Lalallala, lalallala, la la la la la lallala. Well, that's how I remember the music of Defender of the Crown, one of the most peculiar games developed by Cinemaware (also their first one!). Set in medieval England, Defender of the Crown was a mix of strategy and action. You ...
  • Space Hulk: a board game classic

    Space Hulk: a board game classic

    30th November 2016strategy
    Space Hulk is a strategy game based on the board game of the same name designed by Games Workshop, the company behind the popular Warhammer 40000 franchise. Take your squad of Space Marines and go kill some alien scum!