Abandonware DOS title

Abandonware DOS retro gaming spotlight

  • The Operative: No One Lives Forever

    The Operative: No One Lives Forever

    29th January 2023shooter
    The Operative: No One Lives Forever is a first-person shooter with stealth gameplay elements, developed by Monolith Productions and released by Fox Interactive in 2000 for Windows, Mac and PS2. As Cate Archer, a spy working for a secret organization in the 60s, you have to find out who killed your ...
  • Witchaven: a fantasy first-person slasher

    Witchaven: a fantasy first-person slasher

    12th November 2022action, shooter
    Witchaven is an abandoned fantasy first-person shooter (or "slasher", since you'll wield melee weapons) developed by Capstone and released by IntraCorp in 1995 for DOS and Windows. Witchaven includes RPG elements such as experience and leveling your character but it's primarily an action game with swords and spells.More info about ...
  • Classic shoot'em up: Xenon 2

    Classic shoot'em up: Xenon 2

    2nd July 2022shooter
    Xenon 2: Megablast is a classic shoot'em up developed by Bitmap Brothers and released by Image Works in 1990 for DOS and for a plethora of other systems. Xenon was good, Xenon 2 was far better. Compared to today standards Xenon 2 is perhaps a mediocre shoot 'em up, but at the time every ...
  • 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 ...
  • Play Elite online: the birth of space simulations

    Play Elite online: the birth of space simulations

    24th December 2021shooter, simulation
    The very first Elite was the kind of game that starts a whole genre. Space sims - I'm talking about the trade-fight-explore kind of sims - started with the creation of David Braben and Ian Bell. Games like Freelancer and EVE Online owe Elite a great deal. The Elite series ...
  • Heretic and Hexen: fantasy FPS

    Heretic and Hexen: fantasy FPS

    13th November 2021shooter
    Wolfenstein 3D made the FPS genre known to the world, Doom raised the quality bar and the popularity of First Person Shooters. Then came Heretic, a fantasy version of Doom with the addition of an inventory. Heretic was one of the few FPS I actually finished (and loved). I never ...
  • Space Harrier: third-person rail shooter

    Space Harrier: third-person rail shooter

    26th June 2021shooter
    Space Harrier is a 3rd-person view rail-shooter developed by Sega in 1985. Space Harrier was a hit in the arcades, and later it was converted for a number of platforms, including DOS (4 years later!). The sequels - Space Harrier 3D and Space Harrier II - were never ported to DOS.
  • System Shock 2: shooter, RPG, action-adventure

    System Shock 2: shooter, RPG, action-adventure

    22nd May 2021RPG, shooter
    System Shock 2 is a Windows science fiction cyberpunk game developed by Irrational Games, designed by Ken Levine and published by Electronic Arts in 1999. System Shock 2 is a blend of more than one genre: RPG, action-adventure, shooter, stealth game.
  • Operation Wolf: first-person shooting gallery

    Operation Wolf: first-person shooting gallery

    20th December 2020shooter
    Operation Wolf was a hit at the arcades, in part thanks to that wonderful cabinet. I have to admit that I've never played it outside my home. I used to play Operation Wolf first on a Commodore 64 (and yes, I enjoyed it) and later on a 386 PC. What I really ...
  • Duke Nukem 3D: the duke is back

    Duke Nukem 3D: the duke is back

    11th July 2020shooter
    I have to admit something to you all. I liked Duke Nukem 3D more than Doom. There, I said it. I know some of your consider this an heresy, but that's the truth. Doom was a wonderful game, but Duke Nukem 3D had a strange appeal on me. I wasn't ...
  • What were your favourite shoot'em ups?

    What were your favourite shoot'em ups?

    4th April 2020shooter
    Shoot 'em ups were extremely popular in the '80s and '90s, even among PC owners.In a shoot 'em up, players control some sort of vehicle (or an aircraft) with the only goal of destroying the largest number of enemies while dodging their bullets as long as they ...
  • Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries

    Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries

    18th August 2019shooter, simulation
    "The graphics are enhanced, the gameplay is faster and more dynamic and the net play fully incorporated. MW2 fans will be very pleased with the upgrades and those new to the MW2 universe will enhoy a well paced game with superb graphics and cut-scenes. Just make sure you have ...
  • More shoot'em ups from the past

    More shoot'em ups from the past

    10th August 2019shooter
    Shoot'em ups were one of the most popular video games genre in the 80s and, perhaps, in the 90s. Then, for a number of reasons, shoot'em ups gradually lost their appeal as a genre. Yes, there were exceptions like Geometry Wars and similar games, but the golden age was long ...
  • Flying around on a Magic Carpet

    Flying around on a Magic Carpet

    7th August 2019shooter, simulation
    I remember little of Magic Carpet, but one thing I remember clearly was the plain fun I had flying around casting spells. It was one of the smoothest first-person games around at the time and it gave me a wonderful feeling of flying freedom. Sadly I never got a chance ...
  • Pie in the Sky engine and the Colosso series

    Pie in the Sky engine and the Colosso series

    3rd June 2019shooter
    Pie in the Sky engine was a game engine developed by Pie in the Sky Software. The Pie in the Sky engine was also used by independent companies to develope their games.The Colosso games (three FPS part of the same series) are quite rare and, surprisingly, the developer liberated ...
  • Shoot 'em ups: shoot down anything that moves

    Shoot 'em ups: shoot down anything that moves

    11th May 2019shooter
    The phrase "shoot 'em up" amuses me; it's like... a redneck declaration of violent intent. As a subgenre of shooter video games, it's difficult to define. Shoot' em ups are usually identified with some kind of vehicle shooting down (pew! pew!) aliens, soldiers, planes, etc.With this update, I bring ...
  • An FPS I completely missed: Marathon

    An FPS I completely missed: Marathon

    25th April 2019shooter
    I loved Doom (and Wolfenstein 3D before that). I used to play Duke Nukem 3D online with a friend (and I always lost to a cunning use of the Duke hologram). I played quite a few FPSs but I have to admit... I missed the Marathon series completely. To make ...
  • First-person shooters: future, present, past

    First-person shooters: future, present, past

    16th February 2019shooter
    First-person shooters is a pretty straightforward subgenre of action games. Gameplay mechanics are simple and straightforward: run away from enemies, shoot them, find items and power ups and go on.What I always liked in FPSs was the variety of theme/setting from game to game. Here's a few examples. ...
  • Pew pew! Boom boom!

    Pew pew! Boom boom!

    24th March 2018shooter
    Pew pew! Boom! Pew pew pew! Crash! I have to admit... I really don't know what to write about shoot'em ups. Well, let's try.Here's a bunch of (mostly) vertical scrolling shoot'em ups: shoot enemies, avoid more enemies, reach the end of each level, meet the boss.There's really not ...