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Classic Windows 3.1 games

Windows 3.1, a landmark creation from Microsoft, ushered in an era of unprecedented global recognition for Windows software. Despite its widespread acclaim, Windows 3.1 differed from a standalone operating system, functioning instead as a comprehensive suite of applications operating within a distinct environment. This intricate ecosystem, however, remained tethered to the underlying infrastructure of MS-DOS-based computers, underscoring its symbiotic relationship with the precursor operating system.

The symbiosis with MS-DOS posed a notable impediment to the proliferation of gaming experiences tailored for Windows 3.1. Consequently, the gaming repertoire during this era skewed towards offerings such as puzzle games, card games, and straightforward strategy titles. Yet, within this seemingly limited selection, emerged several timeless classics whose enduring appeal continues to captivate gamers across generations.

Despite the intrinsic challenges of backward compatibility, modern enthusiasts seek to recapture the essence of Windows 3.1 gaming through various means. Setting up virtual machines or embracing the technical intricacies of running Windows 3.1 on DOSBox are popular avenues for revisiting this nostalgic period. Moreover, the digital archives of platforms like archive.org offer a convenient gateway for experiencing select Windows 3.1 games directly within a web browser, seamlessly blending past and present gaming experiences for aficionados eager to traverse the annals of gaming history.


Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition

simulation1989 Mindscape
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition is a geopolitical strategy game developed by Chris Crawford and released in 1985. It is considered a classic in the genre of political and strategic simulation games. The game is set during the height of the Cold War, specifically in 1986, and it allows players to step into the shoes of either the United States or the Soviet Union. The primary objective is to maintain a balance of power on the global stage while avoiding a nuclear war.

Blades of Exile

rpg1997 Spiderweb Software
Blades of Exile is a classic role-playing video game developed by Spiderweb Software. It's the third installment in the "Exile" series. The game was released in 1997 for Mac OS, and later for Windows in 1998.In Blades of Exile, players control a party of adventurers who explore the underground world of Exile/Avernum, a vast network of caves and dungeons filled with various creatures. The game features an open-ended gameplay style where players can explore the world at their own pace.

Castle of the Winds

rpg1993 SaadaSoft
Castle of the Winds is a fantasy roguelike role-playing game developed by SaadaSoft in the early 1990s. It was designed for Windows 3.x and is notable for being one of the earliest graphical RPGs for that platform. The game features a top-down perspective and incorporates elements of dungeon crawling, exploration, and character development.The game uses a simple turn-based combat system where players can engage enemies using various weapons and spells. As players progress, they gain experience points, which they can use to improve their character's attributes and abilities.

Chip's Challenge

puzzle1991 Epyx
Chip's Challenge is an abandoned top-down puzzle game designed by Chuck Sommerville, developed and released by Epyx in 1991. Chip's Challenge was released on DOS, Windows 3.x and many other home computers such as Atari ST, Amiga, C64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.


strategy1991 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. The goal of the game and the main gameplay features never changed; the fan-base is still strong to this day.


strategy1994 MicroProse Software
Colonization is a turn-based strategy 4x game developed and published by MicroProse in 1994 for DOS, Windows 3.1, Linux and Mac. The setting is the European Colonization of the New World. Colonization gameplay and interface are similar to Civilization, another Sid Meier game. However, there are some differences between Civilization and Colonization: playable nations (European powers), resources and commodities, declaration of independence, etc.

Deadlock: Planetary Conquest

strategy1996 Accolade

Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist

adventure1993 Sierra On-Line
Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist is a comedy point & click adventure game set in the old American West designed by Al Lowe and Josh Mandel, developed and released by Sierra On-Line in 1993 for DOS, Windows and Macintosh. Initially released on floppy, Freddy Pharkas was later re-released on CD-ROM as a new edition.

Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within

adventure1995demo Sierra On-Line
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within is a point-and-click adventure game developed and published by Sierra On-Line. It was released in 1995 as a sequel to the original Gabriel Knight game, "Sins of the Fathers". The game was designed by Jane Jensen, who also wrote the story and script.In GK2 The Beast Within, players assume the role of Gabriel Knight, a novelist and supernatural investigator based in New Orleans. This time, Gabriel travels to Germany to investigate a series of murders that seem to be connected to werewolf legends. The game combines traditional adventure gameplay with full-motion video sequences.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers

adventure1993demo Sierra On-Line
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is a point-and-click adventure game developed and published by Sierra On-Line. It was released in 1993 and designed by Jane Jensen. The game is the first installment in the Gabriel Knight series.The story revolves around Gabriel Knight, a struggling writer living in New Orleans. He inherits a bookstore from his deceased uncle and soon becomes entangled in a series of mysterious voodoo-related murders plaguing the city. As Gabriel investigates, he uncovers a dark and supernatural conspiracy tied to his family's past. The plot weaves together elements of voodoo, secret societies, and the paranormal, creating a compelling and atmospheric narrative.

Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures

action-adventure1996demo LucasArts

King's Quest 6: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow

adventure1992 Sierra On-Line

Mick's Strip Poker

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adventure1995demo Cyan Worlds
Myst is a classic puzzle-adventure video game that was first released in 1993. It was developed by Cyan, a small independent game development studio. The game was initially released for the Macintosh platform and later ported to other systems, including Windows, PlayStation, and more.Myst is a first-person point-and-click adventure game. Players explore a visually stunning 3D environment, solving puzzles and uncovering the game's narrative. The game's story revolves around a mysterious island called Myst. Players find themselves on this island without any clear explanation and must explore the various locations to discover the secrets of the island and the people associated with it.

Pipe Dream

puzzle1989 The Assembly Line
Pipe Mania (also known as Pipe Dream is a tile-matching (sort of) puzzle game about flowing liquids developed by The Assembly Line in 1989. You must build a path made of pipe pieces to let a green liquid (sewer goo?) flow. It's simple, original and addicting, that's why Pipe Mania was cloned a number of times.

Police Quest: Open Season

adventure1993 Sierra On-Line

Quest for Glory 4: Shadows of Darkness

adventure1993demo Sierra On-Line
Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness is an adventure role-playing game (RPG) developed and published by Sierra On-Line. It was released in 1993 as the fourth installment in the Quest for Glory series. The game was designed by Lori Ann Cole and Corey Cole, who were also responsible for the previous entries in the series.The game is set in the dark and mysterious land of Mordavia, heavily inspired by Eastern European folklore and horror themes. The story revolves around the player's character investigating the supernatural occurrences in Mordavia and facing the dark forces that threaten the land.

Rodent's Revenge

puzzle1991 Microsoft


simulation1989 Maxis
SimCity (or SimCity Classic) is a popular city building simulation in which you, the mayor of a city, have to build a metropolis from the ground up. You can build police and fire departments, assign industrial, residential or commercial areas, manage power distribution, build ports and airports. Grow your city from village to metropolis and try to keep your citizens happy.

SimCity 2000

simulation1993 Maxis
SimCity 2000 is a classic city building simulation, part of the popular SimCity series, developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright. SimCity 2000 is a huge step up from the 2D predecessor SimCity and boasts improvements like: isometric view, underground, water pipes, subways, new buildings like prisons, schools, libraries, museums, etc.


simulation1990 Maxis
SimEarth is a simulation in which you can shape and mold a planet in almost every way you can imagine. In SimEarth our planet is simulated as a whole: life, climate, atmosphere are all aspects of a single Gaia-like Earth. SimEarth can be played in two modes: game and experimental. In game mode, you have to to develop (and preserve) Earth with limited energy levels. In experimental mode, you are given unlimited energy to do what you want in a classic sandbox style.


simulation1994 OPeNBooK Co.
SimTower is an old Windows 3.x (1994) building and business simulation game where the player is tasked with the management of a skyscraper nonetheless. Raise floors, build apartments, shops, offices and try to avoid bankruptcy if you can. SimTower spawned some similar games for mobile devices, most notably the wonderful Tiny Tower, It's surprisingly good even after all these years.

Tetris Classic

puzzle1992 Spectrum HoloByte

The Incredible Machine 2

puzzle1994 Jeff Tunnell Productions

The Incredible Toon Machine

puzzle1994 Jeff Tunnell Productions


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