Abandonware DOS title

Classic Windows games

At the end of the DOS era, PCs started to mount the latest Operative Systems from Microsoft. Starting from version 3.1, Windows became very popular and more and more software houses began to produce games for Windows.

The first games for Windows 3.1 weren't very popular; there were solitaire card games, puzzle games and little else. With the release of Windows 95, 98 and Windows XP, the Microsoft OS became central in the development of mainstream video games like Age of Empires and the Civilization series.

Unfortunately, backward compatibility quickly became a problem: it's easier to run DOS games using an emulator. The only safe way to play old Windows games on recent PCs is to install them directly on an older version of Windows or, if you're an expert, use a Virtual Machine.

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  • age_of_empires-7
    strategy1997

    Age of Empires, published by Microsoft and developed by Ensemble Studios, is one of the most popular historical RTS and started a successful series. The player must guide a civilization from prehistory to the iron age, battling other civilizations, building and gathering resources.

  • age-of-empires-2-04
    strategy1999
  • age-of-wonders-09
    strategy1999
  • atomic-bomberman-03
    action1997
  • birthright-win-05
    strategy1996
  • capitalism-2-01
    simulation2001

    Capitalism 2 is simulation game designed by Trevor Chan, developed by Ensemble Studios and released by UBI Soft in 2001 for Windows and Macintosh. Capitalism 2 is the quintessential capitalistic simulation and involves stock exchange, business management, marketing, etc.

  • carmageddon-4
    racing1997

    Carmageddon was a controversial and violent vehicular combat / car racing game, where the player must compete against a number of computer controlled opponents. Running over pedestrians and damaging opponents cars grant time bonuses and credits to be spent for upgrades.

  • civilization2-4
    strategy1996

    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 the world and more.

  • dune2000-5
    strategy1998

    Dune 2000 is an abandoned science fiction real-time strategy game based on the popular Dune franchise, started by the books of Frank Herbert. Dune 2000 was developed by Westwood Studios and released by Electronic Arts in 1998. The gameplay is classic real-time strategy in a top-down view.

  • fallout2-11
    rpg1998
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  • gta2-06
    action-adventure1999
  • ground-control-09
    strategy2000
  • interstate-76-03
    racing1997
  • jagged-alliance-2-04
    strategy1999

    I'm a fan of the original X-COM. I think it's one of the best turn-based tactics games ever released for DOS. Unfortunately, games like X-COM are not many. Jagged Alliance 2 has a similar tactical component: you give turn-based orders to a team of mercenaries, mission after mission. There's no management component (at least not as extensive as in the X-COM series). The setting is quite unusual to gamers ike me, used to fantasy or science fiction: Jagged Alliance 2 takes place on a fictional south american country. I'm sure I'm not the only one that loved Jagged Alliance 2. If you didn't play it yet and you love team-based tactics, go buy it immediately.

  • nox-04
    rpg2000
  • outcast-03
    action-adventure1999
  • pharaoh-sierra-4
    simulation1999
  • road-rash-win-05
    racing1996
  • roller-coaster-tycoon-2-05
    simulation2002
  • simcity2000-1
    simulation1993

    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.

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  • system-shock-2-07
    action-adventure1999

    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.

  • wizardry7-05
    rpg1992