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Classic DOS games

Before the age of blockbuster titles created by armies of programmers, level designers, visual artists and musicians, there was a time when small companies (or single developers) struggled to publish games and to sell a modest quantity of copies.

Imagine a time when a video game was developed by one or two people at most, sometimes in a garage. A game could fit into a single floppy disk (do you even know what a floppy disk is?) and you had to actually go in a shop and buy a tangible big box full of goodies. There were no downloads and no Internet (at least not the Internet we know today).

In those years, before Windows came to be, game companies developed some of the best games ever made for a Personal Computer. That's what I mean when I talk about DOS classics.

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  • alleycat-splash
    action1984

    Alley Cat is an arcade platform game designed by Bill Williams, developed by Synapse and ported for IBM in 1984. You control a cat who jumps around entering apartments with the ultimate goal to reach his loved one.

  • alteregof-1
    simulation1986
  • anachronox-06
    rpg2001
  • battlehawks1942-04
    vehicle simulation1988
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  • bubblebobble-3
    action1989

    Bubble Bobble is one of the most popular static screen platform arcade game of all time. As the dinosaurs Bub and Bob, the players can spit bubbles to kill enemies and collect fruits and points. The goal is to clear every level from monsters and reach the final stage.

  • caesar-3-09
    simulation1998
  • civ1-7
    strategy1991
  • colonization-1
    strategy1994

    Colonization is a turn based strategy 4x game. 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.

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  • red-alert-6
    strategy1996

    Command and Conquer: Red Alert is a RTS developed by Westwood Studios, a sequel to Command & Conquer. Allies and the Soviet Union battle for control over Europe in an alternate history setting.

  • doom-3
    shooter1993
  • dukenukem3d-4
    shooter1996
  • dune2-7
    strategy1992

    Dune 2 is a real time strategy game set on Arrakis, the planet made famous by the popular series of science fiction books written by Frank Herbert. Dune 2 established the classic RTS genre that later spawned games like Starcraft, Warcraft and Red Alert.

  • eotb1-4
    rpg1991
  • eotb2-4
    rpg1991

    Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon is an old DOS fantasy RPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, developed by Westwood Studios and published by SSI Strategic Simulations Inc. in 1991. Eye of the Beholder 2 (also called EotB2) is one of the most popular party-based dungeon crawlers every released for PC.

  • fallout1-8
    rpg1997
  • frontier-1
    vehicle simulation1993
  • gabrielknight-5
    adventure1993
  • homm2-10
    strategy1996
  • indylastcrusade-4
    adventure1989

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a point & click adventure developed by LucasFilm. INJaLC uses the widely known Scumm interface, with the addition of the Look and Talk verbs, not included in the previous games. Another innovation is the IQ point system, similar to the one present in every Sierra Online game.

  • lakersceltics-1
    sports1989
  • lslarry1-1
    adventure1987

    Leisure Suit Larry: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards is the first point and click adventure of the series Leisure suit Larry, created by Al Lowe and published by Sierra On-Line. As a virgin male in his forties, your goal is to, well, find the woman of your dreams. In 1991 Sierra released a VGA remake.

  • maniacmansion-1
    adventure1987

    Maniac Mansion is one of the most famous point and click adventure games developed by Lucasfilm Games and designed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. The story is a blend of old sci fi and horror b movies and the player can choose between many characters, each one with a peculiar ability useful to solve puzzles.Maniac Mansion is also the first game to use the popular SCUMM interface. 

  • masterofmagic-6
    strategy1994

    Master of Magic is a turn based 4x strategy game developed by SimTex and published by the well know Microprose, very similar to Civilization, with a fantasy twist. You play as a wizard and your objective is to evolve your race from a small settlement to a bursting empire. To do so, you can produce military units to fight other computer controlled players, research news spells and use magic, conquer territories and found new cities.

  • moo2-administratoroffer
    strategy1996

    Master of Orion II is a 4X turn-based sci-fi strategy game set in space. Master of Orion 2 gives the player an empire to run by controlling food and production, managing economy and researching new technology. The player can wage war against other races or use spies and diplomacy to achieve victory.

  • f117a-2
    vehicle simulation1991
  • pipedreams-2
    puzzle1989

    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.

  • premiermanager-1
    sports1992
  • princeofpersia4d-4
    action1990

    Prince of Persia is an abandoned DOS platform game set in Middle East, developed and released by Broderbund in 1990. Designer Jordan Mechner created a game that made a lasting impression of gamers thanks to a clever use of a tecnique called rotoscoping which makes the animation of the protagonist very realistic.

  • quake_002
    shooter1996

    Quake is a real-time 3D FPS developed by idSoftware and a spiritual successor to the popular Doom series. Quake became very popular and spawned many sequels and fan made mods such as Team Fortress.

  • railroad-tycoon-deluxe-07
    simulation1993
  • rampage-1
    action1988
  • sensiblesoccer-2
    sports1992
  • simcity-6
    simulation1989

    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.

  • starcontrol2-11
    strategy1992
  • xwing-6
    vehicle simulation1993
  • steelpanthers-1
    strategy1995
  • street-fighter-2-6
    action1992
  • syndicate-5
    strategy1993
  • tetris-4
    puzzle1987
  • bardstale3-2
    rpg1990
  • daggerfall-01
    rpg1996
  • lostvikings-1
    action1993

    The Lost Vikings is an old DOS platform-puzzle game, developed by Silicon & Synapse and published by Interplay Productions in 1993. In The Lost Vikings you have to solve puzzles by controlling three characters (glorious vikings!), each with a single skill of its own.

  • needforspeed-4
    racing1995

    Need for Speed is a series of racing video games where the main objective is to win races in a variety of game modes. In the process, the player must elude traffic, pedestrians, and police.

  • oregontrail-2
    simulation1990
  • monkey1-2
    adventure1990

    The Secret of Monkey Island is perhaps the most popular point and click adventure game developed by Lucasfilm Games and designed by the trio Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman and Tim Schafer. In Monkey Island you're the would-be pirate Guybrush Threepwood on a quest to become a fearsome pirate in the Caribbean. Monkey Island uses one of the most friendlier interfaces for adventure games: the SCUMM engine.

  • serfcity-6
    strategy1993
  • transporttycoon-2
    simulation1994

    Transport Tycoon is a business simulation game that puts the player at the head of a transport company to compete against rival companies. The player can build stations, airports, railroads to transport passengers, mail and various goods using trucks, trains and planes. The game became a cult and a few talented fans created some of the best remakes ever seen: OpenTTD and Simutrans.

  • ultima6-3
    rpg1990
  • ultima7-2
    rpg1992

    Ultima VII: The Black Gate is a top-down RPG where you, the Avatar, have to find out what's happening in Britannia by solving quests, meeting interesting NPCs and fight hordes of headleass monsters. The land of Britannia is shaken by mysterious earthquakes, a new religion (the Fellowship) is spreading and is replacing the old virtues, and who is the Guardian? Ultima 7 takes another leap forward in the Ultima Series by upgrading both graphics and the interface. 

  • warcraft-1
    strategy1994

    Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is the first real-time fantasy strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment. Two separate story lines (Orcs and Humans) evolve with 12 scenarios per side telling the tale of the battle for the Kingdom of Azeroth. Players must mine gold and chop wood in order to construct buildings and create units. Each side tries to destroy the other by collecting resources and creating an army.

  • wolfenstein3d-2
    shooter1992
  • ufo-5
    strategy1994

    UFO: Enemy Unknown (or X-COM: Ufo Defense) is a sci-fi tactical strategy game created by Julian Gollop set in a not-to-distant future where aliens are invading the Earth. The gameplay switches between tactical combat, where you fight aliens in a turn-based fashion, and strategic micromanagement, where you manage your X-COM base and personnel.

  • zork1-2
    adventure1982
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