Abandonware DOS title

Games demos

Let's start with a fact: not every old game is abandoned. With the resurgence of "vintage", there's a renewed interest in all things retro, including videogames. As a direct consequence, a few companies acquired entire back catalogs of old games and started selling them. That's why lots of interesting games on Abandonware DOS are marked "NOT abandonware": they are sold somewhere online. 

Games demo versions are a thing of the past. You don't see often demos of recent games on Steam or GOG, but the demo version of a game, in the late 80s and the 90s, was quite common, expecially when videogame magazines started to include floppy disks or CDs and internet was almost non-existent.

With this premise, I started to collect old games demos and I'm putting them online on Abandonware DOS with the focus on commercial games. Enjoy!

  • age_of_empires-7
    Windows XP/98/951997protected strategy

    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
    Windows XP/98/951999protected strategy
  • age-of-wonders-09
    Windows XP/98/951999protected strategy
  • descent-1
    DOS1995protected shooter

    Descent is a first person shooter with a unique six degree of freedom gameplay developed by Parallax Software and released by Interplay Productions in 1995.. You control a spaceship and must pilot it in a mine, through a series of 3d levels. The goal of the game is to find a series of keys, shoot down enemy ships and find your way to the next level.

  • diablo1-06
    Windows XP/98/951996protected rpg
  • dogs-of-war-01
    Windows XP/98/951996 strategy
  • dukenukem3d-4
    DOS1996protected shooter

    Duke Nukem 3D is a classic first-person shooter that was developed by 3D Realms (formerly known as Apogee Software) and published by GT Interactive. It was released in 1996 for MS-DOS and later for various other platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, and gaming consoles.

  • f15strikeeagle-1
    DOS1985 vehicle simulation
  • fallout1-8
    DOSWindows XP/98/951997protected rpg
  • full-throttle-02
    DOS1995protected adventure
  • gunship-1
    DOS1986 vehicle simulation
  • heretic-1
    DOS1994protected shooter
  • indy-desktop-adventures-2
    Windows 3.xMac1996 action-adventure
  • midtown-madness-02
    Windows XP/98/951999 racing

    Midtown Madness is a car racing game developed by Angel Studios (later known as Rockstar San Diego) and released by Microsoft in 1999 for Windows. Midtown Madness is known for its open-world design, allowing players to explore a virtual representation of Chicago and engage in various racing events and challenges within the city.

  • monkey2-3
    DOS1991protected adventure

    Monkey Island 2 is the second game of the Monkey Island series, a point and click adventure game set in a world of pirates and mysterious treasures. Monkey Island 2 utilizes a command-based SCUMM interface and a branching dialogue system.

  • operation-inner-space-03
    Windows 3.x1994protected shooter
  • piratesg_006
    DOSWindows 3.xMac1993protectedremake simulation

    Pirates! Gold is an open world game designed by Paul Murphy, developed and released by MicroProse Software in 1993 for DOS, Windows 3.x, Mac and also Sega Genesis and Amiga CD32. Pirates! Gold is a remake of the game Pirates, created by Sid Meier in 1987. Pirates! Gold gameplay is a unique mix of action, strategy, pirate life simulation, adventure and features battles at sea, trading, sword fighting and even quests (unusual for a game like this, at the time).

  • silentservice-1
    DOS1985protected vehicle simulation
  • space-quest-6-05
    DOSWindows XP/98/951995protected adventure
  • starcraft-03
    Windows XP/98/95Mac1998protected strategy

    StarCraft is a classic RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game developed by Blizzard Entertainment and released in 1998 for Windows and Macintosh. StarCraft takes the Warcraft experience to a sci-fi setting with an interesting story, three very different races (the militaristic Humans, the alien Zerg and the religious Protoss) and one of the best gameplay experience an RTS had to offer at the time. No wonder that StarCraft became a fan favorite and Blizzard released expansions, a sequel and even spin-offs.

  • monkey1-2
    DOS1990protected adventure

    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.

  • themehospital-2
    DOSWindows XP/98/951997protected simulation
  • van-buren-02
    Windows XP/98/952003canceled rpg

    Van Buren was a science fiction post-apocalyptic RPG being developed by Black Isle Studios and never published. Van Buren was the direct sequel to Fallout 2, part of the Fallout franchise. Van Buren was canceled in 2003.

  • warcraft-1
    DOS1994protected strategy

    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
    DOSMac1992protected shooter

    Wolfenstein 3D is the first-person shooter that popularized the whole genre in the early 90s and is considered one of the greatest games ever made. Wolfenstein 3D was designed by John Romero and Tom Hall (id Software) and released as shareware by Apogee Software in 1992 for DOS. Wolfenstein 3D is based on the Wolf3D engine, programmed by John Carmack.

  • worms-1
    DOS1995protected strategy
  • xmen-children-atom-02
    DOS1997 action

    X-Men: Children of the Atom is an abandoned fighting action game developed by Capcom and released by Acclaim Entertainment in 1997 for DOS and it's a conversion from the arcade version. X-Men: Children of the Atom was also published for consoles: Sega Saturn and PlayStation. As the title suggests, it's based on the Marvel comics characters known as the X-Men (and their antagonists, of course). The playable characters are: Colossus, Cyclops, Iceman, Omega Red, Psylocke, Sentinel, Silver Samurai, Spiral, Storm and Wolverine.