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Game company profile: MicroProse Software

MicroProse Software was a prominent video game publisher and developer that played a significant role in the early days of computer gaming. It was founded in 1982 by Sid Meier and Bill Stealey. MicroProse was known for creating a wide range of simulation and strategy games, often focusing on military, aviation, and historical themes.
One of their most famous titles is Sid Meier's Civilization a highly influential turn-based strategy game that allowed players to build and manage civilizations throughout history. The game's success contributed significantly to the company's reputation.

MicroProse developed and published a variety of other well-received games, including flight simulators like F-15 Strike Eagle and Gunship as well as other strategy games like Railroad Tycoon and Pirates!

In the late 1990s, MicroProse faced financial difficulties and underwent various changes, including acquisitions by other companies. The original MicroProse brand eventually faded, but its legacy and impact on the gaming world remain significant.

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MicroProse Software

Games by MicroProse Software

A chronological list of games published or developed by MicroProse Software from 1985 to 2002 on Abandonware DOS for DOS, Windows, Linux or Mac.
  • crusade-in-europe
  • decision-in-the-desert
  • f-15-strike-eagle
    1985DOSvehicle simulation
  • silent-service
    1985DOSvehicle simulationprotected
  • solo-flight
    1985DOSvehicle simulation

    Not many people know that the first games created by Sid Meier were flight simulations. Solo Flight was published by MicroProse in 1983 for Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari, and a year later, in 1984, for PC. The game takes place in the United States. As a fliying mailmain, the goal of the game is to deliver mail across the U.S.A.

  • conflict-in-vietnam
  • gunship
    1986DOSvehicle simulation
  • sid-meier-s-pirates
  • airborne-ranger
  • f-19-stealth-fighter
    1988DOSvehicle simulationprotected
  • microprose-soccer

    MicroProse Soccer is an abandoned action-oriented soccer game, developed by Sensible Software and released by MicroProse Software in 1988. The appeal of MicroProse Soccer was its simplicity and the smooth controls. In the United States it was known as Keith Van Eron's Pro Soccer.

  • f-15-strike-eagle-ii
    1989DOSvehicle simulation
  • red-storm-rising
    1989DOSvehicle simulation
  • sword-of-the-samurai
  • knights-of-the-sky
    1990DOSvehicle simulationprotected
  • lightspeed
  • railroad-tycoon
  • sid-meier-s-covert-action
  • silent-service-2
    1990DOSvehicle simulationprotected
  • civilization
    1991DOSWindows 3.xstrategy

    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.

  • formula-1-grand-prix
  • gunship-2000
    1991DOSvehicle simulation
  • midwinter-2-flames-of-freedom
  • night-hawk-f-117a-stealth-fighter
    1991DOSvehicle simulationprotected
  • troika
  • twilight-2000
  • atac-the-secret-war-against-drugs
    1992DOSvehicle simulation
  • b-17-flying-fortress
    1992DOSvehicle simulation

    B-17 Flying Fortress is a single-player historical combat flight simulation game designed by Mike Brunton, developed and released by MicroProse Software in 1992 for DOS, Amiga and Atari ST. As the title suggests, it's a simulation of the B-17 heavy bomber, set during World War II. Flight is not the only aspect of the game you are involved with: you also have to manage the whole crew.

  • challenge-of-the-five-realms
  • darklands
    1992DOSLinuxWindows XP/98/95Macrpgprotected

    Darklands was a unique historical isometric RPG that mixed real historical data from medieval Germany during the 15th century with a touch of folklore and fantasy. Unfortunately it was also the only Microprose RPG of that kind and beauty. The original game box contained a huge manual with info on european folklore (including the lives of saints) and a beautiful paper map. The gameplay is open ended and the player is free to complete quests, follow the storyline or simply wander and combat. 

  • f-15-strike-eagle-iii
    1992DOSvehicle simulation

    F-15 Strike Eagle III is a combat flight simulation video game released in 1992. It was developed by MicroProse and is the third installment in the F-15 Strike Eagle series. The game was designed for various computer platforms of that era, including MS-DOS and Amiga. F-15 Strike Eagle 3 is a military flight simulation that puts players in the cockpit of the F-15E Strike Eagle, a versatile fighter aircraft used by the United States Air Force. The game offers a realistic flight experience and combat scenarios.

  • global-conquest
  • rex-nebular-and-the-cosmic-gender-bender
  • the-ancient-art-of-war-in-the-skies
  • bloodnet

    BloodNet is a blend of point & click adventure (it has puzzles and an adventure style dialogue system) and RPG (player statistics, combat, random encounters), set in a dark cyberpunk New York. BloodNet was developed and published by MicroProse software in 1993. You are Ransom Stark who's goal in the game is to defeat a vampire called Van Helsing (!).

  • dogfight-80-years-of-aerial-warfare
    1993DOSvehicle simulation
  • fields-of-glory
  • master-of-orion
  • pirates-gold
    1993DOSWindows 3.xMacsimulationprotected

    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).

  • railroad-tycoon-deluxe
  • return-of-the-phantom
  • the-legacy-realm-of-terror

    The Legacy: Realm of Terror is a first-person view survival horror RPG set in the modern world, in a haunted house. The Legacy was developed by Magnetic Scrolls and published by MicroProse Software in 1993.

  • 1942-the-pacific-air-war
    1994DOSvehicle simulationprotected
  • colonization
    1994DOSWindows 3.xLinuxMacstrategyprotected

    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.

  • dragonsphere
  • fleet-defender
    1994DOSvehicle simulationprotected
  • master-of-magic
    1994DOSWindows XP/98/95strategyprotected

    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.

  • pizza-tycoon
    1994Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMacsimulationprotected
  • transport-tycoon

    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.

  • x-com-ufo-defense

    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.

  • grand-prix-2

    Grand Prix 2 is an abandoned Formula 1 racing game designed by Geoff Crammond and published by MicroProse Software in 1995 for DOS. Grand Prix 2 is the sequel to Formula One Grand Prix and was a one-man project (which was uncommon at the time). Grand Prix 2 was essentially an accurate simulation of the 1994 Formula 1 season.

  • machiavelli-the-prince
  • transport-tycoon-deluxe

    Transport Tycoon Deluxe 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.

  • x-com-terror-from-the-deep

    X-COM: Terror from the Deep is a DOS science fiction tactical strategy game, the sequel of one of the most popular DOS games in history X-COM Ufo Defense. Terror from the Deep was designed by Stephen Gross (the X-COM original being designed by Julian Gollop) and was published by MicroProse Software back in 1995. Terror from the deep doesn't change the winning formula of the first game: run an X-COM base, develop your tactics in away missions and try to discover everything about this new alien menace.

  • zeppelin-giants-of-the-sky
  • civilization-2
    1996Windows XP/98/95strategy

    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.

  • master-of-orion-2-battle-at-antares
    1996DOSWindows XP/98/95strategyprotected

    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.

  • magic-the-gathering
    1997Windows XP/98/95strategy

    Magic: The Gathering (sometimes also referred as Shandalar) is an abandoned strategy game based on the popular collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, developed and released by MicroProse Software for Windows in 1997. MTG is set on the fictional plane of Shandalar. You can play a single-player campaign or simply play duels against computer opponents or against other players in one of the multi-player modes available.

  • x-com-apocalypse
    1997DOSWindows XP/98/95strategyprotected

    X-COM: Apocalypse is the third installment of the very popular X-COM franchise. After X-COM: Ufo Defence and Terror From the Deep, fans expected another smash hit. Apocalypse is quite different under many aspects, from gameplay to aesthetics. X-COM Apocalypse was designed by Julian Gollop (the same designer that brought the original X-COM to life), developed by Mythos Software and released by MicroProse Software in 1997 for DOS and Windows.

  • civilization-ii-test-of-time
    1999Windows XP/98/95strategy

    Civilization II: Test of Time is an abandoned turn-based strategy game developed by Atari and released by MicroProse Software in 1999 for Windows. Civilization II: Test of Time is a remake of the cult classic Civilization 2, without the involvement of Sid Meier (the creator of the Civilization franchise). Test of Time includes fantasy and science fiction campaigns.

  • x-com-alliance
    2002Windows XP/98/95shootercanceled