DOS Gaming Marathon

Hidden far away in the great unknown realm that is my MacBook Pro’s hard drive, I came across a very large image titled “List of Worthwhile DOS Games” that I found. I copied it to my HD and meant to skim it later that day, but for whatever reason, I didn’t.

Flash forward over a year (judging from the date it says it was added to my computer) I finally skimmed over the list, and it was rather interesting, containing a large list of DOS games that were influential in some way or another on the early version of PC gaming. Being me with f- all to do, I decided I wanted to play every single one of them, and share my findings on the blog along with my opinions of each.

Here’s the list, which came out to 107 games of various genres, which I will hit sequentially over a long period of time (this will occupy me for at least a year, perhaps more), since I’ve got better to do than post all 107 games in one week or so and monopolise (read: spam) the blog. Don’t worry, I won’t do each one in individual posts, I’ll group them up into bundles of five, which would narrow the list down to twenty-one blog posts.

Here’s the list, with a break every five games to show roughly what will be covered:

1. Abuse
2. Albion
3. Alien Carnage
4. Alone in the Dark
5. Alter Ego

6. Battle Chess
7. Beneath a Steel Sky
8. Betrayal at Krondor
9. Bioforge
10. Blackthorne

11. Blood
12. Budokan: The Martial Spirit
13. Carmageddon
14. Civilization
15. Colonization

16. Command and Conquer
17. Commander Keen
18. Constructor
19. Crusader: No Remorse
20. D/Generation

21. Darklands
22. Day of the Tentacle
23. Death Rally
24. Descent
25. Descent II

26. Doom
27. Doom II: Hell on Earth
28. Duke Nukem 3D
29. Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty
30. Epic Pinball (might skip; who’s not heard of or played Pinball?)

31. Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon
32. Full Throttle
33. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
34. Goblins Quest 3
35. Grand Prix 2

36. Grand Theft Auto
37. Heretic
38. Hexen: Beyond Heretic
39. Hero’s Quest: So You Want to Be A Hero
40. Heroes of Might and Magic

41. I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream
42. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
43. Jagged Alliance
44. Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games
45. Jane’s Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow

46. Jazz Jackrabbit
47. King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
48. Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos
49. Leisure Suit Larry in the Lands of the Lounge Lizards
50. Lemmings

51. Little Big Adventure Relentless: Thinsen’s Adventure
52. Loom
53. M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault and Exploration
54. Magic Carpet
55. Master of Orion II: Battle At Antares

56. Master of Magic
57. Mechwarrior
58. Mechwarrior II
59. Nethack
60. One Must Fall 2097

61. Out of This World: AKA Another World
62. Panzer General
63. Populous
64. Quake
65. Raptor: Call of the Shadows

66. Realms of the Arkania Trilogy
67. Realms of the Haunting
68. Red Baron
69. Rise of the Triad: Dark War
70. Sam and Max Hit the Road

71. Scorched Earth
72. Shadow Warrior
73. SimCity 2000
74. Star Control II
75. Star Wars: Dark Forces

76. Star Wars: Tie Fighter
77. Star Flight
78. Strife
79. Stunts
80. Sword of the Samurai

81. Syndicate
82. Syndicate Wars
83. System Shock
84. Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri
85. Tetris (might skip; who’s not heard of and played Tetris?)

86. The Dig
87. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
88. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
89. The Incredible Machine
90. The Secret of Monkey Island

91. MI2: Lechuck’s Revenge
92. The Settler’s II: Veni, Vidi, Vici
93. Theme Hospital
94. Theme Park
95. Tomb Raider

96. Transport Tycoon Deluxe
97. Tyrian
98. UFO: Enemy Unknown
99. Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss and Labyrinth of Worlds
100. Ultima VII: Complete Edition

101. Wacky Wheels
102. Warcraft II
103. Wasteland
104. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego
105. Wing Commander I-IV Wing Commander: Privateer
106. Wolfenstein 3D
107. ZZT

Was it necessary to post such a large list of games, rather than reveal them as I decided to play them? Probably not, but I did. :p

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