10 Must-Play MS-DOS Games

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MS-DOS wasn't a promising game platform when it debuted in 1981. But in a few years, publishers released thousands of games in every genre to make it a popular platform.

If you like retro gaming, you have to check this list of 10 top MS-DOS games. Scroll down to have a look.

#1 Doom

Doom is a pioneer in first-person shooter games, released in 1993 as shareware. With a mix of extreme violence, super fast combat, and an iconic metal soundtrack, the game gained a legendary status quickly.

The game's theme revolves around scientists experimenting with teleportation technology on Mars, which opened the gateway to hell. The players must fight to stop the demons from hell from destroying everything.

#2 Sid Meier's Civilization

Sid Meier's Civilization is one of the few games that is equally addictive and fun. It's a historic-strategy game that tells about the development of civilization over the course of millennia.

Sid Meier has condensed and codified humanity's post-agricultural development rules into a fun 3MB IBM PC game. Players get to choose between the real world or a randomly generated one. They need to build a civilization from the beginning to space fights.

#3 Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D was built to kick off the first-person shooter craze. This first-person shooter game is set in World War II, with you (William Blazkowicz) trapped inside the Nazi mega-prison called Castle Wolfenstein.

Players must try to escape by traversing through different levels and shooting down enemies, including mutants, guards, dogs, and robots. In the end, players need to fight the boss, Mecha Hitler who has four chain guns.

#4 Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth is an impressive game with numerous gameplay settings, variable computer AI, and entertaining power-ups. It has infinite replay value, which makes it one of the greatest party games.

It's a war game where players compete against nine players and nuke each other into submission. At the beginning of the game, the players must purchase defense shields, parachutes, or artillery for protection.

#5 The Secret Of Monkey Island

The Secret Of Monkey Island is a fun point-and-click graphic adventure game set in the Caribbean. The player in the game is given a character name "Guybrush Threepwood" and is required to explore the island and solve puzzles.

In the quest to become a pirate, the player must engage in sword duels, find secret treasures, and interact with interesting NPCs.

#6 X-Com: UFO Defense

It's a science-fiction strategy game developed by Microprose and Mythos Games. It combines real-time management simulation with different tactics.

Fans of X-Com: UFO Defense call it one of the best PC games because it has alien invasion and other fun elements. X-Com players can develop a deep attachment to the soldiers they custom-build.

The game can be played repeatedly without getting bored. Players also get a combination of equipment and technology along with randomly generated maps.

#7 SimCity

SimCity is a game that allows players to build residential complexes, police stations, schools, hospitals, office buildings, and more. Players have to deal with a variety of challenges, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods.

Players can choose the free mode to play without any time limits or goals. They can be creative and build whatever they like. Or they can choose the game mode to build a city while dealing with challenges like unemployment, criminal activities, and nuclear disasters.

#8 Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem 3D is another fun FPS game that revolves around the plot of an alien invasion on the planet. Using air ducts and back doors, you can go around enemies or find hidden weapon caches.

Players can use laser trip mines, paraphernalia, bombs, or pistols to absolutely wreck their enemies.

#9 Quake

Quake is a multiplayer FPS and is considered the successor of Doom. It has superior visuals, new mechanics, and many other interesting elements. It uses 3D rendering and 3D acceleration supported through OpenGL.

#10 Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia is a fun game with life-like characters. It has a simple yet engaging plot where players need to rescue a girl from vizier. The vintage value makes it one of more interesting games on MS-DOS.


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