100 Worthwhile DOS Games of the 90s [Pic]

While surfing Reddit I found this image that depicts 100 of the best DOS games of the 90s and it makes me want acquire many of them to relive the nostalgia of my early PC gaming days.

Here is the poster, but you will have to click on it to see the full res version.

I love how the images are sorted on stylized floppy disk templates. I kind of wish this is how the games were presented back in the days instead of on black or beige floppies. It also staggers me that these disks each held 1.4mb. That’s with an “m” there kiddos. Megabytes. While most of these games did come out on multiples disks (and some on Cds too) it puts a lot in perspective when we consider our smart phones are now more powerful than the computers that ran these games.

On this list, the most nostalgic of them for me has to be Betrayal at Krondor. I played the crap out of that game. And the hidden gem Relentless: Twinsen’s Adventure and its sequel Twinsen’s Odyssey took up a lot of my time too.

Day of the Tentacle and Carmageddon were also pretty amazing. And it was Descent that earned the honors of being the first game to actually give me motion sickness with its 3D environments and 6 directions of travel.

Of course there are classics on this list that have franchises even to this day, like Elder Scrolls. However, Duke Nukem was better back then as the new long awaited version sucks.

I recently bought the Jedi Knight collection on Steam, which included the DOS version of Star Wars: Dark Forces from 1995. My monitor now supports six times the resolution that this was intended for, so I had to run it in windowed mode. The game was 72MB, so it downloaded and installed in a snap!

Some great nostalgia here as well as a potential poster for my wall!


21 Responses to 100 Worthwhile DOS Games of the 90s [Pic]

  1. Albion. I can never stop talking about how great that game is, and how frightingly authentic the picture it paints of corporation controlled space travel.

  2. I was a Descent Master! A friend of mine gifted me with Kali and I was on there all the time. The only guy who could whoop me was named TroopDeath.

    Carmageddon, Krondor, Tentacle. Where can I get these wonderful games?

  3. AAAAH Epic Pinball, that game brings back so many memories. I had a different version of The Incredible Machine, though. It was like a demo or something. Still awesome.

  4. A large number of these are still available for cheap or free from GOG.com (legal, DRM free and with cool extras like soundtracks and such). No, I'm not a spammer, I've actually bought a large number of these games from them over the last few years, most of them still hold up surprisingly well, even after all this time.

  5. Wow, I still play a lot of these. Although I am running a Linux box – Most of the point-and-click games such as Beneath a Steel Sky run under SCUMMV, while Abuse, Doom, and UFO: Alien Invasion have been ported across and a lot of the others (Civilization, Settlers, etc.) have Linux alternatives. :) The only ones I really miss playing are Populous, Battle Chess and the Eye of the Beholder series.

  6. +1 gog.com. greats election of both older and newer games.

    Also played the hell out of Betrayal at Krondor (Betrayal at Antara was NOT the sequel, just Sierra using the same engine and a similar title to sell their own game). Also played Ultima series (1, 3, 4), Bard's Tale 1, 2, 3, UFO:Enemy Unknown, and many others.

    I was (and still am) an RPG junkie.

  7. This is a really awesome list and an even more awesome image, but what the heck is going on in that first sentence?

  8. WOW. I had totally forgotten about all those. A disgusting amount of my early adolescence was spent on Wolfenstein 3D, Lemmings, Descent, Incredible Machine, and Carmen Sandiego.

  9. This list is missing either Under a Killing Moon or Pandora Directive… Both were influential and most definitely innovative.

    • Well, after a little searching I found that Flashback was first published for the Amiga and PoP for the Mac. In any case, I played both in DOS on my super 286 PC.

    • They left out a bunch more. Castles was one of my faves. But then, it's only a subjective 100 games. I bet I could waste a lifetime playing some of these over and over.

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