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September 6th 2013: 10 games added!

Backlash    Sanctuary Software Studio,  1991
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Full title "Backlash: A Turret Gunner Simulation," this game is pretty much what its title indicates. Although its presentation in terms of its graphics, sound, menus, brief cutscenes, etc are all well done, the actual game seems to consist mostly of your space ship remaining stationary; your job is simply to blast whatever shows up on your radar. This simplifies the game's control scheme, but preventing any actual control of the ship (in favor of the "turret gunner" model as per its full name) makes you feel a bit stranded in space. The experience is thus a bit underwhelmig.
[Download] Click here to download Backlash (3,242k)
[Link] More info on Backlash at Mobygames.com


Ballgame 2    Toxic Dream, The,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Ballgame 2 is a pretty simple game where the object is to roll your ball to the exit without falling off the platforms. On the way, you collect yellow gems (or are they actually Captain Crunch cereal?) and avoid various obstacles. It's sort of like the wooden rolling ball puzzle games, except that the control here is more exact; your ball stops rolling pretty quickly after releasing the movement keys. Graphics & sounds are basic, but good enough for this simple action/puzzle game.
[Download] Click here to download Ballgame 2 (224k)


David's Kong    Author Unknown,  1984
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
David's Kong is a classic knock-off of the even more classic game Donkey Kong. Here the basic object is the same, rescue the maiden in distress from the top of the screen while avoiding oil barrels and fireballs. Run and jump along the platforms to avoid them. Strangely the F1 key is used to jump. After rescuing the girl, the level changes a bit and you have to run back down. No author info is avialable; clearly its CGA four-color graphics and primitive PC speaker sound effects will be nostalgic for people who played this many years ago!
[Download] Click here to download David's Kong (27k)
[Link] More info on David's Kong at Mobygames.com


Donkey    Bill Gates and Neil Konzen,  1981
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Donkey (originally DONKEY.BAS) was a game included the original IBM PC. Thus it is, in a sense, the original DOS game. It is not notable for its gameplay (pressing left or right) or graphics (terrible) but rather because it was co-developed by Bill Gates himself as an early test of the IBM PC's graphical capabilities. (The verison available for download here is a compiled executable version of the original DONKEY.BAS game.)
[Download] Click here to download Donkey (17k)


Legend of the Silver Talisman    Inter-Active Arts,  1996
Rating: 4 stars  Full version!  [ Screenshot ]
Legend of the Silver Talisman is a Gauntlet-esque action game with some RPG elements. One of its big features is two-player simultaneous gameplay. Each player controls their own character, sharing the same keyboard. Two separate windows divide the screen in half, so players can work together to kill monsters and collect treasure. Its graphic style seems inspired by the Ultima series' isometric perspective fantasy graphics. Basically, if you enjoy Gauntlet, you will probably enjoy this game. (Note: The full version of this game has been released by its authors.)
[Download] Click here to download Legend of the Silver Talisman (493k)


Lock 'N' Chase    Dungeon Dwellers Design,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
As you might expect from the name, this is a clone of the Atari 2600 game Lock 'N' Chase. (I recall playing it on the Intellivision personally.) It's a faithful rendition of the Atari 2600 game, with almost identical graphics and gameplay. It plays similar to Pac-Man, where the goal is to collect all the gold bars in the maze and avoid enemies. Rather than power pills, you can put up temporary barriers to block the enemies. (This is perhaps the smallest game on the site, only 4kb compiled!)
[Download] Click here to download Lock 'N' Chase (4k)


Magus    Ronny Wester,  1997
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Magus is a roleplaying game created by Ronny Wester, better known for his Cyberdogs and C-Dogs action games. This, however, is a somewhat small-scale and comical turn-based RPG. You begin by creating your party, which includes the usual character types (such as barbarian and wizard) and not-so common types (duck and duck wizard). Then you proceed to move each member of your party in turn around the map, collecting treasure and fighting enemies. It can be somewhat tedious to move each character, and there's really no plot. However, the graphics have an endearing quality to them, and there is some random humor in the game that helps keep things interesting.
[Download] Click here to download Magus (434k)


Round 42    Elven Software Company,  1986
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Round 42 is a cult-classic shooting game, which is unique mainly for its fast-paced gameplay and its unique graphical effects. It uses a tweaked CGA mode. This allowed the game to show more than the usual 4 colors on a CGA adapter, but it also made the game run unpredictably on later video cards. (And also in DOSBox, which does not seem to render the game properly.) The game itself is pretty basic; there are "things" on the screen and you shoot 'em.
[Download] Click here to download Round 42 (27k)
[Link] More info on Round 42 at Mobygames.com


Tekwar    Moraffware,  1991
Rating: 2 stars  Demo!  [ Screenshot ]
William Shatner's Tekwar is a game based on the series of books written by Captain Kirk himself. Or rather the actor that played him I guess. I've never read any of the books, but if they're as bad as this game, I should be glad that I haven't. Although it uses the BUILD engine (the same engine used for Duke Nukem 3D and other games) this game plays very poorly. The graphics, while detailed, still manage to somehow look ugly. The gameplay is also head-scratchingly poor with no clear objectives and frustrating/cheap/stupid computer AI. If you're a fan of this genre of game, or Tekwar, you may want to take a look. But don't expect to play for long!
[Download] Click here to download Tekwar Demo (7,098k)
[Link] More info on William Shatner's Tekwar at Mobygames.com


Terroid    DIGITAL Nightmares,  1999
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Ready to shoot stuff? In space? Yep. That's what happens in Terroid. It's a classic R-Type style shooting game where you shoot other ships and pick up powerups. Some parts of this game are a bit strange though. Like why is your ship so big? What do the powerups actually do (most don't seem to do anything)? Why is the music so terrible? Fans of the genre, or classic game competionists, may want to check it out. But it's not a high point in the genre's history. One interesting note is that if you choose "Informations" in the menu you're given a multi-screen backstory for the game, which is often missing from shmups.
[Download] Click here to download Terroid (1,184k)






December 23rd 2012: 14 games added!

The Castle    Sami Tammilehto,  1991
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The Castle follows the tradition of two-player angle & velocity battle games such as the simplistic Nibbles (included with QBasic), Scorched Earth, Worms, and even games popular today like the online game Gunbound. This particular game does not offer many perks or upgrades, although it does provide several options such as slope of the ground, gravity, and wind that you can set before you start the game. Note that this is a two-player only game, taking turns on the same keyboard. (Bonus trivia: This game was created by Sami Tammilehto, better known for his role in the Finnish demogroup Future Crew which released many influential demos and the Scream Tracker tracking software.)
[Download] Click here to download The Castle (52k)


Caverns of Zoarre    Thomas Hanlin III,  1984
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Caverns of Zoarre could be called a graphical RPG, but just barely. The game, originally designed for the TRS-80, owes a lot of inspiration to one of the first graphical RPGS, Telengard. After creating a character you begin to explore the randomly-generated dungeon and encounter randomly-generated characters, most of which will kill you. An interesting example of a very early graphical PC RPG. (The game is free, although the title screen notes the author would send you printed instructions for the cost of $25!)
[Download] Click here to download Caverns of Zoarre (45k)
[Link] More info on Caverns of Zoarre at Mobygames.com


The Dark Convergence    J. Kintz,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
The Dark Convergence is an adventure game which follows the mold of other text-based graphical adventure games, and seems to be heavily influenced by Hugo's House of Horrors. This game is darker than Hugo, and includes some graphically violent scenes. The story involves crashing your car while traveling with your friends, and venturing out to find help, only to discover a very strange house. The author creates a decent atmosphere, however the text parser sometimes requires rather exact phrasing, and some of the puzzles aren't very intuitive. (Check the video walkthrough linked below if you get stuck.)
[Download] Click here to download The Dark Convergence (235k)
[Link] Need hints? Here's a video walkthrough on YouTube!


Flying Tigers    Jay Kramer,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Flying Tigers is a vertically scrolling shooter game. The documentation describes the story as you being "thrown into the middle of 1942, where the techno bosses are starting a technology transfer to the Japanese Empire." Okay, whatever. The point here is to shoot anything that comes on the screen and try to avoid the bullets. It's a traditional SHMUP with decent graphics and music. One nice feature is that your ship can absorb multiple hits before you die, so there are no one-hit kills as is often the case in this sort of game.
[Download] Click here to download Flying Tiger (778k)


Heros    Jeffrey Fullerton,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Yes, that's "Heros", not "Heroes." Actually the full title is "Heros, A Super Hero Platform Game." So there. Anywho, this EGA platform game seems clearly inspired by Apogee classics such as Duke Nukem, but manages to add some notable features. Before beginning a level (mission) you select from one of seven different characters which all have unique abilities. The game certainly has a lot of charm and personality, however this is hindered somewhat by the actual platforming engine, which isn't as tight as the Apogee classics. (Note: Although the game says it is not shareware and not to distribute, the author has released it for free on his website.)
[Download] Click here to download Heros (517k)


Joe    Warp,  2001
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Joe is a simply titled game with a simple premise: Get the little green smiley (Joe, I assume) to the exit. It's really a side-scrolling puzzle game, where you have to carefully jump around the level collecting keys and avoiding traps. It's really quite unique and totally frustrating at the same time, because one wrong move and you need to start the level all over again, and it's very difficult to tell where your jumps will land. But it is unique, and includes a level editor to create your own levels. Maybe you can create one that's a lot easier than the first level that comes with the game ...
[Download] Click here to download Joe (117k)


Moraff's World    Moraffware,  1991
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Moraff's World is one of several first-person RPG dungeon crawling games released by Moraffware in the early 90's. There really is no story to consider, so the entirety of the game is exploring various dungeon and dungeon-like areas to kill monsters (over 40 different kinds) and collect items. Like other Moraff games you're presented with a plethora of different graphical options upon running the game but which one you select won't have much impact on the game itself. I found it somewhat disorienting having the four different views, but I suppose it helps to be able to see your surroundings. If you're a fan of first-person dungeon crawlers check it out, otherwise, there's not much here for you ...
[Download] Click here to download Moraff's World (236k)
[Link] More info on Moraff's World at Mobygames.com


Plebs    Duncan Scott,  1999
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Plebs is a simple bouncing game, similar to the classic PC Booter game "Bouncing Babies." Here the object is to bounce various "plebs" (which in this case refers to any sort of humanoid person, animal, etc) across the screen from right to left. Each level has a challenge you're working towards which rapidly seem to get tricky. The graphics are decent enough (the rotating plebs are neat) but there really isn't a lot of depth in the gameplay here.
[Download] Click here to download Plebs (118k)


Plebs (ASCII)    Unknown,  1989
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Plebs (with "(ASCII)" to differentiate it from the other game on DOSGames.com with the same name) is a strange text-mode game where the object is to bomb various targets using your plane. Even after reading the instructions within the game, I still am confused as to the premise. I can tell you, for example, that the game takes place in the year 45983674745623746 AD and that PLEBS stands for Publicly Licensed Electronic Burden Shifters, but ... um just read the instructions, they may be more entertaining than the game. It's certainly unique!
[Download] Click here to download Plebs (17k)


Power Chess    W. Wild, H. Heiss,  1989
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Wanna play some chess? Power Chess might be the game for you. It does a decent job of simulating the chess playing experience, and you can play against a tough computer opponent. (At least, I assume it's tough. Let's just say that my limited skills are no match for it.) The presentation is nothing really exciting but chances are that if you want to play chess you aren't too worried about that. There does seem to be a nice selection of options, statistics, and other things that may interest a chess affascinato.
[Download] Click here to download Power Chess (118k)


Robotron 2084   Sarwan Narine,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Robotron was the first arcade game to feature the dual-stick control scheme, allowing the player to move and shoot in two different directions simultaneously. This DOS version of the classic video game, which is essentially an unlicensed clone, copies the look and feel of the original arcade game fairly well. The classic sound effects and graphics are copied well, and the game plays quite smoothly. The main weakness of the game is that only five waves are included and the game must be registered (likely an impossibility now) to be able to play all the waves.
[Download] Click here to download Robotron (212k)


Scripture Quest    Philip P. Kapusta,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Scripture Quest is a game that in actuality involves no questing. It's a Bible quiz game that contains over 1,600 multiple choice questions about history's most influential text. You can choose questions from the Old Testament, New Testament, or both, and include 1-9 players taking turns on the keyboard. The presentation is quite basic (text-mode with no graphics) but it does present some interesting questions. The questions vary in difficulty from easy to obscure and unfortunately there's no difficulty selection. Other than that, it's a solid game/quiz program.
[Download] Click here to download Scripture Quest (161k)


Too Many Geckos!    Anarchy Entertainment Inc,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Whether there are, in fact, too many geckos is up to you to decide, but there certainly are plenty in this strange and unique puzzle game. The puzzles involve placing blocks (pyramids) into wire frames and matching the colors and shapes of the various geckos. Sound confusing? It's difficult to describe, and even the included documentation does a poor job of it. But the game has excellent production values, and is quite unique so it's probably worth checking out and playing around with until you figure it out.
[Download] Click here to download Too Many Geckos! (2,748k)


The Wizard's Castle    International PC Owners,  1981
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The Wizard's Castle is a simple text-mode based role playing game where the player is led on a monochrome adventure through a fantasy world full of danger. You begin by rolling a very simple character and choosing some equipment, then are thrown into the world without much plot setup. Since it was created in 1981 it's rather basic (and in fact seems to have been programmed in BASIC) but if you enjoy really old text games this might interest you.
[Download] Click here to download The Wizard's Castle (28k)
[Link] More info on The Wizard's Castle at Mobygames.com




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