There are a lot of people who want to go back to the old days of PC games. When new types of games were being made, the Intel 80846 was thought to be the best computer processor at the time. If you want to go back in time, this is when loot boxes and always-online games didn’t become popular. When pixelated graphics were the norm, and games were becoming more of an art form for telling stories.
If you were born in the 1980s or 1990s, chances are you played these games as a child. You might have learned about PC games from your father. Even if you didn’t start with it, chances are that MS-DOS was your first operating system.
Today, it’s not easy to find a computer from that time that still works. Even so, you can still play your favourite DOS games with the help of a DOSBox virtual machine. Or, you could buy something like an old HP thin client on eBay and put DOS on it. You could also do this.
A lot of people are going back to the good old days of PC gaming. It was a good time to play games like Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, and Prince of Persia. They are still fun today. To see which 20 games you should play if you like retro games, check out our list.
1. Wolfenstein 3D
If you want to get into first-person shooter games, you need to start with this video game. based on the 1981 2D game for the Apple II called Castle Wolfenstein by Muse Software, which was made in 1981. If you want to play as William B.J. Blasckowicz in Wolfenstein 3D, you can.
Castle Wolfenstein is a huge Nazi prison that is set in World War II. You have to get out by going through different levels filled with guards, dogs, mutants, robots, and much more. And the last boss is a mecha Hitler with four chain guns. There is a lot of blood and gore in the game.
Game: There is some vague hint that you are part of space marines who came to Mars and found the place overrun with demons from hell. But the game doesn’t spend a lot of time giving you a deeper story.
I don’t know. Who is the Doom Slayer. He has a real name. Why does he always get angry? We don’t need to find out. At some point in 1995, it was thought that there were more computers with Doom on them than there were computers with Windows 95 on them.
Microsoft worked with id Software to make a Windows 95 version of Doom. They used this to show that their OS was good for games. Bill Gates himself was in one of the commercials in the Doom world.
In this game, you’re in a huge area filled with demons of all kinds. Wolfenstein is a game that has a similar setting to this one. Except, they’re stuck with you. With a chainsaw or shotgun, you rip their bodies apart and smash their heads to bits as metal music plays in the background. You push your way forward.
This is the game that politicians were yelling about kids becoming Satanists, and parent groups were complaining about the amount of gore. It’s also the first video game to get a “M” rating from the ESRB, which means it’s not for the young.
3. Duke Nukem 3D
An action movie from the 1980s called “Die Hard” or “Terminator” is a lot like this FPS character. People who play the game will find some crude humour and a hero who says cheesy lines as he kills people with his huge guns.
The plot isn’t very complicated, and it’s only there to tie everything together. You play as Jon St. Jon, who fights off an alien invasion on Earth. When Duke Nukem came out, it was one of the things that made it stand out from other FPS games at the time because it could be destroyed.
As a result, you could use air ducts and back doors to get around enemies or find hidden treasure. There are strippers in the game, and you can tip them to get them to do something more interesting.
This is the first Sid Meier’s Civilization game, which led to a whole line of games that are still going strong today. I think you should check out this game if you’ve played any of the newer Civ games. It will give you a sense of how it all began back in the 90s.
In this game, you play against some of history’s best leaders in a game that moves at a slow pace. Expand your empire by getting resources, building armies, and taking over new areas.
5. The Secret Of Monkey Island
A point-and-click game made by LucasFilm that takes place in the Caribbean during the era of piracy. In this game, you play as Guybrush Threepwood, a character who travels the world and solves puzzles on islands.
In your quest to become a pirate, you’ll fight with swords, find hidden treasures, and meet a lot of interesting people.
6. Day of the Tentacle (1993)
Play as three weird teenagers who, through exploration and puzzle-solving, try to stop an evil purple tentacle from taking over the world in the game Day of the Tentacle!
Tentacle, a rich, interactive cartoon adventure, is filled with so much humour and vivid, twisted art that many people think it’s the best example of the graphical adventure genre ever made for a computer game. For its time, it was an amazing show of technology and art.
7. Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996)
Imagine a world where Albert Einstein went back in time and killed Hitler, taking the Nazi threat out of World War II. However, because of Einstein’s messing around, the Soviet Union took Germany’s place, forcing the Allies to act to stop the threat of Soviet rule in Europe. :/ Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a game where you play as a general.
Fans of Red Alert love the game because of how well it balances military units, how well it handles the interface, graphics, and storyline, and how addictive it is to play online.
8. Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992)
Ultima Underworld was the first first-person role-playing game that let players fight and explore in real time. Players could move in any direction, even look up and down, as they tried to rescue a baron’s daughter from the Stygian Abyss.
With Ultima Underworld, you could explore a world that looked like it was 3D but wasn’t. This was a time when most MS-DOS games were flat and static.