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Offline Nemesis6

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Old DOS games you still love
I was about five or six years old when I was presented with the world of gaming. Granted, it was on what was either a 286, a 386, or a 486. Although way above my head, I found the game "Protostar: War on the Frontier" fascinating. It's an old game by some former employees of Sierra. It's apparently an unofficial sequel to the space exploration game series "Starflight". Basically, you fly around a galaxy, acquire minerals, metals, whatever on planets, all along you have to support Earth financially because they're engaged in a conflict with a reptile-like species called the Skeetch. So you keep sending money, you buy fuel for traveling around the galaxy, trying to find allies to fight the Skeetch, along with crewmen for your ship, each manning a specific station like tactical, engineering, etc.

I'd watch my parents play it, but the technical aspects of it were too complex for me, plus I didn't speak English at the time. Recently, I got a hold of it, and now, being slightly more able to comprehend the concepts of the game, like trading and all that, I started playing it again with Dosbox. Lo and behold, it was still awesome.

You can find it here: http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/536/Protostar+-+War+on+the+Frontier.html

So what's your favorite DOS game? Link if you can find it, legally of course.

 

Offline Polpolion

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Tyrian should go without saying.

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Offline Herra Tohtori

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Red Baron, though the description on that page is... misleading at places and misguiding at others.

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Descent, of course. That, along with Super Mario Bros, was my gateway into games. Not that I was very good at Descent when I was 5, but I was definitely a huge fan even then.

Marathon isn't, strictly speaking, DOS, but it was of the same era, and it's still awesome.
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Offline Thaeris

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I found that Master of Orion is quite enjoyable, and I'd recommend it wholly.
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Offline FUBAR-BDHR

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Xcom - UFO Defense.

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Offline General Battuta

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Terminal Velocity yo

 

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Descent was just about it for me, pretty much, though I never did manage to beat the original as a young'un.  I also played the hell out of NASCAR Racing 2...soooo many crashes.

 

Offline Polpolion

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Terminal Velocity yo

hell yeah, qft

EDIT: and just so this post isn't meaningless, Commander Keen 4 is pretty cool, too.

 

Offline asyikarea51

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+1 to Terminal Velocity if it didn't keep crashing on one of the forest-looking stages half the time. Fury series I never got to play, well you can't have everything. :sigh: I only got into Descent years later and from the second game onward. Well the premise was just like TV so I figured why not... :nervous:

Incidentally the first game I ever played on DOS might've been Grand Prix II but I was too young to understand anything about suspension adjustment (and I stayed well away from Grand Prix mode not knowing what it was :lol:). Nascar Racing II... I know I had it, but I don't remember if I even played it :wtf:

Where oh where can I find Xcar: Xperimental racing, that game was really technical and a major turn-off but somehow I miss that one...

For games that I attempted to "play properly", not much other than the Crusader series (and I played No Regret first so I was already lost on the plot by the first stage), and Syndicate Wars. Also the first R&T: Need for Speed but sound was borked and I tried all manner of things to little effect.

DOS was nearly at its end at the time.
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TIE Fighter
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Master of Magic!
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Offline Commander Zane

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Terminal Velocity yo
Win forever.

Raptor, Stargunner, and Descent.
GOG really needs to put Stargunner in their list.

 

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Well there are always the totally unplayable like Wing Commander.  I used to keep an old 486 machine around just to play games like that. 

Xcom is really the only one I've tried to play in years.  If it worked under windows I didn't consider it a DOS game so that rules out quite a few things that would work under Win 3.1 or Win9x as well as DOS.
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carmageddon
elite
descent 1/2
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Offline Rodo

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You are all wrong! best games in DOS:

-Prince of persia
-Carmen san diego
-Colonization

There... I said it.
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Offline Admiral LSD

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Well there are always the totally unplayable like Wing Commander.  I used to keep an old 486 machine around just to play games like that.

Even under DOSBox? With a modern system and the most recent version of DOSBox (Anything from .72 or onwards, from memory. Or maybe it's .7x in general? I remember there being a significant performance jump in some time ago, but I forget exactly when. It's also worth nothing that DOSBox is what GoG use to wrap DOS games when you buy them there.) you should be able to get decent performance and compatibility with it these days.

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Xcom is really the only one I've tried to play in years.  If it worked under windows I didn't consider it a DOS game so that rules out quite a few things that would work under Win 3.1 or Win9x as well as DOS.

Apologies for nitpicking, but how exactly do you define this? Quite a few DOS games worked under Windows 3.1 (I myself have fond memories of playing networked Descent in school computer labs under Windows 3.1 back in the day), but they were still DOS games in so much as they'd work even when Windows wasn't loaded (Windows programs would throw a message saying "This program requires Microsoft Windows" or something). If you bring compatibility with Windows 95 in to the equation, that pretty much disqualifies *ever* DOS game as being a DOS game by your definition. It just seems a bit silly, no?

That aside, +1 to the previous nominations for Descent 1/2, Terminal Velocity, Raptor (never have been much of a shmup fan, but I loved this for some reason) and Commander Keen 4 (Best thing to ever come out of id, tbh. Dopefish Lives!).

I also want to add Warcraft 2, Beneath a Steel Sky (which started life on the Amiga I think, but was ported to DOS - as well as everything else now, even the iPhone - which is where I played it and where my memories of are from so it counts. Also interesting, and something that didn't fully register for me until quite recently, is the artwork in BaSS is by Dave Gibbons of, among other thigns, Watchmen fame), Jazz Jackrabbit, Wacky Wheels (at a time when Mario Kart was all lovey dovey with it's "play fair or be punished" message, being able to knock players about with all kinds of ridiculous weaponry was awesome), SimCity/2000, Duke Nukem 3D (I can't believe no one's mentioned this yet...) and Epic Pinball.

The list goes on, but they start getting increasingly obscure from here. I will however call special attention to SkyRoads. It's sort of a driving puzzle game where the goal is to get from one end of a road to the other before your oxygen runs out while contending with obstacles such as variable gravity, tiles that slow you up and speed you down, tiles that affect your "handling" and even tiles that make your ship explode on contact. The real highlight though, at least to me, is the music. It was only AdLib, but the tunes were better than anything I've ever heard in a game with the possible exception of Terminal Velocity. The best part though is that it was released as freeware by the developers, an Estonian outfit called Bluemoon software, a while back: http://www.bluemoon.ee/history/skyroads/ To be honest though, if I was in any position to do so at the time, I probably would have paid for it.
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Descent (duh)
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Offline CP5670

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I have some 40 odd games in my Dosbox folder. I load up something or another from there pretty often. The best one is probably Descent, but for that I just use D2X-XL instead of playing the original version. At a glance, some of the other highlights are Raptor, Chex Quest, Jazz Jackrabbit 1, Dune 2, Master of Orion 2, Mission Critical, Megarace, Time Commando, Scorched Earth and Lemmings 3D. There are also numerous adventure games that were originally DOS releases, but which I use ScummVM for today.

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Raptor, Stargunner, and Descent.
GOG really needs to put Stargunner in their list.

Stargunner was weaker than Raptor IMO. The graphics were worse even though it came out two years later, and the reduced movement speed of your ship made the game feel slow paced in comparison.

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I will however call special attention to SkyRoads.

This was a fun game. I beat the original but never managed to complete all the levels in the Xmas version.

Many of those DOS games had very memorable music, even though most of them were just midis. You can record them to files directly through Dosbox.

 

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Many of those DOS games had very memorable music, even though most of them were just midis. You can record them to files directly through Dosbox.

True, but SkyRoads stood out because the tunes were not only brilliant, but like Terminal Velocity, still sounded great even though the majority of people at the time on had FM synthesisers for MIDI. Even later on, when just about everybody had half-decent wavetable synths, the MIDI tunes still lacked the same punch.
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