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Experts Tell Us the Best 90s DOS Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best 90s DOS Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Jill of the Jungle

This product was recommended by Hanah Alexander from TodayTesting

As a female playing games back in the 90s, it was difficult to find games I loved with female lead characters. Jill of the Jungle featured Jill, who was an awesome Amazonian warrior. The action adventure side scroller had you help Jill venture across the jungle, navigating an chopping through mazes of obstacles, not too dissimilar from the classic, Pitfall.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Consider an alternate reality in which Albert Einstein traveled back in time to assassinate Hitler, effectively ending the Nazi threat in World War II. However, as a result of Einstein’s intervention, the Soviet Union stepped into Germany’s shoes, forcing the Allies to act to counter the threat of Soviet dominance in Europe. Doesn’t that sound bad? That’s just the premise of Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Red Alert fans laud the game for its intricately balanced and diverse military units, masterful handling of interface, graphics, and storyline, and addictive online multiplayer experience.

Ultima VI: The False Prophet

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Ultima VI, a colorful role-playing game created by Richard Garriott, enabled PC gamers to explore the vast virtual country of Britannia while battling invading gargoyles to free the shrines of Virtue. Animals roam the woods, rivers flow to the sea, and each computer-controlled character follows a daily routine in the game’s many communities (even when off-screen). In Ultima VI, players could grab, use, or transfer practically every visible object–a mind-bogglingly lifelike experience in 1990.

X-Com: UFO Defense

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

It’s impossible to describe the quality of X-Com to someone who hasn’t played it, but many fans consider it to be the best PC game ever. The strong relationship X-Com players have with the soldiers they custom-build drives fan dedication to this game, confronting the player against an invading alien force. And, because of the randomly generated terrain and seemingly unlimited combinations of equipment and technology, you can play the game repeatedly without becoming bored.

Prince of Persia

This product was recommended by Andreas Grant from Networks Hardware

Prince of Persia had the ability to transfer me into medieval Persia with its realistic animation and superb artwork. That can sound cheesy for an MS-DOS game but Jordan Mechner (designer) did use rotoscoping to make the animation really fluid and life-like. In the game, you are trying to rescue Sultan’s daughter from a wizard named Jaffar who also happens to be Sultan’s vizier. Right when you see the menu with the tilework and Persian architecture, it really sets the scene as to what to expect inside. Mechner did use actual video footage as a reference for the characters’ movements which is visible in the game. There was no major learning curve as it is a side scrolling game so I didn’t have any issue getting lost in this game as a kid. The sound effects, and the difficulty of the game made me keep coming back for more. I can still see myself picking up this game and having a great time.

Doom BFG

This product was recommended by Michael Rose from Union Law Firm

It’s come a long way since its humble origins, and doubtless the franchise will continue to shatter boundaries and fuel the imagination of future gamers, but DOOM actually began life as a DOS FPS, and that first version served as my real introduction to home-based video games. I got hooked on it while I was a freshman in college, and I’ve been playing it ever since.

The Secret Of Monkey Island

This product was recommended by Velin Dragoev from Keen Fighter

This game is an absolute classic. Made by LucasFilm, it’s one of the funniest and most influential point-and-click adventure games. It’s got pirates, ghosts, insult sword-fights, and really fun puzzles! What more could you want?

The Incredible Machine

This product was recommended by Sarah Ross from CocoLoan

This one is a classic, literally. I enjoyed this game a decade ago, or so. I was so pleased to see that Amazon carried it. I purchased ‘The Incredible Machine’ for a friend’s budding little engineer, age 7. After a little PC tinkering to make this Windows 95 era game compatible to play on Windows 7, everyone wanted a try. The endless levels of the ‘Game’ are only surpassed by the ‘Make your own machine’ part. As with most Sierra games, it has that cute cartoon appearance that never lets you forget that you’re doing this for fun.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This product was recommended by Emma Gordon from USSalvageYards

It won the game of the year in 2011, the year it came out and it is by far, The easiest to play among the elder scroll games as its leveling system is just so much more flexible. You explore a vast world called Elder Scrolls V, and your quest is to kill Skrim, the evil dragon plotting to devour a single village.

Epic Pinball: The Complete Collection

This product was recommended by Sam Cohen from MyFreeOCR

The best 90s DOS games can be played on your PC. They are fun, and challenging and take you back to the era when you were a kid. Epic Pinball is one of the best DOS games that can be played on your PC. It can also be played on a console or mobile device. The game features pinball tables with themes like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and more. In Epic Pinball, players have to make their way through levels while trying to collect as many coins as possible. The game has a variety of different modes including Arcade Mode, Challenge Mode, and Adventure Mode where players have to complete specific objectives like collecting all the coins in one level or beating all the levels in a specific world.

Desert Strike – Return to the Gulf

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

Desert Strike is a shooter in which the player controls an Apache helicopter, the AH-64. The game is less hectic than traditional shoot ’em ups, with more strategic components added. The action takes place on isometric levels with open, multi-directional scrolling levels. The action is seen from the outside of the helicopter rather than from within the cockpit.

Wing Commander

This product was recommended by Kimberly Silva from FindPeopleFirst

Heroes, space battles, and asteroids are shown in the opening credits like in a bad sci-fi movie from the 1980s, but this one is better. Then it’s time to go to the bar on the TCS Tiger’s Claw and talk with the crew, including Paladin’s mustaches. From the start, Wing Commander was a big hit. There were adorable pin-ups in the barracks and blue hair, action sequences of the squad running to their aircraft, and names like Blue Devil Squadron and the Killer Bees. It was a new game that took advantage of the system PC hardware to the fullest. It was a big deal. Playing now, it’s surprising how hard the game is.

The Ultimate DOOM

This product was recommended by Jacquelyn Kennedy from PetDT

My older brothers were obsessed with this game and as I wanted to hang around and play with them, the only way I could get to spend any time with them was by playing Doom with them. Something must have stuck because I still play the game, albeit an updated twenty-first century of it on a much faster gaming console. And my brothers? They “grew out” of playing it a long time ago. They don’t know what they’re missing…

Sim Ant

This product was recommended by Sheila Eugenio from Media Mentions

Sim Ant is a game that was released in 1994 for DOS. It is a strategy game where you have to build up your ant colony and protect it from other ants. Sim Ant was one of the best games of the 90s. It was an innovative game for its time, and it had many features that are not found in most strategy games today. This includes things like a day-night cycle, weather changes, and different types of terrain to build on.

The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain

This product was recommended by Katie Southern from The Good Parts of Life

This game, the third in the Dr. Brain series, begins with an explanation of the goal of the game — Dr Brain’s brain has been accidentally transferred into a lab rat and you need to restore it. The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain is a hidden gem amongst the thousands of Dos games released in the 90s. It’s non-linear, puzzle-based game play. Simply put, you work on one piece of the brain puzzle, then can jump around to other sections if you get stuck and need a break. It also has three difficulty levels you can change DURING the game. That means if you start a puzzle and it’s too easy, simply change the difficulty and keep going. It doesn’t restart your progress! This game is third in its series, and my personal favorite. I have a crystal-clear memory of playing non-stop on New Year’s Eve with a friend in 1997 until six in the morning. I went home later that day and begged my parents to buy it for me. They caved, and I spent many more hours playing The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain over the years.

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

This product was recommended by Siva Mahesh from Dreamshala

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness is a top MS-DOS game. It was Blizzard Entertainment’s second top-rated real-time strategy game set in the Warcraft universe. Users play either orcs or humans in a fantasy medieval world filled with magic and swords. They play to collect resources for creating buildings and units so they can defeat their opponent. Warcraft II is considered one of the greatest games of all time because of its cinematic and attractive single-player campaign. It also has memorable characters and an addictive multiplayer component through user-created maps — a pretty novel trick at that time. Warcraft II had won various major PC gaming awards in 1996, a year after the game was released for DOS.

Ultima Underworld

This product was recommended by Stella Scott from EasyPaydayLoan

Ultima Underworld engages players in real-time combat and exploration. Players can freely move in any direction, even looking up or down while navigating the Stygian Abyss in an attempt to rescue a baron’s kidnapped daughter. The pseudo-3D world has depth, variety, and charm for a 90s game when most MS-DOS games were flat and static. If you love deep, complex RPGs and don’t mind the old graphics and menu handling, this game will bring you several days of great joy with high replay value.

UNO Family Card Game

This product was recommended by Brack Wilson from ShivGupta

UNO is a traditional family card game that is simple to pick up and a lot of fun to play! Match one of your cards to the current card revealed on top of the deck by either colour or number in a race to decrease your hand. Use unique action cards like Skips, Reverses, Draw Twos, and colour-changing Wild cards to outsmart your opponents. Don’t forget to yell UNO! when you’re down to one card. This entertaining family card game is appropriate for adults, teenagers, and children aged 7 and up. The UNO Tin has 112 cards and instructions in a durable tin that is ideal for storage and travel.

UNO DOS

This product was recommended by Joe Oentoro from N/A

This thrilling card game encourages two to four players to compete alone or as a team in this interesting card game. The objective is to be the first to discard all of your cards, and exceptional WILD cards alter the game’s dynamics. While matching numbers is the most crucial, matching colours earn you BONUS points as you race to a score of 200. You get points for cards left in your opponents’ hands if you go out first! Don’t forget to yell DOS! when there are just two cards left.

Scorched Earth

This product was recommended by Louie Hartley from N/A

This underappreciated game may not have sold millions of copies, but thanks to shareware distribution, it has been played by far more people than you may believe. Scorched Earth has practically endless replay value thanks to its multiple gameplay settings, varied computer AI, and an incredible assortment of fun power-ups. Up to ten players, each operating a tank, can take turns arranging the exploding demise of their closest friends at the hands of a Nuke, MIRV, or Death’s Head over 1000 rounds.

Mario Party Superstars – Nintendo Switch

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

• Invite your friends to 5 classic Mario Party boards from the Nintendo 64 video games. • In 100 mini-games from the Mario Party series, tell your friends and relatives whose boss. • All game modes are available to play online. • Battles with partners in board play mode are saved both domestically and internet after each turn, so you can take up wherever you left off. • To play, you’ll need either a solo Joy-Con controller, two Joy-Con controllers with the Joy-Con hold gadget, the Nintendo Switch Pro Control system, or the Nintendo Switch Lite platform

Super Smash Bros. – Nintendo 3DS

This product was recommended by Cindy Corpis from SearchPeopleFree

• As one of Nintendo’s greatest heroes, we go head-to-head. • In the palm of your hand, you’ll find Nintendo’s greatest heroes. • Bring the battle with you everywhere you go.

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