Great PC games from the days of DOS

“Please insert floppy disc number 4 to continue,” is not some lame pick up line kids, it is how old-school gamers got their fix

August 20, 2014

Ah, the era of DOS games. It was a time when a title came on multiple floppy discs, you had to put 3D in the title because it was not a given – a time when the greatest games today were born.

Here are some of the more memorable games that made their debut in the era of DOS.

3D Pinball Space Cadet

Let us start with the game that we first played once we finally got our PCs up and running – 3D Pinball.

It is a classic which, if you play today, brings back memories of getting up early on weekend mornings so you were the first one at the family PC.

Duke Nukem 3D

Duke Nukem is the most memorable game from my childhood, with any mention, shot, or sound clip from it bringing on waves of nostalgia.

Remember the pig squeal, the jet-pack alien’s mumble, and the freaky octopuses – oh, how Duke Nukem changed our lives.

Hocus Pocus

I never got the full version of this game, but that did not stop me playing it over and over again.

Hocus Pocus is a classic platformer whose music and sound effects can never be forgotten.

Wacky Wheels

What other game lets you drive around a race course as a shark controlling a kart?

Wacky Wheels was the DOS kart game of the decade, and its classic characters will always have a place in the hall of gaming greatness.


If you had to pick one game that could be called the mother of the modern-day FPS, Doom would be a top contender.

Even with all the controversy that surrounded it, it rose to become one of the greatest games ever made.

Jazz Jackrabbit

A green rabbit with a headband and machine gun, is there anything more you need in life?

Jazz Jackrabbit was a shoot-em-up classic and the Holiday Hare version took the game to the extreme. As we used to say back in the day: gnarly.

Wolfenstein 3D

Alongside Doom and Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D completed the holy trinity of FPS titles that shaped the genre.

Robot Hitler, crazy Nazis, rabid dogs, and one man with a gun – perfect formula for a winning game.

God of Thunder

Before The Legend of Zelda there was God of Thunder, one of the greatest top down adventures ever created for DOS. You were Thor, a ginger dwarf with a hammer, and your task was to venture through an open world and confront Loki.

Along the way you came into contact with giant spiders, bats, and goo creatures. It was an adventure for only the bravest warriors.


With its magical powers and supernatural creatures, Hexen blew us away when it arrived on the scene.

Not only did it look amazing, but you also had three classes to choose from. This was ground-breaking for an FPS DOS game

SimCity 3000

I never played a SimCity title, but I had to include one on this list for the fans. Everyone I spoke to said SimCity 3000 was the best of them all.

Prince of Persia

The Prince of Persia franchise has come a long way since its DOS days, but we cannot forget where it all started. I could never get past that guy with the sword. That damn guy and his damn sword.


Dropping from space while dodging rockets, fast paced shooting, an epic soundtrack, and eating apples to refill your health – MDK was confusing, but one of the best third person shooters of its day.

Which were you most memorable games from the DOS era? Let us know in the comments and forum.

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