Once I learned about the Archive.org MS-DOS games collection on a recent episode of Mike’s Weekly Geek News Show, I knew what I had to do. I now present to you an idiosyncratic anthology of DOS games from my youth, mostly played on our trusty Tandy 1000 and Wyse computers. For each game, click on the image and you will be taken to an Archive.org page where the game can be played within your browser.
Let’s begin where we ought to, with Bouncing Babies. A hospital is on fire and you must save babies being thrown out the windows. Such an outrageous premise for a game.
Being already familiar with Donkey Kong, I was deeply disappointed with this game. But it was named after my brother, which was cool.
Empire: Wargame of the Century
Many hours of my childhood were dedicated to world conquest in the form of “Empire”. The requisite manual can be downloaded here.
I could get past the cars, but not the logs.
Hard Hat Mack
OSHA lawyers are your foes!
janitor battles space robots!
I actually only ever played this at school, and perhaps not even in DOS, but I remember loving it so I include it here. You start with $2 and a supply of sugar, and you try to run a lemonade stand at a profit. Each day you get a weather forecast and must make inventory and marketing decisions on that basis. A basic lesson in microeconomics.
Mickey’s Jigsaw Puzzles
Playing this again brought back strangely poignant feelings for some reason. Based on how familiar the little animations were to me, I must have spent many hours playing this, though now it’s hard to understand why.
Learn to read while battling evil robots!
Defend a moon base against the titular moon bugs. Weird, weird game, but one I spent a lot of time on.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Crashing into the Chicago skyline was never more fun. Which is good, because that’s how it always ended.
You fall. Into a pit. Try not to die.
A game and an introductory ballistics course.
Soar like Snoopy in a trusty Sopwith biplane. Or just let it sit on the ground like in this screenshot.
Kill the little bugs before they hit the bottom.
Endless battles between David and me.
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