DOS Games of My Youth

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.

Bouncing Babies

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.

Bouncing Babies

David’s Kong

Being already familiar with Donkey Kong, I was deeply disappointed with this game. But it was named after my brother, which was cool.

David's Kong

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.

Empire

Frogger

I could get past the cars, but not the logs.

Frogger

Hard Hat Mack

OSHA lawyers are your foes!
Hard Hat Mack

Janitor Joe

janitor battles space robots!

Janitor Joe

Lemonade Stand

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.
Lemonade Stand

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.

Mickey's Jigsaw Puzzles

Midnight Rescue

Learn to read while battling evil robots!
Midnight Rescue

Moon Bugs

Defend a moon base against the titular moon bugs. Weird, weird game, but one I spent a lot of time on.
Moon Bugs

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Crashing into the Chicago skyline was never more fun. Which is good, because that’s how it always ended.
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Pitfall

You fall. Into a pit. Try not to die.
Pitfall

Qbert

Iconic.
Qbert

Scorched Earth

A game and an introductory ballistics course.
Scorched Earth

Sopwith

Soar like Snoopy in a trusty Sopwith biplane. Or just let it sit on the ground like in this screenshot.
Sopwith

Space Invaders

Kill the little bugs before they hit the bottom.

Space Invaders

Spacewar

Endless battles between David and me.
Spacwar

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego Deluxe

I learned the name “Tegucigalpa” here and never forgot it.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego Deluxe

3 thoughts on “DOS Games of My Youth

  1. Isaac

    I remember playing many of these at your house. Especially Bouncing Babies, Midnight Rescue, and Carmen Sandiego. I was so bad at Bouncing Babies. I was amazed at how many babies David could bounce off of his trampoline.

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  2. Alanna

    This post is EPIC. 🙂 As per usual, my favorite games/movies/books from the 80’s were released in 1983, the year I was born. Frogger was epic and I never made it past the second level, but spent hours and hours.

    The other one i loved was Chopter… which you didn’t list.

    The game with the babies is rather odd. But at least you’re bouncing them into an ambulance…. very unusual.

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  3. Melissa

    Classic games, Josh! I think I’ve played every single one except for the Mickey Jigsaw Puzzles. My siblings and I loved to play Scorched Earth, where ultimately somebody used the big bomb to destroy half the screen. Fun memories. 🙂

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