Remember the days before high-speed Internet? The time when people would be so excited to receive an email from their friends and family? Floppy disks were super cool (to use, hold and touch) and came in a variety of colors? New age technology had prompted our fathers to invest in those fat computers for their work, and amazingly enough, there were also plenty of entertaining DOS games for us kiddos to play, too.
I may not be the right person to represent the voice of the '80s kids, but I am lucky enough to have played the following games at a young age. Despite being just a tiny part of my early childhood memories, I won't deny that I share similar fondness toward these games. They are absolutely loved, and I would totally play them again if I have the chance! So, here are eight of my favorite DOS games to make you miss being a young whippersnapper...
1.) Bomberman a.k.a Dyna Blaster
Developed by Hudson Soft as one of the earliest versions of the successful franchise Bomberman, the DOS video game follows the protagonist in his effort to rescue his inventor's daughter who gets abducted.
In Bomberman, players have to destroy obstacles, use power-ups and defeat enemies in the maze while using bombs in order to proceed. There are eight worlds in total and while I may not have managed to complete all the stages, I certainly remember the game is super cute and fun to play!
2.) Ski or Die
All right, does anyone remembers this? Ski or Die is a winter sports DOS video game developed by Electronic Arts, Inc. It features five delightful mini games, namely the 'Snowboard Halfpipe,' 'Innertube Thrash,' 'Acro Aerials,' 'Downhill Blitz.' and 'Snowball Blast.'
I remember playing Ski or Die a lot and it totally feeds my love of the winter season! My favorite two games would be the Acro Aerials and the Downhill Blitz! However, the other games are as equally fun.
Honestly, I wish I can stay in snowcapped mountains forever, just like the in-game character! Nature is so beautiful and skiing is too much fun.
3.) Pipe Mania a.k.a Pipe Dream
Pipe Mania is a DOS puzzle video game developed by The Assembly Line. Players have to rearrange all of the random pipe pieces to construct a path for the 'goo' to flow through without leaking.
Pipe Mania can actually be pretty challenging on higher levels. I remember feeling panicky while playing this! How about you?
4.) Chip's Challenge
Another highly nostalgic one on the list! Chip's Challenge is a DOS puzzle game by Epyx. Here are some interesting facts about the game: Chip was actually going through all of these mazes to prove that he is worthy enough to join an exclusive clubhouse started by a girl. She is dubbed 'The Mental Marvel,' and all of the difficult mazes end up being the girl's actual clubhouse itself.
Chip's Challenge is hands down one of the best DOS games ever made!
5.) West Adventure
West Adventure is a DOS action game developed by Panda Entertainment. It is based on the Chinese classic novel titled Journey to the West. What's more, is that the graphics in this game are surprisingly beautiful for the time and format.
This action packed video game is charming because various locations and over 20 distinct supernatural antagonists from the novel are included. Multiplayer mode is also available, which is amazing. I remember my older siblings being so annoyed whenever I wasted the player's life - but, come on, I was only between two and five years old at the time.
Secret Shortcut: Start at 9:10 for some hot spider demons.
Seeing these screenshots and videos brings back all of the precious memories! I am sure those who love martial arts, literature and/or supernaturally themed tales will both love and miss West Adventure as much as I do!
Paperboy is a DOS game created by Atari Games. Players will play as the paperboy (or papergirl) who delivers newspapers on their bicycle. The gameplay requires you to perfectly deliver the newspapers, without falling off of your bike.
Being an incredibly amusing game, players had the ability to mischievously disturb the other townspeople, but watch out, because you could just as easily be harmed by other non-playable characters in the game, too.
The infamous SkiFree is a DOS video game that was created by Chris Pirih. The game features an endless downhill sllope with obstacles for the players to ski down and around. That sounds boring, right? Wait until the real surprise comes, it may very well scare the lungs out of you. Which explains why I didn't actually play this game too often; too frightening!
Anyone who has unsuspectingly played this title before will never forget that yeti.
Tough luck! I would have nightmares if two giant beasts were coming at me, too.
8.) Microsoft Solitaire
Last but not least, Solitaire is my favorite Microsoft DOS game. Everyone loved this game because it was so stimulating. Solitaire was actually affecting many employee's performances at work because they were too busy playing the classic card game instead of working. If Facebook games had a past life, this game is it.
They're so awesome, right?!
Aww, these fantastic DOS games bring back all of the best memories. While we don't know where most of the developers of these games are today, we do hope they share our interest in bringing back new and improved versions of the classics.
Which DOS game on the list is your favorite?
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