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100 MS-DOS Games In 10 Minutes – The 80s Edition!

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My first video for the PC platform!

If you grew up in the 80s, you probably gamed on MS-DOS at some point or another. While not much of a contender in the early/mid 80s, the PC really started gathering popularity in the late 80s, before becoming the dominant (non-console) platform in the mid-90s.

4 color CGA graphics? Yep. 16 color EGA graphics? Luxury. 256 color VGA graphics? A dream. Sound? Uhm, the less said about that, the better.

It’s interesting to note that the first half the 80s tended to have more arcade ports and action games, mixed with the occasional RPG, before the late 80s started bringing in more Sierra/Lucasarts style adventures and more “sophisticated” games. Hopefully, this video shows that evolution well. Indeed, this video really charts the evolution of the Video Game quite well

Notes: I’ve used the North American names of games where applicable – so “Sentinel” becomes “The Sentry” and Nebulous is “Tower Toppler”. Also, I’ve tried to include some European games that many North American gamers may not have heard of.


  1. Can anyone help me ? Im trying to find an old game when u were playing a kid, it was a platform game, and i remember a picture of the game where you can see the kid with something which looks like a goose i think, i'm trying to find this game since hours and i can't find it, it drives me crazy

  2. I never played them on dos. Mostlly on NES.

  3. Starflight is my favourite space flight simulator in 80s and way ahead of its time !!

  4. Out of all of this, I played only Battle Chess (1988), Silpheed (1988) and Prince of Persia (1989), and never even saw the rest.

  5. Lol
    Psp can also emulate ms dos, impressive.

    ( i think i get suprise easily)

  6. When I was a kid Dad and I had a DOS game that was a drum simulator.

  7. I miss a list depicting all games frm the video so we can easily jump to our interested titles. Anycase thanks for the time and effort in producing the video

  8. A Megadrive was worth $299 usd by 1988 and was able to play near arcade quality games, while a IBM PC was $3000 usd and all you could play was this bunch of crappy games, even a NES was a better option, not to talk about the other cheaper home computers ZX Spectrum, MSX, Commodore 64, Amiga etc.

  9. To this day i sometimes play Master of Orion. Where was it?

  10. ummm, 21 at 2:04 is Polaris, definitely not Pitfall which was about running around a jungle

  11. Can anybody help an old game about man in jungle you could throw boomerang, you have a jumping pole to jump long pits, and at the start of first level you could go to the left, not only right. Game most likely was created at early 80

  12. I remember Karateka. I was probably 6 years old.

  13. Amazing video, please the 90s Edition

  14. I played most of these. Some good ones here.

  15. Those were the kind of games I was afraid of stumbling across when trying out 90s DOS demo CDs

  16. So many memories playing a lot of these with my brothers and cousins! I still do play many of them too. Commander Keen was my favourite. Anyone else remember Hugo's house of horrors? That game frustrated the heck out of me lol

  17. Playhouse strip poker was on number 69.
    I think not!

  18. Dino game that i don't remember the name, nothing here

  19. Das war noch was, wie ich mit meinen Freunden gerätselt habe, wie wir die Kopierschutzfragen von Larry beantworten. Und dann ganz wichtig: USE CONDOM 🙂

  20. alley cat and lode runner😍😍oh my childhood

  21. たくさんの思い出をありがとうございます。子供の頃の思い出が蘇ってきました。感謝🇯🇵

  22. I used to play operation wolf😍😍😍😍

  23. Remember when these games were innovative for their time ahhh the good ole times

  24. PC speaker and CGA graphics, talk about painful.

  25. I had 4 PCs , Coleco Adam, PCjr, 8088 with CGA and 80286 with EGA.
    I played about half of these games.
    My 80286 had a sound card (I think an adlib). Games that supported were much more enjoyable and the EGA card was much better. VGA card were to expensive at the time.

  26. It's nice to see how PC graphics evolved throughout the '80s in this video. At that time I never owned a PC, just a TI-99/4A and Atari 800XL. Those early CGA games often looked horrible where Apple II, Atari 8-bit, C64 and even TI-99/4A owners can rest easy but I started seeing vast improvements by 1986 (better looking CGA, and the beginnings of EGA) and when 1989 rolls around, while EGA was still common, VGA was starting to creep in.

  27. Its a hard hope, but may be some1 can help. I was looking for a CGA MS-DOS game, can't remember the name. It was pseudo-3D (isometric view), where you walk around space base and kill robots. Between the missons you flyes on the space ship in some kind of mase trying beat timer and get a bonus. This game can't be found in this video, but may some1 old enough to remember it. 🙂

  28. I want a real remaster of the karateka 1982

  29. My older brothers were deviants so all I remember is Leisure Suit Larry.

  30. Can't remember this medieval PC game name from mid-late '80's: it was about seizing castles via catapults loaded with a choice of pest, fire or rocks.

    Help a fellow gamer remember it.

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