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I did not see a similar topic posted with all the best DOS games lists in one place, so I decided to create one. I hope this is the right forum, if not please move it to the right place.

1. CGW - 150 Best Games of All Time (Issue 148 - Nov 1998)

Sid Meier's Civilization 				Microprose			1993
Ultima IV Origin 1984
Mule EA 1983
Red Baron Sierra 1990
Doom id Software 1993
Sim City Maxis 1987
Wing Commander Origin 1990
Empire Interstel 1978
Wasteland Interplay 1987
Falcon 3.0 Spectrum HoloByte 1991
FPS Football 1995 Sierra 1994
Lemmings Psygnosis 1991
Zork Infocom 1981
Tetris Spectrum Holobyte 1988
Panzer General SSI 1994
Wizardry Sir-Tech 1981
Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within Sierra 1996
Sid Meier's Pirates! MicroProse 1987
Secret of Monkey Island LucasArts 1989
Archon EA 1984
Their Finest Hour LucasArts 1990
X-COM MPS 1994
Might & Magic New World 1986
Raid on Bungeling Bay Broderbund 1984
Earl Weaver Baseball EA 1986
Links 386 Access 1992
MechWarrior 2 Activision 1995
Warcraft II Blizzard 1995
Star Control 2 Accolade 1994
Populous Bullfrog 1988
NASCAR Racing Papyrus 1994
M-1 Tank Platoon MPS 1989
Master of Orion Simtex/MPS 1993
Day of the Tentacle LucasArts 1993
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat EA 1989
Quake id Software 1996
Duke Nukem 3D Apogee 1996
Crusader: No Remorse Origin 1995
Red Storm Rising Microprose 1989
Harpoon 360 Pacific 1989
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon MPS 1990
Hitchhiker's Guide Infocom 1985
Betrayal at Krondor Dynamix 1993
Ultima VI Origin 1990
Rocket Ranger Cinemaware 1988
Chessmaster Software Toolworks 1986
Aces of the Pacific Dynamix 1992
Command & Conquer Westwood 1995
Dungeon Master FTL 1987
Pinball Construction Set EA 1983
Reach for the Stars SSG 1984
F-19 Stealth Fighter MicroProse 1988
Steel Panthers SSI 1995
Wing Commander III Origin 1994
Starflight EA 1986
TIE Fighter LucasArts 1994
NBA Live EA Sports 1994
Suspended Infocom 1983
Gettysburg SSI 1986
EF2000 Digital Integration 1995
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Seven Cities of Gold 					EA					1983
Incredible Machine Sierra 1993
Faery Tale Adventure MicroIllusions 1989
Marathon Bungee 1994
Wings Cinemaware 1991
World Circuit MicroProse 1992
Syndicate Bullfrog 1993
Ultima Underworld Origin 1992
Leisure Suit Larry Sierra 1988
Dune 2 Westwood 1992
Aces of the Deep Dynamix 1994
Solitaire's Journey QQP 1992
Quest for Glory Sierra 1987
Secret of Monkey Island II LucasArts 1990
You Don't Know Jack Berkeley Systems 1995
Shadow of the Beast Psygnosis 1989
Warlords II SSG 1993
Balance of Power Mindscape 1983
Flight Simulator II SubLogic 1984
Lode Runner Broderbund 1983
Loom LucasArts 1982
Rescue at Fractalus Epyx 1987
Rise of the Dragon Dynamix 1990
Prince of Persia Broderbund 1990
Robot War Muse 1981
Silent Service MicroProse 1985
F/A-18 Interceptor EA 1987
Alone in the Dark I-Motion 1992
Bard's Tale EA 1985
Carriers at War SSG 1992
Battles of Napoleon SSI 1985
Defender of the Crown Cinemaware 1986
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis LucasArts 1993
King's Quest V Sierra 1990
Sam & Max Hit the Road LucasArts 1993
Star Trek: Judgement Rites Interplay 1994
Wolfenstein 3-D Apogee 1992
System Shock Origin 1994
Under a Killing Moon Access 1993
AH-64D Longbow Jane's 1996
Kampfgruppe SSI 1985
Gunship MPS 1989
Eric the Unready Interplay 1992
Deadline Infocom 1982
Crusaders of the Dark Savant Sir-Tech 1987
Battle Chess Interplay 1988
Perfect General QQP 1989
Neuromancer Interplay 1988
Pacific War SSI 1992
Operation Crusader AH/Atomic 1994
Wayne Gretzky Hockey Bethesda 1989
TV Sports: Football Cinemaware 1987
Monopoly Virgin/Hasbro 1995
Jagged Alliance Sir-Tech 1995
BattleGround: Waterloo Talonsoft 1996
Castle Wolfenstein Muse 1981
Beach Head Access 1983
Fighter Duel Pro 2 Jaeger Software 1993
Pinball Dreams 21st Century 1990
Trinity Infocom 1986
Virtua Fighter PC Sega 1996
Indianapolis 500 EA 1989
Descent II Interplay 1996
Deathtrack Activision 1989
Warcraft Blizzard 1994
War in Russia SSI 1984
Star Control Accolade 1992
Tony LaRussa 3 Stormfront 1995
MiG Alley Ace MicroProse 1984
Ogre Origin 1986
President Elect SSI 1981
Lexi-Cross Interplay 1991
Heroes of Might & Magic New World 1995
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream Cyberdreams 1995
NukeWar Avalon Hill 1983
Dark Castle Silicon Beach 1986
Magic Carpet Bullfrog/EA 1994
ArcticFox EA 1986
Mean Streets Access 1989
Crystal Caliburn Starplay 1993
Master of Magic MPS 1994
Blue Max Synapse 1983
Typhoon of Steel SSI 1987
Ultima III Origin 1983
Kasparov's Gambit EA 1993
Shangai Activision 1986
Sword of Fargoal Epyx 1992
Tigers on the Prowl HPS 1994
Courtside College Basketball Haffner 1984
StarFleet I Interstel 1985

2. PC Gamer - The Best 50 Games of All Time (Issue 036 - May 1997)

Tie-Fighter Collector's CD-ROM 	 		LucasArts
Doom id Software
WarCraft II Blizzard
Civilization II Microprose
System Shock Origin
Heroes of Might & Magic II New World Computing
X-COM: UFO Defense Microprose
Command & Conquer: Red Alert Virgin/Westwood Studios
Links LS Access
AH-64D Longbow Jane's Combat Simulations
Sam & Max Hit the Road LucasArts
Red Baron Sierra/Dynamix
Panzer General SSI
Tomb Raider Eidos Interactive
Quake id Software
Duke Nukem 3D 3D Realms
EF2000 Ocean of America
Descent Interplay
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Sierra
Ultima Underworld I & II Origin Systems
Populous Electronic Arts
Alone in the Dark I-Motion
Virtual Pool Interplay
Beavis & Butt-Head in Virtual Stupidity Viacom New Media
Syndicate Bullfrog
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat Electronic Arts
NHL '97 Electronic Arts
The Complete Ultima VII Origin
Railroad Tycoon MicroProse
Lemmings Psygnosis
Harpoon II Three-Sixty Pacific
Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga Origin
Star Control II Accolade
Master of Orion MicroProse
Monkey Island II: LeChuck's Revenge LucasArts
Triple Play 97 Electronic Arts
D/Generation Mindscape
SimCity 2000 Maxis
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis LucasArts
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe The Bitmap Brothers
Diablo Blizzard Entertainment
Front Page Sports: Football Pro Sierra
Might & Magic III: The Isles of Terra New World Computing
Silent Hunter SSI
V for Victory Series Three-Sixty Pacific
Close Combat Microsoft
Star Trail: Realms of Arkania Sir-Tech
Tony LaRussa Baseball 3 Storm Front Studios
Pro Pinball: The Web Empire/Interplay
The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall Bethesda Softworks

3. Reddit - List of Worthwhile DOS Games (Posted by u/Pooh_Bear)

Abuse																				1995	Shooter
Albion 1995 Adventure
Halloween Harry / Alien Carnage 1993 Action
Alone in the Dark 1992 Survival
Alter Ego 1986 Life Sim
Battle Chess 1988 Strategy
Beneath a Steel Sky 1994 Point 'n' Click
Betrayal at Krondor 1993 TBS
BioForge 1995 Action
Blackthorne 1993 Action
Blood 1997 Action
Budokan: The Martial Spirit 1989 Sports
Carmageddon 1997 Vehicular Combat
Sid Meier's Civilization 1991 TBS
Sid Meier's Colonization 1994 TBS
Command & Conquer 1995 RTS
Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons 1990 Platform
Constructor 1997 Construction
Crusader: No Remorse 1995 Shooter
D/Generation 1991 Puzzle
Darklands 1992 Adventure
Day of the Tentacle 1993 Point 'n' Click
Death Rally 1996 Vehicular Combat
Descent + Descent II 1995 Shooter
Doom + Doom II: Hell on Earth 1993 Action
Duke Nukem 3D 1996 Action
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty 1992 RTS
Epic Pinball 1993 Pinball
Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991 RPG
Full Throttle 1995 Point 'n' Click
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 1993 Point 'n' Click
Goblins 3 / Goblins Quest 3 1993 Adventure
Grand Prix 2 1995 Racing
Grand Theft Auto 1997 Action
Heretic + Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1994 Action
Hero's Quest: So You Want to Be a Hero 1989 RPG
Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest 1995 TBS
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 1995 Point 'n' Click
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992 Adventure
Jagged Alliance + Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games 1994 Tactical
AH-64D Longbow 1996 Combat
Jazz Jackrabbit 1994 Action
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 1992 Adventure
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos 1993 RPG
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987 Adventure
Lemmings 1991 Strategy
Little Big Adventure / Relentless: Twinseen's Adventure 1994 Action
Loom 1990 Adventure
M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault & Exploration 1996 TBS
Magic Carpet 1994 Action
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares 1994 TBS
Master of Magic 1994 TBS
MechWarrior + MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat 1995 Action
Nethack 1987 Roguelike
One Must Fall: 2097 1994 Action
Another World / Out of this World 1991 Cinematic
Panzer General 1994 TBS
Populous 1989 Strategy
Quake 1996 Shooter
Raptor: Call of the Shadows 1994 Shmup
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Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny / Realms of Arkania Trilogy						1992	RPG
Realms of the Haunting 1997 Action horror
Red Baron 1990 Sim
Rise of the Triad: Dark War 1994 Action
Sam & Max Hit the Road 1993 Point 'n' Click
Scorched Earth 1991 TBS
Shadow Warrior 1997 Action
SimCity 2000 1993 Sim
Star Control II 1994 Action
Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995 Action
Star Wars: TIE Fighter 1994 Action
Starflight 1986 Sim RPG
Strife: Quest for the Sigil 1996 RPG
Stunts 1990 Driving
Sword of the Samurai 1990 Action
Syndicate + Syndicate Wars 1993 Strategy
System Shock 1994 Action
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri 1996 Tactical
Tetris 1986 Strategy
The Dig 1995 Adventure
The Elder Scrolls: Chapter II - Daggerfall 1996 Action
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1984 Adventure
The Incredible Machine 1992 Strategy
The Secret of Monkey Island + Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1990 Adventure
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici 1996 Sim
Theme Hospital 1997 Business
Theme Park 1994 contruction
Tomb Raider 1996 Action
Transport Tycoon / Transport Tycoon Deluxe 1995 Business
Tyrian 1995 Shmup
UFO: Enemy Unknown 1993 Strategy
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss + Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1992 Dungeon Crawler
The Complete Ultima VII / Ultima VII Complete Edition 1993 RPG
Wacky Wheels 1994 Arcade
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 1995 RTS
Wasteland 1988 RPG
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1985 Educational
Wing Commander: Privateer / Wing Commander I-IV 1990 Action
Wolfenstein 3D 1992 Action
ZZT 1991 Editor

To find further information on DOS games you can:

1. Search for DOS games on MobyGames.com: https://www.mobygames.com/search/quick?p=2
2. Browse DOS games on MobyGames.com: https://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/dos/list-games/

I found these resources very useful while deciding on what games to play on my DOS PC, so I hope others find it useful too.

DOS PC: VIA C3 Ezra-T 1.0 GHz / MSI MS-6368 / Voodoo2 + ViRGE GX / SBPro2+ YMF744 + AWE64 + SC-7
Best DOS Games: CGW 150, PC Gamer 50, Worthwhile 100

Reply 1 of 1, by gerry

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good idea, collecting together like this

inevitably, by mixing genres, you may think some games out of place but its still nice to sometime see something you wouldn't think of and try it

of course its subjective but i also use lists to decide too, and then often follow up with some youtube if there is any