Software die Spass macht

DOS Puzzle / Arcade

Pac-Man (1983) is no complex game. Its graphics and audio are ancient by today's standards. Nevertheless, it continues to captivate new generations of players with its simple design and ever-increasing difficulty (just like Tetris and Boulderdash). A yello puck-shaped character has to eat all of the pellets in a maze without getting caught by four ghosts. There's only one maze in the whole game, but the ghosts move faster with each successive round. Noteworthy fact: the size of the zipped Pac-Man download is only 11 KB. Hard to believe!

Boulderdash (1984) is a CGA puzzler  that became a bestseller and a classic like Tetris. It sparked numerous clones even decades after its release. The concept is simple: guide an adventurous character through 16 caves packed with tricky puzzles to solve. Your basic goal on each level is to collect the specified number of diamonds and advance to the next level. 

Tetris (1986) is yet another classic video game that deserves all the praise it gets. This version is part of the collective subconscience and needs no instruction book. It still stands as a fun game, even today. There are better versions around, but for pure nostalgia you can't beat the original.

Sokoban (1987) is one of the most difficult puzzle games for PC. The objective is simple: move crates to create a path to the exit. But like other classic puzzle games, it is easy to learn yet hard to master. The last few levels are very difficult in that you cannot afford even one false move: empty spaces are few, and the order of moving crates must be planned 20-30 steps in advance.

Arkanoid (1987) is an awesome arcade game. You must control a ball with your paddle and attempt to break all of the colored panels.  Work your way through the different levels and complete each one with a high score. With a plethora of rounds and panel configurations, this game has great playability and is a huge amount of fun! 

Pipe Dream (1989) is LucasFilm's classic and addictive puzzle game. Move and rotate pipes to connect to each other. Transfer the water to a destination tile before time runs out. Some tiles have overlapping pipes, so the game becomes difficult very quickly as you must keep track of where the pipes really lead to. If you like fast action/puzzle games such as Tetris in general, you'll love Pipe Dream.

Prince of Persia 's (1989) plot revolves around the eponymous Prince who has been imprisoned by the evil Grand Vizier Jaffar. He has one hour to escape the dungeon and rescue the Sultan's daughter who has been placed under a curse by Jaffar and given a choice to marry him or die. The felicitous character animations, considered cutting edge at the time, were based on videos of the game designer's brother performing stunts as well as action sequences from classic films. Jordan Mechner used a technique called “rotoscoping” to get life-like ultra-fluid animations for the prince. You can learn more about the process from this Forbes article.

Lemmings (1991) was one of the most famous games in the nineties. Inspired by the legend of the dumb lemmings running straight in to danger, the lemmings pop from a portal and walk straight until they find an obstacle. The goal is to build a way to the exit with minimum casualties along the way. Of course dangers are everywhere : pitfall, traps, cliffs, etc...

Tetris Classic (1992)is a fancy remake of the original blockbuster Tetris with many additional features. The game also boasts a number of updated sound effects and allows two players to compete against each other.

The Incredible Machine (1993) is undoubtedly one of the most unique games ever produced for the PC, and a dream come true for anyone who likes to tinker with gadgets and toys. It is a puzzle game par excellence and beyond: you have to use wacky gadgets and tools given for each level to accomplish objectives. Puzzles start out relaxing and get fiendish very quickly, as later levels require not only ingenuity but also precise timing. A brain twisting, world famous, creative puzzle game and a true classic.

Bust-A-Move (1996) requires you to shoot colored bubbles on the screen. Once three or more bubbles match, they fall to the bottom of the screen and vanish. In order to complete a level, you need to clear all the bubbles on the screen. As you complete levels, the speed increases, which makes it difficult to shoot all the bubbles before time runs out.

KBall (2003) is a beautifully designed ball-rolling puzzle game. It was originally released in 2003 but the DOS port was just made available in 2020. The goal is to collect all of the orbs then roll your ball to the exit. You'll need to be careful not to fall off the platform and move fast, because the timer is quickly ticking down. The game features great high-res graphics and several different level packs to try, including both easy beginner levels and challenging levels for experienced players.