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DOS Role Playing Games (RPG)

Rogue (1984) is a great ASCII RPG that started an entire subgenre back in the day, called the "roguelike" ones. Your quest is to fight your way through the Dungeons of Doom, return with the fabled Amulet of Yendor or die trying. People love playing Rogue because it's so indepth and different time and time again. It may have primitive graphics and no sound, but it's still quite enjoyable. Here's the PDF manual. Check it out and experience a piece of gaming history!

Don't go Alone (1989), the one and only RPG from Accolade, is a refreshing game set in a modern-day haunted house. Control a party of four intrepid adventurers as they battle over 100 spooks in a multi-level maze. Innovative touches include making alchemical formulae (the equivalent of spellcasting in this game), which is done with an actual periodic table, and a good variety of ghosts. Overall, an above-average RPG that does what it does well. Back in the early 90s I played it whenever I could until I dropped! And here's the manual...

Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon (1991) remains today one of the best real-time RPGs ever produced. It features great graphics for its time, tons of cool weapons and devious real-time puzzles. You control four adventurers which you can build to your liking. You have to choose from different races (Elf, Human, Dwarf, Halfling) and professions (Warrior, Mage, Cleric, Thief) or combinations thereof. The plot is typical kill-the-big-foozle fare, but the game is so well implemented that you'll be glued to the screen for hours on end. The graphics and animations are top-notch, and excellent sound effects add to an incredibly immersive atmosphere that was rarely achieved in RPGs of that time. Watch the playthrough series on Youtube. And here is the walkthrough.

Dungeon Master (1992) is an epic RPG masterpiece that revolutionized and rejuvenated the genre. You control a party of up to four adventurers of various races who must find their way through a 12-level dungeon and defeat its owner (an evil wizard, of course). Sheer playability, fiendish riddles, ingenious puzzles and an incredible atmosphere wait for you. You must download the manual for a proper entry. Dungeon Master was the beginning of it all, it set the gold standard and shaped computer games into what they've now become.

Dungeon Master II: The Legend of Skullkeep (1994) is the even greater sequel to the famous fantasy RPG Dungeon Master. The game that started it all returns to set a new standard in interactive dungeon adventures. From the dungeons of treacherous Skullkeep Castle to the storm-tossed villages above, you'll have a gameplay experience with unprecedented challenges. With its completely redesigned version of the interface that was instrumental in the development of point&click, and its breathtakingly vivid game world, Dungeon Master II represents the ultimate adventure full of magic, dungeons and monsters. It is one of the most addictive RPGs, and for an in-depth dungeon crawl, there's no better game in town. Here is the indispensable manual!

Ancient Domains Of Mystery (ADOM) (1996) is a roguelike RPG that takes place in the fictional mountainous Drakalor Chain. For 6,000 years, it has known relative peace, but recently reports have spread of dangerous dungeons and frightening monsters. Khelavaster, a wise sage, discovers an ancient prophecy regarding the Coming of Chaos and propagates it to the peoples of the world. It speaks of a champion who will defend the world from the forces of Chaos in the Drakalor Chain. Hearing of this prophecy, many would-be heroes set out. You are one of them, seeking to defeat Chaos and restore peace to the world. Here's the official ADOM FAQ file!

The Elder Scrolls II - Daggerfall (1996) is an incredibly huge open-world single-player action RPG by Bethesda Softworks. The game takes place in the middle ages on Tamriel, a fictional continent with a whopping 161,600 square kilometers and 750,000 NPCs! Daggerfall is open-ended and you can use one of the premade characters or create your own from a plethora of features. The sheer amount of things to do, dungeons to explore, quests to accomplish and people to interact with, ensures that you never get bored. Here's the PDF-manual. Download already includes a complete DOSBox installation, so no further action is necessary. You start it with the *.bat file.