What games would you put on a Classic PC?

With all the console makers releasing versions of their early hit consoles (PSOne, NES etc.) with a set of preload classics - PC Gamer asked the question What games would you put on a Classic PC?

If you were putting together a preloaded set of PC classics onto a Classic PC replica, what games would you put on?

RTS’s are a strong part of PC Gaming heritage so 2 definites for me would be Age of Empires 2 and Starcraft.

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All the kings quest, space quest, quest for glory, aka all sierra games of old!


I suppose you’d have to have the obligatory Windows games suite: Minesweeper, Solitaire, Pinball


Definitely Star Control! But the Amiga version.

And Deadlock. I used to play this one over direct dial-up with my buddy back in the day.

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That list is pretty spot on for me. Maybe add in Leisure Suit Larry and Command & Conquer.


Abuse, chips challenge, doom, hexen, simcity (2000 maybe?), civilization 1, Sierra Quest games (space quest a must) AoE, C&C Red Alert, duke3d, prince of persia, tetris, and maybe throw in a zork game or 2.

/thread :smiley:


Classic games on a Classic PC. Definitely. Modern games would not work well or at all on a Classic PC

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This question really breaks my brain…ways and means exist to play ancient games on modern PCs and have existed for many years now. Why try make this a thing?


It’s not a thing. Of course any PC could run the classics with the right means. This is more a hypothetical question of if you were to make a “classic pc” what games would you put on it.

I think bestest would be, ensure it has internet access, and then just a shortcut to classicreload.com

problem solved! :smiley:


i have a classic pc (well its a pentium III 450 that i still maintain)

on it is
Need for Speed SE
Need for Speed II SE
Need for Speed III
Need for Speed High stakes
Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed
Sega Rally 2
Sega Marine Fishing
Sega House of the Dead 2
Unreal Tournament
Half Life 1 with all expansions
Thief II
Tomb Raider Chronicles
System shock II
Project IGI

and some titles i cant think of now

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How classic are we talking? DOS? Windows 95? Windows XP?

Some titles I’d add to the ones above:

  • Street Rod
  • Street Rod 2
  • Kareteka (since PoP was already mentioned, though it was originally an Apple ][ game, I believe?)
  • Zeliard
  • Wing Commander: Prophecy
  • Strike Commander
  • Myst
  • Iron Helix
  • Death Rally (for my wife)
  • Quake
  • Dune 2
  • Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
  • Day of the Tentacle
  • In fact, just everything built on SCUMM (Indiana Jones, Monkey Island…)
  • Castle of Dr. Brain
  • Island of Dr. Brain
  • Amazon: Guardians of Eden (those RealSound effects are a part of PC gaming history)
  • GrailQuest
  • The Lost Vikings
  • Jazz Jackrabbit
  • Wacky Wheels
  • Some Commander Keen games
  • Duke Nukem (also for my wife)
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows
  • Tyrian
  • Solar Winds

For pure nostalgia, may as well include Cystal Rainforest in there.

There was nothing else to play on the schools kak old 286s during aftercare.


Dungeon Keeper
Death Rally

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Some more:

  • Transport Tycoon
  • Theme Hospital
  • Redneck Rampage
  • Full Throttle
  • Halloween Harry
  • Need for Speed: Special Edition
  • Links (Golf)

Some I think should be on there.
Return Fire.
Lion King
California Games
Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road
Alien Force
Cannon* Fodder

Oh ya, any of the Epyx ‘games’ actually. They were all great.

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The Crusader games from Origin Systems and the Little Big Adventure games (AKA Relentless).

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/this entire thread/ :heavy_check_mark:

Uhmm… I think we’re going to need a bigger hard drive.

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  • Gabriel Knight
  • Inca
  • The Adventures of Willy Beamish
  • Betrayal at Krondor
  • Gold Rush!
  • The Incredible Machine
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