The Best Rpg classic old-school Games for PC Windows

Update : Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord added at rank #20.
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Disco Elysium (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS

Disco Elysium is an immersive detective RPG where you play the role of a belligerent drunk, trying to solve a murder in a Parisian style town full of creeps and drunks. With an incredibly deep character creation system, you can choose how to approach each situation as you interrogate suspects and follow clues. The game features excellent writing, skill checks, thought processes, conversations and beautiful visuals.

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What we like:
  • Depth of character development
  • Rich story and environments
  • Surreal conversations
  • Gorgeous visuals and voice acting
What could be improved:
  • Occasional bugs
  • Cumbersome inventory system

  • rpg
  • detective
  • dice
  • political
  • isometric
  • tabletop
  • mystery
  • skill
  • old-school

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ATOM RPG: Post-apocalyptic indie game (2021)

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Linux series s series x Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

Atom RPG is an old school post-apocalyptic game set in Russia. The character creation is reminiscent of games like Fallout, with skills, stats and traits that affect the game's difficulty. Combat is turn-based and action point based, while crafting gives players the chance to create objects using various pieces of rubbish found in the wasteland. There are plenty of NPCs with their own stories, as well as a main storyline to follow.


What we like:
  • Rich character customization options
  • Turn-based combat system
  • Variety of NPCs with stories
  • Crafting system based on scavenging for resources
  • Main storyline and side quests
What could be improved:
  • Aiming at body parts rarely has an effect
  • Speechcraft skills are essential for success in some situations
  • Some NPCs have more personality than others

  • rpg
  • post-apocalyptic
  • turn-based
  • old-school
  • isometric
  • atom
  • classic
  • survival
  • combat

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Tower of Time (2018)

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PC Windows Linux Xbox One Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Tower of Time is a story-rich dungeon crawler with innovative real time combat. Set in the world of Artaria, you play as an anonymous character who has no name and seemingly little history. Explore the Tower with your party, discover various narrative threads that tie back to the present and foreshadow the future. With RPG tropes such as upgrading buildings to level up your heroes, finding blueprints and crafting special equipment also included, Tower of Time offers an incredibly varied gaming experience.


What we like:
  • Innovative real time combat system
  • Story-rich narrative
  • Varied team members with unique skills
  • Deep exploration encourages full discovery
  • RPG tropes included
What could be improved:
  • Occasional graphical hitches
  • No shortcut to select all heroes at once

  • rpg
  • real-time
  • pause
  • combat
  • dungeon-crawler
  • tactical
  • story
  • old-school
  • classic
  • strategy
  • battle
  • exploration
  • fight

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Expeditions: Rome (2022)

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PC Windows

Expeditions: Rome is a tactical RPG with a scope just as sweeping as its alternative historical setup. You get to create your own character and lead an entire legion in battles, explore the map, and make difficult decisions. The graphics are a combination of incredibly bright, colourful, vivid landscapes with minutely detailed character portraits during conversations.


What we like:
  • Rich narrative
  • Complex characters
  • All-encompassing character creation process
  • Satisfying tactical scope for skilled planning
  • Complex decisions and consequences
  • Intuitive use of resources
  • Varied random encounters
What could be improved:
  • Limited explanation of certain mechanics
  • Static battle animations with disconnect from choices made
  • Lengthy animations during combats can be tedious at times
  • Steep learning curve

  • tactical
  • rpg
  • historical
  • turn-based
  • battle
  • combat
  • strategy
  • old-school
  • classic

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (2021)

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is a classic party-based cRPG developed by Owlcat Games. Take part in a century-long conflict between mortals, demons and other celestial parties and save the region of Mendev or even the entirety of Golarion. Unlock tremendous Mythic powers to set in motion a chain of events that has a chance to end this conflict once and for all.


What we like:
  • Over 1000 spells
  • Feats and abilities to choose from
  • Flexible difficulty settings
  • Extensive character customization
  • Mounted combat
  • Streamlined Kingdom Management system
  • Turn-based tactical mode for armies
What could be improved:
  • Character creation can be overwhelming
  • Kingmaker's infamous insta-death events still exist
  • Tactical battles feel bare-bones compared to other systems

  • rpg
  • turn-based
  • tabletop
  • isometric
  • demons
  • fantasy
  • old-school
  • classic
  • real-time
  • combat
  • battle
  • dungeon
  • party
  • dragon
  • tactical

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Underrail (2015)

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PC Windows

UnderRail is a post-apocalyptic RPG game with turn-based combat, set in a world of tunnels and stations. You will create a character, explore the environment and uncover secrets as you progress. You will battle enemies using action points, use stealthy play and item crafting to your advantage. There are also psionic abilities that add an extra cyberpunk edge to the game.


What we like:
  • Perk-and-skill based character creation scheme
  • Action point governed combat system
  • Intuitive approach to stealthy play
  • Experience system that rewards exploration and thoroughness over combat prowess
  • Item crafting with meaningful stat choices
  • Psionic abilities for added depth
What could be improved:
  • Flat writing lacks creative spark of older games
  • Overly vague quest journal
  • No world or local map present

  • rpg
  • turn-based
  • isometric
  • old-school
  • classic
  • crafting
  • combat
  • post-apocalyptic
  • exploration
  • stealth
  • retro

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Quest for Infamy (2014)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch Mac OS Linux

Quest for Infamy is a humorous and nostalgic point-and-click adventure game with a twist - you get to play the charming villain. Choose from three different characters, each with their own storylines, and become the bad guy who cheats, lies, and steals your way through multiple endings. With hand-drawn graphics and customizable spells, skills, and adventures, this game gives you the ultimate retro RPG experience that has never felt so good!


What we like:
  • Humorous dialogue with great writing and exploration
  • Modernized old school adventure games with good story, quests, and humor
  • End game achievements accessible to any character class
  • Huge open world with good animations and decent voice acting
  • Wonderful homage to Sierra On-Line games and perfect for fans of the point & click genre
What could be improved:
  • Frustrating design issues
  • Occasional offensive humor
  • Some puzzles require arbitrary actions to be triggered
  • Combat system is repetitive and lackluster with simple mechanics

  • adventure
  • point-and-click
  • rpg
  • old-school
  • puzzle
  • classic
  • stealth
  • villain
  • fantasy
  • combat
  • inventory
  • fight
  • picaresque
  • retro
  • funny

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Pillars of Eternity (2015)

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Xbox One Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Pillars of Eternity is an RPG homage to classic titles like Baldur's Gate, played from an isometric perspective. You explore a richly detailed dioramas, engage in conversations with town folk, and battle through all kinds of fantastical monsters as a Watcher - a person able to "read" souls. Make moral choices against a backdrop of a fantasy world gone mad and create your own character with the Deceptively deep creation suite.


What we like:
  • Complicated moral choices
  • Engaging writing & voice acting
  • Deep character creation suite
  • Smart mapping of controls for easy combat commands
  • Over forty hours of excellent RPG gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Frame stutters in dense environments
  • Characters can be difficult to locate on screen when playing in handheld mode

  • rpg
  • isometric
  • old-school
  • dungeon
  • pause
  • combat
  • fantasy

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Wasteland 3 (2020)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Wasteland 3 is a post-apocalyptic turn-based game from Inxile Entertainment, set in the snowy area of Colorado. Combat is turn-based on a grid area, rewarding you for cleverly using your surroundings. The backdrop has an eye for detail and you can explore it in the Kodiak - a snowmobile/truck hybrid.


What we like:
  • Great story
  • 80-100 hours of gameplay
  • 120 hours of voice work
  • Challenging moral dilemmas
  • Variety in how to go about things
  • Co-op option available
  • Rewarding combat system
  • Detailed backdrop and exploration options
What could be improved:
  • No eyepatch found yet
  • Hats make characters bald
  • Limited replayability depending on playthrough choice

  • rpg
  • post-apocalyptic
  • turn-based
  • tactical
  • combat
  • squad
  • isometric
  • skill
  • cover
  • old-school
  • battle

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Solasta: Crown of the Magister (2021)

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Solasta: Crown of the Magister is a turn-based RPG that draws inspiration from D&D's 5th Edition. It features a solid character creation system, verticality combat, and a storyline set in a world dominated by an elven empire that was hit by a cataclysmic event 1,000 years ago. The game's dungeons' creator is well-designed, and the graphics, overall, are decent, while animations are solid.


What we like:
  • Faithfully recreates D&D 5e mechanics
  • Customizable party members
  • Immersive world and engaging narrative
  • Tactical combat system
  • Offers a great bang for the buck
What could be improved:
  • Weak narrative
  • Linear campaign
  • Lack of online multiplayer
  • Mediocre voice acting and character models
  • Camera can be bad

  • dungeon
  • rpg
  • dragon
  • tabletop
  • dice
  • tactical
  • combat
  • fantasy
  • turn-based

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