Video games that use standard GUI widgets

There is something charming about games using their desktop platform's standard windows and controls for the user interface. It is even more so if they use the limited standard palette. This page tries to convey their charm.

The release dates are for the initial release of the game unless indicated otherwise.

Contents

A-Train (Macintosh, 1992)

Screenshot credit: Macintosh Garden.

Ballistic (Windows 3.x, 1994)

Screenshot credit: valso518 on win3x.org.

Bang! Bang! (Windows 3.x, 1990)

Screenshot credit: myself.

Blob Factory v1.1 (Windows 3.x, 1996)

Screenshot credit: myself.

Bow and Arrow (Windows 3.x, 1992)

Screenshot credit: JudgeDeadd on MobyGames.

Breadbox Ensemble games (Breadbox Ensemble, 2002)

Screenshot credit: ToastyTech, WinWorld.

Castle of the Winds II: Lifthransir's Bane (Windows 3.x, 1994)

Screenshot credit: moditorsen on MobyGames.

Chip's Challenge (Windows 3.x, 1992)

Screenshot credit: myself.

Colony, The (Macintosh, 1988)

Screenshot credit: Macintosh Garden.

Combat Tanks (Windows 3.x, 1994)

Screenshot credit: Brolin Empey on MobyGames.

DopeWars OS X (macOS, 2003)

Screenshot credit: official website.

Drain Storm (Windows 3.x, 1997)

Screenshot credit: unknown.

Exile III: Ruined World (Macintosh, 1997)

Screenshot credit: Macintosh Garden.

Fractal Fighters (Windows 9x/NT, 1997)

Screenshot credit: unknown.

GopherGolf (Windows 9x/NT, 1996)

Screenshot credit: myself.

Incredible Machine 2, The (Windows 9x/NT, 1995)

Screenshot credit: ixfd64 on MobyGames.

Konquest (initially GNU-Lactic Conquest, KDE, 1998?)

Screenshot credit: Adam1213 at English Wikipedia.

Sid Meier's Civilization

Macintosh (1993)

Windows 3.x (1993)

Screenshot credit: DJ OldGames.

SimCity

NeWS GUI on SunOS (1992)

Tk X11 GUI on SunOS (1993)

Windows 3.x (1992)

Screenshot credit: Don Hopkins (whose website is currently defunct), Yannick Bertrand on MobyGames.

SimTower: The Vertical Empire (Windows 3.x, 1994)

Screenshot credit: Hammerlore on MobyGames.

Space Trader (PalmOS, 2000)

Screenshot credit: official website.

Star Wars: Yoda Stories (Windows 9x/NT, 1997)

Screenshot credit: Adventure Gamers.

Toppler (Windows 3.x, 1995)

Screenshot credit: POMAH on MobyGames.

XEvil (GNU/Linux, 1994?)

Screenshot credit: official website.


Tags: GUI, list, video games.