4. Dune (PC, 1992)

Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel came alive more than 25 years later when Dune was developed as an adventure and strategy computer game. Anyone who has played it can attest to its unique experience, blending leading-edge 2D graphics, 3D animations, and a soundtrack by Stéphane Picq and Philippe Ulrich which was ultimately released as a standalone CD. A sequel release, Dune II, helped establish the real-time strategy genre (along with the Command & Conquer series), but subsequent releases were so terrible that they put the original series developer, Cryo Interactive, out of business.