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This is a list of PC games (including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) that have sold or shipped at least one million copies.

The sales figures for expansion packs are not used in calculation of the sales figure for the original game (with the exception of Guild Wars). Sales from digital distribution outlets such as Steam are also not taken into account. Subscription figures for massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft or Lineage are also not taken into account.

List

Game Sales Sales breakdown (region) Series Release date
The Sims 2 20 million[1] N/A The Sims 02004-09-14September 14, 2004
The Sims 16 million[2] N/A The Sims 02000-02-04February 4, 2000
Minecraft 14.0 million[3][4] N/A N/A 02011-11-18November 18, 2011[note 3]
Half-Life 2 12 million[5] N/A Half-Life 02004-11-16November 16, 2004
StarCraft 11 million[6] N/A StarCraft 01998-03-31March 31, 1998
Diablo III 10 million[note 2][7] N/A Diablo 02012-05-15May 15, 2012
The Sims 3 10 million[8] N/A The Sims 02009-06-02June 2, 2009
World of Warcraft 10 million[note 1] N/A Warcraft 02004-11-23November 23, 2004
Half-Life 9.3 million[9][10] N/A Half-Life 01998-11-19November 19, 1998
Portal 2 8.0 million[citation needed] N/A Half-Life 02011-04-19April 19, 2011[note 3]
Guild Wars Prophecies, including expansion packs:
Factions
Nightfall
Eye of the North
6.5 million in North America, Europe, and Asia[11] N/A Guild Wars 02005-04-28April 28, 2005
Myst 6 million[12] N/A Myst 01993-09-24September 24, 1993
The Sims 2: Pets 6 million[13][14] N/A The Sims 02006-10-17October 17, 2006
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 6 million[15] N/A StarCraft 02010-07-27July 27, 2010
SimCity 3000 (including re-release versions) 5 million[16] N/A SimCity 01999-01-31January 31, 1999
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade at least 4.7 million[note 1] N/A Warcraft 02007-01-16January 16, 2007
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King at least 4.7 million[note 1] N/A Warcraft 02008-11-13November 13, 2008
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm at least 4.7 million[17] N/A Warcraft 02010-12-07December 7, 2010
Riven 4.5 million[18] N/A Myst 01997-10-29October 29, 1997
Counter-Strike 4.2 million[9][10] N/A Counter-Strike 01999-06-19June 19, 1999
Cossacks: European Wars 4 million[19] N/A Cossacks 02001-04-24April 24, 2001
Diablo II 4 million[20] N/A Diablo 02000-06-29June 29, 2000
Populous 4 million[21][22] N/A Populous 01989-06-05June 5, 1989
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 million 4 million in North America[23] RollerCoaster Tycoon 01999-03-31March 31, 1999
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 4 million[24] N/A Carmen Sandiego 01985-06-01June 1, 1985
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (including expansions) 4 million[25] N/A Warhammer 02004-09-20September 20, 2004
Doom 3 3.5 million[26] N/A Doom 02004-08-03August 3, 2004
EverQuest 3.5 million[27] N/A EverQuest 01999-03-16March 16, 1999
Theme Park 3.5 million[22] N/A Theme Park 01994 1994
Guild Wars 2 at least 3 million[28] N/A Guild Wars 02012-08-28August 28, 2012
Age of Empires 3 million[29] N/A Age of Empires 01997-10-15October 15, 1997
Civilization IV 3 million[30] N/A Civilization 02005-10-25October 25, 2005
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 million[31] N/A Command & Conquer 01996-10-31October 31, 1996
Crysis 3 million[32] N/A Crysis 02007-11-13November 13, 2007
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 3 million[33][34] N/A Warcraft 02002-07-03July 3, 2002
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 2.9 million[9][10] N/A Counter-Strike 02004-03-23March 23, 2004
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2.75 million[citation needed] N/A The Elder Scrolls 02011-11-11November 11, 2011
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 2.7 million[7] N/A Warcraft 02012-09-25September 25, 2012
Age of Empires III 2.5 million[35] N/A Age of Empires 02005-10-18October 18, 2005
Anno 1503 2.5 million[36] N/A Anno 02003-03-23March 23, 2003
Anno 1602 2.5 million[37] N/A Anno 01998-09-24September 24, 1998
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars 2.5 million[38] N/A Cossacks 02005-04-15April 15, 2005
Diablo 2.5 million[20] N/A Diablo 01996-12-31December 31, 1996
Far Cry 2.5 million[32] N/A Far Cry 02004-03-23March 23, 2004
Battlefield 1942 2.47 million[39] N/A Battlefield 02002-09-10September 10, 2002
Counter-Strike: Source 2.1 million[9][10] N/A Counter-Strike 02004-11-01November 1, 2004
The Witcher 2.1 million[40] N/A The Witcher 02007-10-26October 26, 2007
The 7th Guest 2 million[41] N/A The 7th Guest 01993-01-01January 1, 1993
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 2 million[42] N/A Age of Empires 01999-09-30September 30, 1999
Baldur's Gate 2 million[43] N/A Baldur's Gate 01998-11-30November 30, 1998
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2 million[43] N/A Baldur's Gate 02000-09-24September 24, 2000
Black & White 2 million[22] N/A Black & White 02001-03-25March 25, 2001
Civilization III 2 million[44] N/A Civilization 02001-10-30October 30, 2001
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 2 million shipped, 1 million sold[20] N/A Diablo 02001-06-27June 27, 2001
Doom II: Hell on Earth 2 million[45] N/A Doom 01994-09-30September 30, 1994
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 2 million[46] N/A Mafia 02002-08-28August 28, 2002
Neverwinter Nights 2 million[47] N/A Neverwinter Nights 02002-06-18June 18, 2002
SimCity 4 2 million[48] N/A SimCity 02003-01-14January 14, 2003
Spore 2 million[49] N/A Spore 02008-09-04September 4, 2008
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl 2 million[50] N/A S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 02007-03-20March 20, 2007
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness 2 million[51] N/A Warcraft 01995-12-09December 9, 1995
Sacred 1.8 million[52] N/A Sacred 02004-03-23March 23, 2004
Dungeon Siege 1.7 million[53] N/A Dungeon Siege 02002-04-05April 5, 2002
Quake 1.7 million[54] N/A Quake 01996-06-22June 22, 1996
American McGee's Alice 1.5 million[55][56] N/A Alice 02000-10-06October 6, 2000
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1.5 million[57] N/A Command & Conquer 01999-08-27August 27, 1999
Crysis Warhead 1.5 million[32] N/A Crysis 02008-09-16September 16, 2008
Duke Nukem 3D 1.5 million[58] N/A Duke Nukem 01996-01-29January 29, 1996
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1.5 million
  • 1.3 million in the US[59]
  • 200,000 in the UK[60]
Harry Potter 02001-11-15November 15, 2001
The Orange Box 1.5 million[61] N/A Half-Life 02007-10-09October 9, 2007
Star Wars Galaxies 1.5 million[62] N/A Star Wars 02003-06-26June 26, 2003
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning 1.5 million shipped,[63] 1.2 million sold[64] N/A Warhammer 02008-09-18September 18, 2008
Half-Life 2: Episode One 1.4 million[9][10] N/A Half-Life 02006-06-01June 1, 2006
Battlefield Vietnam 1.36 million[39] N/A Battlefield 02004-03-14March 14, 2004
Monopoly 1.3 million[65][66] N/A Monopoly 01995-09-30September 30, 1995
Zoo Tycoon 1.3 million
  • 1.1 million in the US[59]
  • 200,000 in the UK[60]
Zoo Tycoon 02001-10-17October 17, 2001
Doom 1.154 million[66][65] N/A Doom 01993-12-10December 10, 1993
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 1.14 million
  • 940,000 in the US[59]
  • 200,000 in the UK[60]
RollerCoaster Tycoon 02002-10-15October 15, 2002
SimCity 2000 1.136 million[65] N/A SimCity 01993-07-01July 1, 1993
Half-Life: Opposing Force 1.1 million[9][10] N/A Half-Life 01999-11-10November 10, 1999
Killing Floor 1.1 million[67] N/A N/A 02009-05-14May 14, 2009
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 1.1 million
  • 900,000 in the US[59]
  • 200,000 in the UK[60]
Medal of Honor 02002-01-22January 22, 2002
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 1.1 million[68] N/A The Witcher 02011-05-17May 17, 2011
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures 1 million[69] N/A Conan the Barbarian 02008-05-20May 20, 2008
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome 1 million[29] N/A Age of Empires 01998-10-31October 31, 1998
Age of Mythology 1 million[70] N/A Age of Empires 02002-10-30October 30, 2002
The Binding of Isaac 1 million[71] N/A N/A 02011-09-28September 28, 2011
BioShock 1 million[72] N/A BioShock 02007-08-21August 21, 2007
Blade Runner 1 million[73] N/A N/A 01997-11-21November 21, 1997
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 1 million[31] N/A Command & Conquer 02000-10-23October 23, 2000
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 1 million[74] N/A Command & Conquer 02007-03-28March 28, 2007
Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT 1 million[75] N/A Police Quest 01995-09-30September 30, 1995
Deer Hunter 1 million[76] N/A Deer Hunter 01997-11-13November 13, 1997
Dungeon Lords 1 million[77] N/A N/A 02005-05-05May 5, 2005
Empire Earth 1 million[78] N/A Empire Earth 02001-11-12November 12, 2001
Frogger 1 million[79] N/A Frogger 01997-11-03November 3, 1997
Glory of the Roman Empire 1 million[80] N/A N/A 02006-06-26June 26, 2006
Hellgate: London 1 million[81] N/A N/A 02007-10-31October 31, 2007
Hidden & Dangerous 1 million[82] N/A Hidden & Dangerous 01999-07-29July 29, 1999
Hotel Giant 1 million[83] N/A N/A 02002-05-17May 17, 2002
Imperivm: Great Battles of Rome 1 million 1 million in Italy and Spain;[84] not distributed elsewhere. N/A 02005-05-10May 10, 2005
The Legend of Sword and Fairy 3 1 million[85] N/A The Legend of Sword and Fairy 02003-07-31July 31, 2003
Microsoft Flight Simulator X 1 million 1 million in the US[86] Microsoft Flight Simulator 02006-10-17October 17, 2006
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis 1 million[87] N/A N/A 02001-06-22June 22, 2001
Patrician III: L'Impero Dei Mari 1 million 1 million in Italy and Spain[88] The Patrician 02003-10-24October 24, 2003
Phantasmagoria 1 million[89] N/A Phantasmagoria 01995-07-31July 31, 1995
Quake II 1 million[90] N/A Quake 01997-11-30November 30, 1997
Railroad Tycoon II 1 million[82] N/A Railroad Tycoon 01998-11-04November 4, 1998
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 1 million[90] N/A Wolfenstein 02001-11-19November 19, 2001
Return to Zork 1 million[91] N/A Zork 01993-08-20August 20, 1993
Runaway: A Road Adventure 1 million[92] N/A Runaway 02001-07-06July 6, 2001
The Sims 2: Seasons 1 million[93][14] N/A The Sims 02007-03-01March 1, 2007
Supreme Commander 1 million[94] N/A Total Annihilation 02007-02-16February 16, 2007
Terraria 1 million[95] N/A N/A 02011-05-16May 16, 2011
Tropico 1 million[82] N/A Tropico 02001-04-24April 24, 2001
Unreal 1 million[96] N/A Unreal 01998-05-22May 22, 1998
Unreal Tournament 1 million[96] N/A Unreal 01999-11-30November 30, 1999
Vietcong 1 million[82] N/A Vietcong 02003-03-26March 26, 2003
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 1 million[97][98] N/A Warcraft 02003-07-01July 1, 2003
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1 million[99] N/A Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 01999-11-28November 28, 1999

Notes

  • ^1 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has sold 4.7 million copies during its' first month of release..[17] Since a copy of the main game and all prior expansions are required to play Cataclysm, both the original game and the expansions must also have sold at least 4.7 million copies. There are 10 million subscribers of World of Warcraft. Seeing as a copy of the base game is required, as to subscribing, there must be at least 10 million people who own the base game.
  • ^2 This includes the 1.2 million copies given away as part of World of Warcraft's Annual Pass offer.
  • ^3 While the full version of Minecraft was made available on November 18, 2011, alpha (and later beta) versions of the game had been publicly available since May 17, 2009, and 4 million of the sales were made prior to November 7, 2011.[100]

Older computers

This section lists the sales of video games released for older personal computer platforms such as the Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit and Atari ST; BBC Micro, Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore 64; FM-7 and FM Towns; MSX, NEC PC-88 and PC-98; and the Sharp X1 and X68000. The computer game industry was much smaller when these platforms were active, but gradually increasing; the best-selling computer game up until June 1982 sold 35,000 copies,[101] a major hit in 1983 would have sold around 50,000 copies, and a major hit in 1985 would have sold around 150,000 copies.[102] As such, the threshold is at least 35,000 sales for titles released up until 1982, 50,000 for titles released in 1983, and at least 100,000 sales for titles released from 1984 onwards.

Title Release year Sales
(units)
Sales as of Revenue
(million USD)
(without inflation)
Revenue
(million USD)
(2014 inflation)
[103]
Reference(s)
Template:Country data United Kingdom The Last Ninja 1987 2 million 2008 56 116.6 [104][105]
Template:Country data United States Prince of Persia
(incl. console versions)
1989 2 million 1993 79.9 144.7 [106]
Template:Country data Japan Thexder 1985 1 million 1990 69.1 152 [107][108]
Template:Country data Japan Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II 1985 1 million 1985 65 143 [109][110][111][112]
Template:Country data Japan The Death Trap 1984 500,000 1990 41 93.4 [113][114]
Template:Country data United States Karateka
(incl. console versions)
1985 500,000 1993 14.5 31.9 [115]
Template:Country data Japan Sokoban 1982 400,000 1988 16 39.2 [116][117]
Template:Country data United States Zork 1980 378,987 1986 13.6 29.4 [118][119]
Template:Country data United States Skyfox 1984 317,545 1986 8.89 19.2 [120][121]
Template:Country data United States Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985 300,000 1990 11.4 20.6 [122][123]
Template:Country data United States The Bard's Tale 1985 300,000 2003 6.9 12.5 [124][125]
Template:Country data United States The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1984 254,249 1986 4.8 10.4 [118][126]
Template:Country data Japan OutRun 1987 250,000+ 1987 11.32 23.6 [127][128]
Template:Country data Japan J.B. Harold Series #2: Manhattan Requiem 1988 200,000 2010 19.2 38.4 [129]
Template:Country data Japan Door Door 1983 200,000 1985 7.4 17.6 [130][131]
Template:Country data United States Gauntlet 1986 200,000 1987 5.6 11.7 [132][133]
Template:Country data United States Zork II 1981 173,204 1986 2.6 5.6 [118][134]
Template:Country data Romania Chessmaster 2000 1986 160,000 1987 3.68 7.7 [135][136]
Template:Country data Japan The Black Onyx 1984 150,000 1986 8.4 19.1 [137][138]
Template:Country data United States The Seven Cities of Gold 1984 150,000 2003 3.45 6.2 [139][140]
Template:Country data United States Deadline 1982 140,719 1986 2.11 4.6 [118][141]
Template:Country data United States Zork III 1982 129,232 1986 1.94 4.2 [118][142]
Template:Country data United States Ultima III: Exodus 1983 120,000 2008 4.56 8.3 [143][144]
Template:Country data Japan Pac-Man 1987 100,000+ 1987 2 4.2 [145][146]
Template:Country data Japan Alpha 1986 100,000+ 1988 4.9 10.6 [147]
Template:Country data Japan Will: The Death Trap II 1985 100,000+ 1988 4.8 10.6 [148][149]
Template:Country data United States Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer 1987 100,000 1987 [150]
Template:Country data United States Suspended 1983 99,956 1986 [118]
Template:Country data United States Starcross 1982 90,315 1986 [118]
Template:Country data United States Mystery House 1980 80,000 2003 [151]
Template:Country data United States Choplifter 1982 60,000 1983 [152]
Template:Country data United States Wizard and the Princess 1980 60,000 2010 [153]
Template:Country data United States Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress 1982 50,000 1990 [154]
Template:Country data United States Ultima 1981 50,000 1990 [155]
Template:Country data United States Temple of Apshai 1979 40,000 1982 [111]
Template:Country data United States K-razy Shoot-Out 1982 35,000 1982 [101]

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