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Top abandonware games by year

Abandonware DOS hosts games from the early age of Personal Computer videogaming. I'm referring to a time when some of you weren't even born: the 80s.

The golden age of PC games came in the 90s, with classic games still remembered today. In the new millennium, many small developers struggled to stay afloat in the gaming sea now dominated by leviathan companies that ate one software house after another. The golden age ended and "abandonware" started to be a thing.

Here are the top 10 games for every year of that golden age, according to user's votes.


# 1982 genre rating
01 Zork I: The great underground empire adventure
3.88
02 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.69
03 Executive Suite simulation
3.65
04 Paratrooper shooter
3.59
05 PC-Man action
3.53
06 Deadline adventure
3.41
07 Crossfire shooter
3.39
08 BurgerTime action
3.38
09 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.27
10 Astro Dodge action
3.27
# 1983 genre rating
01 Donkey Kong action
4.05
02 Frogger action
4.04
03 The Hobbit adventure
4.00
04 Lode Runner action
4.00
05 Sleuth: A murder mystery adventure
4.00
06 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
3.92
07 IBM Centipede action
3.91
08 Rogue rpg
3.84
09 Defender action
3.84
10 Galaxian action
3.83
# 1984 genre rating
01 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.03
02 Pong v.2.1 clone action
4.00
03 Alley Cat action
3.97
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.93
05 Earthly delights adventure
3.92
06 Boulder dash puzzle
3.92
07 Jumpman action
3.73
08 Styx action
3.70
09 Hack rpg
3.66
10 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.65
# 1985 genre rating
01 The mist adventure
4.05
02 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.04
03 Crusade in Europe strategy
4.00
04 The Dam busters vehicle simulation
3.87
05 F-15 Strike Eagle vehicle simulation
3.82
06 Wishbringer adventure
3.73
07 Hacker simulation
3.70
08 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.69
09 Rendezvous with Rama adventure
3.67
10 Silent Service vehicle simulation
3.65
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.44
02 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.08
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.03
04 Starflight rpg
4.00
05 Space Quest 1: The Sarien encounter adventure
4.00
06 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
3.94
07 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
3.93
08 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
3.85
09 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
3.82
10 The Great Escape adventure
3.80
# 1987 genre rating
01 Tetris puzzle
4.10
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.08
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.07
04 Elite vehicle simulation
4.07
05 Police Quest 1: In pursuit of the death angel adventure
4.00
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
3.97
07 The lurking horror adventure
3.95
08 Project: Space Station simulation
3.95
09 Zeliard rpg
3.92
10 Beyond Zork adventure
3.92
# 1988 genre rating
01 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.08
02 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.07
03 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
04 Solomon's Key action
4.04
05 Cabal shooter
4.04
06 Pool of radiance rpg
4.00
07 UMS - The Universal Military Simulator strategy
4.00
08 Life & Death simulation
4.00
09 Gold Rush! adventure
3.96
10 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
3.95
# 1989 genre rating
01 SimCity (a.k.a. SimCity Classic) simulation
4.07
02 Hero's quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.06
03 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.06
04 Batman: the Movie action
4.06
05 Street Rod racing
4.05
06 Arkanoid 2: The revenge of Doh action
4.05
07 Ports of Call simulation
4.05
08 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.05
09 Operation Wolf shooter
4.05
10 Dungeon master rpg
4.04
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.14
02 Prince of Persia action
4.09
03 Warlords 1 strategy
4.07
04 Stunts (a.k.a. 4D Sports Driving) racing
4.05
05 Alpha Waves (a.k.a. Continuum) action
4.05
06 Midwinter strategy
4.05
07 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.04
08 Kick off 2 sports
4.04
09 Loom adventure
4.04
10 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.03
# 1991 genre rating
01 Civilization strategy
4.11
02 Gods action
4.09
03 Lemmings puzzle
4.07
04 Golden Axe action
4.06
05 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.05
06 Magnetic Scrolls Collection adventure
4.05
07 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
08 Prehistorik action
4.05
09 Duke Nukem: Episode 3: Trapped in the future action
4.00
10 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.00
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.13
02 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.11
03 Sensible soccer sports
4.10
04 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.09
05 Powermonger strategy
4.08
06 The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel adventure
4.08
07 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.08
08 Mega lo Mania strategy
4.07
09 Bomberman (a.k.a. Dyna Blaster) action
4.07
10 Speedball 2 sports
4.07
# 1993 genre rating
01 Doom shooter
4.15
02 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers adventure
4.10
03 The Lost Vikings action
4.09
04 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.08
05 Ultima Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds rpg
4.07
06 Prehistorik 2 action
4.07
07 Day of the tentacle adventure
4.07
08 Mortal Kombat action
4.07
09 The Settlers strategy
4.06
10 Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures rpg
4.06
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo defense (a.k.a. Ufo: Enemy unknown) strategy
4.19
02 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.12
03 Lode Runner: The Legend Returns action
4.11
04 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.10
05 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.09
06 Colonization strategy
4.08
07 Might and Magic: World of Xeen rpg
4.08
08 Master of Magic strategy
4.07
09 Disney's Aladdin action
4.06
10 Dark sun 2: Wake of the ravager rpg
4.06
# 1995 genre rating
01 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.07
02 Ascendancy strategy
4.07
03 True love adventure
4.07
04 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.06
05 Mechwarrior 2: 31st Century Combat vehicle simulation
4.06
06 X-COM: Terror from the deep strategy
4.06
07 Myst adventure
4.06
08 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.05
09 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.04
10 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.04
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.16
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.08
03 Diablo rpg
4.08
04 Albion rpg
4.06
05 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.06
06 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.06
07 Deadlock: Planetary Conquest strategy
4.06
08 Quake shooter
4.05
09 Death Rally racing
4.04
10 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.04
# 1997 genre rating
01 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.12
02 Fallout rpg
4.11
03 Blood shooter
4.08
04 Age of Empires 1 strategy
4.07
05 Theme Hospital simulation
4.07
06 Hercules action
4.07
07 Blade Runner adventure
4.05
08 Callahan's Crosstime Saloon adventure
4.05
09 Carmageddon racing
4.04
10 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.03
# 1998 genre rating
01 House of the Dead shooter
4.10
02 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.10
03 Axis and Allies strategy
4.07
04 Dune 2000 strategy
4.07
05 Dope Wars simulation
4.05
06 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.00
07 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
3.96
08 Avalon rpg
3.96
09 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
3.92
10 Settlers of Catan strategy
3.91
# 1999 genre rating
01 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.11
02 Age of Wonders strategy
4.05
03 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.03
04 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
4.00
05 Ultima 9: Ascension rpg
4.00
06 SimCity 3000 simulation
3.97
07 Three Sisters' Story adventure
3.96
08 System Shock 2 shooter
3.94
09 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.90
10 Yoot Tower simulation
3.87
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