Abandonware DOS title

Abandonware games by year of release

The vast majority of games and applications published or reviewed here on Abandonware DOS were released approximately between 1980 and 1999. As you can see - just look at the numbers - the golden years of DOS gaming were the end of the 80s and the first half of the 90s.

That doesn't mean there aren't good DOS games released earlier or later, but if you want to understand what the DOS scene were like, look for the first years of the 90s.


year number of games popular games
1979 1 VisiCalc 1.0
1981 7 Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
Softporn Adventure
Akalabeth: World of Doom
1982 26 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire
PC-Man
Microsoft Decathlon
1983 54 Donkey Kong
The Hobbit
Lode Runner
1984 68 Alley Cat
Soko-Ban
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1985 74 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima 3: Exodus
Spacewar
1986 85 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter
Wordstar 4
Alter Ego: Female Version
1987 135 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards
Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness
Tetris
1988 188 Arkanoid
Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny
Battle Chess
1989 284 SimCity
Bubble Bobble
Pipe Dream
1990 267 Prince of Persia
The Secret of Monkey Island
The Oregon Trail
1991 211 Civilization
Eye of the Beholder
Chip's Challenge
1992 257 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate
Street Fighter 2
Dune
1993 259 Doom
The Settlers
SimCity 2000
1994 194 X-COM: Ufo Defense
Disney's Aladdin
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
1995 154 True Love
The Need for Speed
Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
1996 106 Civilization 2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares
1997 86 Virtua Cop 2
Magic: The Gathering
Age of Empires
1998 48 Dune 2000
House of the Dead
Norton Commander 5.5
1999 37 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings
SimCity 3000
Three Sisters' Story
2000 23 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown
Zeus: Master of Olympus
Gal Pani X
2001 24 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Empire Earth
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
2002 18 Sid Meier's SimGolf
Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
Hooligans: Storm Over Europe
2003 10 Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos - Yugi the Destiny
Van Buren (Fallout 3)
Master of Orion 3
2004 8 Blues Brothers RPG
Spider-Man 2: The Game
Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion
2005 3 Baseball Mogul 2006
Skale Tracker
Lincity NG
2006 2 Lyle in Cube Sector
Ghostbusters
2007 5 Doszip Commander
Ascii Sector
MDDClone
2008 2 D-Fend Reloaded
The Way of the Exploding Fist PC
2009 2 Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
Ardentryst
2011 3 Super Mario Fusion: Revival
Duke Nukem 3D: Reloaded
King's Quest III Redux: To Heir is Human
2013 2 WitchavenRL
Bagman
2017 1 DBGL: DOSBox Game Launcher