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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 1: Proving grounds of the mad overlord
Softporn Adventure
Akalabeth: World of Doom
1982 23 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire
Microsoft Decathlon
1983 50 The Hobbit
Donkey Kong
Lode Runner
1984 64 Alley Cat
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1985 66 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima 3: Exodus
1986 78 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter
Wordstar 4
Alter Ego: Female Version
1987 125 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards
Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness
1988 174 Arkanoid
Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny
Pool of Radiance
1989 257 SimCity
Bubble Bobble
Pipe Dream
1990 242 Prince of Persia
The Oregon Trail
The Secret of Monkey Island
1991 196 Civilization
Eye of the Beholder
Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon
1992 237 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate
Street Fighter 2
1993 225 Doom
The Settlers
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame
1994 165 X-COM: Ufo Defense
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
1995 132 True love
Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
The Need for Speed
1996 91 Civilization 2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares
1997 68 Virtua Cop 2
Magic: The Gathering
Age of Empires
1998 38 Dune 2000
House of the Dead
Norton Commander 5.5
1999 29 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings
SimCity 3000
Three Sisters' Story
2000 11 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown
Zeus: Master of Olympus
Patrician 2: Quest for Power
2001 16 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Empire Earth
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
2002 12 Sid Meier's SimGolf
Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
2003 5 Uplink: Hacker Elite
Van Buren (Fallout 3)
Master of Orion 3
2004 3 Blues Brothers RPG
Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion
2005 2 Gal Pani X
Baseball Mogul 2006
2007 1 Doszip Commander
2008 1 D-Fend Reloaded
2009 1 Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
2017 1 DBGL: DOSBox Game Launcher
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