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 1: Proving grounds of the mad overlord
Softporn Adventure
Akalabeth: World of Doom
1982 23 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire
PC-Man
Microsoft Decathlon
1983 51 Donkey Kong
The Hobbit
Lode Runner
1984 65 Alley Cat
Soko-Ban
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1985 68 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima 3: Exodus
Spacewar
1986 80 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter
Wordstar 4
Alter Ego: Female Version
1987 126 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards
Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness
Tetris
1988 178 Arkanoid
Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny
Pool of Radiance
1989 272 SimCity
Bubble Bobble
Pipe Dream
1990 252 Prince of Persia
The Secret of Monkey Island
The Oregon Trail
1991 204 Civilization
Eye of the Beholder
Chip's Challenge
1992 241 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate
Street Fighter 2
Dune
1993 233 Doom
The Settlers
SimCity 2000
1994 178 X-COM: Ufo Defense
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
Disney's Aladdin
1995 141 True Love
The Need for Speed
Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
1996 95 Civilization 2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares
1997 75 Virtua Cop 2
Magic: The Gathering
Age of Empires
1998 44 Dune 2000
House of the Dead
Norton Commander 5.5
1999 32 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings
SimCity 3000
Three Sisters' Story
2000 17 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown
Zeus: Master of Olympus
Gal Pani X
2001 18 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Empire Earth
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
2002 13 Sid Meier's SimGolf
Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
Syberia
2003 8 Uplink: Hacker Elite
Van Buren (Fallout 3)
Master of Orion 3
2004 7 Blues Brothers RPG
Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion
Pyjamarama
2005 1 Baseball Mogul 2006
2006 1 Lyle in Cube Sector
2007 4 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 1 Super Mario Fusion Revival
2013 2 WitchavenRL
Bagman
2017 1 DBGL: DOSBox Game Launcher