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 The Hobbit
Donkey Kong
Lode Runner
1984 65 Alley Cat
Soko-Ban
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
1985 67 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar
Ultima 3: Exodus
Spacewar
1986 79 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 175 Arkanoid
Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny
Pool of Radiance
1989 261 SimCity
Bubble Bobble
Pipe Dream
1990 247 Prince of Persia
The Oregon Trail
The Secret of Monkey Island
1991 198 Civilization
Eye of the Beholder
Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon
1992 238 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate
Street Fighter 2
Dune
1993 229 Doom
The Settlers
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame
1994 169 X-COM: Ufo Defense
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
Disney's Aladdin
1995 135 True love
The Need for Speed
Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
1996 92 Civilization 2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares
1997 70 Virtua Cop 2
Magic: The Gathering
Age of Empires
1998 39 Dune 2000
House of the Dead
Norton Commander 5.5
1999 30 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings
SimCity 3000
Three Sisters' Story
2000 15 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 12 Sid Meier's SimGolf
Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
Syberia
2003 6 Uplink: Hacker Elite
Van Buren (Fallout 3)
Master of Orion 3
2004 6 Blues Brothers RPG
Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion
Pyjamarama
2005 1 Baseball Mogul 2006
2006 1 Lyle in Cube Sector
2007 3 Doszip Commander
Ascii Sector
MDDClone
2008 1 D-Fend Reloaded
2009 2 Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
Ardentryst
2013 1 WitchavenRL
2017 1 DBGL: DOSBox Game Launcher