Abandonware DOS title

Best abandonware games by genre

Having a chart for the best PC games, both Windows and DOS games, ever published in the (remote) past is a must for every abandonware site. The logical next step was a chart for every video game genre: action, adventure, puzzle, racing, RPG, shooter, simulation, sports, strategy and vehicle simulation (this last one is there because I hate to mix management games with flight sims).

Here are the top 10 games for every genre available on Abandonware DOS, according to user's votes.


# action year rating
01 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.33
02 Alley Cat 1984
4.30
03 Duke Nukem 1991
4.28
04 Disney's Aladdin 1994
4.27
05 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.26
06 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! 1991
4.26
07 Pinball Fantasies 1994
4.26
08 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.25
09 Golden Axe 1991
4.24
10 Lucky Luke 1997
4.24
# action-adventure year rating
01 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.26
02 Outcast 1999
4.25
03 X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants 1991
4.21
04 Driller 1987
4.21
05 Fade to Black 1995
4.20
06 System Shock 2 1999
4.18
07 Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
4.18
08 Alone in the Dark 3 1994
4.14
09 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.14
10 Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
4.14
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.30
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.28
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.25
04 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.24
05 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.23
06 WaxWorks 1992
4.22
07 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel 1987
4.22
08 Dark Seed 1992
4.22
09 Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood 1991
4.22
10 Loom 1990
4.21
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.38
02 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.29
03 Pipe Dream 1989
4.28
04 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.26
05 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.25
06 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.24
07 Diggers 1994
4.23
08 Minesweeper 1992
4.23
09 Holiday Lemmings 1993
4.22
10 Locomotion 1992
4.21
# racing year rating
01 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.30
02 Midtown Madness 1999
4.28
03 Micro Machines 1994
4.25
04 Road Rash 1996
4.25
05 Carnage 1993
4.25
06 Cisco Heat 1991
4.23
07 Carmageddon 1997
4.23
08 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.22
09 The Need for Speed 1995
4.22
10 Super Hang-On 1988
4.22
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.31
02 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.28
03 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.25
04 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor 1999
4.25
05 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.24
06 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.24
07 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.24
08 Ultima 8: Pagan 1994
4.22
09 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.22
10 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.22
# shooter year rating
01 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf 1994
4.28
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.28
03 Battlezone 1983
4.27
04 Operation Wolf 1989
4.26
05 Alien Trilogy 1996
4.26
06 Spear of Destiny 1992
4.24
07 Heretic 1994
4.24
08 Jungle Strike 1995
4.24
09 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.24
10 Quake 1996
4.24
# simulation year rating
01 The Oregon Trail Deluxe 1992
4.28
02 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.24
03 Caesar 3 1998
4.22
04 SimCity 2000 1993
4.21
05 Caesar 2 1995
4.21
06 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.20
07 SimEarth 1990
4.20
08 Gloriana 1996
4.19
09 Pharaoh 1999
4.19
10 Entrepreneur 1997
4.19
# sports year rating
01 Skate or Die 1988
4.29
02 World class leaderboard 1988
4.22
03 Earl Weaver Baseball 1987
4.22
04 Premier Manager 1992
4.21
05 Bundesliga Manager Professional 1991
4.21
06 NHL 96 1995
4.20
07 Virtual Pool 1995
4.19
08 Hardball 3 1992
4.16
09 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.16
10 California Games 1988
4.16
# strategy year rating
01 Populous: The Beginning 1998
4.30
02 Colonization 1994
4.29
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.28
04 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.28
05 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.28
06 Cannon Fodder 1994
4.25
07 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.25
08 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz 1999
4.24
09 Master of Orion 3 2003
4.24
10 Age of Empires 1997
4.23
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 F-22 Lightning 2 1996
4.23
02 Heavy Metal 1989
4.21
03 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.20
04 Silent Service 2 1990
4.19
05 Pacific Islands 1992
4.18
06 Nomad 1993
4.18
07 Strike Commander 1993
4.16
08 Protostar: War on the Frontier 1993
4.15
09 Gunship 1986
4.15
10 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.14