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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.


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# action year rating
01 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.27
02 Golden Axe 1991
4.26
03 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.26
04 Alley Cat 1984
4.25
05 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.24
06 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.23
07 Tom and Jerry 1993
4.23
08 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.21
09 Gods 1991
4.20
10 Lady Love 1990
4.20
# action-adventure year rating
01 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.24
02 Outcast 1999
4.19
03 Driller 1987
4.17
04 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.15
05 System Shock 2 1999
4.14
06 Batman: the Caped Crusader 1988
4.12
07 Cadaver 1990
4.11
08 Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
4.10
09 Metal Gear 1990
4.10
10 Fade to Black 1995
4.09
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.27
02 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.24
03 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.23
04 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.22
05 Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur 1989
4.19
06 Dark Seed 1992
4.18
07 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.18
08 Loom 1990
4.17
09 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.17
10 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz 1983
4.17
# puzzle year rating
01 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.26
02 Tetris Classic 1992
4.24
03 Pipe Dream 1989
4.23
04 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.22
05 Puzznic 1990
4.22
06 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.17
07 Locomotion 1992
4.15
08 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.14
09 Rockford: The Arcade Game 1987
4.11
10 Night Shift 1990
4.10
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix Circuit 1988
4.24
02 Whiplash 1995
4.24
03 Micro Machines 1994
4.24
04 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.21
05 Road Rash 1996
4.20
06 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.19
07 The Need for Speed 1995
4.18
08 Midtown Madness 1999
4.17
09 Carmageddon 1997
4.14
10 The Cycles 1989
4.14
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.27
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.26
03 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.25
04 Dink Smallwood 1998
4.23
05 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.23
06 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire 1997
4.21
07 Nox 2000
4.19
08 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.19
09 Ys: The Vanished Omens 1989
4.18
10 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.17
# shooter year rating
01 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.22
02 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.22
03 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.22
04 Heretic 1994
4.21
05 Doom 1993
4.20
06 Battlezone 1983
4.20
07 Alien Trilogy 1996
4.20
08 Quake 1996
4.18
09 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.18
10 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.15
# simulation year rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.26
02 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.23
03 Pharaoh 1999
4.23
04 Zoo Tycoon 2001
4.20
05 Caesar 2 1995
4.18
06 SimEarth 1990
4.18
07 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.17
08 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.17
09 Patrician 1992
4.16
10 SimCity 2000 1993
4.16
# sports year rating
01 Virtual Pool 1995
4.21
02 Skate or Die 1988
4.20
03 MicroProse Soccer 1988
4.20
04 TV Sports: Basketball 1990
4.19
05 Sensible Soccer 1992
4.14
06 Earl Weaver Baseball 1987
4.14
07 World class leaderboard 1988
4.14
08 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.13
09 MicroLeague wrestling 1989
4.12
10 Premier Manager 1992
4.11
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.26
02 Civilization 2 1996
4.25
03 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.24
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.21
05 People's General 1998
4.21
06 The Chessmaster 2000 1986
4.20
07 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.20
08 Mick's Strip Poker 1999
4.20
09 Civilization 1991
4.19
10 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe 2002
4.19
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Heavy Metal 1989
4.19
02 Silent Service 2 1990
4.18
03 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.15
04 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.14
05 Strike Commander 1993
4.14
06 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 1994
4.12
07 Megafortress 1991
4.11
08 Pacific Islands 1992
4.10
09 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.10
10 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.09
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