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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.


# action year rating
01 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.32
02 Alley Cat 1984
4.30
03 Ugh! 1992
4.28
04 Disney's The Jungle Book 1995
4.28
05 Super Street Fighter 2 1996
4.28
06 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.28
07 Battle Arena Toshinden 1996
4.28
08 Volfied 1991
4.28
09 Lode Runner 1983
4.27
10 Digger 1983
4.26
# action-adventure year rating
01 Driller 1987
4.27
02 Outcast 1999
4.25
03 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.23
04 Little Big Adventure 1994
4.23
05 Fade to Black 1995
4.21
06 La Abadia del Crimen 1987
4.20
07 Ecstatica 1994
4.20
08 Flashback: The Quest for Identity 1993
4.19
09 X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants 1991
4.19
10 Spider-Man 2: The Game 2004
4.18
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.32
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.29
03 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.27
04 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero 1989
4.27
05 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown 1984
4.27
06 Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror 1997
4.26
07 Gobliiins 1991
4.26
08 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz 1983
4.26
09 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.25
10 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel 1987
4.25
# puzzle year rating
01 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.32
02 Tetris Classic 1992
4.32
03 Pipe Dream 1989
4.29
04 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.28
05 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.28
06 Night Shift 1990
4.26
07 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.23
08 Sid & Al's Incredible Toons 1993
4.22
09 Puzznic 1990
4.21
10 Locomotion 1992
4.21
# racing year rating
01 Whiplash 1995
4.30
02 Micro Machines 1994
4.28
03 Lotus: The ultimate challenge 1993
4.27
04 Road Rash 1996
4.27
05 Cisco Heat 1991
4.26
06 Screamer 1995
4.26
07 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.25
08 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.23
09 Interstate '76 1997
4.23
10 The Need for Speed 1995
4.22
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.32
02 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.26
03 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.26
04 Albion 1995
4.25
05 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.25
06 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.24
07 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.23
08 Pools of Darkness 1991
4.23
09 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.22
10 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.21
# shooter year rating
01 Operation Wolf 1989
4.30
02 Heretic 1994
4.29
03 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.28
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.27
05 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf 1994
4.25
06 Alien Syndrome 1989
4.25
07 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.24
08 Mega Man X3 1998
4.24
09 Quake 1996
4.24
10 Battlezone 1983
4.24
# simulation year rating
01 Capitalism 2 2001
4.26
02 Transport Tycoon Deluxe 1995
4.25
03 Free Enterprise 1996
4.24
04 Caesar 3 1998
4.24
05 SimEarth 1990
4.24
06 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.23
07 SimCity 2000 1993
4.23
08 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery 1983
4.23
09 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.22
10 Gloriana 1996
4.22
# sports year rating
01 Skate or Die 1988
4.29
02 Panza Kick Boxing 1990
4.27
03 Links 386 Pro 1992
4.27
04 NHL 96 1995
4.27
05 Virtual Pool 1995
4.22
06 Brutal Sports Football 1993
4.22
07 World Class Leader Board 1988
4.22
08 Premier Manager 1992
4.21
09 The Manager 1991
4.21
10 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.20
# strategy year rating
01 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.32
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.30
03 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.29
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.28
05 Empire Earth 2001
4.27
06 Space Hulk 1993
4.27
07 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes 1997
4.27
08 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines 1998
4.25
09 Clue Master Detective 1989
4.25
10 Colonization 1994
4.25
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation 1990
4.29
02 Dawn Patrol 1994
4.29
03 Strike Commander 1993
4.29
04 F-22 Lightning 2 1996
4.29
05 Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain 1989
4.29
06 Heroes of the 357th 1992
4.28
07 Battlehawks 1942 1988
4.28
08 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe 1991
4.28
09 Overlord 1994
4.28
10 Knights of the Sky 1990
4.27