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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 Golden Axe 1991
4.16
02 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.15
03 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.15
04 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.13
05 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.13
06 Volfied 1991
4.13
07 Alley Cat 1984
4.11
08 Qix 1989
4.11
09 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.11
10 One Must Fall 2097 1994
4.08
# action-adventure year rating
01 Driller 1987
4.10
02 System Shock 2 1999
4.09
03 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.05
04 Batman: the Caped Crusader 1988
4.05
05 Another World 1991
4.02
06 The Great Escape 1986
4.00
07 Fade to Black 1995
4.00
08 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.00
09 Grand Theft Auto 1997
3.99
10 Alone in the Dark 3 1994
3.97
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.21
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.17
03 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.13
04 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.12
05 Gobliiins 1992
4.11
06 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.09
07 Les Manley in: Lost in L.A. 1991
4.09
08 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals 1989
4.09
09 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 1993
4.09
10 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
4.09
# puzzle year rating
01 Pipe Dream 1989
4.14
02 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.14
03 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.10
04 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.08
05 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.06
06 Tetris 1987
4.06
07 Sherlock: the Game of Logic 1991
4.05
08 The Sentinel 1989
4.05
09 Puzznic 1990
4.04
10 Mario Teaches Typing 1992
4.02
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix Circuit 1988
4.18
02 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.13
03 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.12
04 1000 Miglia 1992
4.10
05 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.10
06 The Cycles 1989
4.09
07 Test Drive 1987
4.08
08 Formula 1 Grand Prix 1991
4.06
09 Stunt Car Racer 1989
4.06
10 Ferrari Formula 1 1989
4.05
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.16
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.15
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.14
04 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.14
05 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.13
06 Dungeon Master 1989
4.11
07 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.11
08 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.10
09 Realms of Arkania 1: Blade of destiny 1992
4.08
10 Bloodstone: an Epic Dwarven Tale 1993
4.07
# shooter year rating
01 Tyrian 2000 1999
4.18
02 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.14
03 Doom 1993
4.13
04 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.13
05 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.10
06 Mega Man X3 1998
4.09
07 Duke Nukem 3D 1996
4.08
08 Virtua Cop 1997
4.08
09 House of the Dead 1998
4.07
10 Operation Wolf 1989
4.07
# simulation year rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.13
02 Caesar 3 1998
4.13
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.10
04 Caesar 2 1995
4.08
05 SimCity 2000 1993
4.08
06 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.08
07 Life & Death 1988
4.08
08 SimEarth 1990
4.07
09 Alter Ego: Female Version 1986
4.07
10 Uplink: Hacker Elite 2003
4.07
# sports year rating
01 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.06
02 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.05
03 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.04
04 Sensible soccer 1992
4.03
05 The Manager 1991
4.03
06 Speedball 2 1992
4.02
07 Kick off 2 1990
4.00
08 Premier Manager 1992
3.98
09 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 1997
3.97
10 WWF Wrestlemania 1992
3.96
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.22
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.18
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.15
04 Age of Empires 1997
4.14
05 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans 1994
4.11
06 Master of Magic 1994
4.11
07 Space Hulk 1993
4.11
08 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.11
09 V for victory: Market-Garden 1993
4.10
10 Fantasy General 1996
4.10
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.12
02 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.10
03 Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
4.10
04 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat 1991
4.08
05 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.08
06 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.07
07 Dogfight: 80 Years of Aerial Warfare 1993
4.07
08 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space 1993
4.07
09 Elite 1987
4.07
10 B-17 Flying fortress 1992
4.07
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