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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 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.32
02 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.32
03 Alley Cat 1984
4.30
04 Volfied 1991
4.30
05 Lode Runner 1983
4.28
06 Super Street Fighter 2 1996
4.28
07 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.25
08 Pray for Death 1996
4.24
09 LadyLove 1990
4.23
10 Psycho Pinball 1995
4.23
# action-adventure year rating
01 Driller 1987
4.28
02 Outcast 1999
4.24
03 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.24
04 Spider-Man 2: The Game 2004
4.22
05 X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants 1991
4.21
06 Castle Adventure 1984
4.20
07 Inca 2: Wiracocha 1994
4.19
08 Thief: The Dark Project 1998
4.18
09 Little Big Adventure 1994
4.18
10 Jurassic Park 1993
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
4.28
04 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown 1984
4.28
05 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.27
06 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel 1987
4.25
07 Loom 1990
4.24
08 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero 1989
4.24
09 Maupiti Island 1991
4.24
10 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.23
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.33
02 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.32
03 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.28
04 Pipe Dream 1989
4.28
05 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.25
06 Sid & Al's Incredible Toons 1993
4.25
07 Puzznic 1990
4.23
08 Locomotion 1992
4.23
09 Night Shift 1990
4.23
10 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.22
# racing year rating
01 Micro Machines 1994
4.27
02 Interstate '76 1997
4.26
03 Road Rash 1996
4.25
04 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.25
05 Whiplash 1995
4.24
06 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.23
07 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.23
08 Carmageddon 1997
4.23
09 Lotus: The ultimate challenge 1993
4.22
10 Cisco Heat 1991
4.22
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.32
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.26
03 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.26
04 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.25
05 Albion 1995
4.25
06 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.23
07 Pools of Darkness 1991
4.23
08 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.22
09 Conan: the Cimmerian 1991
4.22
10 Might and Magic: Swords of Xeen 1995
4.21
# shooter year rating
01 Operation Wolf 1989
4.28
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.27
03 Quake 1996
4.25
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.24
05 Battlezone 1983
4.24
06 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.24
07 Heretic 1994
4.24
08 Darius Gaiden 1998
4.24
09 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf 1994
4.23
10 Alien Syndrome 1989
4.21
# simulation year rating
01 Transport Tycoon Deluxe 1995
4.26
02 Capitalism 2 2001
4.24
03 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.23
04 SimEarth 1990
4.23
05 Patrician 1992
4.23
06 SimCity 2000 1993
4.22
07 Gloriana 1996
4.22
08 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery 1983
4.21
09 Pharaoh 1999
4.21
10 Caesar 2 1995
4.21
# sports year rating
01 Skate or Die 1988
4.29
02 Panza Kick Boxing 1991
4.27
03 Football Manager 3 1993
4.26
04 Face Off! 1989
4.25
05 World Class Leader Board 1988
4.23
06 Virtual Pool 1995
4.22
07 Premier Manager 1992
4.22
08 Brutal Sports Football 1993
4.22
09 NHL 96 1995
4.21
10 Speedball 1988
4.20
# strategy year rating
01 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.30
02 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes 1997
4.30
03 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.30
04 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.28
05 Space Hulk 1993
4.28
06 Empire Earth 2001
4.26
07 Jagged Alliance 1994
4.26
08 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.25
09 Colonization 1994
4.24
10 Civilization 1991
4.23
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe 1991
4.27
02 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat 1991
4.26
03 Aces Over Europe 1993
4.25
04 Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation 1990
4.24
05 Strike Commander 1993
4.24
06 F-19 Stealth Fighter 1988
4.24
07 Jetfighter 2: Advanced Tactical Fighter 1990
4.24
08 Aces of the Pacific 1992
4.24
09 Comanche: Maximum overkill 1992
4.24
10 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.24