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Top 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
4.23
02 Golden Axe 1991
4.20
03 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.17
04 Alley Cat 1984
4.17
05 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.17
06 Gods 1991
4.15
07 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.15
08 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.13
09 Dilbert's Desktop Games 1997
4.12
10 Prince of Persia 1990
4.11
# action-adventure year rating
01 System Shock 2 1999
4.17
02 Driller 1987
4.14
03 Alone in the Dark 3 1994
4.09
04 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.09
05 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.08
06 Metal Gear 1990
4.07
07 Another World 1991
4.06
08 Fade to Black 1995
4.06
09 Batman: the Caped Crusader 1988
4.05
10 Cadaver 1990
4.03
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.23
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.21
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.17
04 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.14
05 The Dig 1995
4.14
06 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals 1989
4.14
07 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.13
08 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero 1989
4.13
09 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.13
10 KGB 1992
4.13
# puzzle year rating
01 Pipe Dream 1989
4.17
02 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.15
03 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.15
04 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.14
05 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.13
06 Puzznic 1990
4.10
07 Tetris 1987
4.09
08 The Sentinel 1989
4.09
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.08
10 Sherlock: the Game of Logic 1991
4.08
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.17
02 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.16
03 Test Drive 1987
4.15
04 1000 Miglia 1992
4.12
05 Road Rash 1996
4.12
06 Formula 1 Grand Prix 1991
4.11
07 The Cycles 1989
4.11
08 Micro Machines 1994
4.10
09 The Need for Speed 1995
4.10
10 Stunt Car Racer 1989
4.10
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.20
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.20
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.18
04 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.16
05 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.16
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.16
07 Baldur's Gate 1998
4.16
08 Keef the Thief: A Boy and his Lockpick 1989
4.15
09 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.14
10 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.13
# shooter year rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.17
02 Mega Man X3 1998
4.16
03 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.16
04 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.15
05 Doom 1993
4.14
06 Xenon 2: Megablast 1990
4.14
07 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.13
08 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.12
09 Operation Wolf 1989
4.12
10 Quake 1996
4.12
# simulation year rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.21
02 High Seas Trader 1995
4.12
03 Ports of Call 1989
4.12
04 SimEarth 1990
4.11
05 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.11
06 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.10
07 Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition 1989
4.10
08 Caesar 2 1995
4.09
09 Entrepreneur 1997
4.09
10 SimCity 2000 1993
4.09
# sports year rating
01 M.U.D.S. - Mean Ugly Dirty Sport 1990
4.10
02 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.10
03 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.09
04 Sensible Soccer 1992
4.08
05 WWF Wrestlemania 1992
4.07
06 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.06
07 MicroLeague wrestling 1989
4.05
08 Hardball 4 1994
4.05
09 Championship Manager 1992
4.04
10 The Manager 1991
4.04
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.25
02 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.21
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.19
04 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.19
05 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.17
06 Age of Empires 1997
4.16
07 Civilization 1991
4.15
08 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods 1993
4.14
09 The Settlers 1993
4.14
10 Colonization 1994
4.13
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.14
02 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.13
03 Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
4.11
04 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.10
05 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 1994
4.09
06 Strike Commander 1993
4.09
07 Gunship 1986
4.08
08 Elite 1987
4.08
09 Elite Plus 1991
4.08
10 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space 1993
4.07
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