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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 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.14
02 Golden Axe 1991
4.14
03 One Must Fall 2097 1994
4.13
04 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.11
05 Volfied 1991
4.10
06 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.09
07 Alley Cat 1984
4.08
08 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.07
09 Frogger 1983
4.07
10 CD-Man v2.0 1992
4.06
# action-adventure year rating
01 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.09
02 Another World 1991
4.07
03 System Shock 2 1999
4.06
04 The Great Escape 1986
4.04
05 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.01
06 Cadaver 1990
4.00
07 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.00
08 Grand Theft Auto 1997
4.00
09 Alone in the Dark 3 1994
3.97
10 Alone in the Dark 2 1993
3.96
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.23
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.20
03 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.15
04 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.10
05 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
4.09
06 A mind forever voyaging 1985
4.08
07 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.08
08 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate 1993
4.07
09 Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation 1993
4.07
10 Dark Seed 1992
4.07
# puzzle year rating
01 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.15
02 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.09
03 Pipe Dream 1989
4.07
04 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.05
05 Super Tetris 1991
4.05
06 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.04
07 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.04
08 Tetris 1987
4.03
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.03
10 The Sentinel 1989
4.02
# racing year rating
01 Quarantine 1994
4.12
02 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.12
03 Test Drive 1987
4.08
04 Street Rod 1989
4.06
05 Ferrari Formula 1 1989
4.06
06 Screamer 1995
4.05
07 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.05
08 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.05
09 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.05
10 Grand Prix Circuit 1988
4.05
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.16
02 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.15
03 Dungeon Master 1989
4.12
04 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.09
05 Bloodstone: an Epic Dwarven Tale 1993
4.09
06 Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight 1992
4.08
07 Dark Queen of Krynn 1992
4.07
08 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle 1993
4.07
09 Fallout 1997
4.07
10 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.07
# shooter year rating
01 Tyrian 2000 1999
4.18
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.13
03 Doom 1993
4.13
04 Duke Nukem 3D 1996
4.08
05 Blood 1997
4.05
06 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.05
07 Wolfenstein 3D 1992
4.05
08 Mega Man X3 1998
4.05
09 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.05
10 Raiden 1994
4.05
# simulation year rating
01 Jones in the Fast Lane 1991
4.07
02 Alter Ego: Female Version 1986
4.07
03 Zeus: Master of Olympus 2000
4.07
04 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.06
05 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.05
06 Wild West World 1991
4.05
07 Dope Wars 1998
4.04
08 Patrician 2: Quest for Power 2000
4.04
09 Caesar 2 1995
4.04
10 SimCity 2000 1993
4.03
# sports year rating
01 Kick off 2 1990
4.10
02 Speedball 2 1992
4.07
03 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.06
04 Sensible soccer 1992
4.04
05 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.04
06 FIFA 97 1996
4.03
07 The Manager 1991
4.01
08 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
3.97
09 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 1997
3.95
10 Premier Manager 1992
3.90
# strategy year rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.23
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.21
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.14
04 Syndicate 1993
4.14
05 Civilization 1991
4.13
06 Steel Panthers 1995
4.11
07 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods 1993
4.10
08 Master of Magic 1994
4.10
09 Fantasy General 1996
4.10
10 Panzer General 1994
4.10
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.11
02 Elite 1987
4.09
03 F-15 Strike Eagle II 1989
4.08
04 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space 1993
4.08
05 A-10 Tank Killer 1989
4.08
06 Aces of the Pacific 1992
4.07
07 Dogfight: 80 Years of Aerial Warfare 1993
4.07
08 B-17 Flying fortress 1992
4.07
09 Falcon 3.0 1991
4.06
10 F-19 Stealth Fighter 1988
4.06
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