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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
4.29
03 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.29
04 Volfied 1991
4.28
05 Bio Menace Episode 3: Master Cain 1993
4.27
06 Super Street Fighter 2 1996
4.27
07 Bio Menace Episode 2: The Hidden Lab 1993
4.27
08 Lode Runner 1983
4.27
09 Digger 1983
4.25
10 Pray for Death 1996
4.24
# action-adventure year rating
01 Driller 1987
4.29
02 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.25
03 Little Big Adventure 1994
4.24
04 Outcast 1999
4.24
05 X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants 1991
4.21
06 Spider-Man 2: The Game 2004
4.20
07 Castle Adventure 1984
4.20
08 Inca 2: Wiracocha 1994
4.19
09 Flashback: The Quest for Identity 1993
4.18
10 Jurassic Park 1993
4.16
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.32
02 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown 1984
4.29
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.28
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.27
05 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz 1983
4.26
06 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.25
07 Maupiti Island 1991
4.25
08 WaxWorks 1992
4.25
09 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel 1987
4.25
10 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.25
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.32
02 Pipe Dream 1989
4.29
03 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.28
04 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.28
05 Sid & Al's Incredible Toons 1993
4.25
06 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.24
07 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.22
08 Puzznic 1990
4.21
09 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.21
10 Locomotion 1992
4.21
# racing year rating
01 Micro Machines 1994
4.30
02 Whiplash 1995
4.29
03 Cisco Heat 1991
4.26
04 Screamer 1995
4.26
05 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.25
06 Interstate '76 1997
4.25
07 Road Rash 1996
4.25
08 Lotus: The ultimate challenge 1993
4.24
09 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
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 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.26
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.25
04 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.25
05 Albion 1995
4.25
06 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.23
07 Pools of Darkness 1991
4.23
08 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.22
09 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.22
10 Might and Magic: Swords of Xeen 1995
4.20
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.28
02 Heretic 1994
4.27
03 Operation Wolf 1989
4.27
04 Alien Syndrome 1989
4.27
05 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.25
06 Battlezone 1983
4.25
07 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.24
08 Quake 1996
4.23
09 Mega Man X3 1998
4.22
10 Alien Breed: Tower Assault 1994
4.21
# simulation year rating
01 Capitalism 2 2001
4.27
02 Caesar 3 1998
4.26
03 Transport Tycoon Deluxe 1995
4.25
04 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.24
05 Free Enterprise 1996
4.24
06 SimEarth 1990
4.23
07 Patrician 1992
4.23
08 SimCity 2000 1993
4.23
09 Space Federation 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 World Class Leader Board 1988
4.23
05 Football Manager 3 1993
4.23
06 Premier Manager 1992
4.23
07 Virtual Pool 1995
4.22
08 Brutal Sports Football 1993
4.22
09 The Manager 1991
4.21
10 Speedball 1988
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 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes 1997
4.29
05 Empire Earth 2001
4.28
06 Space Hulk 1993
4.27
07 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.26
08 Civilization II: Test of Time 1999
4.25
09 Clue Master Detective 1989
4.25
10 Colonization 1994
4.25
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat 1991
4.28
02 Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation 1990
4.26
03 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe 1991
4.26
04 F-15 Strike Eagle III 1992
4.26
05 Battlehawks 1942 1988
4.26
06 Fleet Defender 1994
4.25
07 Pacific Islands 1992
4.25
08 Aces of the Pacific 1992
4.25
09 ATAC: The Secret War Against Drugs 1992
4.25
10 Gunship 1986
4.25