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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.


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# action year rating
01 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.33
02 Alley Cat 1984
4.29
03 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! 1991
4.28
04 Disney's Aladdin 1994
4.27
05 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.26
06 Duke Nukem 1991
4.26
07 Pinball Fantasies 1994
4.26
08 Jill of the Jungle 2: Jill Goes Underground 1992
4.25
09 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.24
10 Lucky Luke 1997
4.24
# action-adventure year rating
01 X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants 1991
4.27
02 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.26
03 Outcast 1999
4.25
04 Driller 1987
4.21
05 Fade to Black 1995
4.18
06 Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
4.18
07 System Shock 2 1999
4.18
08 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.14
09 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.14
10 Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
4.13
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.30
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.27
03 Dark Seed 1992
4.26
04 Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror 1997
4.26
05 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.24
06 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.23
07 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.23
08 WaxWorks 1992
4.22
09 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.21
10 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero 1989
4.21
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.33
02 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.28
03 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.27
04 Pipe Dream 1989
4.27
05 Locomotion 1992
4.26
06 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.26
07 Minesweeper 1992
4.23
08 Holiday Lemmings 1993
4.22
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.21
10 Diggers 1994
4.21
# racing year rating
01 Interstate '76 1997
4.28
02 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.27
03 Micro Machines 1994
4.25
04 Road Rash 1996
4.23
05 The Need for Speed 1995
4.23
06 Midtown Madness 1999
4.22
07 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.21
08 Carmageddon 1997
4.21
09 Super Hang-On 1988
4.20
10 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.19
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.30
02 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.27
03 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.25
04 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.25
05 Ultima 8: Pagan 1994
4.25
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.24
07 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.24
08 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor 1999
4.24
09 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.22
10 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.21
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.27
02 Battlezone 1983
4.27
03 Operation Wolf 1989
4.26
04 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf 1994
4.26
05 Jungle Strike 1995
4.26
06 Heretic 1994
4.24
07 Alien Trilogy 1996
4.24
08 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.24
09 Spear of Destiny 1992
4.23
10 Mega Man X3 1998
4.23
# simulation year rating
01 The Oregon Trail Deluxe 1992
4.28
02 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.26
03 Caesar 2 1995
4.24
04 Caesar 3 1998
4.22
05 SimEarth 1990
4.21
06 SimCity 2000 1993
4.21
07 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.20
08 Gloriana 1996
4.20
09 Pharaoh 1999
4.19
10 Entrepreneur 1997
4.19
# sports year rating
01 NHL 96 1995
4.50
02 Skate or Die 1988
4.27
03 Earl Weaver Baseball 1987
4.22
04 Premier Manager 1992
4.21
05 Bundesliga Manager Professional 1991
4.21
06 Virtual Pool 1995
4.21
07 World class leaderboard 1988
4.20
08 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.15
09 The Manager 1991
4.15
10 Eishockey Manager 1993
4.14
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.28
02 Civilization 2 1996
4.28
03 Colonization 1994
4.28
04 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.28
05 Mick's Strip Poker 1999
4.25
06 Cannon Fodder 1994
4.25
07 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.24
08 Age of Wonders 1999
4.23
09 Age of Empires 1997
4.23
10 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz 1999
4.23
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Heavy Metal 1989
4.21
02 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.20
03 F-22 Lightning 2 1996
4.20
04 Silent Service 2 1990
4.19
05 Pacific Islands 1992
4.18
06 Nomad 1993
4.18
07 Protostar: War on the Frontier 1993
4.15
08 Gunship 1986
4.15
09 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.14
10 Strike Commander 1993
4.14