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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
4.30
02 Alley Cat 1984
4.28
03 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.27
04 Golden Axe 1991
4.25
05 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.24
06 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.23
07 Super Street Fighter 2 1996
4.22
08 Tom and Jerry 1993
4.22
09 Lady Love 1990
4.21
10 Lucky Luke 1997
4.20
# action-adventure year rating
01 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.23
02 Outcast 1999
4.20
03 Driller 1987
4.17
04 System Shock 2 1999
4.16
05 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.15
06 Cadaver 1990
4.13
07 Fade to Black 1995
4.11
08 Metal Gear 1990
4.10
09 Inca 2: Wiracocha 1994
4.09
10 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.08
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.27
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.23
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.23
04 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.21
05 Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur 1989
4.19
06 Loom 1990
4.18
07 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.18
08 EcoQuest 2: Lost Secret of the Rainforest 1993
4.18
09 Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist 1993
4.18
10 Dark Seed 1992
4.18
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.26
02 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.25
03 Puzznic 1990
4.21
04 Pipe Dream 1989
4.20
05 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.20
06 Holiday Lemmings 1993
4.19
07 Diggers 1994
4.18
08 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.17
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.17
10 Night Shift 1990
4.16
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix Circuit 1988
4.24
02 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.23
03 Micro Machines 1994
4.22
04 Road Rash 1996
4.20
05 The Need for Speed 1995
4.20
06 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.18
07 Carmageddon 1997
4.18
08 Interstate '76 1997
4.17
09 Midtown Madness 1999
4.15
10 Whiplash 1995
4.14
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.27
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.25
03 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.24
04 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.24
05 Nox 2000
4.22
06 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire 1997
4.21
07 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.19
08 Ys: The Vanished Omens 1989
4.18
09 Legends of Valour 1992
4.18
10 Van Buren (Fallout 3) 2003
4.18
# shooter year rating
01 Abuse 1995
4.24
02 Alien Trilogy 1996
4.23
03 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.22
04 Battlezone 1983
4.22
05 Seek and Destroy 1996
4.22
06 Doom 1993
4.21
07 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.20
08 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.20
09 Heretic 1994
4.20
10 Quake 1996
4.19
# simulation year rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.30
02 The Oregon Trail Deluxe 1992
4.24
03 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.24
04 Pharaoh 1999
4.22
05 Caesar 3 1998
4.21
06 Caesar 2 1995
4.20
07 Patrician 1992
4.19
08 Entrepreneur 1997
4.19
09 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.18
10 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.18
# sports year rating
01 TV Sports: Basketball 1990
4.23
02 Skate or Die 1988
4.23
03 Virtual Pool 1995
4.22
04 MicroProse Soccer 1988
4.20
05 Earl Weaver Baseball 1987
4.18
06 World class leaderboard 1988
4.16
07 Eishockey Manager 1993
4.14
08 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.14
09 Premier Manager 1992
4.13
10 MicroLeague wrestling 1989
4.12
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.27
02 Civilization 2 1996
4.25
03 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.25
04 People's General 1998
4.23
05 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
4.23
06 Bandit Kings of Ancient China 1989
4.22
07 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.22
08 Mick's Strip Poker 1999
4.21
09 Civilization 1991
4.20
10 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.20
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Heavy Metal 1989
4.19
02 Silent Service 2 1990
4.18
03 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 1994
4.18
04 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.16
05 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.15
06 Strike Commander 1993
4.14
07 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.11
08 Megafortress 1991
4.11
09 Pacific Islands 1992
4.10
10 A-10 Tank Killer 1989
4.09
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