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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
4.25
02 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.22
03 Golden Axe 1991
4.21
04 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.21
05 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.20
06 Alley Cat 1984
4.20
07 Gods 1991
4.18
08 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.17
09 Flashback: The Quest for Identity 1993
4.17
10 Dilbert's Desktop Games 1997
4.16
# action-adventure year rating
01 Driller 1987
4.18
02 Cadaver 1990
4.15
03 System Shock 2 1999
4.14
04 Fade to Black 1995
4.13
05 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.12
06 Batman: the Caped Crusader 1988
4.08
07 Metal Gear 1990
4.08
08 Little Big Adventure 1994
4.06
09 Another World 1991
4.06
10 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.06
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.25
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.20
03 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.20
04 Leather Goddesses of Phobos 1986
4.20
05 Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars 2009
4.19
06 3 Skulls of the Toltecs 1996
4.19
07 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals 1989
4.19
08 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.18
09 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.18
10 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.17
# puzzle year rating
01 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.23
02 Tetris Classic 1992
4.22
03 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.21
04 Puzznic 1990
4.18
05 Pipe Dream 1989
4.16
06 The Sentinel 1989
4.13
07 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.13
08 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.13
09 Tetris 1987
4.11
10 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.10
# racing year rating
01 Road Rash 1996
4.20
02 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.18
03 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.18
04 Test Drive 1987
4.18
05 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.17
06 Micro Machines 1994
4.16
07 Whiplash 1995
4.16
08 The Need for Speed 1995
4.15
09 Grand Prix Circuit 1988
4.13
10 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.12
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.25
02 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.24
03 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.24
04 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.21
05 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.17
06 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny 1988
4.16
07 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.15
08 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.15
09 Realms of Arkania 1: Blade of destiny 1992
4.14
10 Dungeon Master 1989
4.14
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.26
02 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.20
03 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.19
04 Xenon 2: Megablast 1990
4.19
05 Doom 1993
4.18
06 Alien Trilogy 1996
4.18
07 Quake 1996
4.16
08 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.15
09 Heretic 1994
4.14
10 Virtua Cop 1997
4.14
# simulation year rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.22
02 Pharaoh 1999
4.18
03 Caesar 3 1998
4.18
04 Caesar 2 1995
4.17
05 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.14
06 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.13
07 Patrician 1992
4.13
08 SimCity 2000 1993
4.12
09 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.12
10 High Seas Trader 1995
4.11
# sports year rating
01 Skate or Die 1988
4.18
02 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.16
03 Virtual Pool 1995
4.14
04 MicroLeague wrestling 1989
4.13
05 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.10
06 Hardball 4 1994
4.09
07 World class leaderboard 1988
4.09
08 Sensible Soccer 1992
4.07
09 Championship Manager 1992
4.07
10 WWF Wrestlemania 1992
4.07
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.26
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.22
03 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.20
04 Civilization 2 1996
4.20
05 People's General 1998
4.19
06 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.18
07 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans 1994
4.17
08 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods 1993
4.17
09 Battle Chess 1988
4.16
10 Colonization 1994
4.16
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 1994
4.16
02 Silent Service 2 1990
4.14
03 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.14
04 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.14
05 Megafortress 1991
4.14
06 Elite 1987
4.11
07 Strike Commander 1993
4.11
08 Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
4.11
09 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.09
10 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.08
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