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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
4.33
02 Alley Cat 1984
4.31
03 Disney's Aladdin 1994
4.29
04 Duke Nukem 1991
4.29
05 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! 1991
4.27
06 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.27
07 Super Street Fighter 2 1996
4.26
08 Golden Axe 1991
4.25
09 Super Mariio Bros 1994
4.24
10 Battle Arena Toshinden 1996
4.24
# action-adventure year rating
01 Outcast 1999
4.29
02 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.28
03 Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
4.21
04 X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants 1991
4.21
05 System Shock 2 1999
4.18
06 Fade to Black 1995
4.17
07 Creatures Village 2001
4.16
08 Inca 2: Wiracocha 1994
4.16
09 Ecstatica 1994
4.16
10 Alone in the Dark 3 1994
4.14
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.32
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.29
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.27
04 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.26
05 Phantasmagoria 1995
4.26
06 Dark Seed 1992
4.23
07 Loom 1990
4.23
08 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.22
09 WaxWorks 1992
4.22
10 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.22
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.42
02 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.29
03 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.28
04 Pipe Dream 1989
4.27
05 Mah Jongg Solitaire 1987
4.26
06 Night Shift 1990
4.24
07 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.24
08 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.23
09 Diggers 1994
4.23
10 Minesweeper 1992
4.23
# racing year rating
01 Midtown Madness 1999
4.29
02 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.29
03 Micro Machines 1994
4.27
04 Road Rash 1996
4.27
05 Carmageddon 1997
4.25
06 Carnage 1993
4.25
07 Cisco Heat 1991
4.24
08 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.23
09 The Need for Speed 1995
4.23
10 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.22
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.30
02 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.28
03 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.26
04 Ultima 8: The Lost Vale 1994
4.26
05 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.25
06 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.25
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 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.22
10 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.22
# shooter year rating
01 Alien Trilogy 1996
4.29
02 Operation Wolf 1989
4.28
03 Battlezone 1983
4.28
04 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.28
05 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf 1994
4.28
06 Heretic 1994
4.26
07 Mega Man X3 1998
4.24
08 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.24
09 Blake Stone 2: Planet Strike 1994
4.24
10 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.24
# simulation year rating
01 The Oregon Trail Deluxe 1992
4.33
02 Caesar 3 1998
4.26
03 Caesar 2 1995
4.23
04 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.23
05 SimCity 2000 1993
4.23
06 Gloriana 1996
4.22
07 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.21
08 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.20
09 SimEarth 1990
4.20
10 Transport Tycoon Deluxe 1995
4.20
# sports year rating
01 Skate or Die 1988
4.26
02 Bundesliga Manager Professional 1991
4.22
03 World class leaderboard 1988
4.22
04 Premier Manager 1992
4.22
05 Earl Weaver Baseball 1987
4.22
06 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.19
07 Virtual Pool 1995
4.19
08 NHL 96 1995
4.19
09 Italy 1990 1990
4.17
10 Eishockey Manager 1993
4.17
# strategy year rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.29
02 Civilization 2 1996
4.29
03 Colonization 1994
4.29
04 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes 1997
4.29
05 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.28
06 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz 1999
4.27
07 Cannon Fodder 1994
4.26
08 Master of Orion 3 2003
4.26
09 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.26
10 Army Men 1998
4.26
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Heavy Metal 1989
4.21
02 F-22 Lightning 2 1996
4.20
03 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.20
04 Pacific Islands 1992
4.18
05 Strike Commander 1993
4.18
06 Nomad 1993
4.18
07 A320 Airbus 1993
4.16
08 Protostar: War on the Frontier 1993
4.15
09 Gunship 1986
4.15
10 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.14