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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
4.31
03 Primal Rage 1995
4.30
04 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.26
05 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.25
06 Bad Street Brawler 1987
4.25
07 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.24
08 Golden Axe 1991
4.24
09 Disney's Aladdin 1994
4.24
10 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! 1991
4.24
# action-adventure year rating
01 Outcast 1999
4.27
02 Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
4.24
03 Impossible Mission 2 1988
4.24
04 System Shock 2 1999
4.20
05 Driller 1987
4.17
06 Fade to Black 1995
4.15
07 Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
4.13
08 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.12
09 Little Big Adventure 1994
4.11
10 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.11
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.28
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.27
03 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.25
04 Dark Seed 1992
4.23
05 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.23
06 EcoQuest 2: Lost Secret of the Rainforest 1993
4.22
07 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero 1989
4.20
08 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.20
09 Loom 1990
4.20
10 WaxWorks 1992
4.19
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.38
02 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.27
03 Pipe Dream 1989
4.27
04 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.25
05 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.25
06 Minesweeper 1992
4.20
07 Locomotion 1992
4.19
08 Night Shift 1990
4.19
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.19
10 Brix 1992
4.18
# racing year rating
01 Micro Machines 1994
4.33
02 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.28
03 Interstate '76 1997
4.26
04 The Need for Speed 1995
4.25
05 Road Rash 1996
4.21
06 Car and Driver 1992
4.20
07 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.20
08 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.19
09 Carmageddon 1997
4.19
10 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.17
# RPG year rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.29
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.25
03 Pools of Darkness 1991
4.25
04 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.25
05 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.24
06 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.23
07 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.20
08 Anachronox 2001
4.19
09 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar 1985
4.19
10 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor 1999
4.19
# shooter year rating
01 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf 1994
4.27
02 Battlezone 1983
4.25
03 Quake 1996
4.24
04 Alien Trilogy 1996
4.24
05 Operation Wolf 1989
4.23
06 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.23
07 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.23
08 William Shatner's TekWar 1995
4.23
09 Heretic 1994
4.22
10 Doom 1993
4.21
# simulation year rating
01 The Oregon Trail Deluxe 1992
4.26
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.26
03 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.25
04 Caesar 2 1995
4.24
05 Caesar 3 1998
4.23
06 SimEarth 1990
4.22
07 Free Enterprise 1996
4.21
08 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.20
09 SimCity 2000 1993
4.19
10 Capitalism 2 2001
4.19
# sports year rating
01 Skate or Die 1988
4.26
02 Earl Weaver Baseball 1987
4.22
03 Premier Manager 1992
4.18
04 World class leaderboard 1988
4.18
05 Virtual Pool 1995
4.18
06 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.14
07 Eishockey Manager 1993
4.14
08 The Manager 1991
4.13
09 California Games 1988
4.12
10 TV Sports: Basketball 1990
4.12
# strategy year rating
01 Colonization 1994
4.28
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.28
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.26
04 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.26
05 The Chessmaster 2000 1986
4.23
06 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz 1999
4.23
07 Mick's Strip Poker 1999
4.23
08 Civilization 1991
4.22
09 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.21
10 Age of Empires 1997
4.21
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Heavy Metal 1989
4.23
02 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.19
03 F-22 Lightning 2 1996
4.18
04 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.16
05 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.14
06 Pacific Islands 1992
4.14
07 Strike Commander 1993
4.14
08 Nomad 1993
4.13
09 Gunship 1986
4.13
10 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat 1991
4.12