Abandonware DOS title

Top 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 One Must Fall 2097 1994
4.16
02 Prince of Persia 1990
4.15
03 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.14
04 Golden Axe 1991
4.14
05 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.13
06 Duke Nukem 1991
4.13
07 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.13
08 Titus the Fox 1992
4.11
09 Mortal Kombat 2 1994
4.11
10 Dilbert's Desktop Games 1997
4.11
# adventure year rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.18
02 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.16
03 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.15
04 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.15
05 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.13
06 Loom 1990
4.13
07 Season of the Sakura 1997
4.12
08 A mind forever voyaging 1985
4.12
09 Another World 1991
4.12
10 James Bond 007: Goldfinger 1986
4.12
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris 1987
4.15
02 Interactive Girls Club Games 1993
4.11
03 The Sentinel 1989
4.08
04 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.07
05 Lemmings 1991
4.06
06 Sherlock: the Game of Logic 1991
4.04
07 Logical 1991
4.02
08 Super Solvers: Gizmos & Gadgets 1993
4.01
09 Supaplex 1991
4.00
10 Pipe Dream 1989
4.00
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.16
02 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.10
03 Stunt Car Racer 1989
4.08
04 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.08
05 1000 Miglia 1992
4.07
06 Test Drive 1987
4.06
07 Formula 1 Grand Prix 1991
4.05
08 Grand Theft Auto 1997
4.05
09 Stunts 1990
4.05
10 The Need for Speed 1995
4.04
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.17
02 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.16
03 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.15
04 Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday 1990
4.13
05 Dungeon Master 1989
4.13
06 Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos 1993
4.12
07 Albion 1996
4.12
08 Angband 1992
4.12
09 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.11
10 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle 1993
4.10
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 1993
4.18
02 Duke Nukem 3D 1996
4.18
03 Tyrian 2000 1999
4.17
04 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.15
05 House of the Dead 1998
4.13
06 System Shock 2 1999
4.12
07 Quake 1996
4.12
08 007: License to Kill 1989
4.12
09 Alien Rampage 1996
4.12
10 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.11
# simulation year rating
01 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony 1991
4.11
02 Big Sea: The Better One Will Win 1994
4.09
03 Ports of Call 1989
4.09
04 Project: Space Station 1987
4.09
05 Life & Death 1988
4.09
06 Zeus: Master of Olympus 2000
4.08
07 SimCity 2000 1993
4.08
08 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.08
09 Theme Hospital 1997
4.08
10 Pharaoh 1999
4.08
# sports year rating
01 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.15
02 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 1997
4.15
03 Kick off 2 1990
4.10
04 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.09
05 Sid Meier's SimGolf 2002
4.08
06 The Manager 1991
4.06
07 Speedball 2 1992
4.06
08 Sensible soccer 1992
4.03
09 Premier Manager 1992
4.03
10 Pong v.2.1 clone 1984
3.79
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.22
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.22
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.19
04 The Settlers 1993
4.18
05 Dune 2000 1998
4.16
06 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness 1995
4.16
07 Master of Magic 1994
4.15
08 Panzer General 1994
4.14
09 Civilization 1991
4.13
10 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans 1994
4.12
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.13
02 1942: The Pacific air war 1994
4.13
03 Aces of the Pacific 1992
4.12
04 A-10 Tank Killer 1989
4.11
05 B-17 Flying fortress 1992
4.10
06 Comanche: Maximum overkill 1992
4.10
07 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.10
08 Elite 1987
4.09
09 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.08
10 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat 1991
4.08
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