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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 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.16
02 Golden Axe 1991
4.12
03 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.11
04 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.11
05 One Must Fall 2097 1994
4.11
06 Volfied 1991
4.10
07 Alley Cat 1984
4.09
08 Rick Dangerous 2 1990
4.08
09 Frogger 1983
4.07
10 CD-Man v2.0 1992
4.06
# action-adventure year rating
01 Grand Theft Auto 2 1999
4.10
02 Another World 1991
4.07
03 System Shock 2 1999
4.06
04 The Great Escape 1986
4.03
05 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.03
06 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.03
07 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.00
08 Cadaver 1990
4.00
09 Grand Theft Auto 1997
3.99
10 Tomb Raider 1996
3.98
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.23
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.22
03 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.14
04 A mind forever voyaging 1985
4.10
05 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.10
06 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.08
07 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
4.08
08 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 1993
4.08
09 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.08
10 Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation 1993
4.07
# puzzle year rating
01 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.14
02 Pipe Dream 1989
4.09
03 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.07
04 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.07
05 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.06
06 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.05
07 Super Tetris 1991
4.05
08 Tetris 1987
4.03
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.03
10 Mario Teaches Typing 1992
4.02
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.12
02 Quarantine 1994
4.10
03 Grand Prix Circuit 1988
4.09
04 Test Drive 1987
4.06
05 Street Rod 1989
4.06
06 Ferrari Formula 1 1989
4.06
07 Screamer 1995
4.05
08 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.05
09 Crazy Cars 3 1992
4.05
10 Micro Machines 1994
4.04
# RPG year rating
01 Dungeon Master 1989
4.13
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.13
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.12
04 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.09
05 Dark Queen of Krynn 1992
4.07
06 Fallout 1997
4.07
07 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.07
08 Bloodstone: an Epic Dwarven Tale 1993
4.06
09 Ultima Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993
4.06
10 Angband 1992
4.06
# shooter year rating
01 Tyrian 2000 1999
4.19
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.13
03 Doom 1993
4.11
04 Quake 1996
4.06
05 Duke Nukem 3D 1996
4.06
06 Wolfenstein 3D 1992
4.05
07 Raiden 1994
4.05
08 House of the Dead 1998
4.04
09 Blood 1997
4.03
10 Marathon 1994
4.03
# simulation year rating
01 Alter Ego: Female Version 1986
4.10
02 Zeus: Master of Olympus 2000
4.09
03 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.08
04 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.06
05 Caesar 2 1995
4.05
06 Life & Death 1988
4.05
07 Dope Wars 1998
4.04
08 Theme Hospital 1997
4.04
09 Jones in the Fast Lane 1991
4.04
10 SimCity 2000 1993
4.04
# sports year rating
01 Speedball 2 1992
4.07
02 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.06
03 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.04
04 Sensible soccer 1992
4.03
05 The Manager 1991
4.01
06 Kick off 2 1990
4.00
07 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
3.99
08 Championship Manager 1992
3.95
09 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 1997
3.95
10 Premier Manager 1992
3.90
# strategy year rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.23
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.22
03 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods 1993
4.13
04 Steel Panthers 1995
4.13
05 Civilization 1991
4.13
06 Civilization 2 1996
4.12
07 Syndicate 1993
4.12
08 Master of Magic 1994
4.10
09 Dune II: The building of a dynasty 1992
4.10
10 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) 1996
4.08
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.11
02 Elite 1987
4.10
03 Armored fist 1994
4.09
04 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.07
05 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space 1993
4.07
06 Dogfight: 80 Years of Aerial Warfare 1993
4.07
07 Aces of the Pacific 1992
4.07
08 Comanche: Maximum overkill 1992
4.07
09 F-19 Stealth Fighter 1988
4.06
10 Megafortress 1991
4.06
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