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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 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.18
02 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.18
03 Golden Axe 1991
4.17
04 Alley Cat 1984
4.13
05 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.13
06 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.13
07 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.11
08 Dilbert's Desktop Games 1997
4.10
09 Hocus Pocus 1994
4.10
10 Prince of Persia 1990
4.09
# action-adventure year rating
01 System Shock 2 1999
4.13
02 Driller 1987
4.10
03 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.07
04 Alone in the Dark 3 1994
4.06
05 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.05
06 Batman: the Caped Crusader 1988
4.05
07 Another World 1991
4.03
08 Fade to Black 1995
4.03
09 Little Big Adventure 1994
4.00
10 Grand Theft Auto 1997
4.00
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.22
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.17
03 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.16
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.15
05 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals 1989
4.14
06 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.13
07 Gobliiins 1992
4.13
08 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.13
09 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) 1988
4.11
10 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 1993
4.11
# puzzle year rating
01 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.17
02 Pipe Dream 1989
4.14
03 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.11
04 Puzznic 1990
4.10
05 Tetris 1987
4.09
06 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.08
07 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.08
08 Diggers 1994
4.07
09 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.06
10 Sherlock: the Game of Logic 1991
4.05
# racing year rating
01 The Cycles 1989
4.15
02 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.15
03 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.13
04 1000 Miglia 1992
4.13
05 Test Drive 1987
4.12
06 Road Rash 1996
4.11
07 Stunt Car Racer 1989
4.11
08 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.09
09 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.08
10 Formula 1 Grand Prix 1991
4.07
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.19
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.18
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.17
04 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.17
05 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.14
06 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.12
07 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.12
08 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.11
09 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.11
10 Dungeon Master 1989
4.10
# shooter year rating
01 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.15
02 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.14
03 Doom 1993
4.14
04 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.13
05 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.13
06 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.13
07 Xenon 2: Megablast 1990
4.12
08 Marathon 1994
4.11
09 Mega Man X3 1998
4.11
10 Virtua Cop 1997
4.11
# simulation year rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.16
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.11
03 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.10
04 Ports of Call 1989
4.10
05 Uplink: Hacker Elite 2003
4.10
06 High Seas Trader 1995
4.09
07 SimEarth 1990
4.09
08 Life & Death 1988
4.08
09 SimFarm 1993
4.08
10 Caesar 3 1998
4.07
# sports year rating
01 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.07
02 Sensible soccer 1992
4.07
03 WWF Wrestlemania 1992
4.07
04 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.06
05 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.05
06 Hardball 4 1994
4.05
07 Championship Manager 1992
4.04
08 The Manager 1991
4.04
09 Speedball 2 1992
4.02
10 Kick off 2 1990
4.00
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.25
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.20
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.20
04 Age of Empires 1997
4.16
05 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.15
06 Space Hulk 1993
4.14
07 Fantasy General 1996
4.14
08 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.14
09 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans 1994
4.13
10 Civilization 1991
4.13
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.11
02 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.11
03 A320 Airbus 1993
4.10
04 Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
4.10
05 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 1994
4.10
06 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.09
07 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat 1991
4.07
08 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space 1993
4.07
09 Elite 1987
4.07
10 B-17 Flying fortress 1992
4.07
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