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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
4.15
03 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.14
04 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.14
05 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.13
06 Prince of Persia 1990
4.13
07 Titus the Fox 1992
4.11
08 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja 1988
4.11
09 Disney's Aladdin 1994
4.11
10 Frogger 1983
4.11
# action-adventure year rating
01 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.11
02 Another World 1991
4.10
03 System Shock 2 1999
4.09
04 Tomb Raider 1996
4.05
05 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.03
06 Castle master 1990
3.97
07 Ecstatica 1994
3.94
08 Veil of Darkness 1993
3.86
09 Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
3.84
10 System Shock 1994
3.71
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.21
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.12
03 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.12
04 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
4.11
05 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate 1993
4.11
06 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! 1996
4.10
07 Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templar (remake) 2009
4.09
08 True love 1995
4.09
09 A mind forever voyaging 1985
4.09
10 KGB 1992
4.08
# puzzle year rating
01 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.14
02 Sherlock: the Game of Logic 1991
4.08
03 The Sentinel 1989
4.08
04 Tetris 1987
4.07
05 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.06
06 Logical 1991
4.06
07 Super Solvers: Gizmos & Gadgets 1993
4.05
08 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.04
09 Pipe Dream 1989
4.03
10 Interactive Girls Club Games 1993
4.02
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.16
02 Ferrari Formula 1 1989
4.12
03 Screamer 1995
4.11
04 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.10
05 Test Drive 1987
4.09
06 Quarantine 1994
4.08
07 Death Rally 1996
4.07
08 The Need for Speed 1995
4.06
09 Street Rod 1989
4.06
10 Grand Theft Auto 1997
4.06
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.21
02 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.18
03 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.14
04 Dungeon Master 1989
4.14
05 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.12
06 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.10
07 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle 1993
4.10
08 The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994
4.09
09 Albion 1996
4.09
10 Angband 1992
4.09
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 1993
4.20
02 Duke Nukem 3D 1996
4.15
03 Tyrian 2000 1999
4.14
04 Wolfenstein 3D 1992
4.13
05 House of the Dead 1998
4.11
06 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.10
07 Quake 1996
4.10
08 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.09
09 Descent 1995
4.09
10 Virtua Cop 1997
4.07
# simulation year rating
01 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony 1991
4.11
02 Theme Hospital 1997
4.09
03 SimCity 2000 1993
4.09
04 Alter Ego: Female Version 1986
4.08
05 Railroad Tycoon 2 1998
4.07
06 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.06
07 SimEarth 1990
4.06
08 Dope Wars 1998
4.05
09 SimCity 1989
4.04
10 Jones in the Fast Lane 1991
4.04
# sports year rating
01 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.13
02 Kick off 2 1990
4.10
03 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.09
04 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 1997
4.08
05 Sensible soccer 1992
4.06
06 The Manager 1991
4.06
07 Speedball 2 1992
4.02
08 Sid Meier's SimGolf 2002
4.01
09 Premier Manager 1992
3.91
10 The Games: Winter Challenge 1991
3.78
# strategy year rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.24
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.22
03 Civilization 2 1996
4.18
04 Civilization 1991
4.17
05 The Settlers 1993
4.16
06 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
4.13
07 Panzer General 1994
4.13
08 Dune 2000 1998
4.12
09 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness 1995
4.12
10 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans 1994
4.12
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.12
02 Aces of the Pacific 1992
4.11
03 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.11
04 F-15 Strike Eagle II 1989
4.11
05 Elite 1987
4.11
06 A-10 Tank Killer 1989
4.10
07 B-17 Flying fortress 1992
4.10
08 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.09
09 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.08
10 Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
4.08
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