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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
4.26
02 Golden Axe 1991
4.22
03 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.22
04 Alley Cat 1984
4.21
05 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.20
06 Gods 1991
4.19
07 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.18
08 Hocus Pocus 1994
4.18
09 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.18
10 Dilbert's Desktop Games 1997
4.16
# action-adventure year rating
01 Driller 1987
4.18
02 Fade to Black 1995
4.13
03 System Shock 2 1999
4.12
04 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.12
05 Cadaver 1990
4.11
06 Outcast 1999
4.10
07 Batman: the Caped Crusader 1988
4.08
08 Little Big Adventure 1994
4.06
09 Another World 1991
4.06
10 Metal Gear 1990
4.06
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.24
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.20
03 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.20
04 Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars 2009
4.18
05 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.18
06 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals 1989
4.18
07 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.16
08 Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation 1993
4.16
09 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary 1992
4.16
10 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.15
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris Classic 1992
4.22
02 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.22
03 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.20
04 Pipe Dream 1989
4.19
05 Puzznic 1990
4.16
06 The Sentinel 1989
4.13
07 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.13
08 Tetris 1987
4.12
09 Diggers 1994
4.11
10 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.11
# racing year rating
01 Road Rash 1996
4.21
02 Test Drive 1987
4.21
03 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.17
04 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.16
05 Micro Machines 1994
4.16
06 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.15
07 The Need for Speed 1995
4.14
08 Formula 1 Grand Prix 1991
4.13
09 Grand Prix Circuit 1988
4.13
10 Whiplash 1995
4.13
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.25
02 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.23
03 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.23
04 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.20
05 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.18
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.16
07 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny 1988
4.16
08 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.15
09 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar 1985
4.14
10 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.14
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.24
02 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.19
03 Doom 1993
4.18
04 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.18
05 Xenon 2: Megablast 1990
4.18
06 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.15
07 Quake 1996
4.15
08 Heretic 1994
4.13
09 Mega Man X3 1998
4.13
10 Virtua Cop 1997
4.13
# simulation year rating
01 Caesar 3 1998
4.18
02 Pharaoh 1999
4.17
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 1999
4.17
04 Caesar 2 1995
4.15
05 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.14
06 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.13
07 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.13
08 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.12
09 SimCity 2000 1993
4.11
10 High Seas Trader 1995
4.11
# sports year rating
01 Skate or Die 1988
4.19
02 Championship Manager 1992
4.15
03 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.14
04 Virtual Pool 1995
4.14
05 MicroLeague wrestling 1989
4.13
06 M.U.D.S. - Mean Ugly Dirty Sport 1990
4.10
07 Hardball 4 1994
4.09
08 World class leaderboard 1988
4.09
09 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.08
10 Sensible Soccer 1992
4.07
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.25
02 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.22
03 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.21
04 Civilization 2 1996
4.19
05 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.18
06 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans 1994
4.17
07 Age of Empires 1997
4.16
08 Chessmaster 9000 2002
4.16
09 People's General 1998
4.16
10 Archon: the Light and the Dark 1984
4.16
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.16
02 Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
4.15
03 Silent Service 2 1990
4.14
04 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.13
05 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 1994
4.13
06 Elite 1987
4.11
07 Megafortress 1991
4.09
08 Strike Commander 1993
4.09
09 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.09
10 Gunship 1986
4.08
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