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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
4.24
02 Golden Axe 1991
4.23
03 Gods 1991
4.19
04 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.19
05 Alley Cat 1984
4.18
06 Bubble Bobble 1989
4.17
07 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.17
08 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.16
09 Dilbert's Desktop Games 1997
4.15
10 Titus the Fox 1992
4.13
# action-adventure year rating
01 Driller 1987
4.14
02 System Shock 2 1999
4.10
03 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk 1993
4.09
04 Metal Gear 1990
4.07
05 Another World 1991
4.06
06 Cadaver 1990
4.06
07 Fade to Black 1995
4.06
08 Outcast 1999
4.05
09 Batman: the Caped Crusader 1988
4.05
10 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.04
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.23
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.21
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.17
04 The Dig 1995
4.15
05 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.15
06 Police Quest: Open Season 1993
4.14
07 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 1992
4.14
08 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary 1992
4.14
09 Three Sisters' Story 1999
4.14
10 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals 1989
4.14
# puzzle year rating
01 Pipe Dream 1989
4.21
02 The Incredible Toon Machine 1994
4.17
03 Tetris 2.0 1990
4.16
04 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.16
05 Puzznic 1990
4.13
06 The Sentinel 1989
4.11
07 Tetris 1987
4.11
08 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.10
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.08
10 Diggers 1994
4.07
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.18
02 NASCAR Racing 1994
4.18
03 Road Rash 1996
4.18
04 Whiplash 1995
4.15
05 Test Drive 1987
4.14
06 The Need for Speed 1995
4.14
07 Micro Machines 1994
4.13
08 The Duel: Test Drive 2 1989
4.13
09 1000 Miglia 1992
4.12
10 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.12
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.22
02 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.22
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.19
04 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate 1990
4.18
05 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.16
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant 1992
4.16
07 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.15
08 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.15
09 Starflight 2: Trade routes of the Cloud Nebula 1989
4.13
10 Ultima 6: The False Prophet 1990
4.12
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.21
02 Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
4.18
03 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.18
04 Doom 1993
4.16
05 Xenon 2: Megablast 1990
4.15
06 Mega Man X3 1998
4.13
07 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.13
08 Quake 1996
4.12
09 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.12
10 Virtua Cop 1997
4.12
# simulation year rating
01 Caesar 3 1998
4.18
02 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons 1995
4.13
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 2002
4.12
04 Ports of Call 1989
4.12
05 High Seas Trader 1995
4.12
06 Entrepreneur 1997
4.11
07 The Oregon Trail 1990
4.11
08 Caesar 2 1995
4.11
09 Pharaoh 1999
4.10
10 Transport Tycoon 1994
4.10
# sports year rating
01 Championship Manager Italia 1993
4.14
02 Sensible Soccer 1992
4.11
03 M.U.D.S. - Mean Ugly Dirty Sport 1990
4.10
04 Skate or Die 1988
4.09
05 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.09
06 Hardball 4 1994
4.09
07 MicroLeague wrestling 1989
4.09
08 Championship Manager 1992
4.08
09 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.07
10 WWF Wrestlemania 1992
4.07
# strategy year rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.25
02 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.21
03 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.20
04 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods 1993
4.19
05 Civilization 2 1996
4.18
06 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.18
07 Age of Empires 1997
4.16
08 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans 1994
4.16
09 The Settlers 1993
4.15
10 Colonization 1994
4.15
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.15
02 Silent Service 2 1990
4.14
03 Wing Commander: Privateer 1993
4.13
04 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.13
05 Elite Plus 1991
4.10
06 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.10
07 Elite 1987
4.09
08 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 1994
4.09
09 Strike Commander 1993
4.09
10 Gunship 1986
4.08
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