Abandonware DOS title

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 The Lost Vikings 1993
4.17
02 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.17
03 Prince of Persia 1990
4.15
04 One Must Fall 2097 1994
4.15
05 Golden Axe 1991
4.14
06 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.13
07 Titus the Fox 1992
4.11
08 Disney's Aladdin 1994
4.11
09 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja 1988
4.11
10 Frogger 1983
4.11
# action-adventure year rating
01 Alone in the Dark 1992
4.13
02 Another World 1991
4.12
03 System Shock 2 1999
4.07
04 Tomb Raider 1996
4.05
05 Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures 1996
4.02
06 Castle master 1990
3.97
07 Star Wars: Yoda Stories 1997
3.91
08 Ecstatica 1994
3.91
09 System Shock 1994
3.82
10 Veil of Darkness 1993
3.74
# adventure year rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.18
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.13
03 A mind forever voyaging 1985
4.12
04 Maniac Mansion 1987
4.12
05 Syberia 2002
4.12
06 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989
4.11
07 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate 1993
4.11
08 True love 1995
4.11
09 Operation Stealth 1990
4.11
10 Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templar (remake) 2009
4.10
# puzzle year rating
01 Tetris 1987
4.12
02 The Sentinel 1989
4.11
03 The Incredible Machine 1993
4.09
04 Interactive Girls Club Games 1993
4.09
05 Sherlock: the Game of Logic 1991
4.04
06 Super Solvers: Gizmos & Gadgets 1993
4.04
07 Logical 1991
4.02
08 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.00
09 Lemmings 95 1994
4.00
10 Pipe Dream 1989
4.00
# racing year rating
01 Grand Prix 2 1995
4.16
02 Ferrari Formula 1 1989
4.12
03 Indianapolis 500 1989
4.10
04 Quarantine 1994
4.10
05 Stunt Car Racer 1989
4.08
06 1000 Miglia 1992
4.07
07 The Need for Speed 1995
4.07
08 Test Drive 1987
4.06
09 Grand Theft Auto 1997
4.05
10 Stunts 1990
4.05
# RPG year rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.19
02 Castle of the Winds 1993
4.15
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.15
04 Dungeon Master 1989
4.13
05 Albion 1996
4.11
06 Dungeon Hack 1993
4.11
07 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle 1993
4.10
08 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.09
09 Knights of Xentar 1994
4.09
10 Fallout 1997
4.08
# shooter year rating
01 Doom 1993
4.20
02 Tyrian 2000 1999
4.17
03 Duke Nukem 3D 1996
4.15
04 House of the Dead 1998
4.13
05 Virtua Cop 2 1997
4.13
06 Quake 1996
4.12
07 Wolfenstein 3D 1992
4.10
08 Descent 1995
4.10
09 007: License to Kill 1989
4.09
10 Crusader: No Regret 1996
4.08
# simulation year rating
01 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony 1991
4.12
02 Sid Meier's Covert Action 1990
4.10
03 Ports of Call 1989
4.09
04 Life & Death 1988
4.09
05 Big Sea: The Better One Will Win 1994
4.08
06 Railroad Tycoon 2 1998
4.08
07 Zeus: Master of Olympus 2000
4.08
08 SimCity 2000 1993
4.08
09 Alter Ego: Female Version 1986
4.08
10 Theme Hospital 1997
4.08
# sports year rating
01 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 1997
4.13
02 FIFA Soccer 96 1995
4.13
03 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs 1989
4.11
04 Kick off 2 1990
4.10
05 The Manager 1991
4.06
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf 2002
4.05
07 Sensible soccer 1992
4.03
08 Premier Manager 1992
4.03
09 Speedball 2 1992
4.02
10 The Games: Winter Challenge 1991
3.78
# strategy year rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.22
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.21
03 The Settlers 1993
4.17
04 Dune 2000 1998
4.15
05 Civilization 2 1996
4.15
06 Civilization 1991
4.15
07 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness 1995
4.15
08 Panzer General 1994
4.14
09 Master of Magic 1994
4.13
10 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996
4.13
# vehicle simulation year rating
01 Frontier: First Encounters 1995
4.13
02 1942: The Pacific air war 1994
4.13
03 Aces of the Pacific 1992
4.12
04 B-17 Flying fortress 1992
4.11
05 Elite 1987
4.11
06 Frontier: Elite 2 1993
4.11
07 A-10 Tank Killer 1989
4.10
08 Comanche: Maximum overkill 1992
4.10
09 F-15 Strike Eagle II 1989
4.09
10 F29 Retaliator 1990
4.09
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