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The top 50 abandonware games of all time

Retro gamers like myself are convinced that the best PC games ever published were developed in a golden age of PC gaming, a long time ago, during the 80s and the 90s. I collected quite a few of those PC games and I own a small big box PC game collection. Some of you may remember most of these titles, a few of you probably remember all of them and played every single "abandoned" game that made it into the chart.

Actually, some of the games listed below are not abanoned at all and you can buy them on GOG or Steam, but they definitely deserve to be included anyway.

I'm aware that every "best games" chart is far from perfect, there's always a couple of games that you think are missing. That's why this abandonware games list is exclusively based on votes cast by users.


# game title status rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense (1994)
4.24
/ 5
02 The Secret of Monkey Island (1990)
4.23
/ 5
03 Street Fighter 2 (1992)
4.22
/ 5
04 Roller Coaster Tycoon (1999)
4.21
/ 5
05 Jagged Alliance 2 (1999)
4.21
/ 5
06 Eye of the Beholder (1991)
4.21
/ 5
07 Golden Axe (1991)
4.21
/ 5
08 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991)
4.21
/ 5
09 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon (1991)
4.20
/ 5
10 Civilization 2 (1996)
4.20
/ 5
11 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares (1996)
4.19
/ 5
12 Grand Prix 2 (1995)
4.18
/ 5
13 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards (1987)
4.18
/ 5
14 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate (1992)
4.18
/ 5
15 Bubble Bobble (1989)
4.17
/ 5
16 Alley Cat (1984)
4.17
/ 5
17 The Lost Vikings (1993)
4.17
/ 5
18 Pipe Dream (1989)
4.17
/ 5
19 The Incredible Toon Machine (1994)
4.17
/ 5
20 System Shock 2 (1999)
4.17
/ 5
21 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings (1999)
4.17
/ 5
22 Virtua Cop 2 (1997)
4.17
/ 5
23 Age of Empires (1997)
4.16
/ 5
24 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall (1996)
4.16
/ 5
25 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate (1990)
4.16
/ 5
26 Test Drive (1987)
4.16
/ 5
27 Baldur's Gate (1998)
4.16
/ 5
28 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant (1992)
4.16
/ 5
29 NASCAR Racing (1994)
4.16
/ 5
30 Mega Man X3 (1998)
4.16
/ 5
31 Doom 2: Hell on Earth (1994)
4.16
/ 5
32 Keef the Thief: A Boy and his Lockpick (1989)
4.15
/ 5
33 Chip's Challenge (1991)
4.15
/ 5
34 Civilization (1991)
4.15
/ 5
35 Hexen: Beyond Heretic (1995)
4.15
/ 5
36 Gods (1991)
4.15
/ 5
37 Tetris 2.0 (1990)
4.15
/ 5
38 Doom (1993)
4.15
/ 5
39 Mortal Kombat (1993)
4.15
/ 5
40 Driller (1987)
4.14
/ 5
41 Castle of the Winds (1993)
4.14
/ 5
42 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods (1993)
4.14
/ 5
43 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter (1986)
4.14
/ 5
44 Xenon 2: Megablast (1990)
4.14
/ 5
45 Frontier: Elite 2 (1993)
4.14
/ 5
46 The Dig (1995)
4.14
/ 5
47 The Settlers (1993)
4.14
/ 5
48 Dungeon Hack (1993)
4.14
/ 5
49 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals (1989)
4.14
/ 5
50 Colonization (1994)
4.13
/ 5
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