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The best abandonware PC games of all time

Retro gamers like myself are convinced that the best PC games ever published were developed during the golden age of PC gaming, in the 80s and 90s. This era was marked by innovation, creativity, and the birth of many genres that defined the industry. I have collected quite a few of those games and own a small big-box PC game collection, which I cherish as a testament to this golden age. Some of you may remember most of these titles fondly, while a few of you probably remember and played every single "abandoned" Windows and DOS game that made it into this chart. These games not only bring back memories but also showcase the pioneering spirit of early game development.

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

I know that every "best games" chart is far from perfect; there's always a couple of games that you think are missing. Personal preferences and nostalgic memories often influence our opinions on what should be included. That's why this abandonware games list is exclusively based on votes cast by users, reflecting a broader consensus within the community.

The best games of the month: June 2024

These are the top games based on user votes for the current month only.

# game title year status rating
01 X-Tetris 1996
4.83
/ 5
02 Mega Man X4 1998
4.83
/ 5
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.80
/ 5
04 Spider-Man 2: The Game 2004
4.80
/ 5
05 Grand Theft Auto 1997
4.75
/ 5

The best old PC games ever

# game title year status rating
01 Jagged Alliance 2 1999
4.33
/ 5
02 Tetris Classic 1992
4.32
/ 5
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate 1992
4.32
/ 5
04 Street Fighter 2 1992
4.32
/ 5
05 The Secret of Monkey Island 1990
4.32
/ 5
06 Lemmings 2: The Tribes 1993
4.31
/ 5
07 Volfied 1991
4.30
/ 5
08 Mortal Kombat 1993
4.30
/ 5
09 Alley Cat 1984
4.30
/ 5
10 X-COM: Ufo Defense 1994
4.30
/ 5
11 Pipe Dream 1989
4.29
/ 5
12 Skate or Die 1988
4.29
/ 5
13 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes 1997
4.29
/ 5
14 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown 1984
4.29
/ 5
15 Whiplash 1995
4.29
/ 5
16 Driller 1987
4.29
/ 5
17 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards 1987
4.28
/ 5
18 The Incredible Machine 2 1994
4.28
/ 5
19 Space Hulk 1993
4.28
/ 5
20 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat 1991
4.28
/ 5
21 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares 1996
4.28
/ 5
22 Super Street Fighter 2 1996
4.28
/ 5
23 F-15 Strike Eagle III 1992
4.28
/ 5
24 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 1991
4.28
/ 5
25 Operation Wolf 1989
4.27
/ 5
26 Panza Kick Boxing 1990
4.27
/ 5
27 Lode Runner 1983
4.27
/ 5
28 Empire Earth 2001
4.27
/ 5
29 Micro Machines 1994
4.27
/ 5
30 Transport Tycoon Deluxe 1995
4.26
/ 5
31 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter 1986
4.26
/ 5
32 Interstate '76 1997
4.26
/ 5
33 Football Manager 3 1993
4.26
/ 5
34 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon 1991
4.26
/ 5
35 Doom 2: Hell on Earth 1994
4.26
/ 5
36 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings 1999
4.26
/ 5
37 Road Rash 1996
4.25
/ 5
38 Colonization 1994
4.25
/ 5
39 Eye of the Beholder 1991
4.25
/ 5
40 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall 1996
4.25
/ 5
41 Sid & Al's Incredible Toons 1993
4.25
/ 5
42 Rick Dangerous 1989
4.25
/ 5
43 Heretic 1994
4.25
/ 5
44 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe 1991
4.25
/ 5
45 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 1991
4.25
/ 5
46 Chip's Challenge 1991
4.25
/ 5
47 Quake 1996
4.25
/ 5
48 Star Wars: Dark Forces 1995
4.24
/ 5
49 Battlezone 1983
4.24
/ 5
50 Digger 1983
4.24
/ 5
This chart takes into consideration the games I have actually included on Abandonware DOS. There are many more games published 20 or more years ago, and my time to add them to the site is limited. However, I'm determined to continue expanding the collection, no matter what!