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Top abandonware games by year

Abandonware DOS hosts games from the early age of Personal Computer videogaming. I'm referring to a time when some of you weren't even born: the 80s.

The golden age of PC games came in the 90s, with classic games still remembered today. In the new millennium, many small developers struggled to stay afloat in the gaming sea now dominated by leviathan companies that ate one software house after another. The golden age ended and "abandonware" started to be a thing.

Here are the top 10 games for every year of that golden age, according to user's votes.


# 1982 genre rating
01 Zork I: The great underground empire adventure
3.98
02 Executive Suite simulation
3.54
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.50
04 Deadline adventure
3.45
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.07
02 Lode Runner action
4.06
03 The Hobbit adventure
4.00
04 Donkey Kong action
3.86
05 Rogue rpg
3.85
06 Digger action
3.73
07 Defender action
3.69
08 Planetfall adventure
3.52
09 Pack-man action
3.35
10 Evolution action
3.09
# 1984 genre rating
01 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.05
02 Alley Cat action
4.00
03 Pong v.2.1 clone action
4.00
04 Jumpman action
3.88
05 Styx action
3.80
06 Hack rpg
3.69
07 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.65
08 Zork III: The dungeon master adventure
3.62
09 DND rpg
3.52
10 Below The Root adventure
3.46
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.02
02 The mist adventure
3.95
03 King's Quest 2: Romancing the throne adventure
3.87
04 Hacker simulation
3.76
05 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.71
06 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.66
07 Spacewar action
3.63
08 Voodoo island adventure
3.50
09 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.48
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.35
02 Space Quest 1: The Sarien encounter adventure
4.09
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.09
04 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.06
05 Starflight rpg
4.00
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
07 Gunship vehicle simulation
3.79
08 The Great Escape adventure
3.75
09 Amnesia adventure
3.73
10 221B Baker Street strategy
3.31
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.12
02 Elite vehicle simulation
4.10
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.08
04 Tetris puzzle
4.07
05 Police Quest 1: In pursuit of the death angel adventure
4.00
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.00
07 Zeliard rpg
3.97
08 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.91
09 The Bard's Tale 1 rpg
3.83
10 Test Drive racing
3.82
# 1988 genre rating
01 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.09
02 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.07
03 Pool of radiance rpg
4.06
04 Cabal shooter
4.06
05 Life & Death simulation
4.04
06 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.03
07 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.00
08 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.00
09 Battle Chess strategy
4.00
10 Gold Rush! adventure
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Arkanoid 2: The revenge of Doh action
4.08
02 Neuromancer adventure
4.07
03 Bubble Bobble action
4.06
04 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.05
05 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.05
06 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.05
07 Dungeon master rpg
4.04
08 007: License to Kill shooter
4.04
09 Hero's quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.03
10 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.02
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.11
02 Prince of Persia action
4.10
03 Kick off 2 sports
4.08
04 Warlords strategy
4.06
05 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.05
06 Midwinter strategy
4.05
07 Uncharted Waters simulation
4.05
08 Castle master adventure
4.05
09 Loom adventure
4.04
10 Buck Rogers: Countdown to doomsday rpg
4.04
# 1991 genre rating
01 Golden Axe action
4.13
02 Lemmings puzzle
4.10
03 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.08
04 Death Knights of Krynn rpg
4.08
05 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.06
06 Civilization strategy
4.06
07 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.05
08 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.05
09 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.04
10 Jones in the Fast Lane simulation
4.03
# 1992 genre rating
01 Dune strategy
4.10
02 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.10
03 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.10
04 Amberstar rpg
4.10
05 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.09
06 Alone in the Dark adventure
4.09
07 Rex Nebular and the cosmic gender-bender adventure
4.08
08 Powermonger strategy
4.08
09 A-Train simulation
4.08
10 Star Control 2 strategy
4.08
# 1993 genre rating
01 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.16
02 Doom shooter
4.16
03 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.13
04 The Settlers strategy
4.09
05 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers adventure
4.07
06 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.07
07 Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures rpg
4.07
08 Prehistorik 2 action
4.07
09 Mortal Kombat action
4.07
10 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.06
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo defense (a.k.a. Ufo: Enemy unknown) strategy
4.21
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.10
03 Panzer General 1 strategy
4.10
04 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.09
05 Master of Magic strategy
4.09
06 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.09
07 Big Sea: The Better One Will Win simulation
4.08
08 NASCAR Racing racing
4.07
09 Knights of Xentar rpg
4.07
10 Lode Runner: The Legend Returns action
4.06
# 1995 genre rating
01 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.07
02 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.06
03 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.06
04 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.06
05 Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within adventure
4.05
06 Myst adventure
4.05
07 Ascendancy strategy
4.04
08 X-COM: Terror from the deep strategy
4.03
09 True love adventure
4.02
10 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.00
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.18
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.17
03 Quake shooter
4.11
04 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.10
05 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
06 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.03
07 Albion rpg
4.03
08 Fable adventure
4.02
09 Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters vehicle simulation
4.00
10 Adom v1.1 rpg
4.00
# 1997 genre rating
01 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.11
02 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 sports
4.09
03 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.09
04 Star Wars: Yoda Stories adventure
4.08
05 Hercules action
4.08
06 Callahan's Crosstime Saloon adventure
4.08
07 Age of Empires strategy
4.07
08 Carmageddon racing
4.07
09 Theme Hospital simulation
4.06
10 Fallout rpg
4.06
# 1998 genre rating
01 House of the Dead shooter
4.10
02 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.06
03 Dune 2000 strategy
4.06
04 Axis and Allies strategy
4.06
05 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.05
06 Dope Wars simulation
4.02
07 Avalon rpg
3.92
08 Fatal Relations adventure
3.90
09 Sanitarium adventure
3.86
10 240 Racing racing
3.48
# 1999 genre rating
01 System Shock 2 shooter
4.09
02 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.06
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.03
04 Age of Wonders strategy
4.02
05 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.01
06 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.00
07 Pharaoh simulation
3.93
08 Ultima 9: Ascension rpg
3.89
09 SimCity 3000 simulation
3.87
10 Yoot Tower simulation
3.87
# 2000 genre rating
01 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.00
02 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
3.92
# 2001 genre rating
01 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.03
02 Empire Earth strategy
4.00
03 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.81
# 2002 genre rating
01 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.10
02 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.95
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.73
04 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.61
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