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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 PC-Man action
3.92
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.91
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.76
05 Deadline adventure
3.72
06 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.71
07 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.60
08 Astro Dodge shooter
3.59
09 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.59
10 Crossfire shooter
3.52
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.06
02 Lode Runner action
4.06
03 Rogue rpg
4.03
04 Donkey Kong action
4.00
05 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.00
06 Digger action
3.98
07 Defender shooter
3.96
08 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
3.95
09 Battlezone shooter
3.94
10 Galaxian shooter
3.91
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.13
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.03
03 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.00
04 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.00
05 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.96
06 DND rpg
3.91
07 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.85
08 Jumpman action
3.81
09 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.77
10 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.76
# 1985 genre rating
01 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.05
02 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.05
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
04 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
05 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.98
06 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
07 Hacker simulation
3.91
08 The mist adventure
3.89
09 Spacewar shooter
3.88
10 Silent Service vehicle simulation
3.83
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.12
02 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
03 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.08
04 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.07
05 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.06
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.05
07 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.04
08 The Great Escape action-adventure
4.00
09 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.00
10 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.96
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.17
02 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.12
03 Driller action-adventure
4.10
04 Test Drive racing
4.08
05 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.07
06 Elite vehicle simulation
4.07
07 Tetris puzzle
4.06
08 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.02
09 The lurking horror adventure
3.96
10 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.95
# 1988 genre rating
01 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.13
02 Life & Death simulation
4.08
03 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.07
04 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.07
05 Batman: the Caped Crusader action-adventure
4.05
06 Arkanoid action
4.05
07 F-19 Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
08 Shadowgate adventure
4.04
09 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.04
10 2400 A.D. rpg
4.03
# 1989 genre rating
01 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.15
02 Qix action
4.14
03 Bubble Bobble action
4.13
04 Dungeon Master rpg
4.11
05 Rick Dangerous action
4.11
06 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.09
07 The Cycles racing
4.09
08 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals adventure
4.09
09 Space Ace adventure
4.07
10 Operation Wolf shooter
4.07
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.21
02 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.13
03 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.12
04 SimEarth simulation
4.09
05 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.08
06 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.08
07 Loom adventure
4.08
08 Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers get all the girls adventure
4.07
09 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.07
10 Puzznic puzzle
4.07
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.15
02 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.15
03 Volfied action
4.15
04 Golden Axe action
4.14
05 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.14
06 Civilization strategy
4.10
07 Les Manley in: Lost in L.A. adventure
4.09
08 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.09
09 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.07
10 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.17
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.15
03 Gobliiins adventure
4.14
04 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.11
05 1000 Miglia racing
4.10
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.10
07 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.09
08 Dune strategy
4.09
09 Realms of Arkania 1: Blade of destiny rpg
4.08
10 KGB adventure
4.08
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.15
02 Doom shooter
4.14
03 Mortal Kombat action
4.13
04 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.12
05 Space Hulk strategy
4.11
06 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.11
07 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.10
08 V for victory: Market-Garden strategy
4.10
09 Wing Commander: Privateer vehicle simulation
4.10
10 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.10
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.22
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.13
03 NASCAR Racing racing
4.12
04 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.11
05 Master of Magic strategy
4.11
06 Panzer General strategy
4.09
07 Colonization strategy
4.08
08 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.08
09 Lode Runner: The Legend Returns action
4.08
10 Hocus Pocus action
4.08
# 1995 genre rating
01 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.15
02 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.13
03 Caesar 2 simulation
4.08
04 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.08
05 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.05
06 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.05
07 Earthworm Jim action
4.04
08 The Dig adventure
4.03
09 High Seas Trader simulation
4.03
10 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.03
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.18
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.15
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.15
04 Fantasy General strategy
4.10
05 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.08
06 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.08
07 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.07
08 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.07
09 Road Rash racing
4.07
10 Albion rpg
4.06
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.14
02 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.11
03 Virtua Cop shooter
4.09
04 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.07
05 Entrepreneur simulation
4.06
06 Fallout rpg
4.06
07 Slash'Em rpg
4.05
08 Theme Hospital simulation
4.05
09 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.04
10 X-COM: Apocalypse strategy
4.03
# 1998 genre rating
01 Caesar 3 simulation
4.13
02 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.09
03 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.08
04 House of the Dead shooter
4.08
05 Dope Wars simulation
4.06
06 Dune 2000 strategy
4.05
07 Axis and Allies strategy
4.02
08 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.01
09 People's General strategy
4.00
10 Army Men strategy
4.00
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.18
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.13
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.11
04 Age of Wonders strategy
4.09
05 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.09
06 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.08
07 Pharaoh simulation
4.00
08 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty strategy
3.97
09 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.96
10 Outcast action-adventure
3.96
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.02
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.02
03 Cultures strategy
4.00
04 Icewind Dale rpg
4.00
05 Ground Control strategy
3.92
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.74
07 Arrakis strategy
3.69
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.99
02 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.93
03 Mario and Luigi action
3.90
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.89
# 2002 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.10
02 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.00
03 Syberia adventure
3.97
04 DOSBox application
3.91
05 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.90
06 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.86
07 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
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