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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
4.01
02 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.70
03 Deadline adventure
3.64
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.57
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.11
02 Rogue rpg
4.06
03 Galaxian shooter
4.05
04 Lode Runner action
4.04
05 Digger action
4.02
06 Donkey Kong action
4.00
07 The Hobbit adventure
3.91
08 Defender shooter
3.90
09 Battlezone shooter
3.87
10 Space Commanders shooter
3.75
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.08
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.01
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.93
04 DND rpg
3.84
05 Jumpman action
3.79
06 Pong v.2.1 clone sports
3.79
07 Styx action
3.74
08 Hack rpg
3.69
09 Below The Root action-adventure
3.60
10 Spy Hunter racing
3.39
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.12
02 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.08
03 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.94
04 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.94
05 Hacker simulation
3.93
06 Spacewar shooter
3.91
07 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.88
08 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.67
09 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
3.56
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.13
02 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
4.08
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
04 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.07
05 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.05
06 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.05
07 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.03
08 Wordstar 4 application
4.03
09 Starflight rpg
4.00
10 Karateka action
3.88
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.16
02 Tetris puzzle
4.13
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.12
04 Elite vehicle simulation
4.11
05 Test Drive racing
4.06
06 Project: Space Station simulation
4.06
07 The Great Giana Sisters action
4.04
08 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.02
09 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.00
10 The Bard's Tale rpg
3.95
# 1988 genre rating
01 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.11
02 Arkanoid action
4.09
03 Life & Death simulation
4.09
04 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.08
05 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
06 Star Command strategy
4.05
07 Gold Rush! adventure
3.97
08 Wasteland rpg
3.96
09 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
3.96
10 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
3.94
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.13
02 Ferrari Formula 1 racing
4.12
03 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.11
04 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.11
05 The Sentinel puzzle
4.11
06 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.10
07 Bubble Bobble action
4.10
08 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.10
09 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.09
10 Ports of Call simulation
4.09
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.17
02 Prince of Persia action
4.15
03 Midwinter strategy
4.13
04 Kick off 2 sports
4.10
05 Sid Meier's Covert Action simulation
4.10
06 Champions of Krynn rpg
4.09
07 Operation Stealth adventure
4.09
08 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.09
09 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.09
10 Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday rpg
4.08
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.21
02 Golden Axe action
4.14
03 Civilization strategy
4.14
04 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.12
05 Another World action-adventure
4.12
06 Duke Nukem action
4.10
07 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.09
08 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.09
09 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.08
10 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.08
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.17
02 Alone in the Dark action-adventure
4.13
03 Street Fighter 2 action
4.12
04 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.12
05 Titus the Fox action
4.11
06 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.11
07 Star Control 2 strategy
4.11
08 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.10
09 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York action
4.10
10 Comanche: Maximum overkill vehicle simulation
4.10
# 1993 genre rating
01 Doom shooter
4.19
02 The Settlers strategy
4.19
03 Mortal Kombat action
4.17
04 The Lost Vikings action
4.17
05 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.15
06 Interactive Girls Club Games puzzle
4.11
07 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.11
08 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.11
09 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle rpg
4.10
10 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.10
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.20
02 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.15
03 Panzer General strategy
4.14
04 Master of Magic strategy
4.13
05 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.13
06 1942: The Pacific air war vehicle simulation
4.13
07 Disney's Aladdin action
4.12
08 Mortal Kombat 2 action
4.11
09 Quarantine racing
4.10
10 Big Sea: The Better One Will Win simulation
4.08
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.16
02 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.15
03 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.15
04 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.13
05 True love adventure
4.12
06 Descent shooter
4.10
07 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.07
08 The Need for Speed racing
4.07
09 Ultimate Doom shooter
4.05
10 X-COM: Terror from the Deep strategy
4.05
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.22
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.18
03 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.17
04 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.13
05 Quake shooter
4.12
06 Albion rpg
4.11
07 Heroes of Might and Magic II strategy
4.09
08 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.08
09 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.08
10 Adom v1.1 rpg
4.06
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.14
02 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 sports
4.13
03 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.13
04 Age of Empires strategy
4.11
05 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.09
06 Fallout rpg
4.08
07 Theme Hospital simulation
4.08
08 Blood shooter
4.07
09 Virtua Cop shooter
4.07
10 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.07
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dune 2000 strategy
4.16
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.13
03 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.11
04 Axis and Allies strategy
4.09
05 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.08
06 Dope Wars simulation
4.06
07 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.04
08 Avalon rpg
3.98
09 Fatal Relations adventure
3.94
10 Sanitarium adventure
3.88
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.19
02 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.10
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.10
04 Pharaoh simulation
4.08
05 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.07
06 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.04
07 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
4.03
08 Age of Wonders strategy
4.01
09 Yoot Tower simulation
3.88
10 SimCity 3000 simulation
3.79
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.08
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
3.95
03 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.82
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.10
02 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.89
03 Mario and Luigi action
3.88
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.80
# 2002 genre rating
01 Syberia adventure
4.12
02 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.07
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.93
04 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.79
05 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.77
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