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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
3.88
02 PC-Man action
3.71
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.59
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.58
05 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.56
06 Astro Dodge action
3.42
07 Deadline adventure
3.41
08 Crossfire shooter
3.39
09 BurgerTime action
3.38
10 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.27
# 1983 genre rating
01 Donkey Kong action
4.05
02 Frogger action
4.04
03 Lode Runner action
4.02
04 Sleuth: A murder mystery adventure
4.00
05 The Hobbit adventure
3.95
06 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
3.92
07 IBM Centipede action
3.91
08 Galaxian action
3.85
09 Rogue rpg
3.84
10 Defender action
3.84
# 1984 genre rating
01 Pong v.2.1 clone action
4.05
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.03
03 Alley Cat action
3.97
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.93
05 Boulder dash puzzle
3.92
06 Earthly delights adventure
3.92
07 Jumpman action
3.78
08 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.72
09 Styx action
3.70
10 GATO vehicle simulation
3.70
# 1985 genre rating
01 The mist adventure
4.05
02 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.04
03 Crusade in Europe strategy
4.00
04 The Dam busters vehicle simulation
3.87
05 F-15 Strike Eagle vehicle simulation
3.82
06 Spacewar action
3.75
07 9 Princes in Amber adventure
3.75
08 Wishbringer adventure
3.73
09 King's Quest 2: Romancing the throne adventure
3.71
10 Hacker simulation
3.70
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.44
02 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.08
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.03
04 Space Quest 1: The Sarien encounter adventure
4.00
05 Starflight rpg
3.94
06 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
3.94
07 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
3.93
08 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
3.85
09 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
3.82
10 The Great Escape adventure
3.80
# 1987 genre rating
01 Tetris puzzle
4.09
02 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.07
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.04
04 Police Quest 1: In pursuit of the death angel adventure
4.00
05 Elite vehicle simulation
4.00
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
3.97
07 The lurking horror adventure
3.95
08 Project: Space Station simulation
3.95
09 Zeliard rpg
3.95
10 Beyond Zork adventure
3.92
# 1988 genre rating
01 Cabal shooter
4.06
02 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.06
03 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.05
04 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
05 Solomon's Key action
4.04
06 Life & Death simulation
4.04
07 UMS - The Universal Military Simulator strategy
4.00
08 Pool of radiance rpg
4.00
09 Gold Rush! adventure
3.96
10 Wasteland rpg
3.96
# 1989 genre rating
01 Bubble Bobble action
4.10
02 SimCity (a.k.a. SimCity Classic) simulation
4.08
03 Street Rod racing
4.07
04 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.07
05 Hero's quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.06
06 Operation Wolf shooter
4.05
07 Dungeon master rpg
4.00
08 Where in time is Carmen Sandiego? adventure
4.00
09 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.00
10 Batman: the Movie action
4.00
# 1990 genre rating
01 Prince of Persia action
4.13
02 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.12
03 Stunts (a.k.a. 4D Sports Driving) racing
4.09
04 Warlords strategy
4.07
05 Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes action
4.06
06 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.05
07 Uncharted Waters simulation
4.05
08 Alpha Waves (a.k.a. Continuum) action
4.05
09 Midwinter strategy
4.05
10 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.04
# 1991 genre rating
01 Civilization strategy
4.10
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.07
03 Lemmings puzzle
4.07
04 Space Quest 4: Roger Wilco and the time rippers adventure
4.07
05 Timequest (a.k.a. Time Quest) adventure
4.06
06 Golden Axe action
4.06
07 Gods action
4.05
08 Magnetic Scrolls Collection adventure
4.05
09 Prehistorik action
4.05
10 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
# 1992 genre rating
01 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.10
02 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.09
03 Speedball 2 sports
4.09
04 Bomberman (a.k.a. Dyna Blaster) action
4.08
05 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.07
06 Titus the Fox action
4.07
07 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.07
08 Jill of the jungle 3: Jill saves the prince action
4.07
09 Star Control 2 adventure
4.06
10 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.06
# 1993 genre rating
01 Doom shooter
4.17
02 The Lost Vikings action
4.10
03 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers adventure
4.10
04 Ultima Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds rpg
4.09
05 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.07
06 Mortal Kombat action
4.07
07 Gateway 2: Homeworld adventure
4.06
08 Police Quest 4: Open season adventure
4.06
09 Day of the tentacle adventure
4.05
10 Innocent until caught adventure
4.05
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo defense (a.k.a. Ufo: Enemy unknown) strategy
4.20
02 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.09
03 Lode Runner: The Legend Returns action
4.08
04 Panzer General 1 strategy
4.07
05 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.07
06 Master of Magic strategy
4.07
07 Realms of Arkania 2: Star trail rpg
4.06
08 Colonization strategy
4.06
09 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.05
10 Raiden shooter
4.05
# 1995 genre rating
01 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.08
02 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.07
03 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.06
04 X-COM: Terror from the deep strategy
4.06
05 Myst adventure
4.06
06 Ascendancy strategy
4.05
07 True love adventure
4.05
08 Command & Conquer strategy
4.04
09 The Need for Speed racing
4.04
10 Advanced Civilization strategy
4.04
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.15
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.08
03 Albion rpg
4.07
04 The Complete Great Naval Battles: The Final Fury vehicle simulation
4.07
05 Quake shooter
4.07
06 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.06
07 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.06
08 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.06
09 Fable adventure
4.05
10 Diablo rpg
4.04
# 1997 genre rating
01 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.11
02 Fallout rpg
4.08
03 Age of Empires 1 strategy
4.07
04 Hercules action
4.07
05 Blade Runner adventure
4.07
06 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.06
07 Callahan's Crosstime Saloon adventure
4.05
08 Blood shooter
4.05
09 Theme Hospital simulation
4.05
10 Carmageddon racing
4.04
# 1998 genre rating
01 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.12
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.10
03 Dune 2000 strategy
4.08
04 Dope Wars simulation
4.06
05 Axis and Allies strategy
4.05
06 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.03
07 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.00
08 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
3.92
09 Fatal Relations adventure
3.91
10 Settlers of Catan strategy
3.91
# 1999 genre rating
01 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.07
02 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.06
03 Age of Wonders strategy
4.05
04 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.01
05 System Shock 2 shooter
4.00
06 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
4.00
07 Ultima 9: Ascension rpg
3.94
08 SimCity 3000 simulation
3.91
09 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.90
10 Yoot Tower simulation
3.87
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