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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
3.94
02 Paratrooper shooter
3.91
03 PC-Man action
3.82
04 Deadline adventure
3.72
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.69
06 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.62
07 Astro Dodge shooter
3.61
08 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.54
09 Crossfire shooter
3.52
10 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.52
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.07
02 Lode Runner action
4.04
03 Digger action
3.98
04 Rogue rpg
3.97
05 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
3.95
06 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
3.95
07 Galaxian shooter
3.93
08 Battlezone shooter
3.91
09 Defender shooter
3.90
10 The Hobbit adventure
3.89
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.09
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.01
03 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.91
04 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.88
05 DND rpg
3.84
06 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.84
07 Jumpman action
3.81
08 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.77
09 Styx action
3.74
10 Hack rpg
3.71
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.06
02 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.03
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
04 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
05 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.92
06 Hacker simulation
3.91
07 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.91
08 The mist adventure
3.89
09 Spacewar shooter
3.88
10 Crusade in Europe strategy
3.85
# 1986 genre rating
01 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
02 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.10
03 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.10
04 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.06
05 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.03
06 The Great Escape action-adventure
4.03
07 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.00
08 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
09 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.95
10 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
3.95
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.22
02 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.13
03 Elite vehicle simulation
4.10
04 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.08
05 Test Drive racing
4.06
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.05
07 Tetris puzzle
4.03
08 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.03
09 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.94
10 Ford simulator 1 racing
3.92
# 1988 genre rating
01 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.09
02 F-19 Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.06
03 Life & Death simulation
4.05
04 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.05
05 Arkanoid action
4.04
06 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.03
07 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.01
08 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.00
09 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.00
10 Uridium shooter
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.13
02 Rick Dangerous action
4.11
03 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.09
04 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.08
05 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.07
06 The Magic Candle 1 rpg
4.06
07 Street Rod racing
4.06
08 Ferrari Formula 1 racing
4.06
09 Bubble Bobble action
4.05
10 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.05
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.23
02 Rick Dangerous 2 action
4.08
03 Operation Stealth adventure
4.06
04 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.06
05 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.06
06 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.06
07 North and South strategy
4.06
08 Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers get all the girls adventure
4.05
09 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.05
10 Circuit's edge rpg
4.04
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.13
02 Golden Axe action
4.13
03 Civilization strategy
4.13
04 Volfied action
4.10
05 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.08
06 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
07 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.06
08 Megafortress vehicle simulation
4.06
09 Gods action
4.06
10 Elite Plus vehicle simulation
4.05
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.13
02 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.12
03 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.10
04 Gobliiins adventure
4.07
05 Dark Seed adventure
4.07
06 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.07
07 Speedball 2 sports
4.07
08 Comanche: Maximum overkill vehicle simulation
4.07
09 CD-Man v2.0 action
4.06
10 Angband rpg
4.06
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.16
02 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.14
03 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.13
04 Syndicate strategy
4.12
05 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.11
06 Doom shooter
4.11
07 Mortal Kombat action
4.11
08 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.09
09 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.08
10 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers adventure
4.08
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.22
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.13
03 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.11
04 Master of Magic strategy
4.10
05 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.08
06 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.07
07 The Incredible Toon Machine puzzle
4.07
08 Panzer General strategy
4.07
09 Armored fist vehicle simulation
4.06
10 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.06
# 1995 genre rating
01 Steel Panthers strategy
4.13
02 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.12
03 Worms strategy
4.06
04 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.06
05 Caesar 2 simulation
4.05
06 Screamer racing
4.05
07 Extreme Pinball action
4.05
08 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.04
09 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.03
10 X-COM: Terror from the Deep strategy
4.02
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.22
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.11
03 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.08
04 Fantasy General strategy
4.08
05 Quake shooter
4.06
06 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.06
07 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.06
08 Heroes of Might and Magic II strategy
4.05
09 Albion rpg
4.05
10 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.04
# 1997 genre rating
01 Fallout rpg
4.07
02 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.07
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.05
04 Theme Hospital simulation
4.04
05 Blood shooter
4.03
06 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.02
07 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.01
08 Blade Runner adventure
4.01
09 Entrepreneur simulation
4.00
10 Constructor simulation
4.00
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dope Wars simulation
4.04
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.03
03 Axis and Allies strategy
4.02
04 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.01
05 Dune 2000 strategy
4.01
06 People's General strategy
4.00
07 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.00
08 Sanitarium adventure
4.00
09 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
3.99
10 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
3.92
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.19
02 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.10
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.06
04 Age of Wonders strategy
4.06
05 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.06
06 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.05
07 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.96
08 Yoot Tower simulation
3.96
09 Pharaoh simulation
3.94
10 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.93
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.06
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.02
03 Cultures strategy
4.00
04 Icewind Dale rpg
3.92
05 Ground Control strategy
3.87
06 Arrakis strategy
3.76
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.68
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.97
02 Mario and Luigi action
3.85
03 Empire Earth strategy
3.83
04 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.81
# 2002 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.00
02 Syberia adventure
3.97
03 DOSBox application
3.93
04 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.87
05 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.83
06 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
07 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
3.64
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