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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.


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# 1982 genre rating
01 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.12
02 PC-Man action
4.04
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.94
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.80
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.76
06 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.68
07 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.68
08 Deadline adventure
3.66
09 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.60
10 Astro Dodge shooter
3.56
# 1983 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.19
02 Defender shooter
4.12
03 Lode Runner action
4.11
04 Frogger action
4.10
05 Battlezone shooter
4.09
06 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
07 Donkey Kong action
4.04
08 Digger action
4.02
09 Rogue rpg
4.00
10 Planetfall adventure
3.92
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.23
02 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.16
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.08
04 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.07
05 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.98
06 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.97
07 DND rpg
3.95
08 Zyll adventure
3.95
09 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.93
10 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.84
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.43
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.11
03 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.08
04 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.05
05 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.04
06 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
07 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
08 The mist adventure
3.97
09 Spacewar shooter
3.96
10 Hacker simulation
3.94
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.14
02 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.13
03 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.12
04 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
05 Wordstar 4 application
4.09
06 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.08
07 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.06
08 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.05
09 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.04
10 Starflight rpg
4.04
# 1987 genre rating
01 Test Drive racing
4.20
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.19
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.17
04 Driller action-adventure
4.14
05 Tetris puzzle
4.12
06 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.11
07 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.10
08 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.10
09 Elite vehicle simulation
4.09
10 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.08
# 1988 genre rating
01 Skate or Die sports
4.17
02 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.13
03 Battle Chess strategy
4.13
04 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.13
05 Batman: the Caped Crusader action-adventure
4.09
06 World class leaderboard sports
4.09
07 Double Dragon II: The Revenge action
4.09
08 Shadowgate adventure
4.07
09 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.06
10 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.06
# 1989 genre rating
01 Rick Dangerous action
4.18
02 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals adventure
4.18
03 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.17
04 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.17
05 Bubble Bobble action
4.17
06 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.15
07 Oil Imperium simulation
4.15
08 Starflight 2: Trade routes of the Cloud Nebula rpg
4.15
09 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.13
10 The Sentinel puzzle
4.13
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.25
02 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.21
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.20
04 Xenon 2: Megablast shooter
4.17
05 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.16
06 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.14
07 Silent Service 2 vehicle simulation
4.14
08 Prince of Persia action
4.13
09 Puzznic puzzle
4.13
10 Rise of the Dragon adventure
4.13
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBasic application
4.24
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.23
03 Golden Axe action
4.22
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.21
05 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.21
06 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.20
07 Gods action
4.17
08 Civilization strategy
4.15
09 Formula 1 Grand Prix racing
4.13
10 Volfied action
4.13
# 1992 genre rating
01 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.40
02 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.28
03 Street Fighter 2 action
4.24
04 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.23
05 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.17
06 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary adventure
4.16
07 Realms of Arkania 1: Blade of destiny rpg
4.14
08 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.14
09 Titus the Fox action
4.14
10 Spear of Destiny shooter
4.14
# 1993 genre rating
01 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.23
02 The Lost Vikings action
4.21
03 Mortal Kombat action
4.20
04 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.18
05 Doom shooter
4.17
06 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk action-adventure
4.17
07 The Settlers strategy
4.16
08 Wing Commander: Privateer vehicle simulation
4.15
09 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.15
10 Championship Manager Italia sports
4.14
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.25
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.23
03 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.17
04 NASCAR Racing racing
4.16
05 Hocus Pocus action
4.16
06 The Incredible Toon Machine puzzle
4.16
07 Micro Machines racing
4.16
08 Colonization strategy
4.15
09 Heretic shooter
4.13
10 Master of Magic strategy
4.13
# 1995 genre rating
01 The Dig adventure
4.17
02 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.16
03 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.16
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.15
05 High Seas Trader simulation
4.14
06 Whiplash racing
4.14
07 The Need for Speed racing
4.12
08 Caesar 2 simulation
4.12
09 Witchaven shooter
4.11
10 Shannara adventure
4.11
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.21
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.18
03 Road Rash racing
4.18
04 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.15
05 Fantasy General strategy
4.14
06 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.14
07 Quake shooter
4.14
08 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.13
09 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.11
10 Albion rpg
4.09
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.19
02 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.15
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.15
04 Virtua Cop shooter
4.12
05 Atomic Bomberman action
4.11
06 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire rpg
4.11
07 Slash'Em rpg
4.10
08 Blade Runner adventure
4.09
09 Blood shooter
4.08
10 Fallout rpg
4.07
# 1998 genre rating
01 Army Men strategy
4.19
02 Caesar 3 simulation
4.17
03 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.16
04 People's General strategy
4.13
05 House of the Dead shooter
4.11
06 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.10
07 Dope Wars simulation
4.09
08 Axis and Allies strategy
4.09
09 Dune 2000 strategy
4.09
10 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.09
# 1999 genre rating
01 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.19
02 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.18
03 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.17
04 Age of Wonders strategy
4.16
05 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.15
06 Pharaoh simulation
4.14
07 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.12
08 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.10
09 Outcast action-adventure
4.10
10 Midtown Madness racing
4.10
# 2000 genre rating
01 Ground Control strategy
4.10
02 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.09
03 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.05
04 Deus Ex rpg
4.00
05 Icewind Dale rpg
3.96
06 Cultures strategy
3.94
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.93
08 Arrakis strategy
3.76
# 2001 genre rating
01 Empire Earth strategy
4.04
02 Mario and Luigi action
4.04
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.99
04 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.94
# 2002 genre rating
01 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.19
02 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.15
03 Syberia adventure
4.12
04 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.12
05 DOSBox application
4.03
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.93
07 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.84
08 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
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