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Best 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.


# 1981 genre rating
01 Galaxy strategy
4.09
02 Softporn Adventure adventure
4.00
03 Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord rpg
3.93
04 Chess strategy
3.91
05 Akalabeth: World of Doom rpg
3.65
06 B-1 Nuclear Bomber vehicle simulation
3.64
# 1982 genre rating
01 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.19
02 PC-Man action
4.18
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
4.00
04 Paratrooper shooter
3.95
05 Car Builder simulation
3.90
06 Executive Suite simulation
3.88
07 Deadline adventure
3.84
08 BurgerTime action
3.82
09 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.82
10 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.80
# 1983 genre rating
01 Lode Runner action
4.27
02 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.26
03 Digger action
4.25
04 Battlezone shooter
4.24
05 Defender shooter
4.20
06 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.19
07 Planetfall adventure
4.15
08 Frogger action
4.12
09 J-Bird action
4.07
10 Donkey Kong action
4.05
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.29
02 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.29
03 dBASE III application
4.26
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.21
05 Castle Adventure action-adventure
4.20
06 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.18
07 Rogue rpg
4.18
08 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.16
09 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.13
10 Crime and Punishment simulation
4.09
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.33
02 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
4.18
03 A Mind Forever Voyaging adventure
4.14
04 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.14
05 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.12
06 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.11
07 Spacewar shooter
4.06
08 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.04
09 Silent Service vehicle simulation
4.03
10 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.98
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.25
02 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.25
03 Wordstar 4 application
4.20
04 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.17
05 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.15
06 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
4.14
07 The Fellowship of the Ring adventure
4.14
08 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.13
09 Psi 5 Trading Company vehicle simulation
4.13
10 AutoCAD 2.5 application
4.12
# 1987 genre rating
01 Driller action-adventure
4.29
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.28
03 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.25
04 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.21
05 Test Drive racing
4.16
06 La Abadia del Crimen action-adventure
4.16
07 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.14
08 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.14
09 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.13
10 Phantasie 3: The Wrath of Nikademus rpg
4.13
# 1988 genre rating
01 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.31
02 Skate or Die sports
4.29
03 Battlehawks 1942 vehicle simulation
4.26
04 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.25
05 World Class Leader Board sports
4.23
06 F-19 Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.23
07 Battle Chess strategy
4.22
08 Star Wars shooter
4.21
09 Rampage action
4.20
10 Speedball sports
4.20
# 1989 genre rating
01 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.29
02 Operation Wolf shooter
4.27
03 Alien Syndrome shooter
4.27
04 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.25
05 Rick Dangerous action
4.25
06 Clue Master Detective strategy
4.25
07 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.24
08 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.23
09 Bubble Bobble action
4.23
10 Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain vehicle simulation
4.22
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.32
02 Arj application
4.27
03 Panza Kick Boxing sports
4.27
04 Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation vehicle simulation
4.26
05 Jetfighter 2: Advanced Tactical Fighter vehicle simulation
4.25
06 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.24
07 LadyLove action
4.23
08 SimEarth simulation
4.23
09 F-14 Tomcat vehicle simulation
4.23
10 Norton Editor 2 application
4.23
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.34
02 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.29
03 Volfied action
4.28
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.27
05 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe vehicle simulation
4.27
06 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.26
07 Cisco Heat racing
4.26
08 Maupiti Island adventure
4.25
09 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.25
10 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.24
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.39
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.32
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.32
04 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.32
05 Stunt Island vehicle simulation
4.27
06 ATAC: The Secret War Against Drugs vehicle simulation
4.27
07 Links 386 Pro sports
4.27
08 F-15 Strike Eagle III vehicle simulation
4.27
09 Pacific Islands vehicle simulation
4.25
10 WaxWorks adventure
4.25
# 1993 genre rating
01 NeoPaint 3.2 application
4.45
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.29
03 Lemmings 2: The Tribes puzzle
4.28
04 Bio Menace Episode 3: Master Cain action
4.27
05 Bio Menace Episode 2: The Hidden Lab action
4.27
06 Space Hulk strategy
4.27
07 Dogfight: 80 Years of Aerial Warfare vehicle simulation
4.25
08 Sid & Al's Incredible Toons puzzle
4.25
09 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.25
10 Lotus: The ultimate challenge racing
4.24
# 1994 genre rating
01 Micro Machines racing
4.30
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.30
03 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.28
04 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.28
05 Heretic shooter
4.27
06 Fleet Defender vehicle simulation
4.26
07 Colonization strategy
4.25
08 Little Big Adventure action-adventure
4.24
09 1942: The Pacific Air War vehicle simulation
4.24
10 Disney's Aladdin action
4.23
# 1995 genre rating
01 Whiplash racing
4.29
02 Screamer racing
4.26
03 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.25
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.25
05 Transport Tycoon Deluxe simulation
4.25
06 Albion rpg
4.25
07 Psycho Pinball action
4.23
08 EF 2000 vehicle simulation
4.23
09 Extreme Pinball action
4.23
10 Steel Panthers strategy
4.22
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.29
02 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.27
03 Road Rash racing
4.25
04 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.24
05 Pray for Death action
4.24
06 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.24
07 Free Enterprise simulation
4.24
08 Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters vehicle simulation
4.24
09 Quake shooter
4.23
10 Battle Arena Toshinden action
4.23
# 1997 genre rating
01 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes strategy
4.29
02 Interstate '76 racing
4.25
03 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.24
04 Lucky Luke action
4.23
05 Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror adventure
4.23
06 Carmageddon racing
4.21
07 Blood shooter
4.20
08 Age of Empires strategy
4.20
09 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.19
10 Blade Runner adventure
4.18
# 1998 genre rating
01 People's General strategy
4.25
02 Caesar 3 simulation
4.24
03 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.23
04 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.22
05 Populous: The Beginning strategy
4.21
06 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.21
07 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.21
08 Dune 2000 strategy
4.21
09 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.19
10 Axis and Allies strategy
4.17
# 1999 genre rating
01 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.30
02 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.26
03 Civilization II: Test of Time strategy
4.25
04 Outcast action-adventure
4.24
05 Age of Wonders strategy
4.21
06 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor rpg
4.20
07 Pharaoh simulation
4.20
08 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.19
09 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.19
10 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.18
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.16
02 Nox rpg
4.13
03 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.13
04 Ground Control strategy
4.10
05 Gal Pani X action
4.07
06 Fairy Nights adventure
4.06
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.01
08 Deus Ex rpg
4.00
09 Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn rpg
3.96
10 Dark Reign 2 strategy
3.93
# 2001 genre rating
01 ScummVM application
4.31
02 Empire Earth strategy
4.28
03 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.27
04 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.16
05 Anachronox rpg
4.14
06 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.09
07 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.08
08 Independence War 2: Edge Of Chaos vehicle simulation
4.08
09 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone action-adventure
4.07
10 Mario and Luigi action
4.06
# 2002 genre rating
01 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.19
02 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.19
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.16
04 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind rpg
4.13
05 Crazy Taxi racing
4.13
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.11
07 DOSBox application
4.06
08 Syberia adventure
4.05
09 Industry Giant 2 simulation
4.00
10 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.88
# 2003 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 3 strategy
4.18
02 Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos - Yugi the Destiny strategy
4.07
03 Van Buren (Fallout 3) rpg
4.03
04 ResidualVM application
3.75
# 2004 genre rating
01 Spider-Man 2: The Game action-adventure
4.20
02 Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion vehicle simulation
4.20
03 UFO 2000 strategy
4.19
04 Blues Brothers RPG rpg
3.89