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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.


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# 1982 genre rating
01 PC-Man action
4.14
02 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.07
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.94
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.90
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.76
06 Deadline adventure
3.76
07 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.70
08 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.68
09 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.67
10 Pac-girl action
3.64
# 1983 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.27
02 Battlezone shooter
4.20
03 Digger action
4.18
04 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.17
05 Lode Runner action
4.16
06 Defender shooter
4.10
07 Frogger action
4.06
08 Planetfall adventure
4.05
09 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
10 Donkey Kong action
4.04
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.25
02 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.19
03 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.12
04 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.10
05 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.08
06 Rogue rpg
4.08
07 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.00
08 DND rpg
3.99
09 Zyll adventure
3.95
10 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.93
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.36
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.12
03 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.11
04 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.11
05 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.08
06 The mist adventure
4.00
07 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
08 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
09 Spacewar shooter
4.00
10 Perry Mason adventure
3.95
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.24
02 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.20
03 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.15
04 Wordstar 4 application
4.14
05 Starflight rpg
4.10
06 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.09
07 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.09
08 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.08
09 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.06
10 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.06
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.38
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.22
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.18
04 Driller action-adventure
4.17
05 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.15
06 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.15
07 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.14
08 Test Drive racing
4.13
09 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.11
10 Rockford: The Arcade Game puzzle
4.11
# 1988 genre rating
01 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.42
02 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.40
03 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.24
04 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.24
05 Skate or Die sports
4.20
06 MicroProse Soccer sports
4.20
07 Battle Chess strategy
4.19
08 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.15
09 World class leaderboard sports
4.14
10 Corruption adventure
4.13
# 1989 genre rating
01 Rick Dangerous action
4.23
02 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.23
03 Bubble Bobble action
4.21
04 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.21
05 Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur adventure
4.19
06 Heavy Metal vehicle simulation
4.19
07 Ys: The Vanished Omens rpg
4.18
08 Ports of Call simulation
4.15
09 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.14
10 The Cycles racing
4.14
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.27
02 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.25
03 Norton Editor 2 application
4.23
04 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.22
05 Puzznic puzzle
4.22
06 Lady Love action
4.20
07 TV Sports: Basketball sports
4.19
08 Arj application
4.19
09 SimEarth simulation
4.18
10 Silent Service 2 vehicle simulation
4.18
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBasic application
4.45
02 Golden Axe action
4.26
03 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.26
04 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.26
05 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.23
06 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.23
07 Gods action
4.20
08 Civilization strategy
4.19
09 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.19
10 Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood adventure
4.15
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.33
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.27
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.27
04 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.24
05 Dark Seed adventure
4.18
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.17
07 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.16
08 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary adventure
4.16
09 Patrician simulation
4.16
10 Star Control 2 strategy
4.15
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.26
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.24
03 Tom and Jerry action
4.23
04 Doom shooter
4.20
05 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.17
06 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.17
07 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.17
08 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.17
09 Lemmings 2: The Tribes puzzle
4.17
10 Flashback: The Quest for Identity action
4.16
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.26
02 Micro Machines racing
4.24
03 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.22
04 Heretic shooter
4.21
05 Pinball Fantasies action
4.18
06 Cannon Fodder strategy
4.18
07 Disney's Aladdin action
4.18
08 Colonization strategy
4.17
09 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.17
10 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.17
# 1995 genre rating
01 Whiplash racing
4.24
02 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons simulation
4.23
03 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.22
04 Virtual Pool sports
4.21
05 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.19
06 Caesar 2 simulation
4.18
07 The Need for Speed racing
4.18
08 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.18
09 Witchaven shooter
4.15
10 Disney's The Jungle Book action
4.14
# 1996 genre rating
01 Civilization 2 strategy
4.25
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.24
03 Road Rash racing
4.20
04 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.20
05 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.19
06 Quake shooter
4.18
07 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.18
08 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.16
09 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.15
10 Gloriana simulation
4.14
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.22
02 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire rpg
4.21
03 Lucky Luke action
4.17
04 Age of Empires strategy
4.17
05 Atomic Bomberman action
4.15
06 Carmageddon racing
4.14
07 Blade Runner adventure
4.14
08 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.14
09 Virtua Cop shooter
4.14
10 Total Annihilation strategy
4.13
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dink Smallwood rpg
4.23
02 People's General strategy
4.21
03 Army Men strategy
4.18
04 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.18
05 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.15
06 Caesar 3 simulation
4.15
07 Dune 2000 strategy
4.14
08 Dope Wars simulation
4.13
09 SimSafari simulation
4.13
10 Fallout 2 rpg
4.13
# 1999 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.26
02 Pharaoh simulation
4.23
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.21
04 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.20
05 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.20
06 Outcast action-adventure
4.19
07 Midtown Madness racing
4.17
08 Age of Wonders strategy
4.17
09 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.15
10 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.15
# 2000 genre rating
01 Nox rpg
4.19
02 Ground Control strategy
4.13
03 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.08
04 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.08
05 Deus Ex rpg
4.04
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.00
07 Cultures strategy
3.95
08 Arrakis strategy
3.79
09 Icewind Dale rpg
3.77
# 2001 genre rating
01 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.20
02 Empire Earth strategy
4.13
03 Mario and Luigi action
4.07
04 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.05
05 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.04
06 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.03
07 NetHack - Falcon's Eye rpg
3.95
# 2002 genre rating
01 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.19
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.17
03 DOSBox application
4.13
04 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.11
05 Syberia adventure
4.07
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.99
07 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.85
08 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.83
09 X-COM: Alliance shooter
3.70
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