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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
4.13
02 PC-Man action
4.04
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.94
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.78
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
4.21
02 Defender shooter
4.12
03 Lode Runner action
4.11
04 Frogger action
4.10
05 Battlezone shooter
4.09
06 Donkey Kong action
4.05
07 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
08 Digger action
4.02
09 Rogue rpg
4.00
10 Planetfall adventure
3.94
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.21
02 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.16
03 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.08
04 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.06
05 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.00
06 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.98
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
4.45
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.13
03 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.08
04 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.06
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
3.97
10 Perry Mason adventure
3.95
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.16
02 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.15
03 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.13
04 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
05 Wordstar 4 application
4.11
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
4.21
02 Driller action-adventure
4.18
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.18
04 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.17
05 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.13
06 Tetris puzzle
4.12
07 Elite vehicle simulation
4.10
08 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.10
09 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.10
10 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.09
# 1988 genre rating
01 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.50
02 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.30
03 Skate or Die sports
4.20
04 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.16
05 Corruption adventure
4.14
06 Battle Chess strategy
4.14
07 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.13
08 Batman: the Caped Crusader action-adventure
4.13
09 World class leaderboard sports
4.09
10 Double Dragon II: The Revenge action
4.08
# 1989 genre rating
01 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.18
02 Rick Dangerous action
4.18
03 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals adventure
4.18
04 Bubble Bobble action
4.17
05 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.17
06 Oil Imperium simulation
4.15
07 Starflight 2: Trade routes of the Cloud Nebula rpg
4.15
08 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.13
09 The Sentinel puzzle
4.13
10 Where in time is Carmen Sandiego? adventure
4.13
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.24
02 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.21
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.20
04 Xenon 2: Megablast shooter
4.18
05 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.16
06 Puzznic puzzle
4.16
07 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.14
08 Silent Service 2 vehicle simulation
4.14
09 Prince of Persia action
4.13
10 Arj application
4.13
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBasic application
4.30
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.23
03 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.21
04 Golden Axe action
4.21
05 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.21
06 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.20
07 Gods action
4.18
08 Civilization strategy
4.15
09 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.14
10 Formula 1 Grand Prix racing
4.13
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.28
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.25
03 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.24
04 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.22
05 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.16
06 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary adventure
4.15
07 Spear of Destiny shooter
4.15
08 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.14
09 Realms of Arkania 1: Blade of destiny rpg
4.14
10 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.14
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.21
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.20
03 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.18
04 Doom shooter
4.18
05 Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk action-adventure
4.17
06 The Settlers strategy
4.16
07 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.15
08 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.15
09 Wing Commander: Privateer vehicle simulation
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 Micro Machines racing
4.16
06 Hocus Pocus action
4.16
07 Colonization strategy
4.15
08 The Elder Scrolls: Arena rpg
4.14
09 Heretic shooter
4.13
10 Master of Magic strategy
4.13
# 1995 genre rating
01 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.19
02 The Dig adventure
4.17
03 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.17
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.15
05 High Seas Trader simulation
4.14
06 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons simulation
4.14
07 Whiplash racing
4.14
08 Caesar 2 simulation
4.13
09 The Need for Speed racing
4.12
10 Witchaven shooter
4.11
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.21
02 Road Rash racing
4.20
03 Civilization 2 strategy
4.18
04 Quake shooter
4.15
05 Fantasy General strategy
4.14
06 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.14
07 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.14
08 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.13
09 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.11
10 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.10
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.19
02 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.16
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.15
04 Virtua Cop shooter
4.12
05 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire rpg
4.11
06 Blade Runner adventure
4.10
07 Atomic Bomberman action
4.10
08 Slash'Em rpg
4.10
09 Blood shooter
4.09
10 Total Annihilation strategy
4.09
# 1998 genre rating
01 Caesar 3 simulation
4.18
02 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.17
03 People's General strategy
4.16
04 Army Men strategy
4.15
05 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.13
06 House of the Dead shooter
4.11
07 Axis and Allies strategy
4.10
08 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.09
09 Dope Wars simulation
4.09
10 Dune 2000 strategy
4.09
# 1999 genre rating
01 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.22
02 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.17
03 Pharaoh simulation
4.17
04 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.15
05 Age of Wonders strategy
4.14
06 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.12
07 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.12
08 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.10
09 Outcast action-adventure
4.10
10 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.07
# 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
3.94
08 Arrakis strategy
3.76
# 2001 genre rating
01 Empire Earth strategy
4.08
02 Mario and Luigi action
4.05
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.99
04 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.97
# 2002 genre rating
01 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.17
02 Syberia adventure
4.14
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.14
04 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.11
05 DOSBox application
4.09
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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