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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
3.92
02 Paratrooper shooter
3.87
03 PC-Man action
3.74
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.74
05 Deadline adventure
3.71
06 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.65
07 Astro Dodge shooter
3.61
08 Crossfire shooter
3.52
09 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.50
10 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.48
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.05
02 Lode Runner action
4.04
03 Rogue rpg
4.00
04 Digger action
3.96
05 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
3.95
06 Battlezone shooter
3.91
07 Galaxian shooter
3.90
08 Defender shooter
3.90
09 The Hobbit adventure
3.86
10 Donkey Kong action
3.82
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.11
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
3.99
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.91
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.91
05 DND rpg
3.84
06 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.79
07 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.77
08 Jumpman action
3.77
09 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.77
10 Hack rpg
3.75
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.07
02 The mist adventure
4.00
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
04 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
3.98
05 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
06 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.92
07 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.89
08 Hacker simulation
3.88
09 Spacewar shooter
3.83
10 Silent Service vehicle simulation
3.71
# 1986 genre rating
01 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.10
02 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.07
03 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.05
04 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.04
05 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.03
06 The Great Escape action-adventure
4.00
07 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
08 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.00
09 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
3.95
10 Starflight rpg
3.93
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.20
02 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.09
03 Elite vehicle simulation
4.09
04 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.08
05 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.07
06 Test Drive racing
4.05
07 Tetris puzzle
4.05
08 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.03
09 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.98
10 The Bard's Tale rpg
3.92
# 1988 genre rating
01 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.09
02 Arkanoid action
4.07
03 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
04 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.04
05 Shadowgate adventure
4.04
06 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.03
07 Star Command strategy
4.03
08 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.03
09 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.00
10 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.11
02 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.09
03 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.08
04 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.08
05 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.08
06 Rick Dangerous action
4.07
07 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.07
08 Street Rod racing
4.06
09 A-Maze action
4.05
10 Bubble Bobble action
4.05
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.22
02 Prince of Persia action
4.10
03 Kick off 2 sports
4.10
04 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.07
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 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.05
09 Circuit's edge rpg
4.04
10 Champions of Krynn rpg
4.04
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.15
02 Civilization strategy
4.14
03 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe vehicle simulation
4.12
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.10
05 Golden Axe action
4.10
06 Another World action-adventure
4.10
07 Jones in the Fast Lane simulation
4.07
08 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.07
09 Planet's Edge rpg
4.07
10 Volfied action
4.06
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.18
02 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.14
03 Sensible soccer sports
4.12
04 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.09
05 Alone in the Dark action-adventure
4.09
06 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.09
07 Mega lo Mania strategy
4.08
08 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.08
09 Dark Seed adventure
4.08
10 Star Control 2 strategy
4.07
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.16
02 Doom shooter
4.15
03 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.13
04 Syndicate strategy
4.12
05 The Settlers strategy
4.12
06 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.10
07 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.10
08 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.10
09 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.10
10 Mortal Kombat action
4.09
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.22
02 Panzer General strategy
4.13
03 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.13
04 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.11
05 Master of Magic strategy
4.10
06 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.10
07 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.09
08 Disney's Aladdin action
4.08
09 Heretic shooter
4.08
10 Quarantine racing
4.08
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.14
02 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.10
03 Steel Panthers strategy
4.08
04 The Dig adventure
4.08
05 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.07
06 Worms strategy
4.06
07 Screamer racing
4.05
08 Extreme Pinball action
4.05
09 Psycho Pinball action
4.04
10 Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament racing
4.04
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.23
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.14
03 FIFA 97 sports
4.13
04 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.12
05 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.08
06 Great Naval Battles vol. 5: Demise of the Dreadnoughts 1914-18 vehicle simulation
4.08
07 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
08 Albion rpg
4.07
09 Fantasy General strategy
4.07
10 Quake shooter
4.06
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.09
02 Virtua Cop shooter
4.08
03 Fallout rpg
4.08
04 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.07
05 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.07
06 Theme Hospital simulation
4.05
07 Blood shooter
4.05
08 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.03
09 Grand Theft Auto action-adventure
4.01
10 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.00
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dune 2000 strategy
4.08
02 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.06
03 House of the Dead shooter
4.05
04 Sanitarium adventure
4.04
05 Dope Wars simulation
4.04
06 Axis and Allies strategy
4.03
07 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.03
08 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.00
09 People's General strategy
3.95
10 Avalon rpg
3.93
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.18
02 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.07
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.06
04 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.06
05 Age of Wonders strategy
4.05
06 Pharaoh simulation
4.00
07 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.98
08 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty strategy
3.97
09 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.96
10 Yoot Tower simulation
3.91
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.05
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.04
03 Cultures strategy
3.96
04 Ground Control strategy
3.82
05 Icewind Dale rpg
3.82
06 Arrakis strategy
3.76
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.65
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.99
02 Empire Earth strategy
3.86
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.83
04 Mario and Luigi action
3.80
# 2002 genre rating
01 DOSBox application
4.12
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.00
03 Syberia adventure
3.97
04 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.92
05 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.88
06 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.87
07 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
3.65
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