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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
3.97
02 Paratrooper shooter
3.87
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.73
04 PC-Man action
3.70
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.70
06 Deadline adventure
3.68
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.11
02 Lode Runner action
4.03
03 Digger action
4.00
04 Rogue rpg
3.97
05 The Hobbit adventure
3.91
06 Galaxian shooter
3.90
07 Defender shooter
3.90
08 Battlezone shooter
3.87
09 Donkey Kong action
3.85
10 Planetfall adventure
3.74
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.08
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
3.99
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.96
04 DND rpg
3.88
05 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.79
06 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.77
07 Jumpman action
3.77
08 Hack rpg
3.74
09 Styx action
3.74
10 Below The Root action-adventure
3.60
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.09
02 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.04
03 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
4.00
04 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
05 Hacker simulation
3.93
06 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.92
07 Spacewar shooter
3.84
08 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.70
09 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
3.53
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.13
02 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.12
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
04 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.03
05 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
4.03
06 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.00
07 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
08 Wordstar 4 application
3.97
09 Starflight rpg
3.96
10 Karateka action
3.88
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.14
02 Elite vehicle simulation
4.11
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.10
04 Tetris puzzle
4.07
05 Test Drive racing
4.05
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.04
07 The Great Giana Sisters action
4.00
08 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.00
09 The Bard's Tale rpg
3.95
10 Project: Space Station simulation
3.95
# 1988 genre rating
01 Arkanoid action
4.13
02 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.11
03 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.08
04 2400 A.D. rpg
4.07
05 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
06 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.00
07 Star Command strategy
4.00
08 Life & Death simulation
4.00
09 Gold Rush! adventure
4.00
10 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
3.99
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.14
02 Ferrari Formula 1 racing
4.12
03 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.11
04 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.11
05 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.10
06 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.10
07 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.09
08 Starflight 2: Trade routes of the Cloud Nebula rpg
4.09
09 The Sentinel puzzle
4.08
10 007: License to Kill shooter
4.07
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.21
02 Prince of Persia action
4.13
03 Kick off 2 sports
4.10
04 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.10
05 Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers get all the girls adventure
4.09
06 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.09
07 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.08
08 Champions of Krynn rpg
4.07
09 Operation Stealth adventure
4.07
10 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.06
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.21
02 Civilization strategy
4.17
03 Golden Axe action
4.12
04 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.11
05 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.11
06 Another World action-adventure
4.10
07 Magnetic Scrolls Collection adventure
4.10
08 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
09 Megafortress vehicle simulation
4.07
10 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.07
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.18
02 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.13
03 Dune strategy
4.12
04 Street Fighter 2 action
4.10
05 Alone in the Dark action-adventure
4.10
06 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.10
07 Titus the Fox action
4.10
08 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.10
09 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.09
10 Star Control 2 strategy
4.09
# 1993 genre rating
01 Doom shooter
4.18
02 Championship Manager Italia sports
4.17
03 The Lost Vikings action
4.16
04 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.14
05 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.12
06 The Settlers strategy
4.11
07 Mortal Kombat action
4.11
08 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.11
09 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle rpg
4.10
10 Syndicate strategy
4.09
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.23
02 Panzer General strategy
4.13
03 Master of Magic strategy
4.12
04 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.11
05 Disney's Aladdin action
4.11
06 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.10
07 The Elder Scrolls: Arena rpg
4.09
08 Strip Poker Professional strategy
4.09
09 Quarantine racing
4.08
10 Colonization strategy
4.08
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.13
02 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.13
03 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.12
04 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.11
05 Steel Panthers strategy
4.10
06 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.09
07 Descent shooter
4.09
08 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.09
09 Screamer racing
4.08
10 True love adventure
4.08
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.24
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.19
03 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.14
04 Quake shooter
4.11
05 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.10
06 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.10
07 Albion rpg
4.09
08 Death Rally racing
4.07
09 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
10 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.05
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.10
02 Theme Hospital simulation
4.09
03 Fallout rpg
4.09
04 Virtua Cop 2 strategy
4.08
05 Virtua Cop shooter
4.07
06 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.07
07 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.06
08 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 sports
4.06
09 Blade Runner adventure
4.05
10 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.05
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dune 2000 strategy
4.11
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.10
03 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.10
04 Dope Wars simulation
4.06
05 Axis and Allies strategy
4.06
06 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.05
07 Sanitarium adventure
4.05
08 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.00
09 Avalon rpg
3.98
10 Fatal Relations adventure
3.93
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.14
02 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.09
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.06
04 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.04
05 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.04
06 Age of Wonders strategy
4.01
07 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.98
08 Pharaoh simulation
3.89
09 Yoot Tower simulation
3.89
10 SimCity 3000 simulation
3.84
# 2000 genre rating
01 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.00
02 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
3.98
03 Arrakis strategy
3.91
04 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.70
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.03
02 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.94
03 Mario and Luigi action
3.91
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.82
# 2002 genre rating
01 Syberia adventure
4.00
02 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.00
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.95
04 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.84
05 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.78
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