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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 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.12
02 PC-Man action
4.11
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.92
04 Paratrooper shooter
3.85
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.85
06 Deadline adventure
3.76
07 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.71
08 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.71
09 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.65
10 Pac-girl action
3.64
# 1983 genre rating
01 Battlezone shooter
4.25
02 Digger action
4.23
03 Lode Runner action
4.16
04 Defender shooter
4.13
05 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.12
06 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.12
07 Donkey Kong action
4.10
08 Frogger action
4.09
09 Planetfall adventure
4.08
10 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.31
02 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.13
03 Rogue rpg
4.13
04 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.13
05 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.12
06 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.11
07 DBase 3 application
4.05
08 DND rpg
4.04
09 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.03
10 Xonix action
4.00
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.35
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.19
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.18
04 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.14
05 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.12
06 The mist adventure
4.03
07 Spacewar shooter
4.03
08 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
4.02
09 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
10 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.25
02 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.23
03 Wordstar 4 application
4.16
04 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.13
05 Starflight rpg
4.13
06 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.11
07 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.10
08 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.10
09 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
10 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.07
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.42
02 Bad Street Brawler action
4.25
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.23
04 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.22
05 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.20
06 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.18
07 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.18
08 Driller action-adventure
4.17
09 Test Drive racing
4.12
10 Elite vehicle simulation
4.09
# 1988 genre rating
01 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.35
02 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.28
03 Skate or Die sports
4.26
04 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.24
05 Battle Chess strategy
4.22
06 Super Hang-On racing
4.18
07 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.18
08 World class leaderboard sports
4.18
09 Corruption adventure
4.17
10 Shadowgate adventure
4.15
# 1989 genre rating
01 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.28
02 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.27
03 Rick Dangerous action
4.25
04 Operation Wolf shooter
4.23
05 Heavy Metal vehicle simulation
4.23
06 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.21
07 Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur adventure
4.21
08 Bubble Bobble action
4.20
09 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.17
10 Oil Imperium simulation
4.16
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.28
02 Norton Editor 2 application
4.26
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.25
04 Arj application
4.23
05 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.23
06 SimEarth simulation
4.22
07 Prince of Persia action
4.21
08 Mario Bros VGA action
4.21
09 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.20
10 Loom adventure
4.20
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.52
02 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.28
03 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.27
04 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.25
05 Pools of Darkness rpg
4.25
06 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.25
07 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.25
08 Golden Axe action
4.24
09 Gods action
4.23
10 Duke Nukem action
4.22
# 1992 genre rating
01 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.38
02 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.36
03 Street Fighter 2 action
4.33
04 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.29
05 The Oregon Trail Deluxe simulation
4.26
06 Dark Seed adventure
4.23
07 Star Control 2 strategy
4.20
08 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.20
09 Crazy Cars 3 racing
4.20
10 Minesweeper puzzle
4.20
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.26
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.24
03 3D Studio 3 application
4.24
04 Tom and Jerry action
4.23
05 EcoQuest 2: Lost Secret of the Rainforest adventure
4.22
06 Doom shooter
4.22
07 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.20
08 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.20
09 Flashback: The Quest for Identity action
4.20
10 Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation adventure
4.19
# 1994 genre rating
01 Micro Machines racing
4.33
02 Colonization strategy
4.28
03 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.28
04 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf shooter
4.27
05 The Incredible Toon Machine puzzle
4.25
06 Disney's Aladdin action
4.24
07 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.23
08 Cannon Fodder strategy
4.22
09 Heretic shooter
4.22
10 Pinball Fantasies action
4.20
# 1995 genre rating
01 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons simulation
4.26
02 The Need for Speed racing
4.24
03 Caesar 2 simulation
4.24
04 William Shatner's TekWar shooter
4.23
05 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.21
06 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.21
07 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.19
08 Virtual Pool sports
4.18
09 Screamer racing
4.16
10 Witchaven shooter
4.15
# 1996 genre rating
01 Civilization 2 strategy
4.26
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.26
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.25
04 Quake shooter
4.22
05 Road Rash racing
4.21
06 Free Enterprise simulation
4.21
07 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.20
08 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.20
09 Seek and Destroy shooter
4.20
10 Marathon 2: Durandal shooter
4.19
# 1997 genre rating
01 Interstate '76 racing
4.26
02 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.23
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.22
04 Atomic Bomberman action
4.21
05 Carmageddon racing
4.19
06 Blood shooter
4.18
07 Entrepreneur simulation
4.17
08 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.17
09 Lucky Luke action
4.16
10 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.15
# 1998 genre rating
01 Caesar 3 simulation
4.23
02 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.22
03 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.20
04 Dune 2000 strategy
4.20
05 Army Men strategy
4.18
06 Fallout 2 rpg
4.16
07 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.15
08 House of the Dead shooter
4.14
09 Dope Wars simulation
4.14
10 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.14
# 1999 genre rating
01 Outcast action-adventure
4.27
02 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.24
03 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.24
04 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.23
05 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.23
06 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.21
07 Age of Wonders strategy
4.21
08 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.20
09 Pharaoh simulation
4.19
10 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor rpg
4.19
# 2000 genre rating
01 Ground Control strategy
4.15
02 Nox rpg
4.15
03 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.14
04 Deus Ex rpg
4.13
05 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.11
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.04
07 Gal Pani X action
4.00
08 Arrakis strategy
3.88
09 Cultures strategy
3.86
10 Icewind Dale rpg
3.82
# 2001 genre rating
01 Anachronox rpg
4.19
02 Empire Earth strategy
4.14
03 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.14
04 ScummVM application
4.14
05 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.11
06 Mario and Luigi action
4.11
07 Creatures Village action-adventure
4.09
08 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.07
09 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strategy
4.03
10 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.01
# 2002 genre rating
01 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.20
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.19
03 DOSBox application
4.15
04 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.14
05 Syberia adventure
4.05
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.04
07 Crazy Taxi racing
4.04
08 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.94
09 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.77
10 X-COM: Alliance shooter
3.72