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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.


# 1982 genre rating
01 PC-Man action
4.14
02 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.13
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.92
04 Paratrooper shooter
3.86
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.85
06 Deadline adventure
3.77
07 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.75
08 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.71
09 Car Builder simulation
3.65
10 Pac-girl action
3.64
# 1983 genre rating
01 Battlezone shooter
4.27
02 Digger action
4.21
03 Lode Runner action
4.19
04 Defender shooter
4.14
05 Frogger action
4.13
06 Donkey Kong action
4.13
07 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.12
08 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.12
09 Planetfall adventure
4.09
10 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.08
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.30
02 Rogue rpg
4.19
03 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.15
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.15
05 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.13
06 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.11
07 DND rpg
4.06
08 DBase 3 application
4.05
09 Chess88 strategy
4.04
10 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.03
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.38
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.18
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.17
04 A Mind Forever Voyaging adventure
4.12
05 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.12
06 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
4.10
07 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.10
08 Spacewar shooter
4.04
09 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.04
10 The mist adventure
4.03
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.23
02 Starflight rpg
4.16
03 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.15
04 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.14
05 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.13
06 Wordstar 4 application
4.12
07 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.10
08 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.10
09 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.10
10 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.08
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.44
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.25
03 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.22
04 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.22
05 Driller action-adventure
4.21
06 Bad Street Brawler action
4.19
07 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.18
08 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.18
09 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.11
10 Space Quest 2: Vohaul's Revenge adventure
4.10
# 1988 genre rating
01 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.33
02 Skate or Die sports
4.29
03 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.26
04 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.23
05 Battle Chess strategy
4.22
06 World class leaderboard sports
4.22
07 Super Hang-On racing
4.22
08 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.18
09 Corruption adventure
4.17
10 Police Quest 2: The Vengeance adventure
4.16
# 1989 genre rating
01 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.30
02 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.28
03 Operation Wolf shooter
4.26
04 Rick Dangerous action
4.25
05 Heavy Metal vehicle simulation
4.21
06 Bubble Bobble action
4.20
07 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.19
08 Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition simulation
4.18
09 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.18
10 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.16
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.30
02 Norton Editor 2 application
4.26
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.26
04 Arj application
4.25
05 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.24
06 Prince of Persia action
4.23
07 Mario Bros VGA action
4.23
08 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.22
09 Loom adventure
4.21
10 Xenon 2: Megablast shooter
4.21
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.54
02 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.29
03 Duke Nukem action
4.28
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.27
05 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.26
06 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.25
07 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.24
08 Golden Axe action
4.24
09 Cisco Heat racing
4.23
10 Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood adventure
4.22
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.39
02 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.38
03 Street Fighter 2 action
4.33
04 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.31
05 The Oregon Trail Deluxe simulation
4.28
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.24
07 Spear of Destiny shooter
4.24
08 Minesweeper puzzle
4.23
09 Crazy Cars 3 racing
4.22
10 WaxWorks adventure
4.22
# 1993 genre rating
01 NeoPaint 3.2 application
4.50
02 3D Studio 3 application
4.28
03 Mortal Kombat action
4.26
04 Carnage racing
4.25
05 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.24
06 Lemmings 2: The Tribes puzzle
4.24
07 The Lost Vikings action
4.23
08 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.23
09 Flashback: The Quest for Identity action
4.22
10 Doom shooter
4.22
# 1994 genre rating
01 Colonization strategy
4.29
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.28
03 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf shooter
4.28
04 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.28
05 Disney's Aladdin action
4.27
06 Pinball Fantasies action
4.26
07 Micro Machines racing
4.25
08 The Incredible Toon Machine puzzle
4.25
09 Cannon Fodder strategy
4.25
10 Heretic shooter
4.24
# 1995 genre rating
01 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons simulation
4.24
02 Jungle Strike shooter
4.24
03 The Need for Speed racing
4.22
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.22
05 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.22
06 Caesar 2 simulation
4.21
07 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.21
08 Disney's The Jungle Book action
4.21
09 Fade to Black action-adventure
4.20
10 Witchaven shooter
4.20
# 1996 genre rating
01 Civilization 2 strategy
4.28
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.28
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.28
04 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.26
05 Road Rash racing
4.25
06 Quake shooter
4.24
07 F-22 Lightning 2 vehicle simulation
4.23
08 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.23
09 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.22
10 Heroes of Might and Magic II strategy
4.20
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.24
02 Lucky Luke action
4.24
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.23
04 Carmageddon racing
4.23
05 Interstate '76 racing
4.20
06 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.19
07 Entrepreneur simulation
4.19
08 Amulets & Armor rpg
4.18
09 Blood shooter
4.18
10 Atomic Bomberman action
4.17
# 1998 genre rating
01 Populous: The Beginning strategy
4.30
02 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.23
03 Army Men strategy
4.23
04 Caesar 3 simulation
4.22
05 People's General strategy
4.22
06 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.21
07 Dune 2000 strategy
4.21
08 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.19
09 Fallout 2 rpg
4.19
10 House of the Dead shooter
4.14
# 1999 genre rating
01 Midtown Madness racing
4.28
02 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor rpg
4.25
03 Outcast action-adventure
4.25
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.25
05 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.24
06 Age of Wonders strategy
4.22
07 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.21
08 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.20
09 Pharaoh simulation
4.19
10 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.18
# 2000 genre rating
01 Deus Ex rpg
4.19
02 Ground Control strategy
4.18
03 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.15
04 Nox rpg
4.13
05 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.12
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.03
07 Gal Pani X action
4.03
08 Cultures strategy
4.00
09 Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn rpg
3.90
10 Arrakis strategy
3.88
# 2001 genre rating
01 ScummVM application
4.21
02 Empire Earth strategy
4.20
03 Anachronox rpg
4.19
04 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.14
05 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.13
06 Creatures Village action-adventure
4.13
07 Mario and Luigi action
4.13
08 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.12
09 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strategy
4.06
10 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.05
# 2002 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.19
02 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.16
03 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.13
04 Crazy Taxi racing
4.13
05 DOSBox application
4.11
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.06
07 Syberia adventure
4.05
08 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.96
09 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.82
10 X-COM: Alliance shooter
3.73