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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
4.08
02 PC-Man action
4.07
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.91
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.80
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.76
06 Deadline adventure
3.73
07 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.68
08 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.68
09 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.60
10 Astro Dodge shooter
3.55
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.10
02 Lode Runner action
4.08
03 Battlezone shooter
4.07
04 Defender shooter
4.05
05 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.05
06 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
07 Donkey Kong action
4.00
08 Digger action
4.00
09 The Hobbit adventure
3.97
10 Rogue rpg
3.95
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.17
02 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.13
03 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.05
04 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.04
05 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.00
06 DND rpg
3.96
07 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.95
08 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.93
09 Zyll adventure
3.90
10 Jumpman action
3.84
# 1985 genre rating
01 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.08
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.07
03 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.05
04 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
05 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
06 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
07 Spacewar shooter
3.96
08 Hacker simulation
3.94
09 Wishbringer adventure
3.90
10 The mist adventure
3.89
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.14
02 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.13
03 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
04 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.09
05 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.08
06 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.04
07 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.04
08 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.03
09 Psi 5 Trading Company vehicle simulation
4.00
10 Larn rpg
4.00
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.17
02 Test Drive racing
4.15
03 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.14
04 Driller action-adventure
4.14
05 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.13
06 Tetris puzzle
4.09
07 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.09
08 Elite vehicle simulation
4.08
09 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.07
10 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.05
# 1988 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.13
02 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.08
03 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.08
04 Shadowgate adventure
4.07
05 Arkanoid action
4.07
06 Double Dragon II: The Revenge action
4.06
07 Battle Chess strategy
4.06
08 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.06
09 Batman: the Caped Crusader action-adventure
4.05
10 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.03
# 1989 genre rating
01 Bubble Bobble action
4.17
02 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.17
03 Keef the Thief: A Boy and his Lockpick rpg
4.15
04 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals adventure
4.14
05 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.13
06 Rick Dangerous action
4.13
07 Cartooners application
4.13
08 Operation Wolf shooter
4.12
09 Ports of Call simulation
4.12
10 Dungeon Master rpg
4.12
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.23
02 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.16
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.15
04 Xenon 2: Megablast shooter
4.14
05 North and South strategy
4.13
06 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.13
07 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.13
08 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.12
09 Prince of Persia action
4.11
10 SimEarth simulation
4.11
# 1991 genre rating
01 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.21
02 Golden Axe action
4.20
03 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.20
04 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.20
05 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.15
06 Civilization strategy
4.15
07 Gods action
4.15
08 Formula 1 Grand Prix racing
4.11
09 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.10
10 Les Manley in: Lost in L.A. adventure
4.09
# 1992 genre rating
01 Street Fighter 2 action
4.23
02 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.18
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.18
04 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.16
05 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.13
06 KGB adventure
4.13
07 1000 Miglia racing
4.12
08 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.12
09 Dark Seed adventure
4.12
10 Castles 2: Siege and Conquest strategy
4.11
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.17
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.15
03 Doom shooter
4.14
04 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.14
05 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.14
06 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.14
07 The Settlers strategy
4.14
08 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.13
09 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.13
10 Space Hulk strategy
4.12
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.25
02 NASCAR Racing racing
4.16
03 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.16
04 The Incredible Toon Machine puzzle
4.14
05 Colonization strategy
4.13
06 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.13
07 Master of Magic strategy
4.13
08 Cannon Fodder strategy
4.11
09 Marathon shooter
4.11
10 Micro Machines racing
4.10
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.17
02 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.15
03 The Dig adventure
4.14
04 Shannara adventure
4.13
05 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.12
06 High Seas Trader simulation
4.12
07 The Need for Speed racing
4.10
08 Caesar 2 simulation
4.09
09 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.09
10 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.09
# 1996 genre rating
01 Civilization 2 strategy
4.19
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.19
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.16
04 Fantasy General strategy
4.13
05 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.13
06 Road Rash racing
4.12
07 Quake shooter
4.12
08 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.11
09 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.11
10 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.09
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.17
02 Age of Empires strategy
4.16
03 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.12
04 Virtua Cop shooter
4.11
05 Slash'Em rpg
4.10
06 Entrepreneur simulation
4.09
07 Fallout rpg
4.07
08 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire rpg
4.06
09 Theme Hospital simulation
4.06
10 Atomic Bomberman action
4.06
# 1998 genre rating
01 Baldur's Gate rpg
4.16
02 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.16
03 People's General strategy
4.10
04 Army Men strategy
4.10
05 House of the Dead shooter
4.09
06 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.08
07 Dune 2000 strategy
4.08
08 Dope Wars simulation
4.08
09 Caesar 3 simulation
4.07
10 Axis and Allies strategy
4.06
# 1999 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.21
02 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.21
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.17
04 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.17
05 Age of Wonders strategy
4.12
06 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.10
07 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.08
08 Pharaoh simulation
4.07
09 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.04
10 Yoot Tower simulation
4.02
# 2000 genre rating
01 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.07
02 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.05
03 Icewind Dale rpg
4.04
04 Ground Control strategy
4.00
05 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.90
06 Cultures strategy
3.87
07 Arrakis strategy
3.73
# 2001 genre rating
01 Mario and Luigi action
4.01
02 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.98
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.97
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.95
# 2002 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.10
02 Syberia adventure
4.09
03 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.05
04 DOSBox application
3.97
05 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.92
06 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.84
07 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
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