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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
4.17
02 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.17
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.92
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.88
05 Paratrooper shooter
3.87
06 Car Builder simulation
3.81
07 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.77
08 Deadline adventure
3.76
09 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.75
10 BurgerTime action
3.70
# 1983 genre rating
01 Battlezone shooter
4.30
02 Lode Runner action
4.24
03 Digger action
4.22
04 Defender shooter
4.19
05 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.19
06 Frogger action
4.17
07 Planetfall adventure
4.16
08 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.15
09 Donkey Kong action
4.14
10 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.12
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.28
02 Crime and Punishment simulation
4.25
03 Rogue rpg
4.24
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.21
05 DBase 3 application
4.18
06 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.15
07 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.14
08 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.10
09 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.10
10 DND rpg
4.10
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.39
02 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.20
03 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.17
04 A Mind Forever Voyaging adventure
4.13
05 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.13
06 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
4.11
07 Spacewar shooter
4.06
08 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
09 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
10 Crusade in Europe strategy
3.97
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.26
02 Starflight rpg
4.18
03 Wordstar 4 application
4.16
04 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.15
05 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.13
06 Gauntlet action
4.13
07 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.13
08 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.12
09 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.11
10 King's Quest 3: To Heir is Human adventure
4.11
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.48
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.30
03 Mah Jongg Solitaire puzzle
4.25
04 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.22
05 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.21
06 Bad Street Brawler action
4.19
07 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.19
08 Test Drive racing
4.16
09 Space Quest 2: Vohaul's Revenge adventure
4.14
10 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.14
# 1988 genre rating
01 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.37
02 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.27
03 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.26
04 Skate or Die sports
4.25
05 Battle Chess strategy
4.24
06 World class leaderboard sports
4.24
07 MicroProse Soccer sports
4.20
08 Double Dragon II: The Revenge action
4.19
09 Classic Concentration puzzle
4.18
10 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.16
# 1989 genre rating
01 Operation Wolf shooter
4.31
02 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.29
03 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.27
04 Rick Dangerous action
4.25
05 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.24
06 Bubble Bobble action
4.22
07 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.22
08 Heavy Metal vehicle simulation
4.21
09 Where in time is Carmen Sandiego? adventure
4.19
10 Oil Imperium simulation
4.19
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.31
02 Tank Wars strategy
4.29
03 Norton Editor 2 application
4.27
04 Arj application
4.27
05 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.26
06 Loom adventure
4.25
07 LadyLove action
4.25
08 Night Shift puzzle
4.25
09 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.25
10 Prince of Persia action
4.23
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.48
02 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.30
03 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.30
04 Cisco Heat racing
4.29
05 Duke Nukem action
4.28
06 DOS Navigator v 1.5 application
4.26
07 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.25
08 Golden Axe action
4.25
09 L'Empereur strategy
4.25
10 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.25
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.41
02 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.39
03 Street Fighter 2 action
4.33
04 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.32
05 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.31
06 Locomotion puzzle
4.29
07 Spear of Destiny shooter
4.27
08 The Oregon Trail Deluxe simulation
4.26
09 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.23
10 Ugh! action
4.23
# 1993 genre rating
01 NeoPaint 3.2 application
4.52
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.27
03 3D Studio 3 application
4.25
04 Bio Menace Episode 2: The Hidden Lab action
4.25
05 Lemmings 2: The Tribes puzzle
4.25
06 Carnage racing
4.25
07 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.24
08 Flashback: The Quest for Identity action-adventure
4.24
09 Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist adventure
4.23
10 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.23
# 1994 genre rating
01 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.31
02 Colonization strategy
4.30
03 Disney's Aladdin action
4.29
04 Heretic shooter
4.29
05 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.28
06 Diggers puzzle
4.27
07 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf shooter
4.27
08 Super Mariio Bros action
4.26
09 Pinball Fantasies action
4.25
10 Cannon Fodder strategy
4.25
# 1995 genre rating
01 The Terminator: Future Shock shooter
4.29
02 Whiplash racing
4.28
03 Transport Tycoon Deluxe simulation
4.27
04 Jungle Strike shooter
4.27
05 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.25
06 Witchaven shooter
4.25
07 Screamer racing
4.25
08 Destruction Derby racing
4.25
09 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.24
10 The Need for Speed racing
4.22
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.31
02 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.29
03 Road Rash racing
4.29
04 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.28
05 Pray for Death action
4.28
06 Gloriana simulation
4.28
07 Civilization 2 strategy
4.27
08 Dogs of War strategy
4.27
09 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.27
10 Quake shooter
4.24
# 1997 genre rating
01 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes strategy
4.29
02 Warheads strategy
4.28
03 Carmageddon racing
4.26
04 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.24
05 Age of Empires strategy
4.24
06 Lucky Luke action
4.23
07 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.21
08 Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror adventure
4.21
09 Blood shooter
4.21
10 Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II shooter
4.21
# 1998 genre rating
01 People's General strategy
4.25
02 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.25
03 Caesar 3 simulation
4.24
04 Army Men strategy
4.24
05 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.23
06 Dune 2000 strategy
4.23
07 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.22
08 Populous: The Beginning strategy
4.19
09 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.17
10 Axis and Allies strategy
4.16
# 1999 genre rating
01 Outcast action-adventure
4.29
02 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.28
03 Midtown Madness racing
4.28
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.27
05 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.24
06 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor rpg
4.23
07 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.22
08 Pharaoh simulation
4.21
09 Age of Wonders strategy
4.21
10 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.20
# 2000 genre rating
01 Deus Ex rpg
4.24
02 Nox rpg
4.20
03 Ground Control strategy
4.16
04 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.15
05 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.14
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.05
07 Gal Pani X action
4.05
08 Cultures strategy
4.00
09 The Operative: No One Lives Forever shooter
3.96
10 Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn rpg
3.96
# 2001 genre rating
01 Empire Earth strategy
4.25
02 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.24
03 ScummVM application
4.19
04 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.19
05 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.17
06 Creatures Village action-adventure
4.16
07 Anachronox rpg
4.13
08 Mario and Luigi action
4.07
09 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.05
10 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strategy
4.05
# 2002 genre rating
01 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.19
02 Crazy Taxi racing
4.19
03 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.19
04 DOSBox application
4.17
05 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.14
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.09
07 Syberia adventure
4.05
08 Industry Giant 2 simulation
4.00
09 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.81
10 X-COM: Alliance shooter
3.78