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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
3.92
02 Paratrooper shooter
3.87
03 PC-Man action
3.74
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.74
05 Deadline adventure
3.72
06 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.67
07 Astro Dodge shooter
3.61
08 Crossfire shooter
3.52
09 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.52
10 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.48
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.07
02 Lode Runner action
4.04
03 Digger action
3.98
04 Rogue rpg
3.97
05 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
3.95
06 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
3.95
07 Battlezone shooter
3.91
08 Galaxian shooter
3.90
09 Defender shooter
3.90
10 The Hobbit adventure
3.89
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.07
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.00
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.96
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.91
05 DND rpg
3.83
06 Jumpman action
3.81
07 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.79
08 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.77
09 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.77
10 Styx action
3.74
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.08
02 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.02
03 The mist adventure
4.00
04 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
05 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
06 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.92
07 Hacker simulation
3.91
08 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.91
09 Spacewar shooter
3.88
10 Silent Service vehicle simulation
3.83
# 1986 genre rating
01 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
02 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.10
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.07
04 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.04
05 The Great Escape action-adventure
4.04
06 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.03
07 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
08 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.00
09 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.95
10 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
3.95
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.20
02 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.10
03 Elite vehicle simulation
4.09
04 Test Drive racing
4.08
05 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.08
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.07
07 Tetris puzzle
4.03
08 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.03
09 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.98
10 Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True adventure
3.92
# 1988 genre rating
01 F-19 Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.06
02 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.05
03 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.04
04 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.03
05 Life & Death simulation
4.03
06 Arkanoid action
4.03
07 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.03
08 Star Command strategy
4.01
09 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.01
10 Uridium shooter
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.12
02 Bubble Bobble action
4.09
03 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.09
04 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.08
05 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.08
06 Rick Dangerous action
4.07
07 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.07
08 Street Rod racing
4.06
09 Ferrari Formula 1 racing
4.06
10 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.05
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.23
02 Kick off 2 sports
4.10
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.07
04 Operation Stealth adventure
4.06
05 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.06
06 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.06
07 Rick Dangerous 2 action
4.06
08 North and South strategy
4.06
09 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.05
10 Prince of Persia action
4.04
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.16
02 Golden Axe action
4.14
03 Civilization strategy
4.13
04 Volfied action
4.10
05 Wild West World simulation
4.09
06 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.09
07 Jones in the Fast Lane simulation
4.07
08 Another World action-adventure
4.07
09 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.07
10 Falcon 3.0 vehicle simulation
4.06
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.15
02 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.15
03 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.09
04 Alone in the Dark action-adventure
4.09
05 Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight rpg
4.08
06 Dark Queen of Krynn rpg
4.07
07 Dark Seed adventure
4.07
08 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.07
09 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.07
10 Speedball 2 sports
4.07
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.15
02 The Lost Vikings action
4.14
03 Syndicate strategy
4.14
04 Doom shooter
4.12
05 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.11
06 Mortal Kombat action
4.11
07 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.10
08 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.09
09 Bloodstone: an Epic Dwarven Tale rpg
4.09
10 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space vehicle simulation
4.08
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.21
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.13
03 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.13
04 Quarantine racing
4.12
05 Master of Magic strategy
4.10
06 Panzer General strategy
4.10
07 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.09
08 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.07
09 Armored fist vehicle simulation
4.06
10 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.05
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.12
02 Steel Panthers strategy
4.11
03 Worms strategy
4.06
04 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.06
05 Screamer racing
4.05
06 Extreme Pinball action
4.05
07 Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament racing
4.04
08 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.04
09 Caesar 2 simulation
4.04
10 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.03
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.23
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.13
03 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.08
04 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
05 Fantasy General strategy
4.05
06 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.05
07 Albion rpg
4.05
08 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.05
09 Quake shooter
4.04
10 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.04
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.07
02 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.07
03 Fallout rpg
4.07
04 Blood shooter
4.05
05 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.04
06 Theme Hospital simulation
4.01
07 Virtua Cop shooter
4.01
08 Constructor simulation
4.00
09 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.00
10 Grand Theft Auto action-adventure
4.00
# 1998 genre rating
01 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.07
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.04
03 Dope Wars simulation
4.04
04 Dune 2000 strategy
4.03
05 Axis and Allies strategy
4.02
06 People's General strategy
4.00
07 Sanitarium adventure
4.00
08 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
3.99
09 Mega Man X3 shooter
3.98
10 Avalon rpg
3.96
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.18
02 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.10
03 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.06
04 Age of Wonders strategy
4.05
05 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.04
06 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.02
07 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.96
08 Outcast action-adventure
3.96
09 Pharaoh simulation
3.94
10 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.93
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.07
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.04
03 Cultures strategy
4.00
04 Ground Control strategy
3.82
05 Icewind Dale rpg
3.82
06 Arrakis strategy
3.76
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.74
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.97
02 Mario and Luigi action
3.84
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.81
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.80
# 2002 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.00
02 DOSBox application
4.00
03 Syberia adventure
3.97
04 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.89
05 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
06 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.80
07 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
3.67
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