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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
4.13
02 PC-Man action
4.10
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.94
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.78
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.76
06 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.68
07 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.67
08 Deadline adventure
3.66
09 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.60
10 Pac-girl action
3.58
# 1983 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.21
02 Lode Runner action
4.12
03 Defender shooter
4.12
04 Battlezone shooter
4.11
05 Frogger action
4.10
06 Digger action
4.07
07 Donkey Kong action
4.05
08 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
09 Rogue rpg
4.00
10 Planetfall adventure
3.98
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.20
02 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.16
03 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.09
04 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.06
05 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.00
06 DND rpg
3.95
07 Zyll adventure
3.95
08 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.94
09 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.93
10 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.84
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.43
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.12
03 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.10
04 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.07
05 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.04
06 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
07 The mist adventure
3.97
08 Spacewar shooter
3.97
09 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
3.95
10 Perry Mason adventure
3.95
# 1986 genre rating
01 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.20
02 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.18
03 Wordstar 4 application
4.15
04 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.15
05 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
06 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.09
07 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.08
08 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.05
09 Starflight rpg
4.04
10 AutoCAD 2.5 application
4.00
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.20
02 Driller action-adventure
4.18
03 Test Drive racing
4.18
04 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.18
05 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.14
06 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.14
07 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.12
08 Tetris puzzle
4.11
09 Elite vehicle simulation
4.11
10 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.10
# 1988 genre rating
01 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.52
02 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.32
03 Skate or Die sports
4.18
04 Battle Chess strategy
4.16
05 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.16
06 Police Quest 2: The Vengeance adventure
4.15
07 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.13
08 Shadowgate adventure
4.09
09 Corruption adventure
4.09
10 World class leaderboard sports
4.09
# 1989 genre rating
01 Rick Dangerous action
4.21
02 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals adventure
4.19
03 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.18
04 Bubble Bobble action
4.17
05 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.16
06 Dungeon Master rpg
4.14
07 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.14
08 The Sentinel puzzle
4.13
09 Where in time is Carmen Sandiego? adventure
4.13
10 MicroLeague wrestling sports
4.13
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.25
02 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.24
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.21
04 Xenon 2: Megablast shooter
4.19
05 Puzznic puzzle
4.18
06 Cadaver action-adventure
4.15
07 Arj application
4.15
08 Prince of Persia action
4.15
09 Silent Service 2 vehicle simulation
4.14
10 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.14
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBasic application
4.32
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.25
03 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.23
04 Golden Axe action
4.21
05 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.21
06 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.20
07 Gods action
4.18
08 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.16
09 Civilization strategy
4.15
10 Megafortress vehicle simulation
4.14
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.28
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.25
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.24
04 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.22
05 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.16
06 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary adventure
4.15
07 Titus the Fox action
4.15
08 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.15
09 Realms of Arkania 1: Blade of destiny rpg
4.14
10 Dark Queen of Krynn rpg
4.14
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.22
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.20
03 Doom shooter
4.18
04 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.17
05 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.17
06 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.17
07 Flashback: The Quest for Identity action
4.17
08 Championship Manager Italia sports
4.16
09 Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation adventure
4.16
10 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.15
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.26
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.26
03 NASCAR Racing racing
4.17
04 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.17
05 Colonization strategy
4.16
06 Micro Machines racing
4.16
07 Great Naval Battles vol. 2: Guadalcanal 1942 - 43 vehicle simulation
4.16
08 Disney's Aladdin action
4.14
09 Heretic shooter
4.14
10 Master of Magic strategy
4.13
# 1995 genre rating
01 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.19
02 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.18
03 Caesar 2 simulation
4.17
04 Whiplash racing
4.16
05 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.15
06 The Need for Speed racing
4.15
07 The Dig adventure
4.14
08 Virtual Pool sports
4.14
09 Fade to Black action-adventure
4.13
10 Witchaven shooter
4.13
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.22
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.20
03 Road Rash racing
4.20
04 3 Skulls of the Toltecs adventure
4.19
05 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.18
06 Quake shooter
4.16
07 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.15
08 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.15
09 Fantasy General strategy
4.14
10 The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Rose Tattoo adventure
4.14
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.20
02 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.16
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.16
04 Virtua Cop shooter
4.14
05 An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire rpg
4.13
06 Blood shooter
4.12
07 Total Annihilation strategy
4.11
08 Blade Runner adventure
4.11
09 Slash'Em rpg
4.10
10 Atomic Bomberman action
4.10
# 1998 genre rating
01 People's General strategy
4.19
02 Caesar 3 simulation
4.18
03 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.15
04 Army Men strategy
4.14
05 Fallout 2 rpg
4.12
06 House of the Dead shooter
4.11
07 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.11
08 Axis and Allies strategy
4.11
09 Dune 2000 strategy
4.11
10 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.10
# 1999 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.22
02 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.20
03 Pharaoh simulation
4.18
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.18
05 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.14
06 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.13
07 Age of Wonders strategy
4.13
08 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.12
09 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.10
10 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.05
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.10
02 Ground Control strategy
4.10
03 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.07
04 Nox rpg
4.00
05 Deus Ex rpg
4.00
06 Icewind Dale rpg
3.96
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.94
08 Cultures strategy
3.89
09 Arrakis strategy
3.76
# 2001 genre rating
01 Empire Earth strategy
4.11
02 Mario and Luigi action
4.05
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.00
04 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.98
# 2002 genre rating
01 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.16
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.14
03 DOSBox application
4.11
04 Syberia adventure
4.11
05 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.09
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.95
07 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.85
08 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
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