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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.


# 1981 genre rating
01 Galaxy strategy
4.09
02 Softporn Adventure adventure
4.00
03 Chess strategy
3.91
04 Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord rpg
3.90
05 Akalabeth: World of Doom rpg
3.65
06 B-1 Nuclear Bomber vehicle simulation
3.64
# 1982 genre rating
01 PC-Man action
4.18
02 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.17
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
4.00
04 Paratrooper shooter
3.95
05 Car Builder simulation
3.90
06 Executive Suite simulation
3.88
07 Deadline adventure
3.87
08 BurgerTime action
3.82
09 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.82
10 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.80
# 1983 genre rating
01 Lode Runner action
4.27
02 Digger action
4.25
03 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.25
04 Battlezone shooter
4.24
05 Defender shooter
4.20
06 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.19
07 Planetfall adventure
4.15
08 Frogger action
4.12
09 J-Bird action
4.07
10 Donkey Kong action
4.05
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.30
02 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.29
03 dBASE III application
4.21
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.21
05 Castle Adventure action-adventure
4.20
06 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.18
07 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.17
08 Rogue rpg
4.15
09 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.11
10 Crime and Punishment simulation
4.09
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.33
02 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
4.18
03 A Mind Forever Voyaging adventure
4.14
04 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.14
05 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.13
06 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.11
07 Spacewar shooter
4.06
08 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.04
09 Silent Service vehicle simulation
4.03
10 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.26
02 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.25
03 Wordstar 4 application
4.18
04 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.17
05 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.17
06 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.15
07 The Fellowship of the Ring adventure
4.14
08 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
4.14
09 Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man adventure
4.13
10 Psi 5 Trading Company vehicle simulation
4.13
# 1987 genre rating
01 Driller action-adventure
4.29
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.28
03 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.24
04 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.21
05 Test Drive racing
4.17
06 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.14
07 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.14
08 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.14
09 Phantasie 3: The Wrath of Nikademus rpg
4.13
10 Superstar Ice Hockey sports
4.12
# 1988 genre rating
01 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.30
02 Skate or Die sports
4.29
03 Battlehawks 1942 vehicle simulation
4.26
04 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.24
05 World Class Leader Board sports
4.23
06 F-19 Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.22
07 Battle Chess strategy
4.22
08 Star Wars shooter
4.21
09 Rampage action
4.20
10 Speedball sports
4.20
# 1989 genre rating
01 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.30
02 Operation Wolf shooter
4.28
03 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.25
04 Rick Dangerous action
4.25
05 Clue Master Detective strategy
4.25
06 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.24
07 Bubble Bobble action
4.23
08 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.22
09 Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain vehicle simulation
4.22
10 Alien Syndrome shooter
4.22
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.32
02 Arj application
4.27
03 Panza Kick Boxing sports
4.27
04 Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation vehicle simulation
4.26
05 LadyLove action
4.25
06 Jetfighter 2: Advanced Tactical Fighter vehicle simulation
4.23
07 SimEarth simulation
4.23
08 F-14 Tomcat vehicle simulation
4.23
09 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.23
10 Loom adventure
4.23
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.35
02 Volfied action
4.30
03 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.28
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.27
05 Maupiti Island adventure
4.27
06 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.26
07 Cisco Heat racing
4.26
08 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.25
09 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.25
10 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.24
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.39
02 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.32
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.32
04 Street Fighter 2 action
4.32
05 F-15 Strike Eagle III vehicle simulation
4.30
06 Links 386 Pro sports
4.29
07 Pacific Islands vehicle simulation
4.25
08 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.25
09 WaxWorks adventure
4.24
10 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.24
# 1993 genre rating
01 NeoPaint 3.2 application
4.47
02 Lemmings 2: The Tribes puzzle
4.31
03 Mortal Kombat action
4.30
04 Space Hulk strategy
4.27
05 Bio Menace Episode 3: Master Cain action
4.27
06 Football Manager 3 sports
4.26
07 Dogfight: 80 Years of Aerial Warfare vehicle simulation
4.26
08 Sid & Al's Incredible Toons puzzle
4.25
09 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.25
10 Lotus: The ultimate challenge racing
4.24
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.30
02 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.28
03 Fleet Defender vehicle simulation
4.27
04 Micro Machines racing
4.27
05 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.26
06 Heretic shooter
4.26
07 Colonization strategy
4.25
08 Jagged Alliance strategy
4.25
09 Space Federation simulation
4.25
10 1942: The Pacific Air War vehicle simulation
4.25
# 1995 genre rating
01 Whiplash racing
4.29
02 Transport Tycoon Deluxe simulation
4.27
03 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.26
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.25
05 Albion rpg
4.25
06 Psycho Pinball action
4.23
07 Extreme Pinball action
4.23
08 Steel Panthers strategy
4.22
09 Virtual Pool sports
4.22
10 The Need for Speed racing
4.22
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.29
02 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.27
03 Road Rash racing
4.25
04 F-22 Lightning 2 vehicle simulation
4.25
05 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.25
06 Quake shooter
4.24
07 Pray for Death action
4.24
08 Free Enterprise simulation
4.24
09 Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters vehicle simulation
4.24
10 Dogs of War strategy
4.23
# 1997 genre rating
01 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes strategy
4.29
02 Interstate '76 racing
4.27
03 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.24
04 Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror adventure
4.23
05 Carmageddon racing
4.23
06 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.20
07 Blood shooter
4.20
08 Age of Empires strategy
4.19
09 Atomic Bomberman action
4.18
10 Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II shooter
4.18
# 1998 genre rating
01 People's General strategy
4.25
02 Caesar 3 simulation
4.23
03 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.21
04 Darius Gaiden shooter
4.21
05 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.21
06 Dune 2000 strategy
4.21
07 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.20
08 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.20
09 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.19
10 Dope Wars simulation
4.17
# 1999 genre rating
01 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.33
02 Civilization II: Test of Time strategy
4.26
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.26
04 Outcast action-adventure
4.24
05 Pharaoh simulation
4.21
06 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.20
07 Age of Wonders strategy
4.20
08 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.20
09 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.19
10 Midtown Madness racing
4.18
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.17
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.14
03 Nox rpg
4.14
04 Gal Pani X action
4.08
05 Fairy Nights adventure
4.05
06 Ground Control strategy
4.02
07 Deus Ex rpg
4.02
08 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.01
09 Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn rpg
3.96
10 Dark Reign 2 strategy
3.93
# 2001 genre rating
01 ScummVM application
4.33
02 Empire Earth strategy
4.29
03 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.22
04 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.17
05 Anachronox rpg
4.14
06 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.12
07 Independence War 2: Edge Of Chaos vehicle simulation
4.08
08 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.08
09 Mario and Luigi action
4.04
10 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strategy
4.04
# 2002 genre rating
01 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.20
02 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.18
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.17
04 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind rpg
4.15
05 Crazy Taxi racing
4.12
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.10
07 DOSBox application
4.09
08 Syberia adventure
4.05
09 Industry Giant 2 simulation
4.00
10 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.88
# 2003 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 3 strategy
4.18
02 Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos - Yugi the Destiny strategy
4.03
03 Van Buren (Fallout 3) rpg
3.93
04 ResidualVM application
3.75
05 Babylon 5: I've Found Her vehicle simulation
3.70
06 Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound rpg
3.50
# 2004 genre rating
01 Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion vehicle simulation
4.25
02 Spider-Man 2: The Game action-adventure
4.21
03 UFO 2000 strategy
4.19
04 Blues Brothers RPG rpg
3.89