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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
4.16
02 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.15
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.92
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.85
05 Paratrooper shooter
3.84
06 Car Builder simulation
3.81
07 Deadline adventure
3.76
08 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.75
09 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.73
10 Pac-girl action
3.64
# 1983 genre rating
01 Battlezone shooter
4.29
02 Digger action
4.26
03 Lode Runner action
4.22
04 Defender shooter
4.18
05 Frogger action
4.16
06 Planetfall adventure
4.14
07 Donkey Kong action
4.14
08 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.12
09 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.12
10 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.12
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.29
02 DBase 3 application
4.26
03 Crime and Punishment simulation
4.25
04 Rogue rpg
4.22
05 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.21
06 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.19
07 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.15
08 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.11
09 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.09
10 DND rpg
4.06
# 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
4.15
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
3.98
10 The Dam busters vehicle simulation
3.95
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.24
02 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.19
03 Starflight rpg
4.17
04 Wordstar 4 application
4.16
05 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.13
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.13
07 Gauntlet action
4.13
08 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.13
09 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.10
10 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.10
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.48
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.29
03 Mah Jongg Solitaire puzzle
4.26
04 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.22
05 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.22
06 Bad Street Brawler action
4.19
07 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.19
08 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.18
09 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.14
10 Test Drive racing
4.13
# 1988 genre rating
01 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.37
02 Skate or Die sports
4.25
03 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.25
04 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.24
05 World class leaderboard sports
4.24
06 Battle Chess strategy
4.23
07 Double Dragon II: The Revenge action
4.18
08 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.17
09 Classic Concentration puzzle
4.15
10 MicroProse Soccer sports
4.14
# 1989 genre rating
01 Operation Wolf shooter
4.30
02 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.30
03 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.28
04 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.23
05 Rick Dangerous action
4.23
06 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.21
07 Bubble Bobble action
4.21
08 Heavy Metal vehicle simulation
4.21
09 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.19
10 Oil Imperium simulation
4.19
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.31
02 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.29
03 Norton Editor 2 application
4.27
04 Arj application
4.27
05 Tank Wars strategy
4.26
06 Loom adventure
4.25
07 Night Shift puzzle
4.25
08 LadyLove action
4.24
09 Prince of Persia action
4.24
10 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.23
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.48
02 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.30
03 Duke Nukem action
4.30
04 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.29
05 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.29
06 DOS Navigator v 1.5 application
4.28
07 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.26
08 Golden Axe action
4.25
09 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.25
10 Bundesliga Manager Professional sports
4.24
# 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 The Oregon Trail Deluxe simulation
4.32
05 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.31
06 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.29
07 Locomotion puzzle
4.26
08 Crazy Cars 3 racing
4.24
09 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.23
10 Star Control 2 strategy
4.23
# 1993 genre rating
01 NeoPaint 3.2 application
4.50
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.27
03 Carnage racing
4.25
04 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.25
05 Flashback: The Quest for Identity action
4.24
06 Lemmings 2: The Tribes puzzle
4.24
07 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.23
08 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.23
09 3D Studio 3 application
4.23
10 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.22
# 1994 genre rating
01 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.30
02 5th Fleet strategy
4.30
03 Colonization strategy
4.30
04 Pinball Fantasies action
4.29
05 Disney's Aladdin action
4.29
06 Heretic shooter
4.29
07 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.28
08 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf shooter
4.27
09 Diggers puzzle
4.25
10 Super Mariio Bros action
4.25
# 1995 genre rating
01 Destruction Derby racing
4.46
02 Impulse Tracker application
4.25
03 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.24
04 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons simulation
4.24
05 Jungle Strike shooter
4.24
06 Transport Tycoon Deluxe simulation
4.24
07 Screamer racing
4.23
08 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.23
09 Whiplash racing
4.23
10 The Need for Speed racing
4.22
# 1996 genre rating
01 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.31
02 Battle Arena Toshinden action
4.30
03 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.30
04 Civilization 2 strategy
4.29
05 Road Rash racing
4.28
06 Pray for Death action
4.28
07 Gloriana simulation
4.28
08 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.28
09 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.27
10 Dogs of War strategy
4.24
# 1997 genre rating
01 Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes strategy
4.32
02 Carmageddon racing
4.26
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.25
04 Warheads strategy
4.25
05 Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor strategy
4.25
06 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.24
07 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.22
08 Lucky Luke action
4.21
09 Entrepreneur simulation
4.21
10 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.21
# 1998 genre rating
01 Caesar 3 simulation
4.29
02 People's General strategy
4.24
03 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.24
04 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.23
05 Army Men strategy
4.23
06 Dune 2000 strategy
4.23
07 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.20
08 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.16
09 House of the Dead shooter
4.15
10 Axis and Allies strategy
4.15
# 1999 genre rating
01 Outcast action-adventure
4.30
02 Midtown Madness racing
4.30
03 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.28
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.27
05 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.27
06 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.25
07 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor rpg
4.24
08 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.22
09 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.20
10 Total Annihilation Kingdoms strategy
4.20
# 2000 genre rating
01 Ground Control strategy
4.22
02 Nox rpg
4.21
03 Deus Ex rpg
4.19
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 The Operative: No One Lives Forever shooter
4.05
08 Gal Pani X action
4.05
09 Cultures strategy
4.00
10 Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn rpg
3.96
# 2001 genre rating
01 Empire Earth strategy
4.26
02 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.20
03 ScummVM application
4.17
04 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.17
05 Creatures Village action-adventure
4.16
06 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.11
07 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strategy
4.10
08 Mario and Luigi action
4.09
09 Anachronox rpg
4.09
10 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.05
# 2002 genre rating
01 Crazy Taxi racing
4.20
02 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.19
03 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.15
04 DOSBox application
4.14
05 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.14
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.08
07 Syberia adventure
4.08
08 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.98
09 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.87
10 X-COM: Alliance shooter
3.78