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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
4.12
02 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.11
03 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.92
04 Paratrooper shooter
3.85
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.85
06 Deadline adventure
3.76
07 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.71
08 Wizardry 2: The knight of diamonds rpg
3.71
09 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.65
10 Pac-girl action
3.64
# 1983 genre rating
01 Battlezone shooter
4.25
02 Digger action
4.23
03 Lode Runner action
4.17
04 Defender shooter
4.13
05 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.12
06 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.12
07 Donkey Kong action
4.11
08 Frogger action
4.09
09 Planetfall adventure
4.08
10 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.30
02 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.14
03 Rogue rpg
4.13
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.13
05 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.13
06 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.11
07 DBase 3 application
4.05
08 DND rpg
4.04
09 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.03
10 Chess88 strategy
4.00
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.38
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.18
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.18
04 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.14
05 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.12
06 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
4.03
07 The mist adventure
4.03
08 Spacewar shooter
4.03
09 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
10 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.25
02 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.18
03 Wordstar 4 application
4.15
04 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.13
05 Starflight rpg
4.13
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.11
07 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.11
08 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.10
09 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.10
10 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.42
02 Bad Street Brawler action
4.25
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.23
04 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.22
05 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.20
06 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.20
07 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.18
08 Driller action-adventure
4.17
09 Wheel of fortune puzzle
4.12
10 Test Drive racing
4.11
# 1988 genre rating
01 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.36
02 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.28
03 Skate or Die sports
4.26
04 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.24
05 Battle Chess strategy
4.22
06 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.18
07 Super Hang-On racing
4.18
08 World class leaderboard sports
4.18
09 Corruption adventure
4.17
10 Police Quest 2: The Vengeance adventure
4.16
# 1989 genre rating
01 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.26
02 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.26
03 Rick Dangerous action
4.25
04 Operation Wolf shooter
4.24
05 Heavy Metal vehicle simulation
4.23
06 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.21
07 Bubble Bobble action
4.21
08 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.15
09 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.15
10 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.15
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.29
02 Norton Editor 2 application
4.26
03 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.25
04 Arj application
4.23
05 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.22
06 Prince of Persia action
4.22
07 SimEarth simulation
4.22
08 Mario Bros VGA action
4.21
09 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.20
10 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.20
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.53
02 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.28
03 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.28
04 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.25
05 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.25
06 Pools of Darkness rpg
4.25
07 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.25
08 Duke Nukem action
4.25
09 Golden Axe action
4.22
10 Gods action
4.21
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.36
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.33
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.29
04 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.29
05 The Oregon Trail Deluxe simulation
4.26
06 Dark Seed adventure
4.23
07 Jill of the Jungle 2: Jill Goes Underground action
4.23
08 Minesweeper puzzle
4.23
09 Car and Driver racing
4.21
10 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.21
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.26
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.25
03 3D Studio 3 application
4.24
04 Tom and Jerry action
4.23
05 Doom shooter
4.22
06 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.21
07 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.20
08 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.20
09 Flashback: The Quest for Identity action
4.20
10 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.20
# 1994 genre rating
01 Micro Machines racing
4.29
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.29
03 Colonization strategy
4.27
04 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf shooter
4.27
05 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.26
06 The Incredible Toon Machine puzzle
4.26
07 Disney's Aladdin action
4.25
08 Pinball Fantasies action
4.24
09 Heretic shooter
4.23
10 Cannon Fodder strategy
4.22
# 1995 genre rating
01 Caesar 2 simulation
4.25
02 The Need for Speed racing
4.24
03 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons simulation
4.23
04 William Shatner's TekWar shooter
4.23
05 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.22
06 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.21
07 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.20
08 Virtual Pool sports
4.18
09 Screamer racing
4.17
10 Whiplash racing
4.17
# 1996 genre rating
01 Civilization 2 strategy
4.27
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.27
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.26
04 Quake shooter
4.23
05 F-22 Lightning 2 vehicle simulation
4.22
06 Road Rash racing
4.22
07 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.21
08 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.20
09 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.19
10 Marathon 2: Durandal shooter
4.19
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.23
02 Interstate '76 racing
4.23
03 Atomic Bomberman action
4.22
04 Age of Empires strategy
4.22
05 Carmageddon racing
4.21
06 Lucky Luke action
4.19
07 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.18
08 Entrepreneur simulation
4.17
09 Slash'Em rpg
4.17
10 Blood shooter
4.15
# 1998 genre rating
01 Caesar 3 simulation
4.24
02 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.23
03 Dune 2000 strategy
4.20
04 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.19
05 Army Men strategy
4.18
06 Fallout 2 rpg
4.17
07 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.17
08 People's General strategy
4.15
09 House of the Dead shooter
4.14
10 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.14
# 1999 genre rating
01 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.23
02 Outcast action-adventure
4.23
03 Age of Wonders strategy
4.22
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.22
05 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.22
06 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.21
07 Pharaoh simulation
4.20
08 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.20
09 Might and Magic 7: For Blood and Honor rpg
4.19
10 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.18
# 2000 genre rating
01 Nox rpg
4.19
02 Ground Control strategy
4.18
03 Deus Ex rpg
4.16
04 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.14
05 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.11
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.04
07 Gal Pani X action
4.00
08 Cultures strategy
3.88
09 Arrakis strategy
3.88
10 Icewind Dale rpg
3.85
# 2001 genre rating
01 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.21
02 Anachronox rpg
4.19
03 Empire Earth strategy
4.18
04 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.16
05 ScummVM application
4.14
06 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.11
07 Mario and Luigi action
4.11
08 Creatures Village action-adventure
4.09
09 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.02
10 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strategy
3.97
# 2002 genre rating
01 Crazy Taxi racing
4.21
02 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.20
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.18
04 DOSBox application
4.16
05 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.14
06 Syberia adventure
4.05
07 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.04
08 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.94
09 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.77
10 X-COM: Alliance shooter
3.72