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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 PC-Man action
4.13
02 Zork I: The Great Underground Empire adventure
4.10
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.94
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.90
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.79
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
3.68
09 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.68
10 Pac-girl action
3.64
# 1983 genre rating
01 Battlezone shooter
4.22
02 Digger action
4.21
03 Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz adventure
4.20
04 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
4.19
05 Lode Runner action
4.17
06 Defender shooter
4.11
07 Donkey Kong action
4.08
08 Planetfall adventure
4.07
09 Frogger action
4.06
10 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.04
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.27
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.15
03 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.11
04 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.10
05 Rogue rpg
4.08
06 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.07
07 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
4.06
08 DND rpg
4.04
09 Zyll adventure
3.95
10 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.93
# 1985 genre rating
01 Alice: The Personal Pascal application
4.35
02 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.17
03 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.12
04 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.12
05 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.11
06 The mist adventure
4.03
07 Spacewar shooter
4.02
08 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
4.00
09 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
10 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
3.98
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.21
02 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.19
03 Leather Goddesses of Phobos adventure
4.15
04 Wordstar 4 application
4.14
05 Starflight rpg
4.13
06 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.10
07 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.10
08 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.09
09 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.08
10 AutoCAD 2.5 application
4.08
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo C v1 application
4.42
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.24
03 Earl Weaver Baseball sports
4.18
04 Driller action-adventure
4.17
05 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.17
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.16
07 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.15
08 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.15
09 Rockford: The Arcade Game puzzle
4.14
10 Test Drive racing
4.11
# 1988 genre rating
01 GW-BASIC 3 application
4.37
02 Deluxe Paint 2 application
4.32
03 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.25
04 Impossible Mission 2 action-adventure
4.24
05 Skate or Die sports
4.24
06 Battle Chess strategy
4.20
07 Corruption adventure
4.20
08 World class leaderboard sports
4.18
09 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.17
10 UMS - The Universal Military Simulator strategy
4.14
# 1989 genre rating
01 Rick Dangerous action
4.24
02 The Duel: Test Drive 2 racing
4.23
03 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.21
04 Bubble Bobble action
4.20
05 Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur adventure
4.19
06 Heavy Metal vehicle simulation
4.19
07 Ports of Call simulation
4.18
08 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.17
09 Ys: The Vanished Omens rpg
4.17
10 Omnicron Conspiracy adventure
4.17
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.27
02 Norton Editor 2 application
4.26
03 Arj application
4.24
04 Puzznic puzzle
4.21
05 TV Sports: Basketball sports
4.21
06 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.21
07 Lady Love action
4.21
08 SimEarth simulation
4.21
09 Prince of Persia action
4.20
10 Loom adventure
4.18
# 1991 genre rating
01 QBASIC application
4.46
02 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.27
03 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.26
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.25
05 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.24
06 Golden Axe action
4.23
07 Civilization strategy
4.21
08 Gods action
4.20
09 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.19
10 L'Empereur strategy
4.17
# 1992 genre rating
01 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.33
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.32
03 Tetris Classic puzzle
4.31
04 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.28
05 The Oregon Trail Deluxe simulation
4.27
06 WaxWorks adventure
4.21
07 Legends of Valour rpg
4.21
08 Patrician simulation
4.19
09 Dark Seed adventure
4.19
10 Star Control 2 strategy
4.19
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.27
02 Mortal Kombat action
4.25
03 Doom shooter
4.21
04 Holiday Lemmings puzzle
4.19
05 Lemmings 2: The Tribes puzzle
4.19
06 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.18
07 Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist adventure
4.18
08 EcoQuest 2: Lost Secret of the Rainforest adventure
4.18
09 Space Hulk strategy
4.18
10 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.18
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.27
02 Micro Machines racing
4.26
03 Colonization strategy
4.23
04 The Incredible Toon Machine puzzle
4.22
05 Heretic shooter
4.22
06 Pinball Fantasies action
4.21
07 Disney's Aladdin action
4.21
08 Super Mariio Bros action
4.20
09 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.20
10 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.20
# 1995 genre rating
01 Uncharted Waters 2: New Horizons simulation
4.23
02 Caesar 2 simulation
4.23
03 The Need for Speed racing
4.22
04 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.20
05 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.18
06 Virtual Pool sports
4.18
07 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.18
08 Abuse shooter
4.17
09 Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within adventure
4.16
10 Witchaven shooter
4.14
# 1996 genre rating
01 Civilization 2 strategy
4.25
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.25
03 Seek and Destroy shooter
4.25
04 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.22
05 Road Rash racing
4.21
06 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.21
07 Quake shooter
4.21
08 Alien Trilogy shooter
4.20
09 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.19
10 Marathon 2: Durandal shooter
4.16
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.22
02 Atomic Bomberman action
4.22
03 Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II shooter
4.21
04 Entrepreneur simulation
4.20
05 Carmageddon racing
4.20
06 Age of Empires strategy
4.20
07 Amulets & Armor rpg
4.18
08 Interstate '76 racing
4.17
09 Blade Runner adventure
4.15
10 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.15
# 1998 genre rating
01 Caesar 3 simulation
4.27
02 Army Men strategy
4.23
03 People's General strategy
4.22
04 Dune 2000 strategy
4.17
05 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.17
06 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.16
07 Dope Wars simulation
4.15
08 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.14
09 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.13
10 House of the Dead shooter
4.13
# 1999 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.25
02 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.23
03 Outcast action-adventure
4.21
04 Pharaoh simulation
4.21
05 Mick's Strip Poker strategy
4.20
06 Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz strategy
4.19
07 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.17
08 Age of Wonders strategy
4.17
09 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.16
10 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
4.15
# 2000 genre rating
01 Nox rpg
4.26
02 Ground Control strategy
4.13
03 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.11
04 Deus Ex rpg
4.11
05 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.09
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
4.00
07 Cultures strategy
3.93
08 Arrakis strategy
3.84
09 Icewind Dale rpg
3.77
# 2001 genre rating
01 Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel strategy
4.23
02 Capitalism 2 simulation
4.18
03 Empire Earth strategy
4.14
04 ScummVM application
4.10
05 Mario and Luigi action
4.07
06 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.06
07 Zoo Tycoon simulation
4.03
08 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.03
09 NetHack - Falcon's Eye rpg
4.00
# 2002 genre rating
01 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.23
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.18
03 Chessmaster 9000 strategy
4.12
04 Syberia adventure
4.07
05 DOSBox application
4.06
06 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.01
07 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.90
08 X-COM: Alliance shooter
3.82
09 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.77
10 Taipan for Windows simulation
3.65
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