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Top 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 Zork I: The great underground empire adventure
3.98
02 Paratrooper shooter
3.73
03 PC-Man action
3.68
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.59
05 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.55
06 Crossfire shooter
3.45
07 Deadline adventure
3.42
# 1983 genre rating
01 Galaxian action
4.14
02 Lode Runner action
4.06
03 The Hobbit adventure
4.04
04 Frogger action
4.00
05 Rogue rpg
3.91
06 Donkey Kong action
3.84
07 Digger action
3.79
08 Defender action
3.73
09 Space commanders action
3.64
10 Planetfall adventure
3.58
# 1984 genre rating
01 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.09
02 Alley Cat action
4.03
03 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.96
04 Jumpman action
3.89
05 Styx action
3.75
06 Hack rpg
3.73
07 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.68
08 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.62
09 Zork III: The dungeon master adventure
3.62
10 Below The Root adventure
3.54
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.04
02 The mist adventure
4.00
03 King's Quest 2: Romancing the throne adventure
3.94
04 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.85
05 Hacker simulation
3.83
06 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.75
07 Spacewar action
3.66
08 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.61
09 Voodoo island adventure
3.58
10 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
3.57
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.23
02 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.09
03 Starflight rpg
4.05
04 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.04
05 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.00
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
3.97
07 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.95
08 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
3.91
09 Gunship vehicle simulation
3.90
10 Wargame construction set strategy
3.90
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.15
02 Tetris puzzle
4.13
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.09
04 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.05
05 Zeliard rpg
4.03
06 Elite vehicle simulation
4.02
07 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.00
08 Test Drive racing
3.93
09 Project: Space Station simulation
3.92
10 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.90
# 1988 genre rating
01 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.14
02 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.10
03 Pool of radiance rpg
4.08
04 Battle Chess strategy
4.07
05 Life & Death simulation
4.06
06 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.06
07 Arkanoid action
4.06
08 Gold Rush! adventure
4.04
09 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.03
10 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Batman: the Movie action
4.17
02 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.11
03 Dungeon master rpg
4.10
04 Neuromancer adventure
4.09
05 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.09
06 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.08
07 007: License to Kill shooter
4.06
08 Arkanoid 2: The revenge of Doh action
4.06
09 SimCity simulation
4.06
10 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.05
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.13
02 Stunts (a.k.a. 4D Sports Driving) racing
4.12
03 Prince of Persia action
4.12
04 Midwinter strategy
4.12
05 Buck Rogers: Countdown to doomsday rpg
4.12
06 Loom adventure
4.08
07 Kick off 2 sports
4.08
08 Rick Dangerous 2 action
4.07
09 Wing Commander vehicle simulation
4.05
10 Champions of Krynn rpg
4.05
# 1991 genre rating
01 Death Knights of Krynn rpg
4.17
02 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.12
03 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.11
04 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.10
05 Magnetic Scrolls Collection adventure
4.10
06 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.09
07 Lemmings puzzle
4.09
08 Golden Axe action
4.08
09 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.08
10 Another World (a.k.a. Out of this World) adventure
4.07
# 1992 genre rating
01 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.12
02 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.12
03 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.11
04 Alone in the Dark adventure
4.11
05 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.09
06 Dune strategy
4.08
07 Bomberman (a.k.a. Dyna Blaster) action
4.08
08 Magic Pockets action
4.08
09 Speedball 2 sports
4.08
10 A-Train simulation
4.08
# 1993 genre rating
01 Doom shooter
4.16
02 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.14
03 The Settlers strategy
4.13
04 Romance of the three kingdoms 3: Dragon of destiny strategy
4.13
05 Lands of Lore 1: The Throne of Chaos rpg
4.12
06 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.10
07 Master of Orion strategy
4.10
08 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.10
09 The Lost Vikings action
4.10
10 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle rpg
4.09
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo defense (a.k.a. Ufo: Enemy unknown) strategy
4.25
02 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.15
03 Transport Tycoon simulation
4.13
04 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.12
05 Master of Magic strategy
4.12
06 Panzer General 1 strategy
4.11
07 NASCAR Racing racing
4.10
08 Knights of Xentar rpg
4.08
09 1942: The Pacific air war vehicle simulation
4.08
10 Hocus Pocus action
4.07
# 1995 genre rating
01 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.12
02 Myst adventure
4.11
03 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.10
04 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.08
05 Ascendancy strategy
4.08
06 Ultimate Doom shooter
4.08
07 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.06
08 True love adventure
4.06
09 X-COM: Terror from the Deep strategy
4.05
10 The Need for Speed racing
4.05
# 1996 genre rating
01 Heroes of Might and Magic II strategy
4.24
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.19
03 Civilization 2 strategy
4.16
04 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.14
05 Quake shooter
4.10
06 Deadlock: Planetary Conquest strategy
4.10
07 Adom v1.1 rpg
4.07
08 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.07
09 Albion rpg
4.07
10 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.07
# 1997 genre rating
01 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.19
02 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.13
03 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.10
04 Blade Runner adventure
4.10
05 Age of Empires strategy
4.10
06 Fallout rpg
4.09
07 Virtua Cop shooter
4.08
08 Callahan's Crosstime Saloon adventure
4.08
09 Blood shooter
4.08
10 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 sports
4.07
# 1998 genre rating
01 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.15
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.14
03 Dune 2000 strategy
4.09
04 Dope Wars simulation
4.08
05 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.07
06 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.05
07 Axis and Allies strategy
3.98
08 Fatal Relations adventure
3.93
09 Avalon rpg
3.85
10 Sanitarium adventure
3.76
# 1999 genre rating
01 System Shock 2 shooter
4.14
02 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.06
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.05
04 Age of Wonders strategy
4.04
05 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.02
06 Pharaoh simulation
4.00
07 Ultima 9: Ascension rpg
3.98
08 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.98
09 Yoot Tower simulation
3.88
10 Alpha Centauri (a.k.a. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri) strategy
3.83
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
3.96
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
3.94
# 2001 genre rating
01 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.04
02 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.91
03 Empire Earth strategy
3.82
# 2002 genre rating
01 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.10
02 Syberia adventure
3.91
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.79
04 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.77
05 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.56
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