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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
3.99
02 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.70
03 Deadline adventure
3.64
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.57
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.11
02 Rogue rpg
4.06
03 Galaxian shooter
4.05
04 Lode Runner action
4.04
05 Digger action
4.02
06 Donkey Kong action
4.00
07 The Hobbit adventure
3.91
08 Defender shooter
3.90
09 Battlezone shooter
3.87
10 Space Commanders shooter
3.75
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.08
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.01
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.96
04 DND rpg
3.84
05 Jumpman action
3.79
06 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.79
07 Styx action
3.74
08 Hack rpg
3.72
09 Below The Root action-adventure
3.60
10 Spy Hunter racing
3.39
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.12
02 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.03
03 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.94
04 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.94
05 Hacker simulation
3.93
06 Spacewar shooter
3.91
07 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.90
08 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.67
09 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
3.48
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.13
02 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.08
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
04 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.05
05 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.03
06 Starflight rpg
4.00
07 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
4.00
08 Wordstar 4 application
3.95
09 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
3.93
10 Karateka action
3.88
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.13
02 Tetris puzzle
4.12
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.12
04 Elite vehicle simulation
4.11
05 Test Drive racing
4.08
06 Project: Space Station simulation
4.06
07 The Great Giana Sisters action
4.05
08 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.02
09 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.00
10 The Bard's Tale rpg
3.95
# 1988 genre rating
01 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.11
02 Arkanoid action
4.09
03 Life & Death simulation
4.09
04 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.07
05 Star Command strategy
4.05
06 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.03
07 Wasteland rpg
3.98
08 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
3.97
09 Gold Rush! adventure
3.97
10 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
3.96
# 1989 genre rating
01 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.13
02 Dungeon Master rpg
4.13
03 Ferrari Formula 1 racing
4.12
04 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.11
05 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.11
06 The Sentinel puzzle
4.11
07 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.10
08 Bubble Bobble action
4.10
09 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.10
10 Lost Dutchman Mine simulation
4.09
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.18
02 Prince of Persia action
4.15
03 Operation Stealth adventure
4.11
04 Kick off 2 sports
4.10
05 Sid Meier's Covert Action simulation
4.10
06 Midwinter strategy
4.09
07 North and South strategy
4.09
08 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.09
09 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.09
10 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.07
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.19
02 Civilization strategy
4.15
03 Golden Axe action
4.14
04 Another World action-adventure
4.12
05 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.11
06 Duke Nukem action
4.10
07 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.09
08 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.08
09 Prehistorik action
4.06
10 The Manager sports
4.06
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.14
02 Street Fighter 2 action
4.14
03 Alone in the Dark action-adventure
4.13
04 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York action
4.12
05 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.12
06 Titus the Fox action
4.11
07 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.11
08 Star Control 2 strategy
4.11
09 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.11
10 Comanche: Maximum overkill vehicle simulation
4.10
# 1993 genre rating
01 Doom shooter
4.19
02 The Settlers strategy
4.18
03 The Lost Vikings action
4.17
04 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.14
05 Mortal Kombat action
4.12
06 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.12
07 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.11
08 Dungeon Hack rpg
4.11
09 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle rpg
4.10
10 Duke Nukem 2 action
4.10
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.21
02 Panzer General strategy
4.15
03 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.15
04 Master of Magic strategy
4.13
05 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.13
06 Disney's Aladdin action
4.11
07 Quarantine racing
4.10
08 1942: The Pacific air war vehicle simulation
4.09
09 Knights of Xentar rpg
4.09
10 Big Sea: The Better One Will Win simulation
4.08
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.16
02 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.15
03 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.13
04 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.13
05 True love adventure
4.10
06 Descent shooter
4.10
07 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.07
08 The Need for Speed racing
4.06
09 X-COM: Terror from the Deep strategy
4.05
10 Ultimate Doom shooter
4.02
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.22
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.15
03 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.15
04 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.13
05 Quake shooter
4.12
06 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.11
07 Albion rpg
4.11
08 Heroes of Might and Magic II strategy
4.09
09 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.08
10 Adom v1.1 rpg
4.06
# 1997 genre rating
01 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.12
02 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 sports
4.12
03 Age of Empires strategy
4.10
04 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.09
05 Fallout rpg
4.08
06 Virtua Cop shooter
4.08
07 Theme Hospital simulation
4.08
08 Blood shooter
4.07
09 Constructor simulation
4.07
10 Grand Theft Auto racing
4.06
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dune 2000 strategy
4.14
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.13
03 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.10
04 Dope Wars simulation
4.07
05 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.07
06 Axis and Allies strategy
4.07
07 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.04
08 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.00
09 Avalon rpg
3.98
10 Fatal Relations adventure
3.93
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.17
02 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.10
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.09
04 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.07
05 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.04
06 Age of Wonders strategy
4.01
07 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.95
08 Pharaoh simulation
3.93
09 Yoot Tower simulation
3.88
10 Ultima 9: Ascension rpg
3.79
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.08
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
3.95
03 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.79
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.12
02 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.91
03 Mario and Luigi action
3.90
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.80
# 2002 genre rating
01 Syberia adventure
4.09
02 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.04
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.97
04 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.77
05 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.71
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