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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
3.91
03 PC-Man action
3.86
04 Deadline adventure
3.72
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.72
06 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.69
07 Astro Dodge shooter
3.61
08 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.54
09 Crossfire shooter
3.52
10 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.52
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.07
02 Lode Runner action
4.04
03 Digger action
3.98
04 Rogue rpg
3.97
05 Defender shooter
3.96
06 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
3.95
07 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
3.95
08 Battlezone shooter
3.94
09 Galaxian shooter
3.89
10 The Hobbit adventure
3.86
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.09
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.01
03 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
3.95
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.91
05 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.88
06 DND rpg
3.87
07 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.84
08 Jumpman action
3.81
09 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.77
10 Styx action
3.74
# 1985 genre rating
01 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.05
02 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.02
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
04 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
05 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.93
06 Hacker simulation
3.91
07 The mist adventure
3.89
08 Spacewar shooter
3.88
09 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.84
10 Silent Service vehicle simulation
3.83
# 1986 genre rating
01 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.11
02 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.10
03 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.06
04 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.06
05 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.05
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.02
07 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.00
08 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.00
09 The Great Escape action-adventure
3.97
10 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.95
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.19
02 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.10
03 Elite vehicle simulation
4.10
04 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.07
05 Tetris puzzle
4.04
06 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.02
07 Test Drive racing
4.01
08 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
3.98
09 The lurking horror adventure
3.96
10 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.94
# 1988 genre rating
01 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.12
02 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.09
03 Life & Death simulation
4.05
04 F-19 Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
05 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.03
06 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.03
07 Star Command strategy
4.01
08 Arkanoid action
4.01
09 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.00
10 Uridium shooter
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.15
02 Rick Dangerous action
4.11
03 The Cycles racing
4.10
04 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.09
05 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.09
06 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.08
07 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.06
08 The Magic Candle 1 rpg
4.06
09 Ferrari Formula 1 racing
4.05
10 Ports of Call simulation
4.05
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.21
02 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.08
03 Loom adventure
4.08
04 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.08
05 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.06
06 Tetris 2.0 puzzle
4.06
07 Midwinter strategy
4.06
08 North and South strategy
4.06
09 Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers get all the girls adventure
4.05
10 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark adventure
4.04
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.14
02 Golden Axe action
4.14
03 Civilization strategy
4.11
04 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.10
05 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.10
06 Volfied action
4.10
07 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
08 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.07
09 Megafortress vehicle simulation
4.06
10 Elite Plus vehicle simulation
4.05
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.15
02 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.11
03 Street Fighter 2 action
4.10
04 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.10
05 Gobliiins adventure
4.07
06 F-15 Strike Eagle III vehicle simulation
4.07
07 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.07
08 Speedball 2 sports
4.07
09 1000 Miglia racing
4.07
10 KGB adventure
4.06
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.15
02 The Lost Vikings action
4.15
03 Mortal Kombat action
4.12
04 Doom shooter
4.12
05 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.11
06 SimCity 2000 simulation
4.10
07 Syndicate strategy
4.08
08 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers adventure
4.08
09 Space Hulk strategy
4.08
10 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.07
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.21
02 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.11
03 Master of Magic strategy
4.10
04 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.10
05 Panzer General strategy
4.08
06 Lords of the Realm strategy
4.07
07 Armored fist vehicle simulation
4.06
08 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.06
09 Marathon shooter
4.06
10 Hocus Pocus action
4.05
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.12
02 Caesar 2 simulation
4.09
03 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.08
04 Worms strategy
4.06
05 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.04
06 The Dig adventure
4.03
07 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.03
08 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.03
09 X-COM: Terror from the Deep strategy
4.02
10 Ascendancy strategy
4.01
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.19
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.11
03 Super Street Fighter 2 action
4.08
04 Fantasy General strategy
4.08
05 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.08
06 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
07 Albion rpg
4.05
08 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.05
09 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.04
10 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.04
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.09
02 Fallout rpg
4.06
03 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.05
04 Blood shooter
4.05
05 Entrepreneur simulation
4.03
06 Virtua Cop shooter
4.03
07 Theme Hospital simulation
4.02
08 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.02
09 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.01
10 Constructor simulation
4.00
# 1998 genre rating
01 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.07
02 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.05
03 Dope Wars simulation
4.05
04 Sanitarium adventure
4.04
05 House of the Dead shooter
4.04
06 Axis and Allies strategy
4.02
07 Dune 2000 strategy
4.02
08 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
3.99
09 People's General strategy
3.96
10 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
3.92
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.20
02 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.10
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.08
04 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.07
05 Age of Wonders strategy
4.07
06 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty strategy
3.97
07 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.96
08 Outcast action-adventure
3.96
09 Grand Theft Auto 2 action-adventure
3.96
10 Pharaoh simulation
3.96
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.06
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.02
03 Cultures strategy
4.00
04 Icewind Dale rpg
3.96
05 Ground Control strategy
3.92
06 Arrakis strategy
3.76
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.70
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
3.97
02 Mario and Luigi action
3.88
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.84
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.83
# 2002 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.03
02 Syberia adventure
3.97
03 DOSBox application
3.97
04 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.87
05 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.83
06 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
07 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
3.65
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