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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
3.96
02 Paratrooper shooter
3.87
03 Executive Suite simulation
3.74
04 PC-Man action
3.70
05 Deadline adventure
3.68
06 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.65
07 Astro Dodge shooter
3.59
08 Crossfire shooter
3.52
09 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.50
10 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.41
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.08
02 Lode Runner action
4.04
03 Rogue rpg
4.00
04 Digger action
4.00
05 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
3.95
06 The Hobbit adventure
3.91
07 Galaxian shooter
3.90
08 Defender shooter
3.90
09 Battlezone shooter
3.87
10 Donkey Kong action
3.80
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.08
02 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.05
03 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
3.99
04 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.96
05 DND rpg
3.84
06 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.79
07 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.77
08 Jumpman action
3.77
09 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.77
10 Hack rpg
3.74
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.09
02 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.01
03 The mist adventure
4.00
04 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
4.00
05 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
06 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
07 Spacewar shooter
3.89
08 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.89
09 Hacker simulation
3.88
10 Rendezvous with Rama adventure
3.85
# 1986 genre rating
01 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.14
02 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.08
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
04 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.04
05 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.03
06 The Great Escape action-adventure
4.00
07 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
08 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
3.97
09 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.95
10 Wargame Construction Set strategy
3.93
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.34
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.16
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.09
04 Elite vehicle simulation
4.07
05 Tetris puzzle
4.07
06 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.06
07 Test Drive racing
4.05
08 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.00
09 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.98
10 Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor adventure
3.96
# 1988 genre rating
01 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.12
02 Arkanoid action
4.09
03 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.09
04 2400 A.D. rpg
4.07
05 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.05
06 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
07 Autoduel racing
4.04
08 Rampage action
4.04
09 Star Command strategy
4.01
10 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.14
02 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.10
03 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.10
04 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.10
05 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.10
06 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.10
07 Cartooners application
4.09
08 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.09
09 Bubble Bobble action
4.07
10 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.07
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.21
02 Prince of Persia action
4.13
03 Kick off 2 sports
4.10
04 Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire rpg
4.09
05 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.09
06 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark adventure
4.08
07 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.08
08 Operation Stealth adventure
4.07
09 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.06
10 Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers get all the girls adventure
4.06
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.18
02 Civilization strategy
4.16
03 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe vehicle simulation
4.13
04 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.11
05 Another World action-adventure
4.10
06 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.09
07 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.09
08 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.09
09 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.08
10 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.08
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.19
02 Dune strategy
4.13
03 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.11
04 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.10
05 Titus the Fox action
4.10
06 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.10
07 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.09
08 KGB adventure
4.08
09 F-15 Strike Eagle III vehicle simulation
4.08
10 Sensible soccer sports
4.08
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.17
02 Doom shooter
4.17
03 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.13
04 Syndicate strategy
4.12
05 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.12
06 The Settlers strategy
4.12
07 Space Hulk strategy
4.10
08 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle rpg
4.10
09 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.10
10 Championship Manager Italia sports
4.09
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.23
02 Panzer General strategy
4.11
03 Master of Magic strategy
4.10
04 Disney's Aladdin action
4.10
05 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.09
06 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.09
07 Quarantine racing
4.08
08 Fleet Defender vehicle simulation
4.08
09 Legend of Kyrandia 3: Malcolm's Revenge adventure
4.08
10 Strip Poker Professional strategy
4.08
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.14
02 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.11
03 Worms strategy
4.10
04 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.10
05 Steel Panthers strategy
4.10
06 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.09
07 Screamer racing
4.08
08 The Dig adventure
4.08
09 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.08
10 The Need for Speed racing
4.06
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.24
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.18
03 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.13
04 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.08
05 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
06 Albion rpg
4.07
07 FIFA 97 sports
4.07
08 Fantasy General strategy
4.05
09 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.05
10 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.05
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.11
02 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.10
03 Theme Hospital simulation
4.10
04 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.08
05 Blood shooter
4.08
06 Fallout rpg
4.08
07 Virtua Cop shooter
4.07
08 Blade Runner adventure
4.06
09 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.05
10 Grand Theft Auto racing
4.04
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dune 2000 strategy
4.10
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.08
03 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.06
04 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.05
05 Sanitarium adventure
4.05
06 Dope Wars simulation
4.05
07 Axis and Allies strategy
4.05
08 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.03
09 Avalon rpg
3.93
10 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
3.93
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.17
02 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.09
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.07
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.03
05 Age of Wonders strategy
4.03
06 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.00
07 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.98
08 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty strategy
3.93
09 Pharaoh simulation
3.91
10 Yoot Tower simulation
3.89
# 2000 genre rating
01 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.04
02 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
3.98
03 Cultures strategy
3.87
04 Arrakis strategy
3.85
05 Ground Control strategy
3.76
06 Icewind Dale rpg
3.70
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.68
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.05
02 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.90
03 Mario and Luigi action
3.85
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.80
# 2002 genre rating
01 DOSBox application
4.08
02 Syberia adventure
3.97
03 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.97
04 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.94
05 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.84
06 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.82
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