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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
3.81
03 Astro Dodge shooter
3.70
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.67
05 PC-Man action
3.65
06 Executive Suite simulation
3.61
07 Deadline adventure
3.57
08 Crossfire shooter
3.57
# 1983 genre rating
01 Galaxian shooter
4.11
02 Frogger action
4.11
03 Lode Runner action
4.08
04 Rogue rpg
4.00
05 Digger action
3.97
06 Donkey Kong action
3.95
07 The Hobbit adventure
3.89
08 Defender shooter
3.85
09 Battlezone shooter
3.82
10 Space Commanders shooter
3.75
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.09
02 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.05
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
4.00
04 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
3.99
05 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.89
06 Jumpman action
3.79
07 DND rpg
3.77
08 Pong v.2.1 clone sports
3.76
09 Styx action
3.75
10 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.68
# 1985 genre rating
01 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.11
02 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.11
03 The mist adventure
4.00
04 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
05 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.97
06 King's Quest 2: Romancing the throne adventure
3.94
07 Spacewar shooter
3.91
08 Hacker simulation
3.90
09 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.80
10 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.69
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.14
02 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.11
03 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
4.09
04 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
05 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.06
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.03
07 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.00
08 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
3.96
09 Starflight rpg
3.96
10 The Great Escape adventure
3.96
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.19
02 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.16
03 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.15
04 Tetris puzzle
4.13
05 The Great Giana Sisters action
4.12
06 Elite vehicle simulation
4.09
07 Project: Space Station simulation
4.09
08 Test Drive racing
4.06
09 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.00
10 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.00
# 1988 genre rating
01 Shadowgate adventure
4.15
02 Star Goose! shooter
4.14
03 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.10
04 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.09
05 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.09
06 Life & Death simulation
4.09
07 Arkanoid action
4.08
08 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
09 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.07
10 Autoduel racing
4.04
# 1989 genre rating
01 Quest for glory 1: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.22
02 SimCity simulation
4.15
03 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.15
04 Dungeon Master rpg
4.13
05 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.12
06 007: License to Kill shooter
4.12
07 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.11
08 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.11
09 Ferrari Formula 1 racing
4.11
10 Starflight 2: Trade routes of the Cloud Nebula rpg
4.10
# 1990 genre rating
01 Bad Blood rpg
4.26
02 Ninja Gaiden 2: The Dark Sword of Chaos action
4.26
03 Loom adventure
4.24
04 Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire rpg
4.19
05 Midwinter strategy
4.17
06 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.17
07 Prince of Persia action
4.13
08 Rick Dangerous 2 action
4.13
09 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.12
10 Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday rpg
4.11
# 1991 genre rating
01 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe vehicle simulation
4.45
02 Magnetic Scrolls Collection adventure
4.17
03 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.15
04 Golden Axe action
4.15
05 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.14
06 Another World adventure
4.12
07 Civilization strategy
4.12
08 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.11
09 Duke Nukem action
4.11
10 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.10
# 1992 genre rating
01 Castles 2: Siege & Conquest strategy
4.19
02 Star Control 2 strategy
4.15
03 Heroes of the 357th vehicle simulation
4.14
04 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.14
05 Mech war strategy
4.14
06 Street Fighter 2 action
4.13
07 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.13
08 Alone in the Dark adventure
4.12
09 Angband rpg
4.12
10 Titus the Fox action
4.10
# 1993 genre rating
01 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space vehicle simulation
4.39
02 Championship Manager Italia sports
4.36
03 Innocent Until Caught adventure
4.23
04 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.22
05 Doom shooter
4.20
06 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.18
07 The Lost Vikings action
4.17
08 The Settlers strategy
4.15
09 Master of Orion strategy
4.15
10 Mortal Kombat action
4.14
# 1994 genre rating
01 Fleet Defender vehicle simulation
4.30
02 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.20
03 Master of Magic strategy
4.14
04 Micro Machines racing
4.14
05 Colonization strategy
4.13
06 1942: The Pacific air war vehicle simulation
4.13
07 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.12
08 Panzer General strategy
4.12
09 Mortal Kombat 2 action
4.11
10 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.11
# 1995 genre rating
01 Screamer racing
4.20
02 Stonekeep rpg
4.20
03 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.15
04 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.14
05 The Dig adventure
4.13
06 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.12
07 X-COM: Terror from the Deep strategy
4.12
08 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.11
09 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.11
10 Witchaven shooter
4.09
# 1996 genre rating
01 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.36
02 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.21
03 Civilization 2 strategy
4.16
04 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.15
05 Great Naval Battles vol. 5: Demise of the Dreadnoughts 1914-18 vehicle simulation
4.13
06 Heroes of Might and Magic II strategy
4.13
07 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.13
08 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.11
09 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.11
10 Deadlock: Planetary Conquest strategy
4.11
# 1997 genre rating
01 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.21
02 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.15
03 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 sports
4.14
04 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.13
05 Age of Empires strategy
4.12
06 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.11
07 Blade Runner adventure
4.10
08 Fallout rpg
4.09
09 Carmageddon racing
4.09
10 Total Annihilation strategy
4.09
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dune 2000 strategy
4.15
02 House of the Dead shooter
4.13
03 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.12
04 Axis and Allies strategy
4.09
05 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.09
06 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.04
07 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.03
08 Dope Wars simulation
4.03
09 Avalon rpg
3.95
10 Fatal Relations adventure
3.93
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.14
02 System Shock 2 shooter
4.13
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.09
04 Pharaoh simulation
4.08
05 Age of Wonders strategy
4.06
06 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.05
07 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.05
08 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
4.03
09 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty strategy
4.00
10 Yoot Tower simulation
3.88
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.06
02 Arrakis strategy
4.04
03 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
3.95
04 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.80
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.11
02 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.05
03 Empire Earth strategy
3.83
04 Mario and Luigi action
3.80
# 2002 genre rating
01 DOSBox application
4.10
02 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.10
03 Syberia adventure
4.03
04 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.87
05 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.74
06 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.73
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