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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 PC-Man action
3.74
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.74
05 Deadline adventure
3.71
06 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.65
07 Astro Dodge shooter
3.61
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 Galaxian shooter
3.90
07 Defender shooter
3.90
08 Battlezone shooter
3.87
09 The Hobbit adventure
3.86
10 Donkey Kong action
3.80
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.11
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
3.99
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.96
04 Montezuma's Revenge action
3.91
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 Styx action
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 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
05 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
06 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.92
07 Spacewar shooter
3.89
08 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.89
09 Hacker simulation
3.88
10 Silent Service vehicle simulation
3.71
# 1986 genre rating
01 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.14
02 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.10
03 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.06
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 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.00
08 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
09 Wargame Construction Set strategy
3.93
10 Starflight rpg
3.93
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.17
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.17
03 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.09
04 Elite vehicle simulation
4.09
05 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.08
06 Test Drive racing
4.07
07 Tetris puzzle
4.06
08 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
4.00
09 The Great Giana Sisters action
3.98
10 The Bard's Tale rpg
3.94
# 1988 genre rating
01 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.09
02 Arkanoid action
4.07
03 2400 A.D. rpg
4.07
04 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
05 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.04
06 Autoduel racing
4.04
07 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.03
08 Star Command strategy
4.01
09 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.00
10 Rampage action
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.12
02 Dungeon Master rpg
4.11
03 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.10
04 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.09
05 Cartooners application
4.09
06 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.08
07 Bubble Bobble action
4.08
08 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.08
09 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.07
10 Street Rod racing
4.06
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.22
02 Prince of Persia action
4.12
03 Kick off 2 sports
4.10
04 Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire rpg
4.09
05 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark adventure
4.08
06 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.08
07 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.06
08 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.06
09 Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers get all the girls adventure
4.06
10 North and South strategy
4.06
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.17
02 Civilization strategy
4.14
03 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe vehicle simulation
4.12
04 Golden Axe action
4.10
05 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.09
06 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.08
07 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.08
08 Another World action-adventure
4.08
09 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.07
10 Volfied action
4.06
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.21
02 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.13
03 Sensible soccer sports
4.11
04 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.10
05 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.09
06 Aces of the Pacific vehicle simulation
4.09
07 Alone in the Dark action-adventure
4.09
08 KGB adventure
4.08
09 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.08
10 Mega lo Mania strategy
4.08
# 1993 genre rating
01 Doom shooter
4.16
02 The Lost Vikings action
4.16
03 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.13
04 Syndicate strategy
4.12
05 The Settlers strategy
4.11
06 Championship Manager Italia sports
4.11
07 Populous 2: Trials of the Olympian Gods strategy
4.11
08 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.10
09 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.10
10 Mortal Kombat action
4.09
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.24
02 Panzer General strategy
4.11
03 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.11
04 Master of Magic strategy
4.10
05 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.09
06 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.09
07 Colonization strategy
4.09
08 Disney's Aladdin action
4.09
09 Quarantine racing
4.08
10 Heretic shooter
4.08
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.14
02 Steel Panthers strategy
4.12
03 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.11
04 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.10
05 Screamer racing
4.08
06 The Dig adventure
4.08
07 Worms strategy
4.06
08 The Need for Speed racing
4.05
09 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.05
10 Extreme Pinball action
4.05
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.24
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.17
03 FIFA 97 sports
4.13
04 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.12
05 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
06 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.07
07 Albion rpg
4.06
08 Quake shooter
4.06
09 Fantasy General strategy
4.05
10 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.05
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.11
02 Virtua Cop shooter
4.08
03 Theme Hospital simulation
4.08
04 Fallout rpg
4.08
05 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.07
06 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.07
07 Total Annihilation strategy
4.06
08 Blood shooter
4.05
09 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.05
10 Blade Runner adventure
4.05
# 1998 genre rating
01 Dune 2000 strategy
4.09
02 Sanitarium adventure
4.07
03 House of the Dead shooter
4.07
04 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.06
05 Dope Wars simulation
4.05
06 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.04
07 Axis and Allies strategy
4.03
08 Mega Man X3 shooter
3.97
09 People's General strategy
3.95
10 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
3.95
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.17
02 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.10
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.07
04 Age of Wonders strategy
4.05
05 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.04
06 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.03
07 Pharaoh simulation
4.00
08 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty strategy
4.00
09 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.98
10 Yoot Tower simulation
3.91
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.05
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.04
03 Cultures strategy
3.96
04 Ground Control strategy
3.82
05 Arrakis strategy
3.76
06 Icewind Dale rpg
3.76
07 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.66
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.05
02 Empire Earth strategy
3.86
03 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.86
04 Mario and Luigi action
3.85
# 2002 genre rating
01 DOSBox application
4.12
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.00
03 Syberia adventure
3.97
04 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.93
05 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.87
06 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.85
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