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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
3.92
02 Paratrooper shooter
3.77
03 Astro Dodge shooter
3.70
04 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.62
05 Executive Suite simulation
3.61
06 PC-Man action
3.60
07 Crossfire shooter
3.52
08 Deadline adventure
3.46
# 1983 genre rating
01 Lode Runner action
4.12
02 Galaxian shooter
4.10
03 Frogger action
4.06
04 Rogue rpg
4.00
05 Donkey Kong action
3.94
06 The Hobbit adventure
3.92
07 Digger action
3.91
08 Defender shooter
3.82
09 Battlezone shooter
3.77
10 Space Commanders shooter
3.76
# 1984 genre rating
01 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.11
02 Alley Cat action
4.00
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.85
04 Pong v.2.1 clone sports
3.83
05 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.80
06 Styx action
3.75
07 Jumpman action
3.72
08 DND rpg
3.69
09 Zork III: The dungeon master adventure
3.68
10 Hack rpg
3.64
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.07
02 The mist adventure
4.00
03 King's Quest 2: Romancing the throne adventure
3.94
04 Hacker simulation
3.88
05 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
3.86
06 Spacewar shooter
3.86
07 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
3.82
08 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.76
09 Voodoo island adventure
3.65
10 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.65
# 1986 genre rating
01 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.19
02 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.13
03 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.07
04 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.06
05 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
4.04
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.03
07 Starflight rpg
4.02
08 Gunship vehicle simulation
3.97
09 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
3.96
10 The Great Escape adventure
3.91
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.16
02 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.14
03 Tetris puzzle
4.13
04 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.07
05 Elite vehicle simulation
4.06
06 The Great Giana Sisters action
4.06
07 Project: Space Station simulation
4.00
08 Test Drive racing
3.98
09 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
3.97
10 The Bard's Tale 1 rpg
3.92
# 1988 genre rating
01 Battle Chess strategy
4.12
02 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.11
03 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.09
04 Life & Death simulation
4.09
05 Teenage Queen strategy
4.05
06 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.04
07 Gold Rush! adventure
4.04
08 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.03
09 2400 A.D. rpg
4.00
10 Arkanoid action
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Quest for glory 1: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.23
02 SimCity simulation
4.12
03 Bubble Bobble action
4.10
04 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.10
05 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.10
06 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.09
07 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.09
08 Arkanoid 2: The Revenge of Doh action
4.09
09 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.08
10 007: License to Kill shooter
4.08
# 1990 genre rating
01 Loom adventure
4.19
02 Midwinter strategy
4.14
03 Circuit's edge rpg
4.14
04 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.14
05 Stunts racing
4.14
06 Wing Commander vehicle simulation
4.13
07 Prince of Persia action
4.13
08 Champions of Krynn rpg
4.10
09 Dangerous Dave action
4.10
10 Alpha Waves action
4.08
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.15
02 Death Knights of Krynn rpg
4.15
03 Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate my Baby Sitter! action
4.15
04 Magnetic Scrolls Collection adventure
4.14
05 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.13
06 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.12
07 Civilization strategy
4.11
08 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.11
09 Golden Axe action
4.10
10 Another World adventure
4.09
# 1992 genre rating
01 Heroes of the 357th vehicle simulation
4.15
02 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.15
03 Alone in the Dark adventure
4.14
04 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.12
05 Angband rpg
4.11
06 Magic Pockets action
4.11
07 Comanche: Maximum overkill vehicle simulation
4.11
08 Mech war strategy
4.11
09 Rex Nebular and the cosmic gender-bender adventure
4.10
10 Great Naval Battles: North Atlantic 1939 - 1943 vehicle simulation
4.10
# 1993 genre rating
01 Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space vehicle simulation
4.33
02 Innocent Until Caught adventure
4.23
03 The Lost Vikings action
4.15
04 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.14
05 Doom shooter
4.13
06 The Settlers strategy
4.13
07 Police Quest: Open Season adventure
4.13
08 Duke Nukem 2 action
4.12
09 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.12
10 Master of Orion strategy
4.12
# 1994 genre rating
01 Might and Magic: World of Xeen rpg
4.19
02 Dark Legions strategy
4.19
03 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.18
04 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.15
05 The Incredible Machine 2 puzzle
4.15
06 Panzer General 1 strategy
4.14
07 1942: The Pacific air war vehicle simulation
4.12
08 Ecstatica adventure
4.12
09 Master of Magic strategy
4.11
10 Colonization strategy
4.10
# 1995 genre rating
01 Screamer racing
4.19
02 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.12
03 Worms strategy
4.12
04 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.11
05 Ultimate Doom shooter
4.11
06 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.10
07 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.10
08 Witchaven shooter
4.08
09 X-COM: Terror from the Deep strategy
4.08
10 Descent shooter
4.08
# 1996 genre rating
01 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.35
02 Heroes of Might and Magic II strategy
4.22
03 Alien Rampage shooter
4.21
04 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.20
05 Civilization 2 strategy
4.18
06 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.14
07 Adom v1.1 rpg
4.10
08 Albion rpg
4.08
09 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.08
10 Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters vehicle simulation
4.06
# 1997 genre rating
01 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.25
02 Championship Manager: Season 97/98 sports
4.14
03 Virtua Cop shooter
4.13
04 Blood shooter
4.13
05 Grand Theft Auto racing
4.12
06 Magic: The Gathering strategy
4.11
07 Blade Runner adventure
4.11
08 Enterpreneur simulation
4.10
09 Season of the Sakura adventure
4.08
10 Fallout rpg
4.07
# 1998 genre rating
01 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.14
02 Dune 2000 strategy
4.13
03 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.08
04 Axis and Allies strategy
4.07
05 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.06
06 Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines strategy
4.06
07 Dope Wars simulation
4.05
08 House of the Dead shooter
3.98
09 Avalon rpg
3.97
10 Fatal Relations adventure
3.93
# 1999 genre rating
01 Pharaoh simulation
4.11
02 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.10
03 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.10
04 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.07
05 System Shock 2 shooter
4.06
06 Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty strategy
4.05
07 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.04
08 Age of Wonders strategy
4.02
09 Ultima 9: Ascension rpg
4.00
10 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.97
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.07
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.00
03 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.84
# 2001 genre rating
01 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
4.10
02 Mario and Luigi action
4.08
03 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.00
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.80
# 2002 genre rating
01 DOSBox application
4.10
02 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
4.09
03 Syberia adventure
3.96
04 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.77
05 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.74
06 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.66
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