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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
4.01
02 PC-Man action
4.00
03 Paratrooper shooter
3.91
04 Executive Suite simulation
3.76
05 Microsoft Decathlon sports
3.74
06 Deadline adventure
3.72
07 The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow strategy
3.60
08 Adventure in Serenia adventure
3.59
09 Crossfire shooter
3.52
10 Astro Dodge shooter
3.50
# 1983 genre rating
01 Lode Runner action
4.07
02 Frogger action
4.06
03 Rogue rpg
4.00
04 Donkey Kong action
4.00
05 Digger action
4.00
06 Sleuth: A Murder Mystery simulation
4.00
07 Defender shooter
3.96
08 Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0 application
3.95
09 Battlezone shooter
3.94
10 The Hobbit adventure
3.93
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.13
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
4.05
03 Montezuma's Revenge action
4.04
04 Archon: the Light and the Dark strategy
4.00
05 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.98
06 DND rpg
3.93
07 Zork III: The Dungeon Master adventure
3.89
08 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.86
09 Jumpman action
3.84
10 Styx action
3.78
# 1985 genre rating
01 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.07
02 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.05
03 9 Princes in Amber adventure
4.00
04 Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative adventure
4.00
05 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
4.00
06 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
07 Hacker simulation
3.94
08 Spacewar shooter
3.91
09 Wishbringer adventure
3.90
10 The mist adventure
3.89
# 1986 genre rating
01 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.11
02 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.10
03 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.10
04 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.06
05 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.05
06 The Chessmaster 2000 strategy
4.04
07 Conflict in Vietnam strategy
4.03
08 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.03
09 The Great Escape action-adventure
4.00
10 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.96
# 1987 genre rating
01 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.17
02 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.12
03 Test Drive racing
4.11
04 Driller action-adventure
4.10
05 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.08
06 Tetris puzzle
4.08
07 Sid Meier's Pirates! strategy
4.07
08 Elite vehicle simulation
4.07
09 The lurking horror adventure
3.96
10 Police Quest 1: In Pursuit of the Death Angel adventure
3.96
# 1988 genre rating
01 Grand Prix Circuit racing
4.16
02 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.09
03 Life & Death simulation
4.08
04 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.08
05 Batman: the Caped Crusader action-adventure
4.05
06 Arkanoid action
4.05
07 Shadowgate adventure
4.04
08 Alternate Reality: The City rpg
4.04
09 2400 A.D. rpg
4.03
10 Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 vehicle simulation
4.03
# 1989 genre rating
01 Pipe Dream puzzle
4.16
02 Bubble Bobble action
4.13
03 Qix action
4.13
04 Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals adventure
4.11
05 Rick Dangerous action
4.11
06 Dungeon Master rpg
4.10
07 Stunt Car Racer racing
4.09
08 Operation Wolf shooter
4.09
09 The Cycles racing
4.09
10 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.08
# 1990 genre rating
01 The Secret of Monkey Island adventure
4.18
02 Loom adventure
4.12
03 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.12
04 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.10
05 Xenon 2: Megablast shooter
4.10
06 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.10
07 SimEarth simulation
4.09
08 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.09
09 Ultima 6: The False Prophet rpg
4.08
10 North and South strategy
4.08
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.17
02 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.16
03 Chip's Challenge puzzle
4.16
04 Golden Axe action
4.15
05 Volfied action
4.12
06 Civilization strategy
4.11
07 Castle of Dr. Brain adventure
4.10
08 Chuck Yeager's Air Combat vehicle simulation
4.10
09 Duke Nukem action
4.09
10 Les Manley in: Lost in L.A. adventure
4.09
# 1992 genre rating
01 Street Fighter 2 action
4.19
02 Virtual Reality Studio 2.0 application
4.19
03 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.17
04 Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant rpg
4.14
05 Gobliiins adventure
4.13
06 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.11
07 1000 Miglia racing
4.11
08 KGB adventure
4.10
09 Dune II: The building of a dynasty strategy
4.10
10 Dune strategy
4.10
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.16
02 Doom shooter
4.14
03 Mortal Kombat action
4.13
04 Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation adventure
4.13
05 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.12
06 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.11
07 Space Hulk strategy
4.11
08 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers adventure
4.11
09 V for victory: Market-Garden strategy
4.10
10 Wing Commander: Privateer vehicle simulation
4.10
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.24
02 NASCAR Racing racing
4.13
03 Doom 2: Hell on Earth shooter
4.13
04 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.11
05 Master of Magic strategy
4.11
06 Hocus Pocus action
4.10
07 Panzer General strategy
4.09
08 Colonization strategy
4.09
09 The Elder Scrolls: Arena rpg
4.09
10 Marathon shooter
4.09
# 1995 genre rating
01 Hexen: Beyond Heretic shooter
4.15
02 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.15
03 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.09
04 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.09
05 Caesar 2 simulation
4.08
06 High Seas Trader simulation
4.06
07 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.06
08 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.05
09 Earthworm Jim action
4.04
10 The Dig adventure
4.03
# 1996 genre rating
01 Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares strategy
4.18
02 Civilization 2 strategy
4.17
03 The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall rpg
4.17
04 Road Rash racing
4.11
05 Fantasy General strategy
4.10
06 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.09
07 Duke Nukem 3D shooter
4.09
08 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.09
09 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.08
10 Jagged Alliance: Deadly Games strategy
4.07
# 1997 genre rating
01 Age of Empires strategy
4.15
02 Virtua Cop 2 shooter
4.12
03 Dilbert's Desktop Games action
4.10
04 Virtua Cop shooter
4.09
05 Fallout rpg
4.06
06 Entrepreneur simulation
4.06
07 Slash'Em rpg
4.05
08 Theme Hospital simulation
4.05
09 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.04
10 X-COM: Apocalypse strategy
4.03
# 1998 genre rating
01 Caesar 3 simulation
4.12
02 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.10
03 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.09
04 House of the Dead shooter
4.08
05 Dope Wars simulation
4.06
06 Dune 2000 strategy
4.05
07 Army Men strategy
4.04
08 Axis and Allies strategy
4.03
09 People's General strategy
4.00
10 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
3.99
# 1999 genre rating
01 Jagged Alliance 2 strategy
4.23
02 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.17
03 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.14
04 Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation
4.13
05 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.13
06 Age of Wonders strategy
4.10
07 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.08
08 Black Moon Chronicles strategy
4.04
09 Pharaoh simulation
4.02
10 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
3.99
# 2000 genre rating
01 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
4.04
02 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.02
03 Cultures strategy
4.00
04 Icewind Dale rpg
4.00
05 Ground Control strategy
3.96
06 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.78
07 Arrakis strategy
3.66
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.00
02 Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura rpg
3.95
03 Mario and Luigi action
3.93
04 Empire Earth strategy
3.89
# 2002 genre rating
01 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
4.09
02 Hooligans: Storm Over Europe strategy
4.02
03 Syberia adventure
3.97
04 DOSBox application
3.94
05 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.90
06 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.86
07 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.80
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