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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
3.97
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
# 1983 genre rating
01 Frogger action
4.11
02 Lode Runner action
4.03
03 Digger action
4.00
04 Rogue rpg
3.97
05 The Hobbit adventure
3.91
06 Galaxian shooter
3.90
07 Defender shooter
3.90
08 Battlezone shooter
3.87
09 Donkey Kong action
3.85
10 Planetfall adventure
3.74
# 1984 genre rating
01 Alley Cat action
4.08
02 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adventure
3.99
03 Soko-Ban puzzle
3.96
04 DND rpg
3.88
05 King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown adventure
3.77
06 Jumpman action
3.77
07 Pong v.2.1 clone action
3.77
08 Hack rpg
3.74
09 Styx action
3.74
10 Below The Root action-adventure
3.61
# 1985 genre rating
01 A mind forever voyaging adventure
4.09
02 Rambo First Blood Part 2 adventure
4.01
03 James Bond 007: A View to a Kill adventure
4.00
04 King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne adventure
3.97
05 Hacker simulation
3.93
06 Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar rpg
3.92
07 Spacewar shooter
3.87
08 Strip Poker: A Sizzling Game of Chance strategy
3.70
09 Ultima 3: Exodus rpg
3.53
# 1986 genre rating
01 Turbo Prolog 2.0 application
4.13
02 Norton Commander 5.5 application
4.11
03 Alter Ego: Female Version simulation
4.08
04 Gunship vehicle simulation
4.03
05 Space Quest 1: The Sarien Encounter adventure
4.00
06 Alter Ego: Male Version simulation
4.00
07 Starflight rpg
3.96
08 James Bond 007: Goldfinger adventure
3.95
09 Wordstar 4 application
3.90
10 Karateka action
3.88
# 1987 genre rating
01 Borland Turbo Basic 1.0 application
4.30
02 Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards adventure
4.15
03 Elite vehicle simulation
4.11
04 Maniac Mansion adventure
4.10
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 The Bard's Tale rpg
3.94
# 1988 genre rating
01 Star Wars vehicle simulation
4.13
02 Arkanoid action
4.13
03 2400 A.D. rpg
4.07
04 Ultima 5: Warriors of Destiny rpg
4.05
05 F-19 Stealth fighter vehicle simulation
4.05
06 Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja action
4.04
07 Leisure Suit Larry 2: Goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places) adventure
4.00
08 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure
4.00
09 Star Command strategy
4.00
10 Life & Death simulation
4.00
# 1989 genre rating
01 Dungeon Master rpg
4.14
02 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade adventure
4.11
03 A-10 Tank Killer vehicle simulation
4.10
04 Indianapolis 500 racing
4.10
05 Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs sports
4.09
06 Starflight 2: Trade routes of the Cloud Nebula rpg
4.09
07 F-15 Strike Eagle II vehicle simulation
4.09
08 The Sentinel puzzle
4.08
09 Hero's Quest: So you want to be a hero adventure
4.07
10 Bubble Bobble action
4.06
# 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 Centurion: Defender of Rome strategy
4.09
05 F29 Retaliator vehicle simulation
4.08
06 Champions of Krynn rpg
4.07
07 Operation Stealth adventure
4.07
08 The Bard's Tale 3: Thief of Fate rpg
4.06
09 Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers get all the girls adventure
4.06
10 The Oregon Trail simulation
4.06
# 1991 genre rating
01 Eye of the Beholder 2: The Legend of Darkmoon rpg
4.21
02 Civilization strategy
4.16
03 Eye of the Beholder rpg
4.10
04 Another World action-adventure
4.10
05 Magnetic Scrolls Collection adventure
4.10
06 Golden Axe action
4.10
07 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony simulation
4.09
08 Jones in the Fast Lane simulation
4.08
09 Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge adventure
4.08
10 Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter vehicle simulation
4.07
# 1992 genre rating
01 Ultima 7 Part 1: The Black Gate rpg
4.19
02 Wolfenstein 3D shooter
4.12
03 Dune strategy
4.12
04 Alone in the Dark action-adventure
4.10
05 Titus the Fox action
4.10
06 B-17 Flying fortress vehicle simulation
4.10
07 Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis adventure
4.09
08 Street Fighter 2 action
4.09
09 Angband rpg
4.09
10 KGB adventure
4.08
# 1993 genre rating
01 The Lost Vikings action
4.17
02 Doom shooter
4.16
03 Castle of the Winds rpg
4.13
04 The Incredible Machine puzzle
4.12
05 The Settlers strategy
4.11
06 Mortal Kombat action
4.11
07 Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of fate adventure
4.11
08 Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle rpg
4.10
09 Frontier: Elite 2 vehicle simulation
4.09
10 Syndicate strategy
4.09
# 1994 genre rating
01 X-COM: Ufo Defense strategy
4.23
02 Panzer General strategy
4.13
03 Master of Magic strategy
4.11
04 Warcraft: Orcs and Humans strategy
4.09
05 Disney's Aladdin action
4.09
06 Quarantine racing
4.08
07 Strip Poker Professional strategy
4.08
08 Colonization strategy
4.08
09 Heretic shooter
4.07
10 One Must Fall 2097 action
4.06
# 1995 genre rating
01 Grand Prix 2 racing
4.13
02 Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness strategy
4.11
03 FIFA Soccer 96 sports
4.11
04 Frontier: First Encounters vehicle simulation
4.10
05 Steel Panthers strategy
4.10
06 Star Wars: Dark Forces shooter
4.09
07 Heroes of Might and Magic strategy
4.09
08 Descent shooter
4.09
09 Screamer racing
4.08
10 True love adventure
4.07
# 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
4.15
04 Quake shooter
4.10
05 Albion rpg
4.09
06 Command & Conquer: Red Alert strategy
4.09
07 Conquest of the New World (Deluxe Edition) strategy
4.07
08 Crusader: No Regret shooter
4.07
09 Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! adventure
4.05
10 Fantasy General strategy
4.04
# 1997 genre rating
01 Theme Hospital simulation
4.10
02 Age of Empires strategy
4.10
03 Fallout rpg
4.09
04 Virtua Cop 2 strategy
4.08
05 Dungeon Keeper strategy
4.08
06 Virtua Cop shooter
4.07
07 Panzer General 2 strategy
4.07
08 Blade Runner adventure
4.06
09 Blood shooter
4.06
10 Grand Theft Auto racing
4.05
# 1998 genre rating
01 House of the Dead shooter
4.10
02 Dune 2000 strategy
4.10
03 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy strategy
4.06
04 Axis and Allies strategy
4.06
05 Railroad Tycoon 2 simulation
4.05
06 Sanitarium adventure
4.05
07 Dope Wars simulation
4.05
08 Mega Man X3 shooter
4.00
09 Fatal Relations adventure
3.94
10 Avalon rpg
3.93
# 1999 genre rating
01 Tyrian 2000 shooter
4.16
02 System Shock 2 action-adventure
4.09
03 Three Sisters' Story adventure
4.06
04 Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings strategy
4.04
05 Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia strategy
4.04
06 Age of Wonders strategy
4.03
07 Star Trek: Starfleet Command vehicle simulation
3.98
08 Pharaoh simulation
3.89
09 Yoot Tower simulation
3.89
10 SimCity 3000 simulation
3.84
# 2000 genre rating
01 Patrician 2: Quest for Power simulation
4.04
02 Zeus: Master of Olympus simulation
3.98
03 Arrakis strategy
3.85
04 3D Ultra Lionel Traintown puzzle
3.68
# 2001 genre rating
01 Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds strategy
4.03
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 Syberia adventure
4.00
02 Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 simulation
3.95
03 Sid Meier's SimGolf sports
3.95
04 Industry Giant 2 simulation
3.84
05 Icewind Dale 2 rpg
3.82
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