Abandonware DOS title

Top-down perspective

Top down games were very popular in the 80s and the 90s, when graphic cards were not capable of supporting 3D, and even when 3D started to become popular, 2D games continued to be easier to develop, at least in the infancy of 3D gaming. 2D game offered the player a viewpoint that helped keeping things easily under control (think about top down party-based RPGs or hex-based strategy games).
carnage-04

Carnage

DOS19934.1/5 Warped Minds
carrier-strike-south-pacific-04

Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
castle-adventure-04

Castle Adventure

DOS1984freeware4.2/5
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Castle of the Winds

Windows 3.x1993freeware4.2/5 SaadaSoft
Castle of the Winds (1993, by Saadasoft) is a perfect example of an atypical roguelike (no ASCII, runs in Windows) turned into a liberated game. Surprisingly Castle of the Winds is still very playable to this day, if you can make it run under a recent version of Windows.
castle-wolfenstein-04

Castle Wolfenstein

DOS19844.1/5 Muse Software
cave-wars-01

Cave Wars

DOS19964.2/5
cave-quest-05

Cavequest

DOS19853.3/5
caverns-of-kroz-2

Caverns of Kroz

DOS1989freeware3.6/5 Apogee Software
caves-of-thor-05

Caves of Thor

DOS19893.4/5 Apogee Software
cdman2-1

CD-Man v2.0

DOS19924.1/5 Creative Dimensions
centurion-7

Centurion: Defender of Rome

DOS19904.1/5 Bits of magic
Centurion: Defender of Rome is a turn-based strategy game set in ancient Rome times. As a centurion of the Roman Empire, you will fight against the enemies of Rome in real time battles in every corner of Italy and Europe, you'll be a gladiator, race chariots, fight naval battles and more.
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Challenge of the Five Realms

DOS1992protected3.7/5 MicroProse Software
champ-ms-pacman-05

CHAMP Ms. Pac-man

DOS1994remake4.1/5 ChamProgramming corp.
champion-of-the-raj-02

Champion of the Raj

DOS19914.1/5 Personal Software Services
checkers-for-windows-02

Checkers for Windows

Windows 3.x19974.1/5
chess-1

Chess

DOS19813.9/5 International PC Owners
chess88-1

Chess88

DOS19844/5
chessmaster-9000-01

Chessmaster 9000

Windows XP/98/95Mac2002protected4.2/5 UBI Soft
chips-challenge-win3-01

Chip's Challenge

DOSWindows 3.x19914.3/5 Epyx
Chip's Challenge is an abandoned top-down puzzle game designed by Chuck Sommerville, developed and released by Epyx in 1991. Chip's Challenge was released on DOS, Windows 3.x and many other home computers such as Atari ST, Amiga, C64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.
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Civilization

DOSWindows 3.xMac19914.2/5 MicroProse Software
Civilization is the critically acclaimed strategy game designed by Sid Meier and Bruce Campbell Shelley that became a staple in 4X turn-based strategy. Civilization was developed by MicroProse Software and released in 1991 for DOS, Windows 3.x, Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, etc. Civilization was followed by sequels, the last one being published recently. T...
civilization2-4

Civilization 2

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 MicroProse Software
Civilization 2, later renamed Sid Meier's Civilization II, is a turn based 4X strategy game developed and published by MicroProse in 1996. The gameplay is similar to the first Civilization, many aspects were improved and new features were introduced: a new isometric perspective, hit points for units, new civilizations, new wonders of the world and ...
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Clash of Steel

DOS1993protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
cloud-kingdoms-05

Cloud Kingdoms

DOS19903.6/5 Logotron
clue-master-detective-03

Clue Master Detective

DOS19894.3/5 Dalali Software
Clue Master Detective is an abandoned strategy game developed by Dalali Software and released by Leisure Genius in 1989 for DOS, Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, C64. Clue Master Detective is based on the well known board game Clue (also known as Cluedo). Clue can be played in single player, but the best gaming experience come from the multi-player mode.
cobra-mission-1

Cobra Mission

DOS1992NSFW4/5 MegaTech Software
colonization-6

Colonization

DOSWindows 3.xLinuxMac1994protected4.2/5 MicroProse Software
Colonization is a turn-based strategy 4x game developed and published by MicroProse in 1994 for DOS, Windows 3.1, Linux and Mac. The setting is the European Colonization of the New World. Colonization gameplay and interface are similar to Civilization, another Sid Meier game. However, there are some differences between Civilization and Colonization...
color-buster-03

Color Buster

DOS19923.6/5
colorlines-3

Color Lines

DOS19923.8/5 Gamos
command-and-conquer-06

Command & Conquer

DOS1995freeware4.1/5 Westwood Studios
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert

DOS1996freeware4.1/5 Westwood Studios
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a real-time strategy (RTS) video game developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive in 1996. It is part of the Command & Conquer series and is set in an alternate history where World War II never occurred, leading to a different global conflict.The success of Red Alert led to several seque...