Abandonware DOS title

The most popular top down games

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).
darksun1-4

Dark Sun: Shattered Lands

DOS1993protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
champ-ms-pacman-05

CHAMP Ms. Pac-man

DOS1994remake3.9/5 ChamProgramming corp.
axis-allies-iron-blitz-07

Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz

Windows XP/98/9519994.2/5 Wargaming West
questron2-1

Questron 2

DOS1988protected3.8/5 Westwood Studios
knightsxentar-1

Knights of Xentar

DOS1994NSFW4.1/5 MegaTech Software
atomix-1

Atomix

DOS19904.1/5 Softtouch
xonix-1

Xonix

DOS1984remake4.1/5
heirstothethrone-2

Heirs to the Throne

DOS19923.8/5 German Design Group
populous-beginning-03

Populous: The Beginning

Windows XP/98/951998protected4.2/5 Bullfrog
magiccandle3-5

The Magic Candle 3

DOS19923.9/5 Mindcraft Software
simlife-2

SimLife

DOSMacWindows 3.x19924/5 Maxis
SimLife is an abandoned simulation game focused on managing a ecosystems and experimenting with genetics. SimLife was designed by Ken Karakotsios, developed and released by Maxis in 1992 for DOS and later also published for Macintosh, Amiga, Windows 3.x and Amiga.
battlestar-05

Battlestar

Windows 3.x1996freeware3.6/5
war-lance-03

War of the Lance

DOS1990protected4.3/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
ultima7part2-9

Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle

DOS19934.1/5 Origin Systems
After the well received Ultima 7 The Black Gate, Origin decided that their Ultima engine could be used for one more game. Ultima 7 Part 2: Serpent Isle begins right after The Black Gate ends. This time the Avatar travels to a whole new land, far away from the usual Britannia. Serpent Isle brings its own charm to the series; exploring new lands...
major-stryker-03

Major Stryker

DOSWindows XP/98/951993freeware3.9/5 Apogee Software
advanced-civilization-02

Advanced Civilization

DOS19954/5 Avalon Hill
birthright-win-05

Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 Synergistic Software
pyramidsegypt-4

Pyramids of Egypt

DOS19894/5 Ideas From the Deep
archon-3

Archon: the Light and the Dark

DOS19844.2/5 Free Fall Associates
Archon: The Light and the Dark is an abandoned DOS fantasy blend of strategy and action game, developed by Free Fall Associates and published for DOS by Electronic Arts in 1984. Archon and its sequels are a unique mix of chess-like turn-based strategy and arcade action games. Take chess and add the fact that every time two pieces land on the same s...
exile2-04

Exile II: Crystal Souls

Windows XP/98/95MacWindows 3.x1996freeware3.8/5 Spiderweb Software
puzznic-2

Puzznic

DOS19904.2/5 Taito
gauntlet2-1

Gauntlet 2

DOS19894.1/5 Atari
4play-01

4Play

Windows 3.x1995NSFW3.9/5
4Play is a multi-player board-like strategy party-game for adults released for Windows 3.1 in 1995. 4Play is a board-game very similar to Monopoly in which players have to perform certain (adult) actions in response to events happening on the board.
warcraft-1

Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

DOS1994protecteddemo4.2/5 Blizzard Entertainment
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is the first real-time fantasy strategy game from Blizzard Entertainment. Two separate story lines (Orcs and Humans) evolve with 12 scenarios per side telling the tale of the battle for the Kingdom of Azeroth. Players must mine gold and chop wood in order to construct buildings and create units. Each side tries to destro...
acquire-1

Acquire

DOS19893.9/5 IBM
keen1-splash

Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars

DOS19904.2/5 id software
Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars is a platform video game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1990 as shareware for MS-DOS. The game follows the adventures of an eight-year-old genius named Billy Blaze, who uses his homemade spaceship to travel to various alien planets to save the Earth from alien invaders known as V...
ambush-at-sorinor-02

Ambush at Sorinor

DOS19933.7/5 Mindcraft Software
qixtaito-2

Qix

DOS19894.1/5 Taito
mahjongg-nels-01

Mah Jongg Solitaire

DOS19874.1/5 Arcanum Computing