Abandonware DOS title

The best 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).
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The Ancient Art of War at Sea

DOS19874.1/5 Evryware
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The Perfect General

DOS19914.1/5 White Wolf Productions
The Perfect General is a turn-based strategy military game developed by White Wolf Productions and released in 1991 by Quantun Quality Production. The Perfect General gameplay is quite simple compared to other wargames, but it's based on a solid set of rules and let the players progress at their own pace through missions and scenarios. The Perfect ...
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CD-Man v2.0

DOS19924.1/5 Creative Dimensions
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Ragnarok

DOS1993freeware4.1/5 Gray Design Associates
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Conquest of Japan

DOS19924.1/5 Impressions Games
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Mageslayer

Windows XP/98/9519974.1/5 Raven Software
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Mech War

DOS19924.1/5
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The Grandest Fleet

DOS19944.1/5 Quantum quality productions
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Qix

DOS19894.1/5 Taito
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Spacewar

DOS19854.1/5
Spacewar is one of the earliest digital computer games and is often considered the first interactive video game. It was created in 1962 by Steve Russell, Martin Graetz, and Wayne Wiitanen at the MIT. The game was developed on the PDP-1 minicomputer; this is a DOS port, released in 1985.Spacewar! features two spaceships, controlled by players, that ...
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Dark Sun: Shattered Lands

DOS1993protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Atomix

DOS19904.1/5 Softtouch
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Dominium

DOS19924.1/5 Microids
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Shard of Spring

DOS1987protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Merchant Prince

DOS19934.1/5 Holistic Design
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Total Annihilation Kingdoms

Windows XP/98/951999protected4.1/5 Cavedog Entertainment
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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...
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Times of Lore

DOS19894.1/5 Origin Systems
Times of Lore is an abandoned action RPG designed by Chris Roberts, developed and released by Origin Systems in 1989 for DOS and many more 8 bit and 16 bit platforms. Compared to Ultima (the much more popular franchise also by Origin) Times of Lore is a washed down RPG, more similar to a NES game. In fact, Roberts was inspired by The Legend of Zelda.
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Speedball 2

DOS19924.1/5 Bitmap Brothers
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Emperor of the Fading Suns

Windows XP/98/9519964.1/5 Holistic Design
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Blades of Exile

Windows 3.xMacWindows XP/98/951997freeware4.1/5 Spiderweb Software
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Checkers for Windows

Windows 3.x19974.1/5
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Entrepreneur

Windows XP/98/9519974.1/5 Stardock Entertainment
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Dreamweb

DOS1994freeware4.1/5 Creative reality
Dreamweb is a top-down point and click adventure set in a dark, cyberpunk city. You play as Ryan who has strange, violent, dreams. A top down perspective and the sheer number of items your character can pick up are just two of the peculiarities of this game. Dreamweb was developed by Creative Reality and published by Empire Interactive for DOS in 1...
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BattleTech: The Crescent Hawks' Revenge

DOS19904.1/5 Westwood Studios
BattleTech: The Crescent Hawks' Revenge is a turn-based strategy game developed by Westwood Associates and published by Infocom in 1990. It is the sequel to "Crescent Hawk's Inception" and is set in the BattleTech universe, a fictional universe where noble houses and mercenary groups vie for power using giant robotic vehicles known as BattleMe...
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Panzer General 2

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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The Great War: 1914 - 1918

DOS1993protected4.1/5 Blue Byte Software
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Castle Wolfenstein

DOS19844.1/5 Muse Software
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The Hunt for Red October

DOSMac19874.1/5 Oxford Digital Enterprises
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Jones in the Fast Lane

DOS19914/5 Sierra On-Line
Jones in the Fast Lane is the kind of game that you don't see often these days. It's a mix between a digital board game and a modern day life simulation. The goal of the game is to live the life of Jones, making choices about school, work, your home, etc. Graphics is a mix of cartonish and digitized characters, very reminishent of some of the best ...