Abandonware DOS title

Top-down perspective sorted by release date

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).

Most popular top down applications

Dune 2000
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Grand Theft Auto
action-adventureDOS, Windows XP/98/95

Top down applications

  • heavy-barrel-02
    DOS19893.6/5 Data East
  • hillsfar-6
    DOS1989protected3.8/5 Westwood Studios
  • house-of-cards-04
  • jackal-03
    DOS19894.2/5 Konami
  • joan-of-arc-03
    DOS19894/5 Chip
  • johnmaddenfoot-3
    DOS19893.9/5 Electronic Arts

    John Madden Football was the first of a series of american football sports games sponsored by the coach of the same name. The first John Madden Football is an abandoned game developed and released by Electronic Arts in 1988 for Apple II and Commodore 64 and later released for DOS (in 1989). The Madden series became extremely popular and the sequels...

  • knights-legend-01
    DOS19894.1/5 Origin Systems
  • last-duel-03
    DOS19893.4/5 Capcom
  • legacy-of-the-ancients-05
    DOS19894/5 Quest Software
  • legends-of-murder-04
    DOS1989protected3.5/5 Softdisk Publishing
  • meteors-05
    DOS19893.6/5 Apogee Software
  • minesoftitan-3
    DOS19893.5/5 Westwood Studios

    Mines of Titan (also known as Mars Saga for other platforms) is an abandoned single-player RPG with a sci-fi setting (you're going to Mars!). Mines of Titan was developed by Westwood Studios and released by Infocom in 1989 for DOS, Apple II and Commodore 64.

  • monday-night-football-04
    DOS19894.1/5 Park Place Productions
  • navy-seal-02
    DOS19894/5 Cosmi Corporation
  • nfl-pro-league-03
    DOS19894.3/5 Micro Sports
  • nobunaga-ambition-2-03
    DOS19893.9/5 KOEI
  • nuclearwar-1
    DOS19894.1/5 New World Computing

    Nuclear War is an abandoned turn-based strategy game designed by Eric Hyman and Jon Van Caneghem. Nuclear War was developed and released by New World Computing in 1989 for Amiga and, later, for DOS, and it's loosely based on a card game of the same name. Nuclear War took a satirical approach to the grim possibility of a global nuclear war and succe...

  • omegacomplex-1
    DOS19894/5 Origin Systems
  • pictionary-01
    DOS19893/5 Oxford Mobius
  • pipedreams-2
    DOSWindows 3.x19894.3/5 The Assembly Line

    Pipe Mania (also known as Pipe Dream is a tile-matching (sort of) puzzle game about flowing liquids developed by The Assembly Line in 1989. You must build a path made of pipe pieces to let a green liquid (sewer goo?) flow. It's simple, original and addicting, that's why Pipe Mania was cloned a number of times.

  • prophecy-trinadon-6
    DOS19893.4/5 Activision
  • pyramidsegypt-4
    DOS19894/5 Ideas From the Deep
  • qixtaito-2
    DOS19894.1/5 Taito
  • risk-3
    DOS19893.8/5 Mastertronic
  • romance3king-2
    DOS19893.9/5 KOEI
  • sarge-02
  • scrabble-01
  • simcity-6
    DOSWindows 3.xWindows XP/98/951989protected4.1/5 Maxis

    SimCity (or SimCity Classic) is a popular city building simulation in which you, the mayor of a city, have to build a metropolis from the ground up. You can build police and fire departments, assign industrial, residential or commercial areas, manage power distribution, build ports and airports. Grow your city from village to metropolis and try to ...

  • skyshark-04
    DOS19893.6/5 Toaplan
  • spacerogue-2
    DOS19894/5 Origin Systems

    Space Rogue is a science fiction RPG developed by Richard Garriott's Origin and desined by Paul Neurath. Space Rogue combines a 3D space simulation with a top down view RPG gameplay. As a space pilot you can hunt bounties, buy and sell goods, land on starbases or outposts and talk to NPCs, do quests, etc.