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).
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Ragnarok

DOS1993freeware4.1/5 Gray Design Associates
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Rockford: The Arcade Game

DOS1987protected4.1/5 Arcadia Systems
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Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed

DOS1992protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed is a CRPG developed by SSI Strategic Simulations Inc. and released in 1992 for DOS only. Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed is the sequel to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday and it's based on a campaign setting created by TSR in the late 80s. The game uses the Gold Box engine, common to much of the RPGs developed by SSI.
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Chessmaster 9000

Windows XP/98/95Mac2002protected4.2/5 UBI Soft
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Lords of the Realm

DOSWindows XP/98/951994protected4/5 Impressions Games
Lords of the Realm is top-down kingdom simulation game set in medieval Europe (England and Germany), designed by Christopher J. Foster and David Lester, developed by Impressions Games and released 1994 for DOS, Windows and Amiga.
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Operation: Inner Space

Windows 3.x1994protecteddemo3.7/5 Software Dynamics
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5th Fleet

DOS19943.9/5
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Avalon

DOS1998freeware3.8/5 MiG Outpost
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Bandit Kings of Ancient China

DOS19893.9/5 KOEI
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Pinball Dreams

DOS1993protected4.1/5 Digital Illusions
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Windwalker (Moebius 2)

DOS19892.8/5 Origin Systems
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The Grandest Fleet

DOS19944.1/5 Quantum quality productions
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Atomix

DOS19904.1/5 Softtouch
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Battle Isle 93: The Moon of Chromos

DOS19934/5 Blue Byte Software
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Annals of Rome

DOS19883.8/5 Personal Software Services
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Operation Market Garden

DOS1985protected3.7/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Outbound

Windows XP/98/952001freeware3.9/5
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Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament

DOS19954.1/5 Supersonic Software
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Ambush at Sorinor

DOS19933.7/5 Mindcraft Software
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Minesweeper

Windows 3.x19924/5 Microsoft
Microsoft Minesweeper is an iconic puzzle game that has been included with Microsoft Windows operating systems since Windows 3.1. The game's objective is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden mines without detonating any of them. The player clicks on a square to reveal what's underneath, and numbers are displayed to indicate how many mines...
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Ys: The Vanished Omens

DOS19894.1/5 Nihon Falcom
Ys: The Vanished Omens (also known as The Ancient Land of Ys) is an abandoned top-down open-world action RPG designed by Masaya Hashimoto, developed by Nihon Falcom and released by Kyodai Software Marketing for DOS in 1989. Ys: The Vanished Omens was published (earlier) for quite a few other home computers and console.
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Sensible World of Soccer 96/97

DOS1996protected3.7/5 Sensible Software
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Legend of the Silver Talisman

DOS1996freeware3.9/5 Inter-Active Arts
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Nebulus

DOS19884.1/5 Hewson Consultants
Nebulus, also known as Tower Toppler in some regions, is a classic video game released in the 1980s. It was developed by John M. Phillips and published by Hewson Consultants. The game was initially released for various home computer systems, including the Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST, and others. It later saw ports to different platforms. Neb...
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Challenge of the Five Realms

DOS1992protected3.7/5 MicroProse Software
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Dark Legions

DOS1994protected4/5 Silicon Knights
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Temple of Apshai Trilogy

DOS19853.5/5 Epyx
The Temple of Apshai Trilogy is a series of classic role-playing games developed by Automated Simulations (later known as Epyx) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These games were among the earliest examples of computer-based RPGs and were influential in shaping the genre.The "Temple of Apshai Trilogy" was notable for its depth of gameplay and intr...
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Mine Shaft

DOS19834.1/5 Sierra On-Line
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Warriors of Legend

DOS19934/5 Synergistic Software