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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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 ...
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Warriors of Legend

DOS19934/5 Synergistic Software
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Planet's Edge

DOS1991protected4/5 New World Computing
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Cobra Mission

DOS1992NSFW4/5 MegaTech Software
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Mech War

DOS19924/5
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Pyramids of Egypt

DOS19894/5 Ideas From the Deep
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Hexxagon 2

DOS19934/5 Argo Games
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Ski or Die

DOS19904/5 Electronic Arts
Ski or Die is a winter sports-themed video game that was originally released in 1990 for various platforms, including the Commodore 64, Amiga, and MS-DOS. The game was developed by Electronic Arts and was a follow-up to their earlier title, "California Games". Ski or Die features a collection of winter sports events: downhill blitz, acro aerials, s...
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Sword of the Samurai

DOS1989protected4/5 MicroProse Software
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M.U.D.S. - Mean Ugly Dirty Sport

DOS19904/5 Golden Goblins
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007: License to Kill

DOS19894/5 Quixel
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Patton vs. Rommel

DOS19874/5 Electronic Arts
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Panzer General 2

Windows XP/98/951997protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness

DOS19874/5 Origin Systems
This is the first of the very popular RPG saga Ultima. The setting is the land of Sosaria, the enemy to defeat is Mondain. It's a classic cRPG. The wilderness and cities are represented from a top down perspective, while dungeons can be explored in a first person 3d view.
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Star Goose!

DOS19884/5 Logotron
Star Goose is a classic video game developed by Logotron and released in 1988 for various home computer systems of that era, including the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, and Amstrad CPC. It is a top-down, vertically scrolling shooter that combines elements of shoot 'em up gameplay with exploration and power-up mechanics.
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Emperor of the Fading Suns

Windows XP/98/9519964/5 Holistic Design
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Dark Sun 2: Wake of the Ravager

DOS1994protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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3D Ultra Lionel Traintown

Windows XP/98/9520004/5 Dynamix
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5th Fleet

DOS19944/5
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Entomorph: Plague Of The Darkfall

Windows XP/98/95Windows 3.xMac1995protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Pizza Tycoon

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMac1994protected4/5 Software 2000
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God of Thunder

DOSWindows XP/98/951993freeware4/5 Adept Software
God of Thunder is a free computer role-playing game designed by Ron Davis, developed by Adept Software and released by Software Creations in 1993 for DOS and Windows platforms. God of Thunder is an action oriented RPG (sort of...) with strong puzzle elements with a norse mythology theme.
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Steel Panthers 3: Brigade Command - 1939-1999

DOS1997protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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2400 A.D.

DOS19884/5 Origin Systems
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Tristan Pinball

DOS19914/5 Littlewing
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Star Control 3

DOS1996protected4/5 Legend Entertainment
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Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams

DOS19914/5 Origin Systems
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams is an abandoned science fiction RPG designed by Jeff George, developed by Origin Systems and released in 1991 for DOS. Martian Dreams uses the Ultima VI engine to depict Mars in a top down perspective.