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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Bandit Kings of Ancient China

DOS19893.9/5 KOEI
amaze-02

A-Maze

DOS19894.2/5 New Era Software
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Astro Fire

DOS1994freewareremake3.8/5 ORT Software
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Flying Tigers 2

DOS19943.3/5
2400ad-4

2400 A.D.

DOS19884/5 Origin Systems
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CD-Man v2.0

DOS19924.1/5 Creative Dimensions
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NHL Hockey

DOS19934.1/5 Electronic Arts
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Battle Isle

DOS1991protected3.7/5 Blue Byte Software
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V for victory: Market-Garden

DOS1993protected4.1/5 Atomic Games
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A Line in the Sand

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Uncharted Waters

DOS19904.1/5 KOEI
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Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine

DOS1991protected4/5 id software
Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine is a science fiction action oriented platform game designed by Tom Hall, developed by id Software and released by Apogee Software in 1991 for DOS only. Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine is part of the Commander Keen game series, specifically it's the second episode of Commander Keen in Goodbye, Galaxy.
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Lawn Mower

DOS19873.8/5
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240 Racing

DOS19984/5
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The Chaos Engine

DOS1994protected4.2/5 Bitmap Brothers
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Sexy Droids

DOS1992NSFW3.9/5 Eleven Software
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Hannibal

DOS19933.5/5 Starbyte Software
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Birthright: The Gorgon's Alliance

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 Synergistic Software
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Commander Keen 3: Keen Must Die!

DOS1990protected4.2/5 id software
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Railroad Tycoon Deluxe

DOS19934.1/5 MicroProse Software
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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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Airborne Ranger

DOS19884.2/5 MicroProse Software
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Frogger

DOS19834.1/5 Konami
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Dogs of War

Windows XP/98/951996demo4.2/5 Software Engineering
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Avalon

DOS1998freeware3.8/5 MiG Outpost
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Pacific General

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Fantasy General

DOS1996protected4.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
Fantasy General is a hex-based turn-based strategy fantasy wargame. The player can duel either against a computer or a human opponent or even take part in a longer campaign. There are two sides to chose from, one good and one evil, each with unique and colorful units.
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Atomix

DOS19904.1/5 Softtouch
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Escape from Hell

DOS19904/5 Electronic Arts