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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CHAMP Ms. Pac-man

DOS1994remake3.9/5 ChamProgramming corp.
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Ascii Sector

WindowsLinuxDOS2007freeware4/5
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Gauntlet 2

DOS19894.1/5 Atari
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Phantasie 1

DOS1987protected3.8/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Prophecy: the Fall of Trinadon

DOS19893.4/5 Activision
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Seek and Destroy

DOS19964.2/5 Safari Software
Seek and Destroy was a shoot'em up published by the well known Epic Megagames in 1996 that tried to change the usual shoot'em up gameplay for the better. Instead of wave after wave of enemies to shoot down, you are given short missions to accomplish with your helicopter or your tank (yes, you can choose). At first, missions could seem a bit repetit...
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Phantasie 3: The Wrath of Nikademus

DOS19874.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Flying Tigers

DOS19944.1/5 Ticsoft
Flying Tigers is an abandoned vertical-scrolling sci-fi themed shoot 'em up game developed and released by Ticsoft in 1994 for MS-DOS only. Flying Tigers is the first chapter of the two parts Flying Tigers video game series.
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Cavequest

DOS19853.3/5
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When Two Worlds War

DOS19933.6/5 Impressions Games
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International Soccer

DOS19944/5 Zeppelin Games
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Railroad Tycoon Deluxe

DOS19934.1/5 MicroProse Software
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MicroProse Soccer

DOS1988protected4.2/5 Sensible Software
MicroProse Soccer is an abandoned action-oriented soccer game, developed by Sensible Software and released by MicroProse Software in 1988. The appeal of MicroProse Soccer was its simplicity and the smooth controls. In the United States it was known as Keith Van Eron's Pro Soccer.
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Berlin 1948

DOS19893.7/5 Time Warp Software
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Airborne Ranger

DOS19884.2/5 MicroProse Software
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Face Off!

DOS19894.2/5 MindSpan
Face Off! is an abandoned hockey sports game developed by MindSpan (known for their Hardball series) and released by Gamestar in 1989 for DOS and also for Commodore 64. Face Off supports multiplayer in competitive or cooperative modes.
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Sexy Droids

DOS1992NSFW3.9/5 Eleven Software
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It Came from the Desert

DOS1990freeware4.1/5 Cinemaware
It Came from the Desert is an abandonware action-adventure game developed by Cinemaware and released in 1990 for PC (DOS) and Amiga. It Came From the Desert is an action-adventure game with a peculiar flavor: it's set in the 50s, in the USA, and it's based on those old monster movies like Them! (also involving killer ants).
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Alex Higgins World Snooker

DOS19863.7/5 Lindensoft
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5th Fleet

DOS19943.9/5
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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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Entomorph: Plague Of The Darkfall

Windows XP/98/95Windows 3.xMac OS1995protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Battle Isle 2200

DOS1994protected4.1/5 Blue Byte Software
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Fast Food Dizzy

DOS19894/5 Codemasters
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Wizard's Crown

DOS1987protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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World tour golf

DOS19853.6/5 Electronic Arts
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Ragnarok

DOS1993freeware4.1/5 Gray Design Associates
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Lawn Mower

DOS19873.8/5
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Space 1889

DOS19903.6/5 Paragon Software
Space 1889 is an abandoned top down RPG developed by Paragon Software and released in 1990 for DOS, Atari ST and Amiga. Space 1889 setting is classic science fiction, but is set in the Victorian. It's worth noting that Space 1889 is loosely based on the tabletop game of the same name.
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The Grandest Fleet

DOS19944.1/5 Quantum quality productions