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).

Most popular top down games

strategyDOS, Windows 3.x
Civilization 2
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Railroad Tycoon
simulationDOS, Mac

Top down games

  • buckrogersmatrix-05
    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.

  • robotron-2084-3
    DOS19833.8/5 Williams Entertainment
  • 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...

  • renegade-legion-interceptor-01
    DOS1990protected4.3/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
  • oubliette-3
  • hack-5
  • rings-of-medusa-01
    DOS19903.9/5 Starbyte Software
  • mechwar-2
  • yatch-racing-simulator-02
  • marble-cooking-05
    DOS1994NSFW3.4/5 Negative
  • xfighter-1
    DOS19873.1/5 Wordworks Software
  • advanced-civilization-02
    DOS19953.9/5 Avalon Hill
  • decisive-civil-war-2-08
    DOS19893.9/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
  • meteors-05
    DOS19893.6/5 Apogee Software
  • legends-of-murder-04
    DOS1989protected3.5/5 Softdisk Publishing
  • reel-fish-04
    DOS19893.7/5 Interstel Corporation
  • conquest-of-japan-02
    DOS19924.1/5 Impressions Games
  • mission-mainframe-04
  • blues-brothers-rpg-02
    Windows XP/98/952004freeware4/5
  • settlers-of-catan-02
  • total-annihilation-kingdoms-02
    Windows XP/98/951999protected4.1/5 Cavedog Entertainment
  • boomtown-02
    DOS19883.8/5 Mindscape

    Visions of the Aftermath: The Boomtown is an abandoned simulation game with role-playing elements developed by Mindscape and released in 1988 exclusively for DOS. Visions of the Aftermath is one of the few early examples of games involving survival in a post-apocalyptic environment.

  • infiltrator-1-05
    DOS19874.2/5 Chris Gray Enterprises
  • evets-5
    DOS1988freeware3.5/5 SAck Enterprizes
  • logo-1
    DOS1990NSFW3.8/5 Starbyte Software
  • legacy-of-the-ancients-05
    DOS19893.9/5 Quest Software
  • lost-adventures-kroz-1
    DOS1990freeware3.3/5 Apogee Software
  • death-backgammon-01
  • fantasygeneral-1
    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.

  • bassduel-1