Abandonware DOS title

Top-down perspective sorted by release date

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

Dune 2000
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Civilization 2
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Grand Theft Auto 2
action-adventureWindows XP/98/95

Top down games

  • ultima2-08
    DOS19834/5 Origin Systems

    The second chapter of the Ultima saga is much similar to the first one (same top down visual, same dungeon 3d visual, same gameplay), although there are many small improvements. The series begins to take the shape of the detailed, deep, rpg saga that gamers will always remember.

  • archon-3
    DOS19844.2/5 Free Fall Associates

    Archon: The Light and the Dark is an abandoned DOS fantasy blend of strategy and action game, developed by Free Fall Associates and published for DOS by Electronic Arts in 1984. Archon and its sequels are a unique mix of chess-like turn-based strategy and arcade action games. Take chess and add the fact that every time two pieces land on the same s...

  • backgammon-1
    DOS19843.1/5 IBM
  • beast-01
  • castle-adventure-04
  • castle-wolfenstein-04
    DOS19844.2/5 Muse Software
  • chess88-1
  • diplomacy-1
    DOS19843.6/5 Avalon Hill
  • dnd_text-02
  • felony-02
    DOS19843/5 BrainBank
  • flightmare-04
  • froggerjr-2
  • gremlins-1-01
    DOS19842.8/5 Atari
  • hack-5
  • icon-ring-04
    DOS19843.6/5 Macrocom
  • Murder_on_The_Zinderneuf-03
    DOS19843.3/5 Free Fall Associates
  • mychess-1
    DOS19843.8/5 Software Toolworks
  • rogue-1
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMac19844.3/5 Artificial Intelligence Design

    Rogue is one of the first RPGs in the history of video gaming. It's a text-based dungeon crawler in which you have to fight your way in the dungeon to recover the Amulet of Yendor. Rogue became popular around 1980 on mainframes and later ported to various platforms, including DOS in 1984. Rogue is simply the father of all the roguelike games that c...

  • shamus-1
    DOS19843.7/5 Synapse Software
  • sokoban-1
    DOS19844.1/5 ASCII Corporation
  • spyhunter-1
    DOS19843.6/5 Midway Manufacturing Company
  • styx-1
    DOS19843.9/5 Windmill Software
  • ancient-art-of-war-07
    DOS19843.9/5 Evryware
  • xonix-1
  • 8088othello-4
  • air-traffic-controller-02
    DOS19854.1/5 Cascoly Software
  • antix-05
  • auto-duel-05
    DOS19853.9/5 Origin Systems

    Autoduel is an abandoned top-down open world post apocalyptic RPG/driving game hybrid designed by Chuck Bueche and Richard Garriott of Ultima fame. Autoduel was developed by Origin Systems and was released in 1985 for DOS, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, C64, Apple II, Macintosh, Amiga. Autoduel is based on a board game designed by Steve Jackson himself.

  • battleantietam-1
    DOS1985protected3.5/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
  • beyond-castle-wolfenstein-04
    DOS19854.1/5 Muse Software