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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Siege

DOS19924/5 Mindcraft Software
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Blues Brothers RPG

Windows XP/98/952004freeware4/5
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Roadwar 2000

DOS1987protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Highway Fighter

DOS19954/5 Safari Software
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Sexy Droids

DOS1992NSFW4/5 Eleven Software
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Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol

Windows 3.x1995protected4/5
Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol is fantasy RPG game released in 1995 for Windows 3.x, but it runs flawlessy even Windows XP (see this faq if you want to play Mordor in a virtual machine). Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol is a mix of first-person and top-down perspective dungeon crawler; the game shows the dungeon in by both perspectives at onc...
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Battle Isle 93: The Moon of Chromos

DOS19934/5 Blue Byte Software
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Omega

DOS19894/5 Origin Systems
Omega is an abandoned science fiction themed strategy game developed and released by Origin Systems in 1989 for DOS, Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, C64. Omega is a rare example of a programming game about robots.
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Ultima 2: Revenge of the Enchantress

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.
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Wizard's Crown

DOS1987protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Bloodstone: an Epic Dwarven Tale

DOS19934/5 Mindcraft Software
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Acquire

DOS19893.9/5 IBM
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Chess

DOS19813.9/5 International PC Owners
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Moria

DOS1992freeware3.9/5
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Rings of Medusa

DOS19903.9/5 Starbyte Software
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Tracon for Windows

Windows 3.x19933.9/5 Wesson International
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Amberstar

DOS19923.9/5 Thalion
Amberstar is a fantasy old school RPG very similar to Ultima 6 that uses a top-down view for interiors and small locations and a first person pseudo 3D view for everything else. Unfortunately, the sequel (called Ambermoon) was available for Amiga only and no version existed for DOS or Windows. Amberstar was developed and published by Thalion for DO...
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King's Bounty

DOSMac19903.9/5 New World Computing
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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers

DOS19923.9/5 Interplay Productions
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers is an abandoned fantasy top-down DOS RPG game set in the The Lord of the Rings universe. The Lord of the Rings II was developed and released by Interplay Productions in 1992. The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers is based on the popular The Lord Of The Rings book by J.R.R. Tol...
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Kaiser

DOS19923.9/5
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Psion Chess

DOSMac19853.9/5 Psion Software
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Roadwar Europa

DOS1987protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Darklands

DOSLinuxWindows XP/98/95Mac1992protected3.9/5 MicroProse Software
Darklands was a unique historical isometric RPG that mixed real historical data from medieval Germany during the 15th century with a touch of folklore and fantasy. Unfortunately it was also the only Microprose RPG of that kind and beauty. The original game box contained a huge manual with info on european folklore (including the live...
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The Ancient Art of War

DOS19843.9/5 Evryware
The Ancient Art of War is a classic video game that was released in the late 1980s. Developed by Evryware and published by Broderbund, it was available on various platforms, including Apple II, Atari ST, Amiga, and MS-DOS. The Ancient Art of War is a strategy game that takes place in various historical settings, such as ancient China, Greece, and t...
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SkiFree

Windows 3.x19913.9/5
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Vengeance of Excalibur

DOS19913.9/5 Synergistic Software
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Action Fighter

DOS19893.9/5 Sega
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Scavengers of the Mutant World

DOS19883.9/5 Interstel Corporation