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).
templeofkroz-4

Temple of Kroz

DOS1990freeware3.8/5 Apogee Software
finalcrusadekroz-2

The Final Crusade of Kroz

DOS1990freeware3.7/5 Apogee Software
gunsbutter-1

The Global Dilemma: Guns or Butter

DOS19903.8/5 Mindscape
punisher-01

The Punisher

DOS19903/5 Paragon Software
tracon2-02

Tracon 2

DOS19903.3/5 Wesson International
trog-04

Trog

DOS19904.3/5 Midway Manufacturing Company
tunnels-and-trolls-02

Tunnels & Trolls: Crusaders of Khazan

DOS19904.1/5 New World Computing
tv-sports-basketball-3

TV Sports: Basketball

DOS1990freeware4.1/5 Cinemaware
ultima6-3

Ultima 6: The False Prophet

DOS1990protected4.2/5 Origin Systems
unchartedwaters-1

Uncharted Waters

DOS19904.1/5 KOEI
visual-star-trek-01

Visual Star Trek

DOS19903.7/5
war-lance-03

War of the Lance

DOS1990protected4.3/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
warlords-1-3

Warlords

DOS19904.2/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
savageempire-6

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire

DOS1990freeware4/5 Origin Systems
After the success of Ultima 6: The False Prophet, Origin decided to "create worlds" not part of the popular Ultima series (strictly speaking) using the same engine of Ultima 6. They came up with two games: The Savage Empire and Martian Dreams. The Savage Empire is set in a stone age-like world and features prehistoric tribes, dinosaurs, insectoid a...
xenon2-4

Xenon 2: Megablast

DOS19904.2/5 Bitmap Brothers
Xenon 2: Megablast is a classic shoot'em up developed by Bitmap Brothers and released by Image Works in 1990 for DOS and for a plethora of other systems. Xenon was good, Xenon 2 was far better. Compared to today standards Xenon 2 is perhaps a mediocre shoot 'em up, but at the time every shooter fan loved it. Plus, it was developed by Bitmap Brother...
7colors-1

7 colors

DOS19913.5/5 Gamos
atomino-1

Atomino

DOS19913.9/5 Play Byte
battleisle1-1

Battle Isle

DOS1991protected3.6/5 Blue Byte Software
battlemaster-06

Battle Master

DOS19913.5/5 Personal Software Services
Battle Master is a fantasy themed abandoned action-strategy game hybrid (with real-time tactics elements) developed by Personal Software Services. Battle Master was released by Mirrorsoft in 1991 for DOS, Amiga and Atari ST and Genesis.
bostonbomb-1

Boston Bomb Club

DOS19913.9/5 Silmarils
bushbuck-04

Bush Buck: Global Treasure Hunter

DOS19914.1/5 Pc globe
champion-of-the-raj-02

Champion of the Raj

DOS19914.1/5 Personal Software Services
chips-challenge-win3-01

Chip's Challenge

DOSWindows 3.x19914.3/5 Epyx
Chip's Challenge is an abandoned top-down puzzle game designed by Chuck Sommerville, developed and released by Epyx in 1991. Chip's Challenge was released on DOS, Windows 3.x and many other home computers such as Atari ST, Amiga, C64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC.
civ1-7

Civilization

DOSWindows 3.xMac19914.2/5 MicroProse Software
Civilization is the critically acclaimed strategy game designed by Sid Meier and Bruce Campbell Shelley that became a staple in 4X turn-based strategy. Civilization was developed by MicroProse Software and released in 1991 for DOS, Windows 3.x, Amiga, Atari ST, Mac, etc. Civilization was followed by sequels, the last one being published recently. T...
keen4-1

Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle

DOS1991protected4/5 id software
keen5-4

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.
conancimmerian-3

Conan: the Cimmerian

DOS19914.2/5 Synergistic Software
daffy-duck-pi-02

Daffy Duck PI: The Case of the Missing Letters

DOS19913.2/5 Riedel Software Productions
defendercrown-16

Defender of the Crown

DOS1991protected3.9/5 Cinemaware
Defender of the crown is a strategy game set in the middle ages, in England. You control a Saxon and must fight Normans to control the country. The player can conquest territories, lay siege to castles, join tournaments, rescue damsels.
dragonflight-01

Dragonflight

DOS19913.6/5 Thalion