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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NHL Hockey

DOS19934.1/5 Electronic Arts
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Escape from Hell

DOS19904/5 Electronic Arts
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Ajax

DOS19893.4/5 Konami
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Legend of the Sword

DOS19884/5 Silicon Software
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The Magic Candle

DOS19894/5 Mindcraft Software
The Magic Candle: Volume 1 is the first chapter of a series of fantasy old school RPGs. The Magic Candle was developed and released by Mindcraft Software in 1989 for DOS but was also published for Apple II and Commodore 64. The whole Magic Candle series is very similar to some of the early Ultima games in every aspect: turn-based combat, top-down v...
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The Chessmaster 2000

DOS19864.2/5 The Software Toolworks
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Raptor: Call of the Shadows

DOSWindows XP/98/95Mac OS1994protecteddemo4.1/5 Cygnus Studios
Raptor: Call of the Shadows is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up video game developed by Cygnus Studios and published by Apogee Software. The game was first released in 1994 for MS-DOS and later ported to other platforms. In Raptor, players control a fighter jet through various levels filled with enemy aircraft, ground targets, power-ups and boss...
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Felony!

DOS19844/5 BrainBank
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Pacific General

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Battle Isle

DOS1991protected3.7/5 Blue Byte Software
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L'Empereur

DOS19914.2/5 KOEI
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Robbo

DOS1993freeware3.8/5 xLand Games
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The Aethra Chronicles

DOS19943.9/5
The Aethra Chronicles is not a well know fantasy RPG, but it deserves some praise. It was developed by only one person (Micheal Lawrence) and, as the title implies, was intended to be the first volume of a saga. Unfortunately, volume two and three were never made. For a shareware game, Aethra was pretty solid and is still loved by the ones who play...
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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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Vengeance of Excalibur

DOS19913.9/5 Synergistic Software
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Ground Control

Windows XP/98/952000protected4/5 Massive Entertainment
Ground Control is a strategy game developed by Massive Entertainment and released by Sierra On-Line in 2000. More precisely Ground Control is a real time tactical game with a sci-fi setting.
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Nobunaga's Ambition

DOS19883.7/5 KOEI
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The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow

DOS1982protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
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Autobots

DOS19893.2/5
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Master of Orion 3

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS2003protected4.2/5 Quicksilver Software
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Gauntlet

DOS19864.1/5 Mindscape
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Cavequest

DOS19853.3/5
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The Ancient Art of War at Sea

DOS19874.1/5 Evryware
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Dark Sun: Shattered Lands

DOS1993protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Aspetra

DOS19963/5
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Infiltrator 2

DOS19884.1/5 Chris Gray Enterprises
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Dreamweb

DOS1994freeware4.1/5 Creative reality
Dreamweb is a top-down point and click adventure set in a dark, cyberpunk city. You play as Ryan who has strange, violent, dreams. A top down perspective and the sheer number of items your character can pick up are just two of the peculiarities of this game. Dreamweb was developed by Creative Reality and published by Empire Interactive for DOS in 1...
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Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye

Windows 3.xMac OS19903/5 Activision
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Ys: The Vanished Omens

DOS19894.1/5 Nihon Falcom
Ys: The Vanished Omens (also known as The Ancient Land of Ys) is an abandoned top-down open-world action RPG designed by Masaya Hashimoto, developed by Nihon Falcom and released by Kyodai Software Marketing for DOS in 1989. Ys: The Vanished Omens was published (earlier) for quite a few other home computers and console.