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).
v4victory-4

V for Victory: D-day Utah Beach

DOS1991protected3.9/5 Atomic Games
vengeance-excalibur-04

Vengeance of Excalibur

DOS19913.9/5 Synergistic Software
volfied-0004

Volfied

DOS19914.3/5 Taito
Volfied is an abandoned action heavily inspired by the classic Qix (draw rectangles in a fixed screen to trap and destroy enemies). Volfied was designed by Fukio Mitsuji, developed by Taito and released by Empire Interactive in 1991 for DOS.
wild-west-world-02

Wild West World

DOS19914.1/5 Software 2000
xmen2-fall-of-the-mutants-03

X-Men 2: The Fall of the Mutants

DOS19914.2/5 Paragon Software
xenopods-02

Xenopods

DOS19913.3/5 Softdisk Publishing
zzt-2

ZZT

DOS1991freeware4.2/5 Epic MegaGames
a-line-in-the-sand-03

A Line in the Sand

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
amberstar-08

Amberstar

DOS19924/5 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...
angband-03

Angband

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
bass-tour-01

Bass Tour

DOS19923.9/5
bycicle-bridge-03

Bicycle Bridge

DOS19924.2/5
blitz-01

Blitz Draughts

DOS19923.7/5 PC Solutions
bolo-ball-03

Bolo Ball

DOS19923.3/5 Soleau Software
dynablaster-01

Bomberman

DOS19924.1/5 Hudson soft
bridge7-04

Bridge 7.0

DOS19923.3/5 Artworx Software
buckrogersmatrix-05

Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed

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.
carrier-strike-south-pacific-04

Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
cdman2-1

CD-Man v2.0

DOS19924.1/5 Creative Dimensions
challenge-of-the-five-realms-5

Challenge of the Five Realms

DOS1992protected3.7/5 MicroProse Software
cobra-mission-1

Cobra Mission

DOS1992NSFW4/5 MegaTech Software
color-buster-03

Color Buster

DOS19923.6/5
colorlines-3

Color Lines

DOS19923.8/5 Gamos
conflict-korea-05

Conflict: Korea

DOS1992protected4.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
conquest-of-japan-02

Conquest of Japan

DOS19924.1/5 Impressions Games
parlorbow-1

Crazy Nick's Parlor Games with Laura Bow

DOS19923.4/5 Sierra On-Line
d-zone-01

D-Zone

DOS19923.9/5
darklands-3

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...
decisive-civil-war-3-10

Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Vol. 3

DOS19923.5/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group