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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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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B-24 Combat Simulator

DOS1987protected3.5/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Berlin 1948

DOS19893.7/5 Time Warp Software
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Machiavelli the Prince

DOS1995protected4.2/5 Holistic Design
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Marble Cooking

DOS1994NSFW3.5/5 Negative
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Gazza 2

DOS19913.5/5 Empire Interactive
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Gauntlet 2

DOS19894.1/5 Atari
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Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor

Windows XP/98/9519973.8/5 Westwood Studios
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The Chaos Engine

DOS1994protected4.2/5 Bitmap Brothers
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Dawn Raider

DOS19903.6/5 Softstar Entertainment
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Monopoly

DOS19854.1/5
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Dark Sun: Shattered Lands

DOS1993protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Sorcerer Lord

DOS19874/5 Personal Software Services
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Steel Panthers

DOS19954.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
Steel Panthers is the first game in the Steel Panthers series. It was released in 1995 by Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI). This initial release laid the foundation for the series and introduced players to the turn-based tactical wargame experience that would be further developed in subsequent titles. The game focused on armored warfare and featur...
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Visions of the Aftermath: The Boomtown

DOS19883.3/5 Mindscape
Visions of the Aftermath: The Boomtown is an abandoned simulation game with role-playing elements developed by Mindscape and released in 1988 exclusively for DOS. Visions of the Aftermath is one of the few early examples of games involving survival in a post-apocalyptic environment.
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Nobunaga's Ambition

DOS19883.7/5 KOEI
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Advanced Civilization

DOS19954/5 Avalon Hill
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Pack-Man

DOS1983remake3.4/5 Magicom Multimedia
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Gauntlet

DOS19864.1/5 Mindscape
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Astro Fire

DOS1994freewareremake3.8/5 ORT Software
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Robot Rascals

DOS19873.8/5 Ozark Softscape
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Iron Lord

DOS19903.5/5 UBI Soft
2400ad-4

2400 A.D.

DOS19884/5 Origin Systems
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Bad Blood

DOS19904.2/5 Origin Systems
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Flightmare

DOS1984freeware3.6/5
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Titan

DOS19893.5/5 Titus Interactive
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Demon Stalkers

DOS19893.6/5 Micro Forté
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Master of Orion 3

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

Windows 3.xMac OS19943.7/5 Mindscape
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Aspetra

DOS19963/5