Abandonware DOS title

Top-down perspective

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).

Most popular top down games

Dune 2000
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Civilization 2
strategyWindows XP/98/95
CD-Man v2.0

Top down games

  • shamus-1
    DOS19843.7/5 Synapse Software
  • shangai2-01
    Windows 3.xMac19902.8/5 Activision
  • shard-of-spring-03
    DOS1987protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
  • shawl-1
    DOS19863.4/5 AcademySoft
  • sherlock-1
    DOS1991protected4.1/5 Everett Kaser Software
  • pirates-2
    DOS1987protected4.1/5 MicroProse Software
  • siege-06
    DOS19923.9/5 Mindcraft Software
  • silly-master-blaster-03
  • simant-4
  • simcity-6
    DOSWindows 3.xWindows XP/98/951989protected4.1/5 Maxis

    SimCity (or SimCity Classic) is a popular city building simulation in which you, the mayor of a city, have to build a metropolis from the ground up. You can build police and fire departments, assign industrial, residential or commercial areas, manage power distribution, build ports and airports. Grow your city from village to metropolis and try to ...

  • sim-earth-3
    DOSWindows 3.x19904.3/5 Maxis

    SimEarth is a simulation in which you can shape and mold a planet in almost every way you can imagine. In SimEarth our planet is simulated as a whole: life, climate, atmosphere are all aspects of a single Gaia-like Earth. SimEarth can be played in two modes: game and experimental. In game mode, you have to to develop (and preserve) Earth with limit...

  • simfarm-1
    DOS19934.1/5 Maxis
  • simlife-2
    DOSMacWindows 3.x19924/5 Maxis

    SimLife is an abandoned simulation game focused on managing a ecosystems and experimenting with genetics. SimLife was designed by Ken Karakotsios, developed and released by Maxis in 1992 for DOS and later also published for Macintosh, Amiga, Windows 3.x and Amiga.

  • sitopons-500cc-04
    DOS19904/5 Zigurat Software
  • skateordie-5
    DOS19884.3/5 Electronic Arts

    Skate or Die is an abandoned sports game, developed and released by Electronic Arts in 1988 for DOS and a number of other platforms. Skate or Die is a multi-sport kind of game, including every kind of unconventional "sport" done on skateboard. A sequel, Ski or Die, was released an year later.

  • skiordie-1
    DOS19904/5 Electronic Arts
  • skifree-04
    Windows 3.x19914/5
  • skullduggery-01
  • skyshark-04
    DOS19893.5/5 Toaplan
  • slashem-vampire-03
    Windows XP/98/95Linux1997freeware4.2/5
  • sleuth-1
    DOS1983freeware4.2/5 Norland Software
  • slicks-n-slide-02
  • socrates-chess-03
  • sokoban-1
    DOS19844.1/5 ASCII Corporation
  • solarhockey-1
    DOS19923.5/5 Bethesda Softworks
  • solar-winds-2-02
    DOS19933.9/5 Stone Interactive Media
  • solidarnosc-03
    DOS19913.3/5 P. Z. Karen Co. Development Group
  • sorcerer-lord-01
    DOS19874/5 Personal Software Services
  • soviet-04
    DOS19904/5 Opera Soft
  • space-1889-06
    DOS19904/5 Paragon Software

    Space 1889 is an abandoned top down RPG developed by Paragon Software and released in 1990 for DOS, Atari ST and Amiga. Space 1889 setting is classic science fiction, but is set in the Victorian. It's worth noting that Space 1889 is loosely based on the tabletop game of the same name.