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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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Total Annihilation

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.2/5 Cavedog Entertainment
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Billy The Kid

DOS19903.8/5 Level 9 Computing
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Ajax

DOS19893.4/5 Konami
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Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol

Windows 3.x1995protected4/5
Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol is fantasy RPG game released in 1995 for Windows 3.x, but it runs flawlessy even Windows XP (see this faq if you want to play Mordor in a virtual machine). Mordor: The Depths of Dejenol is a mix of first-person and top-down perspective dungeon crawler; the game shows the dungeon in by both perspectives at onc...
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Temple of Apshai Trilogy

DOS19853.4/5 Epyx
Temple of Apshai Trilogy is a compilation of three remade abandoned (very) old school RPGs. Temple of Apshai Trilogy was developed by Epyx and released in 1985 for DOS, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Atari 8-bit, C64. All the games included in Temple of Apshai Trilogy are part of the Dunjonquest game series.
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SimFarm

DOS19934.1/5 Maxis
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Pinball Illusions

DOS19953.7/5 Digital Illusions
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Adventure Construction Set

DOS19873.9/5 Electronic Arts
Adventure Construction Set is an abandoned application developed by Stuart Smith and published for DOS, Amiga, Apple II and Commodore 64 by Electronic Arts in 1987. As the name suggests, ACS is a game-building system (we're talking about adventure RPGs) that lets you edit maps, items, creatures, etc. Included with ACS is a complete game called...
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V for victory: Velikiye Luki

DOS1992protected3.9/5 Atomic Games
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Aleshar World of Ice

DOS19973.8/5
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Autoduel

DOS19853.8/5 Origin Systems
Autoduel is an abandoned top-down open world post apocalyptic RPG/driving game hybrid designed by Chuck Bueche and Richard Garriott of Ultima fame. Autoduel was developed by Origin Systems and was released in 1985 for DOS, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, C64, Apple II, Macintosh, Amiga. Autoduel is based on a board game designed by Steve Jackson himself.
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Laser Squad

DOS19923.9/5 Target Games Limited
Laser Squad is an abandoned turn-based strategy/tactical game designed by Julian Gollop (the mind behind the X-COM series). Laser Squad was developed by Target Games Limited and released by MicroLeague Multimedia in 1992 for DOS and other 8-bit systems. Laser Squad is considered as a precursor of X-COM: Ufo Defense.
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Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures

Windows 3.xMac1996demo4.1/5 LucasArts
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Bomberman

DOS19924.1/5 Hudson soft
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Lego Loco

Windows XP/98/9519984.1/5 Intelligent Games
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Ski or Die

DOS19904/5 Electronic Arts
Ski or Die is a winter sports-themed video game that was originally released in 1990 for various platforms, including the Commodore 64, Amiga, and MS-DOS. The game was developed by Electronic Arts and was a follow-up to their earlier title, "California Games". Ski or Die features a collection of winter sports events: downhill blitz, acro aerials, s...
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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.
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Battleship

DOS19833.3/5 Mirror Images Software
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Commander Keen 3: Keen Must Die!

DOS1990protected4.1/5 id software
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A Line in the Sand

DOS1992protected3.9/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Bloodstone: an Epic Dwarven Tale

DOS19934/5 Mindcraft Software
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Action Fighter

DOS19893.9/5 Sega
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King's Bounty

DOSMac19903.9/5 New World Computing
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Skate or Die

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.
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Blood & Magic

DOS19963.8/5 Tachyon Studios
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007: License to Kill

DOS19894/5 Quixel
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Raptor: Call of the Shadows

DOSWindows XP/98/95Mac1994protecteddemo4.1/5 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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Flying Tigers

DOS19944.1/5 Ticsoft
Flying Tigers is an abandoned vertical-scrolling sci-fi themed shoot 'em up game developed and released by Ticsoft in 1994 for MS-DOS only. Flying Tigers is the first chapter of the two parts Flying Tigers video game series.