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).
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Checkers for Windows

Windows 3.x19974.1/5
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Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor

Windows XP/98/9519973.8/5 Westwood Studios
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Dark Reign: The Future of War

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 Auran Games
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Dungeon Crawl

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1997freeware4/5
Dungeon Crawl (also known as Linley's Dungeon Crawl from the name of the original programmer: Linley Henzell) is a classic roguelike: an RPG with permadeath, procedural generation and high replayability. Dungeon Crawl was released on 1997 but it's not maintained anymore. The spiritual successr of Crawl is DCCS (Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup).
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Entrepreneur

Windows XP/98/9519974.1/5 Stardock Entertainment
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Exile III: Ruined World

Windows XP/98/95MacWindows 3.x1997freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
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Grand Theft Auto

DOSWindows XP/98/9519974/5 DMA Design
In Grand Theft Auto the player takes the role of a criminal who can freely roam around the city (Liberty City) completing tasks for the local mobs: stealing cars, killing pedestrians, all of it while avoiding the police and the army. The freedom of gameplay and the "I'm the bad guy" appeal of the game made the Grand Theft Auto series very popular.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan

DOS19974.1/5 Papyrus Design Group
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Mageslayer

Windows XP/98/9519974.1/5 Raven Software
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Pacific General

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Panzer General 2

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
slashem-vampire-03

Slash'Em

Windows XP/98/95Linux1997freeware4.1/5
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Star Wars: Yoda Stories

Windows XP/98/9519974.2/5 LucasArts
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Steel Panthers 3: Brigade Command - 1939-1999

DOS1997protected4/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Total Annihilation

Windows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 Cavedog Entertainment
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Vlad Tepes Dracula

Windows XP/98/9519973.3/5 ComputerHouse
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Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes

Windows XP/98/9519974.3/5 SSG Strategic Studies Group
Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes is an abandoned turn-based fantasy strategy game designed by Steve Fawkner, developed by SSG Strategic Studies Group and released by Red Orb Entertainment in 1997 for Windows. Warlords 3: Reign of Heroes is part of the Warlords game series and features quite a few multiplayer modes: from LAN to PBEM.
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101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy

Windows XP/98/9519984.2/5 Empire Interactive
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240 Racing

DOS19984/5
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Army Men

Windows XP/98/9519984.1/5 The 3DO Company
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Army Men 2

Windows XP/98/951998protected4/5 The 3DO Company
avalon-1

Avalon

DOS1998freeware3.9/5 MiG Outpost
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Axis and Allies

Windows XP/98/9519984.2/5 Wargaming West
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Dune 2000

Windows XP/98/9519984.2/5 Westwood Studios
Dune 2000 is an abandoned science fiction classic real-time strategy game based on the popular Dune franchise. The Dune "universe" took form in the books of science fiction writer Frank Herbert and went on to include movies, TV series, comics, and of course video games. Dune 2000 is one of the finest RTS of its era; it was developed by We...
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Lego Loco

Windows XP/98/9519984.1/5 Intelligent Games
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People's General

Windows XP/98/951998protected4.2/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
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Populous: The Beginning

Windows XP/98/951998protected4.2/5 Bullfrog
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Settlers of Catan

DOS19984.1/5
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Axis and Allies: Iron Blitz

Windows XP/98/9519994.2/5 Wargaming West