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).

Most popular top down games

Dune 2000
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Grand Theft Auto
action-adventureDOS, Windows XP/98/95
Civilization
strategyDOS, Windows 3.x, Mac
akalabeth-4

Akalabeth: World of Doom

DOS1981freeware3.7/5 California Pacific Computer
Akalabeth is a RPG game allegedly developed in just one summer by the Ultima franchise creator Richard Garriott. It's a dungeon crawler with wire-frame black and white graphics. Akalabeth is played in both first person 3d and top down view points.
chess-1

Chess

DOS19813.9/5 International PC Owners
donkey-bas-02

Donkey BAS

DOS19813.7/5 Microsoft
galaxy-4

Galaxy

DOS19814.1/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
astro-dodge-1

Astro Dodge

DOS19823.6/5 Digital Marketing Corporation
boxerrebellion-1

Boxer Rebellion

DOS19823.1/5
cosmic-crusader-01

Cosmic Crusader

DOS19823.8/5 Funatics Software
crossfire-2

Crossfire

DOS19823.7/5 Sierra On-Line
nightmissionpinball-1

Night Mission Pinball

DOS19823.5/5 subLOGIC
pacgal-02

Pac Gal

DOS19823/5
pac-girl-1

Pac-girl

DOS19823.6/5 Magicom Multimedia
pcman-1

PC-Man

DOS1982remake4.2/5 Orion Software
PC-Man is an abandoned top-down Pac-Man clone in every regard: from the shape of the protagonist, to the cute ghosts. PC-Man was designed by Greg Kuperberg, developed by Orion Software and released in 1982 for DOS. As PC-Man, you have to move through a one screen maze to collect dots (pills? wafers?) and avoid being touched by one of the usual Pac-...
super-pacman-01

Super Pac-Man

DOS19823.6/5 Namco
tigersinsnow-4

The Battle of the Bulge: Tigers in the Snow

DOS1982protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
amazingmaze-2

Amazing Maze

DOS19833.1/5
battle-for-normandy-02

Battle for Normandy

DOS1983protected3.7/5 Tactical Design Group
heatsink-03

Battleship

DOS19833.3/5 Mirror Images Software
beneath-apple-manor-04

Beneath Apple Manor

DOS1983freeware4.1/5
epidemic-06

Epidemic!

DOS1983protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
fleetsweep-1

Fleet Sweep

DOS19833.2/5 Mirror Images Software
frogger-2

Frogger

DOS19834.1/5 Konami
knights-of-the-desert-03

Knights of the Desert

DOS1983protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
mine-shaft-01

Mine Shaft

DOS19834.1/5 Sierra On-Line
mspacman-2

Ms. Pac-Man

DOS19833.9/5 Midway Manufacturing Company
oubliette-3

Oubliette

DOS19833.3/5
packman-1

Pack-Man

DOS1983remake3.4/5 Magicom Multimedia
pango-02

Pango

DOS1983remake4/5
rescuerigel-1

Rescue at Rigel

DOS19833.3/5 Epyx
robotron-2084-3

Robotron 2084

DOS19833.9/5 Williams Entertainment
rollo-1

Rollo and the Brush Brothers

DOS19833.6/5 Windmill Software