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

Top down games

  • akalabeth-4
    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
    DOS19813.9/5 International PC Owners
  • donkey-bas-02
    DOS19813.6/5 Microsoft
  • galaxy-4
    DOS19814/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
  • astro-dodge-1
    DOS19823.6/5 Digital Marketing Corporation
  • boxerrebellion-1
  • cosmic-crusader-01
    DOS19823.8/5 Funatics Software
  • crossfire-2
    DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
  • nightmissionpinball-1
    DOS19823.6/5 subLOGIC
  • pacgal-02
  • pac-girl-1
    DOS19823.6/5 Magicom Multimedia
  • pcman-1
    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-...

  • tigersinsnow-4
    DOS1982protected3.8/5 Tactical Design Group
  • amazingmaze-2
  • battle-for-normandy-02
    DOS1983protected3.6/5 Tactical Design Group
  • beneath-apple-manor-04
  • epidemic-06
    DOS1983protected4.1/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
  • fleetsweep-1
    DOS19833.2/5 Mirror Images Software
  • frogger-2
    DOS19834.2/5 Konami
  • knights-of-the-desert-03
    DOS1983protected3.7/5 Tactical Design Group
  • mine-shaft-01
    DOS19834.1/5 Sierra On-Line
  • mspacman-2
    DOS19833.8/5 Midway Manufacturing Company
  • oubliette-3
  • packman-1
    DOS1983remake3.4/5 Magicom Multimedia
  • pango-02
  • rescuerigel-1
    DOS19833.3/5 Epyx
  • robotron-2084-3
    DOS19833.9/5 Williams Entertainment
  • rollo-1
    DOS19833.5/5 Windmill Software
  • sleuth-1
    DOS1983freeware4.2/5 Norland Software
  • ultima2-08
    DOS19834/5 Origin Systems

    The second chapter of the Ultima saga is much similar to the first one (same top down visual, same dungeon 3d visual, same gameplay), although there are many small improvements. The series begins to take the shape of the detailed, deep, rpg saga that gamers will always remember.