Top-Down

Description

Used to describe any game where the main setting of gameplay is represented by a top-down (also known as overhead) view of the playfield. Top-down perspective may be used for a wide variety of genres; among the most common ones are vertically scrolling shooters and most 2D role-playing games.
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NES (1991)

The hero wakes up in the middle of a forest. His head hurts. He doesn't remember anything: he doesn't know...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Although purporting to feature radio controlled cars, this is essentially a standard Super Sprint style racing game, which one or...

Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Dreamcast (2006), GameCube (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Radirgy is a vertical-screen top-down bullet-hell shooter originally developed by Milestone for Naomi arcade system and later released on console...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You play the role of Raffles the Master burglar and your aim is to enter five towns and rob five...

Arcade (1986)

Rafflesia is a top view vertical scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly as you fly up the screen in...

DOS (1997)

An adaptation of Berzerk, taking place in a series of scrolling maze-like rooms; you are beset by rampaging armies of...

Ragnarok DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Valhalla (Ragnarok in the US) is a medieval fantasy based roguelike game with Viking/Norse (Scandinavian) mythology as its main theme,...

RahJongg: The Curse of Ra Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

RahJongg: The Curse of Ra is a tile matching game where the player tries to remove all the tiles from...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Xanthidian have invaded the Earth and slowly they are spreading over countries and cities and taking control. You have...

Raiden DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), Jaguar (1994), Lynx (1997), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1992), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), FM Towns (1991), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1990)

In the year 2090, Earth is invaded by extra-terrestrials. The World Alliance of Nations has developed a supersonic attack fighter,...

PlayStation (1997) and Arcade (1994)

Raiden DX is an arcade shoot'em up. The game features similar vertically scrolling shooter gameplay as in its predecessors Raiden...

Raiden Fighters Aces Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Raiden Fighters Aces is a collection of the three coin-op Raiden Fighters shooters: Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden...

Arcade (1998)

Raiden Fighters Jet is a 2D vertical-scrolling shooter, the last game in Raiden Fighters sub-series. The story is non-typical -...

Raiden II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Arcade (1993)

Three years ago the alien invasion was crushed and the few survivors fled back to space where they came from....

Raiden III PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Arcade (2005)

Raiden III is the follow-up to the early 90's shoot 'em-ups Raiden and Raiden II. Once again you control the...

Raiden IV Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and Arcade (2007)

The legendary arcade shooter has returned once more! Raiden IV is another entry in the long-running series of vertical shooters....

Raiden Legacy Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2012), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2012), Ouya (2013) and GameStick (2013)

Raiden Legacy bundles four games of the series. It contains: Raiden Raiden Fighters Raiden Fighters 2: Operation Hell Dive Raiden...

The Raiden Project PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

The Raiden Project contains two games: Raiden Raiden IIThis release features difficulty settings, credit limits, remixed music, on-screen text positioning...

Raiders5 PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2015) and Arcade (1985)

Raiders5 is a top-down maze shooter with some puzzle elements. A level consists of a single maze with a vertical...

Raid on Bungeling Bay NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1984) and MSX (1985)

Raid on Bungeling Bay has the player controlling a helicopter which is on a mission to destroy everything that moves....

Raid Over Moscow Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1986) and Enterprise (1985)

The USSR has launched a huge attack on the USA, and the only hope for the free world is for...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Rail the player is in control of twelve track switches on a railway circuit. Each switch can be placed...

Railroad Empire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X68000 (1988)

In 1992, Maxis published A-Train, a railroad management simulation by Artdink, a developer of some renown in Japan but virtually...

Railroad Tycoon II: Conquer 3 Continents (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

This is one of the many repackagings of the original Railroad Tycoon 2 game. This one comes with 3 scenarios...

Rails West! Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Rails West! is a simulation game about the 19th century speculation in railroad financing. It allows for 1-8 players, with...

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