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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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StarCraft 64  Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

In the distant future, a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge...

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Heart of the Swarm takes off where the Wings of Liberty ended. Jim Raynor managed the impossible, and with the...

Star Defender Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

While taking the Tornado, a new space-ship, out for a test flight you begin to encounter masses of enemy ships....

Star Defender 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Macintosh (2009), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Delving deep toward the Black Holes found after the events of Star Defender III, our hero must once again protect...

Star Defender II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Star Defender II is a top-down horizontally scrolling shooter game. The player with his single spaceship must move left and...

Star Defender III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), Macintosh (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Two years following the war of 2741 the threat of the Insectus is still felt around the galaxy. Once again...

Stardust DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1995)

Stardust is basically Asteroids, but with a lot of gameplay modifications. There are 30 standard levels split into 5 worlds....

Star Dust ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Blodroid Empire has launched a mass attack on Earth. Fortunately, its entire network of ships use shields powered remotely...

Browser (2010)

Starfeld is a parody of space opera RPGs such as the Mass Effect series, especially their formulaic approach of conversations,...

DOS (1992)

In the game Starfire, you control a fighter ship and you have to destroy all of the enemy fighters. Collect...

Star Fleet II: Krellan Commander DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

Sequel to Star Fleet I: The Battle Begins, this time you have been accepted as an Altern (UGA equivalent for...

Apple II (1979), TRS-80 (1979) and Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Starfleet Orion is a science fiction-based wargame, and is the earliest known game of its kind sold for home computers....

Starflight DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and Macintosh (1990)

A long time ago, a great empire comprised of Humans, Velox, Thrynn and Elowan ruled the stars. The Empire's currency...

Starflight 1+2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

This digitally distributed game collection includes: Starflight Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula

Star Force NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2009), Sharp X68000 (1993), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1984)

You are a spaceship pilot shooting enemy spacecraft and ground targets. Pick up the special letter symbols for bonuses and...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Earth in the year 5112 is no place to live anymore. After countless wars with each other, alien invasions and...

Starfront: Collision iPhone Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Starfront: Collision is a real-time strategy game similar to StarCraft. Sometime in the distant future the humans have located a...

Game Boy (1994) and Game Gear (1994)

The handheld version of Stargate is a matching puzzle game, similar to a 3-D Tetris. Players drop tiles into a...

Star General DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Take control of The Fleet (humans), the Khalians, or five other races as you battle for control of the local...

Stargoose Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Star Goose a top-down space shooter in which you move through a semi-3D environment shooting rounds and missiles at your...

DOS (1994)

You could think of Star Hammer as Wing Commander in 2D. You are the pilot of a combat space ship...

Windows (1999)

The year is 2499, and a mixed bag of space-travelling species struggle for ascendancy amongst the stars. Battle is waged...

Star Legions DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Star Legions is the third installment in the Star Fleet gaming universe. Star Legions is much narrower in focus than...

StarLines Inc. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

StarLines Inc. is a strategy game that puts the player in command of a fleet of starships carrying passengers and...

DOS (2001)

Before there was a game called Master of Orion, SimTex head Steve Barcia presented a prototype to MicroProse Software and...

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