Best Isometric games of all time

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Best Isometric games of all time

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:51 am

We've planning on visiting the top 25 format (in a new way though) and have chosen Isometric games as our first port of call.

feel free to tell us about your favourites and we'll stick the best answers in the magazine.

This is for any game that uses the isometric viewpoint, not just traditional platformers.
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Post by Garystone10 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:58 am

Sonic 3d!

That is assuming Isometric is what I think it is......
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Post by Bub&Bob » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:58 am

The Great Escape - Tons of atmosphere, full of tension and loads of fun!
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Post by nesmaster » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:03 am

Monster Max on Game Boy :D
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Post by jdanddiet » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:09 am

Not a big fan of the genre, never even appreciated the classics such as Head over Heels or Knightlore that much.

However, like Bub mentions above, The Great Escape is one of the most engrossing and involving games ever.

More recently I have been playing Light Crusader on the Megadrive, that's also great fun.

Do games like Baldur's Gate count as isometric?
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Post by ShadowMan » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:13 am

The 2 games that immediately spring to my mind are Head Over Heals and Batman. Both are great games, and both are games I still can't beat to this day!
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Post by FatTrucker » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:16 am

Many of my favourite titles are isometric, from Syndicate and Shadowrun on the snes to current offerings like Dawn of War.

Pretty much the entire RTS genre would be lost without it. Not sure if it should be entered as generically as that though, so I'll throw in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, Red Alert 2 and particularly the superb Dawn of War series (although its not strictly isometric as it has a controllable 3D camera).

Amazing to think that with the speed the games industry has moved at over the last 30 years, many favourites are still employing the same approach as pioneering titles like Ant Attack.
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Post by Coopdevil » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:16 am

This might be a useful memory jogger.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:I ... ideo_games

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Re: Best Isometric games of all time

Post by CraigGrannell » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:22 am

Darran@Retro Gamer wrote:We've planning on visiting the top 25 format (in a new way though)
So, a new angle on it, then?

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Post by andrew_rollings » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:22 am

On the Spectrum:

Ant Attack... because it was the first...

Knight Lore... because it was like playing a real cartoon.

Quazatron: Better than Paradroid. Shame the sequel wasn't as good.

Head over Heels... because it attached a great play mechanic and had no slowdown (and neither did Batman)

The Great Escape... Amazing arcade adventure

Where Time Stood Still... Even better 128K only.

Highway Encounter... A novel twist on the isometric genre.

Attack of the Killer tomatoes... low budget, but great fun.

Kirel: A great puzzle game.

Sweevo's World: A great gag game. Poking fingers into wijus never gets old.

On the Amiga:

Colditz: The Great Escape on steroids.

Globulus: Another great puzzle game.

UFO Enemy Unknown: Sheer life sucking awesomeness.

Populous: The first God Sim


On the NES:

Snake Rattle and Roll... Always wanted to play this one.


EDIT: How could I forget Q*Bert??? (Pogo on the Speccy)
EDIT2: Murder on the Amiga... Excellent atmospheric B/W Clue style game. (Icon driven with randomly generated murders).

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Post by Matt_B » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:23 am

UFO: Enemy Unknown

Honorable mentions go to:
Ant Attack
Knight Lore
Gunfright
Nether Earth
Highway Encounter
Quazatron
Spindizzy
Get Dexter
Head Over Heels
Populous
Sim City 2000
Civilization II
Tiberian Sun
Laser Squad Nemesis
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Post by Heavy Stylus » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:23 am

I know everyone is thinking of games like Knightlore, etc., but can I say Zaxxon (arcade) and the Neo Geo classic ViewPoint? They're isometric aren't they?

Oh, and Skeleton Krew on the Amiga! :)

Has anyone here played Shadowgrounds Survivor? It's a newish PC game that plays like a isometric Alien Breed, with two player co-op mode and destructible environment - nice!!
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Post by Heavy Stylus » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:24 am

Ah yes, UFO: Enemy Unknown - how could I forget? Probably my favourite game ever!
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Post by Garystone10 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:24 am

This might be a useful memory jogger.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:I ... ideo_games

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Very useful, I would have to say its been great in various management sims, my favourite of which is Theme Hospital.

I don't really like it too much in platformers, I think its quite hard to make controls for.
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Post by Coopdevil » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:28 am

It's curious but as soon as the word isometric was mentioned I was thinking of the usual culprits, Knightlore, Alien 8, Head Over Heels, Batman, Sweevo's World etc. but a look at the wikipedia list shows that isometric isn't just an 80s thing - so I'm astounding myself by declaring for Age of Empires and Sim City 2000!
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