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Three-Quarters View

A method of portraying three dimensional space in a two-dimensional plane. Basically, it's a tilted bird's eye view perspective in which both the top and front of an object is seen at the same time, and the vertical axis indicates both height and depth.note 

Most games that have this perspective will still have character sprites as if they've being viewed straight on, though some will have a more Super-Deformed style. (This was the usual way of drawing character sprites and things like trees in older games dating back to the Atari 2600, though the lack of graphical detail caused by low resolutions and limited memory generally disqualify such games as examples.)

Very popular during the 16-bit era for JRPGs.

Despite console games having largely abandoned this in favor of full 3-D graphic, this remains popular in handheld systems due to the lower demands on the system.

This view sometimes leads to secrets being hidden on the backs of buildings, which should logically be visible to the character but aren't to the player.

See also Isometric Projection, Top-Down View and Side View.


Action Adventure
  • Android Two for the ZX Spectrum, which was actually sold as a 3D game, may have been the first game to use this perspective consistently. Characters are properly silhouetted in front of walls, but partly hidden behind them.
  • The overhead segments of Blaster Master.
  • Most Zelda games until the debut of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Handheld titles still used this kind of perspective until the launch of the Ocarina of Time remake for the 3DS.)

Action Game
  • Gauntlet
  • Indiana Jones - Temple of Doom NES game had a hybrid of this view and overhead view.
  • Last Alert

Adventure Game

Platform Game
  • The Dark Castle, Mirage Palace and Dragon's Hole levels in Brutal Mario, as well as other Super Mario World hacks using Seiken Densetsu 3/Secret of Mana graphics.
  • Super Mario World uses this on the world map screen, which causes, for instance, the peak of Yoshi's Island to obscure a small corner of the unconnected Donut Plains.

Real-Time Strategy
  • Command & Conquer and Red Alert: Tanks are not exactly viewed from above, and soldiers definitely aren't.


Role-Playing Game

Shoot 'em Up

Simulation Game

Stealth-Based Game

Wide Open Sandbox
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Tactical ShooterVideo Game GenresTop-Down View
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