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The best text-based games

In the past, lots of games used ASCII characters (text) to represent the game world. These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.
A few genres traditionally linked to the beautiful world of ascii characters still survives: roguelikes (nethack, angband, etc.) and interactive fiction, for example.
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Borland Eureka: the Solver

DOS19873.9/5 Borland Software Corporation
Borland Eureka: the Solver is an abandoned text-based application developed by Borland Software Corporation and released in 1987 for DOS. The product is designed to solve complex problems, generate tables and plots, and perform what-if analysis. The user writes an equation, sets options, and instructs the software to solve the problem. The pro...
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Business Simulator

DOS19873.9/5 Reality Development
Business Simulator is an abandoned business simulation game developed and released by Reality Development in 1987 for DOS only. Business Simulator is a text-based management simulation designed by an university professor.
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Baseball Mogul

Windows XP/98/9519973.9/5 Infinite Monkey Systems
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Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) v1.1

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1996freeware3.9/5
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Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021

DOS1987freeware3.9/5 Thinking Machine Associates
Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021 is one of the first 4x turn-based strategy games, ASCII based. Anacreon is set in space, as most 4x sci-fi games are, and was published by Thinking Machines Associates and designed by George Moromisato who later re-released the game as freeware.
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Executive Suite

DOS19823.9/5 Armonk Corporation
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Core War Plus

DOS19843.9/5
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One-Nil Soccer Manager

DOS19923.9/5 New Era Software
One-Nil Soccer Manager is a text-based soccer management simulation game that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was developed for various home computer systems, including DOS, Commodore 64 and Amiga. In One-Nil Soccer Manager, players take on the role of a soccer team manager, making strategic decisions to guide their team to s...
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Romantic encounters at the dome

DOS19883.9/5 MicroIllusions
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Rules of Engagement 2

DOS19933.9/5 Omnitrend Software
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Warp Rogue

WindowsLinux2004freeware3.9/5
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Monopoly

DOS19853.9/5
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Deadline

DOS19823.9/5 Infocom
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Larn

DOS1986freeware3.9/5
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Adventure Game Studio (AGS)

WindowsLinuxMac OS1997freeware3.9/5
Adventure Game Studio (AGS) is a software development tool that enables users to create point-and-click adventure games. It was originally created by Chris Jones and has been used by game developers to produce a variety of 2D adventure games. AGS provides a scripting language, a visual editor, and various other tools to simplify the game developmen...
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Bureaucracy

DOSMac OS19873.9/5 Infocom
Bureaucracy is an abandoned text-adventure game designed by Douglas Adams (yes, the writer of The Hitchhiker Guide of the Galaxy), developed and published by Infocom in 1987. Bureaucracy is a peculiar interactive fiction; the game challenges you to solve frustrating bureaucratic problems in a world populated by strange characters.
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Mission: Mainframe

DOS19873.9/5
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Forbidden Quest

DOS19833.8/5 Pryority software
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Moonmist

DOS19863.8/5 Infocom
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The Patcher 6.1

DOS19933.8/5
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Hack

DOS1984freeware3.8/5
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Beyond the Titanic

DOS19863.8/5 Apogee Software
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Omega

DOSLinux1988freeware3.8/5
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Lawn Mower

DOS19873.8/5
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Corporate Raider: The Pirate of Wall Street

DOS1988protected3.8/5 SoftServ
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Star Fleet 1: The War Begins

DOSMac OS19853.8/5 Interstel Corporation
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Norton Commander 1.0

DOS19863.8/5 Peter Norton Computing
Norton Commander was a file manager and editor application released by Peter Norton Computing for DOS. Norton Commander used a text-based user interface with side-by-side panels and featured copy, delete, editing and preview any kind of file easily: it was an improvement over the command-line only MS-DOS interface. Norton Commander 1.0 was fir...
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WitchavenRL

WindowsLinux20133.8/5
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Guns 'R' Us

DOS19933.8/5 Future Vision