Abandonware DOS title

Text-based games: ASCII, etc.

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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.

Most popular text-based games

Text-based games

  • lancelot-01
    DOS19884/5 Level 9 Computing
  • larn-5
  • lawnmover-1
  • leather-goddesses-of-phobos-04
    DOS19864.1/5 Infocom
  • legend-of-the-red-dragon-04
    DOS19893.5/5 Robinson Technologies
  • lha-1
  • lost-adventures-kroz-1
    DOS1990freeware3.3/5 Apogee Software
  • magnetic-scrolls-collection-02
    DOS19914/5 Magnetic Scrolls

    Magnetic Scrolls was one of the finest developer companies dedicated to Interactive Fiction. The Magnetic Scrolls Collection is a trilogy of Magnenic Scrolls adventures remade using the Wonderland engine: Fish!, Corruption, The Guild of Thieves. The new window-based interface made text-adventuring easy even for gamers not used to a text-only interf...

  • meteors-05
    DOS19893.6/5 Apogee Software
  • mickey-space-adventure-04
    DOS19853.4/5 Sierra On-Line
  • battleformidway-1
    DOS19834/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
  • mind-mirror-04
  • mindshadow-05
    DOSMac19853.6/5 Interplay Productions
  • mindwheel-02
    DOS19853.2/5 Synapse Software
  • mission-mainframe-04
  • moslodeluxe-1
    DOS1990protected4.1/5 Dr.David's Super Crispy Software

    The previous file hosted here was put online by mistake (it was the deluxe version, not the basic one). Copyright holders kindly allowed Abandonware DOS to link directly to their website where you can buy the deluxe version of Mo'Slo.

  • monopoly-04
  • monopoly-stevens-01
  • moonmist-1
    DOS19863.8/5 Infocom
  • moria-5
  • murder-by-the-dozen-01
    DOS19832.7/5 BrainBank
  • myth-ms-02
    DOS19894.1/5 Magnetic Scrolls
  • nethack-2
  • newsmaster-01
  • nord-and-bert-01
  • norton-commander-1-04
    DOS19863.5/5 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...

  • nortoncommander-5
    DOS19984.2/5 Peter Norton Computing

    Norton Commander was one of the most popular file manager applications ever released for MS DOS. Its clever side-by-side windows interface and the ease of use allowed DOS users to copy, delete, move and preview any kind of file without the hassle of typing every command by hand. Norton Commander was first released in 1986, but the latest and final ...

  • norton-desktop1-02
    DOS19923.9/5 Peter Norton Computing
  • norton-editor2-01
    DOS19904.3/5 Peter Norton Computing
  • omega-rpg-01