Abandonware DOS title

The most popular 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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
mickey-space-adventure-04

Mickey's Space Adventure

DOS19853/5 Sierra On-Line
rules-of-engagement-2-01

Rules of Engagement 2

DOS19933.9/5 Omnitrend Software
battleformidway-1

Midway Campaign

DOS19834/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
lurkinghorror-1

The Lurking Horror

DOS19874.1/5 Infocom
baseball-mogul-01

Baseball Mogul

Windows XP/98/9519973.9/5 Infinite Monkey Systems
president-elect-02

President Elect

DOS1987protected3.8/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
african-adventure-01

African Adventure

DOS1997remake3.6/5
dmassistant2-1

Dungeon Master's Assistant Vol 2

DOS1989protected3.8/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
myth-ms-02

Myth

DOS19894.1/5 Magnetic Scrolls
airtrax-1

Air Trax

DOS19833.4/5
starfleet2-krellan-01

Star Fleet 2: Krellan Commander

DOS19894.2/5 Interstel Corporation
esuite_001

Executive Suite

DOS19823.9/5 Armonk Corporation
corewar-plus-05

Core War Plus

DOS19843.9/5
starfleet1-battle-begins03

Star Fleet 1: The War Begins

DOSMac19853.8/5 Interstel Corporation
zzt-2

ZZT

DOS1991freeware4.2/5 Epic MegaGames
starsaga-1

Star Saga: One - Beyond the Boundary

DOS19873.6/5 Masterplay Publishing Corporation
legend-of-the-red-dragon-04

Legend of the Red Dragon

DOS19893.5/5 Robinson Technologies
rambo-first-blood-01

Rambo First Blood Part 2

DOS19854.1/5 Angelsoft
plunderedhearts-1

Plundered Hearts

DOSMac19873.9/5 Infocom
lost-adventures-kroz-1

Lost Adventures of Kroz

DOS1990freeware3.3/5 Apogee Software
moslodeluxe-1

Mo'Slo

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.
arachne-www-03

Arachne WWW

DOS1996freeware4/5
Arachne is a graphical web browser for DOS. Arachne was developed by Michal Polák and released in the early 1990s as a text-mode web browser with limited graphical capabilities. Arachne allowed DOS users to browse the World Wide Web in a graphical, though quite basic, manner. It supported features such as displaying images, handling lin...
startrekpromethean-1

Star Trek: The Promethean Prophecy

DOSMac19864/5 TRANS Fiction Systems
007-goldfinger-1

James Bond 007: Goldfinger

DOS19864.1/5 Angelsoft
at-slow-1

At-slow4

DOS19893.2/5
mind-mirror-04

Mind Mirror

DOS19863.6/5
video-trek-88-02

Video Trek 88

DOS19823.9/5 Windmill Software
startrekkobayashi-1

Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative

DOS19854/5 Micromosaics