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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
essex-02

Essex

DOS19853.6/5 Synapse Software
shadowsmordor-3

The Shadows of Mordor

DOS19883.7/5 Beam Software
at-the-carnival-06

At the Carnival

DOS1990freeware3/5
crime-and-punishment-05

Crime and Punishment

DOS19844.1/5 Mindscape
video-trek-88-02

Video Trek 88

DOS19823.9/5 Windmill Software
omega-rpg-01

Omega

DOSLinux1988freeware3.8/5
megapede-02

Megapede

DOS19923/5
jewels-of-darkness-06

Jewels of Darkness

DOS19864.2/5 Level 9 Computing
zyll-1

Zyll

DOS19843.9/5 IBM
psycho-02

Psycho

DOS19883.4/5 Starsoft Development
corewar-plus-05

Core War Plus

DOS19843.9/5
melody-maker-3-01

Melody Maker 3

DOS19924.2/5
chinaseatrader-2

China Sea Trader

DOS19893.5/5
brimstone-1

Brimstone

DOS19853.4/5 Synapse Software
borland-reflex-2-01

Borland Reflex 2.0

DOS19863.7/5 Borland Software Corporation
Borland Reflex was a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Borland International, a software company that was prominent in the 1980s and 1990s. Reflex was released in the mid-1980s as a graphical database software primarily targeted at business and professional users.
ooze-01

Ooze: Creepy Nites

DOS19893/5 Dragonware Games
amnesia-3

Amnesia

DOS19864/5 Cognetics corporation
dmassistant2-1

Dungeon Master's Assistant Vol 2

DOS1989protected3.8/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
templeofkroz-4

Temple of Kroz

DOS1990freeware3.8/5 Apogee Software
lost-adventures-kroz-1

Lost Adventures of Kroz

DOS1990freeware3.3/5 Apogee Software
myth-ms-02

Myth

DOS19894.1/5 Magnetic Scrolls
sram-02

SRAM

DOS19873.5/5 ERE Informatique
beast-01

Beast

DOS19843.8/5
onenil-3

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...
xtrek91-02

Xtrek

DOS1991freewareNSFW4/5
castle-adventure-04

Castle Adventure

DOS1984freeware4.2/5
arthur-excalibur-02

Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur

DOS19894/5 Infocom
golden-oldies-v-03

Golden Oldies: Volume 1 - Computer Software Classics

DOS19853.5/5 The Software Toolworks
moonmist-1

Moonmist

DOS19863.8/5 Infocom