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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
corewar-plus-05

Core War Plus

DOS19843.9/5
chinaseatrader-2

China Sea Trader

DOS19893.5/5
starcross-01

Starcross

DOS19823.7/5 Infocom
mathcad2-01

Math Cad 2.5

DOS19894.1/5
armchair-quarterback-01

Armchair Quarterback

DOS19854.1/5
ibm-filing-assistant-02

IBM Assistant 2.0

DOS19864.1/5 IBM
moria-5

Moria

DOS1992freeware3.9/5
at-the-carnival-06

At the Carnival

DOS1990freeware3/5
megapede-02

Megapede

DOS19923/5
_amfv_001

A Mind Forever Voyaging

DOSMac OS19854.1/5 Infocom
freedos-shell-01

FreeDOS Shell

DOS2002freeware3.6/5
word-perfect-5-02

Word Perfect 5

DOS19893.9/5 Corel
templeofkroz-4

Temple of Kroz

DOS1990freeware3.8/5 Apogee Software
brimstone-1

Brimstone

DOS19853.4/5 Synapse Software
amuletyendor-4

Amulet of Yendor

DOS19853.6/5 Keypunch Software
b1nuclear-3

B-1 Nuclear Bomber

DOS19813.6/5 Avalon Hill
zzt-2

ZZT

DOS1991freeware4.2/5 Epic MegaGames
ZAngband-02

ZAngband

WindowsMac OSDOSLinux1999freeware4.3/5
Zangband is a variant of the popular roguelike game Angband. Zangband, short for Zelazny Angband, was developed by Chris Weisiger and first released in 1994. The game features a fantasy world with diverse races, classes, and monsters. Players explore dungeons, caves, and other environments in a quest to reach the bottom level of the dungeon, d...
anacreon-1

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.
hamburger-hell-02

Hamburger Hell

DOS1986remake2.8/5
xtrek91-02

Xtrek

DOS1991freewareNSFW4/5
video-trek-88-02

Video Trek 88

DOS19823.9/5 Windmill Software
angband-03

Angband

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
the-president-is-missing-02

The President is Missing

DOS1988protected3.3/5 Cosmi Corporation
javelin-spreadsheet-01

Javelin

DOS19853.3/5
murder-by-the-dozen-01

Murder by the Dozen

DOS19832.7/5 BrainBank
pasrun_001

The Astronomy Quiz

DOS19883.2/5 Softdisk Publishing