Abandonware DOS title

Text-based games: ASCII, etc. sorted by release date

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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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

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Text-based games

  • kingdom-of-kroz-2-1
    DOS19903.2/5 Apogee Software
  • lost-adventures-kroz-1
    DOS1990freeware3.3/5 Apogee Software
  • 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.

  • norton-editor2-01
    DOS19904.3/5 Peter Norton Computing
  • castlekroz-3
    DOS1990freeware3.1/5 Apogee Software
  • templeofkroz-4
    DOS1990freeware3.8/5 Apogee Software
  • finalcrusadekroz-2
    DOS1990freeware3.7/5 Apogee Software
  • a-night-with-troi-01
    DOS1991NSFW4.1/5
  • dos-navigator-1-01
    DOS1991freeware4.3/5
  • 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...

  • qbasic71-01
    DOS19914.5/5 Microsoft
  • borland-quattro-pro-03
    DOS19914/5 Borland Software Corporation
  • rules-of-engagement-02
    DOS19913.6/5 Omnitrend Software
  • xtrek91-02
    DOS1991NSFW3.9/5
  • zzt-2
    DOS1991freeware4.2/5 Epic MegaGames
  • angband-03
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
  • bible-builder-02
    DOS19923.3/5
  • castleelsinore-1
    DOS19923.5/5 Temple Software
  • championship-manager-1-01
    DOS19924/5 Domark Software

    Championship Manager is the first chapter in one of the most successful football manager games series. The first Championship Manager was a text-based British football/soccer simulation and included teams from four English divisions, European cups and domestic cups as well. Championship Manager was designed by Paul and Oliver Collyer and ...

  • moria-5
    DOS1992freeware3.9/5
  • norton-desktop1-02
    DOS19923.8/5 Peter Norton Computing
  • onenil-3
    DOS19923.9/5 New Era Software
  • rawcopy-01
    DOS19924.5/5
  • super-zzt-05
    DOS19923.3/5 Epic MegaGames
  • champ-manager-93-01
    DOS19933.5/5 Domark Software
  • championship-manager-italia-02
    DOS19934.1/5 Sports Interactive Limited
  • guns-r-us-02
    DOS19933.8/5 Future Vision
  • redskyatmorning-3
    DOS19933.9/5 Simulations Canada
  • rules-of-engagement-2-01
    DOS19933.9/5 Omnitrend Software
  • safe-opening-sim-01
    DOS19933.5/5