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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
pkunzip-1

PKzip

DOS1989protected4/5 PKware
planetfall-1

Planetfall

DOS19834.1/5 Infocom
plunderedhearts-1

Plundered Hearts

DOSMac OS19873.9/5 Infocom
president-elect-02

President Elect

DOS1987protected3.8/5 SSI Strategic Simulations Inc.
promanager-1

Pro Manager

DOS19853.5/5 Avalon Hill
psycho-02

Psycho

DOS19883.4/5 Starsoft Development
qbasic71-01

QBASIC

DOS19914.4/5 Microsoft
QBasic, or QuickBASIC, was an interpreted version of the BASIC programming language developed by Microsoft. It was designed to be easy to learn and use, making it accessible to beginners and hobbyist programmers. QBasic was part of Microsoft's QuickBASIC product line, which included both compiled and interpreted versions of the language. QBasi...
borland-quattro-pro-03

Quattro Pro v4

DOS19913.8/5 Borland Software Corporation
questprobe-spiderman-01

Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man

DOS19864.1/5 Adventure International
Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man is an abandoned text-based adventure game designed by Scott Adams, developed and released by Adventure International in 1986 for DOS but was also published for Acorn Electron, Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Dragon 32, ZX Spectrum, MSX. Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man is part of the Questprobe game series, the ...
questprobe-hulk-01

Questprobe featuring The Hulk

DOS19843.9/5 Adventure International
rambo-first-blood-01

Rambo First Blood Part 2

DOS19854.1/5 Angelsoft
rawcopy-01

Rawcopy

DOS19924.2/5
redskyatmorning-3

Red sky at morning

DOS19933.9/5 Simulations Canada
returntodoom-1

Return to Doom

DOS19883.8/5 Topologika Software
castlekroz-3

Return to Kroz

DOS1990freeware3.1/5 Apogee Software
rockstar-1

Rockstar!

DOS19894/5 Wizard Games
rogue-1

Rogue

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMac OS19844.2/5 Artificial Intelligence Design
Rogue is one of the first RPGs in the history of video gaming. It's a text-based dungeon crawler in which you have to fight your way in the dungeon to recover the Amulet of Yendor. Rogue became popular around 1980 on mainframes and later ported to various platforms, including DOS in 1984. Rogue is simply the father of all the roguelike games that c...
romanticdome-1

Romantic encounters at the dome

DOS19883.9/5 MicroIllusions
rules-of-engagement-02

Rules of Engagement

DOS19913.6/5 Omnitrend Software
rules-of-engagement-2-01

Rules of Engagement 2

DOS19933.9/5 Omnitrend Software
safe-opening-sim-01

Safe Opening Simulator

DOS19933.5/5
scapeghost-1

Scapeghost

DOS19893.7/5 Level 9 Computing
seastalker-01

Seastalker

DOS19844/5 Infocom
sherlockvatican-1

Sherlock Holmes: The Vatican Cameos

DOS19864/5 Magicom Multimedia
silicon-dreams-02

Silicon Dreams

DOS19863.6/5 Level 9 Computing
Silicon Dreams by Level 9 Computing is a trilogy of interactive fiction (text adventure) games released in the mid-1980s. The trilogy includes three separate games: Snowball, Return to Eden, and The Worm in Paradise. Each game combines elements of science fiction with puzzle-solving and exploration. All three games are text-based, relying on d...
slashem-vampire-03

Slash'Em

Windows XP/98/95Linux1997freeware4.1/5
sleuth-1

Sleuth: A Murder Mystery

DOS1983freeware4.2/5 Norland Software