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The best 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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
borland-turbo-c-2-02

Borland Turbo C v2

DOS19883.7/5 Borland Software Corporation
starcross-01

Starcross

DOS19823.7/5 Infocom
b1nuclear-3

B-1 Nuclear Bomber

DOS19813.6/5 Avalon Hill
dungeons_kroz2_003

Dungeons of Kroz 2

DOS19893.6/5 Apogee Software
rules-of-engagement-02

Rules of Engagement

DOS19913.6/5 Omnitrend Software
starsaga-1

Star Saga: One - Beyond the Boundary

DOS19873.6/5 Masterplay Publishing Corporation
alphaman-02

AlphaMan

DOS19953.6/5
caverns-of-kroz-2

Caverns of Kroz

DOS1989freeware3.6/5 Apogee Software
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...
classic-hangman-05

Classic Hangman

DOS19833.6/5 Norland Software
dungeonkroz-1

Dungeons of Kroz

DOS1989freeware3.6/5 Apogee Software
freedos-shell-01

FreeDOS Shell

DOS2002freeware3.6/5
amuletyendor-4

Amulet of Yendor

DOS19853.6/5 Keypunch Software
startrek1stcontact-1

Star Trek: First Contact

DOS19883.6/5 Simon & Schuster Interactive
essex-02

Essex

DOS19853.6/5 Synapse Software
adventure-in-serenia-01

Adventure in Serenia

DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
dr-ruth-game-02

Dr. Ruth Computer Game of Good Sex

DOS19863.6/5 Avalon Hill
african-adventure-01

African Adventure

DOS1997remake3.6/5
meteors-05

Meteors

DOS19893.6/5 Apogee Software
mindshadow-05

Mindshadow

DOSMac OS19853.6/5 Interplay Productions
earthlydelights-1

Earthly delights

DOS19843.6/5 Datamost
ballyhoo-1

Ballyhoo

DOS19863.5/5 Infocom
legend-of-the-red-dragon-04

Legend of the Red Dragon

DOS19893.5/5 Robinson Technologies
bible-builder-02

Bible Builder

DOS19923.5/5
boggle-01

Boggle

DOS19903.5/5 HVB Software
chinaseatrader-2

China Sea Trader

DOS19893.5/5
dataperfect26-02

Data Perfect 2.6

DOS19933.5/5
dracula-in-london-03

Dracula in London

DOS19883.5/5 SDJ Enterprises
einstein-writer-01

Einstein Writer 7

DOS19853.5/5
evets-5

Evets

DOS1988freeware3.5/5 SAck Enterprizes