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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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
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Ace 2.02

DOS20012.8/5
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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...
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Borland Turbo Pascal 3.0

DOS19864/5 Borland Software Corporation
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Borland Turbo Pascal 1.0

DOS19834/5 Borland Software Corporation
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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...
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Turbo Prolog 2.0

DOS1986protected4.1/5 Borland Software Corporation
_amfv_001

A Mind Forever Voyaging

DOSMac OS19854.1/5 Infocom
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Melody Maker 3

DOS19923.8/5
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Dragonriders of Pern

DOS19873.1/5 Everlasting
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Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz

DOS19834.3/5 Infocom
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Turbo Pascal 7

DOSWindows 3.xMac OS19924/5 Borland Software Corporation
Turbo Pascal 7 (TP7) is a programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was developed by Borland as an evolution of their earlier Turbo Pascal versions. Turbo Pascal 7 was released around 1992.Turbo Pascal 7 gained popularity in educational settings and among hobbyist progra...
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NetHack

DOSWindows XP/98/95Mac OSLinux1987freeware3.7/5
NetHack is an open-source roguelike game that's been around since the early 1980s. It's a single-player dungeon exploration game where you navigate your character through a randomly generated dungeon filled with monsters, traps, treasures, and various items. The goal is to retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, located deep within the dungeon's lowest leve...
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Angband

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
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Planetfall

DOS19834.1/5 Infocom
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Hack

DOS1984freeware3.8/5
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Galaxy

DOS19814.1/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
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Word Perfect 5

DOS19893.9/5 Corel
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Castle Adventure

DOS1984freeware4.2/5
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AlphaMan

DOS19953.6/5
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Adventure in Serenia

DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
borland-turbo-c-2-02

Borland Turbo C v2

DOS19883.6/5 Borland Software Corporation
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The Shadows of Mordor

DOS19883.7/5 Beam Software
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Norton Editor 2

DOS19904.2/5 Peter Norton Computing
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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.
arj-1

Arj

DOS19904.3/5
ARJ is a file compression utility and file format created by Robert K. Jung. The name "ARJ" stands for "Archived by Robert Jung." It was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a compression tool for MS-DOS and other systems. ARJ offered high compression ratios and various features, such as archive encryption and error recovery.
xtrek91-02

Xtrek

DOS1991freewareNSFW4/5
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Quattro Pro v4

DOS19913.8/5 Borland Software Corporation
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Deadline

DOS19823.8/5 Infocom