Abandonware DOS title

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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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

DOS19844.1/5 Infocom
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Magnetic Scrolls Collection

DOS19914.1/5 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...
dos-navigator-1-01

DOS Navigator v 1.5

DOS1991freeware4.1/5
galaxy-4

Galaxy

DOS19814.1/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
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The Patcher 6.1

DOS19934/5
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Uplink: Hacker Elite

Windows XP/98/95LinuxMac2001protected4/5 Introversion Software Limited
Uplink is a computer hacking simulation game released in 2001 by Introversion Software. The game allows players to take on the role of a hacker for hire and engage in various hacking activities.In Uplink, players perform tasks such as hacking into systems, stealing data, and covering their tracks. The game features a realistic representation of hac...
startrekkobayashi-1

Star Trek: the Kobayashi alternative

DOS19854/5 Micromosaics
battleformidway-1

Midway Campaign

DOS19834/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
rockstar-1

Rockstar!

DOS19894/5 Wizard Games
amnesia-3

Amnesia

DOS19864/5 Cognetics corporation
a-night-with-troi-01

A Night with Troi

DOS1991NSFW4/5
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Arachne WWW

DOS1996freeware4/5
Arachne is a graphical web browser for DOS. Arachne was developed by Michal Polák and released in the early 1990s as a text-mode web browser with limited graphical capabilities. Arachne allowed DOS users to browse the World Wide Web in a graphical, though quite basic, manner. It supported features such as displaying images, handling lin...
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Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0

DOS19834/5 Borland Software Corporation
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Championship Manager 93

DOS19934/5 Domark Software
forbidden-castle-03

Forbidden Castle

DOS19854/5 Angelsoft
grand-prix-hole-03

Grand Prix

DOS19894/5 Wizard Games
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Gumboots Australia

DOS19904/5 Reckon Software
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Seastalker

DOS19844/5 Infocom
sherlockvatican-1

Sherlock Holmes: The Vatican Cameos

DOS19864/5 Magicom Multimedia
startrekpromethean-1

Star Trek: The Promethean Prophecy

DOSMac19864/5 TRANS Fiction Systems
the-golden-fleece-03

The Golden Fleece

DOS19894/5
the-witness-01

The Witness

DOS19834/5 Infocom
tasm-02

Turbo Assembler (TASM)

DOSWindows 3.xWindows XP/98/9519894/5 Borland Software Corporation
Turbo Assembler, often referred to as TASM, is an x86 assembler for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows. It was part of the Turbo Assembler/Turbo Debugger (TASM/TD) package that Borland released as part of their Turbo Assembler product line. Borland was a software company known for its development tools during the 1980s and 1990s.
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ZAngband

WindowsMacDOSLinux1999freeware4/5
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...
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Softporn Adventure

DOS1981freewareNSFW4/5 Sierra On-Line
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Angband

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5