Abandonware DOS title

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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
adventure-in-serenia-01

Adventure in Serenia

DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
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Norton Desktop

DOS19924/5 Peter Norton Computing
acquire-1

Acquire

DOS19893.9/5 IBM
dungeon-crawl-dos-03

Dungeon Crawl

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1997freeware4/5
Dungeon Crawl (also known as Linley's Dungeon Crawl from the name of the original programmer: Linley Henzell) is a classic roguelike: an RPG with permadeath, procedural generation and high replayability. Dungeon Crawl was released on 1997 but it's not maintained anymore. The spiritual successr of Crawl is DCCS (Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup).
anacreon-1

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.
007-goldfinger-1

James Bond 007: Goldfinger

DOS19864.1/5 Angelsoft
lurkinghorror-1

The Lurking Horror

DOS19874.1/5 Infocom
javelin-spreadsheet-01

Javelin

DOS19853.3/5
zzt-2

ZZT

DOS1991freeware4.2/5 Epic MegaGames
checkit-3-02

CheckIt 3

DOS19902.8/5
ascii-sector-02

Ascii Sector

WindowsLinuxDOS2007freeware3.8/5
zork3-1

Zork III: The Dungeon Master

DOS19844/5 Infocom
amaze-02

A-Maze

DOS19894.2/5 New Era Software
dungeons_kroz2_003

Dungeons of Kroz 2

DOS19893.6/5 Apogee Software
sherlockvatican-1

Sherlock Holmes: The Vatican Cameos

DOS19864/5 Magicom Multimedia
classic-hangman-05

Classic Hangman

DOS19833.6/5 Norland Software
pacgal-02

Pac Gal

DOS19823/5
jewels-of-darkness-06

Jewels of Darkness

DOS19864.2/5 Level 9 Computing
questprobe-hulk-01

Questprobe featuring The Hulk

DOS19843.8/5 Adventure International
galaxy-4

Galaxy

DOS19814.1/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
kingdomkroz-1

Kingdom of Kroz

DOS1988freeware3.7/5 Apogee Software
lawnmover-1

Lawn Mower

DOS19873.8/5
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Business Simulator

DOS19873.9/5 Reality Development
Business Simulator is an abandoned business simulation game developed and released by Reality Development in 1987 for DOS only. Business Simulator is a text-based management simulation designed by an university professor.
doslynx-01

Lynx

DOS1992freeware3/5
ace2-compression-01

Ace 2.02

DOS20012.8/5
corewar-plus-05

Core War Plus

DOS19843.9/5
planetfall-1

Planetfall

DOS19834.1/5 Infocom
air-traffic-controller-02

Air Traffic Controller

DOS19854.2/5 Cascoly Software