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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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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.
angband-03

Angband

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
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Classic Hangman

DOS19833.6/5 Norland Software
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Ascii Sector

WindowsLinuxDOS2007freeware4/5
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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).
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Adventure in Serenia

DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
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The Lurking Horror

DOS19874.1/5 Infocom
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James Bond 007: Goldfinger

DOS19864.1/5 Angelsoft
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Star Trek: First Contact

DOS19883.6/5 Simon & Schuster Interactive
skthemist-1

The mist

DOS19854/5 Angelsoft
mathcad2-01

Math Cad 2.5

DOS19894.1/5
xtrek91-02

Xtrek

DOS1991freewareNSFW4/5
ace2-compression-01

Ace 2.02

DOS20013.1/5
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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...
moria-5

Moria

DOS1992freeware3.9/5
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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.
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Caverns of Chaos

DOS19923/5
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B-1 Nuclear Bomber

DOS19813.6/5 Avalon Hill
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Cutthroats

DOS19843.4/5 Infocom
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IBM Assistant 2.0

DOS19864.1/5 IBM
jamesbondview2kill-1

James Bond 007: A View to a Kill

DOS19853.9/5 Angelsoft
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Caverns of Kroz

DOS1989freeware3.6/5 Apogee Software
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A Mind Forever Voyaging

DOSMac OS19854.1/5 Infocom
pac-girl-1

Pac-girl

DOS19823.7/5 Magicom Multimedia
zork3-1

Zork III: The Dungeon Master

DOS19844/5 Infocom
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Mo'Slo

DOS1990protected4.1/5 Dr.David's Super Crispy Software
The previous file hosted here was put online by mistake (it was the deluxe version, not the basic one). Copyright holders kindly allowed Abandonware DOS to link directly to their website where you can buy the deluxe version of Mo'Slo.
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Borland Reflex 2.0

DOS19863.7/5 Borland Software Corporation
Borland Reflex was a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Borland International, a software company that was prominent in the 1980s and 1990s. Reflex was released in the mid-1980s as a graphical database software primarily targeted at business and professional users.
corporate-raider-2

Corporate Raider: The Pirate of Wall Street

DOS1988protected3.8/5 SoftServ