The most popular text-based games
A few genres traditionally linked to the beautiful world of ascii characters still survives: roguelikes (nethack, angband, etc.) and interactive fiction, for example.
DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
DOS19924/5 Peter Norton Computing
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).
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.
DOS1991freeware4.2/5 Epic MegaGames
DOS19894.2/5 New Era Software
DOS19893.6/5 Apogee Software
DOS19864/5 Magicom Multimedia
DOS19833.6/5 Norland Software
DOS19864.2/5 Level 9 Computing
DOS19843.8/5 Adventure International
DOS19814.1/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
DOS1988freeware3.7/5 Apogee Software
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.
DOS19854.2/5 Cascoly Software