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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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

Einstein Writer 7

DOS19853.5/5
startrek1stcontact-1

Star Trek: First Contact

DOS19883.6/5 Simon & Schuster Interactive
egatrek-03

EGA Trek

DOS1988remake3.3/5
classic-hangman-05

Classic Hangman

DOS19833.6/5 Norland Software
wall-street-raider-01

Wall Street Raider

DOS19864.4/5
ags-01

Adventure Game Studio (AGS)

WindowsLinuxMac OS1997freeware3.9/5
Adventure Game Studio (AGS) is a software development tool that enables users to create point-and-click adventure games. It was originally created by Chris Jones and has been used by game developers to produce a variety of 2D adventure games. AGS provides a scripting language, a visual editor, and various other tools to simplify the game developmen...
newsmaster-01

NewsMaster

DOS19863.6/5
tomenet-04

TomeNET

Windows XP/98/95Linux2003freeware4.3/5
trinity-01

Trinity

DOS19864.1/5 Infocom
uplink-v1.3-5

Uplink: Hacker Elite

Windows XP/98/95LinuxMac OS2001protected4/5 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...
skthemist-1

The mist

DOS19854/5 Angelsoft
armchair-quarterback-01

Armchair Quarterback

DOS19854.1/5
pac-girl-1

Pac-girl

DOS19823.7/5 Magicom Multimedia
ibm-filing-assistant-02

IBM Assistant 2.0

DOS19864.1/5 IBM
cutthroats-02

Cutthroats

DOS19843.4/5 Infocom
jamesbondview2kill-1

James Bond 007: A View to a Kill

DOS19853.9/5 Angelsoft
wishbringer-1

Wishbringer

DOS19853.7/5 Infocom
myth-ms-02

Myth

DOS19894.1/5 Magnetic Scrolls
borland-reflex-2-01

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.
time-and-magik-03

Time and Magik: The Trilogy

DOS19884.1/5 Level 9 Computing
amuletyendor-4

Amulet of Yendor

DOS19853.6/5 Keypunch Software
starcross-01

Starcross

DOS19823.7/5 Infocom
kingdomkroz-1

Kingdom of Kroz

DOS1988freeware3.7/5 Apogee Software
corporate-raider-2

Corporate Raider: The Pirate of Wall Street

DOS1988protected3.8/5 SoftServ
rules-of-engagement-2-01

Rules of Engagement 2

DOS19933.9/5 Omnitrend Software
beyond-titanic-01

Beyond the Titanic

DOS19863.8/5 Apogee Software
evets-5

Evets

DOS1988freeware3.5/5 SAck Enterprizes
lurkinghorror-1

The Lurking Horror

DOS19874.1/5 Infocom