Abandonware DOS title

Text-based games: ASCII, etc.

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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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

Most popular text-based games

Norton Commander 5.5
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QBASIC
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1893-world-fair-04

1893: A World's Fair Mystery

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS20033.8/5
1893: A World's Fair Mystery is an interactive fiction game developed by the American studio Illuminated Lantern and released in 2002. Set during the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the game combines historical fiction with mystery-solving gameplay.In 1893: A World's Fair Mystery, players take on the role of a detective investigating ...
2112-01

2112

DOS19943/5
dudley-dilemma-04

A Dudley Dilemma

DOS19883.3/5
_amfv_001

A Mind Forever Voyaging

DOSMac OS19854.1/5 Infocom
a-night-with-troi-01

A Night with Troi

DOS1991NSFW4/5
amaze-02

A-Maze

DOS19894.2/5 New Era Software
ace2-compression-01

Ace 2.02

DOS20013/5
acheton-01

Acheton

DOS19873.7/5
acquire-1

Acquire

DOS19893.9/5 IBM
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...
adventure-in-serenia-01

Adventure in Serenia

DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
african-adventure-01

African Adventure

DOS1997remake3.6/5
air-traffic-controller-02

Air Traffic Controller

DOS19854.2/5 Cascoly Software
airtrax-1

Air Trax

DOS19833.4/5
alice-wonderland-if-01

Alice in Wonderland

DOS19893.3/5
alphaman-02

AlphaMan

DOS19953.6/5
amazon-crichton-04

Amazon

DOS19843.7/5 Telarium
amnesia-3

Amnesia

DOS19864/5 Cognetics corporation
amuletyendor-4

Amulet of Yendor

DOS19853.6/5 Keypunch Software
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.
adom1.1-05

Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) v1.1

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1996freeware3.8/5
angband-03

Angband

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
arachne-www-03

Arachne WWW

DOS1996freeware4.1/5
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...
arj-1

Arj

DOS19904.3/5
ARJ is a file compression utility and file format created by Robert K. Jung. The name "ARJ" stands for "Archived by Robert Jung." It was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a compression tool for MS-DOS and other systems. ARJ offered high compression ratios and various features, such as archive encryption and error recovery.
armchair-quarterback-01

Armchair Quarterback

DOS19854.1/5
arthur-excalibur-02

Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur

DOS19894/5 Infocom
ascii-sector-02

Ascii Sector

WindowsLinuxDOS2007freeware4/5
at-the-carnival-06

At the Carnival

DOS1990freeware3/5
at-slow-1

At-slow4

DOS19893.2/5