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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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

Norton Commander 5.5
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Borland Turbo Basic 1.0
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QBASIC
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Text-based applications

  • 1893-world-fair-04
    Windows XP/98/95Mac20033.8/5
  • 2112-01
    DOS19943/5
  • dudley-dilemma-04
    DOS19883.3/5
  • _amfv_001
    DOSMac19854.1/5 Infocom
  • a-night-with-troi-01
    DOS1991NSFW4/5
  • amaze-02
    DOS19894.1/5 New Era Software
  • ace2-compression-01
    DOS20012.7/5
  • acheton-01
    DOS19873.7/5
  • acquire-1
    DOS19893.9/5 IBM
  • ags-01
    WindowsLinuxMac1997freeware3.9/5

    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
    DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
  • african-adventure-01
    DOS1997remake3.6/5
  • air-traffic-controller-02
    DOS19854.2/5 Cascoly Software
  • airtrax-1
    DOS19833.4/5
  • alice-wonderland-if-01
    DOS19893.4/5
  • alice-pascal-01
  • alphaman-02
    DOS19953.6/5
  • amazon-crichton-04
    DOS19843.7/5 Telarium
  • amnesia-3
    DOS19864/5 Cognetics corporation
  • amuletyendor-4
    DOS19853.6/5 Keypunch Software
  • anacreon-1
    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
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1996freeware4/5
  • angband-03
    Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1992freeware4/5
  • arachne-www-03
    DOS1996freeware3.8/5

    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
    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
  • arthur-excalibur-02
    DOS19894.1/5 Infocom
  • ascii-sector-02
    WindowsLinuxDOS2007freeware4/5
  • at-the-carnival-06
    DOS1990freeware3/5
  • at-slow-1
    DOS19893.1/5