Abandonware DOS title

Text-based games: ASCII, etc. sorted by release date

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 These text-only video games may seem primitive and outdated and, in fact, the genre almost died with the fast evolving graphics of modern games.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
applicationDOS
DOSBox
applicationWindows XP/98/95, Linux, Mac OS
1893: A World's Fair Mystery
adventureWindows XP/98/95, Mac OS
ibm-visicalc-1-01

VisiCalc 1.0

DOS1979freeware4.3/5 Software Arts
VisiCalc was the first spreadsheet software for personal computers, and it played a pivotal role in the early history of personal computing. It was developed by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston and first released in 1979 for the Apple II computer. VisiCalc is often considered the first electronic spreadsheet, and its success had a significant impact ...
b1nuclear-3

B-1 Nuclear Bomber

DOS19813.6/5 Avalon Hill
galaxy-4

Galaxy

DOS19814.1/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
softporn-4

Softporn Adventure

DOS1981freewareNSFW4/5 Sierra On-Line
adventure-in-serenia-01

Adventure in Serenia

DOS19823.6/5 Sierra On-Line
deadline-2

Deadline

DOS19823.8/5 Infocom
esuite_001

Executive Suite

DOS19823.9/5 Armonk Corporation
pacgal-02

Pac Gal

DOS19822.9/5
pac-girl-1

Pac-girl

DOS19823.7/5 Magicom Multimedia
starcross-01

Starcross

DOS19823.7/5 Infocom
video-trek-88-02

Video Trek 88

DOS19823.9/5 Windmill Software
volkswriter3-02

Volkswriter 3

DOS19823.8/5 Lifetree Software
zork1-2

Zork I: The Great Underground Empire

DOS19824.2/5 Infocom
Zork is one of the most popular text-adventures and one of the first interactive fiction games ever created. The first Zork was developed in the seventies and ported on various platform by Infocom in the early 80s. Infocom was one of the most prolific developers of text-adventures for home computers and created memorable interactive fiction ga...
airtrax-1

Air Trax

DOS19833.4/5
black-friday-02

Black Friday

DOS19833/5
borland-turbo-pascal-1-01

Borland Turbo Pascal 1.0

DOS19834/5 Borland Software Corporation
turbo-pascal-2-01

Borland Turbo Pascal 2.0

DOS19834/5 Borland Software Corporation
classic-hangman-05

Classic Hangman

DOS19833.6/5 Norland Software
enchanter-1

Enchanter

DOS19833.3/5 Infocom
forbiddenquest-1

Forbidden Quest

DOS19833.8/5 Pryority software
infidel-1

Infidel

DOS19833.3/5 Infocom
msword-1-01

Microsoft Word

Windows XP/98/95Windows 3.x19833.5/5 Microsoft
battleformidway-1

Midway Campaign

DOS19834/5 Microcomputer Games Inc.
murder-by-the-dozen-01

Murder by the Dozen

DOS19832.7/5 BrainBank
planetfall-1

Planetfall

DOS19834.1/5 Infocom
sleuth-1

Sleuth: A Murder Mystery

DOS1983freeware4.2/5 Norland Software
suspended-01

Suspended

DOS19833.9/5 Infocom
the-witness-01

The Witness

DOS19834/5 Infocom
zork2-2

Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz

DOS19834.3/5 Infocom
amazon-crichton-04

Amazon

DOS19843.7/5 Telarium