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EGA Poker    John A. Junod,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This is a fairly basic but well done version of draw poker. You use the mouse to make your bet, then decide whether to draw or stay, etc. The only bad thing is that the different suits can sometimes be hard to distinguish. Other than that it's very well done.
[Download] Click here to download EGA Poker (41k)

EGA Roids    Designer Software,  1986
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A pretty good conversion of the classic game 'Asteroids'. You won't find any bells & whistles here, but it does present solid gameplay and smooth flowing graphics. The only real problem is that the keys take a bit of getting used to ... using the arrow keys would've been much easier! If you can get used to the odd key placement, you'll probably like it.
[Download] Click here to download EGA Roids (26k)
[Link] More info on EGA Roids at

EGA Solitaire    John A. Junod,  1993
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
If you are looking for a clone of the Windows Solitaire card game for DOS, this is it. This game almost exactly mirrors the seminal Windows card game, and is quite well executed. The only bad thing is that the different suits can sometimes be hard to distinguish. Other than that it's very well done.
[Download] Click here to download EGA Solitaire (46k)

Electron Havoc    John Shramko,  1993
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Electron Havoc is a two player strategy game which is similar to the classic Bananas (of QBasic fame) or Scorched Earthy style game. The object is to destroy your opponent by setting your gun location & velocity. The main difference here is that your shots are affected by the gravitational pull of planets in space so you must carefully plan your shots accordingly. The presentation here is quite basic but it does work as intended for those looking for this sort of game.
[Download] Click here to download Electron Havoc (37k)

Eliza    Michael Day,  1988
Rating: 2 stars  Public Domain  [ Screenshot ]
Eliza was an early attempt at computer AI. The idea was that it would be something like a computer therapist, where you would enter your problems and it would reply with further probing questions to help you with your problems. In practice, due to the simplistic algorithms used, it was most often a thoroughly frustrating experience. (See the screenshot for an example.) This thing is probably good for a laugh and nothing more ... it's all text. ;) As the author says, "Eliza can either cure your psychosis or generate new ones depending on how you take it."
[Download] Click here to download Eliza (12k)

Escape From The ASCII Trolls    Matthew Barnes,  2005
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Ever wanted to play funky puzzle/adventure game with ASCII graphics where you must flee or otherwise use your wits and collected items to flee from trolls? Well, if so, this is the perfect game for you! While the controls and interface need some getting used to (read the included docs before playing) this game is fairly unique, includes both puzzle and adventure elements, and yeah I'm always a sucker for ASCII games. :) (The author notes if you run this from Windows to be sure to maximize the window.)
[Download] Click here to download Escape From The ASCII Trolls (21k)

Fiddle    Doug Beeferman,  1992
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
An interesting puzzle game with many different levels, despite the lack of great graphics and sound effects. The object is to match up different shapes in order to cosntruct perfect squares/rectangles of predetermined sizes. There are various tangible (storebought) versions of this game, but this one is easier to play and includes a lot more different puzzles.
[Download] Click here to download Fiddle (40k)

Fire Fighter    Eben Sprinsock,  1998
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Fire Fighter is an interesting ASCII-based strategy game which is not nearly as long and drawn-out as most strategy games. An entire game/scenario can last only a minute or two. The idea is to use three different methods (water, fire breaks, and backfires) to control the spread of fires and save homes on a randomly generated map. It's a neat idea and plays well enough but honestly there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of careful strategy required to be successful.
[Download] Click here to download Fire Fighter (18k)

Four    John Augustine,  2002
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This game mimics the classic Connect Four vertical checkers board game published by Milton Bradley. The object is to take turns dropping your pieces onto the board until one of the two players gets four in a row. This game includes a "learning" computer opponent that improves as you play. A well made game, despite having no fancy graphics or sounds.
[Download] Click here to download Four (16k)

Galactic Battle    Brian Goble,  1990
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This was an early favorite of mine. Its not very complicated, but this game is a fun, simple space shooting game that somehow can seem relaxing at times. Wave after wave of enemies come at you, and you must shoot them all before your fuel runs out. You can earn credits to buy upgrades (hint: if you have a lot of fuel left over, don't refill between the wave for an extra credit!), and every so often a boss battle occurs. Simple but crisp EGA graphics (new enemy design for each wave) and PC speaker sound effects in a tiny 48k package!
[Download] Click here to download Galactic Battle (48k)

Galactix    Richard L. Wright,  1988
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Public domain  [ Screenshot ]
Galactix (no relation to the space shooting game of the same name) is a sidescrolling adventure type game. It's described in the brief included documentation this way: "Your ultimate goal is to find (and carry to the spaceship) the 5 items that are required for the repair." To do so, you move around the ship (using the left and right Shift keys to move and Space to jump) as well as by collecting and using various items you find around the ship. It's a unique and difficult experience, especially since your time (aka strength) is continually ticking away. (It will run fast, you'll probably need to slow it down.)
[Download] Click here to download Galactix (21k)

Gemworld    William Cain,  1997
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
It sorta looks and plays like the original Zelda for the NES. I say sorta because it's very simplistic in nature, and probably won't hold your interest for very long ... however, the zipfile is so small (22k!), it's probably worth downloading anyways.
[Download] Click here to download Gemworld (22k)

Giana Sisters 32k    Rainer Sinsch,  1998
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Giana Sisters was apparently a popular game on the Commodore64 computer, and it was recently ported to PCs so the game can be enjoyed on recent computers as well. The gameplay is very similar to the original Super Mario Bros by Nintendo, where you run through short side-scrolling levels hitting blocks and stomping enemies. Fairly good graphics, but no sounds on this one, although its small size and good compatibility makes it a good choice for older computers.
[Download] Click here to download Giana Sisters 32k (32k)

Goferpop    Joseph Parnau,  1991
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Goferpop (aka "Gofer Pop", "Gopherpop" or "Gopher Pop") is a rather stupid and extremely simplistic game where the object is to shoot gophers with your gun as they pop their heads out of the ground. Slightly gory, and extremely simple in every way, this probably won't hold your interest for long, but I remember playing it many years ago so I figured I'd include it on the site. (Plus, it's amazing how far someone's little 50k game project made in BASIC can travel around the world, and still be played 15 years after it was created!)
[Download] Click here to download Goferpop (50k)

Grid Poker    Jeff Anderson,  1995
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
A really cool, innovative idea. The object is to fill a 5x5 grid with playing cards, trying to make the best possible poker hands going across and down the square. Take a look at the screenshot. It may use basic ASCII graphics (the mark of a true classic DOS game) but it's really innovative, and fun to play, since playing a game doesn't take much time at all. Small zipfile, too!
[Download] Click here to download Grid Poker (17k)

Gripple    Doug Beeferman,  1991
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The author claims that this simple color-matching puzzle game is based on an old pocket game of the same name by a company called "M-Squared Incorporated". I can verify this fact, because I own the very same (annoying) game. :) Actually it's not a bad game at all. Basically you match colors by rotating the pieces around ... look at the screenshot and you'll see what I mean. As usual with puzzle games, poor graphics, no sound, etc. but it might be a fun diversion for puzzle fans.
[Download] Click here to download Gripple (27k)

Indenture    Craig Pell (originally Atari),  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Remember "Adventure" for the Atari2600? If so Indenture will seem very familiar! :) The author programmed this game from scratch in order to recreate the original as closely as possible, so don't look for any graphics/sound imporvements. However he did add some additional modes with new screens/items/etc to play with. (Note: Press F1 after starting the game and read the help text! Starting the game is not done in a usual way!)
[Download] Click here to download Indenture (28k)

Invaders 1978    James Eibisch,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Looking for a space invaders clone? This one is pretty good. It takes the authentic, "no-frills" route, and does a pretty good job. It isn't pretty to look at, but it does play well, and has some SB sound effects as well.
[Download] Click here to download Invaders 1978 (49k)

Islands of Danger    Carr Software,  1996
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A unique and interesting ASCII text-mode game where the object is to destroy all of the missle-launchers on each island. The missle launchers fire seemingly smart missles at you that you must dodge or destroy. The game features a smoothly scrolling playing field, its gameplay is fairly fast-paced and the game is quite enjoyable to play.
[Download] Click here to download Islands of Danger (43k)

Koolah    Marko Teittinen,  1991
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
I think this game is supposed to be relaxing ... but to me, IT ISN'T!!! Like those wooden puzzles, you have to roll your ball around the maps to the exit, trying to avoid the holes. It's harder than it sounds. Average graphics and PC speaker effects. (Note: Once in awhile I seemed to have keyboard trouble with this game ... I have no idea what the problem was.)
[Download] Click here to download Koolah (47k)

Lawn Mower    Chrisopher D. Orr,  1987
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
At its heart Lawn Mower is a maze or Pac-Man like game. Although I had seen some recent shareware Windows games with a similar theme, I was surprised to find this ASCII DOS game from 1987. The object is to mow the text-mode lawn as efficiently as possible by avoiding obstacles, using as little gas as possible, etc. It looks decent enough and plays reasonably well, but there isn't a whole lot of depth. (Note: You must use the numeric keypad to move.)
[Download] Click here to download Lawn Mower (45k)

Leygref's Castle    Frank Dutton,  1986
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Leygref's Castle is apparently a remake of an old BASIC game called Wizard's Castle. It features randomized dungeons like a Roguelike game but its gameplay is greatly simplified. You move around on floors comprised of 8x8 "rooms", each potentially containing an item or a monster, which you fight with simple Attack/Run prompts. A decent but simple game with basic text-mode graphics.
[Download] Click here to download Leygref's Castle (36k)

Lock 'N' Chase    Dungeon Dwellers Design,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
As you might expect from the name, this is a clone of the Atari 2600 game Lock 'N' Chase. (I recall playing it on the Intellivision personally.) It's a faithful rendition of the Atari 2600 game, with almost identical graphics and gameplay. It plays similar to Pac-Man, where the goal is to collect all the gold bars in the maze and avoid enemies. Rather than power pills, you can put up temporary barriers to block the enemies. (This is perhaps the smallest game on the site, only 4kb compiled!)
[Download] Click here to download Lock 'N' Chase (4k)

Majik    Chris Busch,  1991
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Majik is an interesting ASCII-based text RPG game which is not a Roguelike. The levels are randomly generated, but the gameplay is significantly simplified. Playing as a wizard who seeks to "achieve greatness" by exploring some caverns, you'll face a multitude of text-character enemies and obstacles. A colorful and fairly unique ASCII adventure. (Note: You'll need a numberpad on your keyboard to play this game.)
[Download] Click here to download Majik (17k)

Mario Brothers VGA    Dave Sharpless,  1990
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
A mostly faithful version of the original Mario Bros arcade game. This version includes VGA graphics (not very pretty graphics, though) as well as two player gameplay. (The original was made by Nintendo, who had nothing to do with this copycat version.)
[Download] Click here to download Mario Brothers VGA (47k)

Mastermind    Sverx,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Mastermind is a copy of the classic game by Pressman (Hasbro for PC). Here you can play against the computer or a second player. Unfortunately there does not seem to be any option to use a mouse so you have to use the keyboard to do everything. ALSO! You MUST go to the commandline and use commandline switches to play this game! Just running it from Windows Explorer WILL NOT WORK. ;) Try "mmind" at the DOS (or DOSBox) prompt to get a list of options or "mmind /d" to use the defaults and play a "medium difficulty" game against the computer.
[Download] Click here to download Mastermind (40k)

Laser Light    Scott Miller,  1988
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Maze Runner is an action maze game (duh) where the object is to navigate your way to the exit. The tric kis that you can't see the walls until you run into them, and you are being chased by enemies which are quickly zeroing in on your position. The game uses ASCII text-mode graphics and PC speaker sound effects, but it can still be enjoyable to play. Notably, this game was created by Scott Miller who would later go on to found Apogee Software (later 3D Realms) and it is also ostensibly the predecessor to Miller's famous KROZ series. (Note: When playing in DOSBox, you may need to manually set the cycles to a low number via "cycles #" to play the game properly.)
[Download] Click here to download Maze Runner (16k)
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Micropede    Robert B. Easter,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Micropede is a clone of the classic Centipede (or Millipede) arcade games. It is a fast moving arcade game where the goal is to eliminate the "micropede" without contacting any of the many obstacles in the game. While not as popular or entertaining as games like Pacman or Galaga, this style of game was very popular in arcades at the time of its original release. (Note: A mouse is required for this game.)
[Download] Click here to download Micropede (40k)

Monopoly (2)    Hoops Software,  Unknown date
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
You've probably played Monopoly before; the Parker Brothers' board game has become a ubiquitous game to play when you want to engage in a bitter and fruitless contest with your friends and/or relatives. Now you can play it in text-mode! This version of the game is fairly basic but it does attempt to simulate the board game as closely as it can using basic text 'graphics'.
[Download] Click here to download Monopoly (39k)

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