Free games by keyword: dungeon crawl

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Dungeon crawling was the main player goal in the first CRPG (Computer Role-Playing Game) ever to came out on a computer. The first CRPGs were a sort of early roguelikes back then, and by "back then" I'm talking decades ago. Later, thanks to the capabilities of the PCs of the 90s, dungeon crawlers shifted to "half" of a 3D visual (it was 2D simulating 3D, actually) and became much more appealing to a much broader audience. That was when developers designed some of the greatest RPGs ever for PC:
  • Dungeon Master - an instant classic, the one that started the 3D dungeon crawling mania
  • Eye of the Beholder - the series that better represented the dungeon crawlers in the 90s
  • Wizardry - something more than a mere dungeon crawler; a long time running series that lasted more than many other RPG franchises
  • Might and Magic - like Wizardry, Might and Magic was something more open world-like, but managed to keep that dungeon crawling feeling

These games were perhaps the most popular of their time; many pages were written about them on every video game magazine of the 90s.
When Wolfenstein 3D (and Doom) shocked the gaming world with its real-time 3D environment, almost every CRPG developer started to look in a new first-person direction: no more turn-based movent, enter real-time (see Ultima Underworld). That meant a lot of changes and 3D/2D dungeon crawlers started to quickly lose their appeal.



brogue-

Brogue

RPG / roguelike
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
Brian Walker
dcss-

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup

RPG / roguelike
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
DCSS Devteam
angband-

Angband

RPG / roguelike
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, DOS
Angband Development Team
nethack-falcon-eye-

NetHack: Falcon's Eye

RPG / roguelike
Windows, DOS, Linux
Jaakko Peltonen
ZAngband-

Zangband

RPG / roguelike
Windows, Mac OSX, DOS, Linux
Zangband dev team
castleofthewinds-

Castle of the Winds

RPG / old school RPG
Windows
SaadaSoft
unnethack-

UnNetHack

RPG / roguelike
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
UnNetHack team
ivan-

Iter Vehemens ad Necem (IVAN)

RPG / roguelike
Windows, DOS
Timo Kiviluoto
1quest-

1Quest

RPG / roguelike
browser
RatzNGodz
diablorl-

DiabloRL

RPG / roguelike
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
Kornel Kisielewicz
hero-quest-

HeroQuest

RPG / tabletop game
Windows
G. Broers
soda_dungeon-

Soda Dungeon

RPG / turn-based tactics
Windows
AN Productions
red-rogue-

Red Rogue

platform / rogue-lite
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
Aaron Steed
dungeons-of-fayte-

Dungeons of Fayte

RPG
Windows
pulsemeat
hack-

Hack

RPG / roguelike
Windows, DOS, Linux, Free BSD, UNIX
Jay Fenlason
akalabeth-

Akalabeth: World of Doom

RPG / old school RPG
DOS, Apple II, Mac OSX, Linux, Windows
Richard Garriot
telengard-

Telengard

RPG / old school RPG
DOS, Windows, Amiga, Commodore 64, Apple II
Avalon Hill
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