Best free "ASCII games" games

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A few decades back, ASCII games (or text-based games) were quite popular. Why? Because graphics on home computers were not that good. Fast forward a few years: the appeal of ASCII games didn't fade completely. Ignoring almost completely the visual aspect of a game allow the developer to focus on gameplay, depth and complexity. Dwarf Fortress and ASCII Sectors are two examples of fairly complex text-based games.
And then there are MUDs: Multi User Dungeons. MUDs are text-based really old-school multiplayer RPGs with even less graphics than ASCII roguelikes.
ASCII gaming is not for everyone, but you may be surprised by some of these games; give them a try.
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Dwarf Fortress

simulation / roguelike
Bay 12 Games
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Ascii Sector

simulation / space exploration
Laserbrain Studios
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Ultima Ratio Regum

RPG / roguelike
Mark Johnson
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Aardwolf MUD

RPG / MUD
Aardwolf project
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BatMUD

RPG / MUD
BatMUD community
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TomeNET

RPG / roguelike
TomeNET team
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Star Fleet II: Krellan Commander

strategy / space combat
Interstel
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Super ZZT

action / action puzzle
Epic MegaGames
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Goblin Hack

RPG / roguelike
Neil McGill
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DiabloRL

RPG / roguelike
Kornel Kisielewicz
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

adventure / interactive fiction
Infocom
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Achaea

RPG / MUD
Iron Realms Entertainment
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Lost Pig

adventure / interactive fiction
Admiral Jota
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Slash'EM

RPG / roguelike
Warren Cheung
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The Temple of Torment

RPG / roguelike
Aukustus
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Adventure Fun-Pak

action
Apogee Software
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Caves of Thor

action / maze
Apogee Software
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You Must Be 18 or Older to Enter

adventure
Seemingly Pointless
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Adventureland

adventure / interactive fiction
Scott Adams
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Beyond the Titanic

adventure / interactive fiction
Apogee Software
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Softporn Adventure

adventure / interactive fiction
Sierra On-Line

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