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Number Munchers    Nick Andren,  1988
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Help your kids learn multiplication, factions, inequality, and other mathematical concepts with this learning game. Actually a remake of the original Number Munchers game by the software company MECC. This game doesn't feature great graphics or sound effects, but it is definitely a good teaching tool to help kids learn some basic math skills.
[Download] Click here to download Number Munchers (38k)

NYet    David Howorth,  1998
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
If you want a basic, no-frills Tetris game, this is probably it. It's old, but it plays well ... just don't expect any fancy graphics or features. (It runs at a good speed without using a slowdown utility.)
[Download] Click here to download NYet (14k)
[Link] More info on NYet at

Packrat    Steve Blanding,  1992
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A rather basic jumping game. Here you play the role of a rat who must run and jump through various scenes collecting items. The graphics are not bad (nice, but not flashy), but there's no sound (besides the annoying PC speaker which can be turned off) and the gameplay isn't extremely exciting. (But hey, it's only 50k!) It also includes a simple level editor.
[Download] Click here to download Packrat (50k)

Pango    Sheng-Chung LIU,  1983
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This game is a PC version of the arcade classic game which is known in the arcade as "Pengo". In Pango the object is to kick around blocks (of ice in the arcade, here they just look like ... blocks ...) in order to defeat your enemies. There doesn't seem to be a time limit in this version, but even on "novice" difficulty the game is rather tough (for me at least). Bad CGA graphics and equally bad sounds but hey it's a classic! (Note: As usual, get DOSBOX or a slowdown program from the Essential Utilities page, otherwise this will probably run way too fast. Also, press 'P' at the menu for the controls, it doesn't use the arrow keys!)
[Download] Click here to download Pango (14k)
[Link] More info on Pango (or "Pengo") at

Paratrooper    Greg Kuperberg,  1982
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This action game is somewhat similar to Missile Command, but with its own unique feel. This game was mostly popular on non-PC (Apple) computers. This PC version is CGA-based (so its graphics look rather poor) and it is QUITE hard. So if you're looking for a challenge, this could be it. (NOTE: This game will probably run fast on your modern computer so you will probably need to use DOSBox or Moslo to play it; both are available on the Essential Utilities page.)
[Download] Click here to download Paratrooper (7k)

Poko Memorial Miniature Golf    Anonymous,  1987
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Poko Memorial Miniature Golf is a simple mini golf game. The graphics are quite simple and so is the gameplay. First aim your shot (using the , and . keys) then press a number from 1-9 to hit your shot (1 being weakest, 9 being strongest). That's it. Could be fun as a brief diversion, and once you figure out how to beat each hole you can get perfect scores each time, since there's no manual dexterity required! :)
[Download] Click here to download Poko Memorial Miniature Golf (31k)
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Pong    Jason Maas,  1994
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This version of Pong has been updated a bit, and includes one or two player modes and different difficulty settings. It is, however, a bit quirky ... it just doesn't seem to play quite right for some reason.
[Download] Click here to download Pong (44k)

Queen of Hearts Maze Game    TexaSoft,  1982
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The Queen of Hearts Maze Game could have been more accurately titled the Queen of Hearts Pacman Clone. This ASCII (text-mode) game presents a fairly basic Pacman inspired game replacing the ghosts with Mary Lynn Club, Diamond Jim, Sam Spade and Wild Card Hitchcock. Gameplay wise there's not much new here but it will likely be interesting to text-mode and/or Pacman fans. (Note: Will run too fast on any modern computer, use DOSBox or MoSlo to slow it down.)
[Download] Click here to download the Queen of Hearts Maze Game (28k)
[Link] More info on Queen of Hearts Maze Game at

Quest: The Dungeon Escape    -MWD- Software,  1996
Rating: 4 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot unavailable ]
If you've ever tried Nethack (check the RPG page) and found it interesting, but just too complicated, you'll want to try this one. It's extremely simple to play, but it's interesting nonetheless because of the mazelike gameplay and graphics. Too bad I couldn't get a screenshot ... (I love the pseudo-darkness effects! Wish I had the source code for that.) It's worth the download!
[Download] Click here to download Quest: The Dungeon Escape (40k)

Racer    PC Solutions,  1994?
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Racer is a simple car racing game with randomly generated tracks. In practice the name is a bit misleading, because although you drive a car the object is to collect items for points and avoid crashing, not to "race" against anyone else. The game plays like an inverted "falling down the well" sort of game, and although the graphics scroll smoothly there isn't a lot of exciting stuff to be found here.
[Download] Click here to download Racer (23k)

Rimtrix    Richard Wright,  1989
Rating: 3 stars  Public Domain  [ Screenshot ]
Rimtrix is an interesting combination of Pipe Dream (and its numerous knock-offs such as Antrun) and picture sliding puzzles. The goal is to direct the ball through the the pipes into the appropriately colored cup on the other side of the board. It's harder than it sounds! You have to move the pieces and also rotate them in order to try to keep the ball moving. The bland CGA graphics don't really hurt the game although they may strain your eyes after awhile.
[Download] Click here to download Rimtrix (13k)

Roboman    Brian Goble,  1989
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Roboman's job is to jump around various one-screen levels and pop balloons for points until he uncovers the hidden key to exit the level. The game's levels feature EGA graphics and PC speaker sound effects. The difficultly level slowly ramps up from quite simple to fairly challenging, and although the controls take some getting used to and the game is not very flashy it does have a certain ineffable charm about it.
[Download] Click here to download Roboman (47k)

robotfindskitten    Leonard Richardson,  1997
Rating: 2 stars  GPL  [ Screenshot ]
robotfindskitten is a thrilling journey into the life of a robotic kitten-finder. Actually it's a weird ASCII graphics thing. You play the role of a robot, and the goal is to touch various ambiguous objects (ASCII characters) until you find the one that has been designated the "kitten" for that particular level. It's not exactly deep ... more of a toy than a game. But it's oddly charming and has been ported to dozens of differnet operating systems.
[Download] Click here to download robotfindskitten (32k)
[Link] More info on robotfindskitten at

Rogue    Micheal Toy & Kenneth Arnold,  1986
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The original "Roguelike"! It may have primitive graphics (ASCII), and no sound, but it's still quite enjoyable. People love these sorts of games because they're so indepth, and different every time you play. Check out this one to see a piece of gaming history, but generally I prefer Nethack (above).
[Download] Click here to download Rogue (49k)
[Link] More info on Rogue at

Rollo and the Brush Bros    Windmill Software,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Rollo and the Brush Bros is a simple Pac-Man meets Qix style game where the object is to paint around the board with your roller to try to draw boxes while avoiding the enemy paint brushes. While the graphics are CGA-ugly and the sounds are quite annoying PC speaker fare, the game itself is no doubt a classic that many will probably enjoy playing (briefly) if only to relive their memories of playing it many years ago. (Note: This game will run about 100x too fast on modern PCs, use DOSBox or another slowdown utility; get 'em from the Essential Utilities page.)
[Download] Click here to download Rollo and the Brush Bros (19k)

Round 42    Elven Software Company,  1986
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Round 42 is a cult-classic shooting game, which is unique mainly for its fast-paced gameplay and its unique graphical effects. It uses a tweaked CGA mode. This allowed the game to show more than the usual 4 colors on a CGA adapter, but it also made the game run unpredictably on later video cards. (And also in DOSBox, which does not seem to render the game properly.) The game itself is pretty basic; there are "things" on the screen and you shoot 'em.
[Download] Click here to download Round 42 (27k)
[Link] More info on Round 42 at

Sam Spade    Sanborn Software Systems,  1985
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Sam Spade is a text-mode game (very basic ASCII-graphics) where the object is to solve a crime, playing as Sam Spade, private detective. You have both a limited amount of time and cash to solve the crime. (Apparently the private dic business doesn't pay too well.) It's a fairly unique concept which probably will take some trial-and-error to get the hang of.
[Download] Click here to download Sam Spade (46k)

Santaman    Dem Innovations,  1996
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Santaman is a jumping/shooting game that is somewhat reminiscent of Jumpman or Lode Runner. The object is to collect the various objects and kill the various enemies on each non-scrolling level. The game is a tribute to "early 80's coin-ops", and has average graphics. It plays pretty well so if you are a fan of Jumpman, give it a try. (It also has a somewhat unique story, check the included readme file!)
[Download] Click here to download Santaman (39k)

Satori    Rinzai Satori,  1990
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
An EGA variant of the Oilswell/Pipe Dream type puzzle game. The goal is to connect as many pipes together as you can. (View the screenshot to see what I mean.) It's enjoyable and more relaxed than most games of this type, as you're not racing against the clock.
[Download] Click here to download Satori (39k)

Simpsons Tetris    Paer J,  2002
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Think you've seen every version of Tetris that exists? Well chances are you've never seen "Simpsons Tetris". Honestly, it's pretty much the same as normal Tetris, except for the fact that you are competing against the computer to get the highest score, and that there are some Simpsons graphics in the game. If you like Tetris (and The Simpsons, but who doesn't like The Simpsons?!) you might want to try this.
[Download] Click here to download Simpsons Tetris (25k)

Simpsons Tetris 2    Paer J,  2004
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
In the sequel to the original Tetris-like game with a Simpsons theme, here the object is to rescue Bart. You rescue him by clearing a certain number of lines as shown on the right side of the screen. Lines marked with a bomb must be cleared by completing 2 or more lines at once. Overall a fun variation with decent graphics but not much different than normal Tetris games.
[Download] Click here to download Simpsons Tetris 2 (21k)

Snipes    Novell,  1992
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This simple text mode action game has some interesting origins. Apparently the giant networking company Novell got their start with this small game, the purpose of which was originally to be "an application that could be used to test the network and demonstrate its capabilities". So as a game its an interesting oddity (that still runs surprisingly well on modern computers) but don't expect any great replay value. (For much more on the history of this game visit Text Mode Games Snipes page. Also if you're a hardcore Snipes fan and just need the "NLSNIPES" version check the bottom of the Text Mode Games page for info on how to get it.)
[Download] Click here to download Snipes (9k)
[Link] More info on Snipes at Text Mode Games

Solar Hockey League    Harm Hanemaayer and John Remyn,  1992
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A better name for this game might be "advanced air hockey". The game plays kind of like air hockey (with 3 paddles per side) and kind of like regular hockey. The object is to score on your opponent's goal. The game's graphics and sound are minimal, but you can play both a two player game and a game against a tough computer opponent. Tiny file size too! :)
[Download] Click here to download Solar Hockey League (31k)

Sopwith    David L Clark,  1986
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
A true classic! :) Despite its CGA 4-color graphics, Sopwith is a game that many of you have probably played at one time or another. In this game you fly your plane around a landscape, and use your guns and bombs to blow up targets on the ground and in the air. It's still good fun if you look past the dated graphics/sounds! (Note: This version is slightly modified from the original by the original author of the game so that it will work with modern PCs!)
[Download] Click here to download Sopwith (27k)

Spacewar    B Seiler (DOS version),  19??
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Do you like old games? What about the OLDEST game? Spacewar is generally credited with being the first video game, even before Pong. It was originally created in the 1960's at MIT. This DOS version was created much later, and recreates the original with some modifications. The game is essentially a 1-on-1 fight between two spaceships (2-players on one keyboard or you vs the computer). The graphics and so on are of course very primitive, but download this anyways to experience part of video games history.
[Download] Click here to download Spacewar (9k)

STYX    Windmill Software,  1983
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Styx was released by Windmill Software in 1983. It is a decent clone of the arcade game Qix (also sometimes known as "Kix"). This is actually a "remastered" version of the game that has been altered to work a bit better on modern computers. Also the game was originally released bootable floppy only game, but this version works like a normal DOS game. (As usual with really old games, run with DOSBox, otherwise it'll probably run too fast in Windows or not work at all.)
[Download] Click here to download STYX (25k)
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Super Stupid Space Invaders    PLBM Games,  1997
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
For a game that describes itself as "stupid", Super Stupid Space Invaders is actually a very well made game. It uses text-mode (ASCII) 'graphics' to give a new spin to the classic Space Invaders game. Surprisingly it plays quite well, and although the gameplay, graphics and sounds are quite simple, it can still be enjoyable to play in short bursts. (And the zip file is only 15k!)
[Download] Click here to download Super Stupid Space Invaders (15k)

Telengard    Daniel Lawrence,  1985
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Telengard is one of the earliest graphical RPGs ever released for personal computers. Starting life on the Commodore PET and Apple II, it was eventually ported to PC around 1985. The game now seems very dated, but still features somewhat unique gameplay, CGA graphics, and a sometimes odd sense of humor. (The original author has released this game for free.)
[Download] Click here to download Telengard (53k)

Text Missile Command    PLBM Games,  1998
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
If you are using an older computer and looking for games to play, Text Missile Command is a good choice! Not surprisingly, this is a text-mode version of the classic Missile Command game. It plays very well, and will probably work on almost any PC system. Note that the game plays best with a mouse but you can also use the keyboard.
[Download] Click here to download Text Missile Command (41k)

Velcro Mind    John White,  1995
Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Wow! This is new ... and addicting! Really an original idea. You have to use your ship to grab colored balls that are floating around and deliver them to the correct colored hand on the side of the screen. I realize that won't help you very much, but check out the screenshot, and you'll see. Nice graphics, and some SB sounds, too. Very nice ... and only a 39k zipfile! A must download.
[Download] Click here to download Velcro Mind (39k)

VLAK    GOLEM?,  1993
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
VLAK is one of the few games on this site that is not in English, but that won't prevent you from playing it. A takeoff of the old Snake/Nibbles game, the object here is to collect the various gems on each level and then make your way to the exit. Each gem you collect makes your tail grow longer. Average graphics and hardly any sounds, but it plays well enough. Anything with so many colorful EGA gems is somehow hard to resist! :)
[Download] Click here to download VLAK (13k)

UrthWurm    BdR,  2002
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This game is a pretty unique concept that's hard to explain. The object is to guide your worm ("UrthWurm") through the level, trying to avoid obstacles. The game is played using only one key: Your worm falls toward the ground unless you press the Spacebar to make it go up. (Like I said, it's hard to explain.) The graphics are pretty average, but it can be fun in short bursts, but it sometimes can very difficult.
[Download] Click here to download UrthWurm (19k)

Willy the Worm    Alan Farmer,  1985
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Back in 1985, when this game was released, it was probably quite decent. Today it seems very, very dated. The "graphics" (actually edited ASCII characters) are very bland and so is its gameplay. However this game will probably bring back memories for a lot of people, and is important historically as a very early game distributed on the shareware (or "donation") concept. Interesting historically but not really as a game.
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The Wizard's Castle    International PC Owners,  1981
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The Wizard's Castle is a simple text-mode based role playing game where the player is led on a monochrome adventure through a fantasy world full of danger. You begin by rolling a very simple character and choosing some equipment, then are thrown into the world without much plot setup. Since it was created in 1981 it's rather basic (and in fact seems to have been programmed in BASIC) but if you enjoy really old text games this might interest you.
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X-Fighter    David Bayliss,  1985
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
X-Fighter (or is that "xfighter"?) is a simplistic shooting game played on a large grid. The object is to shoot the other planes before they crash into your ship. The CGA graphics won't "wow" you, nor will the simple PC speaker beeps. The game does play decently, although you'd be wise to use DOSBox to slow it down to a reasonable speed if you're playing it on modern PCs.
[Download] Click here to download X-Fighter (25k)

Zipman 3    Zipteam,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Zipman 3 (no idea if episodes 1-2 ever were released) has the germ of a good game (decent sprite-based graphics and presentation) but some technical problems hamper it a bit. Your tiny character controls a bit erratically, as does the camera which does not scroll smoothly as you move forward. Those problems, combined with the "one hit game over" problem (as in start the whole GAME over, not just the level) cause this one to be an intriguing but unfulfilling game.
[Download] Click here to download Zipman III (34k)

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