Most of the video games today have high-graphic, real environment, great soundtrack & effect, and intriguing gameplay. But there is no imagination, you can read novels, books, but those are static stories.
Text-based games take your imagination and fill it with a dynamic storyline. With RPG text-based, you can interact with the story, characters, environments, and other stats.
This is the list of top text-based RPG games that have exceptional gameplay. We would be considering from old school RPGs to the modern-day text RPGs. You can find these games on different platforms and some are available on a web browser.
Explore all sorts of genres with text-based RPGs including survival horror, post-apocalyptic, adventure, MMO, and cyberpunk.
Text-based games are my favorite, I rather choose a good text-based game than a best-selling novel. Of course, books are good for education and motivation purposes, but for entertainment, I will go for interactive text-based novels.
Choice of Robots
Choice of Robots is a 2014 text-based, choice-based sci-fi RPG with 300,000-word written by Kevin Gold. Every choice you make affects story with four alternate climax chapters, and more than seventy achievements to unlock.
Follow a journey from graduate school, a brilliant robot maker, build a unique robot, live a happy married life, and other alternatives as you play. You need to survive and live on. The game has an epic story with choice-based gameplay, without graphic & sound effect, imagine your own world.
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor
Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor is an interactive fiction text-based adventure game that takes place in the Southlands of Quendor. The coconut of Quendor is a powerful magical artifact that is possed by horrible beast Ur-grue.
The player has to recover the magical artifact and face the unspeakable consequences. It is a very old RPG released in 1987, and you can play this game online.
SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition
Become a part of a slaying and dungeon crawling adventure with an amazing ASCII-art environment. Explore the unseen regions of darkness, sprawling locales of Westhaven, fight against various enemies, ranging from slimes to skeletons, and robots. Gameplay has a strategic turn-based mechanism, a death in a classical mode restarts the game.
I appreciate the artwork put into SanctuaryRPG and it certainly has unique gameplay then other old-school RPGs. It offers a visually appealing ASCII-art and players love it.
Warsim: The Realm of Aslona
Warsim: The Realm of Aslona is a strategy management RPG where you have to rule a kingdom. It’s up to you whether you want to become an honest, loyal king or else a ruthless dictator who charges people for breathing air and a blood warlord.
You can do whatever you want but be prepared to face consequences. Control your army, bank, politician, people, land, and expand your empire. It requires hard work to build a great kingdom, but with one mistake you can lose it all.
Play a thrilling horror-surviving RPG of 750,000-word, begins with a bold escape from your zombie-infested city and ends at Zombie Exodus. Play from a carpenter, soldier, minister, athlete, or scientist, make your own story in this post-apocalypse world.
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Entire text-based game with no animations, graphics, and sound effects, create your fictional world. It is one of the top-selling text-based games on the Steam.
Torn City is a massively multiplayer text-based role-playing game in a dark-dirty underworld where anyone can do anything. Interact with thousands of players online, become friends, attack, trade, marry and compete with them, create your path. As a new player, you are weak and poor in the underworld, you have to survive and clear tasks to earn money and gain power.
Torn City is a successful game, released in 2003, and still has millions of active users. I used to play Torn City, and it kept me for a couple of years.
Heroes Rise: The Prodigy
You have a dream to become the world’s greatest hero, but you are far away in reality. To become an A-List hero, you need to earn respect by taking down evil forces, defeating deadly rivals, social work, join with other heroes, and protect every citizen with your life. The game has no graphic & sound effects, totally based on your vast imagination.
Kyle is Famous
It’s comedy-adventure text-based role-playing based on the main character Kyle. Every decision you make for kyle will affect the storyline, the game has 21 unique endings. Understand Kyle’s life, people around him, help him make a proper decision and start a new novel.
King of Dragon Pass
King of Dragon Pass is a turn-based strategy RPG that sets on the fantasy world of Glorantha. The player controls the seven members of Orlanthi clan, who worships the Storm God Orlanth, they look like Iron Age Nordic peoples.
The player has to control all aspects of their life, including trading, warfare, agriculture, and diplomacy. The goal is to manage & fulfill various necessities of clans survival and prospering.
Fallen Hero: Rebirth
Control minds with your telepathic abilities become the world’s most fearsome villain of all time. Once you were a part of the ranger guild, but to achieve what you want, you need to forget about your old friends.
Fallen Hero: Rebirth is a fantasy novel of 380,000-word written by Malin Ryden. It has a choice-based control story with no graphics or sound effects, depends on your power of vision.
If you are playing a lot of text-based games then your friends might call you a nerd, let it be. I have played more than 70 text-based games and still looking for good text games in the future. Text-based games are simply a dynamic novel, and adding RPG elements makes it more vibrant and interactive. So this is it for the top text-based RPGs to play. Let me know which text-based game you like the most.
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