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Top Text Based Survival Games You Should Play

By Eric Soul | Updated 5 months ago | 5 Min Read

Text-based games were the first computer games that introduced concepts like RPG, Fantasy, Survival, Dungeon, Cyberpunk in the gaming world. If you are wondering that text-based games are dying then let me tell you, people love and appreciate good modern text-based games.

In this list, we will be covering the best text-based survival game from the old days to the current era. The games like Lifeline, Reigns, A Dark Room have proved that text games with a good story and gameplay will attract people all around the world.

Talking about survival games, believe me, or not, most of the text-based games are survival games, where the player has to choose different opinions, if selected a wrong option, may cost your life.

The below list is ranked based on the rating, user reviews, and popularity of the games, so all the games on the list are equally respected.

Lifeline

Lifeline Game
Lifeline

Rating: 9.2/10
Year: 2015
Platfroms: iOS, Windows, macOS
Mode: Singleplayer

The game follows Taylor, who is crashed landed on a faraway alien planet. He tries to contact the space station for help and in the way he contacts you. The payer has to help Taylor to survive on the exoplanet via texting.

The game follows the real-time communication, if you assign a task to Taylor, the game is not further continued before Taylor tries to contact you again. The player can skip the game and can continue his/her own work. When Taylor finishes the job, he will contact you, and the notification will be sent on your screen.

As the game progress, Taylor finds that the planet is home to hostile, hive-minded parasitic lifeforms called Greens. You must give proper instructions to Taylor, or it can cost his life.

You can find different sequels & spin-offs to the game based on the same concept.

Reigns

Reigns Game
Reigns

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, NS
Mode: Singleplayer

Regins is a strategy card-text based survival game where the player has two choices to select from. The player takes the role of a monarch in a fictional medieval world. The goal is to rule the kingdom as long as possible by accepting or rejecting ideas from advisors.

The player must keep the balance between four aspects to survive: The church, the people, the military, and wealth. Each piece of advice affects one of the four pillars. If any of the pillars fall, you die, you lose.

The game is pretty simple to play. You must swipe left or right to accept or reject the suggestions. There are other sequels to the game, Reigns: Her Majesty, Reigns: GOT.

Torn City

Torn City
Torn City

Rating: 8.9/10
Year: 2003
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, Web Browser
Mode: Multiplayer

Torn City is a text-based MMO role-playing crime survival game that sets in a dark-dirty underworld. The players can do whatever the hell they want in Torn City. You can communicate with thousands of players online, become friends, make enemies, marry, and compete with each other. In the beginning, you are weak & poor, to survive, you must clear different tasks and earn money. Invest your money in different services to earn more. The main objective is to rule the underworld, but no one can.

Unlock new skills, uncover secrets regions, increase power, and declare war. The game has n number of items, quest, and challenge to take part in. There is a lot to learn and a lot to discover.

Urban Dead

Urban Dead
Urban Dead

Rating: 8.8/10
Year: 2005
Platform: Web browser
Mode: Multiplayer

It’s a massively multiplayer web-based zombie apocalypse game that takes place in a quarantined city. Where civilians are tracked for decades. The people have to survive with the dead in the scarcity of food, water, and shelter.

As a new player, you need to select from four classes: military, science, civilian, zombie. The people need to do work to earn money and also defend themselves for plagued zombies. The military has covered most of the areas, and some strange scientific experiments are performed in the dark. Together the players need to survive the horror.

A Dark Room

A Dark Room
A Dark Room

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2013
Platform: Nintendo Switch, Web browser, Android, iOS, Windows
Mode: Singleplayer

A Dark Room game begins as the player wakes up in cold & mysterious dark room, and the only way to survive is to fire the woods. Explore the area, gather raw items, search, and talk to people.

The game slowly increments and players gradually get more control in the game. The story forces the player into a post-apocalyptic wasteland and surviving extraterrestrial beings who invade planets.

Zombie Exodus

Zombie Exodus
Zombie Exodus

Rating: 9/10
Year: 2011
Platform: Web browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Mode: Singleplayer

It’s an 750,000-word interactive horror survival novel. Starts with a daring escape from the zombie-infested city to the end of zombie exodus. Play different characters like carpenter, soldier, minister, athlete, and scientist.

Make your unique journey in the post-apocalypse world. It’s a text-based game with no animations, graphics, and music, just your power of imagination.

Dead City

Dead City
Dead City

Rating: 8.7/10
Year: 2019
Platforms: Android, iOS
Mode: Singleplayer

Sam is stuck in the middle of a zombie outbreak and there is no one he can contact outside, expect you. You need to guide Sam in the post-apocalyptic world. It is a text chatting game, the story is decided by the choice you make.

The interface looks like a chat messenger app like telltale. And any misinformation you provide to the survivor can lead to his death. The game follows real timing communication, so it is not necessary to answer all messages immediately or to open the app continuously.

Lapse: A Forgotten Future

Lapse: A Forgotten Future
Lapse: A Forgotten Future

Rating: 8.5/10
Year: 2018
Platforms: Android, iOS
Mode: Singleplayer

The game is similar to Reigns, with accepting and rejecting suggestings from advisors. The player takes on the role of president in a post-apocalyptic world. The choices you make will decide the salvation or destruction of the entire nation.

The story can lead you to the betrayals, aliens, bionic beings, and ancient myths. Your one wrong decision can cause war, rebellion, starvation, or destruction of the entire nation.

Sender Unknown: The Woods

Sender Unknown: The Woods
Sender Unknown: The Woods

Rating: 8.5/10
Year: 2017
Platforms: Android, iOS
Mode: Singleplayer

Sender Unknown: The Woods is the text chatting game, where the player has to help Morgan and his friends who are in harrowing danger. A madman has kidnapped these people and want’s to play inhuman games with them.

You need to guide Morgan to survive horrible dead traps, maze, riddles, and puzzles. Only the first chapter of the game is free. The game dialogues are written by professional writer Lisa Brunette.

Buried Town

Buried Town
Buried Town

Rating: 8/10
Year: 2016
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows
Mode: Singleplayer

The game set in modern times, where the main character is lost in an isolated island filled with zombies. There is not a single person around and no one to contact the outside world. You need to survive in starvation, and zombies as long as possible.

Collect supplies, construct shelter, turn to NPCs, help NPCs, and trade with NPCs. Use the “Old Radio” to interact with other players. You need to be prepared for the danger at any time.

The game offers a smooth experience with interactive graphics and texts. The music helps to get in the feel of horror survival.

Conclusion

My favorite games on the list are Reigns, A Dark Room, and Zombie Exodus. I love how these games are designed and well written. You can find other great text-based RPGs, adventure, casual games. Hope you liked this list.

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