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 survival 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 of the best text based survival games is ranked based on the rating, user reviews, and popularity of the games, so all the games on the list are equally respected.
Rating: 9.2/10Year: 2015Platfroms: iOS, Windows, macOS
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 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.
Rating: 9/10Year: 2016Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, NS
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.
Rating: 8.9/10Year: 2003Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, Web Browser
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.
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Rating: 8.8/10Year: 2005Platform: Web browser
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
Rating: 9/10Year: 2013Platform: Nintendo Switch, Web browser, Android, iOS, Windows
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.
Rating: 9/10Year: 2011Platform: Web browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
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.
Rating: 8.7/10Year: 2019Platforms: Android, iOS
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
Rating: 8.5/10Year: 2018Platforms: Android, iOS
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
Rating: 8.5/10Year: 2017Platforms: Android, iOS
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.
Rating: 8/10Year: 2016Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows
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.
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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