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Romp Home with these 21 Peerless ASCII Games
The purpose of this article is to identify our favourite ASCII based games. There are no fancy graphics here, just great gameplay coupled with the urge of always having just one more play.

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  • 3Doku
    (shareware) 3Doku brings the traditional Sudoku game to the third dimension. In a 9x9x9 cube, 27 Sudoku schemas intersect one another along the three axis. Every 9x9 bi-dimensional schema must be solved, keeping in mind that every single cell belongs to the selected schema and also to the other two placed on the orthogonal planes. With 4 difficulty levels and 4 initial values distributions, you can customize your game and have every time a new exciting challenge to solve.
  • BabelBloX
    (commercial) offers several games in one, all based in the same basic game universe -- a grid of colored BloX. Clusters of BloX with matching colors can be shattered. Gravity shifts to fill the empty space created, changing the relationships among the remaining BloX
  • Blox
    Blox is a clone of the old DOS game 'Brix'.
  • BombSquad
    Take the good looks of Mac OS X and its Aqua interface, and mix liberally with the popular "Windoze" Minesweeper puzzle/game. You get BombSquad - a nimble rip-off of a classic game.
  • BoXiKoN
    (commercial) BoXiKoN is a fun and addictive puzzle game of strategy and logic. The game belongs to the Action Puzzle genre but BoXiKoN really is quite different. There is a large emphasis on planning, organization and selection and less on arcade style quick reactions.
  • Brain Box
    Brain Box is a compilation of simple puzzle games designed to exercise the mind. None of the games takes more than a few minutes to play, making it ideal for brief breaks from work. It is also ideal for those in primary education.
  • Chemical Bonds
    Chemical Bonds is an arcade-puzzler in which you need to think fast to keep a test tube from overflowing by using the atoms filling it up to create molecules.
  • Crazy Money
    Crazy Money is a small game and is fun and addictive for all ages. The player needs to move and link the coins with same value at all four directions (up, down, left, right). The linked coins shall be cleared up and exchanged into coin with higher value.
  • Crossword Puzzle Helper
    Crossword Puzzle Helper was developed to find words with a certain length when you do not know all the letters.
  • Diagnil
    Diagnil is a GUI application to help solvers of diagramless crossword puzzles. It accommodates puzzles distributed in print form as well as those distributed electronically using the Across Lite file format.
  • Dobbelwoord
    Dobbelwoord is a computer game where you try to form 10 words with 9 thrown letters.
  • Enigma
    Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock'n'Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Read more
  • Find A Word
    Find A Word is a word game. There are five turns to a game and each turn lasts 30, 60 or 90 seconds, selectable by the user; a countdown is displayed to let you know when the end of the turn is near.
    GHOST is a computer (solitaire) version of the age-old game in which you try to add a letter without making a word; one and two letter words do not count.
  • Hangman Bible
    (commercial) Hangman Bible is a religious-themed take on the classic hangman game, the same game we all played when we were kids, on paper or on the blackboard at school. Hangman Bible is a classic word game.
  • Hangman Pro
    (commercial) Hangman Pro is a fun, secretly-educational, non-violent, colorful, soundful, expandable word-guessing game. This game is educational fun for the whole family and includes dozens of built-in categories, unlimited custom categories and much more.
  • iMind
    (shareware) iMind is an educational memory game using your own pictures.
  • Infernum
    (shareware) Infernum is a spooky game very smilar to the old classic Sokoban. The mission is to hunt the ghosts down too their graves so they can rest in peace.
  • kiki the nano bot
    a 3-D puzzle game, basically a mixture of the games Sokoban and Kula-World
  • krank
    krank is a little casual game.
  • Lumen
    The objective in Lumen is to light up checkpoints by bouncing, coloring, and maneuvering a laser beam through obstacles.
  • Macdoku
    Macdoku is a Sudoku assistant and solver. Its features include the ability to display possibilities based on the three main sudoku constraints, as well as the ability to highlight solved and erroneous squares.
  • MasterMind
    MasterMind is a mastermind game in a widget.
  • Mike's Marbles
    (shareware) features several block-falling and marble-shooting puzzlers, highly detailed graphics, and fast and smooth animation and effects
  • Mimic
    Mimic helps you practice memory skills. The computer plays a short series of tones and the player tries to duplicate the tones. A score is kept to show how well the player is performing.
  • MnemoniX
    a game of memory and matching. It offers a wide variety of features to tailor the game to your tastes. By changing tile sets, the collection of images that are being matched up is changed
  • Name This Tune
    Name This Tune was developed to help you have fun testing your knowledge of your iTunes songs by playing a game.
  • Neko Type-R
    You must use your elite typing skills to race your cats to the finish line before the computer's team does the same.
  • Neuronyx
    The goal of the game is to match cards in as short a time as possible. Several levels of difficulties, possibility to create its own cards games.
  • Never A Cross Word
    Never A Cross Word is a simple crossword helper. You enter all the cross-clues you know for a particular word, and it tells you a list of possibilities for that word.
  • pop-pop
    (commercial) pop-pop has over 100 built-in puzzle levels if you want to play solo to sharpen your pop-pop'ing skills, or you can play against the viciously aggressive computer.
  • Rember
    Rember is a front-end GUI to the 'memtest' command line memory testing program. This will allow the user to select the number of test loops, as well as the amount of memory to test.
  • Ruckus Buck's: Dangerous Mines
    (commercial) takes the classic game play we all know, a pinch of magic dust and a mineshaft of fun, all crafted into a truly unique game
  • rufascube
    rufascube is a unique 3D slider puzzle that looks like a rubics cube. 3x3x3 arrangement of cubelets with the center one missing allows sliding permutations.
  • RufasGate
    RufasGate is a combination of Portal and Sokoban...While exploring an isolated tropical island, you find an operational stargate that transports you into a curious dungeon. Finding your way back up to the surface will require ingenuity to solve some 3D sokoban puzzles.
  • RufasSlider
    RufasSlider contains two variants of block slider puzzles, "Klotski" and "Traffic-Rush".
  • RufaSwap
    RufaSwap is a simple permuted picture puzzle where the challenge is to restore the picture elements to their proper order. Two elements are selected with cursor clicks to initiate a swap. Choose number of elements to control level of difficulty.
  • RuniX
    (commercial) a tile matching game, but with a twist! Of course, the tiles must be the same design in order to match them and remove them from the game. However, there must also be a clear path between the tiles
  • Same Game
    Same Game invites you to make two or more of the same color/symbol disappear. But the challenge part comes in the puzzle mode, where you have to clear a board in a certain number of clicks. Even includes an editor so you can submit your own puzzles!
  • SmartMines
    SmartMines is a minesweeper game with a few features that make it stand out when compared with many other minesweeper games. For instance, it features "smart clicks" that make it easy to both mark and uncover with single button mice. Also the minefield window is resizable, so actually hitting the square you want will not be the greatest challenge.
  • SMasterMind
    The goal of the game is to discover the combination drawn by the computer.
  • Sodoku Print
    Sodoku Print produces documents with 6 sodoku puzzles on a page. The difficulty of the puzzles is adjustable via the program preferences.
  • Spell-O-Gram
    Spell-O-Gram is a word game that has a purpose and a twist. Think of it as a flash card application with scrambled words. You prepare the Dictionary (word list) from which words are drawn at random and displayed scrambled. Each game has five turns and each turn can be set for 30, 60 or 90 seconds.
  • Spin Around
    (commercial) a variation of the classical align three coloured balls. You have a board of 9 rows x 9 columns, filled with random coloured balls. There are 7 different colors in total.
  • StroQ
    StroQ is a Polarium/Chokkan Hitofude clone. StroQ is an addictive puzzle game where you have to flip white and black tiles in order to form horizontal lines of the same color with a single stroke of your mouse.
  • SudokuAdept
    SudokuAdept allows playing Sudoku games on Mac OS X. Features unique puzzles, many difficulty levels and practical user interface.
  • SudokuDan
    SudokuDan is free software that allows a user to enter, generate, and solve Sudoku Puzzles.
  • Super GHOST
    Super GHOST is a computer (solitaire) version of the age-old game in which you try to add a letter to the beginning or the ending of existing letters without making a word; one and two letter words do not count.
  • SuperBrain
    The game principal is well known: Behind a cover there is a secret code consisting of four colors. To detect it you need a little bit luck and good combinational skill.
  • SuperBrainXXL
    Master Mind for advancers: The code consists not only of four colors but also of four shapes. It's your job to find the secret code through clever trials and combination.
  • Symbolical
    Symbolical is a remake of a game called Drixella's Dilemma, a puzzle game that will test your wit and quick-thinking as you try to place all the game pieces on the board before time runs out.
  • The Sudoku Susser
    Sudoku Susser is a free program that helps solve Sudoku puzzles. In addition to being more convenient than pencil-and-paper, the Susser also can show hints, solve the problem step-by-step using human deductive reasoning, or brute-force solve it using recursion.
  • TickerType
    TickerType is a game that helps you practice your typing skills. Each game has five turns and each turn is 30, 60 or 90 seconds long, selectable by the user. Words are chosen at random from a built-in dictionary; the player can choose short (2 - 4 letters), medium (4 - 6 letters) or long (6 - 8 letters).
  • Tile World
    Tile World is a GPLd tile-based computer puzzle game designed to emulate the commercial game Chip's Challenge.
  • Totally Sweet Sudoku
    (shareware) Use logic to fill the grid so that every column, row, and 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9 once and only once.
  • Trisection
    (shareware) a fast-action puzzle game for Mac OS X that was inspired by Tetris. Trisection uses a grid of equilateral triangles that will make you think "outside the box"
  • WorldCupSokerban
    WorldCupSokerban is a soccer-themed, 3D sokoban puzzle game. It uses data in a format that is found on the internet.
    YMMSI (Yet More MineSweeper Idiocy) is a variant of the classic minesweeper game.
  • zonSudoku
    zonSudoku is a simple sudoku game with board sizes of 4x4, 9x9 & 16x16.

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