Best Text-Based Games on Steam

Steam currently has 2,829 Text-Based games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Text-Based game rankings were last updated on 5/23/2024.

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1. Firework

An accidental fire at a funeral forces the police to re-investigate a closed case of massacre. Lin Lixun participates the re-investigation by chances. As the investigation goes deeper, the past of the victims gradually emerges. However, the case becomes more bewildering.

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Firework holds the #1 spot for "best Text-Based game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 38,495 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 37,709 positive reviews and 786 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Firework on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 2/4/2021
Developer Shiying Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1288310

2. The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog...was murdered!? Get to the bottom of the mystery in this brand-new adventure!

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The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 20,804 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 20,262 positive reviews and 542 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 3/31/2023
Franchise SEGA
Developer SEGA
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 2324650

3. A Date with Death

Fight against & romance the one hunting for your soul in A Date with Death, a romance chat simulator where you date(?) the Grim Reaper himself. Create your own character, decorate your apartment, and chat away with the charming yet dangerous Grim Reaper through text and video calls.

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A Date with Death has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,607 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,523 positive reviews and 84 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play A Date with Death on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/7/2023
Franchise Two and a Half Studios
Developer Two and a Half Studios
Publisher Two and a Half Studios
Steam App Id 2415010

4. Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk

A short story about what sort of challenges everyday little things can be. Help the girl buy milk, be the first not to disappoint her.

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Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 25,008 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,254 positive reviews and 754 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 8/26/2020
Developer Nikita Kryukov
Publisher Missing Calm
Steam App Id 1392820

5. Murders on the Yangtze River

"Murders on Yangtze River" is an Ace Attorney-like detective game that takes you on a journey through early 20th century China as you solve a series of intriguing cases. Use your logical reasoning and deduction skills to uncover clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the mysteries.

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Murders on the Yangtze River has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,945 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,683 positive reviews and 262 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Murders on the Yangtze River on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 1/31/2024
Developer OMEGAMES STUDIO
Publisher OMEGAMES STUDIO
Steam App Id 1746030

6. I Wani Hug that Gator!

I Wani Hug that Gator! Is a choice-driven narrative about teenagers struggling to find their way. Help Inco, loser highschooler extraordinaire, navigate his budding friendships (and romance!) while surviving being the only human in a dinosaur-filled school.

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I Wani Hug that Gator! has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,237 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,225 positive reviews and 12 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play I Wani Hug that Gator! on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/14/2024
Developer Cavemanon
Publisher Cavemanon
Steam App Id 1895350

7. Milk outside a bag of milk outside a bag of milk

A sequel to Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk. Dive into demented and bizarre world once again and help the girl become a little happier.

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Milk outside a bag of milk outside a bag of milk has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 14,802 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,385 positive reviews and 417 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $8.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Milk outside a bag of milk outside a bag of milk on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $8.99
Release Date 12/16/2021
Developer Nikita Kryukov
Publisher Nikita Kryukov
Steam App Id 1604000

8. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

Welcome to the club! Write poems for your crush and experience the terror of school romance in this critically-acclaimed psychological horror story.

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Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 23,581 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 22,828 positive reviews and 753 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 6/30/2021
Franchise Serenity Forge
Developer Team Salvato
Publisher Serenity Forge
Steam App Id 1388880

9. Maitetsu:Last Run!!

《爱上火车-Last Run!!-》是日本美少女游戏知名品牌Lose所制作的E-mote视觉小说。本作为本篇故事的二次强化版与各路线后日谈及续集的合集,拥有相当于两部作品的内容,字数高达200万字。本作由Cura担当原画与人物设计,进行豹负责剧本,并由tO(と)主导演出效果。中日文版同步在日本与海外进行发售。

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Maitetsu:Last Run!! has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,806 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,752 positive reviews and 54 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $34.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Maitetsu:Last Run!! on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $34.99
Release Date 10/30/2020
Developer Lose
Publisher HIKARI FIELD
Steam App Id 1434480

10. Monster Prom 3: Monster Roadtrip

Embark on a road trip like no other in this co-op narrative survival adventure. Visit fun locations, meet wacky characters, and manage your resources wisely. And yes: you still can date some hot monsters ;)

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Monster Prom 3: Monster Roadtrip has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Text-Based games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,751 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,713 positive reviews and 38 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $11.99
Release Date 10/21/2022
Franchise Beautiful Glitch
Developer Beautiful Glitch
Publisher Beautiful Glitch
Steam App Id 1665190

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