If you like ASCII art, but Dwarf Fortress isn’t your jam, then this RPG might take your fancy.
Stone Story is an ASCII art single-player RPG launching in early access on August 8. It’s been in development for five years, although the game’s early access release will include the main story arc, which lasts approximately 8 hours.
And that’s not a bad length of time if you just want to play a cool looking RPG that’s all in ASCII. I genuinely can’t think of too many games that animate ASCII this neatly, with just enough colour to keep everything visible.
Another neat mechanic: you don’t directly control the player. Players are responsible for managing the item usage and special abilities of your ASCII hero, with the AI handling all looting, combat and exploration, and the player handling the decision making in between.
You can check out more info on the game, as well as more GIFs of the animation and developer Q&A’s, on the official Steam page. And in case those of you with lowly laptops are wondering: yes, the game is “potatoware friendly”.