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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:50 pm     Post subject: Shareware, demo and freeware downloads Reply with quote

This is a little spin-off of the classic gaming websites thread. While there are obvious places where game demo or shareware downloads can be found, like cd.textfiles.com, archive.org or FilePlanet, they are often tiresome to navigate, and may still lack the files needed. On the other hand, not every classic gaming website has a downloads section, leaving the users to find the games that have caught their attention on their own.

The alternative to this are file repositories that are more or less focused on a particular time period, genre and/or platform. These can be divided into several categories:

Active shareware developers and publishers from 90's
11th Dimension Entertainment
Adept Software
Alivesoft
Apogee Software/3D Realms
Arcanum Computing
Astral Entertainment (now Monkey with a Moustache Entertainment)
Awkward Software
Bluemoon Interactive
Bog Turtle Games LLC
Brainchild Design
Brain Block Interactive, Inc.
Carl Ericson's Computer Games
Carr Software
Clonk
Copysoft
Cornutopia
Dataware Software
Digital Nightmares
Everett Kaser Software
Free Lunch Design
Games By Eric Henson
Games By Scott
Gray Design Associates
Homebrew Software
Hungry Software
Inter-Active Arts
KnightSoft Technologies
Lexaloffle games
Longbow Games
Malfador Machinations
Midnight Synergy
Moraff's Games
Mountain King Studios Inc.
MVP Software
NecroBones Enterprises
ORT Software
Redwood Games
Ron Heuse Software Development
Sean O'Connor's Games
Shareware Hangvogel
Slicks'n'SLide
Soleau Software
Spiderweb Software
Star Wraith 3D Games
Tactical Soft
Terminal Studio
UnReal World
Viable Software Alternatives
Wendell Hicken Online
Wiering Software

Shareware developers and publishers from 2000's
300AD
Awem
Basilisk Games
Bitbliss Studios
BlitWise Productions
Choco Snow Creation
Codeminion
Divo Games
Heroic Fantasy Games
Jade Games
Jagged Blade Games
Mitorah Games
Niels Bauer Games
Phelios
Quest Engine
Rake in Grass
Redclaw Games
Sillysoft
Soldak Entertainment
Stormcloud Creations
Superluminal Inc.
VSBgames

Game developer and publisher FTP sites
ftp://ftp.atari.com/demos/
*ftp://ftp.bluebyte.com/demos/
*ftp://ftp.gtinteractive.com/demos/
ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/
*ftp://ftp.lucasarts.com/demos/pc/
ftp://ftp.team17.com/pub/t17/demos/pc
*ftp://ftp.ubisoft.com/Demos/
ftp://ftp.wizworks.com/demos/
http://largedownloads.ea.com/pub/demos/

Mirrors:
*ftp://ftp.games.skynet.be/spool1/games/ftp.bioware.com/demos/
*ftp://ftp.games.skynet.be/spool1/games/ftp.westwood.com/
http://ftp.gameaholic.com/pub/mirrors/ftp.blizzard.com/

DOS games
*ftp://ftp.padua.org/pub/msdos/dos/games/local/
ftp://nic.funet.fi/pub/msdos/games/
http://ftp.icm.edu.pl/pub/coast/games/
*ftp://ftp.pgp.net/pub/msdos/dos/games/local/
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/games/PC/
ftp://ftp.uni-potsdam.de/pub/systems/dos/games/
ftp://delphi.hs-niederrhein.de/pub/dos/games/
http://www.ftp.funet.fi/index/msdos/games/
http://www.gamers.org/pub/archives/uwp-uml/ [mirror]

Windows games
*ftp://ftp.icm.edu.pl/vol/rzm1/ntware/games/files/
*ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo/
*ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo2/
*ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo3/
ftp://ftp.fi.netbsd.org/.m/archive1l/ftp.winsite.com/pub/pc/win95/games/
ftp://ftp.gamers.org/pub/mirrors/ftp.gamesdomain.co.uk/demos/
*ftp://ftp.peliplaneetta.net/pelidemot/
ftp://ftp.uni-potsdam.de/pub/systems/win95/games/
*http://elektron-bbs.dyndns.org/files/win95/spiele/
http://ftp.gameaholic.com/pub/demos/

These lists are of course incomplete and any further suggestions are more than welcome Happy


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:19 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice list, THX. Happy

.... and pinned.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:06 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Blissful
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:22 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Some original demo files are still available from archived copies of developer/publisher websites preserved by the Wayback Machine:

Beaucomm Interactive

Bitmap Brothers

Diversions Software

Eidos Interactive

Epic MegaGames

GameTek

Looking Glass Technologies

Microforum

Mission Studios

Philips Media

Psygnosis

SW Games

Webfoot Technologies

Xtreme Games LLC
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:43 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

21st Century Entertainment

Epic MegaGames

MVP Software

ORT Software

Ubi Soft Entertainment
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:12 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Beaucomm Interactive

Microforum

Philips Media

Sirtech Software

Sunstorm Interactive

WizardWorks


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:26 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for compiling all of this info! If/when I get around to doing the next update I'll definitely pull some resources from here Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:37 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad this is useful! Blissful
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:50 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Megamedia Corporation

Mindscape
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:38 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:

[*]Black Knight: Marine Strike Fighter: bkse12a.zip bkse12b.zip

Remember this one, was a fairly good flight game, must give it a try run in dosbox.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:55 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

I've dug up v1.33 some time ago, no idea what the version differences are but the game feels good Happy

Download v1.33: BKSE13A.ZIP BKSE13B.ZIP

It also gives some variety of missions in the shareware version but of course it's not a large percentage of the full game (I guess).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:16 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron Heuse

Sami Maaranen
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:14 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:
I've dug up v1.33 some time ago, no idea what the version differences are but the game feels good Happy

THX again. Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:28 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:
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UnReal World

URW is quite a game. I'm terrible at it, but that's one of those you could dedicate a year to playing and still be having fun. Glad that's in the links!
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:31 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some even older version of UnReal World: URW2051.ZIP

According to the readme, this is the first version that was released through the shareware model (I guess earlier versions were freeware but I'm not sure). The readme doesn't specify if there's a limitation in turns, or the Jim Knopf model where you can play as far as you want for the 30 day trial peroid.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 4:25 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Sleepless Software

FormGen Inc.

NOTE: Most of the file downloads that have been archived with the FormGen website can be also found on this ASP CD.
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:03 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Broderbund Software
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 6:38 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Core Design

Eidos Interactive

Raven Software

Ticsoft


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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:29 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:
Also there's the Italian tiscali.it website that also has a huge collection of stuff but the tricky thing is that due to poor maintenance it only works if you copy-paste each link manually into the browser's address bar, and you can't navigate folders. Here's some known folders with Windows games (there's no real system behind dividing the games into the Win95, Win98 and WinNT folders, but anyway):
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win3xx/games/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win95/games/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win95/games/arcade/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win95/games/demos/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win95/games/rpg/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win95/games/strategy/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win98/games/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win98/games/arcade/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win98/games/demos/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win98/games/rpg/
http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win98/games/strategy/

To download anything from that site, copy the download link for the file you want and change "ftp://ftp.volftp.mondadori.com/" in it to "http://volftp.tiscali.it/"

I've figured out this website can be browsed by means of the Wayback Machine too:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/msdos/games/*
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win3xx/games/*
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win95/games/*
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/win98/games/*
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://volftp.tiscali.it/pub/pc/windows/winnt50/games/*
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Longbow Digital Arts
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