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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:56 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Just stumbled upon an apparently very obscure DOS first-person action/adventure game from 2000 made by a German programmer Florian Born that is called Desperabis. According to the game's home page (archived copy), the full game was released as freeware on December 17, 2000. I have not yet found any information regarding its distribution prior to that date (i.e. whether it was free or sold). Info on the game is rather scarce, but it does feature some decent graphics, judging by screenshots.

The full version can be downloaded here: DESPERA2.EXE

BTW, I've also noticed that although the site has the shareware version of Descent, the three-level demo of Descent II v1.0 is not present. It can be found in various places but here's a link anyway: D2DEMO10.ZIP
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:36 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Stalker 1: Path of Fire
Genre: Platform
Developer: MM Software Productions
Publisher: MM Software Productions
Type: Shareware
Download: STALKER.ZIP
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:44 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently I've watched a video of the promotional Nestlé game called Tricky Quiky Games, and then played a demo of it off a CD from Hallfiry's collection. He game most certainly belongs to those promotional products that have become good games on their own, like Chex Quest. It has some nice graphics and fluid gameplay in the best traditions of the genre. The license suggests that it can be distributed freely for non-commercial purposes.

I have not yet found any original distributive of the game yet, but it is featured on Reloaded.org and also can be downloaded here.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:48 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Counter Action
Genre: Strategy (Real-time)
Type: Playable Demo
Download: FilePlanet

The Perfect General
Genre: Strategy (Turn-based), Wargame
Type: Playable Demo
Download: PGDEMO.ZIP

The Perfect General II
Genre: Strategy (Turn-based), Wargame
Type: Playable Demo
Download: TPG2DEMO.ZIP
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:25 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
Genre: Flight Simulation (Combat)
Type: Playable Demo
Download: SECWULFT.ZIP

Tornado
Genre: Flight Simulation (Combat)
Type: Playable/Self-Running Demo
Download: TORNAD_D.ZIP
Download (UK version): TORNADO.ZIP
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:02 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Found a copy of the enitre Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe/Battle of Britain demo disk from Lucasflim Games: SWOTL.ZIP

Most other packages I found at cd.textfiles.com are incomplete (apparently whoever zipped them forgot to add commands to recurse subdirectories and add contents), making the demo versions unplayable. The one I linked to in my previous post does work though, but it's very clearly not the original thing, and it also lacks the non-interactive demo of The Battle of Britain.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:00 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Fragile Allegiance demo: FilePlanet
Iron Seed demo: ISDEMO.ZIP
Star Control II demo: SC2_DEMO.ZIP
Star Reach demo: SR_DEMO.ZIP

Iron Seed is actually officially freeware, download links are at the official website.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:02 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Tornado: Operation Desert Storm
Type: Playable Demo
Download: DSDEMO.ZIP
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:27 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

MrFlibble wrote:
Star Reach demo: SR_DEMO.ZIP

This one is only a musical slide-show.

Iron Seed, on the other hand, is a fully functional shareware version (in addition to the fact that the full one is free too). It's from the same development team that had originally worked on In Pursuit of Greed (Channel 7), and is features a soundtrack by Andrew Sega.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:56 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Rangers
Type: Playable Demo
Download: SRDEMO.ZIP
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:45 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Magic Candle II
Type: Playable Demo
Download: [links removed]

[Edit] Links removed since it wasn't a demo of Magic Candle II.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:01 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

I've noticed that the website doesn't have Operation Carnage in its database. Some time ago Midnight Synergy has released the full game for free, which can be downloaded here.

Also archive.org has a copy of the game's publisher's page, with a working shareware download: carnsw10.zip
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:01 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more demo versions from the developers:

Eidos Interactive
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 7:48 pm     Post subject: Reply with quote

Axia is a very nice space shooter game.


A playable demo is available from the developer's website. (The demo filename includes "w95" in it, but it's just because it was packaged with WinZip, the game itself is a DOS programme.)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:26 am     Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple more shmups:

Final Impact
Type: Playable Demo
Download: final.zip

Nebula Fighter
Type: Shareware
Download: [link]
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