Freeware and liberated games

The ‘90s ended with virtually every leading small software house being taken over by bigger companies. A diversified market changed into a market populated only by a small number of big leading distributors. As a result, the vanished companies left their creations behind - what today we call ‘abandonware’.
Luckily, the rights of a small number of old games were kept by their respective developers who, over the years, decided with enlightened views to clear them of any copyright restraint (hence the term ‘liberate’).

Here’s a list of DOS-based freeware and liberated games.


freeware game released in genre
Akalabeth (a.k.a. Ultima 0) Akalabeth (a.k.a. Ultima 0) 1981 rpg - top-down perspective
Anacreon: reconstruction 4021 Anacreon: reconstruction 4021 1987 strategy - 4x
Avalon Avalon 1998 rpg - JRPG
Axet Axet 1994 arcade - Breakout / Arkanoid variants
Bananoid Bananoid 1991 arcade - Breakout / Arkanoid variants
Beneath a steel sky Beneath a steel sky 1994 adventure - point & click
Bio Menace Episode One: Dr. Mangle's Lab Bio Menace Episode One: Dr. Mangle's Lab 1993 action - run and gun
Boppin Boppin 1994 puzzle - tile-matching
Bust a move (Puzzle bubble) Bust a move (Puzzle bubble) 1997 puzzle - tile-matching
Castle of the winds Castle of the winds 1993 rpg - roguelike
Computer underground Computer underground 1993 simulation - other sims
D-Fend Reloaded D-Fend Reloaded 2008 application - emulation
Dark Ages Volume I - Prince of Destiny Dark Ages Volume I - Prince of Destiny 1991 action - platform
Death Rally Death Rally 1996 racing - vehicular combat
Defender of the crown Defender of the crown 1991 strategy - turn-based strategy
DOSBox DOSBox 2002 application - emulation
Doszip Commander Doszip Commander 2007 application - system, etc.
Dreamweb Dreamweb 1994 adventure - point & click
Dungeon Crawl Dungeon Crawl 1997 rpg - roguelike
Dungeons of Kroz Dungeons of Kroz 1989 action - maze
EGA-Roids EGA-Roids 1986 arcade - Asteroids variants
Elevator Elevator 1986 arcade - other arcades
Elite Elite 1987 vehicle simulation - space sim
Elite Plus Elite Plus 1991 vehicle simulation - space sim
Evets Evets 1988 rpg - roguelike
Flight of the Amazon Queen Flight of the Amazon Queen 1995 adventure - point & click
Ford simulator 1 Ford simulator 1 1987 racing - racing simulator
Ford simulator 3 Ford simulator 3 1992 racing - racing simulator
Fuck quest Fuck quest 1988 adventure - graphic, text input
God of thunder God of thunder 1993 rpg - JRPG
Grand theft auto Grand theft auto 1997 racing - vehicular combat
Hack Hack 1984 rpg - roguelike
HTML Tads HTML Tads 1997 application - interpreters
Jetpack Jetpack 1993 action - platform
Kingdom of Kroz Kingdom of Kroz 1988 action - maze
Larn Larn 1986 rpg - roguelike
Legend of the silver talisman Legend of the silver talisman 1996 rpg - top-down perspective
Lure of the temptress Lure of the temptress 1992 adventure - point & click
Moria Moria 1992 rpg - roguelike
NetHack NetHack 1987 rpg - roguelike
One Must Fall 2097 One Must Fall 2097 1994 action - fighting game
Ragnarok (a.k.a. Valhalla) Ragnarok (a.k.a. Valhalla) 1993 rpg - roguelike
Railroad Tycoon Railroad Tycoon 1990 simulation - business simulation
Return to Kroz Return to Kroz 1990 action - maze
Rocket ranger Rocket ranger 1988 action - other action games
Scorched Earth Scorched Earth 1991 strategy - artillery
Skyroads Skyroads 1993 racing - futuristic racing
Sleuth: A murder mystery Sleuth: A murder mystery 1983 adventure - interactive fiction
Sopwith Sopwith 1984 arcade - other arcades
Steel panthers Steel panthers 1995 strategy - wargame
Supaplex Supaplex 1991 arcade - Boulder Dash variants
Supernova Supernova 1987 adventure - interactive fiction
Telengard Telengard 1985 rpg - top-down perspective
The Black cauldron The Black cauldron 1986 adventure - graphic, text input
The Elder Scrolls: Arena The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994 rpg - first person perspective
The fool's errand The fool's errand 1989 puzzle - puzzle compilation
The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy 1984 adventure - interactive fiction
The three Stooges The three Stooges 1987 action - other action games
Traffic department 2192 Traffic department 2192 1994 action - shoot 'em up
TV sports: basketball TV sports: basketball 1990 sports - basketball
TV sports: boxing TV sports: boxing 1991 sports - boxing
Tyrian 2000 Tyrian 2000 1999 action - shoot 'em up
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985 rpg - top-down perspective
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991 rpg - top-down perspective
WinFrotz WinFrotz 2002 application - interpreters
Wing Commander Wing Commander 1990 vehicle simulation - space sim
Wolfenstein 3D Wolfenstein 3D 1992 action - first-person shooter
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990 rpg - top-down perspective
ZZT ZZT 1991 action - maze
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