Abandonware DOS title

Shareware: a business model sorted by release date

Shareware is a type of software distribution model that allows users to try a program before purchasing it. It's a marketing strategy and distribution method that was particularly popular in the early days of personal computing, primarily during the 1980s and 1990s.
Shareware games were released for free with limited functionality (for example: no saving, missing levels, time limit), often via a BBS (Bulletin Board System), a floppy disc or a CD included in a printed magazine or by direct download (when internet was in its infancy). If the user liked the shareware product, they could pay to obtain an upgrade and unlock the full game. When digital distribution started to become popular, shareware games slowly faded into oblivion.

drriptide-2

In Search of Dr. Riptide

DOS19943.7/5 MindStorm Software
jazzjackrabbit-7

Jazz Jackrabbit

DOS1994protected3.7/5 Epic MegaGames
jazz-jackrabbit-holiday-hare-06

Jazz Jackrabbit Holiday Hare

DOS1994protected3.9/5 Epic MegaGames
line-wars-2-01

LineWars 2

DOS19944/5 Safari Software
onemustfall2097-2

One Must Fall 2097

DOS1994freeware4.1/5 Diversions Entertainment
raptor-1

Raptor: Call of the Shadows

DOSWindows XP/98/95Mac1994protecteddemo4.1/5 Cygnus Studios
Raptor: Call of the Shadows is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up video game developed by Cygnus Studios and published by Apogee Software. The game was first released in 1994 for MS-DOS and later ported to other platforms. In Raptor, players control a fighter jet through various levels filled with enemy aircraft, ground targets, power-ups and boss...
riseofthetriad-1

Rise of the Triad: Dark War

DOS1994protected3.9/5 Apogee Software
skyroads-xmas-03

Skyroads: Xmas Special

DOS1994freeware3.4/5 Bluemoon Interactive
aethra_game_006

The Aethra Chronicles

DOS19943.9/5
The Aethra Chronicles is not a well know fantasy RPG, but it deserves some praise. It was developed by only one person (Micheal Lawrence) and, as the title implies, was intended to be the first volume of a saga. Unfortunately, volume two and three were never made. For a shareware game, Aethra was pretty solid and is still loved by the ones who play...
trafficdepartment-4

Traffic department 2192

DOS1994freeware3.7/5 P Squared
tubular-worlds-04

Tubular Worlds

DOS19943.5/5
xatax-1

Xatax

DOS19944/5 Pixel Painters Corporation
abuse-05

Abuse

DOSLinuxMac1995freeware3.9/5 Crack dot Com
ackack-attack-03

Ack-Ack Attack!

DOS1995remake4.1/5 PLBM Games
alphaman-02

AlphaMan

DOS19953.6/5
clyde-revenge-04

Clyde's Revenge

DOS1995freeware3/5 Moonlite Software
electranoid-02

Electranoid

DOS19954.1/5 Pixel Painters Corporation
epic-baseball-02

Epic Baseball

DOS19953.8/5 MicroLeague Multimedia
escapedelirium-5

Escape from delirium

DOS19953.9/5 Virtual X-Perience
exile1-01

Exile: Escape from the Pit

Windows XP/98/95MacWindows 3.x1995freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
in-the-dead-of-night-08

In the Dead of Night

DOS19953.7/5 Trecision
invasionbatsdoom-1

Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom

DOS19953.8/5 Pop Software
meteor-mission-2

Meteor Mission

DOS19953.5/5
radix-beyond-the-void-03

Radix: Beyond the Void

DOS19954.1/5
realms-of-chaos-03

Realms of Chaos

DOSMacLinux1995protected4/5 Apogee Software
terminalvelocity-3

Terminal Velocity

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMac1995protected3.9/5 Terminal Reality
xixit-1

Xixit

DOS19954/5 Optik Software
alien-rampage-05

Alien Rampage

DOS19964.1/5