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The most popular shareware games

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.

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Cosmo's Cosmic Adventures

DOS1992protected4.1/5 Apogee Software
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Alien Rampage

DOS19964.1/5
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Sango Fighter

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinux1993freeware3.5/5 Panda Entertainment Technology Co.
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Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine

DOS1991protected4/5 id software
Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine is a science fiction action oriented platform game designed by Tom Hall, developed by id Software and released by Apogee Software in 1991 for DOS only. Commander Keen 5: The Armageddon Machine is part of the Commander Keen game series, specifically it's the second episode of Commander Keen in Goodbye, Galaxy.
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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...
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Epic Pinball

DOSMac1993protected3.7/5 Digital Extremes
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Jazz Jackrabbit

DOS1994protected3.8/5 Epic MegaGames
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Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle

DOS1991protected4/5 id software
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Tank Wars

DOS19904.1/5
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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...
hugoh1-1

Hugo's House of Horrors

DOS19903.9/5 Gray Design Associates
Hugo's House of Horrors is an adventure game developed by David P. Gray and released in the early 1990s. The game is a text-based adventure with simple graphics, and it gained popularity for its witty and often tongue-in-cheek approach to the horror genre.The story of the game revolves around the main character, Hugo, who receives a letter from his...
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Xatax

DOS19944/5 Pixel Painters Corporation
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Inner Worlds

DOSLinux19963.7/5 Sleepless Software
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Jill of the Jungle 2: Jill Goes Underground

DOS19924.1/5 Epic MegaGames
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Blades of Exile

Windows 3.xMacWindows XP/98/951997freeware4.1/5 Spiderweb Software
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Commander Keen 2: The Earth Explodes

DOS1990protected4/5 id software
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Bio Menace Episode 2: The Hidden Lab

DOS1993freeware4.3/5 Apogee Software
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Bio Menace Episode 3: Master Cain

DOS1993freeware4.3/5 Apogee Software
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Legend of the Silver Talisman

DOS1996freeware3.9/5 Inter-Active Arts
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Arctic Adventure

DOS19913.4/5 Apogee Software
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Solar Winds: The Escape

DOS19934.1/5 Stone Interactive Media
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AlphaMan

DOS19953.6/5
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Last Half of Darkness

DOS19893.9/5 SoftLab Laboratories
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Shadow Warrior

DOS1997protected3.9/5 3d Realms
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Moraff's World

DOS19913.5/5 Moraffware
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Mario Bros VGA

DOS1990remake3.9/5
Mario Bros VGA is a fan made remake of the original Mario Bros by Nintendo, the game that popularized the character of Mario, the Italian plumber that first appeared in Donkey Kong. Mario Bros VGA is a fixed-screen platform arcade game that truly shines when played in co-op with a friend.
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Aldo's Adventure

DOS1987remake3.8/5
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Astro Fire

DOS1994freewareremake3.8/5 ORT Software
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Jill of the Jungle 3: Jill Saves the Prince

DOS19923.8/5 Epic MegaGames
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Captain Comic, The Adventures of

DOS1988freeware3.8/5