Abandonware DOS title

Shareware: a business model

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.

Most popular shareware games

Tyrian 2000

Shareware games

  • crazy-digger-1
    DOS19834.2/5 Windmill Software

    Digger is an abandoned action game developed and released by Windmill Software back in 1983 for PC only. Gameplay is a mix of two classics: Dig Dug and Mr. Do!: dig down, get gems, avoid death, reach the next level and so on.

  • dnd_text-02
  • dukenukem3-3
    DOS19914.2/5 Apogee Software

    Duke Nukem 1 was released in 1991 by Apogee Software for MS-DOS, and it marked the beginning of the Duke Nukem franchise. Duke Nukem is a side-scrolling action platformer game with a sci-fi theme. In this original game, players control Duke Nukem, a muscular action hero tasked with saving the world from the evil Dr. Proton. Dr. Proton has taken con...

  • dukenukem3d-4
    DOS1996protected4.2/5 3d Realms

    Duke Nukem 3D is a classic first-person shooter that was developed by 3D Realms (formerly known as Apogee Software) and published by GT Interactive. It was released in 1996 for MS-DOS and later for various other platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, and gaming consoles.

  • dungeons-of-kairn-02
  • dungeonkroz-1
    DOS1989freeware3.6/5 Apogee Software
  • egatrek-03
  • egaroids-2
    DOS1986freewareremake3.7/5 Designer Software
  • electranoid-02
    DOS19954.1/5 Pixel Painters Corporation
  • epic-baseball-02
    DOS19953.7/5 MicroLeague Multimedia
  • epicpinball-1
    DOS1993protected3.7/5 Digital Extremes
  • escapedelirium-5
    DOS19954/5 Virtual X-Perience
  • exile2-04
    Windows XP/98/95MacWindows 3.x1996freeware3.8/5 Spiderweb Software
  • exile3-03
    Windows XP/98/95MacWindows 3.x1997freeware3.8/5 Spiderweb Software
  • exile1-01
    Windows XP/98/95MacWindows 3.x1995freeware4.1/5 Spiderweb Software
  • flightmare-04
  • flying-tigers-1-03
  • flying-tigers-2-04
  • gateworld-1
    DOS19933.1/5 HomeBrew Software
  • godofthunder-2
    DOSWindows XP/98/951993freeware4.1/5 Adept Software

    God of Thunder is a free computer role-playing game designed by Ron Davis, developed by Adept Software and released by Software Creations in 1993 for DOS and Windows platforms. God of Thunder is an action oriented RPG (sort of...) with strong puzzle elements with a norse mythology theme.

  • grand-prix-hole-03
    DOS19893.7/5 Wizard Games
  • heretic-1
    DOS1994protected4.3/5 Raven Software
  • hexxagon-1
    DOS19934.1/5 Argo Games
  • hexxagon2-1
    DOS19934.1/5 Argo Games
  • hocuspocus-1
    DOS1994protected4.2/5 Apogee Software
  • hugo2-02
    DOS1991protected3.5/5 Gray Design Associates
  • hugo3-06
    DOS1992protected3.8/5 Gray Design Associates
  • hugoh1-1
    DOS1990protected3.9/5 Gray Design Associates
  • drriptide-2
    DOS19943.7/5 MindStorm Software
  • in-the-dead-of-night-08
    DOS19953.6/5 Trecision