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The best 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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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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Dark Ages Volume I - Prince of Destiny

DOS1991freeware4/5 Scenerio Software
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Dark Designs 2: Closing the Gate

DOS19904/5 Softdisk Publishing
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Grand Prix

DOS19894/5 Wizard Games
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Jumpman Lives!

DOS1991remake4/5 Apogee Software
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LineWars

DOS19904/5 Safari Software
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LineWars 2

DOS19944/5 Safari Software
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Realms of Chaos

DOSMac OSLinux1995protected4/5 Apogee Software
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Reaping The Dungeon

DOS19934/5 Frontline Software
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Softporn Adventure

DOS1981freewareNSFW4/5 Sierra On-Line
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Stargunner

DOS19964/5 GT Interactive Software
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Xargon

DOS1993freeware4/5 Epic MegaGames
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Xixit

DOS19954/5 Optik Software
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Bio Menace Episode 1: Dr. Mangle's Lab

DOS1993freeware4/5 Apogee Software
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Commander Keen 4: Secret of the Oracle

DOS1991protected4/5 id software
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Major Stryker

DOSWindows XP/98/951993freeware4/5 Apogee Software
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CHAMP Ms. Pac-man

DOS1994remake3.9/5 ChamProgramming corp.
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Exile: Escape from the Pit

Windows XP/98/95Mac OSWindows 3.x1995freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
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Xenophage: Alien BloodSport

DOS1996freeware3.9/5 Argo Games
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Shadow Warrior

DOS1997protected3.9/5 3d Realms
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Terminal Velocity

Windows XP/98/95DOSLinuxMac OS1995protected3.9/5 Terminal Reality
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Abuse

DOSLinuxMac OS1995freeware3.9/5 Crack dot Com
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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...
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Escape from delirium

DOS19953.9/5 Virtual X-Perience
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Crystal Caves

DOS1991protected3.9/5 Apogee Software
exile2-04

Exile II: Crystal Souls

Windows XP/98/95Mac OSWindows 3.x1996freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
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Jazz Jackrabbit Holiday Hare

DOS1994protected3.9/5 Epic MegaGames
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Secret Agent

DOS1992protected3.9/5 Apogee Software
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Solar Winds 2: Galaxy

DOS19933.9/5 Stone Interactive Media
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OverKill

DOS1992freeware3.9/5 Tech-Noir