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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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Rise of the Triad: Dark War

DOS1994protected3.9/5 Apogee Software
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Legend of the Silver Talisman

DOS1996freeware3.9/5 Inter-Active Arts
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Robotron 2084

DOS19833.9/5 Williams Entertainment
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One-Nil Soccer Manager

DOS19923.9/5 New Era Software
One-Nil Soccer Manager is a text-based soccer management simulation game that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was developed for various home computer systems, including DOS, Commodore 64 and Amiga. In One-Nil Soccer Manager, players take on the role of a soccer team manager, making strategic decisions to guide their team to s...
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Moraff's Dungeon of the Unforgiven

DOS19933.9/5 Moraffware
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Monopoly

DOS19853.9/5
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Exile III: Ruined World

Windows XP/98/95Mac OSWindows 3.x1997freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
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Mission: Mainframe

DOS19873.9/5
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Last Half of Darkness

DOS19893.9/5 SoftLab Laboratories
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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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Night Raid

DOS1992remake3.8/5 Argo Games
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Hugo 3: Jungle of Doom

DOS1992protected3.8/5 Gray Design Associates
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Captain Comic, The Adventures of

DOS1988freeware3.8/5
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Aldo Again

DOS1989remake3.8/5
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Beyond the Titanic

DOS19863.8/5 Apogee Software
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Yendorian Tales: Book I - Chapter 2

DOS19963.8/5 SW Games
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Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom

DOS19953.8/5 Pop Software
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Aldo's Adventure

DOS1987remake3.8/5
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Aleshar World of Ice

DOS19973.8/5
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Jill of the Jungle 3: Jill Saves the Prince

DOS19923.8/5 Epic MegaGames
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Epic Baseball

DOS19953.8/5 MicroLeague Multimedia
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Mario Bros VGA

DOS1990remake3.8/5
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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Aquanoid

DOS1992remake3.8/5
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Dark Designs 1: Grelminar's Staff

DOS19903.8/5 Softdisk Publishing
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Ancients 1: Deathwatch

DOS19913.8/5 Farr-Ware Software
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Astro Fire

DOS1994freewareremake3.8/5 ORT Software
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In the Dead of Night

DOS19953.8/5 Trecision
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Jazz Jackrabbit

DOS1994protected3.8/5 Epic MegaGames
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Secret Agent: The Escape

DOS19963.8/5 PhreAk Software