Abandonware DOS title

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.

capture-the-flag-01

Capture the Flag

DOS19933/5
legend-of-the-red-dragon-04

Legend of the Red Dragon

DOS19893.5/5 Robinson Technologies
amazingmaze-2

Amazing Maze

DOS19833.2/5
super-zzt-05

Super ZZT

DOS19923.3/5 Epic MegaGames
egatrek-03

EGA Trek

DOS1988remake3.3/5
xargon-sh-03

Xargon

DOS1993freeware4/5 Epic MegaGames
exile3-03

Exile III: Ruined World

Windows XP/98/95Mac OSWindows 3.x1997freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
invasionbatsdoom-1

Invasion of the Mutant Space Bats of Doom

DOS19953.8/5 Pop Software
jumpman-lives-03

Jumpman Lives!

DOS1991remake4/5 Apogee Software
joust-vga-03

Joust VGA

DOS1990remake4.4/5
bass-tour-01

Bass Tour

DOS19924/5
gateworld-1

Gateworld

DOS19933.1/5 HomeBrew Software
night-raid-04

Night Raid

DOS1992remake3.8/5 Argo Games
beyond-titanic-01

Beyond the Titanic

DOS19863.8/5 Apogee Software
3d-cyber-blaster-03

3D Cyber Blaster

DOS1992remake4.2/5 HomeBrew Software
stargunner-03

Stargunner

DOS19964/5 GT Interactive Software
in-the-dead-of-night-08

In the Dead of Night

DOS19953.8/5 Trecision
xatax-1

Xatax

DOS19944/5 Pixel Painters Corporation
kingdomkroz-1

Kingdom of Kroz

DOS1988freeware3.7/5 Apogee Software
hexxagon-1

Hexxagon

DOS19934.1/5 Argo Games
armchair-quarterback-01

Armchair Quarterback

DOS19854.1/5
line-wars-02

LineWars

DOS19904/5 Safari Software
air-traffic-controller-02

Air Traffic Controller

DOS19854.2/5 Cascoly Software
exile2-04

Exile II: Crystal Souls

Windows XP/98/95Mac OSWindows 3.x1996freeware3.9/5 Spiderweb Software
space-miner-03

Space Miner

DOS19833.5/5
xenophage-03

Xenophage: Alien BloodSport

DOS1996freeware3.9/5 Argo Games
kingdom-of-kroz-2-1

Kingdom of Kroz 2

DOS19903.2/5 Apogee Software
yendorian-tales-book2-ch2-03

Yendorian Tales: Book I - Chapter 2

DOS19963.8/5 SW Games
boppin-4

Boppin

DOS1994freeware4/5 Accursed Toys