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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.

Most popular shareware games

Quake
shooterDOS, Windows XP/98/95
Duke Nukem 3D
shooterDOS
Duke Nukem
actionDOS
joust-vga-03

Joust VGA

DOS1990remake4.4/5
bio-menace-3-06

Bio Menace Episode 3: Master Cain

DOS1993freeware4.3/5 Apogee Software
heretic-1

Heretic

DOS1994protecteddemo4.3/5 Raven Software
bio-menace-2-07

Bio Menace Episode 2: The Hidden Lab

DOS1993freeware4.3/5 Apogee Software
crazy-digger-1

Digger

DOS19834.3/5 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.
quake_002

Quake

DOSWindows XP/98/951996protecteddemo4.2/5 id software
Quake is a first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by id Software and released in 1996. It is the successor to id Software's immensely popular "Doom" series and is known for its groundbreaking 3D graphics, fast-paced gameplay, and multiplayer capabilities. The game was created by a team led by John Carmack and John Romero, two of the co-fou...
zzt-2

ZZT

DOS1991freeware4.2/5 Epic MegaGames
doom-3

Doom

DOS1993protecteddemo4.2/5 id software
Doom was released by id Software in 1993. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential and groundbreaking video games of all time, particularly within the first-person shooter (FPS) genre.Set in the future on the moons of Mars, the game follows the player-controlled character, known as the "Doom Marine", as they battle through a research fa...
3d-cyber-blaster-03

3D Cyber Blaster

DOS1992remake4.2/5 HomeBrew Software
air-traffic-controller-02

Air Traffic Controller

DOS19854.2/5 Cascoly Software
blood-3

Blood

DOS1997protected4.2/5 Monolith Productions
hocuspocus-1

Hocus Pocus

DOS1994protected4.2/5 Apogee Software
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Seek and Destroy

DOS19964.2/5 Safari Software
Seek and Destroy was a shoot'em up published by the well known Epic Megagames in 1996 that tried to change the usual shoot'em up gameplay for the better. Instead of wave after wave of enemies to shoot down, you are given short missions to accomplish with your helicopter or your tank (yes, you can choose). At first, missions could seem a bit repetit...
castleofthewinds-3

Castle of the Winds

Windows 3.x1993freeware4.2/5 SaadaSoft
Castle of the Winds is a fantasy roguelike role-playing game developed by SaadaSoft in the early 1990s. It was designed for Windows 3.x and is notable for being one of the earliest graphical RPGs for that platform. The game features a top-down perspective and incorporates elements of dungeon crawling, exploration, and character development.The game...
ackack-attack-03

Ack-Ack Attack!

DOS1995remake4.2/5 PLBM Games
dukenukem3d-4

Duke Nukem 3D

DOS1996protecteddemo4.2/5 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.
keen1-splash

Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars

DOS19904.2/5 id software
Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars is a platform video game developed by id Software and published by Apogee Software in 1990 as shareware for MS-DOS. The game follows the adventures of an eight-year-old genius named Billy Blaze, who uses his homemade spaceship to travel to various alien planets to save the Earth from alien invaders known as V...
keen3-1

Commander Keen 3: Keen Must Die!

DOS1990protected4.2/5 id software
skyroads-1

Skyroads

DOS1993freeware4.2/5 Bluemoon Interactive
electranoid-02

Electranoid

DOS19954.1/5 Pixel Painters Corporation
joyous-rebel-01

Joyous Rebel

DOS1996freeware4.1/5
snood-03

Snood

DOSWindows XP/98/95Mac1996freeware4.1/5
jilljungle-4

Jill of the Jungle

DOS19924.1/5 Epic MegaGames
sherlock-1

Sherlock: The Game of Logic

DOS1991protected4.1/5 Everett Kaser Software
othello-03

Othello

DOS19864.1/5
tyrian2000-02

Tyrian 2000

DOS1999freeware4.1/5 Eclipse Software
Tyrian 2000 is an old DOS science fiction classic shoot'em up, developed by Eclipse Software and designed by Alexander Brandon, Jason Emery, Daniel Cook. Tyrian 2000 is one of the most popular shoot'em ups ever published for DOS and it's still remembered by retro gaming fans to this day.
tank-wars-01

Tank Wars

DOS19904.1/5
armchair-quarterback-01

Armchair Quarterback

DOS19854.1/5
slicks-n-slide-02

Slicks 'n' Slide

DOS19934.1/5