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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:10 pm

Recently I've stumbled upon a very cute Mario-esque DOS shareware platform game on a retro software FTP site:

Jasper's Journeys
Developer: John White
Publisher: PabaGames
License type: Shareware
Release date: 1997
Versions: 1.0, 1.1
Download v1.0: JASPER1.ZIP
Download v1.1: JASPER11.ZIP

Screenshots:
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What's more, the developer, John White, is still active. He's got his own studio, Lexaloffle Games, and has created an updated version of the game for Windows, Mac and Linux (with high-res graphics). The three-level demo is available here.
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:50 am

Just stumbled upon an apparently very obscure DOS first-person action/adventure game from 2000 made by a German programmer Florian Born that is called Desperabis. According to the game's home page (archived copy), the full game was released as freeware on December 17, 2000. I have not yet found any information regarding its distribution prior to that date (i.e. whether it was free or sold). Info on the game is rather scarce, but it does feature some decent graphics, judging by screenshots.

The full version can be downloaded here: DESPERA2.EXE
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Re: Free Games & Demos

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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby gumby » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:03 am

Excellent collection of text adventure sites!
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:27 pm

Here's a neat site dedicated to free gaming alternatives:
Free alternative games
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:19 am

I think I haven't mentioned these two websites yet (although I fancy they are pretty well known):
Retro Remakes
Freeware Database - Retro Remakes
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Re: Free Games & Demos

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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby AndreaDraco » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:07 am

Bethesda also released Daggerfall for free.
Talk to coffee? Even Gabriel isn't that addicted!
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby Tawmis » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:12 pm

AndreaDraco wrote:Bethesda also released Daggerfall for free.


Nice! I will have to get this when I get home!
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:09 pm

Tawmis wrote:Elder Scrolls: Arena for free. (and legal!)

AndreaDraco wrote:Bethesda also released Daggerfall for free.

Heh, I thought everyone knew that so didn't bring this up :) Nevertheless, I also mentioned it here:
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:20 am

Iron Seed
This rather unusual sci-fi strategy game that had originally been released as shareware can be found at the official website of the original developers, who are now working on a remake:
Iron Seed Downloads and Manual
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Theseus - Return of the Hero
A follow-up of Alien Shooter with a different protagonist, and running on the same engine. The game was released for free by Sigma Team at some point, and is available from their website:
Download Theseus - Return of the Hero
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:08 pm

The original full DOS version of Amulets & Armor has been released as a free download this Sunday, and is available from the new official website:
http://amuletsandarmor.com/download.htm
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:22 pm

Some original demo files are still available from archived copies of developer/publisher websites preserved by the Wayback Machine:

Beaucomm Interactive
Bitmap Brothers
Diversions Software
Eidos Interactive
Epic MegaGames
GameTek
Looking Glass Technologies
Microforum
Mission Studios
Philips Media
Psygnosis
SW Games
Webfoot Technologies
Xtreme Games LLC
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Fri May 03, 2013 8:47 am

Beaucomm Interactive
Broderbund Software
Core Design
Eidos Interactive
Megamedia Corporation
Microforum
Mindscape
Philips Media
Ron Heuse
Sami Maaranen
Sirtech Software
Sleepless Software
Sunstorm Interactive
WizardWorks
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Re: Free Games & Demos

Postby MrFlibble » Fri May 31, 2013 7:37 pm

3D Realms' Shadow Warrior is now free on Steam.
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