Shareware and game demo downloads

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Shareware and game demo downloads

Post by MrFlibble » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:02 pm

This is a little spin-off of the classic/retro gaming websites list thread. While there are obvious places where game demo or shareware downloads can be found, like cd.textfiles.com, archive.org or FilePlanet, they are often tiresome to navigate, and may still lack the files needed. On the other hand, not every classic gaming website has a downloads section, leaving the users to find the games that have caught their attention on their own.

The alternative to this are file repositories that are more or less focused on a particular time period, genre and/or platform. These can be divided into several categories:

Active shareware developers and publishers from 90's
11th Dimension Entertainment
Adept Software
Alivesoft
Apogee Software/3D Realms
Arcanum Computing
Awkward Software
Bluemoon Interactive
Bog Turtle Games LLC
Brainchild Design
Carl Ericson's Computer Games
Carr Software
Clonk
Copysoft
Dataware Software
Digital Nightmares
Everett Kaser Software
Free Lunch Design
Games By Eric Henson
Games By Scott
Gray Design Associates
Homebrew Software
Hungry Software
Inter-Active Arts
KnightSoft Technologies
Lexaloffle games
Longbow Games
Malfador Machinations
Midnight Synergy
Moraff's Games
Mountain King Studios Inc.
MVP Software
NecroBones Enterprises
ORT SOftware
Redwood Games
Ron Heuse Software Development
Sean O'Connor's Games
Shareware Hangvogel
Slicks'n'SLide
Soleau Software
Spiderweb Software
Star Wraith 3D Games
Tactical Soft
UnReal World
Viable Software Alternatives
Wendell Hicken Online
Wiering Software

Shareware developers from 2000's
Basilisk Games
Bitbliss Studios
Heroic Fantasy Games
Rake in Grass
Sillysoft
Soldak Entertainment

Game developer and publisher FTP sites
ftp://ftp.atari.com/demos/
ftp://ftp.bluebyte.com/demos/
ftp://ftp.gtinteractive.com/demos/
ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/
ftp://ftp.lucasarts.com/demos/pc/
ftp://ftp.team17.com/pub/t17/demos/pc
ftp://ftp.ubisoft.com/Demos/
ftp://ftp.wizworks.com/demos/
http://largedownloads.ea.com/pub/demos/
ftp://ftp.games.skynet.be/spool1/games/ ... com/demos/
ftp://ftp.games.skynet.be/spool1/games/ ... twood.com/
http://ftp.gameaholic.com/pub/mirrors/ftp.blizzard.com/

DOS games
ftp://ftp.padua.org/pub/msdos/dos/games/local/
ftp://nic.funet.fi/pub/msdos/games/
http://ftp.icm.edu.pl/pub/coast/games/
http://www.ftp.funet.fi/index/msdos/games/
http://www.gamers.org/pub/archives/uwp-uml/ [mirror]

Windows games
ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo/
ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo2/
ftp://ftp.farlep.net/pub/clubix/demo3/
ftp://ftp.gamers.org/pub/mirrors/ftp.ga ... .uk/demos/
ftp://ftp.peliplaneetta.net/pelidemot/
http://elektron-bbs.dyndns.org/files/win95/spiele/ [server down]
http://ftp.gameaholic.com/pub/demos/

These lists are of course incomplete and any further suggestions are more than welcome :)

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Re: Shareware and game demo downloads

Post by MrFlibble » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:25 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: Shareware and game demo downloads

Post by MrFlibble » Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:43 pm

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Re: Shareware and game demo downloads

Post by MrFlibble » Sat May 25, 2013 9:11 pm

Edited the first post to make the list of shareware developers & publishers a bit more easy to navigate, and added the following sites:

11th Dimension Entertainment
KnightSoft Technologies
Longbow Games
Malfador Machinations
Tactical Soft

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Re: Shareware and game demo downloads

Post by MrFlibble » Sun May 26, 2013 4:46 pm

Totally forgot to add Dataware Software.

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Re: Shareware and game demo downloads

Post by MrFlibble » Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:22 am

Holistic Design Tactical Soft



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Re: Shareware and game demo downloads

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