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First post, by MrFlibble

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I hope no one minds if I make a topic for random free stuff that I come across and don't have the time to document properly. I used to keep a similar thread in the dosgames.com forum but it eventually restructured itself into this and I stopped updating it.

This thread is totally not about any temporary free giveaways, or free games available from online game stores. At this point I'm mostly interested in DOS games, be it originally freeware projects, or liberated titles that were initially sold in some form or other. Shareware stuff is also OK if it's playable and/or interesting enough (i.e. if the shareware version is playable enough to hold on its own as a game, not a limited demo).

A similar endeavour can be found here but it is not frequently updated these days.

So here's some of the stuff I stumbled upon recently. Individual games:

  • Flynn Sprint -- this was originally a shareware game, I found the full version by simple Googling at SourceForge. The author, Victor B. Putz, uploaded the registered DOS game but not the source. I contacted him and he confirmed that the game is free to distribute.
  • 3D Pulsoid -- an Arkanoid/Breakout clone from Ukrainian devs, made in 1998. It was marketed as shareware by Ultisoft (a company focussed on Slots type games but they also published other stuff too) and is based on the earlier game by the same authors, simply called Pulsoid. You can get the 3D Pulsoid reg key from their site along the latest version.
  • Biprolex+ -- a Russian Tetris/Arkanoid hybrid.
  • Cosmic Ambush -- Space Invaders type game from a Swedish team.
  • Battlelords -- a turn-based strategy in the vein of classic Empire.

Developers with several free games:

Kitchen sink stuff:

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Reply 1 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Full version of Der Planer plus add-on from the developer's website:
http://www.greenwood-entertainment.de/Englisch/Download/index.htm

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Reply 2 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Free Lunch Design had a few earlier DOS games available from their site apart from Operation Spacehog and Happyland Adventures:
http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/~d98peitz/fld/qbgames.shtml
http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/~d98peitz/fld/games.shtml

Some come with source code too.

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Reply 3 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Break Machine -- Arkanoid like game, originally shareware.

Clone -- a rather original puzzle/adventure game that was also originally sold as shareware.

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Reply 4 of 17, by MrFlibble

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A selection of games published by Polish company Mirage and later made available for free (only a few are for DOS though):
http://www.mirage.com.pl/index.php?id=retroattack

Cyberbox and Cyberbox II are also freeware:
http://palmettobay.com/

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Reply 5 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Various flight sims made by Ron Walker with Domark's Flight Sim Toolkit (accessible via the Wayback Machine):
http://www.mcnett.org/fst/rwalker/sims.htm

Two arcade games by Geckosoft, initially shareware:
http://www.coolbubble.com/features/geckosoft/

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Reply 7 of 17, by MrFlibble

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MrFlibble wrote on 2021-01-06, 16:08:

Cyberbox and Cyberbox II are also freeware:
http://palmettobay.com/

Looks like I misunderstood something. Here's the author's current website, which offers the unregistered versions of both games (same as via the Wayback Machine link which I posted above):
http://www.dougb.com/

I think that there are no limitations to the unregistered games, but registering would entail certain benefits plus the games' source code, according to the readme at least.

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Reply 8 of 17, by gerry

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these are interesting finds!

Rarer independent games, sometimes past attempts at commercial sometimes not, all represent many hours of development, testing and bugfixes for individuals and small teams

there is so much software out there, so many many hours of effort, just lying around!

anyway, an interesting thread 😀

Reply 9 of 17, by MrFlibble

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I did not realise until recently that Anthony Hamilton not only made the Windows PowBall Deluxe freeware, but the original DOS version too: powball.exe

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Reply 10 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Here's a cute looking claymation arcade called Bert the Barbarian:
https://js.mikedx.co.uk/bert.html

I gather it was created in a game making environment called DIV Arena, which I heard about before but don't know much detail of. Apparently some of the earlier games in it were for DOS.

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Reply 11 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Found two interesting projects by one Kenneth Thornton:
Fenix Blade (RPG)
Frenetic Plus (shooter)
Wayback Machine has preserved working downloads of both. Frenetic Plus appears complete (latest version 1.10), while only a demo is available for Fenix Blade, but it has a very professional look.

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Reply 12 of 17, by MrFlibble

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So a while ago I learned about The Hamster Republic, but I did not realise until today that their O.H.R.RPG.C.E. RPG-making tool is very popular, with many different games available for play.

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Reply 13 of 17, by MrFlibble

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I'm borrowing these from the other thread:

BardBun wrote on 2020-12-11, 07:17:
Xplosive (DOS - Bomberman Clone with Bunnies) https://i.imgur.com/ACSuA37.png http://www-wjp.cs.uni-sb.de/leute/private_hom … ms […]
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Xplosive (DOS - Bomberman Clone with Bunnies)
ACSuA37.png
http://www-wjp.cs.uni-sb.de/leute/private_hom … msXplosive.html
http://www-wjp.cs.uni-sb.de/leute/private_hom … ve/Xplosive.zip (download)

http://www-wjp.cs.uni-sb.de/leute/private_hom … siveManual.html (english manual)
http://www-wjp.cs.uni-sb.de/leute/private_hom … eAnleitung.html (german manual)
Always free

Type the following and press Enter to play:
xdr (duel mode)
or
xlr lev (1 to 4 players)
or
Play_std (standard 113 maps)
Play_adv (41 levels)
Play_pro (60 levels)

Controls:
P1: Arrow Keys+Num 0
P2: WASD+CTRL

On the title screen press Enter to change player numbers and other options.
Hold Escape to exit out.

BardBun wrote on 2020-12-11, 07:31:
Developers Website https://www.thepixel.net/ (several games) […]
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Developers Website
https://www.thepixel.net/ (several games)

Runaway (DOS, Point&Click)
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https://www.thepixel.net/runawayvoll.zip
(english and german, language setting ingame via flags, english version is "not the yellow from the egg" but understandable)

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Reply 14 of 17, by MrFlibble

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The French shareware developer/publisher TLK Games put up some of their old Amiga titles for download from their dedicated sub-site:
https://amiga.tlk.fr/

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Reply 15 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Atomiks is an open source remake of the classic puzzle game Atomix. The author obtained permission from the original copyright holders to use the levels and art from Atomix.

Also I don't believe I mentioned The Fertile Crescent, which is an Age of Empires like RTS with a few clever twists and nice looking faux pixel style graphics. It's WIP for now but once there is more SP content the authors intend to start selling it tough.

And here's the page of developer Scott Haag, author of DOS RPG Joyous Rebel among other things:
http://www.gamesbyscott.com/games.htm

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Reply 16 of 17, by MrFlibble

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Keep forgetting to post this: an obscure Korean versus fighting game called Invincible:
https://www.diskman.com/presents/invincible/

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Reply 17 of 17, by MrFlibble

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While looking for FST stuff I stumbled upon this freeware, open source DOS-based flight sim by Danish aviation enthusiast Anton Norup Sørensen:
http://stjerneskud.info/vertigo/
http://www.astro.ku.dk/~norup/vertigo/vertigo.html (Wayback Machine link)

The links section lists other freeware/FOSS/GPL flight sim projects.

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