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First post, by gaffa2002

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EDIT: LIST IS CLOSED, THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE SUGGESTIONS!
The CD image with all games and installer can be downloaded here: https://ufile.io/2l1qwzi6, just burn the files to a CD (INSTALL.EXE must be located at the CD's root).
Here is the older version in case anyone wants it (which includes Shadow Warrior instead of Amulets and Armors and misses Black Cauldron and Fracas) https://ufile.io/76ejw8yx

FEEL FREE TO DISTRIBUTE IT!

Hey,
Hope someone can help me with this new project
The idea is to make an ISO containing many MS-DOS games which are currently freeware so people can download it and burn to a CD and use on retro PCs or DOSBOX. I already created an installer program that runs on MS-DOS that allows the user to select the game to install, and now I'm collecting the free games to add to it:

Some rules:

  • Full games only, no shareware or demos (those may be for a future project)
  • The game must be 100% freeware (so please, no abandonware)
  • Since the idea is to burn many games to a CD, games which were distributed on CD-ROM should not be considered as they will not fit (i.e C&C games)

EDIT: The list of games is closed, the CD image with all games and installer can be downloaded here: https://ufile.io/2l1qwzi6, just burn the files to a CD (INSTALL.EXE must be located at the CD's root).
Here is the older version (which includes Shadow Warrior instead of Amulets and Armors) https://ufile.io/76ejw8yx

The installer is meant to run under real DOS (or DOSBOX), and is pretty easy to execute:
-Insert the CD in your retro PC (or mount the image in DOSBOX)
-Execute INSTALL.EXE, this should open a menu to select each game to install. By default they are installed under C:\GAMES\<GAME DIR>, but this can be changed.

Following games are part of this collection:

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Alien Carnage
Alley Cat
Amulets and Armor
Artic Adventure
Astro Fire
Backlash
Battlecruiser 3000AD
Battles of Destiny
Beneath a Steel Sky
Bio Menace
Bip Bop 1
Bip Bop 2
Bip Bop 3
Black Cauldron
Blackthorne
Boppin'
Chex Quest
Chex Quest 2
Chex Quest 3
Cyberdogs
Cyber Sphere
Cyber Sphere Plus
Dark Ages
DOOM 2D
Death Rally
Dreamweb
Earthsiege
Electroman
Elite Plus
Flight of the Amazon Queen
Fracas
Freedoom 1 & 2
God of Thunder
Happyland Adventures
Heartlight
Heros: The Sanguine Seven
Igor : objective Uikokahonia
Ishido: The Way of Stones
Jack Flash
Jetpack
Jetpack X-Mas Special
Jill of the Jungle
Ken's Labyrinth
Kiloblaster
Klass of 99
Liero
Lure of the Temptress
Mad TV
Major Stryker
Martian Dreams
Megazeux
Monuments of Mars
Ms. PacPC
Nippon Safes Inc.
Nogginnockers
Nogginnockers 2
One Must Fall 2097
Operation Carnage
Overkill
PacPC
Paratrooper
PC Bert
Pharaoh's Tomb
Popcorn
Sango Fighter
Sango Fighter 2
Savage Empire
Shadow Warrior
Skyroads
Stargunner
Street Rod
Street Rod SE
Street Rod 2
Striker
Super Fighter
Teen Agent
TerraFire
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
The Lost Vikings
Time Slaughter
Tom & Jerry
Traffic Department 2192
TV Sports: Basketball
TV Sports: Boxing
Tyrian
Ultima IV
Xargon
Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport

Any issues with installation please let me know.

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by gaffa2002 on 2021-04-22, 14:21. Edited 16 times in total.

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Reply 3 of 45, by gaffa2002

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Jorpho wrote on 2021-04-09, 05:02:

There's got to be a much better list of these things out there somewhere.

I reckon the original Megazeux deserves a space, and possibly ZZT.

Best one I could find was on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_commerc … sed_as_freeware
But this list has some missing games. Another way I tried was to enter some DOS games sites that offer shareware/demos and filter by license type being freeware.

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My DOS/ Win98 PC specs

EP-7KXA Motherboard
Athlon Thunderbird 750mhz
256Mb PC100 RAM
Geforce 4 MX440 64MB AGP
Sound Blaster AWE 64 CT4500 (ISA)
32GB HDD

Reply 4 of 45, by gerry

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searches on line find lots of non commercial stuff, indy developed and so on - you could fill a roomfull of CDs with them but quality would drop, still there are some gems in the mix

also, MrFlibble's list should give a few more

it's a really nice idea btw - to have an ISO format like this, a handy way to manage a collection

Reply 5 of 45, by chinny22

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Street Rod 1, SE and 2 (the about section explains he is the copyright holder since 2012)
https://www.streetrodonline.com/downloads/

Reply 6 of 45, by creepingnet

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Tank Wars by Kenneth B. Morse is my favorite "Scorched Earth" type game. The PC Speaker sound effects are HILARIOUS.

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Reply 7 of 45, by gaffa2002

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gerry wrote on 2021-04-09, 15:23:

searches on line find lots of non commercial stuff, indy developed and so on - you could fill a roomfull of CDs with them but quality would drop, still there are some gems in the mix

also, MrFlibble's list should give a few more

it's a really nice idea btw - to have an ISO format like this, a handy way to manage a collection

Thanks! The main idea is to focus on quality over quantity, so the list's purpose is not to list EVERY free DOS game out there, but the ones that are worth playing.

Btw thanks everyone for the suggestions so far, they were added to the list.

LO-RES, HI-FUN

My DOS/ Win98 PC specs

EP-7KXA Motherboard
Athlon Thunderbird 750mhz
256Mb PC100 RAM
Geforce 4 MX440 64MB AGP
Sound Blaster AWE 64 CT4500 (ISA)
32GB HDD

Reply 8 of 45, by Jorpho

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A thorny question is: just because some of these games can be freely and legally obtained from one source or another, is it necessarily legal to package them up and distribute them with other games? Not that I'm likely to care personally.

Was Epic's Seek and Destroy ever released as freeware? I know Traffic Department 2192 was. That's probably worth including. Jill of the Jungle is free on GOG as well.

Might as well throw in Boppin since most other Apogee games are there. I'm pretty sure that was freeware'd as well.

And there's the Pixel Painters trilogy: Electranoid, Xatax, and Laser Light. Not sure about Fuzzy's World of Miniature Space Golf being freeware, and I'm pretty sure Dig-It definitely isn't. Such a pity the people behind those games have vanished so completely.

Reply 9 of 45, by Warlord

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usually means you may not modify the game in anyway, you may freely distribute unmodified game. if packaging the game with other games in no way modify the game and its freely distributed than I see no issue.

Id be down for a DVD or CD with all the games on that wiki site. Save me a lot of time. Don't worry about quality let the use decide what they think is quality.

Reply 10 of 45, by Zup

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You could get any list of best DOS games, the list of freeware games and keep the games that appears on both lists.

At this moment, the only game I can think of is Skyroads. Maybe I could check my DOSBox games and check how many are freeware.

(BTW, there are free versions of Shadow Warriors both on Steam and GoG. Can we consider it as freeware?)

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Reply 11 of 45, by debs3759

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Were there free versions of Lemmings or Tetris, two old classics?

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Reply 13 of 45, by gaffa2002

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Zup wrote on 2021-04-10, 11:20:

You could get any list of best DOS games, the list of freeware games and keep the games that appears on both lists.

At this moment, the only game I can think of is Skyroads. Maybe I could check my DOSBox games and check how many are freeware.

(BTW, there are free versions of Shadow Warriors both on Steam and GoG. Can we consider it as freeware?)

Good question, but even if Shadow Warrior is freeware, this game uses CD audio tracks so it wouldn’t be 100% complete .

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My DOS/ Win98 PC specs

EP-7KXA Motherboard
Athlon Thunderbird 750mhz
256Mb PC100 RAM
Geforce 4 MX440 64MB AGP
Sound Blaster AWE 64 CT4500 (ISA)
32GB HDD

Reply 15 of 45, by xcomcmdr

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- Liero -> http://liero.be/
- EarthSiege 1 -> https://www.tribesuniverse.com/
- DreamWeb and a lot of other "ScummVM" games (but I don't think they work on DOS anymore) -> https://www.scummvm.org/games/#dreamweb
- Inner Worlds was freeware for a long time. However, now it's on Steam for a price, so it isn't anymore.
- Star Control 2 : The Ur-Quan Masters is freeware. But unlike the original DOS release (Star Control II), it doesn't run on DOS anymore.

Reply 16 of 45, by gaffa2002

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List updated, thanks.
Btw, I didn’t add seek and destroy nor any of the pixel painters games as I couldn’t confirm they are freeware. Also removed Inner Worlds from the list.

LO-RES, HI-FUN

My DOS/ Win98 PC specs

EP-7KXA Motherboard
Athlon Thunderbird 750mhz
256Mb PC100 RAM
Geforce 4 MX440 64MB AGP
Sound Blaster AWE 64 CT4500 (ISA)
32GB HDD

Reply 17 of 45, by Jorpho

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gaffa2002 wrote on 2021-04-11, 02:00:

I didn’t add seek and destroy nor any of the pixel painters games as I couldn’t confirm they are freeware.

Hmm. Maybe I'm confusing them with something else.

I feel like I'm forgetting a lot of really obvious things. Cash Invaders and Pizza Worm drift quietly into mind.

I expect there's got to be a decent DOS build of Nethack out there somewhere.

Reply 18 of 45, by gaffa2002

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Added all the listed games to the CD image (plus a few more like Shadow Warrior), and I could barely fill half of a CD-ROM (around 360mb). Now some questions...
- Where is a good place to upload it?
- Is anyone interested in downloading it, burn to a CD and test if all games are being installed correctly and are working? Preferably on an actual DOS machine

In case anyone interested, here are the instructions (for now I uploaded it here https://easyupload.io/1oaaek):
1- Download the file (it's a zip file)
2- Extract the contents to a folder and burn all folder contents to a CD, the root of the CD must look like this:
CFG
ZIPFILES
RESOURCE
INSTALL.EXE
3-Put the CD into the target PC (or mount in DOSBOX), then execute INSTALL.EXE from DOS, you should see a menu like the one in the picture attached
4-Install the games
5-Run the games

This is not the final version, I still want to add some extras to the CD-ROM like some apps, a readme file, etc... Maybe even the shareware may be added since there are plenty of space left.

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LO-RES, HI-FUN

My DOS/ Win98 PC specs

EP-7KXA Motherboard
Athlon Thunderbird 750mhz
256Mb PC100 RAM
Geforce 4 MX440 64MB AGP
Sound Blaster AWE 64 CT4500 (ISA)
32GB HDD