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    The Marathon trilogy. Before Halo, Bungie did another FPS called Marathon, and its sequel Marathon 2: Durandal. Marathon 2 was the game I picked up at the same time I bought my very first Macintosh. Marathon Infinity came out not too long afterward, designed by a sub-developer and doesn't carry the story from second to third all that well. But still, it was a great game series for the '90s. Bungie made the game engine open-source, so people could still play their old games on modern operating systems and hardware, and later they made all the game files open-source too. So now you don't need the original CD-ROMs either. And they're all available for download from the Aleph One website. There's also loads of game mods, too. Last year I ended up downloading and playing all the way through each game, then churning through several mods like Tempus Irae. I still fire up the final level from Marathon 2 from time to time, just for the hell of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    Indeed. Shockingly generous of the developer.

    There is another very similar game called Visual Star Trek, but no one seems to know where it came from and everyone seems to quietly assume it's freeware.
    Yeah, full shareware is an interesting thing. A lot of early shareware games were like that, before things like the Apogee model took hold. "Here's the game, pay if you like!" was a common model for '80s shareware. I was trying to not list such games in my list there, but a couple ended up on it -- EGA Trek of course, and after I checked, 3DWorld as well. The game itself doesn't mention anything about payment, and it's the full thing for free, but the readme says 'send me money if you liked it' so it's full shareware.

    ... On the note of 3DWorld, I don't know if I've ever gotten past halfway through the main mode, Voyageur IV... it's fun, I like rail shooters, but it's quite hard and you get no continues.

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    Freshly found freeware:
    Zen of Sudoku (2006)
    Santa Claus in Trouble (2002)
    Commander Keen in Keen Dreams (now open source'd for Android {port by Super Fighter Team}, and Linux, Windows, etc. {port by many others})

    Links to more fun freeware found on the forum:
    https://forum.digitpress.com/forum/s...lly-freeware-d
    https://forum.digitpress.com/forum/s...re-Abandonware
    https://forum.digitpress.com/forum/s...freeware-games
    https://forum.digitpress.com/forum/s...Freeware-games

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    Tank Wars by Kenneth B. Morse! It's like a comedy psychadelic version of Scorched Earth that renders at blazing speed even on a 286/10. Mr. STupid and the PC Beeper sound effects are freakin Hilarious. The first time I played that was with an old bandmate and we were falling all about the place laughing at the PC noises and Mr. Stupid's terribly rash decisions as a Computer Based Participant.

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    EGA Trek was shareware but by the early-to-mid 90's you could buy the full version at a store for a few bucks. I got my copy off a peg hook at Wal-Mart.

    As for new free games- I just started dipping my toes back into PC gaming, so I'm not all up on what's available. Rock Paper Shotgun has a regular series called Free Games of the Week (link is Week 13). This could scratch your free games itch.

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