Shareware Games of My Youth

Break out your 5.25" floppies with that weird wizard dude on them, because it's time to learn the real meaning of sharing. These were all games that I played in my youth, where a combination of penny-pinching and a miserable wreck of a computer left my gaming options a little on the thin side.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept "Shareware" was software that was typically broken into several different "episodes," with the first one available either for free or a pittance. The idea was that you played the first episode, liked it, and then mailed the developer a check in exchange for the rest of the episodes. I have yet to play anything other than the first part of any shareware game. Some of these games I've played through dozens of times, my trusty 2-button Gravis joystick at the ready.

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