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9th Sep '16 10:00:21 PM tealmage
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* [[http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/ Spiderweb Software]] still operates on the classic shareware model, releasing 20%-40% playable versions of ''VideoGame/{{Nethergate}}'' and the ''VideoGame/{{Exile}}''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series.

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* [[http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/ Spiderweb Software]] still operates on the classic shareware model, releasing 20%-40% playable versions of ''VideoGame/{{Nethergate}}'' and the ''VideoGame/{{Exile}}''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series. The demos are "crippleware" of the geographic variety: the ''Exile 1'' demo, for instance, had an impassable chasm near the east/west halfway point, which went all the way up and down the map; and in ''Exile 2'', the demo consisted of the game's first three "chapters". Otherwise, the demos are fully functional.
23rd Feb '16 8:44:09 AM UptownSurfer
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* ''VideoGame/MonkeyShines'' has a free trial that allows you to play the first world for a month.
21st Feb '16 4:34:37 PM billybobfred
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** ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' had a similar set up during its development - one could download it for free, and play for one in-game month, or pay to get full access to the game as it was, and all future versions (including the completed game). The price steadily increased as the game neared completion, so the earlier in development one bought the game the cheaper it was.



* ''{{Heretic}}''

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* ''{{Heretic}}''''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}''



* ''ImmortalDefense'' allows you to play through the first third of the game for free, downloadable from their website.

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* ''ImmortalDefense'' ''VideoGame/ImmortalDefense'' allows you to play through the first third of the game for free, downloadable from their website.



* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' -- The original game in this series was released as shareware. It gave gamers eight levels for free, with 24 more available if you bought the full version.
** Nine if you count the Hub Level "start". Which is also a cool deathmatch level.

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* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' during its development - one could download it for free, and play for one in-game month, or pay to get full access to the game as it was, and all future versions (including the completed game). The price steadily increased as the game neared completion, so the earlier in development one bought the game the cheaper it was.
* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' -- The original game in this series was released as shareware. It gave gamers eight levels for free, free (nine if you count the HubLevel "start".), with 24 more available if you bought the full version.
** Nine if you count the Hub Level "start". Which is also a cool deathmatch level.
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21st Feb '16 4:32:10 PM billybobfred
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* Some game demos on the Nintendo3DS allow you to save your data and transfer it to the full game when you decide to pay for it, even if the game isn't out yet. 3DS and WiiU demos are also trialware, as you can only start them up a limited number of times, with a few exceptions.



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%% This list is alphabetized, please keep it that way when adding new examples.



* ''VideoGame/AlienCarnage'' is an interesting case. First it was released as ''Halloween Harry'' (with the first episode as shareware), but some thought the name would make people think it was a holiday game. So they renamed it to ''AlienCarnage'' and swapped the first and third episodes. Gamers could get the (formerly) third part for free now. That leaves only the second and fourth episodes that you had to pay for. It's all been released as freeware now, but it makes you scratch your head, doesn't it?



* ''VideoGame/HugosHouseOfHorrors'' not only is an example, but in the shareware version the Old Man's final question is to ask whether or not you've registered your shareware. You can lie to him, though; he's not very bright[[note]]In the retail version, he instead asks if you're absolutely sure you want to rescue the DistressedDamsel you've already braved the titular house to rescue, so yeah: Idiot.[[/note]].



* ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars''



* ''HalloweenHarry'' (otherwise known as ''AlienCarnage'') is an interesting case. First it was released as ''HalloweenHarry'' (with the first episode as shareware), but some thought the name would make people think it was a holiday game. So they renamed it to ''AlienCarnage'' and swapped the first and third episodes. Gamers could get the (formerly) third part for free now. That leaves only the second and fourth episodes that you had to pay for. It's all been released as freeware now, but it makes you scratch your head, doesn't it?
* ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars''
* ''VideoGame/HugosHouseOfHorrors'' not only is an example, but in the shareware version the Old Man's final question is to ask whether or not you've registered your shareware. You can lie to him, though; he's not very bright[[note]]In the retail version, he instead asks if you're absolutely sure you want to rescue the DistressedDamsel you've already braved the titular house to rescue, so yeah: Idiot.[[/note]].
* Some game demos on the Nintendo3DS (and probably other systems) allow you to save your data and transfer it to the full game when you decide to pay for it, even if the game isn't out yet. 3DS and WiiU demos are also trialware, as you can only start them up a limited number of times, with a few exceptions.

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* ''HalloweenHarry'' (otherwise known as ''AlienCarnage'') %% This list is an interesting case. First alphabetized, please keep it was released as ''HalloweenHarry'' (with the first episode as shareware), but some thought the name would make people think it was a holiday game. So they renamed it to ''AlienCarnage'' and swapped the first and third episodes. Gamers could get the (formerly) third part for free now. That leaves only the second and fourth episodes that you had to pay for. It's all been released as freeware now, but it makes you scratch your head, doesn't it?
* ''VideoGame/MiniRobotWars''
* ''VideoGame/HugosHouseOfHorrors'' not only is an example, but in the shareware version the Old Man's final question is to ask whether or not you've registered your shareware. You can lie to him, though; he's not very bright[[note]]In the retail version, he instead asks if you're absolutely sure you want to rescue the DistressedDamsel you've already braved the titular house to rescue, so yeah: Idiot.[[/note]].
* Some game demos on the Nintendo3DS (and probably other systems) allow you to save your data and transfer it to the full game
way when you decide to pay for it, even if the game isn't out yet. 3DS and WiiU demos are also trialware, as you can only start them up a limited number of times, with a few exceptions.
adding new examples.
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21st Feb '16 4:29:06 PM billybobfred
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* ''VideoGame/CometBusters''
16th Jan '16 1:49:43 AM Anddrix
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* ''HalloweenHarry'' (otherwise known as ''AlienCarnage'') is an interesting case. First it was released as ''HalloweenHarry'' (with the first episode as shareware), but some thought the name would [[ViewersAreMorons make people think]] it was a holiday game. So they renamed it to ''AlienCarnage'' and swapped the first and third episodes. Gamers could get the (formerly) third part for free now. That leaves only the second and fourth episodes that you had to pay for. It's all been released as freeware now, but it makes you scratch your head, doesn't it?

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* ''HalloweenHarry'' (otherwise known as ''AlienCarnage'') is an interesting case. First it was released as ''HalloweenHarry'' (with the first episode as shareware), but some thought the name would [[ViewersAreMorons make people think]] think it was a holiday game. So they renamed it to ''AlienCarnage'' and swapped the first and third episodes. Gamers could get the (formerly) third part for free now. That leaves only the second and fourth episodes that you had to pay for. It's all been released as freeware now, but it makes you scratch your head, doesn't it?
19th Aug '15 9:54:44 PM Aquillion
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* '''Episodic:''' The game is divided into chapters, levels, or episodes, and only the first part is free. This is perhaps the most famous approach, since it was used by VideoGame/Doom and most other games by Creator/IdSoftware, Creator/ApogeeSoftware, and other major shareware-dependent studios.

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* '''Episodic:''' The game is divided into chapters, levels, or episodes, and only the first part is free. This is perhaps the most famous approach, since it was used by VideoGame/Doom {{VideoGame/Doom}} and most other games by Creator/IdSoftware, Creator/ApogeeSoftware, and other major shareware-dependent studios.
19th Aug '15 9:54:00 PM Aquillion
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* '''Episodic:''' The game is divided into chapters, levels, or episodes, and only the first part is free. This is perhaps the most famous approach, since it was used by VideoGame/Doom and most other games by Creator/IdSoftware, Creator/ApogeeSoftware, and other major shareware-dependent studios.
22nd Jun '15 7:32:22 AM Prfnoff
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* ''CortexCommand'' allows you to download the game for free, but unless you pay them, you can only play for six minutes. In a weird twist, paying for the game so far doesn't actually ''give'' you the full game, per se, since the full game is still in development, but assuming they do finish it, you'll get the full game for $20 off the final price. So basically, you're paying for the chance to beta test the game. Wrap your mind around that.

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* ''CortexCommand'' ''VideoGame/CortexCommand'' allows you to download the game for free, but unless you pay them, you can only play for six minutes. In a weird twist, paying for the game so far doesn't actually ''give'' you the full game, per se, since the full game is still in development, but assuming they do finish it, you'll get the full game for $20 off the final price. So basically, you're paying for the chance to beta test the game. Wrap your mind around that.
4th May '15 8:36:52 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''{{Realspace}} 3: Apocolypse Returns'' -- Though, the three other games in the series are entirely free.

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* ''{{Realspace}} ''VideoGame/RealSpace 3: Apocolypse Returns'' -- Though, the three other games in the series are entirely free.
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