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Current MSDOS Games Online

The shareware games in this section are exclusive Lazy Mutt Game MSDOS World selected games, and come to you without advertisements or in game purchases. Each game has been hand selected and tested to work with our Online DOSBox interface. We hope that you enjoy these retro blasts from the past.

If you would like to download the full versions of these games a link to the Zip file of each game will be located on the games page.

MSDOS Shareware games are for the PC or Mac desktop platforms only. Since these games were developed before there were smartphones and tablets.

  • Alien Carnage - 1993
  • Ant Hill - 1991
  • Apocalypse Abyss - 1994
  • Artic Adventure 1 - 1991
  • BassTour - 1992
  • Beyond Castle Wolfenstein - 1985
  • Bio Menace - 1993
  • Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - 1994
  • Blitz Draughts - 1992
  • Boppin
  • Castle Wolfenstein - 1983
  • Caves of Thor - 1990
  • Commander Keen 1: Marooned on Mars - 1990
  • Cosmo - 1992
  • Cyberdogs - 1994
  • Dark Ages: Volume 1 - Prince of Destiny - 1991
  • Das Boot - 1990
  • Descent - 1995
  • Digger - 1983
  • Doom - 1993
  • Duke Nukem 2 - 1993
  • Duke Nukem: Episode 1 - Shrapnel City - 1991
  • Dungeon Explorer - 1990
  • Hexxagon - 1993
  • Highway Hunter - 1995
  • Hocus Pocus - 1994
  • Mahjongg - 1987
  • Major Stryker - 1993
  • Monster Bash - 1993
  • Monuments of Mars - 1991
  • Mystic Towers - 1994
  • Ninja - 1986
  • Raptor: Call of the Shadows - 1994
  • Rogue - 1984
  • Scorpion Pinball - 1986
  • Solar Winds: The Escape - 1992
  • Sopwith - 1984
  • Spacewar - 1985
  • Spy Hunter - 1984
  • Striker - 1985
  • Tyrian - 1995
  • Wacky Wheels - 1994
  • Zaxxon - 1984

History of Shareware

Shareware is a type of proprietary software which is initially provided free of charge to users, who are allowed and encouraged to make and share copies of the program. Shareware is often offered as a download from a website or on a compact disc included with a magazine. Shareware differs from open-source software, in which the source code is available for anyone to inspect and alter; and freeware, which is software distributed at no cost to the user but without source code being made available.

There are many types of shareware, and while they may not require an initial up-front payment, many are intended to generate revenue in one way or another. Some limit use to personal non-commercial purposes only, with purchase of a license required for use in a business enterprise. The software itself may be limited in functionality or be time-limited, or it may remind the user that payment would be appreciated.

In 1982, Andrew Fluegelman created a program for the IBM PC called PC-Talk, a telecommunications program, and used the term freeware; he described it "as an experiment in economics more than altruism". About the same time, Jim "Button" Knopf released PC-File, a database program, calling it user-supported software. Not much later, Bob Wallace produced PC-Write, a word processor, and called it shareware. Appearing in an episode of Horizon titled Psychedelic Science originally broadcast 5 April 1998, Bob Wallace said the idea for shareware came to him "to some extent as a result of my psychedelic experience".

In 1983 Jerry Pournelle wrote of "an increasingly popular variant" of free software "that has no name, but works thus: 'If you like this, send me (the author) some money. I prefer cash.'" In 1984, Softalk-PC magazine had a column, The Public Library, about such software. Public domain is a misnomer for shareware, and Freeware was trademarked by Fluegelman and could not be used legally by others, and User-Supported Software was too cumbersome. So columnist Nelson Ford had a contest to come up with a better name.

The most popular name submitted was Shareware, which was being used by Wallace. However, Wallace acknowledged that he got the term from an InfoWorld magazine column by that name in the 1970s, and that he considered the name to be generic, so its use became established over freeware and user-supported software.

From Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shareware

History of MSDOS

MS-DOS (acronym for Microsoft Disk Operating System) is an operating system for x86-based personal computers mostly developed by Microsoft. Collectively, MS-DOS, its rebranding as IBM PC DOS, and some operating systems attempting to be compatible with MS-DOS, are sometimes referred to as "DOS" (which is also the generic acronym for disk operating system). MS-DOS was the main operating system for IBM PC compatible personal computers during the 1980s, from which point it was gradually superseded by operating systems offering a graphical user interface (GUI), in various generations of the graphical Microsoft Windows operating system.

IBM licensed and re-released it in 1981, as PC DOS 1.0 for use in its PCs. Although MS-DOS and PC DOS were initially developed in parallel by Microsoft and IBM, the two products diverged after twelve years, in 1993, with recognizable differences in compatibility, syntax, and capabilities.

During its lifetime, several competing products were released for the x86 platform, and MS-DOS went through eight versions, until development ceased in 2000. Initially, MS-DOS was targeted at Intel 8086 processors running on computer hardware using floppy disks to store and access not only the operating system, but application software and user data as well. Progressive version releases delivered support for other mass storage media in ever greater sizes and formats, along with added feature support for newer processors and rapidly evolving computer architectures. Ultimately, it was the key product in Microsoft's development from a programming language company to a diverse software development firm, providing the company with essential revenue and marketing resources. It was also the underlying basic operating system on which early versions of Windows ran as a GUI. It is a flexible operating system, and consumes negligible installation space.

From Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS-DOS

History of DOSBox

DOSBox is free software written primarily in C++ and distributed under the GNU General Public License. DOSBox has been downloaded more than 34 million times since its release on SourceForge in 2002.

A number of usability enhancements have been added to DOSBox beyond the core function of emulating DOS. The added features include virtual hard drives, peer-to-peer networking, screen capture and screencasting from the emulated screen.

More than nine years have passed between 2010's 0.74 and the 2019's latest version 0.74-3, "a security release" made in the absence of version 0.75, which "should have been released by now, but some bugs took a lot longer than expected". But throughout these years development has been ongoing in the SVN version. Forks such as DOSBox SVN Daum and DOSBox SVN-lfn provide additional features, which include support for save states and long filenames, while others such as DosBox-X add emulation for Japanese systems like the NEC PC-98 and increase compatibility with various Demoscene productions.

A number of vintage DOS games have been commercially re-released to run on modern operating systems by encapsulating them inside DOSBox.

From Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOSBox