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Reconstruction of Interplay FTP demo area

Post by MrFlibble » March 30th, 2016, 5:11 am

Like many other publishers of its time, Interplay hosted their downloads on an FTP site, and thus the Wayback Machine did not archive it (either there was no full-fledged HTML mirror, or its preservation was blocked by robots.txt). There doesn't seem to be any mirror made by a third party too.

However, the Wayback Machine has, at least, preserved the demo download page listing all available files and their approximate size (regrettably, not the exact size in bytes, which complicates matters a bit). As Interplay was a large and well-known developer, many files are not hard to find, but there isn't one single place where all may be obtained.

The demo download page, in its iterations from various time periods, displays most files - at least, from the DOS era - as plain ZIP archives. However, some of the distributions had self-extracting PKZIP counterparts, which are a bit less preferable but still original alternatives if the ZIP files are nowhere to be found.

Sources that appear most reliable include FilePlanet and the SimTel, the Coast to Coast Software Repository mirror. Some file are of course found elsewhere, including some archives preserved by the Wayback Machine.

On a side note, Interplay also released some demo versions that were, for whichever reason, are not mentioned on the downloads page (and, presumably, were not available from the FTP). This includes the demo of Battle Chess II (BC2DEM.ZIP), the Blood & Magic demo (bamdemo.zip) and possibly some others.

Here's the list of the playable demo distributions, with links to working downloads if known/available:
  • Alone in the Dark II Demo: A2DEMO.ZIP
  • Alone in the Dark Demo: ALONE.ZIP
  • Apache Havoc Demo: APHAVOC-11.EXE
  • Atomic Bomberman Alpha Demo (Version 2) w/add on sounds: BM95ADEM.ZIP
  • Atomic Bomberman Alpha Demo (Version 2) sound add-on: BM95SND.ZIP
  • Battle Chess 4000 Demo: BC4DEMO.ZIP
  • Battle Chess Demo: BCDEMO.ZIP
  • Blackthorne - 3 Level Playable Demo: BTDEMO.ZIP
  • Buzz Aldrin's Race Into Space Demo: BUZZDEMO.ZIP
  • Carmageddon Demo: CARMDEMO.ZIP
  • Carmageddon 2 - Carpocalypse Now!: CARMA2DEMO.EXE
  • Castles Demo: CASTDEMO.ZIP
  • Conquest of the New World Demo: CNWDEMOA.ZIP
  • Conquest of the New World Demo w/Enhanced Sound: CNWDEMOB.ZIP
  • Conquest of the New World Demo w/Enhanced sound and movies: CNWDEMOC.ZIP
  • Descent 1.4 Preview version: DESC14SW.ZIP
  • Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War Playable Demo: FSDEMO10.EXE
  • Descent II 3-Level Interactive Preview: D2DEMO10.ZIP
  • Descent III Interactive Preview version 1.1.1: D3DMO111.EXE
  • See the Descent III Site for important Compatibility information!: DESCENT3DEMO2BETA.EXE
  • Die By The Sword Demo: DBTSDEMO.ZIP
  • Die By The Sword Demo - Voice Pack: DBTSVOICE.ZIP
  • Dungeon Master II Demo: DM2DEMO1.ZIP (dm2demo.1exe)
  • Earth 2140 Demo: EARTH.ZIP
  • Evolution Demo: EVOLDEMO.EXE
  • Fallout Demo: FALLDEMO.ZIP
  • Fragile Allegiance Demo (With Sound): FADEMO2.ZIP
  • Fragile Allegiance Demo (W/O Sound): FADEMO3.ZIP
  • Freespace 2 Interactive Demo: FS2DEMO10.EXE
  • Jet Fighter III beta demo: JF3TEST.EXE
  • Lexi-Cross Demo - The full game is no longer available: LEXIDEMO.EXE (lexidemo.zip)
  • The Lost Vikings Demo: LOSTDEMO.ZIP (lostdemo.exe)
  • Mario Teaches Typing Demo: MARIODEM.EXE (mario.zip)
  • M.A.X.: MAXDEMO1.ZIP
  • M.A.X. 2 Demo: max2demo.exe
  • Revised MDK Demo: MDKDEMO.ZIP
  • Norse By Norsewest - The Return of the Lost Vikings: NRSEDOS.ZIP
  • Norse By Norsewest - The Return of the Lost Vikings: NRSE95D.ZIP
  • Omar Sharif On Bridge Demo: OMARDEMO.ZIP
  • Out Of This World Demo: OOTWDEMO.EXE (ootwdemo.zip)
  • VR Sports Powerboat Racing Playable Demo: PBOAT.ZIP
  • Peter Jacobsen's Golden Tee Golf: GTGDEMO.EXE
  • Pro Pinball Demo: PPINDEMO.ZIP
  • Rags To Riches Demo: RAGSDEMO.EXE (ragsdemo.zip)
  • Redneck Rampage Demo: REDNECKD.ZIP
  • Sand Warriors Interactive Demo: SWDEMO.ZIP
  • StoneKeep Non-Interactive Demo: SKNIDEMO.ZIP
  • Solitaire For Windows Demo: SOLWDEMO.ZIP
  • Star Reach Demo: SR_DEMO.ZIP
  • Shattered Steel: SSDEMO11.ZIP
  • Starfleet Command self extracting demo: SFCWWWDEMO.EXE
  • Starfleet Command zipped Demo: SFCCDDEMO.ZIP
  • Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Demo: TREKDEMO.EXE (trekdemo.zip)
  • Star Trek: Judgment Rites Demo [1 of 2]: RITESDM1.EXE
  • Star Trek: Judgment Rites Demo [2 of 2]: RITESDM2.EXE
  • SWIV Demo for Windows 95 (requires DirectX): SWIVDEMO.ZIP
  • SWIV Demo for Windows 95 with 3DFX video cards (requires DirectX): SWIV3DFX.ZIP
  • Virtual Pool DOS Demo: VRPOOL10.ZIP
  • Virtual Pool Windows 95 Demo: VP95DEMO.ZIP
  • Virtual Snooker Demo: VSNOOKER.ZIP
  • Virtual Tennis Demo: VRTNSID.ZIP
  • Whiplash Demo: WHIPDEMO.ZIP

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Re: Reconstruction of Interplay FTP demo area

Post by Cire » April 2nd, 2016, 1:20 pm

Nice job! :)

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Re: Reconstruction of Interplay FTP demo area

Post by Cire » April 6th, 2016, 3:17 pm

You might already know this, but Internet Archive has a partial listing of Interplay's FTP: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://ftp.interplay.com/*
A few of the downloads actually works too.
Hope you find the missing demos! :)

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Re: Reconstruction of Interplay FTP demo area

Post by MrFlibble » April 6th, 2016, 3:22 pm

Cire wrote:You might already know this, but Internet Archive has a partial listing of Interplay's FTP: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://ftp.interplay.com/*
A few of the downloads actually works too.
Hope you find the missing demos! :)
I did check that a while ago (by the analogy with the MPS FTP), but I don't remember any working downloads (or it was something that can be found elsewhere).

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Re: Reconstruction of Interplay FTP demo area

Post by Cire » April 6th, 2016, 3:42 pm

Yeah, I tried every link there. Some Fallout bibles, one demo (can't exactly remember, Think it might have been Virtual Pool 3?) and a Fallout Tactics patch is all I Think. But yeah, can be that those few can be found somewhere else.

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Re: Reconstruction of Interplay FTP demo area

Post by MrFlibble » February 16th, 2017, 8:37 am

MrFlibble wrote:
  • Revised MDK Demo: MDKDEMO.ZIP
I have reasons to believe that this demo is identical to this one: mdkpcw95.exe (also found here), which appears to be the latest version (v3.0) released by Shiny Entertainment.

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Re: Reconstruction of Interplay FTP demo area

Post by MrFlibble » October 15th, 2017, 1:09 pm

I changed the Carmageddon demo link, as the file I linked to previously (carmdemo.zip) appears to be an earlier version distributed by Sales Curve Interactive. It's smaller in size and does not mention Interplay in the supplied readme file.

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