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A game demo (also called shareware or trialware) is a version of a game that is limited in some way (lower level cap, time limited, reduced features, etc.) but otherwise gives a player a first impression of the full game. A game demo is an often, but not always, freely distributed demonstration or preview of an upcoming or recently released computer or video game.

Game demos of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans,[1] Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness[2] and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos[3] have been released. Warcraft II and III do not have game demos of their expansions; Warcraft I never had an expansion.

World of Warcraft formerly had a trial version of its own which was replaced by the World of Warcraft Starter Edition.[4] 10-day-trials for expansions that are yet to be included in the full game remain available to players who have purchased a subscription.[5]

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  1. ^ Warcraft: Orcs and Humans Demo (1994). Internet Archive. Retrieved on 2014-09-19.
  2. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness Demo (1996). Internet Archive. Retrieved on 2014-09-19.
  3. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Demo (2002). Internet Archive. Retrieved on 2014-09-19.
  4. ^ World of Warcraft Starter Edition lets you reach lvl 20 for free, Night Elf Mohawk still only available to Mr. T. Eurogamer. Retrieved on 2014-09-19.
  5. ^ Mists of Pandaria Trial. Retrieved on 2014-09-19.