Posted by Data in Cortex Command - August 26th, 2008

A few months ago I was about to buy a piece of shareware (the excellent RoboForm), but right there on their checkout page was a button claiming that I could “Get it for free!” instead of paying the regular price. Of course my BS detector went off, but my curiosity was also piqued enough to check it out.

I assumed it was a deal like those incredibly annoying flashing web banner ads for “FREE IPOD OMG!”, but I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found and experienced. I ended up getting to choose a single ‘offer’ from a wide range of unrelated big name brands. It sounds completely weird, but I found myself buying some delivered flowers (wife affection bonus, get!) from the reputable — and got my copy of RoboForm completely free on the side, without almost any extra hassle or delay.

So, we looked into the business behind this, TrialPay, and were impressed enough that we decided to set it up for our games as well. It is just an additional path for you to get your full license, which is completely equivalent to what you’d get if you took the simple direct payment route:

We’re especially excited about the fact that TrialPay customizes its offers to your geographical location. If you live in the U.S., you will get offers from big-name U.S. brands like GAP and Blockbuster, but if you live in China or South America, you get affordable offers for local businesses in your local currency: prepaid cell phone cards, regional shops, etc. Since you get the Cortex Command license for free with the deal, this means it’s a much lower expense for you than having to pay a fixed U.S. price in U.S. dollars.

Even for U.S. customers, it’s pretty satisfying to be able to choose an offer you’re interested in anyway, and then get the game for free on top of it! It certainly made my day when I got RoboForm, and managed to surprise the wife with flowers at her work.

We understand you might be as skeptical as I was initially, but at least check out the offer page — If nothing else, it’s pretty interesting to see what random deals you get.

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165 Responses to “Get Cortex Command for FREE! (yes, really)”

  1. TFSR - # September 21st, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    So yeah… any news on the Mac port?
    I don’t have a mac, but I’m hoping that from there a Linux port might come, even though the people who use Linux tend not to buy software…
    Actually, wait- does a Linux port make any business sense, at all?
    Regardless of whether it does, I hope for news on one.

  2. Simon - # September 22nd, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    checking every day waiting for that mac version 🙂
    can’t wait!

  3. Coops - # September 22nd, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    yaaaaaah, me too

  4. grenade - # September 23rd, 2008 at 1:37 am

    When there would be any offers in my country -> Ukraine.There is a lot of contries supplied,but my country isnt in that list.Im loser…

  5. Blue - # September 23rd, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Woo! Already paid my dues, but this is a cool offer. Also, when’s the front page getting an update? We’re way past April 5th here!

  6. Coops - # September 23rd, 2008 at 7:53 am

    no, your country just doesn’t like you.. or maybe trialpay doesn’t like you..

  7. Tomaster - # September 23rd, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Data, wanna just tell us what you’re doing? Even though it will spark a massive amount of whining and bitching?

  8. Tomaster - # September 23rd, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Also, I still think we should have that elite e-mail list 😛 I don’t care if it’s elitist

  9. Slug - # September 24th, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Evertyime I take a look at this site and still see the “Get cortex command for free!” title at the top of the page, I die a little bit inside.

  10. Captian Hat - # December 26th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Hey, if we kept using this over and over to get more and more license keys, would this be an exploit of the system? Or more money for Data?

  11. Data - # December 30th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Captain: Can’t it be both?

    (it can)

  12. Whef - # January 19th, 2009 at 6:29 pm


    I feel like I stole the game, but everyone got paid!

  13. kinnect - # March 16th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    new game xbox…

    I saw someone on the mall. So cute, smart-looking, simple, elegant, and appearance just like a celebrity. Kainis paglapit ko nauntog ako. Salamin pala! …

  14. Wardark - # March 26th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I did the trialpay stuff, but I did not get a CD KEY, how do I get a steam cd key for this? It like just gave me a version of the game and thats all…

  15. TACD - # December 29th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    For anybody else wondering the same thing as Wardark (like I was), I emailed the devs and got a response.

    Go to and log in using the email address you used for TrialPay and your old key as the password. The following page will have a button that lets you get your Steam key.