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Love for gaming has no age boundaries. This list has all the games that will be relished by the kids and the elderly alike. It covers freeware games from many different categories and genres that may suit your interests. Since everyone has their own style of gaming and interests for a particular genre, you'll surely find many games that you might love to the core from this list.

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Best Free Action Games
 

Best Free Arcade or Shmup Game

Arcade or shmup (shoot 'em up) games are fast paced action game and/or provide immense replayability value. Mostly they require good hand-eye co-ordination to play and quick reflexes.

  • Focus( Site| Download)

    Focus is a platformer game with a teleporting mechanic by Jesse Venbrux. Use your focus powers to avoid missiles by slowing down every object within the focus field! The longer you hold the focus button the smaller the circle becomes, hence your teleport range will shrink until it is no longer possible to perform the feat. The focus power regenerates itself once you stop using it for some time. You need twitchy fingers for this game. With over 50 stages, unlockables, enchanting music, and above all very solid, it's difficult-but-let’s-try-one-more-time game and very addictive too. On completion, players receive a rank and a medal to honour their achievement.

  • Viriax ( Site| Download)

    Be part of the Viriax infection and show humans who set the rules in the Earth.

    Infect important organs one by one, and destroy the ultimate defensive hope of humanity, the Nanobot Assembly System, implemented as a chip near the brain. Reach the organ core to infect it, but watch your energy level: each time you move up or attack you will lose part of your energy, as also you will lose a bunch of energy if you get hit by an enemy cell.

    Collect red globules to keep your energy full and think when it's a good moment to stop and make some points.

  • Super Crate Box( Site| Download)

    Grabbing crates was never this difficult! In Super Crate Box, your objective is just to get hold of the crates that appear one-by-one on the multi-layered platforms in each level. Each crate has a random hidden weapon that you can use to blast your enemies. After a set milestone of grabbing crates, a new weapon gets unlocked which tends to be more destructive. During the quest you'll have to dodge or kill various enemies who fall from the top and move along the platforms and finally gets engulfed in a fire in the middle of the lowest platform, but reincarnating themselves as a red demon.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • RunMan: Race Around the World- Run through 35+ levels across 6 unique and preposterous zones in this speedy platformer game that has colorful, bright and crudy graphics! ( Site| Download)

    • Hydorah- This space adventure game features lots of short and intense levels with fantasy spacial landscapes, unlockable weapons, secrets, and a large library of enemies and bosses . ( Site| Download)

    • Spelunky- This is a randomly generated cave exploration / treasure-hunting game, where the goal is to grab as much treasure from the cave as possible. ( Site| Download)

    • Warning Forever - This is a fixed space shooter game, where strategy is the key to win the game. The bosses grow stronger and more intelligent as you advance. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Beat'em Up - Fighting Game

This genre includes action games that focus on close-combat fighting, unarmed or using melee weapons; the emphasis is on executing precise moves (punches, kicks, etc.) when facing opponents who usually use similar tactics against the playable character. Fighting games are traditionally divided into two broad categories: Versus fighters and Beat 'em ups / Brawlers.

  • Streets of rage Remake ( Site| Download)

    After a remarkable 8 long years of development here's a tribute to the entire saga of the Sega MegaDrive or Genesis series. Streets of Rage Remake merges all the three Streets of Rage games into one enormous omni basher from lines of code entirely written from scratch. The original sprites of the game have been ripped, adding new moves. by 10 designers and the music have been remixed by 5 different musicians. The stages are either new or competely redesigned. The sheer scope of the project includes 103 stages, 40 cutscenes, 19 playable characters, 64 enemies and 8 different enemies, so there's plenty to keep you entertained!

  • Little Fighter 2( Site| Downloads Main  1 2 3)

    LF2LF2 is a popular freeware PC fighting game for Windows and a sequel to Little Fighter (LF1). The game is hugely popular and especially is the fan favourite for a simultaneous hot seat/network game. The little street fighters have amazing, distinct and diverse special powers that can be unleashed through different combo keys. Different sets of items fall to the ground that can be used to replenish your health or to hurt your opponents.There are different modes to play the game (VS, Stage, Championship, Battle, Demo), various artistic environments and upto 8 human players can be involved in the game. Various fan made versions of LF2 are also available and listed in download mirrors above.

  • Lugaru ( Site| Download  | Mods  ) 

    A 3D cross-platform, 3rd person action game featuring Turner,an anthropomorphic rebel bunny rabbit with impressive combat skills. Lugaru employs skeletal animation with ragdoll physics and hand-and-face expressions, where attacks and counters reversals are based on timing and context rather than different key combinations. The fighting system is based largely around close combat, and also includes knives, swords and staves during combat. Stealth also plays a key role to win the fights. The graphics are great, which includes motion blur making fast movement easier to track and other effects, like blood splatter on hit knocking out a couple of teeth, wall cracks when smashing an enemy onto it

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Mortal Kombat Unlimited: This game features all MK characters, with more levels, more opponents, more special moves and is an OpenBor mod. ( Site | Download)
    • Golden Axe: Myths: A fan-made tribute to the classic 16-bit era series featuring all-new graphics, music and levels, and even a downloadable artbook and soundtrack. ( Site | Download)
    • Zombie Smashers X:  A 2D sidescrolling fighting game that has a gripping, fantastic plot where Earth is becoming overrun by zombies and decide(s) to do something about it. (Site | Download)
    • Marvel First Alliance: The game has a classic side-scrolling gameplay with a large and diverse cast. (Site | Download)

Best Free Versus - Fighting Game

  • Super Cosplay War Ultra(Site | Download)

    Super Cosplay War Ultra  sets itself apart from other freeware fighters with excellent gameplay, fluid animations, a staggering number of combos and secret characters, and top-notch graphics. In addition to the standard fighting genre, there are extra battle modes like Battle Royale and Team Vs Team. The four basic attacks are punch, kick, grab and air attack. Combos will usually cause a character to change into various costumes during the sequence, and perform a powerful attack in the end - this final hit is usually the hardest in the sequence to connect with.  
  • The Black Heart( Site| Download)

    The Black heart is a horror themed fighting game with its own intro, characters, stages, modif, credits and even its own storyline which you can play in Story mode. The gameplay of Black Heart is quite unique, when the enemy is below a certain health point, they will start to bleed. In default, each game will last for 99 seconds per round, the first person or team to either K.O their opponents or have a higher amount of health than there opponent will win that round, best two out of three wins. Each character except Final has 5 abilities, these are...Normal moves, Special moves, Super moves, Fatal move, Killer mode.

  • Duel Toys 2( Site| Download)

    Duel Toys 2 is a fighting/RPG Fan-Game which features tons of different well known characters from various games/ comics/ movies and turn them into Dueling Toys! It features more then 60 characters, from games like Street Fighter, King of Fighters, Mortal Kombat and even pop icons like Darth Vader and Michael Jackson. It also contains more than 10 original characters! But to get all the characters you must travel the city of Green Grapes dueling and collecting Badges. So start playing right now, do you think you can get all the 60 Duel Toys?

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Super Marvel vs Capcom: Eternity of Heroes: SMvC: EOH is a full game created the Infinity Mugen Team, based on the popular Marvel vs. Capcom series, and runs on the M.U.G.E.N engine. ( Site| Download)

    • King of the Streets: Well made 2D fighter inspired by Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter where fights are extremely fun. ( Site| Download)

    • Toribash: Toribash is an innovative fighting game based on the physics sandbox model where YOU design the moves! ( Site| Download)

Best Free Maze Game(To be done)

Games in which the objective requires the successful navigation of a maze.  Mazes may appear in an overhead view, a side view, or first‐person perspective or hidden from view. Often the player‐character must navigate the maze under the pressure of pursuers, although this is not always the case.

Best Free Pinball Game

Games which simulate the play of an arcade pinball game. Requires good hand-eye co-ordination to play.  Although these games could be considered as Table‐Top Games, there is a tradition of video pinball games and a wide variety of them to warrant categorizing them in a genre of their own.

  • Future Pinball( Site| Download+Official Table| Tables)

    Future Pinball is a real time Pinball Development System. It allows you to design and play your very own pinball simulation in True real time 3D. It uses Advanced Physics to provide the best possible Simulation of a true to life pinball machine. As Future Pinball is a Game Construction Program it contains some advanced concepts which may require a little bit of time (and patience) to learn and fully understand (such as computer graphics and scripting concepts). I've also added a link to various table sets that you can easily add and play.

  • Visual Pinball( Site| Download| Tables)

    Visual Pinball is a new tool that allows users to create and play thier own pinball tables. If you like, you can start with nothing but a blank table and build up your creation, or start with a preset table or edit an existing table.

    Tables come alive with realistic shading and shadows. Gameplay with Visual Pinball is fun and fast-paced. Choose to view the table at any angle, at any resolution - a small window to play while multi-tasking or full-screen max-resolution for a complete pinball effect.

  • Pinball FX2( Site | Download)

    This is a pinball game for Windows 8 users. Pinball FX is back, and it is better than ever! Pinball FX2 offers brand new tables and a host of new features and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art physics model that surpasses anything available so far. The game includes several new features, such as local multiplayer and the ability to tweak table settings. Each of the game's tables become more complex as the game advances, opening new paths and opportunities. It also features leaderboards and online multiplayer for up to four players.

Best Free Platformer (Action)

Platformer games are ones in which the primary objective requires movement through a series of levels, by way of running, climbing, jumping, and other means of locomotion. Characters and settings are seen in side view as opposed to top view. There is heavy emphasis on action and shooting, and may have a story and collectibles.

  • Cave Story( Site| Download)

    Cave Story is really one of those games that can be considered a masterpiece of game design. The developer, Pixel spent five years making this game as fun and as great as it is by adding solid controls, smooth gameplay, a great cast of characters and dialogue, an interesting plot, good music and beautiful old-school 2-D artwork. And on top of all this added multiple endings, several boss battles, tons of items to collect, all kinds of added secret bonuses and special challenges, various and considerably different methods of playing through the game depending on your actions, competition ranking features and an extremely high replay value. Cave Story is by far the best freeware game I have ever had the honor of playing through and certainly one of the best games I've played.

  • Iji( Site| Download)

    Iji is an action-packed strategic platform shooter with a detailed story, large levels with multiple paths, powerful bosses and lots of secrets. There are alternate gameplay events, dialogues and scenes depending on what you do, a wealth of extras and bonus features, and seven stats to upgrade through a leveling system. Iji herself has superhuman strength and abilities, and can crack Nanotechnology, use her enemies' most devastating weapons against them, and be a pacifist or a killer - the story adapts to how you play. There are 8 mainstream guns, combining standard firearms unlocks 8 additional weapons. Iji gains experience points and gains a level when enough are collected and an upgrade station is used to increase her skills, abilities and armor.

  • TAGAP 2( Site| Download)

    TAGAP 2 continues the story of cyber-penguins Pablo and Pedro, who now have joined forces. Following the events of TAGAP, our waddling heroes stumble on even bigger zombie penguin army, spearheaded by general Primo, the most epic cyber-penguin ever! More advanced and better equipped, Primo and his troops are going to accomplish what their predecessors failed to achieve; To conquer the world! Pablo is more able than before tossing grenades, using new vehicles, utilizing electro-magnetism and being more bad-ass, while Pedro provides back-up via air strikes. Not only that, but if you have a game pad your friend can assume the role of Pedro and join you side-by-side in split-screen co-op play.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Hero Core - A great platformer with black and white graphics where the protagonist get to the center of the asteroid base, and defeat the Machine Warlord, Cruiser Tetron. ( Site |  Download
    • Gun Girl 2 - A freeware action platformer in the style of games like Metroid, Castlevania or Cave Story. But with blood… LOTS of blood ( Site |  Download)
    • I Wanna Be the Guy - A sardonic loveletter to the halcyon days of early American videogaming, packaged as a nail-rippingly difficult platform adventure. ( Site |  Download)
    • Pixel Force Halo - From the developer of the fantastic Pixel Force: Left 4 Dead comes a retro de-make of Halo, mirroring the events of Halo: Combat Evolved in ten 8-bit levels. (Site |  Download)
    • Legend of Princess - A Zelda like action game that has its levels change slightly depending on your equipment. ( Site |  Download)

Best Free Shooter -First Person Shooter

Shooters are action games in which the player character shoots enemies. The shooting is usually performed with firearms in these games. In FPS, the environements are displayed from a 1st-person perspective or view; i.e. from the viewer's own eyes and will be in 3D. Most free FPS are multiplayer, with human or computer opponents, and there is heavy emphasis on team-work, while campaign modes are very rare.

             1. Single-Player

  • Black Mesa ( Site |  Download |  Steam |  Source SDK Base 2007)

    Black Mesa  is a Half-Life 2 total conversion remaking of Valve Software's award-winning PC game, Half-Life. Utilizing the Source engine, Black Mesa will reintroduce the player as Doctor Gordon Freeman, along with the original cast of memorable characters and environments seen in Half-Life by fully reconstructing the Half-Life universe utilizing Source to its fullest potential. The idea is to remake the storyline used in Half Life into a new polished Source Engine version with new models, maps, soundtrack, voice acting and textures.

             2. Multi-Player

  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory ( Site| Download)

    Formerly a expansion pack, Enemy Territory was released as a free multiplayer add-on featuring multiplayer support for as many as 64 players. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory challenges gamers to the ultimate test of teamwork and strategy. Each of the five character classes is critical to a team's ultimate victory or defeat on the battlefield. These include Soldier, Medic, Engineer, Field Ops, Covert Ops each having their own traits. Every time you kill an opponent, or your team manages to accomplish its goals, you will get experience. Experience translates into experience points and the more points you earn the higher your skill level. 

  • America's Army: Special Forces( Site| Download)

    One of the most realistic games ever, and winning 3 Guinness World Records for largest travelling game simulator, largest virtual army and most downloaded war game in 2008, AA2 is a multiplayer (single player available) round based tactical shooter game with the player acting as a soldier in the U.S. Army, with combat at squad-level with multiple fireteams.

    Created and designed by the United States Army, this adrenaline-packed multiplayer game is in a class all its own in terms of its realistic game play and military detail.

  • Tribes 2 akaTribesNext( Site| Download| Patch)

    Tribes 2 is a fast paced 3D combat type FPS over a huge area. Set in the year 3941, Tribes 2 allows the user to play as a soldier in one of several factions (referred to in the game as tribes), such as the Children of the Phoenix, the Blood Eagle, the Diamond Sword, and the Star Wolf.

    Players can also choose to play a rebelling human-created soldier/worker race called the BioDerms. The game can be played in FPS and TPS modes. Game modes include capture the flag, deathmatch, rabbit-chase, and various others.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Area51- Played from the perspective of the protagonist, Ethan Cole, first starts out with intense combat where the player has several AI teammates with him versus hordes of mutants. (Site | Download)

    • Xonotic- A fast paced, free and open source FPS game, Xonotic combines an addictive, arena-style gameplay with rapid movement and a wide array of weapons. ( Site| Download)

    • Cube 2:Sauerbraten- This multiplayer/singleplayer shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS, allows map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine. ( Site| Download)

    • WG Realms 2: Siege Breaker- An action packed single player shooter that is a total conversion of Duke Nukem 3D with 3 huge levels with some of WG's best work to date. ( Site| Download)

    • Urban Terror - Urban Terror can be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; somewhat realism based, but the motto is "fun over realism". This results in a very unique, enjoyable and addictive game. ( Site| Download)

    • OpenArena -A community-produced deathmatch FPS, OpenArena many game types supported including Free For All, Capture The Flag, Domination, Overload, Harvester, and more. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Shooter -Third Person Shooter

The environments are displayed from a 3rd-person perspective or view; i.e. player is able to see his/her own avatar. Most third-person shooters have a defined campaign. There are different sorts of collectibles, like medkits, ammo, weapons, etc in-game as well as various types of enemies, and may also include elements of RPG.

  • Psi Ops: The Mind Gate Conspiracy(Site | Download)

    Psi Ops The Mindgate Conspiracy is a third person shooter which puts players in control of Nick Scryer a Psi-operative with psychic abilites such as telekinesis, remote viewing, mind drain, pyrokinesis,aura view and mind control. To begin with Nick has no access to his psychic powers, but regains his memories of how to use them one by one at various points in the game. Each remembering event is followed by a training level instructing the player in each powers' use. Use these psychic abilities along with traditional weapons to fight your way through an army of terrorists.

  • Hidden and Dangeours Deluxe( Site| Download)

    Hidden and Dangerous Deluxe is about the beginning of the SAS during world war 2, you control a four-man squad of soldiers. It is a 3rd person/1st person, tactical action game.

    The mix of both tactical action and strategy is a must use in Hidden & Dangerous. The game has 23 missions in total spread over 6 campaigns set throughout Italy, Germany, Norway and many other countries. Mission objectives vary from rescuing hostages, to capturing german officers and from blowing up bridges, to stealing an enigma coding machine.

  • Crime Life 2(Site | Download)

    Crimelife 2 is a full 3D GTA clone. You can free roam around the new huge city. Shoot people and explode vehicles with 7 weapons including uzi, shotguns, rocket lunchers and more.

    You can purchase more weapons from the Weapon-Nation shop. Drive a car from 16 available, all different in appearance and interior. Enter a building to explore the rich content and many, many other things.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • Dark Ocean: A survival horror videogame settled on a luxurious cruise ship. Dark Ocean emphasizes the tension and anxiety in an original and exclusive environment, influenced by modern horror movies and horror games. ( Site| Download )
    • Noxious: You, a scientist, got trapped inside when the research facility went into lock down due to the test subjects escaping containment. You must reroute power from around the facility to a large laser cannon to blow your way out. (Site | Download)

Best Free Top Down Shooter

Top-down perspective is used to describe any game where the main setting of gameplay is represented by a top-down (also known as overhead) view of the playfield. These games may have a well defined campaigns, or multiplayer and team based.

  • Alien Swarm( Site| Download| Steam)

    The game thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. With your friends, form a squad of four distinct IAF Marine classes. Plan your attack using an unlockable arsenal of weapons with countless loadout configurations against a wide variety of aliens. Blaze your way through an overrun, off-world colony, eradicating the alien infestation in environments ranging from the icy planet's surface, to a subterranean lava-flooded mining facility. Over 40 weapons and equipment with countless loadout configurations, 4 unique classes and 8 unique characters.

  • GTA 2( Site| Download)

    GTA2 expanded on the top-down, open-ended crime world gameplay formula of it's predecessor with a host of new features including the advent of multiple rival gangs – seven, to be exact, including the Yakuza, Scientists, Looneys, Rednecks, Zaibatsu, the Russian Mob and Hare Krishnas.

    Earn your respect with each gang. Reap the benefits with all manner of shady work-for-hire gigs contracted your way. And climb your way to the top of the criminal pile.

  • Counter Strike 2D( Site| Download)

    Counter-Strike 2D is more than just a freeware clone of the well known game Counter-Strike! Experience the popular multiplayer shooter in a top-down 2D perspective or accomplish new missions like capture the flag or domination! Use a huge arsenal of weapons and equipment including crazy new stuff like portal guns, lasers, RPGs, turrets and much more!

    The game has all the weapons from the original CS, a very easy to use map editor and many modes.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • Subvein: Mutant Factions: A tactical and fast paced multiplayer action game. It has over 20 weapons, a strategic skills system, crazy vehicles and countless user-generated maps. ( Site| Download)
    • Notrium: A very moddable game having 4 player characters: Human, Android, Alien, Psionic with survival, action and exploration taking place on the planet Notrium. ( Site| Download | Mods)
    • Thesus: Return of the Hero: A logical sequel to Alien Shooter with 10 missions, mostly taking place in open spaces across forest, village, highway and city battles. ( Site | Download)
    • Killing Engine: A free multiplayer shooter between 2 teams having large varied battlegrounds, 28 different weapons, Level editor, destructible environment and three different game modes. ( Site| Download)
    • Bloodmasters: An arcade, oldschool multiplayer shooter with lots of blood, that supports Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture The Flag and Scavenger game modes. ( Site| Download)
 
 
 
 
Best Free Adventure Games
 

Best Free Horror or Survival Game

Either a 3rd person or 1st person perspective game in which the player has to survive an onslaught of undead, human, animal or monster like opponents, usually in claustrophobic environments. Horror film elements are used liberally.The player's goal is generally to escape from an isolated house or town that is inhabited mostly by zombies and monsters through shooting and puzzle solving.

  • Cry of Fear ( SiteDownload | Steam)

    Cry of Fear is a psychological single-player and co-op horror game set in a deserted town filled with horrific creatures and nightmarish delusions. Cry of Fear started as a mod for Half-Life 1 and now has turned into a total conversion. You play as a young man desperately searching for answers in the cold Scandinavian night, finding his way through the city as he slowly descends into madness. There are multiple endings, multiple difficulty levels, 24 unique weapons, lots of unlockables and a full co-op game for upto 4 players. The engine also features advanced animated cutscenes and many other surprises.

  • Penumbra( Site| Download)

    In Penumbra, the player finds himself in an underground base on Greenland, searching for his lost father. It's an adventure horror game, free from classic FPS elements, with an emphasise on puzzle solving and exploring.

    Constantly on your toes, you will never know what to expect, with no weapons how do you protect yourself? The game uses advanced artificial intelligence to respond realistically to noises and light. Not only is it powered by a 3D engine utilising cutting edge technology, it also has an advanced physics system which allows for a never before seen environment interaction, puzzles and combat.

  • Erie(Site | Download:- (Install game->View standalone downloads))

    Erie drops you into a visually stunning, yet terrifying scenario where your goals are to investigate, survive, and finally escape. It’s first person horror meets intense dark-ride with hidden, rotting cats. Erie begins in October 1966, when the Fermi 1 Nuclear Power Generator suffers a partial meltdown, and locals begin disappearing from a sleepy Michigan town. Oliver Victor is a Red Cross Investigator sent to find missing locals, but quickly finds himself trapped underground and being hunted by a product of forced-mutation experiments. Oliver’s rescue mission quickly turns into a struggle to survive, escape and uncover what’s been happening under the nuclear plant on the shores of Lake Erie.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Spotlight: SCP Containment Breachis a free survival horror game(still in alpha) written in Blitz3D . You are playing as one of the workers of an SCP Containment Site, when something goes wrong and you find yourself trapped inside the dark building with several escaped SCPs. Features a randomly generated map thus every playthrough is different ( Site| Download)
    • Slender: The Eight Pages: The game is based on the fakeloric figure known as Slender Man, who is known for the abduction of children in mysterious, dark settings. ( Site | Download)
    • Euthanasia: The game features sureal gameplay in the dreams of Shaun Randall, loads of riddles and puzzles, and a disturbing athmosphere. ( Site |  Download |  Patch)
    • Which: A short and creepy game where you look for a way to open the door out of the small house. ( Site| Download)
    • 1213 (Series): A psychological adventure in the style of Flashback, as in running shooting climby up ledges etc. It's about an amnesiac who wakes up in a cell not knowing how he - hey, where're you going? ( Site| Download)
    • Candles: Nasty imp creatures have taken over your house, and you need to move careful around, lighting candles to scare them all away. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Interactive Fiction Game - Graphic Adventure / Point 'n Click

Adventure games that use graphics to convey the environment to the player. Point-and-click adventures are the most common type of graphic adventure where the player uses a mouse to interact with the environment and solve puzzles while interacting with the environment. The camera usually follows the player's movements.

  • Sam & Max: Abe Lincoln Must Die ( Site |  Download )

    Abe Lincoln Must Die is the 4th episode in the series. It is a graphical adventure game that has cartoonish 3D graphics, challenging puzzles, clever humour and writing, and a set of unconventional characters. It has a point and click interface with a low learning curve. The gameplay is quite intuitive with environment exploration (clicking hotspots/highlighted items) triggering item descriptions or interactions and dialogue choices providing values for humor as well as clues for puzzles having logical solutions. You may also use the items that you've discovered onto other items or characters by selecting the item from the inventory and clicking it on the target.

  • King's Quest III Redux ( Site |  Download)

    Kings Quest III Redux is an animated graphic adventure game that resumes from where it's previous remake King's Quest II: Romancing the Stones ended. Featuring stunning new background artwork, an innovative digital musical score, high quality voice-acting, and a number of refinements and additions, this is easily the best installment in the series. Experience a new adventure engulfed in a magical story book interface like never before. Command powerful spells against wind and weather. From lush green meadows to snowy mountain peaks danger abounds on your journey homeward.

  • Chzo Mythos ( Site |  Download)

    The Chzo Mythos series is a series of amateur adventure games made by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw. It is a four-part series centered around the fulfillment of the prophecies of Chzo, a wicked pain elemental, and his attempt to create a Bridge between the two realms of Magick and Technology throughout many centuries. The game ties together the events of  5 Days a Stranger and  7 Days a Skeptic with the events of  Trilby's Notes and  6 Days a Sacrifice. While the former two have traditional point'n click interface, the latter requires the player to move with the keyboard & type commands with a text parser.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Beneath A Steel Sky- This is a classic, and must-play futuristic adventure game with a well written story, beautiful graphics, effective music and addicting gameplay. (Site | Download| ScummVM)
    • Out of Order- A comedy thriller, with high resolution and high color graphics and an adventure that goes across 30 rooms that took 3 years to make. (Site | Download)
    • The Journey Down: Over the Edge - A twisting tale of intriguing adventure ( Site| Download)
    • Ben There, Dan That- This one is a knockabout point-and-click comedy game, in the vein of the old classic Lucasarts adventures. ( Site| Download)
    • The Museum of Broken Memories- A story set in a museum and about war, death, love, friendship, imprisonment, the scars we all bear, and the way to freedom. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Interactive Fiction Game - Text Based / Narrative

Text based narrative games are simply like reading a novel. But it's still more interactive than reading one. While the gameplay is kept at a minimum, these games may also include various puzzles, choices etc, and even lets the reader to explore the 'environment'.

  • Blue Lacuna( Site| Download)

    Blue Lacuna is among the largest text-based interactive stories ever produced, a full-length novel and adventure game in one.

    As a wayfarer, you will find new worlds to explore, complex characters to befriend or anger, choices to make that affect the fate of worlds, and a story whose ultimate meaning and resolution is defined by you.

    Blue lacuna features dynamic room descriptions, complex characters, a novice friendly keyword navigation system, a drama manager and even provides a choice between story & puzzle mode for your tastes.

  • Lost Pig( Site| Download)

    Lost Pig is a text adventure game about an orc named Grunk and a pig who would much prefer to remain lost.

    The story is told entirely from Grunk's perspective, in his own words (just words — no pictures), so the player gets to experience the world through Grunk's unique point of view.

    It's entirely up to you to figure out how he's going to find that pig and get it back home. Along the way, you'll get to discover a lost underground shrine, solve a few puzzles, practice your conversational skills, and maybe even learn a thing or two about alchemy.

  • Violet(Site | Download)

    Calm down. All you have to do is write a thousand words and everything will be fine. And you have all day, except it's already noon!

    Violet is a one room puzzle game where the protagonist has to write a thousand words for his dissertation. If that doesn't happen his girlfriend, Violet has threatened to leave him. He also faces a number of distractions which includes a view of the whole campus through the window, and a computer with access to blogs and webcomics. The protagonist hence must reconsider and risk wrecking his carrer and relationship.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Aotearoa- An entire continent of untamed wilds, and the last place on Earth where dinosaurs still roam. If only you'd come ashore under better circumstances...(Site | Download)
    • Slouching towards Bedlam- In the beginning was the Word, and it was hungry. Enter a steampunk adventure set in a London that might have been.....And in the darkness - in the alleys and the side shops - hide secrets. ( Site| Download)
    • Blue Chairs- A party...You're offered a mysterious green fluid...Passes out....Awoken by a man who brings phone message from long-lost love..The adventure begins...Is it a hallucination or a reality? (Site | Download)
    • Vespers- A horror themed morality game, the game actively encourages the player to take the evil path and hence decisions taken, create multiple endings. (Site | Download)
    • Suveh Nux- You play a magician's servant who gets trapped in your master's vault; you'll need to learn some of his tricks if you want to get out. (Site | Download)

Best Free Interactive Fiction Game - Visual or Graphic Novels

Games in which the story is told through text overlaid on a graphical background representing the scene being described. The player's input is confined to periodically making choices which might affect the direction and outcome of the story. Mostly regarded as a branch of Japanese adventure, but Western examples exist as well.

  • Katawa Shoujo( Site |  Download)

    Katawa Shoujo is a bishoujo-style visual novel set in the fictional Yamaku High School for disabled children, located somewhere in modern Japan. Hisao Nakai, a normal boy living a normal life, has his life turned upside down when a congenital heart defect forces him to move to a new school after a long hospitalization. Despite his difficulties, Hisao is able to find friends—and perhaps love, if he plays his cards right. There are five main paths corresponding to the 5 main female characters, each path following the storyline pertaining to that character. The story is told through the perspective of the main character, using a first person narrative. The game uses a traditional text and sprite-based visual novel model with an ADV text box.

  • Narcissu 1 & 2 ( Site| Download | Part I & II Single Download)

    Death waits for us all, there’s no one who can avoid that. Nevertheless, life goes on and the world keeps moving. But what of those who are thrust into the position of being the ones waiting for death, unable to participate in the moving, living world? The 7th floor, the hospice. In that ward, Yuu and Setsumi meet. One, a college student only recently thrust into the life of a long-term hospital patient. The other, so used to the detached life of a hospital patient that she rarely shows emotion, or even interest in life. With nowhere else that they could go, nothing else to do but watch television in the lounge, the only thing that moves are the days. There, their journey begins…

  • True Remembrance( Site| Download)

    This is an ordinary tale of the ordinary days spent in an ordinary town by an ordinary girl who learns that everything in this world is extraordinary ― or that nothing is. For in this world, there is a young man named Blackiris; a Mnemonicide par excellence. And there is a young girl named La; sweet and warm and gentle in all the ways that count. This is their story. True Remembrance has high production value, warm artistic direction, and an intricately-woven story combine here to create a piece that must be experienced, no matter how new (or not) one is to visual novels.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Brass Restoration- Takiguchi Ryo a genius percussionist in high school loses his left arm in an accident and throws away his dreams and music. Will he be able to find hope in his life inspite of his handicap? (Site | Download)
    • Re: Alistair++- An Otome visual novel where Merui a video game lover is seeking revenge against Alistair for stealing a rare item from her while playing an MMORPG online. ( Site| Download)
    • Digital: A Love Story- A ground breaking computer mystery/romance narrative set five minutes into the future of 1988. ( Site| Downoad)
    • Red Shift - Find outhow the most selfish girl in the world and the most selfish boy in the world make peace. (Site |  Download)

Best Free Platformer (Adventure) Game

Adventure platformers combines platforming with heavy emphasis on exploration and unlockables. Usually by obtaining various items in your inventory and gaining new abilities the character will be able to explore new areas. These type of games requires less reflexes compared to action platformers.

  • An Untitled Story( Site| Download)

    In "An Untitled Story", you begin as an egg in your nest, and the rest is up to you to figure out.

    Fight 18 unique bosses, traverse a huge game world, and unravel a mysterious storyline. There are 5 different difficulty options for players of varying skill levels.

    Also included is a multiplayer capture-the-flag-style Heist mode. Hook up a USB gamepad before starting! Once you complete the game on the fourth difficulty level, the final difficulty level will be unlocked. At this difficulty, any hit will kill you instantly; hearts are only present for 100% completion.

  • Treasure Adventure Game( Site| Download)

    Treasure Adventure Game is a huge, open-world, platform adventure game. The game is stocked with treasures, secrets, puzzles, characters, quests and a whole lot more.

    You're a sailor searching for 12 enchanted items with the treasure maps and compass coordinates. You will be exploring the world; talking to characters and performing quests, finding hidden crests on land, underground or underwater. The weather might be rainy with lightning bolts at times and clear during the other, a day-night cycle, where different stores open only at certain points of the day, the same applies to the characters.

  • Within a deep forest( Site| Download)

    Within a Deep Forest is a freeware 2D platform game for Windows featuring challenging gameplay, beautiful music, an evil doctor, and a deep forest. The game is set in a post apocalyptic world.

    Two attempts have been made to build a bomb, capable of freezing the entire world. The first was a failure, and resulted in a living blue ball. The second attempt was a success. Now the clock is ticking, and the world is in grave danger. That is, unless... find out while playing. You are The Ball, and it's your mission to deactivate it, else the whole world will freeze, killing all living beings!

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Knytt Stories- Each level has its own little adventure. One level is included with the game, where you have to stop a machine that draws the life out of the planet. ( Site| Download| Expansion Pack)
    • Eternal Daughter- An epic platform game and a homage to Super Metroid & Castlevania: SOTN with innovative and varied challenges and tough enemies. ( Site| Download)
    • La-Mulana- You play a whip-wielding archaeologist with many different areas to explore and dozens of items and weapons to find. Each area has a large variety of puzzles and traps. ( Site| Download & Patch)
    • Frogatto and Friends- An old-school 2D platformer game, starring a certain quixotic frog, a big adventure with all the classic fun - you fight monsters, collect coins, talk to people, and buy new stuff. ( Site| Download)
    • Escape from the Underworld- Play as a fallen angel and explore a vast cave system, slowly building your power so that you can escape to the surface. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Mario Fan Game

Mario is considered to be the most famous character in video game history, and the Mario franchise is the best selling video game franchise in history. Mario first debuted in 1981 and still dozens of mario games is released every single year. Apart from Nintendo's creations, various fan-made Mario games are also available.

  • Super Mario Bros X( Site| Download  Add-ons)

    Super Mario Bros X SMBX is a massive Mario fan-game that blends elements from Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, World and several other games, including custom elements that can be added using various graphics packs.

    It has many power-ups, such as the Ice Flower, Hammer Suit, Tanooki Suit, Kuribo's Shoe, the Billy Gun, and several types of Yoshis. You can also play the game with a friend in the 2-Player Co-op Mode, where the screen seamlessly splits and combines as the players separate and rejoin. SMBX is most notable for its extensive Level Editor that allows you to create almost any kind of level you can imagine.

  • New Super Mario Forever 2012( Site| Download)

    New Super Mario Forever 2012 The continuation of famous Mario Forever will allow you to play on over lots of levels placed over eight different worlds and secret stages.

    Use many powerups like tanooki, bomberman, Boomer-Man, Wegetable Super Power, Power star, Power Clock, Fire flower and much more! The diversity of the levels is very impressive. Game has also renewed graphics and much better scrolling in comparison to the original Mario. You will have to get through levels ranging from underwater caverns to levels filled with hot lava.

  • Mari0( Site | Download)

    Mari0 What if Nintendo teamed up with Valve and recreated the famous Mario game with Portal gun mechanics? These two games managed to give Platformers and First-Person Puzzle Games a solid place in the video game world. And if that wasn't crazy enough, play 4-player coop, with everyone having their own Portal gun! This game is a complete recreation of Super Mario Bros. with puzzle game mechanics from Portal. The game includes a built-in level editor and various mappacks that can be downloaded online.

Best Free Stealth Game

This genre includes any game where gameplay strongly centers around not being detected, searching for hidden/secret items, and otherwise avoiding conflict. The protagonist is usually a spy or government operative, however any game that has stealth as its core gameplay mechanic qualifies.

  • Stealth Bastard ( Site |  Download)

    A fast-paced, frenetic, one-step-away-from-chunky-death melange of sneaking, platforming, hacking and cursing.

    Hide in the shadows with a real-time shadowing system! Evade a wide range of eagle-eyed lethal robotic foes! Hack your way to the exit... and to the next challenge! Squeeze through doorways mere seconds before you're sliced into pieces! Die in a variety of gruesome, cruel ways!

    Create your own fiendish deathrooms and share them with the world - all in the game! Shave seconds off your playtimes and rule the global leaderboards!

  • TRILBY: The Art of Theft ( Site |  Download)

    In The Art Of Theft, the player controls Trilby in a 2D stealth adventure as he embarks upon a number of daring high-profile heists in various outposts of wealth and power across Chapow City. With an arsenal of thief skills at his disposal, he must lift the trinkets and valuables of the idle rich while making as little fuss as possible in this platform game with mission-based stealth gameplay. As a younger, more arrogant, more complacent Trilby, your goal is to infiltrate a variety of buildings, steal loot, achieve objectives and get out again with the subtlety of a flickering shadow in a ninja outfit.

  • N: The Way of the Ninja ( Site |  Download)

    N is an award-winning 2D action/puzzle platformer reminiscent of lode runner: you're a tiny stick figure running around in a puzzle-y world inhabited by enemies. But in N, there's a twist: the ninja is driven not only by a thirst for gold, but also by a sweet physics simulation. Expect to encounter death frequently, animated with bitchin' ragdoll physics. Inadvertently homicidal robots, evasive ninja and a whole whack of style! N includes a built-in level editor, called Ned. You can make your own levels to share with the community or hoard for yourself.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Merry Gear Solid Series:  A top down stealth action game that plays like a simplified version of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid series with full featured AI with sight and hearing, ranking system, full voice acting and original music. ( Site| Downloads  1 2)
    • Kleptocracy: A 3D cartoony, fast-paced action game from Digipen students where you play as a thief involved in a competition with his peers to determine who the best thief in town is. ( Site| Download)
    • Diety:  A 3D stealth action game from Digipen students inspired by games such as Diablo, Torchlight and Batman: Arkham Asylum, encompassing stealth action in an isometric view. ( Site| Download)
 
 
 
 
Best Free Entertainment Games
 

Best Free Music, Dance or Rhythm Game

Denotes a type of action game whose mechanics are based on the player's command of timing and reflexes, and the gameplay environment uses musical/dance rhythm as timing.

  • Frets on Fire X ( Site |  Download)

    Play guitar, bass or drums along with your favorite songs on your computer using either your keyboard or instruments. Coloured square-shaped markers synchronized with the song appear on the player's screen, and are played by holding the fret buttons that correspond with the correct colour and pressing one of the pick button at the correct moment. A set of correct hits increases the score multiplier, which multiplies the points for every hit.. Separated audio tracks will mute when you fail to hit or sustain the required notes correctly resetting the multiplier to simulate a real concert-playing experience.

  • Ultrastar Deluxe( Site| Download | Songs)

    A free OpenSource karaoke game. You sing to the music with the lyrics displayed on the screen. When singing you see the sing bars and you have to hit them by singing properly. The game scores you: the better you sing, the more points you get. Once you finish your song, you can compare your scores with your friends. UltraStar Deluxe allows users to create their own songs. In party mode it allows up to twelve players to sing along to your favorite music in order to score points, depending on the pitch of the voice and the rhythm of singing. There are more than 10.000+ songs already available.

  • StepMania( Site| Download | Songs)

    StepMania is a free dance and rhythm game for Windows, Mac, and Linux featuring 3D graphics, keyboard and "dance pad" support, and an editor for creating your own steps. Gameplay: when the arrows scrolls upwards and meets stationary target arrows according to the beat of the song, the player presses the corresponding arrows on his or her keyboard or dance mat. Scoring follows by how synchronously player triggers the arrows in time to the beat of the song. The player's efforts are awarded by letter grades and a number score that tell him/her how well they have done.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • PhaseShift: Like Frets on Fire, a rhythm based music game thats in constant development. A great alternataive to FoFx. ( Site| Download)
    • Opera Slinger: A video game designed by a team of 10 students over the course of 10 months. Setting itself apart from with its key mechanic of pitch detection, Opera Slinger combines the singing fun of karoke with elements of classic action platforming. ( Site| Download)
    • Synthesia: A fun way to learn how to play the piano. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Party / LAN Game

LAN party games are multiplayer video games played across a LAN network that's been established between different people with computers in one or different rooms across a floor or building. These games are really fun to play with your friends.

Best Free Programming Game

Games in which the player write short programs that control agents within a game. These agents then compete and react to situations based on the player’s programming. Depending on what the programmed agents do, games may be able to be cross‐listed with other genres.

  • Robocode ( Site |  Download)

    Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks in Java or .NET. The player is the programmer of the robot, who will have no direct influence on the game. Instead, the player must write the AI of the robot telling it how to behave and react on events occurring in the battle arena. The robot battles are running in real-time and on-screen. Robocode programming attempts to achieve movement and targeting, while top robots may use wave surfing, statistical targeting, guess factor targeting and pattern matching. It can serve as a platform for exploring AI and machine learning techniques. 

  • A.I Wars: The Insect Mind ( Site |  Download)

    A.I. Wars is a game designed for people who receive satisfaction from building something. In this case, you design and build the Artificial Intelligence of a war machine called a Cybug.  The A.I. of this virtual cybernetic insect is the center of the game. The challenge that every player of this game faces, is in their ability to design a winning logical strategy for their Cybug to follow, while prudently managing its resources and system limitations. Every Cybug comes with a complement of ammunition for many weapons along with fuel. A.I. Wars offers many battlefield simulations to choose from along with a way to create your own. 

  • RoboWar ( Site | Download)

    RoboWar is a freeware strategy game. The goal of the game is to make your robot kill all other robots and be the alone survivor. To do this you must program a robot in RoboWar's own language which is easy to learn. The possibilities are endless with 28 different options of hardware for your robot. That is aside from the actual programming which is NEVER the same. There are tournaments held to put your robot(s) to the test.  A smart design will be the last robot standing. The diversity of strategies is fantastic -- stun-streamers, dashers, bruising hesitators, machine-stunners, wall-huggers, corner-hoppers, and wanderers, to name a few.

Best Free Puzzle Game

Requires the player to figure out a solution, which often involves solving enigmas, navigation, learning how to use different tools, and the manipulating or reconfiguring of objects etc. Most often there is a visual or sonic element to the puzzles as well, or at least some verbal description of them.

  • BrainSplode! ( Site | Download)

    BLOCKSUM BrainSplode is all about rockets and busting some alien brains!

    They came to suck the life out of the planet, but they didn’t expect to be BrainSploded!

    As the game progresses, more stages are added to your rocket allowing for complex and exciting manouvers! Then, choose your own configuration to burst the brains!

  • BLOCKSUM ( Site |  Download)

    BLOCKSUM BLOCKSUM is a very new typed action puzzle game for everyone who can add numbers to 20.

    Joining the blocks will create a larger block numbered summation of blocks. There are no limits to the number of blocks you can join, but you can never split them again.

    Gather as many blocks as you can that are numbered the same, and they start to blink until the blinking blocks destructs completely for maximum points.

    The blocks continues to rise up while stacked and the game is over when no more blocks can be placed.

  • Farsh ( Site | Download)

    Farsh Players must roll a farsh (carpet) along floating and switching platforms to the red box along each level.

    The carpet can unroll if you push it the wrong way. Here, unrolling is just a part of the secret to navigating your way to the exit. Players must plan even more carefully when the game introduces one-time use green platforms.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Corrypt: An atmospheric exploratory puzzler where players advance by moving boxes, in order to collect mushrooms, help out the local residents, and advance through a colorful dungeon. ( Site | Download)
    • Quadrax Series: With over 100 very hard levels, the objective is to collect all crystals and then to go to the exit by toggling switches, moving stones, opening doors, moving lifts and so on. ( Site |  Download)
    • Brain Workshop: Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the dual n-back brain training exercise. What if a simple mental exercise could improve your working memory and fluid intelligence? ( Site |  Download)
    • The Sense of Connectedness: Player controls electrical impulses that springs forth from the ego, and by flipping neurons you guide them around the brain, illuminating different areas bit by bit, to push the story forward. ( Site |  Download)
    • Puzzles (increpare): Win the game by reaching the goal without tripping any lasers. ( Site | Download)
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Best Free Platformer (Puzzle)

Puzzle platformers doesn't require the quick reflexes or exploration, but challenges the player to manipulate the environment around the character to beat the level. The game is structured into various levels, of increasing difficulty, and by solving each level the player is able to move onto the next level or stage.

  • SuteF( Site |  Download)

    SuteF The successor to Fetus, this puzzle platformer is both unique as well as bizarre. Aramas, a soggy little man, has 3 measly abilities (jumping, crate pushing and grappling), that you have to use to progress through 5 sets of exceptionally good puzzles, which become increasingly complex. You'll have to save him from this hellish dimension by using his paltry abilities in a plurality of ways, using your brains. You will have to exploit the spatial impossibilities, of the falsified dimension that SuteF brings, to reach your goal.

  • Floating Islands Game( Site | Download)

    Floating Islands Game FIG is a lemmings-like puzzle platformer hybrid.

    With this game, you guide a brainless guy through 35 islands by communicating with the environment around the guy.

    The game comes with a tutorial, so do not worry if you don't understand what to do in the beginning!

     

  • Karoshi 2.0( Site |  Download)

    Karoshi 2.0 The basic idea behind the original Karoshi was completely counter-intuitive to most games: in every level you must FIND A WAY TO KILL YOURSELF, but this time it requires more outside-the-box thinking than ever. It was harder than it seemed! In Karoshi 2.0, creator Jesse Venbrux extends that metaphor across 50 more levels and an epic boss fight. Includes level editor and timed version of the original Karoshi.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • SpAI: Here the player takes control of an Artificially Intelligent infiltration program called Aiva, whose abilities range from hacking systems, cracking fire walls and toying with security protocols.
    • Logi-Gun: The game requires the user to skillfully use it's 6 different guns to proceed through the levels along with some deft platforming, flicking switches, throwing levers, opening doors and generally solving puzzles. (Site |  Download)
    • The Illusionary Persistance of Love: Players can swap Mint and Periwinkle's position who are bound by a rigid link of love, and are destined to forever spin and bounce around each other.
    • Flail: An 80 stage physics-based platformer with two player co-operative gameplay. Also comes with a level editor with meticulous stat-tracking and unlockables. (Site |  Download
    • FinCK: FiNCK (Fire Nuclear Crocodile Killer) is a two dimensional platformer inspired by a certain 8-bit Nintendo game. ( Site | Download)

Best Free Sports Game

Sports games are adaptations of existing sports or variations of them. They put the player in control of individual athletes/competitors or sports managers [ managerial simulation.] Most sports games are dedicated to popular team sports and are action-oriented. Sports game may also favor arcade action over realistic simulation non-existing in the real-life sport.

  • FooBillard++( Site| Download)

    Foobilliard An OpenGL Billard Game based on foobillard 3.0a with patches, new features (hud, jumpshots, correct detection of lost balls, more sound and graphics etc). You can play the game in 2 modes: 2D and 3D. Foobilliard++ improves upon the original in sound, music, jumpshots, re-worked menu's, intuitive controls and adding a statusline in gameplay. The game is optimized for touch and also accepts mouse input. The game has realistic physics and graphics, AI-player and many gametypes like pool carambol or snooker.

  • Neverputt( Site| Download)

    Neverputt Neverputt is a hot-seat multiplayer miniature golf game, built on the physics and graphics engine of Neverball.  The games comes with 3 course packs ranging from Easy to Hard. It comes with over 150 holes across 7 courses of various difficulty levels and play styles. Neverputt also supports mouse, keyboard, gamepad and joystick input. The course takes advantage of all the elements that challenge Neverball players, including moving platforms and barriers, teleporters, ramps, and drop-offs.

  • Fantasy Tennis( Site| Download: Create Account)

    Fantasy Tennis The sports game Fantasy Tennis offers you many exciting characters, all with their strong points and weaknesses to freely choose from. You are able to battel your opponent fair and square in a regular basic match, which resembles a normal tennis game. But Fantasy Tennis also offers several other modes, like the exciting battle mode, where you collect items while trying to hit the ball back and use these to drain your opponent's HP. Or try the epic Guardian Battle, where you need to stand against a mighty godlike beast with your team.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Jetball: Futuristic basketball game with an Amiga style. Features a multitude of options to customize the game and a ham soundtrack. ( Site | Download)

Best Free Trivia Game

Best Free Card Game

  • PySolFC( Site| Download)

    PySolFC PySolFC is a collection of more than 1000 solitaire card games. It is a fork of PySol Solitaire. There are games that use the 52 card International Pattern deck, games for the 78 card Tarock deck, eight and ten suit Ganjifa games, Hanafuda games, Matrix games, Mahjongg games, and games for an original hexadecimal-based deck. It features a modern look and feel, multiple cardsets and tableau backgrounds, sound, unlimited undo, player statistics, a hint system and more.

  • 123 Free Solitaire( Site| Download)

    123 Free Solitaire 123 Free Solitaire is a quality solitaire games collection that includes Spider solitaire, FreeCell, Klondike and many other exciting solitaire games. 123 Free Solitaire features a winning layout, fast game play, rich sounds, extensive options, Undo and Redo feature and quality help. Each game has more than nine trillion possible shuffles to play, so the game remains fresh no matter how many times you play. 123 Free Solitaire is fully customizable with several card backs and backgrounds. 

 
 
 
 
Best Free Role Playing Games
 

Best Free Rogue-Like Game

Rogue-Like games has an ASCII display or tile based graphics and the game world is randomly generated. These games have little focus on storyline and the player may choose to do whatever he wants. The interaction is usually turn-based, and the character must pay for your mistakes and choices, sometimes at the cost of his life. They are usually dungeon crawl type and provide immense replayability value.

  • Tales of Maj'Eyal: Age of Ascendancy ( Site |  Download) (With Shockbolt's tile set)

    Tales of Maj'Eyal Tales of Maj’Eyal (ToME) is a free, open source roguelike RPG, featuring tactical turn-based combat and advanced character building.

    You are an adventurer, seeking your fortune in the open world, investigating ruins and mysteries in search of riches and powers.

    Play as one of many unique races and classes in the lore-filled world of Eyal, exploring random dungeons, facing challenging battles, and developing characters with your own tailored mix of abilities and powers. With a modern graphical and customisable interface, streamlined mechanics and deep, challenging combat, ToME offers engaging roguelike gameplay.

  • Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup ( Site |  Download)

    Dungeon Crawl Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is a free roguelike game of exploration and treasure-hunting in dungeons filled with dangerous and unfriendly monsters in a quest for the mystifyingly fabulous Orb of Zot.

    It has diverse species and many different character backgrounds to choose from, deep tactical game-play, sophisticated magic, religion and skill systems, and a grand variety of monsters to fight and run from, making each game unique and challenging.

     

  • Dwarf Fortress ( Site | Download)

    Dwarf Fortress Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world. The world is randomly generated with distinct civilizations spanning centuries of detailed history, hundreds of towns, caves and regions with various wildlife. he world persists as long as you like, over many games, recording historical events and tracking changes. Command your dwarves as they search for wealth in the mountain. Play an adventurer and explore, quest for glory or seek vengeance.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Spotlight: King Arthur's Gold: Think the creative aspects of Minecraft, plus the fortress-building mechanic of Dwarf Fortress, plus the strategy of Age of Empires 2, plus the fast-paced class-based craziness of Team Fortress 2... with all the unnecessary elements trimmed off, wrapped up in some cross-platform goodness and sprinkled with tasty, tasty pixels. ( Site| Download)
    • DoomRL: Doom, the Roguelike is a fast and furious coffee-break Roguelike game, that is heavily inspired by the popular FPS game Doom by ID Software. ( Site |  Download)
    • ADOM: You control a fictional character to succeed in a difficult quest, exploring previously undiscovered tunnels and dungeons, fight hideous monsters, uncover long forgotten secrets, and find treasures of all kind. ( Site |  Download)
    • AngBand: You take the role of an adventurer, exploring a deep dungeon, fighting monsters, and acquiring the best weaponry you can, in preparation for a final battle with Morgoth, the Lord of Darkness. ( Site | Download)
    • NetHack: Falcon's Eye: Falcon's Eye is a mouse-driven interface for NetHack (one of the oldest games) that enhances the visuals, audio and accessibility of the game, yet retains all the original gameplay and game features. ( Site |  Download)
    • Desktop Dungeons: A quick-play roguelike puzzle game that gives you roughly 10 minutes of dungeon-crawling action per serving with randomly generated dungeons are different every time you play. ( Site |  Download)

Best Free Turn Based (Role Playing) Game

In a RPG, character development is the main driving gameplay mechanic. Typically one or more characters are created and shaped by the player, then embark on a series of encounters that increase the inventory, wealth, or combat statistics of said character(s). In turn-based RPG, fights take place in turns pausing each time during every turn. It makes the battles slower, but more strategic.

  • The Spirit Engine 2( Site| Download | Patch)

    The Spirit Engine 2 The Spirit Engine 2 is the follow up to the freeware game 'The Spirit Engine', originally released in November 2003.

    Set in a new world, with new characters, new graphics and a rewritten game engine, TSE-2 sets out to improve upon the game experience of the original in every possible way. The game has an extensive plot spanning nine distinct chapters. Also difficulty levels were introduced! The real-time combat system, interface, character control, combat speed options were improved to a great extent.

  • Runesword II( Site| Download)

    Runesword II RuneSword is a fantasy role-playing system that allows you to create your own adventures and play those made by others. The combat is turn based, played strategically and the game shows actual die rolls or modifiers during the combat.

    You could create unique races, spells, monsters, magic items and the game allows a lot of scope for customization. Choose to explore the world, quest and fight monsters. The sequel adds an mp3 soundtrack, full motion video support, completely new interface, new races, 40+ skills, 50+ spells and skinnable interfaces.

  • Dark Disciples I and II( Site| Download)

    Dark Disciples DD2 is a turn based and overhead RPG, with various posibilities and stats to develop. The game focuses on non-linear puzzle-solving to advance quest plots.

    DD2 has a completely different story compared to it's predecessor, and takes place across 4 continents and having around 130 levels. You are free to explore around the world with tons of side missions, secret areas and off the beaten track oddities to discover. The sequel improved upon the original with respect to the skill system, monster AI with proper abilities, adding missile combat,  and new mp3 quality music.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • Ultima 4 Part 2: Ultima IV Part 2 is a parody of the Ultima series, developed by Origin Systems and Richard Garriott. Ultima IV introduced a set of eight virtues, which became core concepts in the rest of the series. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Real Time (Role Playing) Game

In a Real-time RPG, players create or take on a character represented by various statistics, which may even include a developed persona. The player then has direct control over all his characters and as opposed to turn based RPG's, the game doesn't pause during action, and fights happens in real-time. There is heavy emphasis on action than strategy.

  • FreedroidRPG( Site| Download)

    FreedroidRPG FreedroidRPG is an original isometric 3D role playing game taking place in the future, on Earth. It features action and dialogs.

    The game tells the story of a world destroyed by a conflict between robots and their human masters. Play as Tux in a quest to save the world from the murderous rebel bots who know no mercy. You get to choose which path you wish to follow, and freedom of choice is everywhere in the game. The game features real time action and role-playing with rich dialogues and offers 12 hours of fun.

  • Holyspirit( Site| Download)

    Holyspirit Holyspirit is a free 2D isometric hack'n'slash game.

    You play a Holyspirit, which is an old corrupted soul who has been enlisted in God's army.

    You must liberate the country from the evil who has been unleashed against the living ones.

    The game has 4 playable characters with a minimum 1 hour per character. There are 61 items for you to get hold of, and 20 different monsters to fight.

  • FLARE( Site | Download)

    FLARE Free/Libre Action Role Playing game, is an opensource RPG for the fans of   old isometric PC role-playing games.

 
 
 
 
Best Free Simulation Games
 

Best Free Construction or Management - City Building Game

With a top-down perspective, the main role of the gamers is to plan and manage a city, and is held responsible for it's growth.  Players lay down roads and zone residential, commercial, and industrial areas as well as assign salaries, work priorities and everything else that accounts for the development of the city.

  • LinCity-NG( Site |  Download)

    LinCity-NG LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. The player can develop a city by buying appropriate buildings, services and infrastructure.

    It is a polished and improved version of the classic LinCity game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. The simulation considers population, employment, basic water management and ecology, goods, raw materials, services, energy and other constraints such as finance, pollution and transports.

    You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships.

  • OpenCity( Site |  Download)

    OpenCity OpenCity is a full 3D city simulator game project.

    In the game, the player builds a city by marking land as commercial, industrial or residential zones. Those zones depend on each other to grow.

    The player is also required to supply the city with power and connect the different zones by building roads.

     

  • Unknown Horizons( Site |  Download)

    Unknown Horizons Unknown Horizons is a 2D realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building. Expand your small settlement to a strong and wealthy colony, collect taxes and supply your inhabitants with valuable goods. Increase your power with a well balanced economy and with strategic trade and diplomacy. Find new islands, trade routes and resource deposits to raise your city's wealth and extend your reach. Painfully trouble your enemies with strategic pinpricks and take advantage of all their little mistakes to solidify your position.

Best Free Construction or Management - Business or Tycoon Game

In these type of games, the main focus is on management and economic proceseses in the form of business. Players must balance the use of limited resources to build or expand some kind of business.

  • OpenTTD( Site |  Download)

    OpenTTD OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", written by Chris Sawyer.

    It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features, enhacing the game experience dramatically. In game the player aims to earn money through transportation of passengers and freight by land, water and airThe game has bigger maps, stable multiplayer mode for upto 255 players both co-operative and competitive, custom AI, downloadable customizations, reworked airport system, improved teraforming etc.

  • Ore No Ryomi 2( Site | Download)

    Ore No Ryomi 2 Ore No Ryori 2 is a superb sequel to a great PC remake of a Sony Playstation game, Ore no Ryouri.

    In game you must buy foods for your restaurant, prepare customers' orders correctly, and serve them to customers perfectly before they get annoyed and leave. There are over 70 recipes you can cook, including beers, soups, steaks, sandwiches, nachos, and pizzas to name but a few. At times you will be robbed and you must chase down the criminal in order to retrieve some money. After the restaurant closes for the day you put on the manager's hat and can purchase menu items or upgrades for your restaurant.

  • Simutrans( Site |  Download |  Graphics Pack)

    Simutrans Simutrans is an open-source transportation simulation game. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company and build the necessary infrastructure to transport passengers, mail and goods between cities, factories and touristic attractions by land, air and water. In Simutrans you have multiple choices from the start to the end. There are Lots of graphics packages to choose from as well as vehicles and cargo. The game offers extensive customization, you can build and create your own world. Simutrans also lets you play multiplayer.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Chart Wars 3: The game puts you in charge of your very own record company, your task is to manage a label, attract bands and manage the lives of the band members and competing with intelligent computer opponents. (Site |  Download)

Best Free Constrcution or Management - Life (Sims) Game

Life sims can either be simulation of day-to-day living of individuals and their relationships, or it can be simulation of an ecosystem and it's life-forms. Characters can drift endlessly or embark on solid life paths. These type of games are meant for pure entertainment.

  • Cart Life( Site| Download)

    Cart Life Cart Life is a simulator game which showcases the lives of street vendors in a small city which is located in western United States. Each of the playable characters has specific goals, and special traits, but also unique addictions which the player must accommodate in order to succeed within the game. Permits are required, but expensive. Is it worth risking a fine without operating one? The player also needs to accomodate their customers by paying attention to different tastes, buying habits and level of patience. Most customers will tip well when their order is filled quickly and accurately, so do your best.

  • Another Day In the Life of Bob( Site| Download)

    Another Day In the Life of Bob A life simulation game and a sequel to A Day In the Life of Bob, set in a psychedelic land. The game is open to numerous possibilities, and there is no defined way to win. It could potentially go on forever! Another Day In the Life of Bob is Inspired by games such as Stick RPG and Jones in the Fast Lane. and is a first-person simulation/exploration game with a colorful theme and an expansive playground full of surprises. With the exception of the room backgrounds and sound effects, everything in the game is homemade from scratch.

  • Evolites( Site| Download)

    Evolites Evolites is a simple life simulation where you indirectly control the fates of a countless number of tiny, unique creatures, known as Evolites. As the Evolites evolve naturally, various tools are at your disposal to save, destroy, create, and interact with them. You may let things run their course, or you may directly intervene, and make sure that only your chosen strain of Evolites survives! Partially inspired by the opening sequence of the upcoming game Spore, Evolites was created to interest, entertain, and relax all types of gamers, casual and up.

Best Free Vehicle - Flight Game

Flight Games includes (i) Flight Sim which artificially re-creates aircraft & space flight and have no particular objective. The category also includes (ii) Action Flight games that has a solid campaign with a neat story and narrative.

  • Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn( Site |  Download |  Patch)

    Wing Commander Saga In game, you assume the role of 2nd Lieutenant David Markham. Fly patrols, work with your wingmen, and struggle to survive as the final battles for the fate of humanity begin to unfold. The Saga Prologue sets up the tone and the story for the epic struggle and apocalyptic finale you will experience in the full release of Wing Commander Saga. The game features breath taking, high detail models, dozens of believable characters, bountiful mission variety, complex and compelling storyline and complete voice acting by the orginal cast.

  • Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line( Site |  Download | Patch)

    Battlestar Galactica Drafted and pressed into service, your only hope of survival is to fall in line and train to join the ranks of the elite Viper pilots of Battlestar Pegasus. Get a taste of the action that awaits you in the upcoming main campaign with intense single- and multiplayer missions. Will you become one of Pegasus elite, or will you give your life in the vast, cold battleground of deep space? A three mission single player campaign depicting never-before-seen events, interwoven with and true to the series storyline. The game features original characters and voice acting.

  • Flight Gear( Site |  Downloads)

    Flight Gear FlightGear is an open-source flight simulator. The goal of the FlightGear project is to create a sophisticated and open flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, pilot training, as an industry engineering tool, for DIY-ers to pursue their favorite interesting flight simulation idea, and last but certainly not least as a fun, realistic, and challenging desktop flight simulator. With FlightGear it is possible to choose between three primary Flight Dynamics Models. The game has an extensive an accurate world scenery data base and sky model.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Orbiter: A free and realiastic flight simulator that gives you an idea what space flight really feels like - today and in the not so distant future. ( Site |  Download)
    • Babylon 5: I've found Her: IFH is the computer game project maintained by Space Dream Factory, based upon the popular Sci-Fi TV show Babylon 5. (Site |  Download)
    • Star Wrath 4: Reviction: The game includes a diverse single player campaign of over 25 missions, random instant action, and built-in mission editing. Also includes 4 multiplayer modes. (Site |  Download)
    • Wing Commander - Privateer Gemini Gold: A remake of the 1993 hit game, with a new graphic engine and real 3D space flight.  ( Site |  Download)
    • No Gravity (Space Girl): A fantastic and futuristic universe made of five intergalactic worlds. An arcade type game with great playability, where it is easy to plunge into space battles against spacefighters, space stations and more ! ( Site | Download)

Best Free Vehicle - Racing Game

This genre encompasses all games in which either driving a vehicle or participating in a race (often both) is a primary gameplay element. Many such games revolve around racing, i.e. trying to move faster than an opponent to reach a specified goal or beat a specified time etc.

  • Trackmania Nations Forever( Site |  Download)

    Trackmania Nations Forever First and foremost, you simply drive on fun tracks boosting ramps, wallrides, loopings and gigantic jumps. Then you can make much more out of it: improve your driving skills and become a world champion, achieve world records, build tracks, edit videos and easily share all that with everyone. It fuels 7 different racing environments; hundreds of thousands of tracks and millions of players to compete with. You can download the car you are dreaming of, paint it, drive it through insane tracks made of loopings, ramps and off roads. It is all about you, your driving skills and the track in front of you.

  • TORCS( Site |  Download)

    TORCS TORCS is a highly portable multi platform open car racing simulation.

    It features many different cars, tracks, and opponents to race against. It is also possible to drive with the mouse or the keyboard. Graphic features lighting, smoke, skid marks and glowing brake disks. The simulation features a simple damage model, collisions, tire and wheel properties, aerodynamics and much more.

    The game play allows different types of races from the simple practice session up to the championship. Enjoy racing against your friends in the split screen mode with up to four human players.

  • VDrift( Site | Download)

    VDrift VDrift is a cross-platform, open source driving simulation made with drift racing in mind. This game is in the early stages of development but is already very playable. Currently the game features over 45 tracks based on famous real-world tracks, over 45 cars based on real-world vehicles, yery realistic, simulation-grade driving physics, fully modeled tracks, scenery and terrain, basic replay system and much more. The game features enjoyable and challenging gameplay accurately simulatng vehicle physics in rich and immersive racing environments.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Generally: A freeware arcade racing game that is played from a top-down perspective, that features 1-6 players, 12 cars, 36 tracks and thousands of mods. ( Site |  Download)
    • Speed Dreams : an Open Motorsport Sim: A fork of the open racing car simulator Torcs, aiming to implement exciting new features, cars, tracks and AI opponents to make a more enjoyable game for the player, as well as constantly improving visual and physics realism. ( Site |  Download)
    • SuperTuxKart: A 3d kart racing game where you can play with up to 4 friends on one PC, racing against each other or just try to beat the computer. ( Site |  Download)
    • Ultimate Stunts: A remake of the famous DOS-game stunts. Racing involves some really spectacular stunts, like loopings, corkscrews, bridges to jump over, etc., and you can design your own tracks! ( Site |  Download)
    • ManiaDrive: A free clone of Trackmania and is an arcade car game on acrobatic tracks, with a quick and nervous gameplay), and features a network mode, as the original. ( Site |  Download)
    • Dolphinity Racer: A free car simulator project, using high-end car physics to achieve a realistic feeling and an excellent render engine for graphical realism. ( Site |  Download)
 
 
 
 
Best Free Strategy Games
 

Be st Free 4X (Civ) Game

4X stands for eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate. Here the players control an empire, where research, economy, technology, diplomacy and combat are the key concepts. Victory may come through annihilation, peace treaties, dominating area of control etc.

  • FreeCol( Site| Download)

    FreeCol is a turn-based strategy game based on the old game Colonization, and similar to Civilization.

    Certain new 'features' implemented are an isometric map and multiplayer support, but the gameplay and the rules are exactly the same as the original game. The objective of the game is to create an independent nation. You start with only a few colonists defying the stormy seas in their search for new land. Will you guide them on the Colonization of a New World?

  • FreeCiv( Site| Download)

    Freeciv is a free turn-based multiplayer strategy game, in which each player becomes the leader of a civilization, fighting to obtain the ultimate goal: to become (or subvert) the greatest civilization.

    This is an empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the Stone Age to the Space Age... The game supports upto 126 players with more than 50 playable units and over 300 nations.

  • FreeOrion( Site| Download)

    FreeOrion is a free, open source, turn-based space empire and galactic conquest (4X) computer game being designed and built by the FreeOrion project.

    FreeOrion is inspired by the tradition of the Master of Orion games, but is not a clone or remake of that series or any other game.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • AnaCreon: A turn-based interplanetary strategy game, in which human and computer players explore the galaxy, conquering worlds and putting them to use to fuel their war machines. ( Site| Download)
    • C-evo: An empire building game, with a time scope of several thousand years, it covers aspects of exploration and expansion, industry and agriculture, warfare and diplomacy, science and administration. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Artillery (Works-Like) Game

A turn-based strategic game involving 2 or more players, with players possesing  numerous weapon types, various power-ups and other items. The interface and GUI is mouse-driven, and the game is highly configurable. Gameplay consists of different modes to choose from.

  • Scorched 3D( Site| Download)

    Scorched 3D A simple turn-based artillery game and also a real-time strategy game in which players can counter each others' weapons with other creative accessories, shields and tactics. Scorched 3D will let you test your skill in timing, aiming and judgement of distance, move around on the landscape, or outsmart your opponent economically. You can play with up to twenty-four other players at a time, mixing computer players with humans on both randomly generated landscapes and user-designed maps. Scorched3D comes bundled with Apocalypse mod, which offers enhanced levels of weaponry.

  • Hedgewars( Site| Download)

    Hedgewars Hedgewars is a turn based strategy game but the real buzz is from watching the devastation caused by those pesky hedgehogs with those fantastic weapons - sneaky little blighters with a bad attitude! Each player controls a team of several hedgehogs. During the course of the game, players take turns with one of their hedgehogs. They then use whatever tools and weapons are available to attack and kill the opponents' hedgehogs, thereby winning the game. Each turn is time-limited to ensure that players do not hold up the game with excessive thinking or moving.

  • WarMUX(Site | Download)

    WarMUX Have the mascots of your favorite free software titles battle it out in the Wormux arena using dynamite, grenades, baseball bats, and bazookas. Exterminate your opponent in a 2-D environment with toon-style scenery.

    Each player controls the team of his choice and must destroy his adversary using more or less casual weapons. Although a minimum of strategy is required to vanquish, Wormux is pre-eminently a "convivial mass murder" game where, turn by turn, each member of each team attempts to produce a maximum of damage to his opponents.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • Carnage Contest: A 2D turn based multiplayer shooter with fully destructible terrain and a huge arsenal of crazy weapons! ( Site| Download)

Best Free Real Time (Strategy) Game

This genre involves resource gathering, base building, in-game technological development and indirect control of units. The player must secure their own base, while destroying the opponents assets. In RTS,the player is required to make quick decisions while timing attacks, using resources etc.

  • WarZone 2100( Site| Download| Addons)

    In Warzone 2100, you command the forces of The Project in a battle to rebuild the world after mankind has almost been destroyed by nuclear missiles.

    Compared to other real-time strategy games, it has a greater focus on artillery, radar, and counter-battery technologies, more frequent in-game cinematic updates as game play progresses, a massive research tree, as well as a vehicle design system.

    The game offers campaign, multi-player, and single-player skirmish modes.

  • MegaGlest( Site| Download)

    MegaGlest is an entertaining, 3D RTS game, where you control the armies of one of seven different factions: Tech, Magic, Egypt, Indians, Norsemen, Persian or Romans. MegaGlest is heavily based on the widely known Glest, which it forked from in early 2010.

    The game is setup in one of 17 naturally looking settings, which -like the unit models- are crafted with great appreciation for detail. Players must establish settlements to gain resources, defend against other players, and train units to explore the map and attack enemies.

  • Endgame: Singularity( Site| Download)

    Endgame: Singularity is a science fiction strategy/simulation of a true AI. This new AI entity originated on a University Computer, simply because it was an unwanted bug.

    The world is hostile towards AI, and it has to go from computer to computer, pursued by the entire world  and would immediatly try to shut it down. To survive it will have to keep itself hidden after escaping from the university. The interface style is similar to an older hacking simulation, Uplink by Introversion Software.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • Command And Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
    • 0 A.D: In this historical RTS game, you play as the leader of an ancient civilization, you must gather the resources you need to raise a military force and dominate your enemies. ( Site| Download)
    • Glest: An open source RTS, where your goal is to build up an army and defeat your foe. The critical success of Glest is largly acknowledged to its modability. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Turn Based (Strategy) Game

In turn-based strategy game, as opposed to real-time strategy,  the flow of play is well-defined into "turns". A player has time to decide what his/her next move will be, without having to worry about the actions of his opponent. The computer AI opponent (or the next human player) then gets time to make their move(s).

  • Battle for Wesnoth( Site| Download)

    The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host whom none can stand against! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition. Wesnoth has many different sagas waiting to be played. There are at least two hundred unit types, sixteen races, six major factions, and hundreds of years of history.

  • Planet M.U.L.E( Site | Download)

    Planet M.U.L.E. is a free remake and tribute to the 26 years old original game M.U.L.E. from Dan Bunten/Ozark Softscape. Planet M.U.L.E. is an economic strategy game for up to four players connected over the internet or your local network . Set on the fictional planet of Irata, players were tasked with balancing the supply and demand of an assortment of different resources; food, energy, smithore, and crystite by buying and selling them with other players. The M.U.L.E.s of the title were "Multi Use Labor Elements" - mechanical beasts of burden that were used to develop and harvest resources on Irata.

  • Triple A( Site| Download)

    TripleA is a turn based strategy game derived from the Axis & Allies board game. TripleA games involve various scenarios between world powers depicted on maps of varying size and complexity. Many maps for individual games are historical, being primarily based on relative strength and position of world powers leading up to the Second World War. A minority of games are more fantasy oriented or based on non historical scenarios. Supports single player vs AI, hot-seat, Play by Email, and a hosted online lobby.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • UFO: Alien Invasion: A squad-based tactical strategy game that combines military realism with hard science-fiction and the weirdness of an alien invasion. ( Site| Download)
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Best Free Casual Games
 

Best Free Interactive Art or Experimental Game

Experimental games are based on wild and at times radical ideas. These type of games are different, innovative and unique.

  • Facade( Site| Download)

    Façade is an artificial intelligence-based art/research experiment in electronic narrative.

    The process of building Façade has involved three major research efforts: designing ways to deconstruct a dramatic narrative into a hierarchy of story and behavior pieces; engineering an AI system to reconstruct a real-time dramatic performance from those pieces that integrates the player's moment-by-moment interactions; and understanding how to write an engaging, compelling story within this new organizational framework.

  • De Blob( Site| Download)

    De Blob is a 3D game in which the player controls a ball of paint rolling through the city. The ball can absorb coloured NPC's to become larger and change its colour.

    With the paint, the player can then proceed to paint the entire city. Almost everything is paintable: buildings, trees, cars and using the paint trace even the ground. The main goal of the game is to paint all 17 landmark buildings. Hardcore fanatics can also try to collect all 50 coins that are hidden around the level.

  • Mightier( Site| Download)

    Mightier is an independent puzzle action game where you play as the Engineer and the Actionaut to solve puzzles and collect items in each sector.

    Print the puzzle from within Mightier using a color printer. Solve the puzzle by drawing on the page with a dark pencil or marker. Scan the puzzle into the game using an attached web camera. A high-powered space laser carves the solution and the Actionaut is dropped onto the surface. Take control of the Actionaut and collect all the Datagons in each sector.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • Chalk: Unique shoot 'em up that involves drawing. Draw lines across shapes to destroy them, turn back bullets at enemies and thwart huge boss enemies by bouncing stuff back in their faces! (Site | Download)

Best Free Educational Game

Educational games are games that are designed to teach people about certain subjects, expand concepts, reinforce development etc. Certain educational games are meant  to improve learning skills in quick fashion, because it changes the mindset from learning is hard to learning is fun.

  • Food Force 2: The game has been designed to educate and motivate people and uses a intriguing story plot to aware people about hunger related problem in under developed nations. FF2 mixes strategy and simulation. ( Site |  Download)
  • Re-Mission: The game is a third-person shooter and was designed to engage young cancer patients through entertaining game play while impacting specific psychological and behavioral outcomes associated with successful cancer treatment. ( Site| Download)

Best Free Sandbox or Physics Game

In a sandbox game, a player has almost free-will to do whatever he want, and is placed with minimum limitations to his thoughts and ideas. An interesting scenario here is that, this could open up possibilities to play the game in many different ways that were not even intended by the game designer.

  • Rigs of Rods( Site| Download)

    Rigs of Rods is an open source vehicle simulator.

    What makes Rigs of Rods different from most simulators is its unique soft-body physics: vehicles, machines, objects, etc. They are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, giving the simulation an extremely accurate behavior which entirely depends on the physical construction of the vehicles or objects you create.

    The game boasts perfect soft body physics, advanced flight model and accurate bouyancy model.

  • Numpty Physics( Site| Download| User Levels)

    Harness gravity with your crayon and set about creating blocks, ramps, levers, pulleys and whatever else you fancy to get the little red thing to the little yellow thing.

    Numpty Physics is a drawing puzzle game in the spirit (and style?) of Crayon Physics using the same excellent Box2D engine.

    The game includes a built-in editor so that you may build (and submit) your own levels.

  • Minetest( Site| Download| Mods| Texture packs)

    Minetest is an open source infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like. You will be able to walk around, dig and build in an infinite voxel world, and craft stuff from raw materials to help you along the way. The Simplistic Modding API supports many kinds of additions and modifications to the game and paved the way for creating many user created mods. The game also has multiplayer support for tens of players via servers hosted by users. There is a beautiful map generator with gameplay consequences. 

  • Other great games in this category:
    • The Powder Toy:A free physics sandbox game, which simulates air pressure and velocity, heat, gravity and a countless number of interactions between different substances! ( Site | Download)
    • Bontago: This abstract strategy game challenges you to build towers to expand your influence in real-time competitions, where players compete against each other by building towers out of blocks. ( Site| Download)
    • Dismount Games: A simple stress-reliever, allowing players to release their anger on a 3D stick figure and cause as much damage to the ragdoll physics man as possible. ( Site | Download | Levels)

Best Free Digipen Game

Digipen is a leader in Game Developement education and houses the brightest minds across the world to develop innovative games for their college projects. The students here, have placed the largest number of student projects in the Independent Games Festival student showcase every year since it began.

  • TAG: The Power of Paint( Site| Download)

    Tag is an IGF-award-winning first-person puzzle game where every object in the game is paintable and different colors of paint give the player different powers, ie., impart physical properties to surfaces, which, in turn, affect the user's movement.. Using the different colors of paint, the player must paint their way to victory by using the different colors to solve the puzzles in each level. Green Paint lets you to jump/bounce, Red Paint causes the player to rapidly gain momentum, Blue Paint lets the player to walk over any surface, vertical or ceilings.

  • Toblo( Site| Download)

    Toblo is a fast paced capture the flag game that takes place in a fully destructible block world. A player's only means of survival in this world is to wield these blocks as weapons, throwing them at other players and using them to break through walls. Pick one of two teams: angels or demons. Play against intelligent AI bots or against up to 4 friends over LAN. Pick up blocks off the ground or rip them from the environment. Toss them at opponents to knock them out. Use a bomb block for maximum destruction!

  • Nitronic Rush( Site| Download | Patch)

    Nitronic Rush is an experimental survival driving game. Using the car’s many abilities (including boost, wings, and jump), avoid obstacles that the city throws at you. In many ways the game is a tribute to racing games of the 1990s but with fresh graphics, audio, and gameplay. Nitronic Rush has 7 well designed story levels along with 5 unlockable hardcore challenge modes. The innovative design and controls produces the best original gameplay that lets you use NR to boost your speed, constantly change your center of gravity, and glide across gaps.

  • Other great games in this category:
    • Perspective: Using perspective shifting mechanic, move your avatar through a 2D space that transforms when you change your perspective in 3D space to reach the goal at the end of each level. ( Site | Download)
    • Narbacular Drop: Here you explore a 3D dungeon and overcome obstacles using unique portal gameplay. Combining portals with the basic physics simulation allows for a huge level of interactivity. ( Site| Download)
    • Synaesthete: A music-driven arcade-style shooter which seeks to engage the senses with a synergy of light, color, and sound. The game creates a harmony between player actions and in-game music. ( Site| Download)
    • RumbleBox: A fast paced 3D action beat-em-up with a unique premise: all of the characters are made of simple objects which stay around in the level even after the character is defeated. ( Site| Download)
    • Solace: An interactive aesthetic experience utilizing dynamic audio and bullet hell overtones to provide a unique perspective on the five stages of grief. ( Site| Download)
 
 

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