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Introduction

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I couldn't agree more with this wonderful proverb. The first game made on a computer, titled "Tennis for Two", was way back in 1947 and later, in 1962, came the first popular digital game named "Spacewar!". Thereafter, man has been trying to expand the capabilities of gaming on a personal computer. Computer games and gaming engines have come a long way since then.

Passion for developing games had reached another level, and developers started giving out their work for free to people.

I've been asked numerous times whether freeware games are worth it and whether they give the same amount of enjoyment as other big name commercial games. The answer I give them is yes. In fact, I've had the most fun playing freeware games in this list.

The next question, which pops up in the minds of people, is why do developers give away their hard work in creating these games for nothing. The first reason is that game development is their personal hobby or passion, just like each one of us has a hobby. Secondly, they create a name for themselves and get appreciated by people from all walks of life and subsequently have a fan following. Thirdly, they might also get donations from hammer legion gamers and hence, earn quite enough bucks. Fourthly, some of them create games for their project works and get recognized for their work by bigger gaming companies.

Love for gaming has no age boundaries. This section has all the games that will be relished by the kids and the elderly alike. The article lists quality 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.
 

 
Requirements
  • Various games have different system requirements. While 3D games have higher requirements over its 2D counter-parts, older games require lower specs than newer games. Nevertheless, most 3D games listed here should run fine on the latest built-in Intel HD graphics and don't require external graphics cards as such. Although, having one would improve the overall experience of the game. 
  • Download managers like FDM should come in handy for managing big downloads and also for numerous small downloads. For downloading torrent files, a Bittorrent client like qBitTorrent is required. 
  • While games usually come as installers (.exe), they may also be packed as archives (.zip, .7zip, .rar etc) and you will require an archiver like 7-zip to extract these games and play. Usually they don't require installation, but certain installers may also be packed. 
  • Few games listed here might require Steam, the gaming and distribution platform from Valve.
  • Games downloaded in the form of image file format (.iso), must be mounted in virtual drives using tools like Winarchiver Virtual Drive
  • Certain games requires Direct X11 which is provided only in Vista and Win 7. Win XP has support only for Direct X9 which is required if you don't have Win 7.
  • It's good to install .Net Framework and Visual C++  from Microsoft as games might require them.
  • While most games listed here will run offline, very few require an internet connection, and others can be played across LAN.

Browser games, MMO games, exclusive mutiplayer-online games won't be featured here.

 
Summary

This list of Best Free PC Games now includes 224 items in 43 categories.

To read brief descriptions with screenshots of the games, click a page number below. 

Best Free PC Games - Page Index
  • Page 1. What's New / Summary
     
  • Page 2. Action Games
    Arcade or Shmup Game Focus | Viriax | Super Crate Box | RunMan: Race Around the World | Hydorah | Spelunky | Warning Forever 
    Fighting: Beat 'em Up Game Streets of Rage Remake | Little Fighter 2 | Lugaru | Mortal Kombat Unlimited | Golden Axe Myths | Zombie Smashers X | Marvel First Alliance
    Fighting: Versus Game Super Cosplay War Ultra | The Black Heart | Duel Toys 2 | Super Marvel vs Capcom: Eternity of Heroes | King of the Streets | Toribash
    Maze Game  
    Pinball Game Future Pinball | Visual Pinball | Pinball FX2
    Platformer (Action) Cave Story | Iji | TAGAP 2 | Hero Core | Gun Girl 2 | I Wanna Be the Guy | Pixel Force Halo | Legend of Princess
    First Person Shooter Black Mesa | Return to Castle Wolfenstein: ET | America's Army: Special Forces | Tribes 2 akaTribesNext | Area51 | Xonotic | Cube 2:Sauerbraten | WG Realms 2: Siege Breaker | Urban Terror | OpenArena
    Third Person Shooter Psi Ops: The Mind Gate Conspiracy | Hidden and Dangeours Deluxe | Crime Life 2 | Dark Ocean | Noxious
    Top Down Shooter Alien Swarm | GTA 2 | Counter Strike 2D | Subvein: Mutant Factions | Notrium | Thesus: Return of the Hero | Killing Engine | Bloodmasters
     
  • Page 3. Adventure Games
    Horror or Survival Game Cry of Fear | Penumbra | Erie | SCP Containment Breach | Slender: The Eight Pages | Euthanasia | Which | 1213 (Series) | Candles
    Interactive Fiction: Graphic Adventure/Point 'n Click Sam & Max: Abe Lincoln Must Die | King's Quest III Redux | Chzo Mythos | Beneath A Steel Sky | Out of Order | The Journey Down: Over the Edge | Ben There, Dan That | The Museum of Broken Memories
    Interactive Fiction: Text Based/Narrative Blue Lacuna | Lost Pig | Violet | Aotearoa | Slouching towards Bedlam | Blue Chairs | Vespers | Suveh Nux
    Interactive Fiction: Visual or Graphic Novels Katawa Shoujo | Narcissu 1 & 2 | True Remembrance | Brass Restoration | Re: Alistair++ | Digital: A Love Story | Red Shift
    Platformer (Adventure) Game An Untitled Story | Treasure Adventure Game | Within a deep forest | Knytt Stories | Eternal Daughter | La-Mulana | Frogatto and Friends | Escape from the Underworld
    Mario Fan Game Super Mario Bros X | New Super Mario Forever 2012 | Mari0
    Stealth Game Stealth Bastard | TRILBY: The Art of Theft | N: The Way of the Ninja | Merry Gear Solid Series | Kleptocracy | Diety
     
  • Page 4. Entertainment Games
    Music, Dance or Rhythm Frets on Fire X | Ultrastar Deluxe | StepMania | PhaseShift | Opera Slinger | Synthesia
    Party / LAN Game TrackMania Nations Forever | Team Fortress 2 | Soldat | Build and Shoot | Bontago | At A Distance | Counter Strike 2D
    Programming Game Robocode |  A.I Wars: The Insect Mind | RoboWar | Grobots
    Puzzle Game BrainSplode! | BLOCKSUM | Farsh | Corrypt | Quadrax Series | Brain Workshop | The Sense of Connectedness | Puzzles (increpare)
    Platformer (Puzzle) SuteF | Floating Islands Game | Karoshi 2.0 | SpAI | Logi-Gun | The Illusionary Persistance of Love | Flail | FinCK
    Sports Game FooBillard++ | Neverball | Fantasy Tennis | Jet Ball
    Trivia Game  
    Card Game PySolFC | 123 Free Solitaire
     
  • Page 5. Role Playing Games
    Rogue Game Tales of Maj'Eyal: Age of Ascendancy | Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup | Dwarf Fortress | King Arthur's Gold | DoomRL | ADOM | AngBand | NetHack: Falcon's Eye | Desktop Dungeons
    Turn Based (Role Playing) Game The Spirit Engine 2 | Runesword I and II | Dark Disciples I and II | Ultima 4 Part 2
    Real Time (Role Playing) Game FreedroidRPG | Holyspirit | FLARE
     
  • Page 6. Simulation Games
    Construction or Management: City Building Game LinCity-NG | OpenCity | Unknown Horizons
    Construction or Management: Business or Tycoon Game OpenTTD | Ore No Ryomi 2 | Simutrans | Chart Wars 3
    Construction or Management: Life (Sims) Game Cart Life | Another Day In the Life of Bob | Evolites
    Vehicle: Flight Game Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn | Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line | Flight Gear | Orbiter | Babylon 5: I've found Her | Star Wrath 4: Reviction | Wing Commander - Privateer Gemini Gold | No Gravity (Space Girl)
    Vehicle: Racing Game Trackmania Nations Forever | TORCS | VDrift | Generally | Speed Dreams : an Open Motorsport Sim | SuperTuxKart | Ultimate Stunts | ManiaDrive | Dolphinity Racer
     
  • Page 7. Strategy Games
    4X (Civ) Game FreeCol | FreeCiv | FreeOrion | AnaCreon | C-evo
    Artillery Game Scorched 3D | Hedgewars | WarMUX | Carnage Contest
    Real Time (Strategy) Game WarZone 2100 | MegaGlest | EndGame: Singularity | Command and Conquer | 0 A.D | Glest
    Turn Based (Strategy) Game Battle for Wesnoth | Planet M.U.L.E | Triple A | UFO: Alien Invasion
     
  • Page 8. Casual Games
    Interactive Art or Experimental Game Facade | De Blob | Mightier | Chalk
    Educational (Math, Typing) Game Food Force 2 | Re-Mission
    Sandbox or Physics Game Rigs of Rods | Numpty Physics | Minetest | The Powder Toy | Bontago | Dismount Games
    Digipen Game TAG: The Power of Paint | Toblo | Nitronic Rush | Perspective | Narbacular Drop | Synaesthete | RumbleBox | Solace
 
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by Panzer on 17. December 2014 - 9:19  (120137)

AirBuccaneers - a multiplayer airship-FPS game about vicious Buccaneers and infamous Vikings battling in the sky (now free):
http://store.steampowered.com/app/223630/

by Panzer on 17. December 2014 - 9:15  (120136)

"... Ultima Ratio Regum ... A roguelike game inspired by the literature of Jorge Borges, Umberto Eco&Neal Stephenson, and the games Europa Universalis and Dark Souls ... It’s a game which aims to integrate thematic content on historiography, philosophical idealism and the rise of modernist grand narratives, with the deep, complex and challenging gameplay one expects from a “classic” roguelike (and, of course, an ANSI display and permadeath) ...":
http://www.ultimaratioregum.co.uk/game/info/

by Panzer on 15. December 2014 - 8:52  (120120)
by George.J on 15. December 2014 - 10:21  (120122)

Overpowered reminds me of I Wanna Be the Guy. Its very hard

by Panzer on 10. December 2014 - 8:24  (120064)

"... This Way Up is a simple-yet-challenging puzzle experience aimed at anybody who's ever wondered what it would be like to be a cardboard box stranded on a series of puzzle-shaped platforms floating high above the earth, flopping about onto its sides and shooting out glowing purple magic stuff at crystal switches whilst it makes its way towards shiny blue tiles and the ever-elusive 3-star ratings ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/puzzle/this-way-up/41007/

"... Lambda Wars is a free multiplayer Source Engine modification for Alien Swarm set in the Half-Life 2 universe that brings the war between mankind and their brutal Combine overlords to a traditional real-time strategy (RTS) setting ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/270370/

by Panzer on 8. December 2014 - 11:49  (120046)

CodeCombat - Learn how to code by playing a game:
http://codecombat.com/

by Panzer on 8. December 2014 - 11:35  (120044)

"... Dead Island: Epidemic is a multiplayer action hack&slash arena where players duke it out over supply points using an arsenal of crafted weaponry, a bevy of devastating powers, and good old-fashioned teamwork ...":
http://www.deadislandepidemic.com/

by Panzer on 8. December 2014 - 11:20  (120042)

"... Super Wolfenstein 3D is a loving reimagining of the classic Wolfenstein 3D game by ID Software, but with the big difference of it having realistic physics ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/shooter/super-wolfenstein-hd-now-with-realisti...

by Panzer on 2. December 2014 - 9:21  (119930)

Nurikabe is a logic puzzle with a bit complicated rules and challenging solutions:
http://www.puzzle-nurikabe.com/

by Panzer on 29. November 2014 - 9:22  (119898)

"... Boringman - Battle other badly drawn 2D stickman online while jumping around like a lunatic and getting blown up into smithereens ...":
http://kdegrose.com/boringman/

Nox Timore:
http://gamejolt.com/games/other/nox-timore/35834/

by Panzer on 28. November 2014 - 8:51  (119889)

"... Dungeon Heroes is a RPG in the classic dungeon crawler style.

Features:

- different characters to choose from
- turn based combat
- spell creation
- equipment enhancement
- various quests
- hidden passages and secret rooms
- intense boss fights ...":

http://gamejolt.com/games/rpg/dungeon-heroes/23169/

by Panzer on 21. November 2014 - 9:33  (119782)

Jet/lag - A Hyper Minimal Rogue-like-like-like that features unforgiving tactical gameplay in the noisiest environment possible:
http://svblm.itch.io/jet-lag

"... Photobomb - Hello, Media Peace Officer #S1493. As you know by now, a bomb was detonated in the city square only minutes ago. Our algorithms have been scraping social media to collect photos leading up to the event. We have narrowed the list of suspects to 6 in the vicinity who weren't wearing their ID trackers.

Scour the social media timeline and place the photos in the scene to paint the suspects. Determine the location of the bomb and identify the guilty suspect. Time is of the essence, #S1493. The people want justice. You have 2 minutes ...":
http://milkbaggames.itch.io/photobomb

by Panzer on 20. November 2014 - 9:23  (119744)

"... In OMDB you play as Noel Brody, a former scientist for the evil “Mortiga Consolidated” who after protesting the use of her work as a weapon is subjected to it herself. Now as a twice dead creature of the night she must fight her way through the “Mortiga Consolidated” headquarters in order to: find a cure for her affliction, reclaim her experiment, and maybe even have time for a little revenge ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/action/over-my-dead-body/37219/

Atticus:
http://gamejolt.com/games/puzzle/atticus/37073/

"... Beneath The Crimson Moon, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's short story Masque of the Red Death, is an exploration puzzle game in which the player must find objects that can be destroyed. When destroyed, the materials gathered, can then be used to navigate obstacles by re-building other objects such as bridges or ladders ...":
http://jib333.itch.io/beneath-the-crimson-moon

"... Music of the Spheres ... It’s a game about patterns. More specifically, it’s about bullets that bounce, and that play glockenspiel notes when they do ..." (now free):
http://www.musicofthespheresgame.com/

by Panzer on 12. November 2014 - 8:55  (119577)

"... EDuke32 is an awesome, free homebrew game engine and source port of the classic PC first person shooter Duke Nukem 3D ...":
http://eduke32.com/

by Panzer on 6. November 2014 - 9:39  (119505)

Refunktion is a first-person stealth platformer with exploration and speedrun elements. This is a very challenging game dedicated to the hardcore players. The first episode of Refunktion was released for free:
http://www.indiedb.com/games/refunktion/downloads/refunktion-12
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=331251842

"... 3030 Deathwar is an Open World 2D Space RPG - Similar to games like Escape Velocity Nova and Elite/Privateer, the game features Open World exploration, boarding stations and derelicts, many diverse NPCs, tons of missions and an exciting plot! The new version adds higher resolution, massive balance and gameplay changes, a smoother tutorial and many other improvements ...":
http://crunchyleafgames.itch.io/3030-deathwar

One Minute To Midnight is an RTS game in which you must assert your sociopolitical influence over opposing movements by occupying buildings:
http://georgeing.co.uk/OneMinuteToMidnight/

Such Inheritance. Much Saga: "... It’s a game about sneaking by or fighting pirates and avoiding their traps ...":
http://abebly.com/2014/01/such-inheritance-much-saga/

"... Super Sagan RPG is a quadratic mathematic bizarro blend of strategy, scientists and giant mechs. The Sagan Research and Processing Group is dedicated to exploring the weird and wonderful of the known universe. Of course this is done by cloning famous scientists, grafting their heads onto mech suits designed around natural science disciplines, and pitting them against each other in a fight to the death in space. Newton battles Einstein, Tesla fights with Edison: research and observation have never been so dangerous ...":
http://www.indiedb.com/games/super-sagan-rpg

I Wanna Be The Fangame - "... A fangame based on the ever-masochistic "I Wanna Be The Guy" by Kayin, I wanna be the Fangame delivers a slew of new and interesting puzzles, challenges and bosses for players to test their skill and patience against ...":
http://www.indiedb.com/games/i-wanna-be-the-fangame

by Panzer on 6. November 2014 - 8:58  (119504)

Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius - "... As Captain Kayto Shields, embark on a galactic voyage of heroism and survival. With his home world destroyed and his nation conquered, the inexperienced Captain Shields, and his newly minted vessel, the Sunrider, are left as the only hope against a galactic evil intent on subjugating all sentient life. Together with his loyal First Officer, he undertakes to find allies across the stars to retake his home planet and restore peace to the galaxy ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/313730/

Altitude - "... Blast your way across the cartoon skies in this fast-paced game of aerial combat ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/41300/

"... Floating Point is a free, peaceful game about using a grappling hook to swing yourself gracefully through randomly generated spaces. In the air, you're fighting gravity. When you splash down beneath the water, you're fighting your own buoyancy to swing yourself further into the depths ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/302380/

Chronotron - "... This one will really mess with your head. You'll need to go back in time to create copies of yourself to perform tasks on each level ...":
http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-chronotron/

by Panzer on 3. November 2014 - 10:51  (119447)

Falcon's Eye has been abandoned. From Vulture's official page:
"... Vulture is an isometric graphical user interface for NetHack, SLASH'EM, and UnNetHack. The Vulture project continues the abandoned Falcon's Eye project ...":
http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Vulture

by Panzer on 3. November 2014 - 10:46  (119446)

Warframe is a cooperative free-to-play third person online action game set in an evolving sci-fi world:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/230410/

by Panzer on 22. October 2014 - 10:08  (119288)

Mars Commando:
http://gamejolt.com/games/strategy-sim/mars-commando/34971/

Mimicry Man:
http://vgperson.com/games/mimicryman.htm

Compact Conflict:
http://wasyl.eu/games/compact-conflict/play.html

KDice - online social strategy game inspired by Risk and Dicewars:
http://kdice.com/

Powerglove is a classic-era run 'n' gun (download at the bottom of the page):
http://rgcddev.itch.io/powerglove

Star Commander:
http://membranesoftware.com/

Space Goblin in a Land of Jello:
http://contest.rpgmakerweb.com/game/view/id/498#.VEeFdPmsX7L

Level 2: The Virus Master:
http://lazy-brain-games.itch.io/level-2-the-virus-master

S.W.A.P (Subterfuge Weapons Assessment Program) is an indirect first-person shooter:
http://www.chaostheorygames.com/games/swap

by Panzer on 22. October 2014 - 8:25  (119286)

"... Long forgotten is the legend of Gaurodan, the bird of thunder, and his fight with Guayota, the fire beast. But now mankind has discovered the egg of Guayota within Mount Teide, and it is only a matter of time until Guarodan returns from the sky to fight the beast and punish us for awakening his ancient enemy. Fly around the Canary Islands as Gaurodan, and destroy cities, armies and colossal creatures in your path throught this frantic shmup, created for the lovers of classic games that require mastering ...":
http://www.locomalito.com/gaurodan.php
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/gaurodan/17619/

by EldonW on 17. October 2014 - 21:30  (119242)

A little known update for DirectX is DirectX (June 2010). It applies to Windows XP SP2 and SP3 (DirectX 9.0c), Windows Vista (DirectX 10), and Windows 7 (DirectX 11).

Here's the link for the redistributable:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8109

Here's the link for the web installer:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35

by Panzer on 16. October 2014 - 8:47  (119218)

Robocraft - Free-To-Play MMO Robot vehicle shooter:
http://gamejolt.com/games/shooter/robocraft/26957/

"... Javel-ein is a retro-style platformer with a difficulty curve that never stops going up. Fight your way through 60 diverse levels split across four chapters, each with a unique boss. The only thing keeping you alive is your trusty javelin. You'll need to throw it to take out the various creatures attacking you, but you're completely defenseless until it's back in your hands, so think before you throw ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/javel-ein/27576/

by Panzer on 16. October 2014 - 8:12  (119217)

Roguelight:
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/roguelight/31467/

"... Town of Salem is a fresh innovation on the classic party games Mafia and Werewolf. It is a game of murder, accusations, deceit and mob hysteria. Town of Salem takes place in the era of the Salem witch trials in an alternate universe version of Salem, MA. ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/strategy-sim/town-of-salem/23303/
Game can be played here:
http://www.blankmediagames.com/

Candlelight:
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/candlelight/34548/

by Panzer on 16. October 2014 - 8:09  (119216)

Path of Shadows is a 3rd person stealth game where you control a reborn assassin capable of manipulating the shadows. The player can blink between the scenario shadows, and create new shadows when there are none:
http://gamejolt.com/games/adventure/path-of-shadows/26419/

Super Puzzle Platformer is an action/puzzle mashup featuring puzzle and platforming game mechanics:
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/super-puzzle-platformer/5480/

by Panzer on 16. October 2014 - 8:06  (119215)

"... Super Adventure Pals is a lovable action RPG platformer in which you travel the land and battle monsters-a-plenty in an epic quest to track down the evil Mr B who has stolen your pet rock ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/super-adventure-pals/22257/

by Panzer on 15. October 2014 - 7:41  (119185)

Sigils of Elohim - solve dozens of formidable sigil puzzles under the watchful eye of Elohim:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/321480/

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:31  (119101)

"... Mutant Factions is an online top-down shooter. The gameplay is unique because you don’t play as a man, but as a mutant. Killing enemies lets you mutate and unlock crazy skills, making for intense and tactical combat ...":
http://mutantfactions.net/

by Panzer on 9. October 2014 - 9:43  (119065)

"... Firefall is a dynamic, open-world MMO shooter with limitless exploration of a vast future Earth, rewarding skilled players as they progress through a deep story. Players will be able to customize their character in a living world that constantly offers new challenges ...":
http://www.firefallthegame.com/features

by Panzer on 23. September 2014 - 7:45  (118743)

Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on a military aircraft simulation:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/223750/

If you don't have a Steam account, you can get the game here:
https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/world/

The Expendabros:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/312990/

Fistful of Frags - Multiplayer based, first person enabled, action packed and skill demanding shooter set in the Wild West times. A unique combination of non stop action and slow but powerful weaponry:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/265630/

If you don't have a Steam account, you can get the game here:
http://www.fistful-of-frags.com/

Loadout is a multi-player shooter that’s all about the guns (still in beta):
http://store.steampowered.com/app/238590/

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