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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 24. January 2015 - 9:41  (120730)

Fantasy World Dizzy (DizzyAGE Remake):
http://www.yolkfolk.com/site/games.php?game_id=71

Baboviolent 2 - online shooter:
http://www.baboviolent.net/

by Panzer on 24. January 2015 - 8:58  (120729)

"... Based on I Wanna be the Guy, I Wanna be the Shrine Maiden 2 is a Touhou spin off ... This game is INCREDIBLY difficult, and INCREDIBLY frustrating. I mean hoenstly, I don't think there is a more frustrating and difficult game than this ...":
http://www.2demotion.com/iwannabetheshrinemaiden2.html

by Panzer on 24. January 2015 - 8:47  (120728)

"... Riser - Hike up the mountain and gather as much treasure as you can, simple right? Well, the twist is, the more money you have, the faster the screen scrolls, yeah, good luck with that when you have around $15,000 ...":
http://caseportman.itch.io/riser

by Panzer on 23. January 2015 - 9:48  (120714)

"... Tales of Middle Earth (ToME) is the first ever fully playable total conversion for AoK based on the works of J.R.R Tolkien. Featuring full 18 realms of Middle-earth including Elves, Men of the West, the Rohirrim, Southrons and the Easterlings, and the evil forces under Mordor and Angmar. Bring to life all your favourite battles and stories from The Lord of the Rings on maps of real Middle-earth locations. From the keen archers of Lórien to the trolls of Mordor; the Rangers of the North to the dreaded giant Mûmakil – as many as 70 new units, with over a hundred new building graphics and wonders from the Middle-Earth ...":
http://www.moddb.com/mods/tales-of-middle-earth
http://www.moddb.com/mods/tales-of-middle-earth/downloads/tales-of-middl...

Glasshouse:
http://www.rocktopusgames.com/

by Panzer on 23. January 2015 - 9:12  (120713)

Endless express - a real-time train network:
http://vltmn.itch.io/endless-express

Earl Mansin: The Breakout:
http://agsarchives.com/gamecard/772/earl-mansin-the-breakout.html

by Panzer on 22. January 2015 - 9:07  (120699)

Adams Drive 32 - a sneaky game about infiltrationg a mansion, looting it and getting out alive:
http://gamejolt.com/games/shooter/adams-drive-32/43740/

Genetos - evolving Shoot 'Em Up:
http://www.tatsuya-koyama.com/software/wg002_genetos_eng.html

Tower of heaven:
http://askiisoft.com/games/tower-of-heaven/

"... Action Fist is a platform shooter that pays massive tribute to the classic Gunstar Heroes. Jump around, upgrade your weapons, shoot around, drive on a motor bike, battle bosses ...":
http://www.pixelprospector.com/action-fist/

Atomic butcher:
http://www.dashumankapital.net/index.php

by Panzer on 21. January 2015 - 10:34  (120693)

"... Naut - Is there life on Mars? Wander around, drive through the desert, hear what the cosmos has to tell you ...":
http://evilion.itch.io/naut

"... Alchemilla Mod is an attempt to recreate original atmosphere of cult game Silent Hill on the Source Engine. It is not a rebuild of one of the games of series, it is its own history on its own reasons ...:"
http://www.moddb.com/mods/alchemilla-mod

Astrox:
http://www.kongregate.com/games/momoguru/astrox

by Panzer on 21. January 2015 - 8:26  (120691)

Nosgoth (open beta) - free-to-play multiplayer action-adventure game:
http://www.nosgoth.com/blog

by Panzer on 19. January 2015 - 10:15  (120641)
by Panzer on 17. January 2015 - 9:19  (120609)

Double Action is a free stylish multiplayer game about diving, flipping, and sliding your way into action movie mayhem:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/317360/

by Panzer on 14. January 2015 - 9:06  (120561)

"... Jersey Kart is a kart-style racing video game featuring many different exciting races, impressive speeds, amazing tricks and power-ups to use against opponents. It also has the multiplayer option and lots of other options to customize the game according to your preferences including various skins for the user interface ...:"
http://www.jersey-kart.com/

by Panzer on 13. January 2015 - 9:07  (120546)

Sky Dawgz - an aerial dawgfighting game with WW2 Planes:
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/sky-dawgz/39006/

by Panzer on 10. January 2015 - 9:19  (120500)

"... Strife is a competitive online game that features non-stop action and thrilling combat. Take control of powerful and versatile heroes, each capable of dominating in unique ways, and exert your will in an epic battle between two teams ...:"
https://strife.com/getting-started

The lost Vikings (now free):
https://us.battle.net/account/download/?show=classic

by Panzer on 8. January 2015 - 9:01  (120457)

Survarium is a free2play MMOFPS game set in the near future. The game focuses on the aftermath of a massive ecological catastrophe on Earth, the reasons behind which are only vaguely known (beta is out):
http://survarium.com/en

Minos' Maze:
http://neowitch.itch.io/minos-maze

by Panzer on 8. January 2015 - 8:58  (120456)

"... Lost Constellation is a Longest Night ghost story. Travel into the frozen woods in a folktale from the world of Night In The Woods ...":
http://finji.itch.io/lost-constellation

by Panzer on 6. January 2015 - 9:55  (120415)

Subsonic - you are an agent of Subsonic Incorporated, a covert mercenary contracting company that specializes in sound-based spy gadgets. Use your sound gun to create distractions, shatter glass, and dampen your own footstep noise as you sneak your way past patrolling guards:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/subsonic

by Panzer on 5. January 2015 - 9:44  (120400)

"... 'Like Clockwork' is a comedy RPG in which an unsuspecting sidekick must finish her Hero's quest after he dies in a freak accident with a police car.

The adventure begins in a traditional JRPG world, though your new companion Tam McGleish (an angry Scottish Detective Inspector) soon changes that.

Help guide the new Hero to the conclusion of her quest, whilst Tam attempts to fix the worst mistakes of the JRPG genre along the way ...":
http://johnarr.itch.io/likeclockwork

"... SubRay is an underwater exploration game, with a focus on survival. The primary aesthetic of SubRay is exploration, with a secondary supporting aesthetic of sensation. Our goal with SubRay is to guide the player on a journey of wonder and solitude, creating an immersive play experience using dynamic audio and a distinct visual style ...":
http://games.digipen.edu/games/subray

Umbra Chronicles is a side-scrolling action-adventure game set in a fantasy steampunk world. Players must battle their way through a horde of shadow creatures that threatens to overtake the city of Damara:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/umbra-chronicles

Arc is a competitive multi-player racing game set in a mythic SciFi world:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/arc

Void - Explore the crumbling ruins of an ancient manor by manipulating portals into the past in this first-person puzzle game with a unique time-traveling mechanic:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/void

Farg - fast paced local multiplayer platformer brawler shooter:
http://ditto.itch.io/farg

Meowchine Mayhem is side scrolling shoot 'em up game with one unique feature: you get to create your own tank:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/meowchine-mayhem

Blockhead - overcome a series of increasingly difficult and dangerous trials by manipulating your environment one block at a time in this innovative puzzle platformer:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/blockhead

Flip's Adventure - explore a steam-punk world where alien robots and humans collide in this action-platformer. Sabotage the robot army by executing precise acrobatic movements as you make your way through each level:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/flip-s-adventure

Stratagem:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/stratagem

Inaris is a tale of discovery about a lonely soul wandering in a set of empty familiar temples. This entity's connection with the environment will allow it to manipulate columns in order to find out what it is looking for:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/inaris-the-cloud-temple

Dreamside Maroon - Grow a vine to the moon in this poetic game of exploration and discovery. Along the way there are sights to see, lamps to light, and fireflies to collect. Experience freedom of movement and travel while growing your vine into interesting shapes and colors:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/dreamside-maroon

Chained is a side-scrolling platformer that explores the nature of negative dependency and loss through its ball-and-chain mechanic. Explore the psyche of an ordinary family man as he struggles to cope with the weight and consequences of his choices:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/chained

Mashball:
http://games.digipen.edu/games/mashball-2

by Panzer on 3. January 2015 - 10:25  (120371)

"... Only if - It is a short surreal adventure puzzle game. The game's mechanics are experimental and are driven to defy the logic of "What you see is what you get". Such as jumping to your death will actually save you, or the environment changing when you're not looking, repeating the same mistakes will actually progress you forward and a few more concepts to play about ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/puzzle/only-if/19230/

by Panzer on 31. December 2014 - 10:16  (120347)
by Panzer on 30. December 2014 - 9:27  (120316)

ArchAge:
http://www.trionworlds.com/archeage/en/

"... Dwarfs F2P - This is the Free-2-Play version of Dwarfs!? You can download the game and play the core game in Arcade mode, plus all the Tutorials and the Challenge modes completely free, forever. No charges, no subscriptions - just free ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/213650/

Puzzle Bobble:
http://www.y8.com/games/puzzle_bobble

"... Aether is an "Art Game" about personal childhood feelings and experiences ...":
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/459147

"... Spewer is a puzzle platformer that uses liquid physics though regurgitation as its core mechanic. Taking the role of a mysterious test subject, code named Spewer, you must vomit your way through over 60 levels of stomach turning puzzles, learning new abilities, changing forms and piecing together your purpose in life ...":
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/494129

by Panzer on 24. December 2014 - 8:19  (120231)
by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 10:42  (120215)

Primrose:
http://primrose.sourceforge.net/

Biloba is an abstract strategy board game for 1 to 4 players. At each turn the player moves pawns on a octogonal shaped board (but squared cells) trying to remove opponent's pawns from it:
http://biloba.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 10:24  (120212)

All games below need Spring engine to run - you can download it here:
http://springrts.com/

Conflict Terra is a free, open-source RTS:
http://www.moddb.com/games/conflict-terra

notadota – On the Edge:
http://www.notadota.com/

Evolution RTS is a free an Open Source RTS game:
http://www.evolutionrts.info/

"... Spring:1944 is a WWII themed game based on the open source Spring Engine. Our goal is to create four fully functional sides (US, Germany, USSR, Britain) with period-accurate units and strengths. Realism is a primary design goal, second only to creating a game that is fun and accessible to play ...":
http://spring1944.org/

by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 8:53  (120206)
by Panzer on 22. December 2014 - 9:27  (120186)

Cat-ana:
http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=3211

The Sensational December Machine is an interactive short story, with hand-drawn art and text:
http://simogo.com/work/the-sensational-december-machine/

Goat Herd and the Gods:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=51385.0

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

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