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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 | Team Fortress 2 | 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 22. September 2014 - 9:10  (118733)

Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is an adventure/RPG hybrid:
http://www.crystalshard.net/hq.htm
http://store.steampowered.com/app/283880

If you don't have a Steam account, you can get the game here:
http://www.indiedb.com/games/heroines-quest/downloads

by George.J on 22. September 2014 - 13:30  (118736)

I've kept tab on this game. I didn't know it's got a Steam release. A well made game.

by Panzer on 16. September 2014 - 8:06  (118605)

Starpiecer - "... You are a trans-galactic ripper assigned on the impossible mission of saving our unique fragile world which has been compromised by the aggressive intrusion of alien forces though the hole in the space-time continuum. That's why you find yourself slipping from one dimension to another either fighting enemies or preserving friendly environment. Beware: destructions in your home world brings only pain and suffering for you while demolition of enemies boosts your energy and helps to carry on your journey ...":
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=39357

by Panzer on 5. September 2014 - 9:07  (118398)

Unturned is a sandbox game in the emerging multiplayer apocalypse survival genre:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/304930/

Warframe:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/230410/

Defiance:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/224600/

The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/239220/

No More Room in Hell - Half-Life 2 Mod (PC Gamer's Mod of the Year 2011, ModDB's Editor Choice Multiplayer Mod of the Year 2011):
http://store.steampowered.com/app/224260/

Age of Conan: Unchained is an award-winning and critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online game set in the sexy, savage and brutal world of Conan the Barbarian:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/217750/

The Plan - A fly ascends to the skies, pondering the pointlessness of its brief existence:
http://www.krillbite.com/theplan/

Renegade X is a free Tactical Shooter that aims to brings the Command and Conquer FPS experience to the Unreal Engine 3 (still in beta):
http://www.renegade-x.com/

SanctuaryRPG is a critically acclaimed strategic turn-based monster slaying and dungeon crawling adventure set entirely in the retro ASCII-art world of Sanctuary:
http://www.sanctuaryrpg.com/

Futuridium EP - "... An old school shoot'em up with a modern twist. Futuridium EP offers fast paced, non stop, hard as hell action, with an original 45 minutes soundtrack and colourful, glitchy graphic ...":
http://www.desura.com/games/futuridium

Littlewargame is an HTML5 Real-Time-Strategy game with multiplayer mode and a map editor. It runs completely in your browser without any download, plugin or registration required:
http://littlewargame.com/

Fallen London (still in beta):
http://fallenlondon.storynexus.com/

Dojo of Death:
http://www.kongregate.com/games/nicotuason/dojo-of-death

Rusty Hearts is a multiplayer online game with fast-paced and highly-stylized brawling combat combined with a solo or team-based dungeon exploration experience:
http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/rusty-hearts

Elsword:
http://en.elswordonline.com/

Infinity wars (still in beta):
http://us.infinitywarsgame.com/

SmashMuck Champions brings you fast-paced and twisted MOBA mayhem through a community-driven development process. Play as a robot shark, platypus-unicorn, yeti huntsman and more as you crush players across the globe in player vs player combat:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/218330/

House of Dead Ninjas:
http://www.agame.com/game/super-house-of-dead-ninjas

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire:
http://www.gog.com/game/worlds_of_ultima_the_savage_empire

Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams:
http://www.gog.com/game/ultima_worlds_of_adventure_2_martian_dreams

Runescape 3:
http://www.runescape.com/

Street Fighter X Mega Man:
http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2012/12/17/street-fighter-x-me...

Fallen Warth:
http://www.gamersfirst.com/fallenearth/

Space Station 13 is a space themed, top-down 2D multiplayer RPG:
http://spacestation13.com/

The Kingdom of Loathing is a free, comical RPG:
http://www.kingdomofloathing.com/

Realm of the Mad God:
http://www.realmofthemadgod.com/

by Panzer on 1. September 2014 - 7:50  (118327)

Cypher - "... A corrupt government controls Mars as corporations sell oxygen at a premium. You are an agent with an incredible skill set determined to eliminate the system. Taking information is how you will do it; unfortunately, other organizations are seeking what you are. They will stop at nothing to steal the valuable data you hack ...":
http://cyphergame.net/

by Panzer on 18. August 2014 - 8:24  (118030)
by Panzer on 7. August 2014 - 8:23  (117804)

"... Saira is a puzzle platformer with non-linear gameplay and a whole universe for you to explore. The game is heavily influenced by classic puzzle adventure games and uses a new unique graphical style combining high resolution photography into a lush and mysterious world ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/48900/

by Panzer on 25. July 2014 - 8:03  (117569)

Briblo - a screensaver/Flash game that is a Tetris style game using Lego blocks:
http://9031.com/goodies/#briblo

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 7:39  (117477)

zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game:
http://zsilencer.com/

by Panzer on 23. June 2014 - 8:04  (116883)
by Panzer on 9. May 2014 - 7:52  (116113)

Quantum Rush (still in beta):
http://www.quantum-rush.net/

by Panzer on 17. March 2014 - 10:26  (115070)

Something for the kids:

Ri-li - drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win:
http://ri-li.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 5. March 2014 - 9:19  (114813)

"... Don't Move is a game about ninjas, failure, ludonarrative dissonance, and player investment manipulation. The game starts simply: move left or right. But as you try -- and as you fail -- to move, you unlock more of the game's mechanisms. With each new element comes new challenges and more rewards! ... Don't Move is free for desktop and browser ...":
http://steverichey.com/dontmove/

by Panzer on 6. February 2014 - 8:23  (114281)

"... Monokrome is a first person physics puzzle adventure, where through the manipulation of coloured energy and the sponge-like metal called 'Monokrome', you can create interesting and crazy effects. See description for system requirements. Chase a murderous drone along a path of slain scientists! Don't let its traps slow you down ..":
http://www.indiedb.com/games/monokrome
http://www.indiedb.com/games/monokrome/downloads/monokrome-full-release-...

"... Lumen is a platform-puzzle video game where the player assumes control of a girl trapped in a world of nightmare as she tries to make her escape. With the sole help of her camera, she will have to dodge traps, run away from her enemies and use her photographs to change the world that surrounds her ...":
http://www.lumengame.com/the-game/

"... Rune Masters is a unique RPG game that also contains match-3 aspects. Fight your enemy using hidden power in magical gems and special abilities available only for you class. Become a mage and quickly nuke your enemy by destroying red gems. Confuse with scout by planting false image of map. Surprise with quick heals on your priest. Boost your strength as a cyclop and proceed to crush your opponent. Play quick battles for your start of the day or choose campaign to observe progress of your character and its growing power. Impressive art style, beautiful music and sounds, eyecandy effects will accompany you in your journey through world of Navaroth ..." (now free):
http://www.indiedb.com/games/rune-masters

"... madnessMADNESSmadness - Escape the wall, in a bizarre, circular world where the path comes at you through 360 degrees and disappears underneath. Survive as long as you can ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/madnessmadnessmadness/1003/

by Panzer on 5. February 2014 - 9:25  (114259)

"... Dead Colony is a story-driven shooter in style of Robotron, but with modern features like voiceover and scripted sequences. There are frequent changes of scenery and surprises. There are several monster types with different strengths and weaknesses ...":
http://www.moddb.com/games/dead-colony

by Panzer on 4. February 2014 - 9:39  (114236)

"... Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone - the fast paced strategy card game that's easy to learn and massively fun ..." (still in beta):
http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/

by sicknero on 4. February 2014 - 12:01  (114240)

Excellent find Panzer!

I was playing the card game "Munchkin" at my daughter's not long ago, it's a very tongue-in-cheek cards version of D+D and loads of fun.

Will definitely check this one out, thanks for posting.

by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 9:40  (114200)

Shine (for offline use, download source, open the folder and click on shine.swf):
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-28/?action=preview&uid=11391

Crew is a futuristic re-imagining of CLUE, where you try to discover who killed the captain of your spaceship, where, and with what. The game-play includes narrowing down suspects with information and writing down info on loose pieces of paper. Not only can you solve who killed the captain of your ship, but you also get judged and graded on how well you've done and how few clues you took:
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-28/?action=preview&uid=27592

Only one light:
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-28/?action=preview&uid=31813

by Panzer on 1. February 2014 - 10:00  (114120)

Seal of soul - Test and upgrade your IQ by playing this simple minigame:
http://gamejolt.com/games/strategy-sim/seal-of-soul/19384/

Gentlemen Dispute:
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/gentlemen-dispute/19433/

Of Guards and Thieves is a game about teamplay, stealthy movement, action, tactics and timing:
http://gamejolt.com/games/action/of-guards-and-thieves/17892/

Soul Jar:
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-24/?action=preview&uid=10234

by Panzer on 1. February 2014 - 9:45  (114119)

"... Blind is a short and experimental game about a person who has fallen into a hole. Unsure whether you landed in a cave or some sort of labyrinth, your sole mission is to escape. The route is easy enough, but navigation is an entirely different problem ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/other/blind/13766/

by Panzer on 31. January 2014 - 9:50  (114097)

Pause Ahead - "... You’ve woken up in a strange place with the eerie feeling that you’ve been here before. Conquer the treacherous traps by running, jumping and using your power of pausing to get ahead ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/action/pause-ahead/19416/

Treasure Arena is an online battle-arena for up to 4 players:
http://gamejolt.com/games/shooter/treasure-arena/17598/

"... Pixel Purge is an incredibly polished arcade shooter featuring fast-paced gameplay, stunning graphics and effects, 50 achievements, and more ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/shooter/pixel-purge/4306/

The Art of Dying is a really challenging platformer:
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/the-art-of-dying/21047/

Super Mario Eclipse - "... The eclipse stars, a source of mythical powers, have been unleashed upon the world. As a result, the entire Mushroom Kingdom has been shrouded in the shadows of an everlasting eclipse. It is up to Mario to collect these stars, and save everyone from an eternal twilight ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/super-mario-eclipse/19591/

by Panzer on 30. January 2014 - 10:01  (114078)

"... Colobot is a real-time strategy game. In a way. But it isn't ... Unlike most RTS games, Colobot does not require tactics, but it does require thinking ... Colobot actually has its own interpretation of robot programming, which is done fully by the player, together with a few hints and tips from the trusty SatCom. The programmed robots function at a level similar to the brutality of writing an actual program, which does mean it requires the right amount of accuracy, with the right mix of logic (Colobot: Gold Edition is still in alpha, so for now it is better that you should try the original game - Look under Colobot in Download section):
http://colobot.info/joomla/index.php
http://colobot.info/joomla/index.php/download

by Panzer on 29. January 2014 - 8:56  (114057)

"... Royal Revolt is a reverse tower defense game with beautiful 3D graphics and intuitive gameplay! Lead your soldiers to victory against your greedy relatives who have stolen your father’s throne ...":
http://royalrevolt.com/#pc
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/royal-revolt/179903bd-0a48-4...

by Panzer on 21. January 2014 - 8:52  (113813)
by Panzer on 10. January 2014 - 13:35  (113511)

"... TERA takes the fight beyond whack-a-mole monotony with enhanced aiming, dodging, and tactical timing to create intense and rewarding combat. Unlike other MMOs, you can use your controller or keyboard and mouse to control the action like never before. With all the depth you expect from a traditional MMO, plus the intense gratification of action combat, TERA changes all the rules ...":
http://tera.enmasse.com/

by Panzer on 9. January 2014 - 10:27  (113496)

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