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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 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/

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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