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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. 

 
 

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Drakensang online: http://www.drakensang.com/

Eversion (not indicated for children or those of a nervous disposition):

http://zarat.us/tra/eversion/

 

Verminest:

http://www.locomalito.com/verminest.php

 

Super Smash Land is a free to play PC Game that is designed to look and feel like it is being played on the original Nintendo Gameboy:

http://www.supersmashland.com/

 

Realm of the Mad God:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/200210/

The Starter Pack bundles Dwarf Fortress with huge community upgrades - graphics, tools, bugfixes, and much more:

http://dffd.bay12games.com/file.php?id=7622

"... Tinker ... a looking puzzle game in which the main character is a tiny robot who you must guide through a large number of scenarios that require a good dose of brainpower to complete ...":

http://games.softpedia.com/get/Freeware-Games/Tinker.shtml

"... tonight you die is an audio rich first person exploration game. players are abandoned in a desolate brutalist cityscape with only a menacing note as a clue: "tonight you die" ...":

http://duendegames.itch.io/tonightyoudie

Eternum is a platform videogame with the look and feel of the '80s arcade cabinet games:

https://indiegamestand.com/free-games/1776/eternum/

Secret Maryo Chronicles is an Open Source two-dimensional platform game with a design similar to classic computer games:

http://www.secretmaryo.org/

 

OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action game in which you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees:

http://www.openclonk.org/

Star Trek: Alien Domain - free online strategy game:

http://startrek.gamesamba.com/

Bonesaw: The Game:

http://kpulv.com/stuff/game/

 

Action fist:

http://www.pixelprospector.com/action-fist/

 

Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles:

http://www.wind-water.net/

 

"Marble Blast Ultra ... is a 3D puzzle/action game involving a marble. In Single Player mode, the player has the main goal of reaching the finish pad of the level as fast as possible. Obstacles will hinder the player's progress, but powerups are also provided to help the player finish the level. There are sixty single player levels that can be completed by the player ...":

http://marbleblastultra.tk/

 

"... Maquisard is a charming game of snooping and investigation. As the lobby boy at a fancy hotel, the player will receive clues from the resistance to the identity of a government agent and will try to figure out their identity by snooping on the guests over the course of three days. Players must listen in on conversations, peek into rooms, and observe the guests' habits in order to figure out which guests has all the traits of their target. It is a single-player puzzle game that will have an unique non-linear investigation gameplay and draw on the aesthetics of Wes Anderson's film The Grand Budapest Hotel ...":

http://maquisard.itch.io/maquisard

Algodoo is a unique 2D-simulation software ... Algodoo is designed in a playful, cartoony manner, making it a perfect tool for creating interactive scenes. Explore physics, build amazing inventions, design cool games or experiment with Algodoo in your science classes:
http://www.algodoo.com/

http://www.algodoo.com/download/

"... Adanaxis is a space shooter like no other. It takes place in a world entirely different to everyday experience. As well as left/right, up/down and forward/back, there's another direction in space - the fourth dimension. Objects phase in and out as your craft rotates into this hidden dimension ...":

http://www.mushware.com/portal.php?sid=de4dc931fa17da2375f9bc5b1eb5e56b

Fish Fillets NG is strictly a puzzle game. The goal in every of the seventy levels is always the same: find a safe way out. The fish utter witty remarks about their surroundings, the various inhabitants of their underwater realm quarrel among themselves or comment on the efforts of your fish:

http://fillets.sourceforge.net/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fillets/

All of the Catagories for free PC games online send you to an error message page. A 505 type message and includes a link to send you back to www.techsupportalert.com I think this site is AHMAAAZING and so grateful for the wealth of free and quality tools and entertainment but thought you should know that these links (each catagory) are not working. Thanks again for creating this site!!!! It is truly AWESOME!! Hope you fix this soon ... I am itching for a good RPG or ADVENTURE game! :) With Gratitude, Katronia from NYC

It works fine for me. Could you please check this again. 

These links appear to return a 503 error for unregistered users. Logged in, they work fine. This has now been reported. MC - Site Manager.

Thanks Katronia for pointing out. This issue has now been fixed.

I appreciate all the work it takes to keep up something like this, so don't take this as a criticism. Over HALF the download links did not work for various reasons: Site or game download is non-existent; Game is a demo only; advertising site (not the game site), etc.

Hopefully you can find a good volunteer to manage this category. :)

To keep the site running for freeware games also requires you to pay for hosting charges, freeware game developers tend to shut their sites down. But the download links will still be valid on other sites. 

If you could point out which games have non-existant homesite it would be of great help. Also I dont think I've included any Demo games in the list. Could you tell me which one?

I went through the whole list again (of the links I followed - maybe only 40 or so), so in trying to remember, this is a few of the troublesome ones I could recall:

* Penumbra - demo
* BASS (Beneath a Steel Sky) - the site has questionable security (per Firefox) and the download appears to be for the making of a game CD, so I didn't download it.
* Ben There, Dan That - same site problems as BASS and others there (gamershell.com) and it lists the download file as "BTDT_Demo.zip"
* Sudoku Cracker - Download link at site has this error: "Fatal error: Call to undefined function initdoc() in /home/webby476/public_html/subdomains/downloads/sudoku/download.php on line 4"
* Isanaki Sudoku - Following download link: "ERROR: 410 Gone" - BUT going to the home site and finding the download works.
* KSudoku - at Sourceforge. After a download, instructions say it wants you to run a "terminal" to compile the program. ???
* Fantasy Tennis - Link opens a page at aeriagames.com but no such game is found.
* LinCity-NG - "Server not found"

1. About Penumbra, although it's written as a demo, it's a full freeware version. Actually the game was created to show the capabilites of their game engine, before their commercial game  Penumbra: Overture was released, hence the name Tech Demo. I believe the game had around full 14 levels. 

2. Beneath a Steel Sky was an award winning game of 1995. It was commercial but later turned freeware. Although you need to do a few tweaks to work on modern machines. The download is for the full game itself. Gamershell is a popular site, no risks to download from there. 

3. Ben There, Dan That went freeware when it's sequel Time Gentlemen was released. It has a pay what you want policy, and the last time I played it, I think I set the slider to 0$ and the game worked fine. 

4. Sudoku Cracker  and others - I don't have those games you mentioned in this article. 

5. Fantasy Tennis - The game has been shut down, so I'll remove it from the  list

6. LinCity NG - I have updated the download link. 

Thanks for the follow up. The sudoku puzzle games were from a link in the article under "Best Free Puzzle Games" as a 'related' category. Sorry.

I''d have to go through the whole list again (of the links I followed - maybe 40 or so), but I will scan through and see if I can recall the troublesome ones, and let you know.

As far as freeware sites & freeware game creators, I always appreciate what they do and I also wonder how they have the time to do such stuff without getting paid. So I certainly understand when a game or site goes down.

I'll let you know ....

Potawomi - use your wits and divine power over the element of fire to solve puzzles and defeat malevolent enemies. Retrieve the sacred flame before the world collapses:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/potawatomi#.VTdluCkWC5t

 

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#.VTdluCkWC5t

 

Twisted - play through 10 epic levels in this colorful, 2D platformer - devouring dragonflies, dodging killer bees, and using your color-changing ability to adapt to the hostile alien environment:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/twisted#.VTdluSkWC5u

 

Arc is a competitive multi-player racing game set in a mythic SciFi world. Players race through deserts and alien constructs on a distant planet under the blue glow of an alien sky, attempting to out-maneuver their opponents and complete the race. Your driving and shooting skills will be challenged in this beautiful, alien environment:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/arc#.VTdnApNIG1k

 

Flickers is an abstract, atmospheric, timing-based 2D platformer following the journey of the player from the heart of a dying flower through a world blanketed in perpetual twilight. Jump between hovering sparks called "flickers" as you make your way through painterly environments to reach the moon and transform the world around you:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/flickers#.VTdnY5NIG1k

 

Leshy is a 3D platformer in which you control a sphere with size-changing powers. Shrink and discover worlds within worlds:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/leshy#.VTdoKZNIG1k

 

Blockhead - overcome a series of increasingly difficult and dangerous trials by manipulating your environment one block at a time:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/blockhead#.VTdoIpNIG1k

 

Base Invaders - use traps to protect your tower from hordes of dim-witted invaders in this cartoony, action-oriented strategy game:

http://games.digipen.edu/games/base-invaders#.VTdo8pNIG1k

Unturned is a sandbox game in the emerging multiplayer apocalypse survival genre:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/304930?

 

AdVenture Capitalist:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/346900/

 

Iris is a 2D side-scrolling adventure platformer that tells a story about Iris traveling to an exquisite world, Chromaland to save her sister:

http://irisjourneygame.wix.com/iris

"... Set in the 16th century, Pioneers is an atmospheric turn-based exploration/adventure RPG where you lead a party of travellers in search of treasure-rich temples, new tribes and ways to go down in history - ways to go beyond the horizon. To achieve all that you complete quests building up your reputation to become a sought out explorer by kings and commoners alike ...":

http://eigen.itch.io/pioneers

 

O-Inari Origami is a game about a paper fox in a paper world:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=22357

 

Dungelot:

http://dungelot.com/

 

CrossCode - A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future:

http://gamejolt.com/games/rpg/crosscode/47920/

 

Corrypt:

http://mightyvision.blogspot.com/2012/12/corrypt.html

Red Crucible  - first person shooter:

http://rocketeergames.com/site/rcf

 

The Knobbly Crook: Chapter I  - The Horse You Sailed In:

http://gamejolt.com/games/adventure/the-knobbly-crook-chapter-i-the-hors...

 

Spacejacked (Endless Mode):

http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/spacejacked-endless-mode/50894/

 

WizardWizard is a challenging and addicting platformer with tight controls and simple mechanics:

http://crateboy.itch.io/wizardwizard

404Sight is a free game made in support of net neutrality. It’s a 3D playground runner influenced by parkour running with the addition of a special ping ability that reveals areas that can speed the player up or slow them down:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/361630/

Dust Racing 2D (Dustrac) is a tile-based, cross-platform 2D racing game written in Qt (C++): http://sourceforge.net/projects/dustrac/

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