Best Free PC Games

Best Free Simulation Games

Best Free Construction or Management - City Building Game

With a top-down perspective, the main role of the gamers is to plan and manage a city, and is held responsible for it's growth.  Players lay down roads and zone residential, commercial, and industrial areas as well as assign salaries, work priorities and everything else that accounts for the development of the city.

  • LinCity-NG( Site |  Download)

    LinCity-NG LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. The player can develop a city by buying appropriate buildings, services and infrastructure.

    It is a polished and improved version of the classic LinCity game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. The simulation considers population, employment, basic water management and ecology, goods, raw materials, services, energy and other constraints such as finance, pollution and transports.

    You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships.

  • OpenCity( Site |  Download)

    OpenCity OpenCity is a full 3D city simulator game project.

    In the game, the player builds a city by marking land as commercial, industrial or residential zones. Those zones depend on each other to grow.

    The player is also required to supply the city with power and connect the different zones by building roads.


  • Unknown Horizons( Site |  Download)

    Unknown Horizons Unknown Horizons is a 2D realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building. Expand your small settlement to a strong and wealthy colony, collect taxes and supply your inhabitants with valuable goods. Increase your power with a well balanced economy and with strategic trade and diplomacy. Find new islands, trade routes and resource deposits to raise your city's wealth and extend your reach. Painfully trouble your enemies with strategic pinpricks and take advantage of all their little mistakes to solidify your position.

Best Free Construction or Management - Business or Tycoon Game

In these type of games, the main focus is on management and economic proceseses in the form of business. Players must balance the use of limited resources to build or expand some kind of business.

  • OpenTTD( Site |  Download)

    OpenTTD OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon the popular Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe", written by Chris Sawyer.

    It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features, enhacing the game experience dramatically. In game the player aims to earn money through transportation of passengers and freight by land, water and airThe game has bigger maps, stable multiplayer mode for upto 255 players both co-operative and competitive, custom AI, downloadable customizations, reworked airport system, improved teraforming etc.

  • Ore No Ryomi 2( Site | Download)

    Ore No Ryomi 2 Ore No Ryori 2 is a superb sequel to a great PC remake of a Sony Playstation game, Ore no Ryouri.

    In game you must buy foods for your restaurant, prepare customers' orders correctly, and serve them to customers perfectly before they get annoyed and leave. There are over 70 recipes you can cook, including beers, soups, steaks, sandwiches, nachos, and pizzas to name but a few. At times you will be robbed and you must chase down the criminal in order to retrieve some money. After the restaurant closes for the day you put on the manager's hat and can purchase menu items or upgrades for your restaurant.

  • Simutrans( Site |  Download |  Graphics Pack)

    Simutrans Simutrans is an open-source transportation simulation game. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company and build the necessary infrastructure to transport passengers, mail and goods between cities, factories and touristic attractions by land, air and water. In Simutrans you have multiple choices from the start to the end. There are Lots of graphics packages to choose from as well as vehicles and cargo. The game offers extensive customization, you can build and create your own world. Simutrans also lets you play multiplayer.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Chart Wars 3: The game puts you in charge of your very own record company, your task is to manage a label, attract bands and manage the lives of the band members and competing with intelligent computer opponents. (Site |  Download)

Best Free Constrcution or Management - Life (Sims) Game

Life sims can either be simulation of day-to-day living of individuals and their relationships, or it can be simulation of an ecosystem and it's life-forms. Characters can drift endlessly or embark on solid life paths. These type of games are meant for pure entertainment.

  • Cart Life( Site| Download)

    Cart Life Cart Life is a simulator game which showcases the lives of street vendors in a small city which is located in western United States. Each of the playable characters has specific goals, and special traits, but also unique addictions which the player must accommodate in order to succeed within the game. Permits are required, but expensive. Is it worth risking a fine without operating one? The player also needs to accomodate their customers by paying attention to different tastes, buying habits and level of patience. Most customers will tip well when their order is filled quickly and accurately, so do your best.

  • Another Day In the Life of Bob( Site| Download)

    Another Day In the Life of Bob A life simulation game and a sequel to A Day In the Life of Bob, set in a psychedelic land. The game is open to numerous possibilities, and there is no defined way to win. It could potentially go on forever! Another Day In the Life of Bob is Inspired by games such as Stick RPG and Jones in the Fast Lane. and is a first-person simulation/exploration game with a colorful theme and an expansive playground full of surprises. With the exception of the room backgrounds and sound effects, everything in the game is homemade from scratch.

  • Evolites( Site| Download)

    Evolites Evolites is a simple life simulation where you indirectly control the fates of a countless number of tiny, unique creatures, known as Evolites. As the Evolites evolve naturally, various tools are at your disposal to save, destroy, create, and interact with them. You may let things run their course, or you may directly intervene, and make sure that only your chosen strain of Evolites survives! Partially inspired by the opening sequence of the upcoming game Spore, Evolites was created to interest, entertain, and relax all types of gamers, casual and up.

Best Free Vehicle - Flight Game

Flight Games includes (i) Flight Sim which artificially re-creates aircraft & space flight and have no particular objective. The category also includes (ii) Action Flight games that has a solid campaign with a neat story and narrative.

  • Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn( Site |  Download |  Patch)

    Wing Commander Saga In game, you assume the role of 2nd Lieutenant David Markham. Fly patrols, work with your wingmen, and struggle to survive as the final battles for the fate of humanity begin to unfold. The Saga Prologue sets up the tone and the story for the epic struggle and apocalyptic finale you will experience in the full release of Wing Commander Saga. The game features breath taking, high detail models, dozens of believable characters, bountiful mission variety, complex and compelling storyline and complete voice acting by the orginal cast.

  • Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line( Site |  Download | Patch)

    Battlestar Galactica Drafted and pressed into service, your only hope of survival is to fall in line and train to join the ranks of the elite Viper pilots of Battlestar Pegasus. Get a taste of the action that awaits you in the upcoming main campaign with intense single- and multiplayer missions. Will you become one of Pegasus elite, or will you give your life in the vast, cold battleground of deep space? A three mission single player campaign depicting never-before-seen events, interwoven with and true to the series storyline. The game features original characters and voice acting.

  • Flight Gear( Site |  Downloads)

    Flight Gear FlightGear is an open-source flight simulator. The goal of the FlightGear project is to create a sophisticated and open flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, pilot training, as an industry engineering tool, for DIY-ers to pursue their favorite interesting flight simulation idea, and last but certainly not least as a fun, realistic, and challenging desktop flight simulator. With FlightGear it is possible to choose between three primary Flight Dynamics Models. The game has an extensive an accurate world scenery data base and sky model.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Orbiter: A free and realiastic flight simulator that gives you an idea what space flight really feels like - today and in the not so distant future. ( Site |  Download)
    • Babylon 5: I've found Her: IFH is the computer game project maintained by Space Dream Factory, based upon the popular Sci-Fi TV show Babylon 5. (Site |  Download)
    • Star Wrath 4: Reviction: The game includes a diverse single player campaign of over 25 missions, random instant action, and built-in mission editing. Also includes 4 multiplayer modes. (Site |  Download)
    • Wing Commander - Privateer Gemini Gold: A remake of the 1993 hit game, with a new graphic engine and real 3D space flight.  ( Site |  Download)
    • No Gravity (Space Girl): A fantastic and futuristic universe made of five intergalactic worlds. An arcade type game with great playability, where it is easy to plunge into space battles against spacefighters, space stations and more ! ( Site | Download)

Best Free Vehicle - Racing Game

This genre encompasses all games in which either driving a vehicle or participating in a race (often both) is a primary gameplay element. Many such games revolve around racing, i.e. trying to move faster than an opponent to reach a specified goal or beat a specified time etc.

  • Trackmania Nations Forever( Site |  Download)

    Trackmania Nations Forever First and foremost, you simply drive on fun tracks boosting ramps, wallrides, loopings and gigantic jumps. Then you can make much more out of it: improve your driving skills and become a world champion, achieve world records, build tracks, edit videos and easily share all that with everyone. It fuels 7 different racing environments; hundreds of thousands of tracks and millions of players to compete with. You can download the car you are dreaming of, paint it, drive it through insane tracks made of loopings, ramps and off roads. It is all about you, your driving skills and the track in front of you.

  • TORCS( Site |  Download)

    TORCS TORCS is a highly portable multi platform open car racing simulation.

    It features many different cars, tracks, and opponents to race against. It is also possible to drive with the mouse or the keyboard. Graphic features lighting, smoke, skid marks and glowing brake disks. The simulation features a simple damage model, collisions, tire and wheel properties, aerodynamics and much more.

    The game play allows different types of races from the simple practice session up to the championship. Enjoy racing against your friends in the split screen mode with up to four human players.

  • VDrift( Site | Download)

    VDrift VDrift is a cross-platform, open source driving simulation made with drift racing in mind. This game is in the early stages of development but is already very playable. Currently the game features over 45 tracks based on famous real-world tracks, over 45 cars based on real-world vehicles, yery realistic, simulation-grade driving physics, fully modeled tracks, scenery and terrain, basic replay system and much more. The game features enjoyable and challenging gameplay accurately simulatng vehicle physics in rich and immersive racing environments.

  • Other great games in this category:

    • Generally: A freeware arcade racing game that is played from a top-down perspective, that features 1-6 players, 12 cars, 36 tracks and thousands of mods. ( Site |  Download)
    • Speed Dreams : an Open Motorsport Sim: A fork of the open racing car simulator Torcs, aiming to implement exciting new features, cars, tracks and AI opponents to make a more enjoyable game for the player, as well as constantly improving visual and physics realism. ( Site |  Download)
    • SuperTuxKart: A 3d kart racing game where you can play with up to 4 friends on one PC, racing against each other or just try to beat the computer. ( Site |  Download)
    • Ultimate Stunts: A remake of the famous DOS-game stunts. Racing involves some really spectacular stunts, like loopings, corkscrews, bridges to jump over, etc., and you can design your own tracks! ( Site |  Download)
    • ManiaDrive: A free clone of Trackmania and is an arcade car game on acrobatic tracks, with a quick and nervous gameplay), and features a network mode, as the original. ( Site |  Download)
    • Dolphinity Racer: A free car simulator project, using high-end car physics to achieve a realistic feeling and an excellent render engine for graphical realism. ( Site |  Download)

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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:

Here's the link for the web installer:

Robocraft - Free-To-Play MMO Robot vehicle shooter: "... 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 ...":
Roguelight: "... 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. ...": Game can be played here: Candlelight:
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: Super Puzzle Platformer is an action/puzzle mashup featuring puzzle and platforming game mechanics:
"... 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 ...":
Sigils of Elohim - solve dozens of formidable sigil puzzles under the watchful eye of Elohim:
"... 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 ...":
"... 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 ...":
Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on a military aircraft simulation: If you don't have a Steam account, you can get the game here: The Expendabros: 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: If you don't have a Steam account, you can get the game here: Loadout is a multi-player shooter that’s all about the guns (still in beta):
Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is an adventure/RPG hybrid: If you don't have a Steam account, you can get the game here:
I've kept tab on this game. I didn't know it's got a Steam release. A well made game.
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 ...":
Unturned is a sandbox game in the emerging multiplayer apocalypse survival genre: Warframe: Defiance: 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): 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: The Plan - A fly ascends to the skies, pondering the pointlessness of its brief existence: 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): SanctuaryRPG is a critically acclaimed strategic turn-based monster slaying and dungeon crawling adventure set entirely in the retro ASCII-art world of Sanctuary: 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 ...": Elsword: Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire: Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams: Street Fighter X Mega Man: Space Station 13 is a space themed, top-down 2D multiplayer RPG:
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 ...":
"... 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 ...":
Briblo - a screensaver/Flash game that is a Tetris style game using Lego blocks:
zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game:
Quantum Rush (still in beta):
Something for the kids: Ri-li - drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win:
"... 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 ...":
"... 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 ..": "... 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 ...": "... 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): "... 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 ...":
"... 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 ...":
"... 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):

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.

Shine (for offline use, download source, open the folder and click on shine.swf): 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: Only one light: