Best Free Windows Apps

 Best Free Games for Windows

Best Free Action Game for Windows

Pirates Love Daisies (14.3 MB), place strategically your crew members with their own strengths on a map and prevent waves of creeps from stealing away the precious daisies in your possessions. Multiple maps and game modes are available, easy to play and yet addictive.


SoulCraft (93.5 MB), play as an angel and fight against evil demons for victory in this action role playing game (RPG) supporting touch devices, gamepad controls, keyboard and mouse. Ads supported while some features require in-app purchases.


SushiChop (22.8 MB), swipe the screen with your finger or mouse to slice the fresh fish, fill the tray and earn scores before the timer runs out in this fast action game. This app comes with multiple game modes, supported with ads and a fast track via in-app purchases.


Best Free Backgammon for Windows

Backgammon Pro (21.9 MB), compete to get all your 15 pieces off the board before your opponent does. Features include four difficulty levels, 1 or 2 player mode, multiple graphic options, animated speed, game rating and auto save. Ad-supported in the free version.


Best Free Card Game for Windows

Solitaire HD (22.1 MB), play the classic patience game of Solitaire, or Klondike, with superb graphics, animations and sounds. Features include multiple board and card designs, three scoring modes, drawing mode, solvable or random games, hints and undo moves, save and restore games in progress.


Hearts Deluxe (2.54 MB), embrace the Queen and shoot the moon by winning all 13 Hearts and the Queen of Spades in this well-designed Hearts game with sound and animation effects, two difficulty levels, plus Omnibus and Hooligans variants besides the standard mode.


Best Free Chess for Windows

Chess4All (3.6 MB), play chess against a computer in multiple levels, face to face with your friend, or play online via FICS or ICC servers. You can also learn chess with interactive tutorials, observe games, solve puzzles, save played games or download PGN files for review.


Best Free Chinese Chess for Windows

Chinese Chess Online (5.5 MB), play Chinese Chess against a strong machine AI engine in multiple levels of difficulty with an option for an editable board, play online with players all over the world using Elo rating system or observe their games. Endgames are also available for you to solve puzzles and hone your skills.


Best Free Gomoku for Windows

Mega Tic Tac Toe (6.4 MB), a five-in-a-row game designed with a paper-and-pencil feel. You can play against your friends or computer AI with five difficulty levels. Unlike other Gomoku games, it has a rule requires you to play only next to an occupied cell. (App of the Week)


Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle and Creator for Windows

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles (37 MB) offers you beautiful and high-definition pictures, each cut into different pieces depending on levels of difficulty you choose. Free features include rotation mode, preview, background music, sound effects and starting a game with edge pieces. (App of the Week)


PuzzleTouch (8.03 MB), solve jigsaw puzzles with four levels of difficulty from static 12 pieces to rotational 35 pieces cut in unique shapes. This app comes with a timer, supports for multi-touch and mouse, allows for creating and saving your own puzzles right away from your photo album or camera.


Best Free Mahjong for Windows

Microsoft Mahjong (119 MB), enjoy this classic Mahjong solitaire by matching identical pairs that are exposed and free to move left or right. Features include four different themes with relaxing sounds, four difficulty settings, reshuffle, hint, undo, daily challenges and Xbox integration.


Best Free Match-2 Puzzle for Windows

Flow Free (801 KB), connect two dots in the same color with a pipe to form a flow, and complete a level by filling up the entire board with pipes without crossing or overlapping. Simple yet addictive, with different board sizes and multiple levels available in a free-play mode.


Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Windows

Candy Crush Saga (53.7 MB), crush candies by matching three or more of them and meet a target within limited moves for the next level in this delicious puzzle adventure. The game is popular and highly addictive with hundreds of levels to win. It's free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves and lives require purchases.


Bubble Star (12.6 MB), match three bubbles of the same color to pop them, and win by removing all bubbles from fixed and rotational boards. Have hours of fun playing through all level packs using powerful bonus bubbles, easy to play, addictive and great for all ages.


Best Free Physics and Chemistry Game for Windows

Cut The Rope (51.6 MB), cut the ropes by swiping across them and feed candy to the creature Om Nom. It's not always simple as you might have to think outside the box in this game which combines realistic physics with precise controls and challenging levels.


Where's My Water? 2 (87.5 MB), dig trenches through the dirt and guide water through the pipes to the bathtub for Swampy to get squeaky clean in this popular physics-based Disney game that's fun, strong and engaging with multi levels in various chapters, suitable for all ages. (App of the Week)


Shuriken Ninja (13.4 MB), ricochet ninja stars off the walls to hit targets in this physics based game like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope, complete with multiple game modes, hundreds of levels and even a level creator for free. Easy to play and yet addictive.


Best Free Pinball for Windows

Pinball FX2 (126 MB), beat your high scores by manipulating metal balls on a pinball table designed with a new state-of-the-art physics model, 3D graphic, music and sound effects, a local multiplayer mode, custom settings and more. The Mars table is free but others are chargeable.


Best Free Racing Game for Windows

3D Boat Race (10.8 MB), enjoy this boat racing game in three game modes including training, amateur and expert, with realistic 3D physics and smooth rendering, optional color painting, and input control methods for keyboard, mouse, touch and device tilting. Ad-supported.


Best Free Reversi for Windows

reVersi Free (1.52 MB), play reversi against the computer or your friend in a clean and user friendly interface with a brand new graphics design, sound and animation effects. Hints and undo moves are supported, but no difficulty levels could be set when tested.


Best Free Running Game for Windows

Jetpack Joyride (39.1 MB), guide Barry to run around a secret lab as far as possible and to avoid obstacles such as lasers, electrified zappers and incoming missiles, while get him to pick up vehicles to drive along the path faster and collect coins to upgrade. One-touch controls, easy to play and yet equally challenging.


Sonic Dash (46.9 MB), play as Sonic the hedgehog to jump over spikes, dash below overhangs, collect rings and spin your way across stunning 3D environments in order to achieve high scores and challenge your friends on the leather boards in this fast-paced endless running game. Some power-ups require in-app purchases.


Best Free Simulation Game for Windows

Ice Age Village (73.9 MB), help Scrat build a happy village and achieve goals at each level of this city-building game featuring the same characters as in the successful animated film Ice Age, with mini games like Kung Fu Scrat and Sid's Egg Rescue to earn more mileage. (App of the Week)


My Country (75.8 MB), build your own city to increase population, develop industries and transportation infrastructure, hire employees, eliminate ecological threats and control energy use with your own creativity. An addictive city-building simulation game to engage you for days and months.


Best Free Sliding Puzzle for Windows

Blocked In (3.41 MB), clear the way by sliding vertical blocks up and down or horizontal blocks left and right, and move the red block out of the board from the opening on the right. A highly addictive game challenges your skill and patience, with many levels of puzzles to solve.


Best Free Sudoku for Windows

Sudoku Free (4.8 MB), keep your brain sharp or pass your free time by playing this remarkable Sudoku puzzles randomly generated and designed in an intuitive Metro-style interface, with four difficulty levels, undo/redo, pencil notes, validations, hints, solver, timer, statistics, auto save and resume games.


Best Free Word Game for Windows

Wordfeud (869 KB), play up to 30 separate word games simultaneously with your friends or against random opponents at your own pace using English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish dictionaries, with shuffle, swap, scoring tiles, chats and other features. Ads supported.


4 Pics 1 Word (83.2 MB), find a common word that is applicable to the four pictures shown in this easy-to-play addictive puzzle game, with more than 350 words to solve. Earn extra coins to get a hint as you play but a fast track requires in-app purchases.


Word Twist (4.3 MB), find all the words between 3 and 6 letters that can be made from the 6 letters given in each round of this game, offering three difficulty levels in four game modes and showing high scores and achievements. Don't know a word in the answer list? Tap it to get a definition.


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"Most folks who use PCs are professionals" Rubbish. I totally agree with the comments of VelvetElvis and speaking personally whilst I used Windows extensively during my business life I probably use it even more now I am retired, certainly in more diverse areas of my interests.
Have used all versions right up to my current Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the current version is light years ahead of those earlier ones. I have never felt the need to go to the Windows Store for anything and have never been prompted by Microsoft to do so.
For many years I purchased commercial versions of necessary extras like security etc but since finding Gizmos years ago all my apps are freeware and meet my needs perfectly for which I an very grateful.
Modern versions do collect more information about us than previously but I use O&O StartUp 10 to simply turn off those inbuilt collection apps and the social media platforms have never interested me.
I am amazed when users stubbornly stick to older, less safe and less efficient versions of Windows for non-economic reasons in denial of the indisputable technological advances.

Send Anywhere doesn't work in Windows 7. Any alternative suggestions?

Photo Fast Viewer isn't free.

Thanks for your feedback deya. It's now replaced with "123 Image Viewer HD".

I've been using 123 Image Viewer for a while now. It's good but I find it a bit buggy, although I notice it's getting updated so I'll stick with it. I've also been using Penteract Picture Viewer which is also quite good but the same applies, it's a bit buggy and could do with an update. But out of those two I prefer Penteract for my needs.

My requirements for an image viewer on one Windows 10 device are simple. I just need to view images stored locally on my 2 in 1 laptop, preferably by using touch, pinch zoom etc. Nothing fancy as regards editing and so on. I can use the Windows Photo app for that.

So I've looked around the Store, read the reviews, tried a few. The one app that I've found, so far, that suits my needs best is Photo Moto. It's a simple image viewer for your locally stored images, no more. But it works the best with touch out of the three I've mentioned. It's very responsive, navigation, zoom etc.

I just needed an image viewer (free) that allows me to quickly load images and zoom in to see them in more detail - mainly for work. Photo Moto is proving to be excellent for that.

Just a bit of an update from my previous post ....... and thanks for the apps lists :-)

Penteract Picture Viewer has been updated since. For touch, use the bottom of the screen - swipe to navigate, and pinch to exit fullscreen.

Noticed Penteract got updated. It's a good image viewer - and also, the zoom function is better than Photo Moto.

123 Image Viewer's zoom function works in a kind of mirror image way, ie, you have to move your finger in the opposite direction on the screen to where you want the image to go. Odd.

Format Converter X is not free.

Thanks for input Richie D. It has now been delisted.

It looks like the app Metro Commander is not available. There is another version with in app purchases at the following link:

You're on the spot boygnius. The original version is now marked "old" in the store and the new version added to the list.

Garbage. Most folks who use PCs are professionals who use them to do real work via spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation tools. That's just for starters. Then there are the heavy-duty applications for photo, audio, and video editing. Don't forget engineering design, modeling, analysis and simulation. Oh, wait, we omitted publishing, accounting/tax-preparation, and project planning. There are other vertical-market applications too numerous to list: a single such example involves the medical field: diagnostic tools, equipment-control, record-keeping, insurance case analysis, and many others. We don't have the space to get into software-development tools. I could go on and on and on.

Get the idea? These garbage "apps" from the Windows "store" are useless, and Microsoft's arrogant and stubborn focus on them dilutes the operating system that the Windows environment once promised professional people. They have no place on workstations, desktop systems and professional-grade laptops.

Really, what the hell *is* Microsoft's strategy nowadays? Why can't they make a real operating system anymore?

"Most folks who use PCs are professionals"
Nonsense. That might've been the case 20 years ago, but not today. Now PCs are just another appliance. We no longer have to type archaic codes into a terminal program to get our 300 baud modems to connect. Now grandma can fire up her laptop and talk to her grandkids on the other side of the planet, in real time, all with the very basic of training.
While these apps might not be yours nor my cup of tea, lots of people enjoy them, and can be up and running with them with minimal fuss. They're not intended to be used by business, and thinking otherwise is silly.
"Why can't they make a real operating system anymore?"
"Anymore?" LOL. I used to be a Microsoft hater years ago, and I started with DOS 3.3. The first versions of Windows were a joke, and serious business users were installing OS/2. Today's Windows is for the most part, solid and stable, and ubiquitous, and gets better with each iteration. The Linux revolution simply didn't materialize, and while it's a superb OS, it's never going to overtake Windows overall. I see no "arrogant and stubborn focus" on the Windows Store by MS. It's simply another revenue stream, and it's trivially easy to not see any evidence of it on your desktop. It's certainly not "diluting" my environment.
I don't go to the Windows Store for my development tools - no professional does - but I don't begrudge anyone who finds it useful . Enjoy your PC for what you need it for, but to belittle it is pedantically elitist.

Appreciate your hard work Jojo. Looking through these selections will keep me busy for awhile. I'll be checking for the Android versions for some of them to use on my phone and using the Windows version on my Desktop.

Can anyone tell me if there's a app available for missed call reminders for the windows 8 Nokia 520 phone. Not the written reminder that comes up on screen... a real audible reminder that beeps every 5 minutes or so until acknowledged.

I've been looking for weeks now with no success.... and no, my phone isn't rooted and I don't care to go that way whilst its only 6 months into the 2 year warranty.

As far as I know this app is not available for Windows Phone. Forums I have checked all bemoan its absence. if anybody does know of a fix I am seriously interested@

Thanks for this valuable information. I will check it out

NETWORK SPEED TEST from the Best Free Windows Apps sheet that it worked.
BUT when i first clicked it's "start" button to test my network speed i got an error msgs, I tried again and got the same thing so i uninstalled it BUT since I wanted to be completely sure before posting this review I re-installed it and when i clicked the "start" button this time it worked flawlessly.
Not only was it quick, but it told me what my upload, download speed was it also told me the network delay. On the the test wheel it's self it provided me with addition information of 0 - 3 had increments: music...voice calls...up to for me anyway stream high quality video.
I will be keeping this little handy app! (I think for those who play games like WoW and the like it might come in handy)
Hope this review is helpful.

Adobe Photoshop Express Free is now available at the Microsoft store.
Thanks Vic. It's now added to the list.

I recently found an app on the Apple App Store that my friend has on his iPhone.
Its an addicting game called "Whale Trail", and I couldn't find it in the Windows Marketplace. I'm not sure its possible, but if it were, then I would love to see this app on the Marketplace.

Please check it out.

@gzmhanu, Whale Trail is developed by ustwo and available for Android and iOS, but not for Windows yet.