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Best Free Reversi Game

Introduction

Reversi is an endlessly fascinating board game for 2 players, which first came on the scene in the late 19th century. The standardized modern version is marketed as Othello under the slogan A minute to learn... A lifetime to master. True enough...

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Best Free Screen Saver

 

Does anybody remember Johnny Castaway? ScreenAntics, the screen saver about poor Johnny on his island was the first cool screen saver that you would wanna watch for hours just to know what happens next. It was never really reached by any other, but what many don't know, you can still get it, adjusted for our modern Windows systems but still presenting the old look and feel.

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Best Free Match-3 Puzzle

Introduction

Match-3 puzzle games are hot for all ages—simple and easy to learn and play. They are good for fun and entertainment, but sometimes can be addictive when players are challenging themselves for higher scores or better results.

Computer programs make these games interesting by introducing variety: you can match 3 jewels, 3 coins, 3 colors or any other three objects in a row, horizontally or vertically, by swapping or firing them.

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Best Free Backgammon Software

 

Introduction

Backgammon is a game of skill with a dash of luck... in the long run the better player will win.

Using artificial neural networks, computers and their programmers have found ways of winning regularly even against the strongest of players. But the technology doesn't take the enjoyment out of computer play.

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Best Free Computer Go

Introduction

Go is a deeply fascinating Far Eastern board game with a long and distinguished history. Put simply, black and white stones look to surround each other and win space on a 19 x 19 board.

The rules of Go are remarkably simple, but the seriously large numbers of possible lines of play have kept Go software programmers largely in check, at least at the highest levels of play. And there's a whole world of strategy.

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Free Download: 70 of the Best Free and Open Source Games

From 3D Scrabble to Command and Conquer this list should help you find something fun to play.

Red Ferret has put together a three part series showcasing 70 downloadable free and open source games. They've added great descriptions to all the games. A few games are free while in pre-release, have a free demo, or have a java script version. There aren't many of them and all are noted in the descriptions. All the games run on Windows. Some are cross platform, so if you are running Linux or OSX check the game site to see what platforms are supported.
 

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