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Great Games To Put On a Free PC?

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the hey-doom-just-turned-15 dept.

PC Games (Games) 634

Lumpy writes "I am giving several new PC's to a local charity that will be giving them to needy kids this Xmas. They are not powerful, basically baseline Dells that have Intel graphics and Celeron, but more than enough to do homework and other studies on. They are going out with XP on them, an Ubuntu CD, and a bunch of OSS software like OO.o and the others. I would like to include some games for the kids. Strategy, fun, etc. Great freeware games that are fun to play. What would be the best games that a 13-16 year old will like to play that are free and legal to give away, and will run on this lower-end hardware?"

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FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124011)

First Post!

Battle for Wesnoth (5, Informative)

javilon (99157) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124015)

Re:Battle for Wesnoth (3, Informative)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124053)

Yep - great game in a format a lot of teen gamers will already know. I love playing it and the ability to download new scenarios and make your own is pretty cool. It is very well done - and a lot of fun.

Re:Battle for Wesnoth (5, Informative)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124153)

Wesnoth is a good one.

Might also look into Teeworlds [teeworlds.com] , World of Padman [worldofpadman.com] TORCS [sourceforge.net] , Neverball [icculus.org] and OpenArena [openarena.ws] .

Re:Battle for Wesnoth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124391)

Two words;

Re:Battle for Wesnoth (5, Funny)

Paaskonijn (1220996) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124469)

"Reply to This" and "Parent" are actually four words. Maybe you meant to say "Two buttons;"?

FreeCiv (4, Informative)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124019)

its a great choice and will run on almost anything.

color? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124027)

Why is this colored red on the main page?

Scorched earth (4, Informative)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124029)

The greatest game that's less than a meg. http://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/game/144 [dosgamesarchive.com]

Re:Scorched earth (1)

JohnnyBGod (1088549) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124137)

That would be illegal. But, thankfully, Scorched 3D wouldn't, although I'm not sure it would run properly.

Combat Arms (1)

Slicebo (221580) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124037)

.eot.

Frozen Bubble (5, Informative)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124041)

Frozen Bubble [frozen-bubble.org]

Great for all ages and skill level

Freeciv (5, Informative)

Calmiche (531074) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124049)

FreeCiv is a freeware version of Civilization that I still play. They have linux and windows releases.

http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/Download#Windows_Packages [wikia.com]

Re:Freeciv (1)

hotdiggitydawg (881316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124207)

FreeCiv is a freeware version of Civilization that I still play. They have linux and windows releases.

http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/Download#Windows_Packages [wikia.com]

I second that. Great version of a classic game, and highly addictive. I've lost more hours than I care to count playing this one...

Re:Freeciv (1)

Itchyeyes (908311) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124225)

I second that. Mod parent up.

Re:Freeciv (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124489)

I second that. Mod parent up.

I don't want to!

Freeciv is non-intuitive. Here are some others. (5, Informative)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124431)

As much as I love playing Freeciv, I worry that it's not quite ready for people who have never played either it or some other version of Civilization. It is not at all intuitive, and it's not engaging to somebody who isn't already a known quantity at the whole getting sucked into the game thing.

How about OpenArena [openarena.ws] (a.k.a. Quake III) or Extreme Tux Racer [extremetuxracer.com] ? TetriNET/Blocktrix [blocktrix.org] , a good multi-player Tetris game, is also a winner. Finally, there's a really good list of "open source" games [wikipedia.org] over on Wikipedia.

Re:Freeciv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124461)

Does FreeCiv's interface still look like it was written in 1993? I just looked and it has gotten somewhat better, but it's still a bit klunky. Granted a game doesn't have to look great to be fun, but if a game is ugly enough it can certainly detract from the fun.

A couple... (1)

Nos. (179609) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124051)

Frozen bubble is always a good choice. Savage 2 apparently just went free, though I'm not sure how well it will run on your hardware.

Frozen Bubble (1, Redundant)

javilon (99157) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124059)

http://www.frozen-bubble.org/ [frozen-bubble.org]

Re:Frozen Bubble (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124279)

That's a great one, along with Pingus.

Armagetron (5, Interesting)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124061)

Armagetron [slashdot.org] - its a great game based on the Disney movie Tron, very fun and addicting. Even better is that it is available with fully networkable clients for Mac, Linux and Windows so anyone can play with anybody given they have the game for their platform and a network switch.

The game is a clean, competitive one that can be monitored via server. Comes in the Ubuntu package repositories by default.

Re:Armagetron (3, Informative)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124105)

Oops, somehow the link got messed up - http://armagetron.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net] .

Re:Armagetron (1)

bluej100 (1039080) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124223)

KTron is an enjoyable 2D version of the same game concept.

Suggestions (1)

Raul654 (453029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124063)

Freeciv [wikia.com]
Battle of Wesnoth [wesnoth.org]
UFOAI [sourceforge.net] (although this is in perpetual alpha)

Re:Suggestions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124103)

UFOAI will be slow without 3d acceleration...

I'd also suggest openttd, but needs some files from the original game unluckily.

Same games we had (3, Funny)

SoundGuyNoise (864550) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124069)

Gorillas
Nibble

Nintendo Emulator (0, Troll)

Puls4r (724907) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124077)

Grab a good nintendo emulator like nesticle, and download a couple hundred roms for them off the net.

Re:Nintendo Emulator (4, Informative)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124167)

While a great idea, I'm sure "legal" is a requirement as well, so unless he's willing to buy licenses for these hundreds of games, forget it :-/

Re:Nintendo Emulator (4, Informative)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124399)

Never mind willing to buy, no one is selling.

Re:Nintendo Emulator (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124185)

Great idea, and one I whole heartedly subscribe to on a personal level, but not entirely legal. Especially with the advent of things like GameTap and Xbox marketplace, Playstation Store, and Wii games channel downloads.

Re:Nintendo Emulator (2, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124241)

And the charity will be ever so grateful for the massive copyright liability you've donated!

Here's a link.. (3, Informative)

slummy (887268) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124079)

OSSWin Games List [sourceforge.net]

Take a look at the Platform and First Person Shooter games.

The originals... (2)

microcentillion (942039) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124081)

Doom 2 (Dunno if it's free yet) & Starseige Tribes.

That's all you need to make any needy kid's Christmas 'super specail'.

Couple ideas... (5, Informative)

JMZero (449047) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124093)

Ur-Quan Masters [sourceforge.net] (Star Control II, but free)

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory [wikipedia.org] (great role-based strategic shooter, inexplicably free)

Re:Couple ideas... (1)

hotdiggitydawg (881316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124263)

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory [wikipedia.org] (great role-based strategic shooter, inexplicably free)

I second the vote for WolfET too... It's free pricetag made it very popular. There were plenty of servers back in the day, so it should still be pretty easy to find somewhere with a decent ping for an online rumble.

Re:Couple ideas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124397)

I completely agree, Enemy Territory is the best tactical shooter I've ever played, and there sure are servers still available.

Don't forget to apply the 2.60b patch, afaik they didn't update the official windows installer to that version.

FreeCiv comes to mind (1)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124107)

Fun to play, engaging, they might learn something...

If you could cough up a few bucks I'd say go for one of the paid Civilization games as well (probably II or III) which are likely cheap on the secondhand market these days, or maybe you could write the publisher and ask really nice for some free licenses (doubt though, but they are older games...)

Please elaborate (2, Informative)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124111)

Free-as-in-beer, or free-as-in-speech?

If you know the kids, you can tailor the games to their interests... I'm not sure how much mileage you'll get out of installing nethack when the recipient of the PC is a typical 14-yo girl.

If they have a good internet connection, all they need are links to decent flash games sites. I'm fond of recommending Kongregate, since they also have great tools and tutorials for creating your own games, and I've yet to see malware there. (Doesn't mean it doesn't exist).

Re:Please elaborate (2, Informative)

illectro (697914) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124175)

Falcon's Eye or Vulture's Eye both add a nice isometric interface to Nethack which might make the game palatable to teens.

Re:Please elaborate (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124481)

I'm not sure how much mileage you'll get out of installing nethack when the recipient of the PC is a typical 14-yo girl.

14-yo girls should love Nethack. First, it has ponies which you can ride, and feed apples. Second, it has vampires for reenacting Twilight. Finally, it has dwarfs that they can name after their little brothers and sacrifice on an altar. What's not to love?

OpenDisc, Quake & FreeDoom (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124113)

You can check out theopendisc.org's games [theopendisc.com] and give that along with them. Those are four pretty solid games. Another thing to check out would be the open sourced quake [slashdot.org] or even freeDoom [sourceforge.net] .

Are these primarily for kids? I'm also confused why you're installing XP but giving an Ubuntu CD? Live disc? That has a ton of great puzzle games you can start with and even a few decent starting learning games.

public domain (0)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124117)

Throw dosbox on and load it up with old games that are now in the public domain. Maniac Mansion, Dune 2, Battle Chess, Secret of Monkey Island, and games like that are still very fun and easy to run if you set it up properly. That's actually what I'm going to give my wife for Christmas this year since she just finished (and loved) The Dig.

Re:public domain (4, Informative)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124367)

old games that are now in the public domain

and then...

Maniac Mansion, Dune 2, Battle Chess, Secret of Monkey Island,

You are dreaming right? None of those are in public domain, not with copyright laws 90 years after death of the creator. They're abandonware at best, and that most certainly isn't legal.

I though of fl0w [usc.edu] and Plasma Pong. However Plasma Pong seems to be down :-(

Re:public domain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124487)

I don't think any of the games you mention actually are in the public domain, though?

OpenArena? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124127)

Quake III, open source. It's basically ioquake3 (the open version of Quake 3) with remixed graphics. It's not finished, but it sure eats up my time.

You can remove one of the .pk3 files to remove most of the naughty content.

Classic console emulators: (0)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124129)

Nesticle, ZSNES, Genecyst, etc. are all very free and lightweight emulators with hundreds of fun, recognizable ROMs already bundled as torrents. I'm pretty sure that baseline dells would be able to run Nintendo64 and Playstation emulators as well, though I'm not sure of the legality of the latter two. Gamepad optional.

Re:Classic console emulators: (4, Insightful)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124339)

None of those options are legal. Whether or not they should be is a different question.

Oolite (3, Informative)

nebulus4 (799015) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124135)

Oolite [oolite.org] - Elite clone. Aaaaa... the memories :)

Re:Oolite (1)

Stephen R Hall (163541) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124409)

I second that. And it's more than a clone, there are a huge number of expansions, with new ships and missions.

Re:Oolite (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124447)

Interesting. Thanks for the link. I've always been an elite fan and it appears that an online space sim community has finally implemented landing on planets [aegidian.org] , which will make it the first game, to my knowladeg, to have done so since Frontier First Encounters back in 1995.

Urquan Masters/Star Control 2 (3, Informative)

Robbat2 (148889) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124141)

Very worthwhile, for both the strategy and melee modes.

google is your friend (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124143)

http://apcmag.com/top_5_best_free_open_source_games.htm

Urban Terror (3, Informative)

EmperorOfCanada (1332175) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124149)

Urban Terror is basically counter strike. It is based on the Quake III engine. I was surprised that it was both free and very well done. Available for windows, mac, and Linux. Lots of servers hosting games with lots of players. Free download http://www.urbanterror.net/news.php [urbanterror.net]

Cave Story (5, Informative)

SeePage87 (923251) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124151)

Great game with cute robots. Can't go wrong.

Re:Cave Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124301)

I second. Good story, fantastic yet simple platforming gameplay, heavenly soundtrack. Should be standard on any computer ever.

Plenty of older games have been release as freewar (3, Informative)

Daravon (848487) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124155)

I seem to remember there being quite a number of older titles released as freeware. Older iD titles, some of the earlier GTA titles, Tribes 1/2. With the number of mods available just for Quake 3, there will be tons of playtime just in one title. Red Alert was also released free, if you want to include some variety (as opposed to endless FPS games).

There are also current (ish) titles that might run on them. IIRC, Enemy Territory has a Linux port as does America's Army.

There's also the free games usually available for Linux that have Windows ports, such as FreeCiv.

Re:Plenty of older games have been release as free (1)

bluej100 (1039080) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124313)

And, while this is the wrong crowd, there are lots of non-free older games that are trivially cheap. A few copies of Age of Empires II [amazon.com] , for example, could provide a lot of entertainment at a low price, and it's even quasi-educational.

Little Fighter 2 and another idea... (1)

Zathain Sicarius (1398033) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124161)

http://lf2.net/ [lf2.net]
One of my personal favorites. Shouldn't be too hard to run.

Also, putting on a free game making program might be a neat idea to toy with. Then they can make their own free games. :D
http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker [yoyogames.com]

Java Risk (2, Informative)

macklin01 (760841) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124171)

I've wasted more than enough time with this recently: Java risk: http://domination.sf.net [sf.net] . The implementation seems to be pretty good, it has some basic AI players, and can be played over a network. Good, classic strategy game, without the overhead of sorting out all the little army pieces. -- Paul

Oregon Trail (1)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124181)

I mean, isn't that the quintessential first 'educational' game that we all played at one point or another?

Re:Oregon Trail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124375)

i used to love buying a hundred wagon axles and no food, traveling and a grueling pace, never hunting, and watching my family die off one by one.

it was very educational.

Orbiter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124183)

Not really a game but a realistic spaceflight sim:

http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/

The base package runs fine on my old low-end laptop. It seems complex but a lot of teenagers take to this. They can goof around in semi-realistic rocket ships.

Mogestu Nobokeryatsu Schoolgirl Tentacle Rape (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124213)

Shareware edition

ScummVM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124219)

ScummVM allows you to play some of the classic point-and-click adventure games.

http://www.scummvm.org/ [scummvm.org]

They even offer some freeware games which you can then include on these PCs.

-Beneath The Steel Sky
-Flight of the Amazon Queen
-Lure of the Temptress
-Drascula - The Vampire Strikes Back

http://www.scummvm.org/downloads.php#extras [scummvm.org]

Game! (1)

Mad Merlin (837387) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124249)

Technically you wouldn't put it on the laptop per se, but you could add a link or desktop shortcut to Game! [wittyrpg.com] . It'll play on anything with a browser.

X-Moto (2, Informative)

KingPrad (518495) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124267)

I vote for X-Moto [tuxfamily.org] . It's a 2-D motocross simulator game. Lots of fun and challenge from easy to nigh-on impossible, and very addictive.

There is also a simplified version more suited to kids.

Wing Commander (1)

theaveng (1243528) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124303)

I love that game.

And if you figure out how to make it work on XP, please let me know. I'm stumped. ;-) I also recommend an Atari VCS/2600, Commodore=64, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64 emulators since classic games are always fun!

quake engine games... (2, Informative)

spleentor (873802) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124317)

I suggest a couple multiplayer shooters. Warsow http://www.warsow.net/ [warsow.net] and Urban Terror http://www.urbanterror.net/ [urbanterror.net] They're both free and based on the open sourced Quake engine (2 and 3). The Intel cards in those Dells should be enough for them. Plus they both have Linux and Windows clients.

Pocket Tanks (1)

BRSQUIRRL (69271) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124319)

Pocket Tanks [blitwise.com] is a great artillery game, similar to the classic Scorched Earth [wikipedia.org] . It is technically shareware, but the unregistered version is relatively nag-free and full-featured. It is lightweight, simple to learn, and can be played alone (against an AI-controlled tank) or with another person. It's great fun to figure out what all of the different weapons do.

Go with the classic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124415)

Go with the classic, Scorched Earth. It's far more fun than almost any of the replacements. You can edit the settings file to give yourself *millions* of dollars to buy all the fun toys, and it runs quite well as long as you run it inside DOSBox.

Out Of Order, Ur-Quan Masters, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124325)

Out of Order - an adventure game I had a lot of fun with. Humor similar to Day of the Tentacle, if you've heard of that game.
http://outoforder.adventuredevelopers.com/

There's also star command 2 - the ur-quan masters. Great adventure/scifi.
http://sc2.sourceforge.net/

And finally, Vantage Master- a really fun turn-based strategy game that starts off simple, but ends up evolving into quite a complex game.
http://www.falcom.co.jp/vantage/index_e.html

+1 lumpy for Christmas Spirit (1)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124331)

+ 2 for givin' da rugrats Linux!

C&C Red Alert (2, Informative)

Hokie06 (986634) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124335)

The original Red Alert is free now. http://www.ea.com/redalert/news-detail.jsp?id=62: [ea.com] .

Re:C&C Red Alert (1)

Werthless5 (1116649) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124451)

Oh I completely forgot about this, yes! This is perfect for this kind of project

Wing Commander - Privateer Gemini Gold (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124337)

Remake of an oldie but a goodie -

http://priv.solsector.net/

sc2 (1)

caubert (1301759) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124341)

When I was at that age, I played StarControl 2. It was almost impossible to buy games in Estonia back then but I got it. Nowadays the game is opensourced. Search google: Urquan masters

DXBall (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124343)

A good, freeware game (the first one is) that runs on low-end software. I dunno that it'll do with in Linux (as it was developed for Direct X), but since the machines are going out with XP, that's not a huge concern.

Fun little Breakout/Arkanoid clone.

if you're using a popular linux distro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124357)

like fedora or ubuntu, just load up the app browser (yum or yumex in fedora), and go to the games category. you'll find a long list of games.

There is only one game you need (0, Flamebait)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124373)

Mine Sweeper.

Dwarf Fortress (1)

Desert_Scarecrow (998677) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124377)

This game has enough layers of complexity to keep the recipient entertained for quite some time, and they can engineer magma and water systems while watching their dwarves stubbornly not do what they want them to. http://www.bay12games.com/ [bay12games.com]

Enemy Territory! (0, Redundant)

ggambett (611421) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124379)

Enemy Territory, no questions. Awesome FPS action with objectives, classes and teams. You can't beat its gameplay! Works on old hardware and looks great. Free as in beer (good enough for me!)

Spiderweb Software (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124381)

You'd have to check, but I think their older Exile series has been released to some extent as free. Not Avernum, but Exile. Direct link to their older games: http://www.spiderwebsoftware.com/productsOld.html [spiderwebsoftware.com]

They are fun adventure RPGs, story-driven, and will run an old [as in Pentium I, I think...] hardware. I believe their Exile series can be downloaded for free, and Blades of Exile's code has actually been GPL'd recently. I highly recommend the games. Great fun.

Sopwith... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124395)

Sopwith2 and Snowcraft. Good for many hours of brainless entertainment.

Flash Games (1)

jamessnell (857336) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124401)

I'd suggest you make shortcuts on their desktops (or put them inside a folder "Games") that are just browser bookmarks to various good online flash games. Here's some that I think are fun: http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=17727 [i-am-bored.com] http://www.kongregate.com/games/preecep/desktop-tower-defense-1-5 [kongregate.com] http://www.fugly.com/flash/819/flash-tetris.html [fugly.com] http://www.runescape.com/ [runescape.com] http://www.thegamehomepage.com/play/tangerine-panic/ [thegamehomepage.com] I suppose another option may be SNES emulators and whatever if you can find legit free roms for them. Good luck

SuperTux (3, Informative)

gapagos (1264716) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124405)

SuperTux [lethargik.org]
Extremely fun remake of SuperMarioBros with Tux the penguin instead.

Download it for Windows, OS X, and all the most common Linux distro here [lethargik.org] .

Angband (3, Informative)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124419)

Angband http://rephial.org/ [rephial.org] is all the kids will ever need. Just kidding, but it is an awesome game if kids get past the fast that it is ASCII character-based.

TripleA, Axis and Allies simulator (2, Informative)

Werthless5 (1116649) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124423)

TripleA is free. The older kids may appreciate having a more complicated board game like A&A on there. It even goes beyond the classic maps

And bookmark a few good flash gaming sites while you're at it. Some of the best games are online

A few more... (1)

Plekto (1018050) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124427)

If you really want free, a couple of games come to mind:

- NetHack/Angband/etc. Yes, these are text-based, but they formed the basis and inspiration for the Diablo series of games, which were frankly, watered down. I've played Angband off and on myself for nearly fifteen years and have only come close to beating it once. Plus, there are a zillion variants out there as well.

- I'm amazed that nobody has mentioned MAME. True, the legality of having the ROM images is suspect, but I doubt if a video game company that's been out of business for a decade will actually do anything about it, either.

- Lastly, with an emulator, tons of abandonware is available. I've spent many a night playing Elite, Apshaii, Sundog, Alternate Reality, and other classics.

A Few of my Favorites (5, Informative)

Jurph (16396) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124429)

FreeCiv, a freeware implementation of the Civ and Civ II rules - http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Dwarf Fortress is a fantastically complex game, like a cross between SimCity, NetHack, and Oregon Trail - http://www.dwarffortresswiki.net/index.php/Main_Page

NetHack is a classic dungeon crawler with ASCII graphics - http://www.nethack.org/

Command & Conquer is an old but awesome RTS, now available for free from EA - http://www.commandandconquer.com/intel/default.aspx?id=62#NewsMain

Abandonware is murky but you can find install files for many abandonware titles online as well.

I made a few... (2, Interesting)

bhunachchicken (834243) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124437)

Blob Wars : Metal Blob Solid [parallelrealities.co.uk]

Project: Starfighter [parallelrealities.co.uk]

Virus Killer [parallelrealities.co.uk]

All are 2D software rendering with screen modes of 640x480 or 800x600. They've proved fairly popular in the past...

Windows Registry (3, Funny)

dangitman (862676) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124449)

A challenging puzzle game that can provide hours of brain-bending entertainment. Linux has a similar program called "emacs" where you have to guess strange combinations of keystrokes, and get rewarded with an odd text adventure called "man".

Game! (1)

Master Rux (458819) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124453)

Browser based games are always a good option. My favorite being http://wittyrpg.com/ [wittyrpg.com] of course.

KDE Games (1)

TheCycoONE (913189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124457)

My wife is completely addicted to KNetWalk, some of the others are pretty good as well and appeal to a variety of ages.

casflow101 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124459)

cashflow 101 for kids,

Valuable Life Skills (5, Funny)

ahoehn (301327) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124483)

Don't think of just entertainment, choose games that will teach the children valuable life skills. For example:

Teach them to Rule the World: Freeciv [wikia.com]
Teach them the value of running over hookers: GTA 1&2 [rockstargames.com]
Teach them the awesomeness of fighting robots: One Must Fall 2097 [omf.com]
Teach them to conquer the world in a different way: C&C Red Alert 3 [ea.com]
And finally, teach them to conquer the world of worms (you never know): Wormux [wormux.org]

ScummVM plus Beneath A Steel Sky (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124485)

There's also a couple of other free point and click story games to play on ScummVM, I'm sure the website lists them.

Also, what about an Infocom interpreter?

Emulators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26124501)

While it's definitely in the legally gray area there's always mame + roms. Not to mention Zsnes and Super Nintendo games, NES and SMS emulators. When it comes to low-end computers these are by far the best options for games.

ScummVM + Free games (2, Informative)

revoked (1432339) | more than 5 years ago | (#26124503)

This might be too "old and moldy" for a young teen but: http://www.scummvm.org/downloads.php [scummvm.org] Scroll down to "Extras, game downloads". Beneath a Steel Sky is entirely worth the time it takes to download and play. Definitely a staple of my childhood gaming. There are a couple other gems in the free downloads as well.
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