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101 Free PC Games

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the free-as-in-guild-wars dept.

PC Games (Games) 79

"Computer Gaming World" may now be "Games for Windows: The Official Magazine", but they haven't forgotten the little guys. Straight from the new issue, 1up is hosting an impressive list of 101 freebie PC games. Every genre and topic you can think of is covered by the exhaustive exploration of 'free'. From the article: "We've tracked down another 101 absolutely, positively, no-strings-attached free games that are actually worth playing, grouped them into handy categories, and put most of 'em up on FileFront.com. There's something here for everyone, from RPGs to real-time strategy to Asteroids Flash games, though we have to confess up front: There are actually more than 101 free games here. So no complaining that you're not getting your money's worth." My favorites include Ninja Loves Pirate , Tripline , Iris (HL2 Mod), Super Mario: Blue Twilight DX , and Star Control II .

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Ouch... (1)

tha_mink (518151) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669168)

Slashdotted before the first post. Tough luck. Free games post on slashdot...who would have figured?

I've always been a fan of conquest myself.

Re:Ouch... (4, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669458)

Works fine for me. If you really can't get to it, try the Coral Cache mirror:

http://www.1up.com.nyud.net:8090/do/feature?cId=31 56339 [nyud.net]

I wouldn't worry too much, though. It's just another "look at all the free games!" list with very little time spent on trying to separate the wheat from the chaff. Some of the "games" are expansion packs, some are flash games, some are OSS games that everyone knows about, some are clear copyright violations, some are just plain weird, and some are repeated more than once.

The worst part of it all is that they missed a huge number of great games. For example, Privateer Remake is not on the list, but a Babylon 5 expansion pack is? Go figure.

If you're looking for a smaller list of free game recommendations, try my Top 10 OSS Games You've Never Played [intelligentblogger.com] article. I have personally played all of them, and enjoyed them to a varying degree. Not everyone has the same tastes as I do, but it might be an interesting list for you to check out in addition to this article. :)

Hmmm (5, Insightful)

PingSpike (947548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669234)

I think calling mods to a game, free games, is a bit of a stretch. They're only free if you already own the original game. Hell, the main reason I bought half life 2 was anticipation of mods for it. And the ONLY reason I bought UT2004 was for mods. (Killing Floor sold that game for me) I'll still check the list out when I get home though.

Hmmm-Arrr! she downloads. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17669598)

"They're only free if you already own the original game. "

Own? What is this "own" you speak of?

Re:Hmmm (2, Funny)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17670366)

I think calling mods to a game, free games, is a bit of a stretch. They're only free if you already own the original game. Hell, the main reason I bought half life 2 was anticipation of mods for it.

Likewise, I think calling games to an OS, free games, is a bit of a stretch. They're only free if you already own the original OS. Hell, the main reason I bought windows was anticipation of games for it.

Moral: What is a comprehensive Unreal Tournament 200x mod other than an operating system on which games can run?

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17674116)

A mod is not a free game if you require a paid game for it to run. Contrary to what the article says there are definitely strings attached. Not everybody has or wants to buy HL2, hell I can't even be bothered to obtain it illegally. The Battlefield 40K mod sounds nice, but it happens to be attached to the bugfests known as the Battlefield games.

Some people have a weird perception of strings.....

But... (2, Insightful)

gerbalblaste (882682) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669248)

But how many of them run on linux?

Re:But... (4, Insightful)

Yr0 (224662) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669376)

why is this important? linux is not a gaming system.

If you want games with good graphics, that the majority of people can play, use windows. suck it up.

I'd rant more about the total uselessness of linux to support anything approaching stable 3d, but I'm tired, and frankly cannot be bothered.

you might as well ask: But how many run on Macs?

go back to gnuchess you hippie.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17669644)

haven't rtfa but Enemy Territory and Savage: Battle for Newerth are both excellent commercially developed free games that run natively in linux.
Not to mention all the mods for those games and UT99/UT2004, Quake1/2/3/4, Doom3 and whatever you can get working with wine (which seems to be a lot more games lately)

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17670362)

But how many gives a damn?

Re:But... (1)

FunkyELF (609131) | more than 7 years ago | (#17671014)

I can't get to that link from work because it is blocked by our proxy.

Does the list contain PySolitare?

There is a port for Windows. It is the best solitare package ever....over 200 solitare games.

Re:But... (2, Insightful)

kermit1221 (75994) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672800)

Apparently you glossed over where this list came from. Who cares how many run on Linux? When you want games for Linux, don't look at a list coming from "Games for Windows".

And it was modded Insightful? Yeesh...

Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (3, Insightful)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669312)

They left out the best free Online Multiplayer FPS ever:

http://enemy-territory.4players.de:1041/news.php [4players.de]

Re:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (4, Funny)

kevlarman (983297) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669422)

you misspelled http://tremulous.net/ [tremulous.net]

Re:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (1)

Workaphobia (931620) | more than 7 years ago | (#17676718)

Yep, Tremulous is pretty good once you get used to it.

Actually, the balance is god awful. The game feels like it's slanted against you regardless of the team you choose; matches regularly go to sudden death before they can even begin to be decided, making the first half hour of the game moot; and development is virtually invisible to most of the community and may have stagnated for all I know. So it's more like once you go through this initiation and begin to accept these facts, you may want to leave and save your soul, but you just can't abandon all the time you spent learning how to play.

It's not too late for you to save yourselves, Slashdotters. The world is burning. Run.

On second thought, it's GPL'd. WAN party tonight!

Re:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (1)

PingSpike (947548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669444)

I enjoyed ET (Not as much as RtCW multiplayer itself) but its getting a bit long in the tooth these days.

Re:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (1)

the linux geek (799780) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669530)

Hardly the best. It was decent a few years ago, but now the graphics are EXTREMELY dated compared to other games. It's essentially a standalone Q3 mod, which is, I suppose, nice, but not great.

Re:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17671318)

Actually I think America's Army is better.

Re:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (2, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672092)

They also left out the best single player RPG ever:

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

Re:Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (1)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 7 years ago | (#17678298)

Bollocks, beaten to it. Yeay for Nethack!

BTW did you know you can do something like:
# useradd -m -gusers -p! -s/usr/games/nethack nethack
# passwd nethack
(enter a password for the user)
..... then login as user "nethack" with the password you gave. You go straight into a game of Nethack; and when you save or quit the game, you get logged straight out.

By the way, try pressing ! for a shell sometime in mid-game .....

ugh (2, Interesting)

exspecto (513607) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669374)

At first glance, the article title registered as a spam email or text ad in my brain. Took a moment for it to sink in that it was an actual article. Anyone else have that reaction?

just need 1 free game (1, Informative)

indy_Muad'Dib (869913) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669388)

tremulous > all

Hm. (1)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672576)

Looks like an independent version of Gloom, a Quake 2 mod (one that probably also inspired the Natural Selection mod for Half-life).

Re:Hm. (1)

kevlarman (983297) | more than 7 years ago | (#17676218)

if you look on their website, they do mention that tremulous was inspired by gloom (i'm too lazy to dig up the link), and a few of the tremulous devs have worked on gloom at some point.

Some they left out (2, Informative)

the linux geek (799780) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669484)

There are some important free games that they neglected to mention.

Nexuiz, for instance. High quality open-source deathmatch game running on the Darkplaces engine, which is arguably superior to quite a bit of the stuff currently on the market. (Read: Source.) There's also Warsow and Alien Arena, both with similar premises to Nexuiz. These all have excellent graphics, and make up in fun what they lack in imagination in terms of gameplay.

Re:Some they left out (3, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669770)

Nexuiz - High quality open-source deathmatch game running on the Darkplaces engine, which is arguably superior to quite a bit of the stuff currently on the market.

Nexuiz is just incredible. It looks every bit as good as Quake 3 (perhaps better), but is based on the original Quake engine. Talk about parallel development!

Here's the game: http://www.nexuiz.com/ [nexuiz.com]
And the Engine: http://icculus.org/twilight/darkplaces/ [icculus.org]

Re:Some they left out (-1, Offtopic)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669788)

The off-topic portion of the rant: This (read: whatever) style of writing must stop. It wasn't clever the first time some lame writer came up with it, and it certainly hasn't aged like wine to this billionth iteration. Just stop. Please.

The on-topic portion of the rant: The fact that the games are open-source does not make them "important." They are games. Rip-off clone games at that.

Thank you for your time.

Re:Some they left out (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17670916)

They are games. Rip-off clone games at that.

And Snood vs. Bust-A-Move is what? And Unreal vs. Quake is what?

Cave Story (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17669862)

How could they have forgotten this shining gem of indie retro gaming?

Re:Cave Story (3, Insightful)

Thansal (999464) | more than 7 years ago | (#17671414)

Soem one mod the guy up.

Cave Story [romhack.net] is an AMAZING game, and should be played by all people.

any one how does nto enjoy it must be shuned as not a real gamer!

(ok, so it is a good game, and I am beign silly atm, but yah, the game is wonderful)

WTF? No Cave Story? (2)

SaidinUnleashed (797936) | more than 7 years ago | (#17669914)

Why was Cave Story [gameflaws.com] not on this list?

It's free, has an English language patch, and works perfectly in Wine.

Not to mention it's one of the best games ever made for any platform.

Re:WTF? No Cave Story? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17670022)

Cave Story and its mods such as Serious Cave Story are some of the most awesome games ever.

Signed (1)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672844)

Cave Story is probably the only platformer I've ever played that actually had an engaging if simple story and characters that I gave a damn about. The art looks a little cutesy, but the story isn't exactly all daisies and posies. The synthetic music has a nice nostalgic quality to it without sounding dated. It's not orchestral, but it's not Nintendo, either. It is slightly on the short side--the game does, however, have multiple endings, which helps boost the replay value quite a bit. The (real) final level and boss are also quite tough, but getting a "good" ending doesn't require beating them.

More Free Games (2, Interesting)

Thansal (999464) | more than 7 years ago | (#17670098)

Game Hippo [gamehippo.com]

not always the best (they tend to be remise on some of the newer games/updates), but always worth looking through.

Also, check out Acid Bomb and Bacteria 2 [simondonkers.com] if you really like logic puzzles. Both are easy to get into and verymuch on the addictive side!

They listed Future Pinball why not Visual Pinball? (3, Interesting)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 7 years ago | (#17670124)

Visual Pinball is better as it can use plugins like
vpinmame that lets you play real pinball games with the real game roms.
http://www.pinmame.com/ [pinmame.com]
There is even an online play addon
http://www.vpplus.org/ [vpplus.org]
http://www.pinball-originals.com/index.php?c=8 [pinball-originals.com]

more info hear
http://www.vpforums.com/ [vpforums.com]

Re:They listed Future Pinball why not Visual Pinba (2, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17670978)

Visual Pinball is better as it can use plugins like vpinmame that lets you play real pinball games with the real game roms.

Potentially OT. These roms are not Free nor even free.

Re:They listed Future Pinball why not Visual Pinba (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672898)

Potentially OT. These roms are not Free nor even free.


You can get ROMs for most machines off the manufacturer's web site. Williams/Bally is a bit harder since Williams exited the pinball games market, but the Internet Pinball Database has copies of the ROMs as do many other websites.

So they're free, just not Free.

Re:They listed Future Pinball why not Visual Pinba (1)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672034)

I love Visual Pinball and vpinmame can potentially be awesome, but ultimately it is effing lame because after almost six years of development vpinmame still doesn't work on multiprocessor systems. I wish those guys would get their heads out of their asses already. I haven't had a single processor system since 1999. Non-functional vpinmame makes the baby super computer cry.

Re:They listed Future Pinball why not Visual Pinba (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672794)

Visual Pinball needs to be updated for multiprocessor system and you only need to have Visual Pinball on one cpu and vpinmame on an other one.

But right now there is only one game that needs that much power and the next one is a few months away form being unlocked.

Re:They listed Future Pinball why not Visual Pinba (1)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | more than 7 years ago | (#17673616)

Actually, I went ahead and tried it again on my new system and I didn't even have to monkey with CPU affinity. The problem is still listed in the bug list, but it seems to work ok now. Maybe the problem is still there but this machine may be beefy enough to grunt right through it. Thanks for the info and the glimmer of hope. I finally can play again!

Nethack (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17670446)

They forgot the best free game ever: Nethack [nethack.org] (or any of its relatives).

Thank you for the latest release of gradewrecker. My GPA just went in the corner and shot itself.
-- USENET posting, author unknown

Dink Smallwood (4, Informative)

Hercynium (237328) | more than 7 years ago | (#17670752)

I just want to put in my vote for Dink Smallwood [rtsoft.com]. It's like King's Quest or Legend of Zelda, on drugs.

Last year, after years of collecting dust, the publisher released an update with some nice new features and bug-fixes. And (I just looked) it's now open-sourced.

There's a *huge* collection of mods, add-ons, extra levels, etc available for free and the people making them are just as twisted as the original author. Many of the mods I tried were really, really fun. Some were incredible in what they added to the original game.

Re:Dink Smallwood (1)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17670868)

Of course its twisted, he also was the author of Legend of the Red Dragon for BBSs so many years ago

Re:Dink Smallwood (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#17671146)

I miss that game. I should get that running again. I think there's a web version of it. It was 1 of 2 games I actually liked enough to register when I had my 2-line BBS. The other was only because it was the first multiplayer game I'd ever seen for a BBS, and I just had to have it.

Star Control II (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17671848)

Greatest game of it's generation. Then X-Com.

I wonder if they have Rocket Jockey.

Re:XCOM (1)

roguegramma (982660) | more than 7 years ago | (#17673656)

I completely non-understand the controls of SC II/uqm,
but I second xcom as best game - in the form of ufo2000.

Other good games are Glest (singleplayer) and Anacreon 2 is a decent game too, although a bit on the unplayable side after you worked it out.

Re:XCOM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17678452)

"I completely non-understand the controls of SC II/uqm,"

The arrow keys and two action buttons? It's not that hard, man...

In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17672066)

Free games play you.

PCWindows (1)

TLouden (677335) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672112)

That just about says it all.

How are people still unable to get this basic difference and allowed to write for these groups.

Re:PCWindows (1)

TLouden (677335) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672196)

Terribly sorry about the confusion there; What I meant is the PC is NOT Windows.

The not equal symbol doesn't work too well

Where the hell is NetHack? (3, Insightful)

alexo (9335) | more than 7 years ago | (#17672178)

Where the hell is NetHack in that list?

Re:Where the hell is NetHack? (1)

KokorHekkus (986906) | more than 7 years ago | (#17673224)

Maybe because NetHack is like reading a book and not watching a movie. It demands more from the player to enjoy it since the action takes place in your head and not on the screen. NetHack creates a wonderful universe to play in... but only if you have the imagination yourself to put the oh so well constructed pieces and connections together in your mind.

Not a really great NetHack player. But I've kept returning to it for years... again and again and again. Can't recall a time when I've thought "that's just wrong"... just the times wondering "what didn't I get?"

Crappy article (3, Informative)

Poutsi (563601) | more than 7 years ago | (#17673712)

I RTFA and it was complete bull. If they approve game demos and mods to their list why they didn't list any good games? :p

There's lots of really good games available for free. For example old commercial games that have been released as freeware (I'm a diehard abandonware fan). Just to mention few: Betrayal at Krondor, Beneath a Steel Sky, Descent: FreeSpace, FreeSpace 2, Hidden & Dangerous, One Must Fall: 2097, Railroad Tycoon Deluxe. Then there's open source games like America's Army.

There's also free multiplayer games: Freeciv, Allegiance, Starsiege: Tribes and even MMORPGs like Anarchy Online [anarchy-online.com], Kal-Online [kalonline.com] or RuneScape [runescape.com].

Check these Wikipedia lists for more great free games:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_commercial_ga mes_released_as_freeware [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_first-pe rson_shooters [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_g ames [wikipedia.org]

I'd say any of these is better than all the games mentioned in the article. :p

Liberated Games (3, Informative)

owlman17 (871857) | more than 7 years ago | (#17676076)

Liberated games [liberatedgames.com] has an extensive list of free, not to mention, legal games for download. There are the classics, old games and not so old games. Not abandonware, they've gone to great lengths to make sure there aren't any on the site.

Not the "best free games" simple.. 101 free games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17679584)

See the subject? I'd like to mention that I actually have the magazine and this is not a listing of the BEST free games. For those of you who don't get the magazine, every month they have 3 or so freebie games listed. I think a couple months back they had 4.. lol

Well this month (feb) obviously, they had 101 listed. Yes it includes some mods. So what. When I got the mag, being desperate for some entertainment (I don't play wow, there's not much else new right now) I began browsing through the freebies, I picked about 10 that looked the most interesting, tried them and pretty much gave up on all of them. I'm most interested in multiplayer games and none of the ones listed had anyone online playing them.

Anyway, the point as I said is that this is not a list of the *best* this is simply a small list of some.. free games.

Oh.. I did find one game that I played two nights in a row. www.veloci.dk/gamebiz/gb2 gamebiz 2 was enjoyable. Sadly there's plenty of bugs. However, it has some really nice potential if about 1000 additional features were added. As it is, it was a nice diversion for a couple days. I suggest anyone interested in simple sims try it.

Now.. if anyone finds a massive multiplayer free game that's similar to silentdeath online/starship troopers from gamestorm.. please let me know. *sighs sadly* There were a couple games that were ALMOST like that.. but turned out to be "click the target to target them" with autofire...

Spring (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17681888)

In case you don't feel like waiting for Supreme Commander or played the beta and didn't like it Spring [clan-sy.com] is a good way to get your mass warfare RTS fix. Apply different mods for different results.
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