that can be downloaded and distributed legally for free (not that illegality stops some people
One genre that tend to have a lot of freeware games is the Interactive Fiction
genre as since the 1990s, the genre hasn't been as commercially viable. An annual contest
for shorter works generally turns up at least two or three genuinely excellent examples of freeware Interactive-Fiction games.
There are several websites dedicated to covering and hosting freeware games:
The Other Wiki
- FreeIndieGam.es features freeware games as well as web games.
- liberatedgames.com is a site for formerly commercial games that are now available for free. (Technically, not all of them are distributable; some may be downloaded for free, but only from the original company.)
- Indiegames.com: The Weblog is a regularly updated blog that informs about indie video games. While not all indie games are free, many of them are.
- The Independent Gaming Source is a website dedicated to indie games. Like the above one, not all the games are free but many are featured.
- Indie Statik is another indie game dedicated blogger who also does (somewhat) weekly Top 5 of free indie games. You can also check out the Facebook page here.
- Play This Thing! also has quite a few listed, with the option of filtering the list for free games only.
- FreeGamer is devoted exclusively to Free and Open Source Software.
- RMN focuses primarily on freeware RPGs oftentimes made using the RPG Maker series.
- Freem! focuses primarily on freeware PC doujin games.
- JayIsGames focuses on Flash games, freeware and indie titles.
- Vector is a website which provides doujin game downloads for various platforms (alongside with other independent software). Not all of the games are free, but most of them are.
keeps a list of available freeware games
, as well as lists for commercial games released as freeware
and open-source games
. Linux users have a lot of these available and updated via software repositories.
For those of you who have no idea what games to choose, this guide◊
presents some of the best voted on by /v/*
. Fair warning: Not all of these games run on all operating systems. A longer list (with descriptions) can be found at their wiki
If the game advertises itself as free but is only partly free (for instance, by requiring payment to access high-tier abilities or equipment), the game is an Allegedly Free Game
. If the game's developers have forgotten about it or vanished entirely, but its exact legal standing is still questionable, it may be Abandonware
. If it was made after an existing game, it's Fan Remake
or Fan Sequel
(not all of them are free games proper, what with game mods
using commercial engines).
Also see Web Games
open/close all folders
Beat 'Em Up:
Role Playing Games:
Shoot 'em Up:
- Garden Gnome Carnage (initially Windows-only made in Game Maker, then re-released as a Flash game, and later re-released for Xbox Live Indie Games)
Beat 'em Ups:
Real-Time Strategy and Tactics:
Role Playing Games: Action RPGs
Massively Multiplayer Online RPGs
Shoot 'em Up:
Wide Open Sandbox:
Adventure Game Studio Games (Windows and Linux only, though an old OS X runtime exists)