How to find a freeware game

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Over the past few months there seems to have been an explosion of games released as freeware.

This posting will present a sort of meta-index of freeware games-lists that I have found on the net.

At first when this posting was conceived I was going to put together a list of my favorite freeware games; however, I was thinking why create another list when there are so many out there? Here’s a collection of my favorite freeware games lists:

Screenshot mosaic of some freeware games

  1. Freewaregenius’ reviewed freeware games category (scroll down, multiple pages).
  2. 1UP.com’s 101 Free games 2008
  3. 1UP.com’s 101 Free games 2007
  4. 1UP.com’s 101 Free games 2006
  5. Gamespot: Adrian’s guide to 2007 freeware games
  6. Wikipedia’s list of freeware games.
  7. Wikipedia’s list of commercial games released as freeware
  8. Wikipedia’s list of open source games
  9. Wikipedia’s list of free first person shooters
  10. Open source games at the Open Directory Project
  11. TIGsource: best freeware games of 2007
  12. Indygamer has their own best of lists 2007; whaddyaknowit.
  13. Caiman Games: top 60 ranked freeware games
  14. The Random Gnome’s Lair: Our freshly hand-picked free games selection.
  15. Another Random Gnome’s: Oh no! More hand-picked free games.
  16. Also Gnome’s Lair: 100 excellent free games in bloom
  17. Finally Gnome’s: bouquet of hand picked games with dirty commercial pasts
  18. Ghacks also has an ultimate free games list.
  19. Über 100 kostenlose Games!
  20. Cnet’s: 10 most addictive flash games ever made.
  21. Butterblog: neverending list of best free games
  22. MarcoFolio: best freeware first person shooters

I assume there’s a whole bunch of lists that I don’t know about; if there’s a page you know about that absolutely, positively has to be listed please share in the comments.


 
 
 
  • Wow, this is really a great and useful list! Thanks a lot for the job!

  • Transcontinental

    Nice topo, great summary, thanks a lot, Samer

  • Stuart

    great job, fantastico!

  • crux

    link 2 seems incorrect
    uses title instead of adress tag

  • Samer

    @crux – fixed the link, thanks for the tip.

  • Arpit

    the link to Last Scenario on this page does not work
    http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=887.0

    anyone have a direct link to the game Please reply

  • michael

    Tanks, great list 🙂

  • Arpit

    @Samer: still no luck it says
    Not Found
    The requested URL /sa/Last Scenario v101.rar was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
    i even tried pasting the link directly into free download manager even that says file not found could anyon eupload it to mediafire or rapidshare or something like that THANKS

  • Great meta-list. Good job.

    I found many interesting games.

  • Samer

    @Arpit: I finally found “The Last Scenario” for you, and uploaded it into my DivShare account.
    http://www.divshare.com/download/4264152-22c
    It was uncommonly hard to find. Very strange.

  • Arpit Jain

    @Samer: Thank you very much

  • Alfred

    http://www.runtime-hq.com delivers only high quality freeware games. Very recommended!

  • Dan

    http://gametop.com

    no login, no pay, cool games

  • me

    ok, here are some recommendations from me that are not in the list yet:
    http://www.acid-play.com
    http://www.its4free.de

    All three are quite good.

  • A Guy

    If you want you can add this one in the list too..

    Games for Gamers – over 2000 downloadable games..

    http://www.g4g.it

  • For an awesome Freeware Massively Multiplayer 2D Spaceship Game try Continuum. Easy to learn, difficult to master.

    http://www.getcontinuum.com

  • cdhina

    very good

  • very good tahnks.

  • NiroZ
  • Nice one…Sometimes it’s nice to have a list handy for freeware games..I like Quick Fire Pool….which I play online..

  • http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/4534#post-48396

    I help with a project that was started to point people in the direction of a free game 5 days of the week. We’re up to the 46th week now with over 300 games linked to. This is an alphabetical listing of all of the games we have added so far. Each day this list get’s updated, so you can come back anytime.

  • There are lots of different ways to have fun. A lot of what you choose depends on where you are in life, old or young. Today’s youth enjoy computer-based gaming. There are many choices. Some of the games can be expensive, and gaming firms are getting a large portion of the spending money of the kids purchasing the games. Luckily, there are also a lot of freeware games.

  • atomius

    Hello, i am making a city simulation game called Atocity.

    http://atocity.proboards.com/

    the links above are to it’s homepage and the project proboard.

    Have a nice stay, Internetters

  • George

    How about http://www.freepcgamers.com, great website, lots of games, plus more links on the bottom to other great websites.

  • You can also download latest games from links below :

    http://www.fm-games.info

    It Works! 🙂

  • wow, nice post, great to find some new pages i haven’t seen already 🙂

    tnx for the info.

  • I have read a number of posts of yours, but this is the one that I like the most. So expecting some more ideas from your side. Thanks !

  • Me

    You can find free games at: http://freewareisalive.18.forumer.com

    Each game has a screenshot and usually multiple download locations.

  • Hello Samer. With your approval, here is a list of My Favorites. It’s more of a curated list, as all games have been playtested, and must be high-quality and fun in order to be included.

    The companion list is titled: Honorable Mentions

    No need to add these to the main page, but for those who read through the comments, some may appreciate a more focused collection.

  • Creating my own list:
    http://freegameslist.weebly.com/
    but not finished yet
    Check out my Links page for more free games

  • Found another one!
    http://www.freegamearchive.com/ (which is the same as http://www.freegame.cz/)
    Has a huge list of games but has a few problems:
    1:Most games have screenshots but past a point they stopped adding them 🙁
    2.Not all games are in english, if it sounds great make sure the langauge is ‘en’ which stands for english, anything else with be a diiferent language.
    3. Use of ‘engrish’ to review games, you will know it when you see it 🙂
    4.Not all the games are all that great, lots of hunting needed, but belive me you will find some serious gold if you look hard enough:)

    Oh and my site has moved, if anyone’s interested:(still under construction)
    http://freegameslist.weebly.com/
    http://freegameslist.weebly.com/game-creation-tools.html