Free games for your PC, try all of them at least once! There's absolutely no reason not to.

This list is not for shareware or "abandonware" titles, but for games that are genuinely free so you can be both a cheapass and a righteous snob about it.

As more MMO Games go free-to-play, they are technically "freeware," but they're pretty specific, and you can't play them anymore if the company servers go away. These recommendations are for games that are free and are for single-player or LAN parties.

Box Art Title Genre Platform Description Download
200px .flow (dot flow) Adventure, Mindfuck Windows Along with Yume 2kki, .flow is one of the most popular fangames inspired by the legendary Yume Nikki. This one has you play as a mysterious white-haired girl named Sabitsuki as you explore a surreal and troubling world. Like Yume Nikki, nothing is ever explained in .flow, and fans have published numerous theories regarding the game and its meanings. Unlike Yume Nikki, however, .flow is filled with horror elements as well as a LOT of violent and disturbing imagery. If you loved Yume Nikki, it's a pretty safe bet you'll like this as well. Link
200px 10800 Zombies Platformer Windows A simple, silly little survival-laughter platformer that has you taking on a fuckton of zombies. Everything is simple, but over-the-top fun, with fountains of blood and a goofy fast-rock soundtrack. You can only carry two weapons at a time, the better ones having limited ammo, so fire with care. Short, but sweet. Link
200px 10 Minute Space Strategy Turn-based Strategy Windows A space turn-based strategy game; games are short, but certainly longer than the Ten minutes the title implies. Not much to the game, but enjoyable. Link
200px 8-Bit Killer FPS Windows Short, but nifty little FPS game that plays like olden FPS games, but with an NES tossed in as well. You only have mouse turning, L&R mouse clicks, space bar, and WASD (plus Q and E for slower turns), so pause (space) doubles as gun-selection (instead of 1-6 like other PC games). Actually controls pretty well with pretty precise gunfire and player movement. Stages follow a pattern of gauntlet (simple level with lots of enemies), labyrinth (multiple corridors and rooms, some locked by keys), and boss (small arena with a boss, who deals and takes more damage than normal foes). Some out-of-the-way rooms hold new weapons and power-ups, so explore often. Enemy AI is mostly simple, but effective. There's even a story, and a shotgun that doesn't just shoot 2 feet in front of you (!) as well. Link
200px Abobo's Big Adventure Beat 'em up, Run'n gun, Action rpg, others Flash Crazy over-the-top parody game where you control Abobo and have to travel through many different NES games to rescue your son, Aboboy. Each stage is different, you get to fight down the alleways of Double Dragon, explore a Zelda dungeon, run'n gun through the jungles of Contra, box in Punch Out, and others. It also has lots of secrets and stuff. Link
200px Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment Space Adventure Windows Space adventure where you explore the galaxy, trade, fight, etc. Has quite a few culture references some may not pick up on. Link
200px Ace of Spades FPS / Sandbox Windows

Minecraft with guns. Build bases and tunnels while shooting enemies: it's fucking awesome. The last few updates have messed up the gameply a bit, but it's still worth a try. Used to be /v/'s flavor of the month. /v/ has a Steam group which hosts games weekly: Steam community

200px Action Fist Platformer / Run and Gun Windows Link
200px Aether Puzzle / Platformer Windows, Flash

an awsome game by Edmund Mcmillen about a Boy and his space octopus like friend helping crazy aliens with problems you have to solve in space

200px Ai to Yuuki to Kashiwamochi Puzzle Windows Another cute little puzzle game from the maker of Irisu Syndrome. Ai-chan dreams of eating sweets, and we're just in luck because the gameplay is pretty similar to Yoshi's Cookie. But it's not as straightforward as that. Like Irisu Syndrome, it eventually progresses into something far more dark and sinister. Link
200px Alien Swarm Shoot 'em Up Steam An online coop top-down shooter, players must work together to advance through levels, completing objectives along the way. as missions are completed, extra weapons and tools are unlocked for the player to use. Originally an unreal tournament 2k4 mod, Valve hired the mod team and during their employment, they remade the game in the source engine in their spare time. (Screenshot is of the old UT2k4 mod version.) Link
200px All of Our Friends Are Dead Run and Gun Windows A frightening, disturbing, trippy, and fun run-and-gun platform shooter that can perhaps best be described as Contra on a really bad acid trip; a hellish work of art replete with some of the strangest and most unsettling images you're ever likely to see in a game. The industrial rock soundtrack and bizarre first-person plural writing only contribute to the highly surreal and drug-like nature of this nightmarish trip. If this sounds like your kind of thing then, by all means, download it. You won't be disappointed. Link
200px Ao Oni Survival Horror, Puzzle Windows A freeware horror game done in RPG Maker. Similar to Clock Tower but with a more cliched plot. A group of middle schoolers go to investigate a haunted mansion where people supposedly do not return from, because they are devoured by a blue demon. Even though the Ao Oni looks laughable, there are some genuinely scary moments in this short game. Untranslated currently Now translated, but all of the puzzles can be done without knowing Japanese except for one. (Answer to said puzzle)
200px Apocalyptic Game About Penguins, The (a.k.a. TAGAP) Run and Gun Windows Link
200px Apocalyptic Game About Penguins 2, The (a.k.a. TAGAP 2) Run and Gun Windows Link
200px ASCIIpOrtal Puzzle / Platformer Windows Link
200px ASCII Sector Space Privateer / Roguelike Windows
A de-make of the classic Elite / Frontier series. Start with a dinky scoutship, merchant your way around or take bounties to acquire cash and disregard graphics. There are quests you could follow, or not, and player-created quests you can plug into existing save games without needing to start over. Link
200px Au Sable Run and Gun Windows A relatively short Run 'n Gun game with a haunting sound track and really well done and disturbing art. Play as the titular Au Sable as she guns down horrifying enemies and searches for her lost sister. Or something. The plot is a little open for interpretation. A must play for /x/philes. Link
200px BaboViolent2 Top-down Shooter Windows, online Link
200px Banana Nababa Survival / Action Windows Essentially Boss Rush Mode: The Game. Very difficult, very fun. The story is pretty funny if you look into it too, but it's not important. Link
200px Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden RPG Windows May be one of the the greatest (freeware) RPG ever made. You play as Charles Barkley, a once-great B-Baller who lives in the dystopian city of Neo New York, who goes on an epic quest to stop a second Ballocaust from the evil organization B.L.O.O.D.M.O.S.E.S., aided by the octoroon great-grandson of Lebron James, Balthios, a space-traveling dwarf with a skin made of basketballs named Cyberdwarf, and his son Hoopz, and bring back the slams and the jams once more. The battle system is turn-based with action commands. The story is both dramatic and hilarious at the same time, and the dialogue and all the off-beat references will leave you wanting for more. The only flaw is that it ends. Link
200px Battle for Wesnoth, The Turn-based Strategy Windows
Fantasy strategy game where much of the game's units, music, artwork, and campaigns are player contributed. The game plays on a hex based system, with terrain affecting the accuracy of attacks and unit movement. Six well-balanced factions are available for play at the start. It makes you really feel like you're commanding an army by having you level troops into hardened veterans, which you can recall for future battles. Dozens of custom units are available for single player and multiplayer by downloading player mods known as "eras". Fantastic quality considering it's freeware. Download stable version if you just want to play the game without too many bugs. Link
200px Battleships Forever Real-Time Strategy Windows A game with Space battles,Inspired by Warning Forever. You can play through a Limited Story and a few Guantlet scenarios. Community has spent most of their time building overpowered ships for the game, so other than the ShipBuilder, the game doesn't have much content; Has a Mission Editor, but it sucks. Link
200px Beats of Rage / OpenBOR Beat 'em Up Windows
This is the MUGEN of side-scrolling beatemups. You can find already made game modules (sprites, backgrounds, plot, music) for Final Fight, Marvel Superheroes, Golden Axe, Edd Ed & Eddy, Sailor Moon, Double Dragon, hell make your own. Beats of Rage isn't in development anymore, so OpenBOR's the one you should get. Link
200px Beneath a Steel Sky Adventure / Point 'N Click Windows
Classic adventure style game that follows Robert Foster on a journey through a cyberpunk-esque metropolis. Requires ScummVM to be played, or you can download it from Also available as an iPhone app, but it costs cash, apparently. Fun fact: the background art is drawn by Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame. Link
200px Ben There, Dan That! Adventure Windows Ben There, Dan That! and its sequel, Time Gentlemen, Please! are two hilarious and silly indie adventures with MS Paint graphics filled with meta humor humour and references to old LucasArts games. Plays just like Sam & Max Hit the Road and obviously took a lot of inspiration from it. You can get both at once for five bucks on Steam or just download Ben There, Dan That! for free. Link
200px Between Experimental Windows
In Between, an online-multiplayer-only game by acclaimed indie developer Jason Rohrer (of Passage and Inside a Star-Filled Sky fame), there are three dimensions which you can cycle through by going to sleep or waking. When you wake up, you take the blocks in the wooden structure with you as a spawnable small block which you can use to build the towers. The co-op part is that one of the three dimensions is "shared" and you see all of the blocks the other player spawns in their negative colors and vice versa. If you put blocks of the same color in the structure, you can spawn in the other dimensions. This game is very obtuse and has no clear goals, but it may be interesting to experiment with for a while. Give it a shot if you enjoy artsy, experimental games.


200px Black Mesa: Source FPS Windows A fan remake of the original Half-Life using Source, developed as soon as the engine is available to the public and released as a freeware. The dev team made a decision to reduce jump height so if you're not satisfied with that, just tweak the skill.cfg file.

Also, keep an eye out for Operation Black Mesa and Guard Duty .

200px Black Shades FPS / Bodyguard Sim Windows You are a psychic bodyguard, and your duty is to protect the VIP in white. You must protect him from increasing hordes of snipers, gunmen, muggers, and even the hordes of the undead using a variety of weapons, ranging from a simple knife to grenades. If you or he dies, you restart the level. Have fun on the grenade levels. Link
200px Blind Monk's Society Can't see shit sim HL2 mod After getting your eyes pecked out by ravenous ravens, you are to be inducted into the Blind Monk's Society, and to prove you've got what it takes, you're given simple tasks to navigate through your blindness. A HL2 mod, so you'll need the Source SDK to run it. It's not too long at all, but it's interesting and quite immersive. Protips: Wear headphones and bind Q and E to turn so that you can turn in small measured amounts. Link
200px Block Breakout Windows A funny-as-hell breakout game with levels that you're supposed to clear as fast as possible, which most of the levels facilitate with blocks that break to release either one ball or a nonstop stream of balls. You start each level with 10 balls you can launch from your paddle whenever you want. The power-ups include big paddle, small paddle, full-screen paddle, tiny balls, giant balls, reverse gravity, and an infinity symbol that gives you infinite balls for 20 seconds.

Doesn't include sounds or music, but you can add your own with specific filenames, including a secondary song that plays while you have infinite balls (Fist of the North Star makes it goddamn hilarious).

[Depending on your OS, you may need other software to force the game to run in a window and use 16-bit color. I tried on my Windows 7 64-bit laptop and got the sprites to show the right colors, but they have pink boxes around them from transparency not being applied.]

200px Blocksum Puzzle Windows Tetris plus math, very odd and takes a bit of time to get usd to but when you 'get' it, it's fairly nice. Link
200px Blue Wish Resurrection / Plus Shoot 'em Up Windows A doujin shooter that draws heavy influence from Cave's works. Has multiple difficulty settings and passive options ranging from casual (Heaven/Guard) to damn near impossible (Hell/Accel). Very bullet heavy and score-centric, enticing the player to risk waiting on cancels for huge score bonuses. Plus adds more bullets and a slowdown option when the screen is completely full. Link
200px Bonesaw: The Game Action / Platformer Windows Bonesaw: The Game is an independent 2d side-scrolling game that mixes elements from puzzle, beat-em-up, and platforming genres. Link
200px Bridge Builder Puzzle Windows Exactly what it says on the tin. Link
200px Cactus Arcade Game compilation Windows This is a collection with no less than 17 games of genres ranging from shoot em ups and platformers to adventure games and first person shooters. Link
200px Cactus Arcade 2.0 Game compilation Windows A new, updated game pack from cactus. Link
200px Cat and the Coup, The Puzzle Steam A "documentary game", this clever indie arthouse puzzler uses fun, simple puzzle mechanics and wonderfully artistic animation to tell a fascinating chunk of Iranian history. The game is extremely short, but it's free, and certainly worth checking out. It will be a long time before any major game company is ever willing to release something so bold, original, and daring. This game proves that you CAN make a fun game that also teaches you something. Link
200px Cave Story Metroidvania Windows
Widely considered to be one of the best freeware games and the great pioneer of modern indie game development. Good story, great Metroidvania gameplay and cute pixel graphics and chiptune music (composed on the creator's custom program no less!). Also on Wiiware with slightly different options, DSiWare in original flavor with some nifty touchscreen bonuses, and soon on 3DS, but remixed and remastered. Link
200px Chak's Temple Shoot 'em Up Windows A shoot 'em up Game which goes in a very different artistic direction. The varying locations, lots of bonus levels and the Diablo II-like graphics makes the game really a stand alone classic. Link
200px Chalk Arcade / Shoot 'em Up Windows Destroy your opponents using your drawing skills. Very clever and polished, but like too often with these sort of games, the game ends a bit quickly. Link
200px Cho Ren Sha 68K Shoot 'em Up Windows A famous manic shooter for the Sharp X68000 released in 1995. Later ported to Windows 98 and released as freeware. Gameplay is straightforward but challenging, especially after beating the first loop. Tip: Stay inside the power-ups to collect all 3 at once! Run in compatibility mode on Windows XP. The original X68000 disc image is also available (provided you know how to work an emulator). Link
200px Chicanery Multiplayer Windows
A very simple multiplayer game. 2 to 4 players each holds down a key. If you lift your finger, you're out. The last one remaining is the winner. That is all there is to it, except the game does not know what you're doing to make other lift their fingers. Of course you can decide to add rules like "no forearm touching", but it's up to you to decide. This is the game for any party. PC
200px Chzo Mythos Adventure, Horror Windows Before he became "Internet Famous" for his witty video game reviews, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw actually made some games himself.  A number of them turned out to be quite good, the best of which is the series of adventure/horror games known as the Chzo Mythos. Prepare for pixelated, but disturbing, scenes of slaughter. Link
200px Cloud Puzzle Windows Link
200px Clown's Pavilion Survival Horror, Puzzle Windows Link
200px Coil Experimental Steam
"Coil is a game with no instruction or clear direction. Please keep an open mind while playing." So reads the opening of Coil, an experimental flash game from Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl. Coil tells a sad (yet highly mysterious) tale woven between small minigames involving sperm and conception. Whether you find it compelling or pretentious will depend entirely on your tastes. Nevertheless, give it a try. Link
200px Crayon Physics Puzzle Windows An ingenious little indie puzzler, Crayon Physics tasks you with drawing lines, shapes, and any number of objects in order to guide a ball through an obstacle course to collect stars scattered across the levels without the ball falling off. An enhanced and expanded version, known as Crayon Physics Deluxe, has been released on PC and iOS to universal acclaim (although it is not free). Link
200px Dardius Burst Shoot 'em Up Flash A shmup homage game inspired by Gradius, and Darius. The game plays like Gradius, but has multiple stage paths and fish based enemies like Darius. There's also a bit of Parodius to be seen, as the obstacles and enemies you fight are goofily rendered photos of aquatic creatures and food products made from them. A surprisingly solid, though rather tough game that's worth a play through. Link
200px Darkverse Space Adventure Windows Currently InDev, you can fly around shooting up enemies, upgrading your ship and taking missions; Currently saving only saves your ship Configuration. Link
200px Dead Cyborg Exploration / Adventure Windows A free sci-fi adventure where you explore 'the meaning of life and death... in a rusty post-apocalyptic metan and concrete world'; Released in episodes, currently only 2/3 have been released. Link
200px Death Worm Action Windows
200px Decker Rogue-like Windows Loosely based on the Shadowrun Universe, you play a hacker (Decker) trying to make ends meet. Link
200px Depict1 Platformer / Mind fuck Windows
A platform designed to annoy you. It has a solid platforming, but the most interesting aspect of the game are the levels which need a tad bit of cunning. Warning: This game has two endings! Link
200px Desktop Dungeons (Alpha) Roguelike / Puzzle Windows
A twist on roguelike genre: the entire map is just one screen, monsters don't move and Fog Of War is the most valuable resource. Amazingly deep for a game where one session rarely plays for longer than 15 minutes, has a nice balance between classes (there are eighteen and each one of them offers quite a differing experience) and offers a wide variety of challenges with special dungeons, Ranked mode, Gauntlet and a story mode.Currently in Beta. Not free, but has new art, a dungeon prep system, quests, and huge balance overhauls. Link
200px Desolate Room, The RPG Windows An isolated walking coffee machine that collects eggs explores the memories of his broken robot friends by logging on to an 8-bit virtual world with corrupted pieces of code that the robots' memories powered by the eggs fight against. Has a great, involving battle system, 2D/3D graphics (akin to Donkey Kong Country) and a disorienting plot. No options for controls or resolution. (unstable at points) Link
200px Dhux's Scar RPG Windows Link
200px Diaspora: Shattered Armistice Space Sim Windows The best Battlestar Galactica game right now is also one that you can get for free. It's half the same game as Freespace SCP - the game that it was developed from. The other half is additional mechanics to fit the BSG theme. Now go frak up those toasters, pilots! Link
200px Digital: A Love Story Visual novel Windows Link
200px Dink Smallwood Action / Adventure / RPG Windows You play as Dink Smallwood, A pigfarmer in a small village. Shit-ton of mods made by the community. Released as Freeware back in '99. Link
200px Don't Look Back Platformer / Mind fuck Windows
A Flash game that looks like it belongs on the Atari 2600. The gameplay is simple: run, jump, shoot. The difficulty is in the upper echelons of freeware games. Whenever you 'die' you start right back at the same screen, so you'll never have to start over. Written by the same guy as VVVVV. The atmosphere is stellar, the music haunting, and the ending is chillingly sad. The only fault of the game is that it's extremely short: a skilled gamer could finish in ten minutes. Others find it boring and ugly. It's a game that splits opinion. Play it and see if you like it.

WARNING: Has a story that is implied instead of outright told, and it's not a bad story for a "2DEEP4U" indie game, but for some players, certain sections will frustrate you to the point of making you not give a fuck about the story. Just a friendly forewarning.

200px Don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story Visual novel Windows A pretty decently written English Visual Novel. You're a high school teacher who has to deal with his hormonal bratty students by stalking them over internet imageboards.

it's quite entertaining, but the end will make you want to strangle a fucking kitten cry about it on /v/.

200px Doom 64 EX FPS Windows A perfect port of the Nintendo 64 Doom game, and arguably a better alternative than Doom 64 TC. Doesn't add levels and things that weren't there, plays like a charm. The only thing you'll need is a Doom 64 ROM from which to extract the data. There are even some PWADs/mods for this release. The site also has modding tools, so all you oldschool Doomers can go nuts.wad Link
200px DOOM 64 TC FPS Windows A nearly perfect port of the N64 game. Based on a modified Doomsday engine. Has new levels and a few new enemies recolors. You can also make your own levels with Doombuilder 1. Requires a copy of doom2.wad in order to play. If you don't have that wad then an n64 emulator and a rom will do fine. Link
200px Dragonsphere Adventure Windows Link
200px Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup Roguelike Windows Link
200px Dungeons of Fayte RPG / Sim / Co-op Windows You spend some of your time in the dungeon, killing monsters and getting gold, and the rest of your time in town training and building stats. You can play with up to 4 players on a single computer. Link
200px Dwarf Fortress Simulation / Neck Bearding Windows
You start with a few dwarves and try to build a fortress while avoiding savage animals, fighting goblin assaults, trading with elves, etc... The game is really a simulation, with lots and lots of parameters. For example, EVERY single living thing has a separate health counter for EVERY body part. Very hard to learn, check a tutorial on the Internet and use the wiki, as the game is nearly impenetrable otherwise. Original game has ASCII graphics, but mods can replace them with sprites. Also, the current version is somewhat faster and uses a better graphic renderer, so you should probably use that instead. Link
200px Earth Space Fleet Space Sim Windows Fly around in space ship, fight the enemy, and don't die. Fairly long campaign; also,>Year 2134 (Games homesite Link blocked by wiki spam filter)
200px Edmund Experimental Windows Link
200px Egress Adventure Windows Egress is a short form sci-fi adventure game set in the outer reaches of space. The story begins when you, the commander of a two man recon team, are sent hurtling into space during maintenance on an interplanetary probe. After a sudden attack from an alien black substance, you awake on a mysterious planet. Link
200px Elder Scrolls: Arena, The RPG DOS The first Elder Scrolls game, a huge, open ended RPG with a classic DnD ruleset and feel in first person. As long as you have the patience and are okay with older looking games, then it's so worth it. Especially at a measly 9 MB. You will need DOSbox to play this. Link
200px Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, The RPG DOS The second Elder Scrolls game. Like the first, enjoy a huge open ended world in a classic, first person RPG. Tons of fun. This one's memory useage disk space use is a lot steeper (at 148 MB), since the game's graphics and sound are much better, but it's totally worth it. You will need DOSbox to play this. Link
200px Elona Roguelike Windows Have you ever wanted to unleash a pandemic that makes you squirt Aliens out of your dick? Nuke a god damn town? How about killing elder gods with only a pair of fucking panties in your hand? Elona is unique among other rougelikes in the way it has a huge open world to explore, decent sprite-based graphics and is clowntits fucking insane in every conceivable way.

It’s a shame it’s not being updated anymore, but a brave soul is working on creating a Java port of the game.

200px Enviro-Bear 2000: Operation Hibernation Action / Driving Windows You're a bear, in a truck, get some salmon and kick some ass. Link
200px Epiar Space Adventure Windows Epiar is an open source, open-ended space action/trading game, currently in development. Link
200px Eric Ruth Games Developer / Varied Windows Quite a few worthwhile games here, some not-so-much, but the Dev is improving.Currently has (10) games. Link
200px Eternal Daughter Metroidvania Windows Excellent Metroidvania platformer from Blackeye Software, with graphics by Derek Yu, a great soundtrack, and a story that's more than just an intro and ending. The areas and boss battles get tough pretty quickly, mainly because it's hard to tell how long you're invincible for between hits.
200px Eternally Us Point-and-Click Adventure Windows Link
200px Eversion Platformer Windows A good old classic super cutesy platformer with a nightmarish twist. Link
200px Exception Shoot 'em Up / Cubes Windows CUBES! CUBES!! CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBES! A game were you shoot big cubes into smaller cubes. Using both keyboard and mouse is a bit tricky though. Game is mostly in Japanese but with enough English for you to play. Link
200px Every Extend Shoot 'em Up / Arcade / Experimental Windows No weapons. Self-destruct only. Final destination. From the people behind Rez. Also on PSP as Every Extend Extra and XBLA as Every Extend Extra Extreme. Link
200px Façade Interactive fiction / Adventure Windows An short interactive fiction in which you try to fix Trip and Grace's marriage. Just don't say melons. Link
200px Fetus Puzzle / Platformer Windows An atmospheric puzzle game. Its successor Sutef is also free. Link
200px Final Fantasy VII FC JRPG Windows Made from the same guys who made Rockman 7&8 Famicom, it's FF7 8-Bit! Basically FF7, but like the classic ones. Link
200px FiNCK (a.k.a. Fire Nuclear Crocodile Killer) Puzzle / Platformer Windows FiNCK is a fun puzzle-platformer inspired by Super Mario Bros. 2 and Lyle in Cube Sector. Gameplay is very similar to Lyle, but with less focus on action and power-ups and more focus on puzzles that involve picking up blocks, enemies, bombs, and keys with five worlds to explore and hidden coins to collect. The game and the level editor are free, but you'll have to pay $4 if you want to play user-created content. Link
200px Flywrench Action Windows Easily best-known for having its main character featured in Super Meat Boy, Flywrench is a terrific little action game that has you guiding some kind of stick/ship/wrench thing around an increasingly difficult obstacle course, flapping and changing colors to avoid certain death. The minimalistic, avant-garde music will either be awesome or ear-raping, depending on your tastes. Give it a try. Link
200px Forever Eden Space Adventure Windows Currently InDev, You can go around Mining asteroids, Upgrading your ship, blasting Hostiles, refueling, and docking on the one space station - Has a nice selection of ships though. Link
200px Forget-Me-Not Action / Maze Windows Forget-Me-Not is one of the best retro arcade tributes to come around in a long time. This is not just another lame title capitalizing on the "retro" fad. This is the real deal. Forget-Me-Not looks, plays, and sounds exactly like a coin-op arcade title straight from the 1980s. Gameplay feels like a mix of Pac-Man, Venture, and Galaga as you traverse mazes, collect flowers, shoot enemies, and collect keys to open doors to new mazes. A very fun and clever game, Forget-Me-Not is also available in a paid iOS version. Link
200px Fraxy Shoot 'em Up Windows An arena shooter for boss battles. There is plenty of user-made content for it. Link
200px Frogatto Platformer Windows
A gorgeous looking platformer with somewhat clunky controls. You control a frog whose main abilities are jump and tonguing. He can also swim. There's some hidden secrets to find and also bosses to battle. The story, like the graphics and music, is cute, if nonsensical. Link
200px Galactic Commandos Puzzle Flash A homage to The Lost Vikings series. you control 3 commandos separately and get them all to the goal while using each of their skills to navigate the stages. Short, but sweet, especially if you haven't played TLV in a while. Addendum: Though available on the dev's site, the link used allows alternate controls. Link
200px Garden Gnome Carnage Action / Christmas Windows, Flash Garden Gnome is sick of elfs stuffing his chimney with toys. He decided to put wheels under his house and to throw bricks at anyone trying to climb it. VERY addicting. Crikey! Link
200px Gang Garrison 2 Online Multiplayer / Run and Gun Windows, online Team Fortress 2 "demake" with side-scrolling 2D pseudo 8-bit graphics and music. It only lacks good lag-free servers (sometimes). Like TF2, you can make your own maps, though not as many game modes are available. Despite the title, there is no Gang Garrison 1. Link
200px Gemcraft: Chapter Zero Tower Defense Flash Defend your tower from waves of attacking monsters by creating and handling gems. Surprisingly in-depth and challenging for a Flash game. Not to mention addictive. Link
200px Ghost Hacker Tower Defense Flash A cyber-themed tower defense game. Defend yourself from internet baddies by running tower programs and upgrading them with abilities to protect your data cores. Link
200px GIGADEEP Platformer / Shooting Windows Reminiscent of Megaman X complete with Boss intro screens. Only in Japanese but the only buttons you need are X and Z for jump and shoot. Has a moderate difficulty that can be adjustable for each playthrough. &S=ftp&Title=g02876 Link
200px Golden Axe Myth Beat 'Em Up Windows Fan-made chapter to the Golden Axe Trilogy. Includes new designs you may or may not like, but deliciously improved gameplay, some kickass music tracks, and some other neat extras. Even though the new artstyle raises eyebrows, the spritework and animations are damn cool. Seeing some of those huge and detailed sprites in motion is simply decadent. Even though there's no netplay, up to 4 players can slice-n'-dice at a time, and you can even unlock new characters,, each with their own skills and magic! If you've been hankering for some classic arcade action with a modern twist, look no further. Get the free artbook and free OST from the site, too! Link
200px Grand Theft Auto 1 & 2 Action / Adventure Windows Classics, updated to work on modern pcs. Link
200px Gravity Bone Action / Adventure / FPS Windows Stylish spy quest, very short but very good. Link
200px Guardian of Paradise
Action-Adventure Windows A little known game that draws inspiration from Zelda and Beyond Oasis. You get different elemental spirits, each of which has multiple abilities. Change your active spirit by collecting different elemental coins. This is a simple system that is used very cleverly as you never gain more MP than you start with, and as a result several puzzles use this to make you think of the best solution. Gorgeous levels and design, and has pretty fun boss fights and music. Game
200px Gunbound Classic Artillery Game Windows Worms-like multiplayer action with cute graphics. Equip and upgrade your characters and rise up the ranks. Pretty addictive and perfect for LANs, in fact, playing with someone you know is advised because the community is facepalm fodder (HUA HUE HUA HUE HUA). Link
200px Gunroar Shoot 'em Up Windows Geometry Wars, vertical scrolling, and GUNBOATS. GODDAMN. Crazy action with ships exploding left and right. You can even play this with your MOUSE, which makes the game laughably easy. Made by Kenta Cho from ABA Games (the guy who made Tumiki Fighters and Torus Trooper). Link
200px Guxt Shoot 'em Up Windows Link
Guwange Dash Shoot 'em Up Windows Guwange-Ruga-Daioujou-XII-Kizuna-Down
Yeah, it's what would happen when every great shmup company in existence came together to make a stupidly fun mash-up. Nearly a dozen ships across many quality titles like DoDonPachi, Twin Cobra, R-Type, Ikaruga and many others (you can even play as Hibachi!). The game is in active development and adding tons of new ships with each version update. Check Google if the links are dead, as the developer wants English users to have a relevant, accessible release. Developer's page is in Japanese and English.

Dev's site has been nuked, I think due to a C&D from Taito or Namco. Likely not to be in development anymore.

200px Hacknet Visual Novel (?) Windows A terminal-based hacking game, following the story of a recently deceased hacker Bit, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. LAN Multiplayer allows you to go head to head hacking competitively, to compromise the other's computer first. Link
200px Halloween Harry Run and Gun Windows Halloween Harry is a Duke Nukem-esque sidescroller where you rescue the bitches in that picture from zombies and other shit. Your primary weapon is a flamethrower. You will need DOSbox to play. Also known as Alien Carnage. Link
200px Hero Core Action / Adventure / Shooter Windows Hero and Hero Core are about a jetpack man out on a mission to destroy Cruiser Tetron and his world domination plans. These games have a charming minimalistic style both in visuals using only black and white and in gameplay as you can only move and shoot left or right. Though both games have the same style and mechanics, only the sequel (Hero Core) is a full-fledged Metroidvania game as the first one lacks some traits like power-ups to get to new areas, a map, and the backtracking feel as it is more straightforward. Both have multiple difficulties which must be unlocked, secrets, and bonus content. 1st game
2nd game
200px Hikkikomori Quest RPG Windows Life as an average Pink board-goer (Probably /a/) Link
200px Hurrican Platformer / Run 'n' Gun Windows A Turrican homage. Go through hard as fuck stages filled with shitload of enemies and secrets and do some major shooting. There is everything that you loved about Turrican without those things that you hated. Link
200px Hydorah Shoot 'em Up Windows High quality shooting game that's a melting pot of Gradius goodness. Tons of levels to conquer with each mission bestowing a new special weapon. This game is HARD but extremely rewarding, as there's dozens of secrets hidden off the beaten path for you to uncover. Gorgeous 16-bit graphics, a rocking soundtrack and charming Spanish voice actors(!) that blend for some impressive action. Easily better than most commercial shmups of its time. Link
200px Hydra Castle Labyrinth Action-adventure Windows Guardian of Paradise creator, Buster, decided to take on a Metroidvania in the vein of classics like Knightmare II and the original Metroid. It's done in his crew's well-known style, but the gameplay may be unfamiliar to those new to old styled games. Outside of boss fights, the game is fairly non-linear. You can find a shitload of gear before you even take on the first boss. However, it can be difficult because of this, and quite easy to get lost. If you're patient and can get the hang of it, you'll find an enjoyable game here. Game
200px Hyper Princess Pitch Run and Gun Windows Princess Pitch never recieves any cristmas presents. Then why would anyone do? Play as the daugther of Goddess of Explosions as you tear through Mecha Santa's factory in this fast-paced arcade action game. Includes multiple difficulty levels, four type of shots, power-ups, suplex attack and unlockable protips. Link
200px I Wanna Be the Guy Platformer Windows APPLES DO NOT FALL UP! EXTREMELY difficult, but interesting platformer. Lots of bizarre game references and other wackiness, but seriously, expect to die roughly 7 trillion times if you plan on actually seeing more than the first 10 or so screens of it. Also, playing on Normal makes you a wuss, as the game will constantly remind you. Link
200px Ib Horror, Adventure, Mindfuck Windows You play as a young girl named Ib who takes an adventure through a demented art gallery. The game has a grim atmosphere and a heavy focus on psychological horror (with a few jump scares to thrown in). There are multiple endings as well to add interest. Link
200px Iconoclasts, The Platformer / Metroidvania Windows Made by Konjak, the guy behind the Noitu Love games, and directly inspired by his love of the 2D Metroids. Absolutely beautiful pixel art, solid gameplay, Konjak definitely knows what he's doing. Not actually complete as of now, but a playable alpha was released when he was considering stopping work on it. &file=30 Link
200px Icy Tower Platformer / Action Windows One of the most popular freeware games ever made with over 20 million downloads to date, Icy Tower was launched in 2001 and has been consistently updated ever since. The game has players guiding a silly urban caricature called "Harold the Homeboy" up an - you guessed it - icy tower. The screen scrolls upwards and falling off one of the slippery platforms will result in instant death. The faster you run, the higher you jump. Icy Tower is not a game filled with strategy or depth, but it's an amusing enough diversion for score-chasing arcade gamers, and its sheer popularity alone is a testament to how many people seem to enjoy it. The game is also available on Facebook and iOS, although the iOS version is not free. NOTE: The game suffered a dramatic change in the art and music style between v1.2 and v1.5. Those who like one might not be into the other. 1.2 can still be found on the internetz, but compatibility issues with current hardware and software may arise. Link
200px Igneous Action / Platformer Windows You're a tiki rock... thing rolling through collapsing, lava filled temples sanic fast, (Is actually reminiscent of 3D Sonics) jumping over pits and dodging falling rocks. Very short, but pretty good. Made by Going Down In Flames, a student team at Digipen IT. high requirements mean it's not for everyone. Link
200px Iji Platformer / Run and Gun Windows You control one of the two survivors of an alien attack. The scenario seems bland and generic at first, but it has a few likable characters and starts getting original after another alien race appears. It has some of the best music in freeware games, the final boss theme deserves to be on everyone's playlist. Gameplay is based partially on System Shock and consists of going through levels with various weapons, upgrading your abilities, and either killing or stealthily avoiding enemies depending on player preference. Alternate dialogue/bosses and a few secrets makes replaying this gem worth while. Link
200px Ikachan Metroidvania / RPG Windows Daisuke Amaya/Pixel's first masterpiece (the guy behind Cave Story). This game, Ikachan, is the original title that the gameplay engine used in Cave Story was developed for, and it shows. Instead of running around, you're swimming around however as you play the squid Ikachan in this amazingly charming title that mixes in elements of Metroidvania platformers (without actually platforming seeing as how you swim) and RPGs. While there's hardly any story to speak of, Ikachan is a must-play for any Cave Story fans. Link
200px I'm O.K.: A Murder Simulator Run and Gun / Beat 'em Up Windows I'm Ok: A Murder Simulator is a hilarious Run 'N Gun with several extra gameplay modes. It's basically a big throwback to gaming's history, and was made in response to Wacko Jacko's game idea A Modest Proposal. Kill children! Burn lawyers! Destroy the vidya, Metal Slug style! Unfortunately, not much replay value once you conquer it. Made by a team that included the guy who made Spelunky. Link
200px Infiniminer Sandbox Windows Link
200px Irisu Syndrome Puzzle, Mindfuck, Horror Windows A freeware puzzle game that plays like an inverse Tetris and tells a story after every play.

Unfortunately, nothing can be said about the game or it will ruin the experience. A couple of tips though: Keep your game folder open and check it every time you lose and reach 40k points for a surprise.

200px Iter Vehemens ad Necem (a.k.a. IVAN) Roguelike Windows Link
200px Jumper Platformer Windows The original Jumper game, programmed by Matt Thorson when he was only 16(!), is a brutally difficult platformer that, despite what some may say, did not actually inspire Meat Boy. It does, however, have many striking similarities, and fans of Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy should definitely check it out. The original Jumper features double jumps, but not wall-jumps or high jumps. The wall-jumps are not missed, however, since they were very frustrating to pull off with a keyboard in Jumper Two. An enhanced remake of Jumper, titled Jumper: Redux, can also be downloaded free of charge from Matt Thorson's site. Link
200px Jumper Two Platformer Windows Super Meat Boy if it was more challenging, free, and made six years ago. This game is pretty much better than SMB in every way, and it's a shame it got left in the shadow of SMB's success. The original Jumper and Jumper Three are also fun, but not as good. Link
200px Jumper Three Platformer Windows Link
200px Karoshi Puzzle / Platformer Windows The Karoshi series includes 6 games, with the first 5 being freeware and the 6th being a paid app for iOS, PSP, and Android. Each game has you controlling a Japanese salaryman who must solve elaborate and complex puzzles in order to kill himself. Yes, that's right. The goal is to die, and you have to do everything you possibly can to make yourself die. If you can get past the crude graphics in the earlier games, you will find a series of clever, mind-bending, and immensely satisfying puzzle platformers tinged with ample helpings of pitch-black humor and plenty of highly challenging puzzles. Link
200px Katawa Shoujo Visual novel Windows
4chan's crippled girl porn game! Wait, it's not what it seems. But yes, this is an adult game by a team assembled on /v/, based upon this concept by a Japanese doujin artist. It's about a young man who, after nearly dying and getting diagnosed with cardiac dysrhythmia, is sent to the only place where he can get the constant medical attention he needs: a boarding school for the physically disabled. There, he meets five charming teenage girls, each with a different condition. Now, if you thought "I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going", you're wrong. This game is far more romantic than erotic. The sex scenes are few and tame. It's not about scoring with crippled girls, but learning to look past their disabilities to find they are simply people, burdened with hopes and fears like everyone else. It's poignant, thought-provoking, and respectful. Play for the feels. Link
200px Kawaharaumise Puzzle / Physics Flash A game inspired by the physics of the Umihara Kawase series. Unlike that series, your character in this game is a ragdoll derp and can only move by being flung around. Much like the series though, you'll have to think carefully to safely get to exits, even more so the alternate ones. Although it's a bit short, you'll definitely be challenged in aiming for a high score! Link
200px King's Quest III : To Heir is Human Redux Point and Click Adventure Windows This is a recreation of the original 1986 game. Good quality voice acting and music. It is also difficult, but still fun. Link
King Arthur's Gold King Arthur's Gold Sidescrolling Fort Builder War Game Windows
Currently in Silent Beta for premiums only. Classic still free to play.

From the makers of Soldat, this is a game with 3 classes, knights,archers and builders. Builders can make forts and traps while the other 2 duke it out. Builder is not recommended for beginners or minecrafters. 

200px Knytt Platformer Windows From the creator of fun indie games like NightSky and Within a Deep Forest, Knytt is a very fun, very relaxing platformer that has you running, climbing, and jumping to collect items needed to rebuild your UFO that crash-landed on a strange planet. Unlike Knytt Stories below, the original Knytt has very little actual challenge and can be easily completed in a short amount of time. That doesn't make it any less enjoyable, however. If you like platformers, you owe it to yourself to give Knytt' a try. Link
200px Knytt Stories Platformer Windows A really cute platformer. Simple (but great) graphics, great atmosphere, and level-making utilities with an active community so your game will never get stale, which is really the selling point, because top-notch community made shit gets added to the homepage (so basically like 2D LittleBigPlanet except you don't have to wade through the crap). Made by Nifflas (who is currently part of Nicalis) who made the original Knytt as well as Within A Deep Forest.There's also a DS port of this. Link
200px La Mulana Platformer / Metroidvania Windows A game meant to induce memories of the old MSX2 Konami adventure games, La Mulana is one of the best. Deep challenge, free-roaming, intricate puzzles, and even quirks like using an MSX in game, La Mulana is just great. Hard, but great. Remastered on Wiiware. Link
200px Lcd Dem Adventure, Mindfuck Windows Can't get enough Yume Nikki? You definitely aren't alone. There are countless fangames inspired by Kikiyama's legendary freeware classic; we obviously can't list all of them here, but LcdDem stands out as one of the finest. As a little girl named Chie, you must navigate serene, surreal, and maze-like dreams in order to collect Orbs (Effects are optional this time, but you'll need some of them to find certain Orbs) in order to reach the heart-rendingly sad ending. LcdDem also boasts some of the finest music of any Yume Nikki fangame. Link
200px Legend Cave Platformer / Metroidvania Windows A Metroidvania reminiscent of old Falcom and Metroid-type games. Each class starts with different equipment, but mostly play the same. There's hint tablets, but the devteam seems to have died before they finished translating it (it's playable without reading though). Auto-pauses when you're away. Find gold for shops, use keys, and generally explore dat dungeon. Controls: Save your game on blue diamonds. Up jumps, down saves and enters shops, space attacks, Z uses an item, X throws an item, ctrl at the same time as up and/or down selects items, Esc is exit. Main Menu: Start game, Load game, Highscores, Options, Exit game. Link
200px Legend of Princess Action / Platformer Windows So short that it will literally will take you less than half an hour to beat it. Regardless, it's a very fun, yet short game parodying the Legend of Zelda game. Use various weapons at your disposal as you fight your way through enemies and epic parody bosses and solve puzzles as well in a nice 2D platformer. Uses a similar fast-paced engine and graphic style of Noitu Love 2, but keyboard based. Link
200px Legerdemain Roguelike Windows A roguelike that's more like an RPG due to its story, and the ability to save. Link
200px Legionwood: Tale of the Two Swords RPG Windows Link
200px LemmingBall Z Fighter Windows A fighting game for Windows and Linux, loosely based on DragonBallZ, but with Lemmings-style characters. Link
200px Liero 2D Arena Shooter Windows
Liero is basically Worms on steroids. It was spat out of a Finnish guy's sauna in the '90s and kept the European indie scene on life support for almost a decade. It has destructable environments (kind of), 2-player support and 40 unique weapons, with adjustable firing rates and a lot of other gameplay-tweaks.

Protip: picking the missile launcher makes your friends eligible to physically break your arms.

200px Linley's Dungeon Crawl Roguelike Windows Link
200px Little Fighter 2 Fighting / Beat Em' Up Windows Choose your little fighter and unleash hell upon your foes in this awesome brawler. Play against up to 7 friends or AIs at the same damn time and watch as your friendships get torn to shreds because fuck you for picking Rudolph, you cheating bastard. Get out of my house. Link
200px Lyle in Cube Sector Platformer Windows A fun and clever Metroidvania-style platformer that involves picking up cubes, throwing them at enemies, and using them to get to higher areas in order to save your stolen cat. As you collect new power-ups, you will be able to access new areas. With countless rooms to explore and tons of secrets to discover, Lyle in Cube Sector is a true platforming treat. Link
200px M.A.D. Shooter / Defend Your Base Flash Postpone a city's destruction by shooting by intercepting incoming missiles. Great music, surprisingly addicting. Basically, an update of that old arcade game, Missile Command. Link
200px M.U.G.E.N Fighting / Mega Mod Windows Make your own fighter that's very customizable from which characters you put in to the stages and music. Fight Santa as Ronald McDonald in Emerald Hill Zone! Beware of the M.U.G.E.N. community. Most creators feel like they are gods gift to earth for taking a companies sprites and slapping them on to kung fu man (a basic original character) template. Play the game, stay far away form the people, learn to love "warehouses". Game
200px Maldita Castilla Platformer Windows An epic spiritual sequel to Capcom's classic arcade Ghost'n Goblins. Link
200px Mana Chronicles Puzzle / Defense Flash A curious title that involves solving match-3 puzzles in a lower screen half to power up your mana, which lets you summon critters to fight the enemy summoner and enemy monsters in the upper half. Might appeal to fans of these genres. Nothing to do with Seiken Densetsu/World of Mana or that iPhone game. Link
200px Maze of Galious, The Platformer / Metroidvania Windows
A remake of the best Metroidvania you've never heard of, which is also the cornerstone that the entire genre was built upon. Unlike later games, this one does NOT mess around. You have to find out everything by yourself in a huge game filled with areas and enemies ready to EASILY kill you. Protip: If you play the original on an MSX (or MSX emulator) you can take advantage of 2nd slot rom carts, which add power-ups from the get-go. Had a NES version which is notably different in several areas. Link
200px Meat Boy Platformer Windows
The original game that would later become Super Meat Boy, the first Meat Boy is nearly as impressive as its big brother; a challenging, fun, and highly addictive slice of platforming joy with a truly inventive and clever wall-jumping mechanic that must be taken full advantage of if you ever want to save your precious Bandage Girl. Available as a Flash game on Newgrounds (along with another game made of fan-created levels) and as a download, Meat Boy, like its highly-acclaimed sequel, is a terrific piece of pure platforming heaven. Link
200px Megaman: 8-bit Deathmatch FPS Windows
Megaman-themed mod for Doom 2, powered by Skulltag. Includes a tournament-style single player mode and 70+ multiplayer maps, each based on a stage from the NES Megaman games, and features player skins for nearly every character from the NES and Game-Boy Megaman games, including the Robot Masters. Technically it's just a *.wad file for Doom2, but Doom2 without the *.wad files is free! Also has a fairly active /v/ community. Link
200px Mekuri Master Rhythm? / Skirt Flipping Simulator Flash Play as Jotaro Kujo some punk kid and ORA ORA ORA flip open women's skirts without fail or else you will get detention for lewd behavior. Link
200px Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa Tactical Espionage Action Windows A very good parody of the Metal Gear Solid series while also mixing the traditional NES Metal Gear and MGS gameplay. Most of the jokes are only understandable to MGS fans so please, play the original before playing this. Link
200px Merry Gear Solid 2: Ghosts of Christmas Past Tactical Espionage Action Windows A sequel to the first except it vastly improved the gameplay and the length of the game (although most of it is due to backtracking for obtain certain items). Still enjoyable. (about 10x bigger) Link
200px Microsoft Tinker (or just Tinker) Puzzle Windows This free Microsoft game has you controlling a tiny, cutesy robot who has to navigate his way across a checkerboard to a finishing space using switches, levers, bombs, lasers, and various other assorted items, with some of them being more complex than others. Beware: you have a limited number of moves, and some levels have bonus items that can be collected if you want a star for completing the level in the least amount of moves, in the least amount of time, and (in some levels) collecting the bonus item (which, of course, requires extra work to get). A very challenging puzzle game; the only problem is the camera, which doesn't always show you the entire playing field, but can be adjusted to different views. The Games for Windows Live version will also net you Achievements and Gamerscore, if you're into that. Link
200px Middens RPG Windows Link
200px Mightier Action / Puzzle Steam Link
200px Mighty Jill Off Platformer Windows This clever platformer has you playing as a chubby lesbian in a gimp suit who must climb back up a dangerous tower after her dominatrix queen kicks her down. This game answers the question: why do video game characters voluntary go through so much pain? The answer: because they're masochists who enjoy it. Mighty Jill Off is a very fun tribute to Mighty Bomb Jack, where everything is trying to kill you and you must make good use of your ability to stop jumps in mid-air. If you beat the game in 12 minutes or less (good luck!), you can unlock hard mode. Alternately, you can also unlock hard mode by donating a dollar to the game's creator.Link
200px Minecraft Classic Sandbox / "Better than Legos" Java Build your own world from the inside using various blocks, water and lava. Watch a few hours' work get ruined in minutes seconds. Doesn't require "autism", but does require work.

Note: Free version is limited to Classic only.  xWOM is recommended for easier movement and flight. 

200px Mission in Snowdriftland Platformer / Puzzle Flash "YO DAWG, WE HEARD YOU LIKE ICE LEVELS" the game. Now, while it sounds bad in practice, the nice Super Mario World-esque physics, fair difficulty curve, and solid level design actually make it work well! Each of the 24 stages is unlocked for each day of December until Christmas. Beating one unlocks a small present from an independent developer (usually a wallpaper or icons). While you don't need to get all 576 snowflakes, getting them is a challenge, and will unlock a bonus download once you've done so. Link Apparently the creators decided you should never be allowed to play this game again.
200px Momodora (Series) Platformer Windows A series of 2d platformers inspired by Cave Story. The first is linear and the second is a metroidvania. Link
200px Moonbase Alpha Simulation Steam Link
200px N Platformer / Puzzle Flash with Windows wrapper You're a gold-dependent ninja in search of transcendence. To prove yourself, you'll just need to pass 500 trap-filled levels requiring inhuman dexterity. Expect to throw your keyboard out of the window OVER 9000 times before completing all of them. Oh, and a thousand times more with the countless hardcore levels created by its fans. Also on DS, PSP and XBLA as N+ and slightly remixed. Game
200px Naev Space Privateer Windows Top-down space shooter, you do the basic space sim routine of mining, exploring, shooting, etc. The 'Ndata' can be tricky, if the installer doesn't get it for you, DL it manually from the downlods section. Link
200px Nanaca Crash Action / Taichi tossing Flash A fun SFW flash game based on an adult visual novel Cross Channel. You hit a character into the air and see how far away he lands. He can fall on several different characters who can change his angle, speed, or end the game. Addicting and amusing. Game, tutorial
200px Narbacular Drop Puzzle / FPS Windows This game was developed by college students, who got noticed by Valve and were snatched up to make a more refined version for their HalfLife2 engine. This is the spiritual and actual predecessor to Portal. Very different from what it became but still pretty good, with some extra fan-made levels to boot! Link
200px Neftelia Mindfuck / Adventure Windows An adventure/mindfuck game that has somewhat the same atmosphere as Yume Nikki. Notoriously difficult to get running, however. Game
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200px Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! Adventure Windows Link
200px NeonPlat Platformer Windows Link
200px Nethack Roguelike Windows
Imagine Dungeons and Dragons in a very difficult, video game form. Death is permanent, the dungeon is always randomly generated, and you aren't going to win for a very long time. This is the game that basically made the roguelike genre. (No, that was Rogue, stupid). (Rogue is Rogue, not a Roguelike you idiot). You can check out the game's wiki Here. The download also comes with a graphical interface in case you you don't like ASCII graphics. You can also telnet to to play online (no multiplayer though). Link
200px Nexuiz FPS Windows
An open-source Quake-like FPS with lots of editing tools and a pretty great community. Very fast paced. Try not to blink. Link
200px Ninja Senki Platformer / Shooting Windows Megaman 1 style game without the stage selection. Game features some tricky platforming, enemies that will knock you off the stage, and enemy ninjas. Link
200px Nikujin Platformer Windows As a cartoony naked ninja, invade a castle with your mad stealth skills. The game is very hard and levels often become unwinnable if you mess up, but it has infinite lives, is quite addictive and perfect for speedrunning. Link
200px Nitronic Rush Racing / Stunt Windows NITRONIC RUUUUUUSH. Crazy stunt racing game based on San Franciso Rush 2049. Made by Team Nitronic, a student team at DigiPen IT. It's sort of like hotwheel tracks (plus Tron); levels are more like obstacle courses than race courses. Jumping over stuff, stuff falling on you, crazy loop de loops, jumping up doing a flip and landing on the track above you. These are just some of the ways that you will die. Oh yeah, you can boost, and jump, and do flips, and even fly sometimes. And if you aren't boosting 99% of the time, YOU'RE TOO SLOW! Link
200px Noitu Love Beat 'em Up / Platformer Windows It's a simple beat 'em up platformer. Has some neat action, big boss battles, a neat storyline to it about ALIENS and you get to turn yourself into a variety of forms in order to get past certain obstacles. Don't play anything less than hard unless you want to be shafted out of the true ending. A very improved sequel was made. Link
200px Noitu Love 2: Deevolution (Demo) Beat 'em Up / Platformer Windows FAR SUPERIOR to the first game as it is fully animated, the boss battles are more kickass, COMBOS, and fast paced action. You play as a new character (the game takes place some time after the first), but the plot is the same, kill all the aliens. Has some neat side scrolling experiences and a recommended game to anyone. You even unlock new characters after you beat it the first time. One of the few "freemium" entries on this page, since it actually costs money to get the game now, but was originally free for a very brief while. Planned to be ported to WiiWare, but still hasn't happened and probably won't. &file=10 Link
200px Nomltest FS Shoot 'em Up Windows Space Invaders with pissed off aliens. Refined shooter with rudimentary curtain patterns that become increasingly more manic as your level rises. The box surrounding your ship "eats" bullets if they stay in it for a short duration, encouraging players to risk nomming grazing bullets for a higher score. Link
200px Notrium Survival / Strategy Windows Link
200px NullpoMino Puzzle (Tetris and others) Windows
A Tetris game engine, designed as a successor to the playable-but-totally-disorganized mess of code that was Heboris Unofficial Expansion. In a similar way to Tepples' Lockjaw, you can customize damn near everything in the game, from the mechanics to the visuals to the soundtrack. The gameplay stuff is divided into modes (modes of play, and the goals of each one) and rules (systems that determine your controls, and the behavior of the pieces as you move and rotate them). In addition to rules and modes based on just about every commercial Tetris game and many unofficial ones, you can play adaptations of Dr. Mario, Puyo Puyo and Super Puzzle Fighter. There's even netplay, though the level of player activity seems sporadic.
200px Obake Platformer Windows You know Kirby, right? This one is basically the same game, but you play as a ghost that can possess any enemy and use their abilities. Well, as long as they don't take too much damage and die, that's it. But you can possess another one, so who cares? (Fun Fact: This concept was first used in an old game called Avenging Spirit.) It is in Japanese, but I don't think that the story is something that you should care about when playing this game. Just reach the end of the stage, and if you really are a completionist, discover all the secret passages accessible by using certain enemies' abilities. Link
200px Octodad Adventure Windows Octodad is a highly ambitious freeware game by a team of students from DePaul University. To quote the official site, Octodad is a third-person adventure game about destruction, deception and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about a day of his life. His existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodian nature a secret from his human family.Octodad will return in 2013, when he must deal with his increasing suspicions of his wife and his own watery past during a trip to the local aquarium in Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Link
200px Off RPG Windows A fantastic French RPG game, similar to Yume Nikki in some aspects. Very revered in the French RPG Maker community, and finally got translated in 2011. Godly atmosphere, mostly created by the ethereal visuals and a fantastic soundtrack. Link
200px OpenTyrian Shoot 'em Up Windows
OpenTyrian is a port of the DOS shoot 'em up Tyrian.

Download both files, extract same directory. Run OpenTyrianWindows First download OpenTyrian-W32-Latest, then unzip to the same directory, and run 'OpenTyrianWindows'

200px Osu! Rhythm Windows
A fanmade port of Elite Beat Agents/Ouendan. Surprisingly well made, with integrated IRC, multiplayer modes, rankings, built in beatmap editor, and easy to use interface. All songs come from other users, so there's an extremely large amount of video game and anime music. Includes Taiko Drum and Catch the Beat modes. Also available on the iphone/itouch, though it requires jailbreaking. The only downside is that the servers often cockblock your attempts to download more than a few songs at a time, so grab a beatpack instead. The game is free, but you need to sign up before you can start playing. Link
200px Pac-Man Google Nostalgia .html To celebrate Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, Google put 256 levels of successive Pac-Man difficulty in their logo just for you high-score hunters. In a unique twist, you don't have to get your Billy Mitchell on alone, press "insert coin" twice and a second player can play as Ms. Pac-Man using the WASD keys (P1 uses arrows). Update: Apparently Google's huge storm of influxed traffic let them put the game up for free, on its own little page no less! Link
200px Palette RPG Windows Link
200px Pandemic 2 Pathogen Simulator Flash Obligatory mention as this game was a /v/ meme at one point. Play as a virus, bacteria or parasite in an attempt to obliterate humanity off the face of the Earth. Add and remove ("sell" here doesn't mean what you think it means) traits in order to stealthily infect the unsuspecting populace. Beware of Madagascar as they are very paranoid. Link
200px Passage Experimental Windows Link
200px Patriot Dark Shoot 'em Up Windows An amalgamate of refined gameplay elements, Patriot Dark has all of the trappings of a Cave-branded arcade shmup. There's strong emphasis on chaining (DoDonPachi) and "gaining" (Espgaluda) through use of your laser. The music really sucks ass, but you shouldn't miss out on this awesome game, so try using this alternative shit instead. Link
200px Pax Britannica RTS Windows A quick, short game where you man an Underwater Factory and fight other underwater factories in quick matches. A one-button, has Hotseat multiplayer. Link
200px Photopia Text adventure Windows Arguably one of the most introspective, haunting interactive fiction games ever created. The story revolves around the life and development of a precocious twelve-year-old girl. However, you never play as her. Instead, you play as several different characters who care for her in different ways.

Along with these perspective shifts, you're also playing through vivid, dreamlike fantasy sequences. There's a common, but subtle underlying theme that is made clear as the game progresses, and one of the last scenes is open to interpretation.

200px Poacher Platformer / Metroidvania Windows A Metroidvania game made by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw where you play as a Yorkshire poacher that gets sucked in to a centuries-old war between two ancient underground civilizations. Good gameplay and story, with three endings to be had. Link
200px Power, The Platformer / Metroidvania Windows A simple Metroidvania that manages to be pretty fun. Everything looks like it is made out of neon lights. A bit hard at the beginning, but with a little exploration, you should find the difficulty to even out. Controls are a bit stiff but stick with it and you have a neat little game. Link
200px Psycho Waluigi Platformer Windows A Waluigi fangame that is actually quite entertaining. Waluigi is knocked uncoscious and gets sent to the world of Unconcia, where he partners with a strange being called Psycho Iris, who gives him telechinesis to help him take over the 6 kingdoms of Unconcia. Use your telechinesis to grab enemies and toss them against one another or, if the enemies have special abilities, use those against their friends. Become the ruler of Unconcia, WAHAHA. Link
200px Purple Platformer Windows Link
200px Quake Live FPS online Basically Quake 3 in a browser. Link
200px RADIO ZONDE Shoot 'em Up Windows Thought Touhou was hard? Good luck with this shit. This game defines challenge and complexity, mostly due to being unintuitively intricate. In general most ships have infinite lives where deaths and "pains" are merely strikes against your end score. Advanced techniques and endurance are essential for a good end score turnout. The game is still a WIP, but it's playable in its current form. Link
200px Realm of the Mad God RPG / multiplayer shooter Flash
A Flash-embedded pseudo 8-bit MMORPG that's plays like a cross between Gauntlet and a roguelike. Based around working with others, making it somewhat difficult to conquer foes alone. Features different classes and dungeons to explore, and a huge ass world map with tons of bosses and monster swarms. Constantly updated to make things better and easier and/or harder. Game
200px Rokko Chan Platformer Flash A Megaman Classic+X homage with a Dash and Dash Jump, but no charge shot, sliding, or wall-kick (at first? Needs verification.) Get new weapons from bosses to use in stages and/or against other bosses. Actually looks, sounds, and plays quite like a new entry, even if nothing new is added outside of the dash factor. Even has a Japanese and English version in the same game. Stages are well designed and mix and homage elements from multiple games from the series, often within each other or in unexpected areas. Although check points are a bit scarce, the challenge is fair and fun. Link
200px Rescue the Beagles Platformer Windows This is a platform game where the goal is to rescue beagles from being sent to an animal testing facility. It uses procedural generation for levels, so you never get the same one twice. You have ropes to climb up high levels and parachutes for jumping down. Your weapons? Owls. OWLS! You get to throw them at enemies. This game rocks. It's fun underrated indie title and this editor is not a fan of most indie platformers. Link
200px Rogue Roguelike Windows
The one, the only, the original: Rogue is the 1980 game that would inspire countless imitators known as "Roguelikes". A hard-as-nails dungeon-crawler using ASCII graphics, permanent death, and complex keyboard commands, Rogue is as hardcore as it gets. Originally popular on college Unix systems in the 1980s, Rogue is one of the most influential - and one of the most difficult - games ever made. If you somehow manage to beat it (spoiler: you won't), consider yourself a god among men. Link
200px Rogue Survivor Roguelike / Zombies! Windows As the name suggest, Rogue Survivor is a roguelike game where you have to survive in a huge town after a zombie apocalypse. Completed with simple graphic and some musics that makes the atmosphere, it's actually pretty good and can be really enjoyable. If the idea of a realistic rpg turn-based zombie apocalypse game sounds interesting to you, check it out. Link
200px Rockman 7 FC Platformer Windows Some people wondered: "What if Mega Man 7 was 8-bit like the first 6?" So they decided to make it! Sadly, it lacks the shop and intro stage from the original release. However, pretty much everything else is present. There's even some handy features like slow down (F2) you can use if your goal is just to beat it. Link
200px Rockman 8 FC Platformer Windows Basically Mega Man 8 but 8-Bit! A pretty good reimagining with a great 8-bit rendition of the original soundtrack as well as good gameplay all-around. Link
200px Rockman & Forte FC Platformer? Windows? Only a spriting project for now, but since this is coming from the team behind RM7FC, RM8FC and FF7FC, we can expect this to work out. More info and updates can be found here, but the only linked mirror (Loda) has shut down a while ago, and no other mirrors could be found.
200px RPG Shooter: Starwish Shoot 'em Up / RPG Flash The dude behind this Flash game (xdanond) is obviously an enthusiast in visual novels and probably Sigma Star Saga, and it shows: on one hand, there is a surprisingly well-written Firefly-style story for a Flash game. On the other hand, he sucessfully mixed RPG elements into shmup mechanics (character leveling, ship upgrades, weapon shopping) without breaking the game. His friend, auriplane, also turns in a fantastic score.

The game is long, and you'll be using save feature a lot. It's a fucking shame this is a Flash game.

200px rRootage Shoot 'em Up Windows rRootage, like Warning Forever, is essentially an endless boss rush shoot-em-up. It features 4 different game styles that spice up gameplay, as well as having a fuckton of stages; all you do is pick a game style, and then a stage, and then you play until you die. One of the game modes is basically Ikaruga! A must-play for shmup fans. Link
200px RunMan: Race Around the World Platformer Windows Totally awesome speed-based platformer. RunMan is the fastest man in the world, and he's going to race around it. Pretty self-explanatory. Has colorful graphics drawn in MS Paint. You will smile nonstop! Link
200px Sainth Adventure / Platformer / Horror Windows Link
200px Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die! Adventure / Point 'N Click Steam The fourth episode of Sam & Max Season 1 is free to download. It is of course a good old adventure game with a simple point & click interface and lots of humour. Features about 4 hours of gameplay. Why the fourth one? Who knows, maybe it's because a certain event in it has a rather large impact on the rest of the series and gets referenced frequently, so people who only bought seasons 2 or 3 would know what's going on. In any case you don't really need prior knowledge about Sam & Max to play this one. Link
200px Samorost Adventure / Puzzle Flash Link
200px Seiklus Platformer Windows An exploration platformer. Link
200px Self Destruct Shoot 'em Up Windows Ten minutes. That's it. Self Destruct is a game that only let's you play for ten minutes, then you self destruct. In that ten minutes, you have a fast-paced, over the top shoot 'em up, in which your goal is to rack up as many points as humanly possible. Very addicting. Includes an online score keeper and a leaderboard! Made by the guy behind Don't Look Back. Link
200px Hadow of Power Action RPG Windows You're a hearty little guy named holdger and shit just hit the fan. Time to explore a vast world with tons of unique items to collect and Lots of wacky NPCs to meet as you make your way to the castle of the big baddie. Overall, the game is a slightly humorous, darker parody of Zelda. System requirements for this game is so low you can run it on your spider infested/webbed windows 98 dell. The art itself is quite charming though. Link
200px Shoot First Action / Roguelike Windows Link
200px Simutrans Transport Simulation Windows A cool transport simulation where you connect chains of industries and cities using different transport options. Uses community graphics packs (or "paks"), meaning customisable graphics and there are quite a few to choose from. Link
200px Sixty-Five Million and One B.C Platform / Adventure Windows Sixty Five Million And One BC is a platform adventure about a bunch of velociraptorstrying to save the world from a comet. Link
200px SkiFree Action Windows If you don't know this then you don't know shit. Link
200px RPG / Minigames Flash Fairune- A short action adventure styled after Ys. Has items and hidden passages to find.Tower Climber- An action game that revolves around timed jumps to get jewels to save a princess.Mamono Slayer- Another short Act-Adv, based off Dragon Slayer, has weird "logic" puzzles.Synopsis Quest- A collection of 25 gag games. Use your RPG know-how to find the real ending!Skipmore- Moonland home of these and other fun mini-games, RPG and otherwise
200px Slouching Towards Bedlam Text adventure Z-Machine In a dystopian Victorian Steampunk setting, in an alternate timeline, you play as the new head of the local insane asylum. When the game starts out, you're listening to a recording by your predecessor, who rambles about why he committed suicide.

This sparks a chain of events that lead you to explore the asylum and the surrounding city and discover the big secret behind everything, at which point you are absolutely, completely free to choose how to respond, with almost no prompting whatsoever aside from the in-game hints system. The writing is heavily atmospheric. This award-winning work of interactive fiction features five different endings and highly advanced NPCs.

200px Small Worlds Plaformer / Adventure Flash An interesting little flash game where you play as a single man exploring a eerie abandoned facility, in which you find teleporters that take you to different small worlds (hurr durr) you must explore. Very short, only about 20 minutes in fact. Link
200px Soldat Sidescrolling Multiplayer Shooter Windows Made by some funky polish guy ages ago and updated with new versions ever since. Has pretty much everything from chainsaws to miniguns to jetpack shoes, multiple modes including TDM and CTF, and 64 maps out of the box. Small but active community with tons of maps and quite a few good mods. Bots for singleplayer. Mostly eastern european servers for multiplayer. Small and lightweight, runs on pretty much any PC from the last decade. Brilliant fun in local multiplayer. Link
200px Sonic Robo Blast 2 3D platformer Windows Basically the Sonic game a lot of people dreamed of. 2D style sonic but in 3D and as fast as expected. Made by a bunch of indie heads instead of Sega, it has a lot of customizational stuff available via the Doom WAD builder. The message board has a bunch of people who make characters/levels on a basis autism.

The first Robo Blast, being one of the oldest Sonic fangames ever, is primitive and silly-looking, but also fun and full of secrets, so check it out too if you want.

200px Space Exploration: SerpensSector RPG / Space Adventure Windows Procedurally Generated, and Reminicent of Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, You are tasked with exploring and Charting a long abandoned region of space. Game is currently in DevHell. Link
200px Space Funeral Adventure/RPG Windows Space Funeral is a short psychedelic RPG filled with bizarre characters, surreal settings, and Lynchian dialogue. You play a man named Phillip who must travel to the Blood Cavern with Leg Horse in order to make the world right again. The game is also noted for its terrific music. Link
200px Spelunky Platformer / Roguelike Windows The game's creator was trying to create a platformer, inspired by Spelunker for NES, that invoked feelings of a roguelike. The result is a platformer where levels are randomly generated, and deaths make you start all over again. Surprisingly, the unforgivable deaths actually work pretty well and are pretty fair: 95% of the deaths are your fault. You find yourself avoiding the mistakes you previously made and going further and further. And since levels are random, you re-discover a new level every death. Link
200px Spider and Web Text adventure Z-Machine You're a highly trained spy with a wide variety of high-tech gadgetry, and you've been taken captive by your enemies and are being forced against your will to re-live the last hour of your intrusion into their secret compound.

This game has quite a few traditional puzzles, but most of them focus entirely on perspective, on the relationship between the player and the protagonist, and require plenty of lateral thinking to solve. You're also given a wide variety of choices on how to respond to your captors, and the dialogue is rather interesting.

200px Spooks Point-and-Click Adventure Windows Link
200px Stair Dismount (a.k.a. Porrasturvat) Puzzle Windows One of the first computer games built heavily around a real-time interactive physics engine, the popular Finnish demoscene production Stair Dismount, first released in 2002, is an important game. Which makes it all the more amusing that it revolves entirely around pushing a ragdoll figure down a flight of stairs and trying to cause as much damage as possible. Annnnnddddd... that's it. Trust us, it's way more fun than it sounds. A free iOS version is also available. If you like this, Truck Dismount and Sauna Dismount are available as well. Enjoy. Link
200px Star Flight: The Lost Colony Space Adventure Windows Based on Starflight and Starflight II: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula. Link
200px Star Guard Run and Gun Windows Link
200px Stealth Bastard Stealth / Action Windows It's a 2d Platforming Stealth game, but you have to go fast. Link
200px Stellar Trader RPG / Space Adventure Windows Stellar Trader is a RPG where you take on the role of spaceship captain, seeking fame and fortune in the wild frontiers of space, and trying not to get blown to bits in the process.Made by the same guy who made 'Decker'. Link
200px Stranded II Survival / Sandbox Windows You're stranded on an island. Survive! Fun as hell game that makes you think about what you have to do to make sure you don't die, as opposed to so many games that just train your reflexes these days. Built on the Unreal engine. Totes fun bro. No option to play with yourself endlessly though. Link
200px Strange Adventures in Infinite Space Strategy / Adventure Windows You pick a ship, explore the galaxy, and return home after (hopefully) making some money. Average game lasts around 10 minutes. Link
200px Stargate Adventures Point-and-Click Adventure Windows A Point-and-Click adventure game where you play as Jack 'O Neall; Takes place between Seasons 8 and 9. Link
200px Streets of Rage Remake v5 Beat 'Em Up Windows
8 years. That's how long it took for this labor of love (and rage!): A fantastic fan-made remake of Streets Of Rage. Features all playable Characters (including some extra and alternate versions), stages, enemies, and bosses from across the series (even some Master System/Game Gear ones!) but also new stages, attacks, and mini-games. Lots of paths in and between stages to choose from so you can play it and constantly discover new secrets. The huge list of various options is incredible, ranging from graphics, effects, control aspects between versions, and more, letting you create your custom SoR experience. Sega held up a CnD, but downloads are all over the net. Link
200px SubTerra Puzzle Windows SubTerra is a puzzle game originally released in 2002, and is reminiscent of Chip's Challenge: collect all the gems and get to the exit! Watch out for deadly lasers, falling rocks, deadly creatures, and the skull of death! It features over 150 objects, over 100 levels (plus hidden stages plus even more fan made levels!), a robust level editor, and now includes 10 additional level sets. Levels can be completed on easy or hard mode, for additional points. Give this game a chance, and it will keep you busy for hours. Link
200px Sumotori Dreams (Demo) Fighter / Drunk simulator Windows You control a spastic/drunk sumo wrestler with the aim to knock down your opponent. A round can be over in seconds, but the fun doesn't stop there. The players are programmed to get up and bow to each other, which takes a while and can produce some hilarious results. Play against the computer, or 2-player split-screen. Amazingly, it's only 96kb in size and even comes in a 29kb version!!! You can now buy a 'final version', which just adds more players, more arenas and that's it. Download it at the main site, without paying it only has a 7 second limit, 4.50 USD will buy you the 'full' game. Suprisingly gobles up the cpu like mad! Link
200px Super Crate Box Platformer / Action / Run and Gun Windows An extremely simple, extremely addictive game that has you running around, collecting boxes, and shooting/slashing/blowing up strange monsters that kill you instantly if you touch them. Each crate gives you one point, and there are three areas to choose from, each with three difficulty modes (two of the difficulty modes are unlockable). The higher scores you get, the more characters, weapons, and difficulty modes. With each crate you get, your weapon will change randomly, which increases the difficulty since some weapons are massively destructive and others totally suck. Super Crate Box is maddeningly fun and an iOS version is also available (but isn't free). Link
200px Super Mario Bros. X Platformer Windows One of the greatest Mario fan games ever released. Hundreds of challenging levels across several episodes, incorporating elements from classic titles such as Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3, World, RPG and even Zelda/Metroid. Features a comprehensive level editor so you can make your own episodes and a 2-player battle mode akin to the Super Smash Bros. series. The game's been CnD'd by Nintendo so the original home site doesn't exist anymore. Link
200px Super Mario Crossover Platformer Flash Play the original Super Mario Bros in its entirety as the heroes of other NES classics. Hilarious to tear apart goombas and koopas with each characters skills, and challenging when there are level design situations that take advantage of their weaknesses. Link
200px Super Mario War Platformer / Action / Fighting Windows A chaotic Mario fangame for multiplayer battles. Features many game modes and all sorts of powerups from the series. Link
200px Super Space Rogues Top-down Shooter Windows Journey through a procedurally generated pair of solar systems to collect $50,000 for a disgruntled mob boss. Buy upgrades to make your ship more powerful along the way. Link
200px suteF Puzzle / Platformer Windows Bizzare and fairly challenging puzzle platformer. Link
200px Tag: The Power of Paint First Person Action / Puzzle Windows A game where you shoot different coloured paint to change your environment. Use paint to make you run faster, jump, and more. Goal is to reach the end of level using the different paints. Development team was hired by valve to work on Portal 2, this may be a bad thing or a good thing. Refuses to work on older computers (shader 2 must have). Link
200px Tale of Two Kingdoms, A Adventure Windows Link
200px Tales of Maj Eyal Roguelike / Adventure Windows A hidden gem of a game. For people who like strategy, dungeon crawling, a good immersive background world but don't like playing as punctuation marks (the default skin drawn by a good artist is for non-oldschoolers like us) . For an indie game it has a shitload of content, good music, and well written story bits written by contributors over the years. You start off by picking a race and class and fighting through dungeons, collecting equipment and doing optional quests to make yourself stronger so that the mid-late game bosses don't rape you too hard. If you don't die, eventually you get to unravel a dastardly plot where some evil dudes try to destroy the world with a weapon from an ancient civilization. Awesome game that suffers from non-existent publicity. screenshots
200px Tales of the Drunken Paladin RPG Windows A 'Comedic' RPG Link
200px Teeworlds 2D MMO Platforming Shooter Windows
A MMO where you play as a Kirby-like creature called a 'Tee', and shoot other Tee's. Think Quake in 2D. Still in development, but it's slowed down recently. Is open-source, with plenty of modifications. Note: Most servers are in Germany. For good USA servers, search "Exodus". Link
200px Teknopants Developer / Varied Windows Many of this guys (14) games are worth playing;Saves time Most of them include Hotseat Co-op / Multiplayer. Link
200px Toribash Fighter / Awesome Windows
An odd, extremely hard fun game, in which you are a mannequin thing, fighting in slow motion with other mannequin things. Hilarity ensued, the slow motion style and replay functionality provides for amazing combos and recaps, along with the albility to save those replay. It also has a multiplayer mode, TONS of mods, great graphics, and you can customize your character as well. Though be forewarned, it's learning curve is a bit high, but once you get over it the game becomes really hard fun./v/ has a room up regularly, usually with about 15 or more people! Join in on the fun! Also, it's now on Wiiware. Link
200px Torus Trooper Shoot 'em Up Windows
Remember Tempest? This is Tempest on steroids. You're racing down this tube, sometimes at over 4000km/h blowing shit up. The graphics and music help to put you in the mood too, kind of has the same feel as Rez. It's not a game with a whole lotta depth, but it's fun to play every now and then. Also unlockable In 'Blast Works' for wii. Link
200px Touhou Mother RPG Windows Homages several games, but concentrates on the Touhou and Earthbound crossover. References aside, it's a fun, solid story (a bit back-knowledge helps though). Although made in RPGMaker 2000, the designer, "S", replicated Earthbound's battles and effects quite well. For the masochist in you, there's even multiple difficulty levels to take on! Unsurprisingly, it garnered enough love for S to make a sequel. It's still in the works, but it looks even better than ever, even using the music combos from Mother 3. Preview, English version
200px Tower of Goluaga Puzzle / Adventure Flash Futaba and 2ch's homage to Tower of Druaga using their own Shift-JIS characters. Most resembles the TG16 remix. Test your mettle in unlocking various treasures by doing certain things on each floor (such as killing monsters certain ways). Although you have lives, you can continue right where you left off from a Game Over. Consider trying this, even if you've never played any version of the original. It doesn't require you to know any Japanese to play either. Note: Though you select items with Z/X/C, you use them with the space bar. Link
200px Tower of Heaven Platformer / Puzzle Windows
A very short (15 mins) but enjoyable platformer. You are attempting to climb the tower inhabited by a god. As you go up, the god gives you more rules to follow, under penalty of death, such as "You shall not touch blocks from the side". Because these rules stack, levels get harder and harder. The ambiance is very poetic and the music is catchy. Try to get all the secrets for a fun bonus. Link
200px Trackmania Nations Forever Racing / Stunts Steam Trackmania Nations Forever is a terrific racing game that successfully incorporates puzzle elements with fast-paced driving to create an all-around fun experience. The physics are far from realistic, but the game does force you to consider your angles, speed, and driving methods as you dash through elaborate obstacle courses to earn medals. Online mode is unique in that the cars cannot effect each other in any way, and simply pass through other cars like ghosts. This isn't a "car fetishist" game, but it isn't exactly Mario Kart either. Rather, it manages to strike a happy-medium between the two. Trackmania Nations Forever is completely free, so you have absolutely no excuse for not giving it a try. Link
200px Trackmania United: Forever Racing / Stunts Windows Great looking racing game, no muss no fuss just drive and get the fastest time. Making your own tracks is encouraged, so some tracks you play online will be pretty demented/awesome/weird.Also on DS and coming to Wii soon. Link
200px Transcendence Action RPG / Shoot 'em Up Windows Take a spaceship, blast aliens, loot and whiz through an isometric universe to the galactic core with intermediate stops at space stations. First line says all. Incredibly fun and a lot of replayibility due to a randomly generated universe. Guy has been developing it at a snails pace since 1995. Also easily moddable. Game, mods
200px Treasure Adventure Game Platformer / Metroidvania Windows A big Metroidvania with some influences from Wind Waker, namely the sailing (although it's nowhere near as annoying here). Several inventive puzzles, good characters, cute graphics and great gameplay. Link
200px Treasure Treasure Puzzle / Platformer Windows Link
200px Trilby: The Art of Theft Platformer Windows Link
200px TUMIKI Fighters Shoot 'em Up Windows A cutesy looking shmup that's sort of a combination of Katamari Damacy and Einhander. After you kill enemies you can pick them up and use them as a weapon or shield. Made by the same guy that did Torus Trooper. Was also made into a game for the Wii called Blast Works, which it's also unlockable within. Link
200px Typhoon 2001 Tube shooter Windows A fan remake of Jeff Minter's Jaguar classic Tempest 2000. Stunning upgraded graphics, fantastic soundtrack, crazy intense action. Absolutely must download. Link
200px UFO: Alien Invasion Strategy Windows
200px Underside, The Platformer / Metroidvania Windows So far there is only a demo made, but it is a DAMN good demo. It's basically Cave Story, but with characters, dialogue, and plot that are reminiscent to Earthbound. Fun platforming, weapon gaining, Metroid-esque game. This game has been under development since 2005 and he is making little progress so don't expect to see the full game any time soon. Link
200px Untitled Story, An Platformer / Metroidvania Windows A platform game including a few Metroidvania elements, like a unified giant level with a map and different abilities to access new paths. MS Paint graphics, but without the usual background/platform confusion associated with it. Game is gigantic, with tons of secret zones. You'll need at least 10 hours to finish the game and 20 hours for a 100%. Also has a cute but not important story. Link
200px Urban Terror FPS Windows Quake 3 hack that makes good use of the engine. Kinda like CS, but different in more ways than one. Shit like throwing knives and wall jumping ahoy in this game. Pretty good local and net multiplayer all around, too. Link
200px Ur-Quan Masters, The / StarControl2 Space Adventure Windows A Space Adventure game originally released for DOS, It was released as freeware and remade into The Ur-Quan Masters. Features Top-down space combat and exploration. Hard as balls without a wlkthrough. Link
200px Vanguard Princess Fighter Windows A disgustingly moe fighter that actually turned out pretty solid and fun, probably because it was developed on 2D Fighter Maker 2K by an ex-Capcom employee. You'll need to install Microsoft Applocale to make the game recognize your PC as Japanese, but that's hardly a problem at all. /jp/ made netplay, thankfully. Link
200px Vantage Master Online Turn-based Strategy Windows Summon creatures known as Natiels to fight for you as you vie to control the map's mana beacons. There are over 20 unique summons, each with their own abilities and elemental affinity. The CPU has no qualms with stomping your shit and seemingly has damage algorithms rolling in its favor, so you'd better be on top of your game. Contains gratuitous amounts of Engrish. Link
200px Very Pink Game Adventure Windows A sugar-coated explosion of unrelenting cuteness, Very Pink Game is a short adventure in which you play as Ivy, who receives a letter from an old friend and must perform various tasks for the kooky village locals in order to make her way to her mysterious friend. Very Pink Game demonstrates a significant amount of talent that one wouldn't normally expect to see from such a low-budget amateur RPG Maker game. Link
200px Void Destroyer Space Combat / Sim Windows A Space combat sim with RTS elements Link
200px Warlock Bentspine Platformer Windows A very Mega Man-esque platformer in which you play as the titular Warlock Bentspine, who must make his way through highly challenging levels to defeat various wacky villains; once you beat them, you can use their powers. An excellent homage to Mega Man and other NES games, Warlock Bentspine is terrific fun while it lasts. Link
200px Warning Forever Shoot 'em Up Windows A unique boss rush shoot 'em up where every level is an increasingly complex boss that learns from the previous boss. Did the previous boss kill you with missiles? In that case, the next boss will shoot more missiles. Each boss is killed the same way: by using your multi-directional aiming to blow up every individual part until all that's left is the core. A very clever twist on the traditional shmup formula, Warning Forever is so good that it's a permanent part of the traveling game exhibition known as Game On. Link
200px Warsow FPS Windows
A fast paced FPS in the vein of Quake, but with celshaded Team Fortess 2 style graphics. It has the typical bunny hopping/strafe jumping found in mods like CPMA and a unique dash/special key that allows for things like wall jumps/kicks and plenty of map tricks. Link
200px Which Horror / Puzzle Windows A short game where you look for a way to open the door out of the small house. Lacks any sort of options and the 'low' quality version is still pretty high so be sure your PC is good enough. Link
200px White Chamber, The Psychological Horror / Adventure Windows You wake up on a ship in space, encounter some very horrifying scenes (despite the cartoonish art direction), and slowly piece together what the hell was going on (it wasn't pretty). This is one you can finish in a couple of hours, but has received very high praise from critics for its clever puzzles, chilling atmosphere, and terrific story. Link
200px Wild Metal Country Action Windows Link
200px Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles Puzzle Windows The main rule for clearing blocks in this game is to spin them around and form diamond shapes, which will then disappear along with other blocks of same color linked to them. There are three available methods for chain scoring and you'll need very good reflexes to play well.

The game has a huge story mode with all sorts of missions and minigames in its SMB3-like overworld. If you do well enough in some missions, you can even unlock shortcuts to the end. I recommend you read the whole storyline, though, as it is fairly amusing. Also available for the GP2X and the Dreamcast.

200px Wing Commander Saga : The Darkest Dawn Space Windows Wing Commander Saga: Darkest Dawn is a fan-made Wing Commander mod that uses a highly modified form of the open-source Freespace 2 engine. Link
200px Within a Deep Forest Platformer Windows Within a Deep Forest is another game from Nifflas (of NightSky and Knytt fame), so you know it's good. This one has you controlling a bouncy ball and, using Metroidvania elements, you gain access to new ball types which allow you to enter new areas. It's very challenging and very frustrating but, if you're up to the challenge and prepared to rage, Within a Deep Forest is a solid and well-made platformer. Link
200px Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory FPS Windows
Possibly one of the greatest team fortress-esque game ever concieved. This was suppose to be the added multiplayer for the PC version of Return to Castle Wolfenstein, but id Software decided to release it as a freeware game. If the class system doesn't get you interested, the intuitive gameplay will. Almost every map has some different objective to be completed, making for a very different experience every time you play this game. Link
200px Wraith Adventure / Horror Windows Link
200px Yume 2kki Adventure / Mindfuck Windows Yume 2kki is the original fanmade "sequel" to the popular RPG Maker game, Yume Nikki. In this game, you play as a young girl named Urotsuki and explore your dreams, much like Yume Nikki. The goal of the game is to collect the Effects scattered throughout the dream worlds, which is also similar to its predecessor. However, Yume 2kki is far larger than its prequel and is still growing, as it is currently under development (it's fully functional despite this fact). Link
200px Yume Nikki Adventure / Mindfuck Windows Wander around a little girl's dreams (most of which are extremely disturbing) while collecting abilities, most of which don't do squat. The gameplay is mainly about exploration, as you are not given any specific goal nor given any clue about where to go, and the places available can sometimes be very large. The game heavily relies on atmosphere. Definitely an interesting experience, nonetheless, give it a try. This game has it's own *chan. Link
200px Yume Nisshi Adventure / Mindfuck Windows Link
200px Zineth Action / Platformer / Sports Windows
Zineth is a cel-shaded Jet Set Radio inspired skating game. Build up speed by wallriding and by increasing your gravitational force while riding downhill. If you screw up you can reverse time, which is useful for maintaining your speed after making a minor beef. Tired of going fast? Pop open your in-game cell phone and battle monsters with your digital pet to grind levels and defeat other npc players.

Best played with a 360 controller.


Links Edit

  • Abandonia The absolute motherload of PC games with expired/unused copyrights, a.k.a. Abandonware (not all will contain the original music though)
  • The Freehare Moderated list of freeware games maintained by someone who actually plays and rates all the games before listing them.
  • How to download online flash games for playing offline
  • Something Awful thread full of flash games, most of which range from good to excellent.
  • Something Awful thread that picks up where previous left off
  • New Something Awful thread, with the newest links and a new site to archive the older links Games 1-500 Games 501-1000 Games 1001-1500
  • Smashing Magazine list of flash games
  • Indie Game Database.
  • 235 free indie games in 10 minutes A showcase video with a full list of links to each and game
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  • Link A free program that lets you view a list of 100+ freeware games, updated weekly, with info on each aswell as their relevant site and youtube videos. Games range from 500kb to 500mb aswell as quality but within the mess of clones and guff are some real gems.
  • an archive site for all of 4chan there are sometimes a few pages were /v/ talks about freeware, the newest of which can be found here; Link though using the search tool on the site can result in a few more pages.

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