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    Freebies for everyone!

    Since people in the other free games thread kept asking for it to be stickied, I decided to sift through it, organise it a bit, remove double mentions and the legally-dubious (sorry) abandonware sites and put it all into a shiny little list for all to enjoy. I'll try to keep this list updated as stuff pops up.

    Free Games

    General Listings


    Specific Games/Developers


    Free Remakes

    General Listings


    Specific Games


    Source Ports


    Free Game Soundtracks
    Last edited by TheOutrider; 29th Aug 2007 at 19:19.

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    I don't see Allegiance anywhere in that list. It's a space combat/RTS game.

    Also not mentioned are Tribes 1 and 2. They were made freeware to commemorate the disappointing Tribes: Vengeance, but I'm not sure where to link them. Oh well, here's a PlanetTribes link, a Tribes 1 3DGamers link, and a Tribes 2 FilePlanet link. (I don't know about this "no Tribes 2 keys left" crap, since I bought a boxed copy a few months before it went freeware and just use that.)

    Finally, I prefer http://www.gameflaws.com/cavestory as a Cave Story link. I'm not saying the AGTP one's bad or anything, but you can find more CS-related stuff here. Plus, there's a link to the AGTP page somewhere in there.

    Those issues aside, this is quite a convenient thread.

    EDIT: Changed the Tribes 1 link to 3DGamers.com, since FilePlanet apparently wanted money from you just to D/L the game. Couldn't find a Tribes 2 D/L link on 3DGamers. Haven't checked anywhere else.
    Last edited by NamelessPlayer; 10th May 2006 at 17:44.

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    I've added Tribes; T2 indeed is free for download, but if you don't have a key, you're screwed. Gamespy aren't giving out any keys anymore, and without one, you can't play.

    As for Cave Story, I intentionally just went with the regular link to the translators' site simply because the gameflaws one does contain some pretty heavy spoilers.

    [edit] And no, Fileplanet doesn't want money for the T1 download; you just need a Gamespy ID. Even the free accounts are sufficient. I'm changing the link anyway, because the 3DGamers version is registration-free. [/edit]

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    By the "GS wants your money" part, I meant that when I clicked the FilePlanet link, all I saw were the premium D/L links that required you to cough up money. No free servers.

    Oh well, 3DGamers is probably the better site of the two anyway. (Note to self: Screw FilePlanet, make 3DGamers the primary game D/L site!)

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    A MrDuck Good Idea (Tm) implemented.

    Rock on, Rideh!

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    Wasn't Ground Control released for free a while back too? I'm sure someone can dig up a link

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    Another one for the collection... http://www.free-windows-games.com/

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    Not going to add that, because each and every one of the installers they have installs spy- and adware, the notorious new.net among others. Plus, that vendor spams google, massively, with various "free games" sites.

    Also, I guess most people are able to use google to come up with something like that. :P

    [edit] Let me clarify this a bit. I don't think Ducky's intent in starting the original thread was "hey folks, what are your first five google results for 'free game downloads'?", but rather "so what do you guys use for your free gaming fix that you'd recommend to others?". My intent in sifting through the original thread was to organise the stuff people have brought up into a list; a list of the sites people here trust and use for their (legal) freegame needs, and a list of specific remakes/free games that have caught people's special interest here. [/edit]
    Last edited by TheOutrider; 11th May 2006 at 11:49.

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    There was a really good article on free games in CGW recently:

    http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3148013

    Some of the stuff I've gotten from their list is really awesome. One of my favorites:

    Mono
    URL: http://www.binaryzoo.com/games/mono/
    Binaryzoo.com sums Mono up the best on its website: "part Asteroids, part Robotron, part Paint Shop Pro." This game is a trip.in more ways than one. Drugs optional.
    Also, I don't have the link handy but another thread somewhere links to the Freespace 2 isos (which are free/legal). I'll try and dig it up if no one else does.
    Last edited by Jason Moyer; 11th May 2006 at 12:01.

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    Oh god, yes, mono. That one's pretty kickass, aside from the fact the difficulty rises to nigh-impossible levels once you have only the corners of the screen left.

    What happened to the free download of Caesar, by the way? Used to be on the Caesar III and, more lately, Caesar IV site, but it seems to be gone now, and I can't find it at neither VUGames nor Sierra.
    Last edited by TheOutrider; 11th May 2006 at 12:27.

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    Here is a link to download Caesar 1. The site is in German, but it's pretty easy to navigate even if you can't understand the language - click on the "Zum Download" button, located to the right of Caesar screenshot, and then on the next window, click on "Gratis Download", just below the "Wählen Sie den Download-Pfad"-box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOutrider
    Let me clarify this a bit. I don't think Ducky's intent in starting the original thread was "hey folks, what are your first five google results for 'free game downloads'?"
    Actually, i came across all the sites i posted, whilst looking for .adf files, for WinUAE, an Amiga emulator! And that was from spending about 1.5 hours in Google!

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    Come now, free-windows-games.com isn't exactly an obscure and hard-to-think-of domain name for free games

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    I sort of went and moved the current state of this into a freely-hosted wiki. That way, you people can easily add games and listings as you like, possibly even descriptions and that kind of stuff, and we can go cross-referencing random shit all over the place. clicky

    Depending on what you guys say, we can either move this thing completely to the wiki or I'll just keep updating that list up there. Comments please.
    Last edited by TheOutrider; 11th May 2006 at 15:33.

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    I know it's more work for you mang, but let's keep it in this thread. The nice thing about such threads is that you don't have to go off-site for the goods.

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    El Shagmeister
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    Seconded.

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    thirded

    Has anyone played StreetBike Fury? Fucking sweet. best. Free. Game. EVER/
    Last edited by Fig455; 12th May 2006 at 07:00.

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    Cho Ren Sha 68k -classic free game to be googled.

  20. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Me
    Freespace 2 also has the advantage of being freely downloadable (even states it in the EULA) and being open source, so there's a fairly significant engine mod that improves things by quite a bit, and lots of mods, even a port of Freespace 1.

    Here's the ISOs, and you can find the source code here.
    Here's the links for Freespace 2 from the previous thread that mentioned it.

  21. #21
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    Two more free remakes to add:

    * Ultima V: Lazarus (a free mod for Dungeon Siege, already discussed here).

    * Exult (Ultima VII 3D remake port).

    Edit: As Vigil noted below, you need the original UVII to play Exult, so it's not a remake.
    Last edited by YogSo; 15th May 2006 at 14:34.

  22. #22
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    Exult is not a free remake of Ultima VII, nor for that matter is it 3D. It's a source port that allows you to play your still-very-much-commercial copy of Ultima VII in a variety of OSes including Windows. It would be misleading to include free source ports for commercial games in the free games list.

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    Is it actually a source port? Do they have access to U7 source code? I thought it was a remake that happened to use the original game's resources.

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    http://www.virtualapple.org/ - tons of Apple II and Apple IIgs games, playable online . Though for now only Internet Explorer is supported, and you have to activate ActiveX. Lots of Sierra classics there as well, which also have better sound than the DOS versions (At least Space Quest 1 does - I just checked).

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    Yes I suppose you're right ig, it's technically a reverse-engineered remake of the game executable made without access to the sourcecode. I'd class it as a sourceport though, as it is a replacement way of running the original game from the original files, rather than a standalone game in its own right (which is the traditionally understood meaning of remake IMO.)

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