Who could possibly compete with the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo? Truth be told, there are a lot of free video games out there that are plenty worthy. Thanks to a robust and supportive open source community, developers work hard, day in and day out, to entertain you. If you’re looking for free, and legal, games, give these a shot.
VDrift is everything you could ever want in a racing game. It has an excellent physics engine that was just rewritten from scratch, inspired by the Vamos physics engine. Best of all, it’s released under the GNU General Public License. You can download if for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and Windows.
The game has you driving around on tracks based on famous real-world tracks. The cars are modeled after real cars, and it has simulation-grade physics.
Invade Earth is a Risk clone, but don’t let that fool you. This has its own unique feel that comes with a map editor, multiplayer support, and the usual turn-by-turn gameplay. The object? Take over the world, of course.
Crack Attack is a Tetris knock-off, but it makes the list because who doesn’t love Tetris? With that said, the game introduces some new features and gameplay that differentiate it from the classic. Also, it’s one of those games that “feels right” when you play it.
Eternal Lands is a MMORPG – that’s right, a role playing game that’s free. With a full compliment of creatures, items, skills, and devilish challenges, it’s pretty much what you would expect from an online RPG. There are over 10 different story lines to follow, which is pretty impressive for a free game.
Download the P2P client at Vuze.com, and get this game. It’s a 3D action space simulator that lets you fight and explore the universe. The graphics are really good considering what it is, and the gameplay is actually good, unlike some contenders in this space.
You’ll meet several species of aliens and encounter numerous political entities. Think of it as a sort of pseudo Star Trek universe.
Ever wish you could be there when America was first colonized? Now you can. FreeCol lets you replay the colonization of the country, minus the scurvy and disease. It’s a turn-based game but, as long as you’re OK with that, it’s got solid gameplay. The graphics are decent, but nothing that blows your hair back.
It’s a strategy game, so bring your brains to the keyboard. You start out with only a few colonists and your mission is to brave the seas in search of the new land. If you make it, you might just rediscover this great country once again.
A Note About Copyright Protection
As with all of the games you encounter online, never assume that they are free of copyright protection. Unless otherwise stated, assume that a game is protected by copyright. The key is, has the copyright holder authorized the game for free sharing? Any non-infringing free game will tell you that it’s licensed under GNU, Creative Commons, or some other similar licensing scheme.
Katherine Phillips loves finding ways for technology to work harder for the everyday user. From media resources to file management and entertainment, she loves blogging about her discoveries and insights into the information superhighway.