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TheLogman
2009-12-27, 09:27 PM
I'm feeling kinda bored and feel like downloading a good freeware game. I like platformers and RPG's, but as long as it's pretty good and not a puzzle game I'd be willing to give it a try.

Stuff I've played and liked:

Dwarf Fortress
Cave Story
Ijji
I wanna be the guy
Rom Check
At least 10 different Half Life 2 and Portal mod games.

Anyone have a favorite they'd like to plug? I googled a few things but couldn't find anything good.

Alternatively, I heard Bunny Must Die is really good, so I might try that.

chiasaur11
2009-12-27, 09:31 PM
I totally got this one.

Ever played Marathon? Classic first person shooting. Aliens, mad computers, dim allies, dual shotguns, the works. One of Bungie's finest hours.

And now? It's free.

Linked here. (http://source.bungie.org/get/)

Of course, if old school first person shooters aren't your cup of tea, ignore. Still, fun game.

(And I'm guessing from the HL2 mention you've beaten Minerva. Man, that one's aces.)

Eurus
2009-12-27, 09:46 PM
Since you like RPGs, consider Last Scenario (http://site.scfworks.com/?page_id=9). It's surprisingly good for something made in RPGMaker; the plot gets decent, it's quite a challenge, and if you finish all of the optional content it should keep you amused for quite a while. Exit Fate is another game on the same site, and it's pretty good too if you like Suikoden.

Dogmantra
2009-12-27, 09:58 PM
So it's a TBS, but with RPG elements.
The Battle for Wesnoth (www.wesnoth.org) is quite good.

Inhuman Bot
2009-12-27, 09:58 PM
I'm feeling kinda bored and feel like downloading a good freeware game. I like platformers and RPG's, but as long as it's pretty good and not a puzzle game I'd be willing to give it a try.

Stuff I've played and liked:

Dwarf Fortress
Cave Story
Ijji
I wanna be the guy
Rom Check
At least 10 different Half Life 2 and Portal mod games.

Anyone have a favorite they'd like to plug? I googled a few things but couldn't find anything good.

Alternatively, I heard Bunny Must Die is really good, so I might try that.

I thought the title was GOOD freeware games?

Also, I'd add... Spelunky, Nethack, X-COM: Project Xenocide and Battle for Wesnoth to the list.

Also, Barkley: Shut up and Jam Gaiden is good.

TheLogman
2009-12-27, 10:03 PM
I played quite a bit of Nethack, and much like I wanna be the guy, I got to the point where I beat a challenge or two, thought to myself "This is really hard, I can't beat this", and then stopped. I appreciated both of them, but I didn't want to beat either.

I'm gonna try this X-COM thing. I've heard a lot about it, and a free version could be nice to learn in.

Blade 7
2009-12-28, 12:49 AM
Tyrian. IMO, the best scrolling game ever made, top or side. (Yes that includes all the Mario games. Please don't hunt me down and torture me to the pain.)

It's a top-down scrolling shoot-em-up game, with one of the best weapon upgrade systems I've ever seen in any game. Also, it's one of the longest arcade-style games ever.

Wikipedia article. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_(video_game))
I think this (http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/296/Tyrian+2000.html) is where I got my copy from.

If I could only have one game, out of all the games I've ever had, it would probably be this one. (Jedi Knight 2 JO, Age of Empires 2 CE, and Treadmarks would be my other top choices.)

Speaking of..

Treadmarks on Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tread_Marks)

The manufacturer is still selling it for 5 bucks a pop, so it's not abandonware or freeware yet. So I won't point out any places where you can get it for free. Also, come to think of it, Longbow Digital Arts (http://www.longbowgames.com/), the makers of Treadmarks, Tiger's Bane, and several other games, are by far my favorite gaming company ever. So I wouldn't be telling anyone where to get it anyway.

But if you can get a copy... Do it. It is the best tank shoot-em-up ever, bar none. And pretty much every part of the game is modifiable, easily, by design. If you can modify .txt files and think logically, you can (probably) mod this game. There's even 5 tanks ready to go in the files, that don't show up in the game at all. Change 1 easy to find problem in the file, and they're up and going in the game. And they left them in but broken on purpose.

chiasaur11
2009-12-28, 12:53 AM
I played quite a bit of Nethack, and much like I wanna be the guy, I got to the point where I beat a challenge or two, thought to myself "This is really hard, I can't beat this", and then stopped. I appreciated both of them, but I didn't want to beat either.

I'm gonna try this X-COM thing. I've heard a lot about it, and a free version could be nice to learn in.

Well, if you dig, the real deal is only 3.50 until January 3rd.

I've given it about 100 hours in the past year. Should say something.

Trazoi
2009-12-28, 01:00 AM
I second Spelunky. (http://www.spelunkyworld.com/); it's a great Rogue-esque platformer and heaps of fun.

Optimystik
2009-12-28, 03:29 AM
Oh my god, I LOVED Tyrian. I used to play the co-op with my brother all the time, and even though we ended up dying whenever we tried fusing our ships in a boss fight we never stopped doing it, just for coolness factor.

Good times! Thank you Blade, for reminding me of that. :smallsmile:

xp194
2009-12-28, 04:15 AM
Bunny Must Die is a good Metroidvania game or 2 games, really but, if the commentator of the LP I watched of it is any indicator, quite hard. Almost IWTBTG hard in some places, apparently.

DemonicAngel
2009-12-28, 07:08 AM
I have to say N (http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/) is quiet good. if a bit hard at times. it's a fun plat-former where you need to get gold and avoid hazards. about 500 levels, and then you have the user designed levels...

potatocubed
2009-12-28, 07:22 AM
Might I suggest Warning Forever (http://www18.big.or.jp/~hikoza/Prod/index_e.html)? It's not an RPG or platformer thought; it's a top-down shooter where the enemy evolves every time you destroy it.

(It's also a small download and freeeee, so what do you have to lose?)

Trobby
2009-12-28, 09:38 AM
First:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_freeware_video_games

Note: I am not just posting this because it is something you should check out. If your game isn't here, add it.

Second:

Looks like you've already got a pretty good list of Freeware Gems. Let me think of what I can recommend beyond that.


-Knytt/Knytt Stories/Within a Deep Forest:
Knytt is the sort of game where you explore a massive 2D environment from top-to-bottom, trying to find the parts to your spaceship to get home.

Knytt Stories is like that, only there are several games you can play. And by "Several", I mean "Tons and tons". Because the level editor, which comes with the game, is just that easy to use, and there are some genuine Gems out there. (I strongly recommend "Colors" and "Don't Eat the Mushroom").

Within a Deep Forest was made slightly after Knytt, but slightly before Knytt Stories. You play as a living ball trying to stop nuclear winter, and you can take on up to 10 different forms by changing the material you are made of. Great exploration game, especially if you like platforming.

Nifflas Site (http://nifflas.ni2.se/)
Nifflas Forum (http://nifflas.lpchip.nl/) (Includes the Knytt Stories levels)


-La-Mulana:
I am not even going to pretend with this one. This game is HARD. And I don't mean "I Wanna Be the Guy" style hard. I mean "Holy Crap How Do I Solve This Puzzle What Do You MEAN I Have To Travel Through The Eight Gates In A Precise Order Based On Symbols Throughout The Game" kind of hard. The kind where, unless you are the hardest of hardcore, you NEED a walkthrough to beat it.

However, it IS good Metroidvania style gameplay, complete with whips, sub-weapons, and really annoying bats. And, surprisingly, it might even be coming to WiiWare soon.

Check out the original here: (The download is free, and so is the patch) http://agtp.romhack.net/project.php?id=lamulana


-Karoshi: Suicide Salary Man:
Oh god...I can't even think of a game that is more ultra-meta than this entire series of death-related games. So you have to bear with me when I tell you that the object of the game is to die. Repeatedly. On purpose.

Like I said, bear with me. Because this is not like "I Wanna Be The Guy" where dying is as easy as breathing. In fact, it's very nearly the opposite, where dying is progressively more difficult with each stage, and figuring out how to die becomes as complex as having to press the exact right button at the exact right time or risk becoming completely safe. (Fortunately, there is a restart option that allows you to try dying again).

Quick, but infinitely fun, each of the Karoshi games are worth checking out, right here: http://www.karoshigame.com/


-The Chzo Mythos/Trilby: The Art of Theft:
Do you like Silent Hill? Do you like Point-And-Click adventure games? Have you ever wished that they would make a Point-And-Click adventure game with the same harrowing experience of a Silent Hill game?

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw sure does, and he's made four. From "Five Days a Stranger" to "Six Days a Sacrifice" (Make sure you play them in this order: Five Days, Seven Days, Trilby's Notes, Six Days), each one takes a progressively more unsettling look into the horrible mythos of the series.

"The Art of Theft", however, is entirely different. A "Prequel" of sorts to the four Chzo games, this features a Thief Extraordinaire, with very effective hiding powers, a tazer, and a penchant for taking down the elitists of society. If you're not big on the horror genre, but you like a little stealth-based action, "The Art of Theft" is the only one you really need to check out.

Try these, and maybe some more of his wonderful collection, right here: http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/games.htm


-Gang Garrison 2:
So you like TF2, eh? And you say you also like 2D platformers and shooters, and you have a decent internet connection? And Cave Story?

Well, that last one is really just a bonus if you can find the Secret Character, but other than that, sounds like you could really go for Gang Garrison 2, the free online 2D deathmatch between all the classes of TF2, simplified for the 2D experience.

Yes, everyone from the, er..."Runner", to the "Shooter" is there, with their most prominent weapons, a small collection of custom maps, some maps based on the original game, and plenty of shooter action.

Download for free here: http://www.ganggarrison.com/


-Osu!:
Almost forgot about this. You know Elite Beat Agents? This is like that, only with more pop culture songs, and less guys with big hair. Well..a little less guys with big hair.

Osu! is another stage-building community, where people build "beat maps" of their favorite songs, and then send them out for the world to play. Not just famous songs like "Don't Stop Me Now" or "Autumn Rhapsody", but songs from TF2, Mario, Sonic, Halo, and pretty much every other conceiveable source have been made into beatmaps. At the very least, it's interesting just to check out the songs that are there.

There's really not much else to say about Osu!, except that it introduced me to "Don't Stop Me Now", for which I am eternally grateful.

Download it here: http://osu.ppy.sh/


There are so many more incredible Freeware games out there, it would take a topic dedicated to finding the best ones just to narrow them down to ten.

...Somebody make it happen. :smallamused:

TheLogman
2009-12-28, 10:08 AM
AHHH LOOK AT ALL THESE GAMES I'VE POSTED! I AM SO AMAZING! FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL SONGS OF MY GREATNESS!

Yes, yes they will.

Gang Garrison is a great one, I've played a little of that. I'm gonna check out these things.

I talked to my brother, turns out he had played and beaten that series of kill yourself games. He guided me through a few levels. That was fun.

Within a Deep Forest looks really good I've just downloaded it.

Copper8642
2009-12-28, 10:15 AM
Toribash! (http://www.toribash.com/)

Turn based fighting with ragdoll physics. You are in front of your opponent, and have a limited time to set your fighter's joints to relax, stiffen, contract, or extend. Then, a set number of frames go by (70 on the classic style, but multiple types of match exist). Most games are won or lost by a body part other than hand or feet touching the ground, but if the time limit runs out, then it's decided by points. Yes, you can break people's bodies.

Mod types include double-swords (where hands are sword-like and instantly break any body part they touch) and joust (your fighters start a long distance from each other and automatically fly at each other at high speeds).

Cespenar
2009-12-28, 11:12 AM
Just dropping by to point out a few that can be missed. Great suggestions however, by the way.

Eternal Daughter (http://www.derekyu.com/games.html), great platformer.
Ikachan (http://www.tinsanity.net/ikachan/), from the maker of Cave Story. I think that's enough.
Beacon (http://gmc.yoyogames.com/index.php?showtopic=446200), very original platformer, great atmosphere. Pity that it's short.
Merry Gear Solid (http://www.superfundungeonrun.com/total-klik//merrygear.html), hilarious.
Legend of Princess (http://www.konjak.org/section.php?section=princess), short but cool platformer.
Chalk (http://www.konjak.org/section.php?section=chalk), great and points for originality.
Jirosum (http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=7712.0), math-based horizontal shooter?
We Want You (http://wewantyou.quicksandgames.com/index2.php), interesting platform-shooter and a satire of wars in general.
Night of the Cephalopods (http://spookysquid.com/notc/), anyone who read at least a couple of Lovecraft's works is obligated to try this.

Okay, that's enough for now. But keep in mind that most of these don't take too long compared to the other suggestions in this thread.

Trobby
2009-12-28, 11:17 AM
AHHH LOOK AT ALL THESE GAMES I'VE POSTED! I AM SO AMAZING! FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL SONGS OF MY GREATNESS!

...:smallconfused: It was only like, five. o.o Though I guess if you count each series/Author Collection individually...

@Cespenar: Legend of Princess is one I had trouble finding the second time *after changing computers*, but yes, very good.

I can't seem to get into Eternal Daughter though. The jumping and running physics are just too stiff for me, and the hit detection tends to cause unnecessary deaths.

Comet
2009-12-28, 11:18 AM
Merry Gear Solid (http://www.superfundungeonrun.com/total-klik//merrygear.html), hilarious.

And it even has a sequel (http://www.superfundungeonrun.com/?page_id=663), which I've just finished playing through. Even more hilarious than the first one, and longer, too.

Kane
2009-12-28, 11:47 AM
Ur-Quan Masters.
Can YOU save all* sentients in the sector from utter annihilation? Do YOU have what it takes to ally with the ultimate evil in order to defeat the slightly-less-ultimate evil? And will YOU kick copious amounts of rear while doing it?

Incidentally, the multi player is pretty awesome, and the story-mode writing is excellent.

Note: Do NOT ask the Orz what happened to the Androsynth. Just DON'T.

Cespenar
2009-12-28, 02:18 PM
@Introbulus: Yes, I'll admit that its controls make it more difficult than intended. It's a good game anyway, though.

Warpfire
2009-12-28, 02:36 PM
You should try Eversion, if you'd like to play a cutesy and carefree but fun platformer.

Cubey
2009-12-28, 02:44 PM
You should try Eversion, if you'd like to play a cutesy and carefree but fun platformer.

I see what you did there.

I'd like to second Ur-Quan Masters. It's basically a free re-release of Star Control II, by the same people who made the original game (note: not the same people as the ones who own rights to the title). It's simply great.

Bayar
2009-12-28, 03:18 PM
Dungeon Crawl (Stone Soup version).

Half Life 2 Deathmatch if you have an Ati or NVidia graphic card.

Ati: http://www.steampowered.com/ati_offer1a/

NVidia: http://www.steampowered.com/nvidia/

factotum
2009-12-29, 02:37 AM
Ur-Quan Masters.
Can YOU save all* sentients in the sector from utter annihilation?

You mean, apart from that pair of species that you get to fight each other to annihilation? :smallwink:

Inhuman Bot
2009-12-29, 02:54 AM
You should try Eversion, if you'd like to play a cutesy and carefree but fun platformer.

It's too much like Cocoron for me.

LiteYear
2009-12-29, 06:37 AM
A couple I'll recommend:

Genetos (http://www.tatsuya-koyama.com/software/wg002_genetos_eng.html): A very nice shooter that takes you though a loose history of the genre. Your ship also evolves to meet the new challenges.
Tango Strike (http://www.reloaded.org/download/Tango-Strike/286/): An isometric squad-based game, which looks fairly simple, but the later levels can be downright fiendish.

Smight
2009-12-29, 10:50 AM
http://www.freepcgamers.com/

Tavar
2009-12-29, 12:12 PM
Wikipedia article. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_(video_game))
I think this (http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/296/Tyrian+2000.html) is where I got my copy from.


From the link you gave, how does one instal the game?

Edit: also, for Warning forever, sometimes when pressing 'd' I can get the target area to change, but sometimes it doesn't. Anyone know how to change it everytime?

Inhuman Bot
2009-12-29, 01:55 PM
There's a number of good flash games on armorgames (http://armorgames.com/).

Pazzon is also good, though I don't have a link for it.

Trobby
2009-12-29, 04:10 PM
I do! http://www.indiegames.com/blog/2008/07/freeware_game_pick_pazzon_jess.html

Also, Mountain Maniac: http://games.adultswim.com/mountain-maniac-twitchy-online-game.html Good for a little simple bit of fun.


And as long as I'm throwing out games, anything from PixelJam: http://www.pixeljam.com/

dsmiles
2009-12-30, 05:41 AM
Placing my vote for Master of Magic. Classic turn-based strategy abandonware. Need DOSBox or something similar, though.

Vitruviansquid
2009-12-30, 06:15 AM
Isn't that actually a stolen game as opposed to a free game? >_>

Gralamin
2009-12-30, 06:22 AM
Abandonware is an odd place. However, Abandonware is not strictly freeware, and thus should probably not be included in this topic (Even though some games, like Tyrian, are awesome)

factotum
2009-12-30, 07:00 AM
Abandonware is an odd place.

It really isn't. The law is quite clear about it, actually--there is no such thing as abandonware; copyright, once claimed, does not expire just because you're no longer selling the copyrighted item.

Now, there ARE a few old games where the original developers have released them into the public domain, which is different--they have explicitly released their copyright on the software.

magellan
2009-12-30, 10:10 AM
of course copyright expires! Even patents do! Now, under what circumstances and in what timeframe depends on where you registered it, and if the entitiy that claimed it doesn't exist any more it will have a hard time to sue you.
The timespans for expirations seems to be between 50 and 100 years, so most software will still have a copyright claim on it, but copyright does expire.

vollmond
2009-12-30, 10:10 AM
Haven't seen anyone mention Castle of the Winds (http://www.exmsft.com/~ricks/) yet. Originally released as shareware for Windows 3.x, it runs fine on XP and has been officially freeware'd. Turn-based fantasy RPG.

Zovc
2009-12-30, 10:28 AM
Edit: also, for Warning forever, sometimes when pressing 'd' I can get the target area to change, but sometimes it doesn't. Anyone know how to change it everytime?

There's a "lock" key that makes your angle of attack not change as you move. Sometimes you want to focus as much as possible, lock it, then swoop by the enemy. I don't know which key it is, or what it's called in-game, but I remember there being a key with that function.

factotum
2009-12-30, 11:05 AM
of course copyright expires!

I know that. What I actually said was that copyright does not expire just because the copyright holder is no longer selling the item in question...see the difference there?

Player_Zero
2009-12-30, 11:16 AM
Armor Games have some pretty good time-killers. All flash games, mind.

Inhuman Bot
2009-12-30, 01:06 PM
Armor Games have some pretty good time-killers. All flash games, mind.


There's a number of good flash games on armorgames (http://armorgames.com/).

Pazzon is also good, though I don't have a link for it.

Yay for 1-day ninjas. :smalltongue:

Cespenar
2009-12-30, 04:06 PM
Newgrounds is a cool place to catch good Flash-based games too, if Armor Games is to be mentioned.

Artanis
2009-12-30, 04:27 PM
As long as we're talking about flash games...

AdventureQuest (http://www.battleon.com) and its spinoffs, Dragon Fable (http://www.dragonfable.com) and MechQuest (http://www.mechquest.com) are worth checking out.

Athaniar
2009-12-30, 05:46 PM
Nobody suggested Death Worm (http://gmarcade.com/game/DeathWorm.html) yet? Eat indigenous (and not so indigenous) animals, tunnel through the Gobi desert, wreak havoc upon the (Chinese?) army... Wonderful.

Jahkaivah
2009-12-30, 06:00 PM
Nobody suggested Death Worm (http://gmarcade.com/game/DeathWorm.html) yet? Eat indigenous (and not so indigenous) animals, tunnel through the Gobi desert, wreak havoc upon the (Chinese?) army... Wonderful.

DEATH WORM DEATH WORM DEATH WORM DEATH WORM DEATH WORM DEATH WORM DEATH WORM DEATH WORM

Was gonna get round to it :smalltongue:

Also:

Trackmania (http://www.trackmania.com/index.php?rub=nations) - It's freaking Trackmania

Igneous (http://www.igneousgame.com/) -Namley third freaking level, might be fustrating if you don't like dieing over and over, but thats just the price you pay for intense awesome.

Savage: The Battle for Newerth (http://www.s2games.com/savage/downloads.php) - Bit of a marmite one, but I loved the crap out of it back when it came in a box. Sequel also free, but I'm not too fond of that one.

Infiniminer (http://www.zachtronicsindustries.com/?p=713)/Minecraft (http://www.minecraft.net/) - Build stuff.

TChu (http://www.thegamehomepage.com/play/tchu/) - Explaining this one sounds like a Cricket to a Foreigner Joke: The Blu Chus and the Red Chus have to go into the portal, but the Green Chus and Yellow Chus must not meanwhile the Blu Chus must not meet the Red Chus and the Red Chus must not meet the Blu Chus, Yellow Chus and Green Chus must not meet Each Other or Blue Chus or Red Chus either. Chus of their own colour can meet each other however. Keep in mind that Red Chus and Yellow Chus go left when hitting a wall but Green Chus and Blu Chus go Right.

Company of Myself (http://armorgames.com/play/4918/the-company-of-myself) - A blatent Braid rip-off, but a good Braid rip-off, nice music as well.

Canabalt (http://www.adamatomic.com/canabalt/mega/) - Controls are a little complex be warned.

You Have to Burn the Rope (http://www.kongregate.com/games/Mazapan/you-have-to-burn-the-rope) - This ones a tricky one, there's a walkthrough (http://www.indiefaqs.com/index.php/YouHaveToBurnTheRopeWalkthrough) if you get stuck.

Achievement Unlocked (http://armorgames.com/play/2893/achievement-unlocked) - Achievement Unlocked: Read the link to the game!

Tavar
2009-12-30, 07:44 PM
Level Up (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/519030) is fun. Try beating the boss on the first meeting!

Narkis
2009-12-31, 11:17 AM
No mention for Strange Adventures in Infinite Space yet? A great space exploration game that recently became freeware. You can get it from here (http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Our_Games/Free_Games.html).

Bayar
2009-12-31, 01:17 PM
You can also try Progress Quest.

Cespenar
2009-12-31, 02:52 PM
You can also try Progress Quest.

I don't think so. It's impossibly hard, unless you resort to a walkthrough of some sort.

TheLogman
2009-12-31, 05:54 PM
You can also try Progress Quest.

I had a pretty strong Progress Quest Character at one point, I had put in like 2 months or so training him. But when I switched computers I forgot the password.

Level up was great. Though I couldn't beat the Final Boss until I figured out how to increase HP. You have to burn the rope has one of the best storylines of all time. Achievement unlocked was great, but you should try its sequel, This is the only level.

Inhuman Bot
2009-12-31, 08:19 PM
Level Up (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/519030) is fun. Try beating the boss on the first meeting!

I wasn't a big fan of this, really. The boss fight wasn't really hard, it was just REALLY. REALLY. BORING.

I spent 5 minutes waiting for him to use his only attack that I could hurt him with before I said "Screw it" and quit.

vollmond
2010-01-01, 11:17 PM
Almost forgot. Trackmania Nations Forever (http://store.steampowered.com/app/11020/) is the best racing game you'll find in any direction, and even includes an excellent map editor.

13_CBS
2010-01-02, 12:40 AM
I know that. What I actually said was that copyright does not expire just because the copyright holder is no longer selling the item in question...see the difference there?

From what I've learned in my legal studies class, this seems to be true. Copyrights in the US expire 70 years after the creator's death (it used to be 50, but then Disney apparently..."encouraged" Congress to extend the time limit so that Walt Disney's characters wouldn't go to the public quite so soon).