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[Doakio Editor's Note: This article was restored from Gizmo's Freeware archives as a service to the freeware community. Gizmo's Freeware provided high-quality, volunteer freeware reviews for decades. They shut down in July of 2021.]
Love for gaming has no age boundaries. This list has all the games that will be relished by the kids and the elderly alike. It covers freeware games from many different categories and genres that may suit your interests. Since everyone has their own style of gaming and interests for a particular genre, you'll surely find many games that you might love to the core from this list.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I couldn't agree more with this wonderful proverb. The first game made on a computer, titled “Tennis for Two”, was way back in 1947 and later, in 1962, came the first popular digital game named “Spacewar!”. Thereafter, man has been trying to expand the capabilities of gaming on a personal computer. Computer games and gaming engines have come a long way since then.
Passion for developing games had reached another level, and developers started giving out their work for free to people.
I've been asked numerous times whether freeware games are worth it and whether they give the same amount of enjoyment as other big name commercial games. The answer I give them is yes. In fact, I've had the most fun playing freeware games in this list.
The next question, which pops up in the minds of people, is why do developers give away their hard work in creating these games for nothing. The first reason is that game development is their personal hobby or passion, just like each one of us has a hobby. Secondly, they create a name for themselves and get appreciated by people from all walks of life and subsequently have a fan following. Thirdly, they might also get donations from hammer legion gamers and hence, earn quite enough bucks. Fourthly, some of them create games for their project works and get recognized for their work by bigger gaming companies.
- Various games have different system requirements. While 3D games have higher requirements over its 2D counter-parts, older games require lower specs than newer games. Nevertheless, most 3D games listed here should run fine on the latest built-in Intel HD graphics and don't require external graphics cards as such. Although, having one would improve the overall experience of the game.
- Download managers like Eagleget should come in handy for managing big downloads and also for numerous small downloads. For downloading torrent files, a Bittorrent client like Tixati is required.
- While games usually come as installers (.exe), they may also be packed as archives (.zip, .7zip, .rar etc) and you will require an archiver like Bandizip to extract these games and play. Usually they don't require installation, but certain installers may also be packed.
- Few games listed here might require Steam, the gaming and distribution platform from Valve.
- Games downloaded in the form of image file format (.iso), must be mounted in virtual drives using tools like Winarchiver Virtual Drive if you dont' have Windows 8 or 10.
- Certain games require Direct X11 which is provided only in Vista and Win 7. Nevertheless keep Direct X9 installed on your system.
- It's good to install the .Net AIO Framework and Visual C++ from Microsoft as games might require them.
- While most games listed here will run offline, very few require an internet connection, and others can be played across LAN.
Browser games, MMO games, exclusive multi-player online games won't be featured here.