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The wonderful world of freeware games [Image heavy!]

I've been pretty active in the Indie Game threads for over a year now, and I never cease to be amazed and impressed by the diverse and interesting games that developers create. But while many are aware of big indie releases and even lesser known ones through Steam, Desura, Humble, or through various bundles, it can be easy to overlook the vast and endless array of free games that are available to play. Sheer volume is one reason, another being less attention on those games compared to paid games. Or perhaps the negative opinion some have towards flash games, or maybe the mindset that a free game can't have the depth or be as engaging as a larger full release.

Which is a shame, because so many free games are out there and so many are just really good games that a large majority of people will never play. From developers with large portfolios of freeware games, to free alphas and betas, to the hundreds and hundreds of entries for game jams such as Seven Day Roguelike, Seven Day FPS, Ludum Dare, and others, to the talented work of Digipen students, there's just an astounding amount of quality free games to play and enjoy.

I'm making this thread to shed some light on those games, and share some sites that highlight freeware games.

Sites
- Warpdoor
- DigiPen Student Games
- Rock Paper Shotgun's Freeware Garden
- Indie Games Weblog
- Jay Is Games
- Indie Impressions

As for games to play, here's a selection of titles from several recent game jams including 7DFPS 2014 and Ludum Dare 31, as well as classic freeware games like Dwarf Fortress. More games to come!

- More Games #1 (One Chance, Facade, Indie Action...)
- More Games #2 (ATUM, Naya's Quest, Red Rogue...)
- More Games #3 (Toribash, Warning Forever, Ending...)
- More Games #4 (Souvenir, Visibility Zero, Recollection...)
- More Games #5 (Lost Constellation, Farg, Until I Have You...)
- More Games #6 (Precipice, Petrichor, Nested..)
- More Games #7 (Naut, Condor, Rubicon...)
- More Games #8 (Opoid, Sanctuary, Conquest...)
- More Games #9 (Deadbolt, Chronoclysm, Mussel...)
- More Games #10 (Synthesizer, ROLLGUE, Hellion...)
- More Games #11 (Wizard of Legend, The Stranger, Fabric...)
- More Games #12 (A Knife Made Of Whispers, Out Of Mind, Udom Nebdon...)
- More Games #13 (Badass Inc, Copycat, Grimstorm...)
- More Games #14 (Maquisard, Code 7, Camp 1...)
- More Games #15 (Dolly, Dérive, Dirty Hands...)
- More Games #16 (AniMa, Vernacular, Bog...)

Nitronic Rush - PC

http://nitronic-rush.com/

Survival driving game developed by students at DigiPen

Wings of Saint Nazaire - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.wingsofstnazaire.com/

Wings of Saint Nazaire is an action-orientated space simulation game reminiscent of titles such as Wing Commander™ and the X-Wing™ series

Perspective - PC

http://www.seewithperspective.com/

In Perspective, the player has two modes of control: a first person camera moving in 3D space, and an avatar that is constrained to the 2D world. In order to get the 2D avatar to the goal at the end of the level, the 3D player needs to move around in 3D space to create paths for the 2D avatar.
Unlike other puzzle games that make use of 2D/3D such as Crush or Fez, Perspective allows the player to move around in 3D space freely. This opens up a lot of new ways to use perception as a puzzle mechanic to create new paths in 2D.

Trilby: The Art of Theft - PC

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/content/games/yahtzee/artoftheft]

The Art of Theft is a mission-based stealth platformer, with an emphasis on gameplay over story. Your goal is to infiltrate a variety of buildings in Chapow City, steal loot, achieve objectives and get out again with the subtlety of a flickering shadow in a ninja outfit.

N - PC, Mac, Linux, Browser

http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/n.html

N is an award-winning 2D action/puzzle platformer reminiscent of lode runner: you're a tiny stick figure running around in a puzzle-y world inhabited by enemies. But in N, there's a twist: the ninja is driven not only by thirst for gold, but also by sweet physics simulation.

Dwarf Fortress - PC

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/index.html

Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world.

MTB Freeride - PC

http://mtbfreeride.wordpress.com/

MTB Freeride is a challenging downhill cycling game. You’ll need great skill and quick reflexes to race and perform outrageous tricks in varied downhill environments and over natural and manmade barriers.

Westerado - Browser

http://games.adultswim.com/westerado-action-online-game.html

When a dastardly bandit kills your family, you saddle up with your six-guns to bring the murderer to justice. There’s a new mystery to solve every time you play.

Outer Wilds - PC, Mac, Linux

http://outerwilds.com/

Outer Wilds is a space exploration game that invites you to embark on a cosmic expedition into a turbulent world driven by forces beyond your control. Let curiosity be your guide as you fly into the heart of a gas giant, meet fellow travelers on quantum moons, and roast marshmallows beneath alien skies.
The game is a seamless first-person experience that gives you just 20 minutes to freely explore a miniature solar system as it dynamically evolves over time. After those 20 minutes are up, the Sun goes supernova and the entire Universe ends. Fortunately, the Solar System is stuck in a time loop, and only by exploring over the course of multiple playthroughs will you come to understand the forces and secrets that drive the Universe.

SHIFT - PC

http://shawnbecktp.itch.io/shift

SHIFT is a lightning-paced, dodge-crazy FPS featuring cute, chunky robots hell-bent on spazzing you out with their lazerz.

Frail Shells - PC, Mac, Linux

http://fromsmiling.itch.io/frail-shells

Shells fall from the sky
Like rain on a day that's just a little too cold
Shells shatter like ice
Against a pan that's just a little hard to hold

Photobomb - PC, Mac, Linux

http://milkbaggames.itch.io/photobomb

Hello, Media Peace Officer #S1493. As you know by now, a bomb was detonated in the city square only minutes ago. Our algorithms have been scraping social media to collect photos leading up to the event. We have narrowed the list of suspects to 6 in the vicinity who weren't wearing their ID trackers.
Scour the social media timeline and place the photos in the scene to paint the suspects. Determine the location of the bomb and identify the guilty suspect. Time is of the essence, #S1493. The people want justice. You have 2 minutes.

Roguelight - PC

http://managore.itch.io/roguelight

The deeper you travel the darker it gets,
and you only have your arrows to light the way.

Absolute Drift - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.indiedb.com/games/absolute-drift

Absolute Drift is a car drifting game. The core mechanic is drifting, which is the driving style of intentionally over-steering so that the car loses traction and starts sliding. The goal is to remain in this state as long as possible, but it takes skill and practice to become a master

Iji - PC

http://www.remar.se/daniel/iji.php

Iji is an action-packed strategic platform shooter with a detailed story, large levels with multiple paths, powerful bosses and lots of secrets.

birdsong - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=3479

It's finally time to leave the nest.
The whole wide world sprawls out before you (conveniently squeezed into just one screen), waiting to be explored. Can you learn to fly?

Javel-ein - PC, Browser

http://managore.wordpress.com/games/javel-ein/

In Javel-ein, you only get one javelin. Using it together with your magnificent wit and skill, you must defeat all the creatures in each level before proceeding through the door. Javel-ein contains 60 levels split into four chapters. Each chapter introduces new mechanics, greater difficulty and a unique and terrible boss.

HopSlide - PC

http://managore.itch.io/hopslide

HopSlide consists of two games.
In Hop you can explore a large, blue world. There are some platforms to jump on, springs to launch you into the air, a mysterious map room to investigate and two doors (but they don't seem to go anywhere).
In Slide you can slide some colored blocks around. There are some markings on the blocks (but who cares what those are for). Slide doesn't come with any music so maybe you should leave Hop running in the background.
Hop and Slide are definitely not connected in any way.

Law Breaker - Browser

http://deepnight.net/games/law-breaker/

Get a car, rob banks and go rampage through the city. That's the story of life.
Law Breaker is a GTA 1 tribute that fits on a single screen. On each mission you have to rob banks and to stay away from the cops. All the good'ol friends are here: cars, helicopters, tanks and GOURANGA!

Corrypt - PC, Mac

http://mightyvision.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/corrypt.html

Corrypt is an intricate and mysterious puzzle game. Explore a strange world, meet the weird creatures who live there, and solve the fiendish problems that trouble them.

Space Docking Sim 2014 - Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=11344

Use the rockets to align your ship with the space station docking port then gently bring your ship in and make a connection. There is a green marker on the gimbal, bring this to the top to align your ship's axis with the axis of the station.
There are four difficulty levels (Baby, Standard, 2001, Interstellar)

Zineth - PC, Mac

http://zinethgame.tumblr.com/

Zineth is a student game made over a few months meant to celebrate speed, movement, and twitter.

First of Many - PC, Mac, Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=46696

City/Settlement building simulation/exploration hybrid. Goal is to eventually create a self sustaining settlement that survives without exploiting the scarce resources.

Blockade Runner - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=47032

You are one of a few surviving humans in a robot-infested world. Each robot emits light in one of the primary colors (Red, Green, or Blue) which must combine with the color of the floor and/or the colors of light emitted by other robots to create white light. The robots can only see you, the player, if you're standing in white light, and will chase after you as soon as they see you. If they catch you, you're dead. Your goal is to retrieve the Pink Package. Can you successfully dodge those dastardly ambling squares?

SuperHOT - Browser

http://superhotgame.com/play-prototype

AN FPS GAME WHERE TIME MOVES ONLY WHEN YOU MOVE.

Beyond Perception - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.indiedb.com/games/beyond-perception

Look in 2D think in 3D. Beyond Perception is an experimental puzzle game based upon observation and space understanding. Use your mind and imagination to escape from museum paintings.

DotHop - PC, Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=16615

Hop through space instantaneously to get Dots!
Click to hop, and Space to jump.
Interestingly enough, the game appears to take place within a mug of coffee...

GhostRing - PC, Mac, Linux, Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=8502

The road. 6 cars. Friendships.
One-button game where you have to hold your key to turn.

hets - PC, Linux

http://ditto.itch.io/hets

hets is a very fast, very difficult platformer about shooting monsters in dark randomized caves. After each cave you get rewarded with some well deserved rest and an upgrade that will help you fend off the ever increasing amount of beasts you encounter. What is actually the deal with those statues by the way?

Epic Flail - Browser

http://www.spacenoize.com/

Body Slicing, Gladiator 2d Brawler

Sentinel - Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=46923

Wounded hero lies on a battle field near his mystic sword. Hordes of monsters are coming closer and only you can protect him!
Grab the sword by the handle and swing it as fast as you can, crushing through endless waves of monsters. Don't let them come close to the hero until he manages to stand up.

Swords and Hammers - Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=21669

A simple medieval RTS with hand-drawn art and procedurally generated maps. Refresh the page to play a new map!

ROCKROCKET - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=46642

You wake up inside a cave. Find your way though the opening.

Wide Opened Eyes - PC, Mac, Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=29854

They are afraid of the light.
So your only weapon is a lantern.
Monsters don't move while you looking at them.
Find a way out.

flop - Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=18837

For this theme, I decided to create a platforming game which never scrolls. Instead, triggers mutate the level around the player.

Faster Than Alien - PC, Linux

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=510

The game could be best described as an alien survival game. The games draws inspiration from the first Alien movie, FTL and 90’ies game Space Hulk. You play as the alien spawn and try to breed (as that is what aliens aspire to do, right?).
Unfortunately for the spaceship crew, this involves taking captures and defending the nest and territory. There will be some casualties for the AI controlled humans, but that should not become as surprise to them – after all, all these dangers are listed in fine print on your contract with the megacorp, remember?

Microphyla - Browser

Error: 562 - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=47119

Error: 562″ is a game where you control a ship and our goal is to successfully reach the hall of the screen, there for you to discover the “Entire Game on One Screen”

Cat-ana - Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=3211

It's an action-exploration games, in a japanese futurist world
We searched to mix 3D cell shadding characters and pixel art props.

Ragtown - PC, Browser

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=47505

Welcome to Ragtown.
In this city you will play as the sheriff who protects the city for 8 years. You must decide who gets in and who gets out in order to get a balanced amount of criminals, businessmen, goldminers or indians. If the town becomes overpopulated with one of the factions, they will take control of the town.
If you exclude someone from the city, they won't be pleased and will try to stop you by putting a bullet in your head. It is your duty to get their heads filled with lead if that's the case.

Where They Once Were - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=491

WTOW is a weird survival thing about a woman finding a weird abandoned cottage while escaping pursuers. Can you find out the secret of the cottage?

Deep Breath - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=34699

Necromancers are beings whose powers over the living and the dead hold almost no limits. In fact, the only real limit is that they can only cast one spell a day.
Meet Lilith. She found a loophole. She just casts very long spells after taking a very deep breath.
Inhale deeply, enthrall the populace, challenge authority, and find out if you're a bad enough dudette to kill the President.

Path of Thorns - PC, Mac, Linux, Browser

Shootmephrenia - PC

http://tocogames.itch.io/shootmephrenia

Shootmephrenica is a small experimental First Person Shooter game in which you have to shoot no one but yourself!
You will find yourself in a glitched out mysterious world where your companion the gun is the only consistence that can be trusted. Carefully shoot on reflective panels to make your bullet ultimately come back to you and hit you in your ragdoll first person face. Make perfect trickshots, figure out how to reflect the bullet over multiple panels and run and jump to catch your bullet!

Strange Gravity - PC

http://ianburnette.itch.io/strange-gravity

A FPS/RTS hybrid about miniature planetoids and fungal spores. It's kinda like that flash game Phage Wars, but in first person and huge.

Pain the Town Red - PC

http://mattcarr.itch.io/paint-the-town-red

Your cover has been blown and now the gang you infiltrated won't stop until you're in the ground.

Attack of the Oculoids - PC, Mac, Browser

http://mrleeperry.itch.io/attack-of-the-oculoids

The Oculoids are here! Get'em!
Oh... one thing... all those magic weapons you have? Yeah, Oculoids don't respond to magic like most things. So, you might need to experiment. You should be fine though
 

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Perspective sounds a lot like my idea for a 3DS Metroid game.

EDIT: Upon playing it, it's not what I had in mind. It's great, though!
 

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This thread will make me install Battle for Wesnoth. Again.

Didn't know about Westerado. Pretty good for a browser game.
 

Peltz

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Welp, this thread confirms it. Time to get a gaming PC and reconnect with freeware.
 

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Coolness. I think Wings of Saint Nazaire is going to scratch a specific itch for me, looking forward to trying it.
 

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Describing Dwarf Fortress as just a "fantasy game" with no other context is very misleading considering that there are entire books written on how to play that game.
 
Describing Dwarf Fortress as just a "fantasy game" with no other context is very misleading considering that there are entire books written on how to play that game.
Thanks for pointing that out. Forgot to edit that description. Copied the rest of it from the site
Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a randomly generated, persistent world.
 

autoduelist

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Great list, but there are some gems missing.

Nethack, Stonesoup, Freeciv, Battle For Wesnoth, etc,
 

Joey Ravn

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I recently played Super Wolfenstein HD and it's a great parody/remake of the original Wolf 3D:



Super Wolfenstein 3D is a loving reimagining of the classic Wolfenstein 3D game by ID Software, but with the big difference of it having realistic physics.
If the state of the art physics of the original game wasn't enough physics for you, then this is the reimagining of Wolfenstein 3D that you've been waiting for!
All the glitches! All the Nazis! All the physics!
 

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Wings of Saint Nazaire looks fantastic. It runs at pretty low resolution, so when you pixel-double it it takes on this fantastic early 90's PC game look.



Thanks for posting OP!
 

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Wings of Saint Nazaire looks fantastic. It runs at pretty low resolution, so when you pixel-double it it takes on this fantastic early 90's PC game look.



Thanks for posting OP!

Love Wings. But it's just the (very limited) Alpha that's free, right? Don't think they're intending to make a free game.
 

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Cool thread! I'll add some of my old favourites

Gun Girl 2 (Cave Story metroidvania + Zombies + Doom Shogun)


Blue Wish Resurrection / Blue Wish Resurrection Plus (The slower bullet speeds and overall difficulty makes these great for learning to play bullet hell seriously, I myself L2P shmups with BWR. Also download and try both versions imo BWR is better)


Eden's Aegis (by X.X Games the same person who made BWR, this game also is a good noob game, play after beating BWR and the game will teach you how to bullet cancel)


Hydorah, by Locomalito (calling it a Gradius clone doesn't do this game justice)


Lesbian Spider Queen of Mars, Flash game or stand alone (worth playing for the title alone it's a very addicting Wizard's or Wor homage, by Anna Anthropy who is the only person I know who does identity politics and games right imo)


OpenBOR / Open Beats Of Rage (it's basically the 2D scrolling brawler version of MUGEN just not as popular)


Streets of Rage Remake, (all the 3 SEGA games rolled into one)


Cho Ren Sha (port of an old pre bullet hell PC98 shmup)


MAME, OK it's an emulator not freeware, but should be on everyone's HD
 
Forgot to reserve extra posts, so I'll just do post like these and add the direct post link in the OP

One Chance - Browser

http://awkwardsilencegames.itch.io/one-chance

One Chance is a game about choices and dealing with them
Scientist John Pilgrim and his team have accidentally created a pathogen that is killing all living cells on Earth.
In the last 6 remaining in-game days on Earth, the player must make choices about how to spend his last moments. Will he spend time with his family, work on a cure or go nuts?

Limbs - Browser

http://rezoner.net/labs/limbs/

"Like Papers Please but with cyborg limb repair."

Indie Action - PC, Browser

http://gamejolt.com/games/action/indie-action/7468/

Indie Action is a single/party platorm fighting game, starring characters from various Indie games. Including Barkley from "Barkley shut up and jam gaiden", Madotsuki from "Yume Nikki", Dishwasher from "Dishwasher Dead samurai, and more.

Facade - Browser

http://www.interactivestory.net

You, the player, using your own name and gender, play the character of a longtime friend of Grace and Trip, an attractive and materially successful couple in their early thirties. During an evening get-together at their apartment that quickly turns ugly, you become entangled in the high-conflict dissolution of Grace and Trip’s marriage. No one is safe as the accusations fly, sides are taken and irreversible decisions are forced to be made. By the end of this intense one-act play you will have changed the course of Grace and Trip’s lives – motivating you to re-play the drama to find out how your interaction could make things turn out differently the next time.

Sub Commander - PC

http://www.subsim.com/radioroom/showthread.php?t=202304

Sub Commander is a free, independently developed roguelike submarine simulator with an emphasis on realism and freedom of choice. Originally, the game was envisioned to be a kind of cross between Dwarf Fortress and the film K-19 The Widowmaker but it is rapidly growing to a full featured submarine warfare simulator. Eventually I plan to simulate all aspects of cold war era naval and aerial combat, so the player's submarine will be in the midst of a dynamic, procedurally generated global war.

Lakeview Cabin - Browser

http://gamejolt.com/games/action/lakeview-cabin/18469/

"It may LOOK like an "idyllic cottage weekend simulator", but this clever twist on a puzzle game is anything but. You'll have to figure out some way to survive the weekend using the limited tools around you, but beware... gruesomeness and red herrings abound."

All Is Dust - PC

http://allisdust.com/

All is Dust is a horror game about overcoming guilt in the American Dust Bowl; set in rural Oklahoma during the height of the 1930s. The player must use their vision and their wits to protect themselves from the dangers of the fields all while coming to terms with their life and the mistakes they’ve made along the way.

Subray - PC

http://subraygame.weebly.com

An abstract, underwater exploration game with a focus on survival in an alien world.

Card Hunter - Browser

http://www.cardhunter.com

Welcome, bold adventurer! Card Hunter is an online collectible card game which blends together card play, deck building, tactical combat and classic fantasy role-playing in a way you’ve never seen before. Grab your cards, miniatures, dice and snacks, then journey to a new world of adventure on the tabletop of your Game Master, Gary

Super Wolfenstein 3D - Browser

http://gamejolt.com/games/shooter/super-wolfenstein-hd-now-with-realistic-physics/39194/

Super Wolfenstein 3D is a loving reimagining of the classic Wolfenstein 3D game by ID Software, but with the big difference of it having realistic physics.

Freeciv - Browser

https://play.freeciv.org

Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the Stone Age to the Space Age.

The Battle for Wesnoth - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.wesnoth.org

The Battle for Wesnoth is a Free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat. Fight a desperate battle to reclaim the throne of Wesnoth, or take hand in any number of other adventure

NetHack - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.nethack.org

You have just begun a game of NetHack. Your goal is to grab as much treasure as you can, retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, and escape the Mazes of Menace alive.

Impulse - Browser

http://play-impulse.com

Impulse is a top-down shooter with a unique twist. You play as a lone circle armed with not bullets, but a powerful shockwave that throws your enemies back. Defeat enemies by pushing them into the Void, where they instantly dissolve. But beware the Harpoon, which can reach through the Void to drag you to your death. And the Orbiter, which dances constantly out of range, waiting for the right moment to lunge. Fight your way down an abstract geometric lair, where something massive waits in the depths.

Ragtag - Browser

http://ragtag.magmafortress.com/

You control a ragtag band of monsters attempting to loot treasure in a dungeon filled with heroes. Only one monster can be controlled at a time. Tag them out to let them regenerate health or access another set of abilities. The game focuses on area of effect, knockback-type abilities. Heroes can be killed instantly by knocking them into walls, traps and so on.

The Fourth Wall - Browser

http://thefourthwallgame.com

Screen wrap puzzle platformer developed by DigiPen students

The Tallest Building - Browser

http://qwerty.itch.io/the-tallest-building

"An intense arena action game for the Cyberpunk Jam, with battles atop a huge skyscraper"

Cart Life - PC

http://www.richardhofmeier.com/cartlife/

Cart Life is a retail simulation for Windows which showcases the lives of street vendors in a small city which is located in the Western United States. Each of the playable characters has specific goals and special traits, but also unique addictions which the player must accomodate in order to succeed within the game. Permits are required, but get expensive. Is it worth risking a fine to operate without one? The player also needs to accommodate their customers by paying attention to differing tastes, buying habits, and levels of patience.

Gods Will Be Watching - Browser

http://www.deconstructeam.com/games/gods-will-be-watching/

Isolated on a single stage, with a few a possible actions, you must endure trough a 40 days survival until the Sgt. Burden's crew can be rescued.

Chained - PC

http://games.digipen.edu/games/chained

Chained is a side-scrolling platformer that explores the nature of negative dependency and loss through its ball-and-chain mechanic. Explore the psyche of an ordinary family man as he struggles to cope with the weight and consequences of his choices. Will he redeem himself from the damage he has caused or fall further into despair?

Shambes - Browser

http://7dfps.com/?action=games&id=171

You're stuck in the middle of the apocalypse
Kill zombies for points. Civilians drop health, and soldiers drop ammo, but you probably don't want to kill them, right?
 

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It's been ages since I played it so I may have just had shit taste, but P&C fans should check out the submachine series of flash games (although 3 is a bit jarring since it's more of a puzzle game).
 

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http://site.scfworks.com/ has a couple good ones if you don't mind rpg maker



Exit Fate



heavily inspired by Suikoden,has tons of playable party members,a castle thing that gets built up,an army mode etc,pretty well done and lengthy


Last Scenario



more of a standard theme with fewer party members etc,also pretty well made and lengthy


the same guy also made a bullet hell game named Call of the Underworld that i've never played since I don't really care for that genre

 
ATUM - Browser

http://atumgame.com

ATUM pulls the player into a world where the player is the mechanic. It brings a novelty take on the point-and-click gameplay of previous generations and combines it with platformer puzzles. The game toys with the concept of multi-layer gameplay, dipping its layers in mathematical loops and philosophical recurrences.

Naya's Quest - Browser

http://terrycavanaghgames.com/nayasquest/

Go to the edge of the world, and see the truth.
An isometric puzzler from the developer of VVVVVV and Super Hexagon

The Rapture is here and you will be forcibly removed from your home - PC

https://connorsherlock.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/trihaywbfrfyh/

A 20 minute short game based on the works of HP Lovecraft.

Red Rogue - PC, Mac, Linux, Browser

http://www.redrogue.net

A side-scrolling roguelike-like
Descend into the Dungeon of Chaos, retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, kill all who stand in your way and return with your prize.

Sneakery - Browser

http://sneakeryplaytime.blog.lemonde.fr/prototype-de-sneakery/

A mix of stealth and roguelikeness + wizardry
Try to find your way in this ever-changing swamp full of monsters

12$ - PC

http://www.tom-victor.com

4 players serious game about work In an underground desperate future, brave twelve urban jobs, become rich, famous, a star, the new Employee of the Month!

Chrono Disfunglement - PC

http://chronodisfunglement.com

The rules of spacetime are meant to be broken in this innovative puzzle platformer. Use your ability to rewind time to manipulate your environment and escape from the strange dimension in which you are trapped.

Void - PC

http://games.digipen.edu/games/void

Explore the crumbling ruins of an ancient manor by manipulating portals into the past in this first-person puzzle game with a unique time-traveling mechanic.

Lurking - PC, Mac

http://lurking-game.com

Lurking is a survival thriller game where sound is the only way you see, and they hear your fears. Lurking supports microphone input which detects the sounds you make and converts them into gameplay visuals in the form of pulses, creating a secondary level of immersion.

Plume - PC

http://games.digipen.edu/games/plume

Plume is a two player competitive split-screen sumo shooter, where you try to knock each other out of a small arena. At your disposal are two different attacks: lift and burst. Raise your opponent into the air and leave them vulnerable with your lift, only to send them flying out of the arena with your powerful burst attack. Control the chaos, dominate the arena, and defeat your opponent in this sumo dueling game!

Impulse - PC

http://deck16.net/impulse

Picture a mash-up of Super Meat Boy and Lunar Lander. Or N+ meets Asteroids. That’s Impulse.
The premise is simple. You need to guide your craft to the exit point of each level, avoiding the various obstacles and bad guys.
 

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This thread is a who is who of the Indie Thread votings, more people jump over there and discuss games with us :p

Also: Impuuuuuulse.
 
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It's been ages since I played it so I may have just had shit taste, but P&C fans should check out the submachine series of flash games (although 3 is a bit jarring since it's more of a puzzle game).

Nope I replayed the whole series about a year ago with my ex and they're still pretty good. I think he's still making em too.
 

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Great thread. I will contribute :)

Jumper by Matt Thorson - http://www.mattmakesgames.com/

Jumper is the game Super meat boy riped off. That is all you need to know. Jumper is exactly like Super meat boy but more difficult and diffrent graphics.
I dont wanna sound like a jerk, but after playing jumper on and off for years, when i frist tried Super Meat Boy, i got as far as to the finals level on my second day of playing the game. (Then i stopped for some reason.. i guess i got bored)



There are 3 Jumper games. Jumper, Jumper 2 and Jumper redux. Redux is Jumper 1 with the physcis and graphics of Jumper two, plus new levels.
 

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Oldie but goodie. Black Shades:


In Black Shades you control a psychic bodyguard, and try to protect the VIP (dressed in white) from a horde of zombies, snipers and other assorted would-be assassins.

Unique Features

  • Infinite randomly generated city
  • Rag-doll skeletal animation
  • Soul release mode
  • Fluid aiming system
  • Stop assassins by shooting them, knocking them unconscious, disarming them, tackling the VIP out of the line of fire, or any combination of the above.
http://www.wolfire.com/black-shades

I checked it out and it turned out to be suprisingly addictive.
 
Toribash - PC, Mac

http://www.toribash.com/

Toribash is an innovative fighting game based on the physics sandbox model where YOU design the moves! Join us today, and put your skills against other players all over the world.

Sky Rogue - PC, Mac, Linux

http://nihilocrat.itch.io/sky-rogue

A simple, accessible-yet-difficult, fwooshy, “feel good” arcade flight simulator. Blow things up over land, sea, and air, on an infinite number of procedurally-generated islands, but watch out for volleys of missiles; when you die, you're dead.

Futuridium EP - PC, Mac

http://www.futuridium.com/

An old school shoot'em up with a modern twist. Futuridium EP offers fast paced, non stop, hard as hell action, with an original 45 minutes soundtrack and colourful, glitchy graphic.

Tessallation - PC, Mac

http://tessallationgame.wordpress.com/

Tessallation is a First Person, “Single Player Co-Op,” Puzzle game about a 4th grade girl named Tessa that has the whimsical ability to time travel!

Xaxi - PC, Mac

http://www.noctuelles.net/Xaxi

A virtual memory palace of sorts, designed to teach Aliceffekt's Conlang Traumae, and examine the possibilities of learning and memory in interactive virtual environments.

Pocket Robots Test Chamber - PC

http://echa.itch.io/pocket-robots-test-chamber

A game of logic circuits.
By using logic gates, create a logical circuit for the robot, such that he was able to pass the level.

Electric Tortoise - PC, Browser

http://gamejolt.com/games/other/electric-tortoise/24547/

Short Blade Runner and I, Robot-inspired interrogation game.

Ending - PC, Mac, Linux, Browser

http://robotacid.com/flash/ending/

Ending is a single player turn based puzzle game about movement and death.
There are three modes: Puzzle, Gauntlet and Editor.
Puzzle is a set of static levels for new players to learn fundamentals and for masters to hone their skills.
Gauntlet is one long random level - search for the Ending.

Warning Forever - PC

http://download.cnet.com/Warning-Forever/3000-2095_4-10298144.html

The entire game is one never-ending Boss Rush – you face boss ship after boss ship, each one getting a little bigger, more mobile, and more deadly than the one before it. The hook is that each subsequent boss learns from the previous. Sneak around and destroy a boss from behind, and the next boss will have more back plating. Die to a laser blast, and the next boss will be covered in lasers.

Captain Forever - Browser

http://www.captainforever.com/captainforever.php

When a sleep-deprived pilot puts you in charge of his ship, you have to navigate the depths of Captain Forever, fighting other pilots for pieces of their ships to build the meanest spacecraft on the galactic block.

Battleships Forever - PC

http://www.wyrdysm.com/games.php

Battleships Forever is a freeware tactical Real Time Strategy game that put's you in command of a small fleet of warships in space. Combat and damage mechanics are extremely detailed. Everything is simulated in game if possible. There are no abitrary "to hit chance" values in Battleships Forever. The game also features many innovative mechanics that you've never seen before. For example, the Cronus Battleship sports a Flux Shield generator that allows you to draw a defensive force shield around your ships in any shape you want.

Secret Formula - PC

http://frankforce.com/?page_id=4385

Navigate a treacherous laboratory. Dodge lasers, missiles, and leap over acid. There are secrets of your origin to be discovered throughout the lab
 

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This thread is great!

Freeware certainly has come on leaps and bounds since I last dabbled!
Yeah, that's for sure. Nitronic Rush, Facade, and Warning Forever introduced me to indie games and PC games and free games have only gotten better since then.

I'm always super impressed by the work done by DigiPen students. If you didn't know, it was student games from DigiPen that inspired Portal and Portal 2. Distance on Steam is the successor to Nitronic Rush. The dev of Perspective did some work on the upcoming GalaK Z and is working on Four Sided Fantasy. Just tons of talent among the students there.
 
Souvenir - PC, Mac

http://souvenirgame.com/

Souvenir is a first-person video game about growing up and leaving home. The disorientation of becoming an adult is reflected in the surreal M.C. Escher-inspired world with multiple gravities. As the player delves into the fragmented world of her childhood memories, she chooses certain "souvenirs" to take with her to adulthood, to form the narrative of her coming of age.

Visibility Zero - Browser

http://vidroid.itch.io/visibility-zero

You've are an astronaut, stuck on a distant planet.
You need to find the Simple Field Emitter parts to fix Communication Device and call for extraction.
The good news: the planet is a junkyard, 99% chance to locate needed parts.
The bad news: zero visibility. Almost absolute darkness.
Pitch black. The only option is to use OneScreen 9000 device.

Recollection - PC, Mac

http://community.vfs.com/arcade/game/recollection/

Recollection is a first person puzzle game with shooter elements in a surreal environment

Proelium - PC

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=41470

Fight agents, mercenaries, zombies and samurai with 4 different weapons in this immensely satisfying arena-action shooter.
Contestants come from near and far to star on Proelium, the world's only fight-to-the-death TV show.

Suddenly, Thousands - Browser

http://omiyagames.itch.io/suddenly-thousands

Suddenly, Thousands is a mob controlling game that takes inspiration from Pikmin and The Swapper. As a lone individual, you can recruit characters with synchronized movements to help push blocks, trigger switches, and avoid perilous lasers. Help lead the mob to it's sacred safe-house!

Serenity - PC, Linux

Glitchhikers - PC, Mac

http://glitchhikers.com/

Have you ever driven alone late at night?
Found yourself thinking thoughts you’d never have anywhere else?
Weird music playing on the radio?
Glitchhikers is about that experience.

Broken Robot Love - Browser

http://games.adultswim.com/broken-robot-love-puzzle-online-game.html

One brave robot is determined to return to his ungrateful human owner. Scale lava pits, leap across cliffs, and manipulate lasers in this heartfelt robotic journey.

Outpost - Browser

http://jam.iamagamer.ca/submissions/50-outpost

Exploration platformer inspired by stuff like Cave Story and Spelunky, placed on an abandoned space outpost.

Ninjah - PC, Mac, Linux

http://chrismingay.co.uk/ninjah/

Get from A to B as quickly as possible with the help of your ninja rope and ninja jetpack. However, there is a snag. You may only come in to contact with blocks the same colour as Ninjah, else it’s POP and you have to start again. To help combat this, you can change colour by bumping in to the corresponding checkered blocks. Good luck!

Roadkill - PC, Mac

http://shawnbecktp.itch.io/roadkill

A game about absurd city-planning, anarchic pedestrians and casual murder.

Null Divide+ - PC, Mac, Linux, Browser

http://mtmbstudios.com/games/null-divide/

Null Divide+ is a top down shooter presented with a retro look and authentic NES music. Your ship is out of fuel, and your only hope for getting home is to salvage a nearby abandoned space station. You’ll explore the station, do battle with the machines lurking within and find upgrades for your ship to aid you in your mission.

ISIS - Browser

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/167055177/nsc-isis maiden voyage.html

"ISIS is a short narrative game; where you choose different options to change the story of your one-man crew and his ship's AI orbiting the sun"

Gravity Bone - PC

http://blendogames.com/older.htm

To make it in Nuevos Aires, one needs nerves of silk and the filthiest of hands. Mix together a batch of espionage, some high- speed car chases, fire-spewing assassins, and you've got one oven that'll never bake cookies again. We provide the pliers and you bring the moxie.

Secret Habitat - PC, Mac, Linux

http://strangethink.itch.io/secret-habitat

Aimlessly explore 99 procedurally generated art galleries full of generated artwork and generated sound loop exhibits. Maybe you will find some meaning here. I don't know.