List of commercial video games released as freeware

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This is a list of commercial video games released as freeware; games that, in their original license, were not considered freeware, but were re-released at a later date with a freeware license, sometimes as publicity for a forthcoming sequel or compilation release.

Some of the following games are not freely redistributable software, as they have only been made available as a free download as freeware, but may only be downloaded from certain websites and with the explicit permission of the copyright owner. Consult the software license agreement.

For games that were originally released as freeware, see List of freeware video games. For FLOSS games, and proprietary games re-released as FLOSS, see List of open source video games. For proprietary games with released source code (and proprietary or freeware content), see List of commercial video games with later released source code.

Available games[edit]

The following formerly paid games have been made available as freeware, and are still in that status:

   Title    First release Freeware release Genre Platform(s) Publisher Additional information
3 in Three 1989 [1] Puzzle Mac OS Cliff Johnson
Adventure Fun-Pak 1989 2004[2] Adventure, Action DOS Apogee Software
Adventureland 1978 1993[3] Adventure, interactive fiction TRS-80, Apple II series, Atari 8-bit, TI-99/4A, Commodore PET, Commodore 64, IBM-PC, Commodore VIC-20, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro/Electron Scott Adams
Adventures of Maddog Williams in the Dungeons of Duridian, The 1992 1996[4] Adventure Amiga, Atari ST, DOS Game Crafters
Adventures of Robbo 1994 2006[5] Puzzle DOS Epic Megagames
Adventures of Robby Roto!, The 1981 1999[6] Maze (Puzzle) Arcade Bally Midway
Alien Carnage, a.k.a. Halloween Harry 1994 2007[7] Side-scrolling platformer DOS Apogee Software
Allegiance 2000 2004[8] Space simulation/Real-time strategy/Action Windows Microsoft Research Source code released as freeware; gaming enthusiasts developed Free Allegiance from released code.[9]
Anacreon: Reconstruction 4021 1987 2004[10] Strategy DOS Thinking Machine Associates Updated in 2004 by George Moromisato to run natively on Windows.
Antheads: It Came from the Desert 2 1990 [11] Adventure Amiga Cinemaware Expansion pack to It Came from the Desert.
Arctic Adventure 1991 2009[12] Platformer DOS Apogee Software
At the Carnival 1989 [13] Puzzle Mac OS, DOS Cliff Johnson
Baseball Mogul 2006 2005 2006[14] Sports management Windows Sports Mogul
Battlecruiser 3000AD 1996 2001[15] Space simulator Windows Derek Smart
Battlecruiser Millennium 2003 2005[15] Space simulator Windows Derek Smart
Battlefield 1942 2002 2012[16] First-person shooter Windows Electronic Arts Released as registerware freeware through Origin.
Battle of Britain 2001 [17] Flight simulator Windows Empire Interactive Only source code available
Battle of the Eras 1995 2013[18] Fighting DOS Procryon
BC Kid 1992 [19] Platform game Amiga Factor 5
BC Racers 1993 Racing game DOS Core Design
Beneath a Steel Sky 1994 2003[20] Adventure Amiga, DOS Virgin Interactive released to support the ScummVM Project
Beyond Castle Wolfenstein 1984[21] Stealth game Muse Software
Beyond the Titanic 1986 1998[22] Text adventure game Apogee Software
Bio Menace 1993 2005[23] Side-scrolling platform game DOS Apogee Software
Blades of Exile 1997 2007[24] Role-playing video game Macintosh and Windows Jeff Vogel of Spiderweb Software The source code has also been released; the game is still being sold on CD, but the open source version contains the full game content.
Boppin' 1994 2005[25] Puzzle Amiga, DOS Apogee Software
Castle Infinity 1996 2000 MMOG Windows Starwave
Castle of the Winds 1989 1998[26] Role-playing video game Windows 3.x Epic Megagames
Caves of Thor 1989 2005[27] Adventure DOS Apogee Software
Championship Manager: Season 01/02 2001 2009[28] Sports management Windows, Mac OS, and Xbox Eidos Interactive
Clonk Endeavour 2004 2008[29] Platform game/Real-time strategy Windows, Mac OS X, Linux RedWolf Design Only Windows version was released as freeware.
Clyde's Adventure 1992 2005[30] Platform game DOS Moonlite Software
Clyde's Revenge 1995 2005[31] Platform game DOS Moonlite Software
Command & Conquer 1995 2007[32] Real-time strategy Windows, Mac OS Virgin Interactive
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 1996 2008[33] Real-time strategy Windows, Mac OS Virgin Interactive Made freeware in 2008 to promote the release of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.[34]
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun 1999 2010[35] Real-time strategy Windows Electronic Arts Made freeware (along with its expansion pack Firestorm) on February 12, 2010 to promote the release of Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight.
Cybersphere 1996 2006[36] Arkanoid-style game DOS Psycon Software
Cybersphere Plus 1997 2006[37] Arkanoid-style game DOS Psycon Software
Dark Ages 1991 2009[12] Platform game DOS Apogee Software
Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion 2005 2007[38] Mech simulation Linux, Windows, Mac OS GarageGames
Death Rally 1996 2009[39] Racing Game DOS, Windows Apogee Software
Defender of the Crown 1986 [40] Strategy game Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, NES, ZX Spectrum Cinemaware
Dink Smallwood 1997 1999[41] Role-playing video game Windows, Linux, Mac OS Iridon Interactive
Dreamweb 1992 2012[42] Adventure Amiga, DOS Empire Interactive Entertainment
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994 2004[43] Role-playing video game DOS Bethesda Softworks Floppy disk version released as freeware in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of the TES series, and as publicity release prior to the 4th installment, Oblivion.
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996 2009[44] Role-playing video game DOS Bethesda Softworks Sequel to the aforementioned Arena. Released as freeware on July 9, 2009, to mark the 15th anniversary of the TES series.
Electro Man 1993 2006[45] Sidescroller DOS Created by xLand Games and published by Epic Megagames
Enemy Nations 1997 2001 Real-time strategy Windows Windward Studios
F.E.A.R. Combat 2005 2006[46] First-person shooter, horror Windows Monolith Productions Originally released as the multiplayer portion of F.E.A.R.
Fish Fillets 1998 2002 Puzzle Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and others Altar Games The original Fish Fillets was released under the GPL in 2002. Subsequently the Fish Fillets NG project has recoded the engine to enable multi-platform release.
Flight of the Amazon Queen 1995 2004[47] Adventure Amiga, DOS Renegade Software Released to support the ScummVM Project.
The Fool's Errand 1987 [48] Puzzle Mac OS, MS-DOS, Amiga, Atari ST Miles Computing
Full Spectrum Warrior 2004 2008 Real-time tactics Windows Pandemic Studios Released as a free ad-supported download.
Glider PRO 1991 Mac OS, Mac OS X Casady & Greene When Casady & Greene went bankrupt, the rights to the series reverted to the author, John Calhoun, who opted to give a few versions of the game away for free on his website.
God of Thunder 1993 [49] Puzzle, Action DOS Adept Software
Gridlee 1983 Arcade Videa
Gridrunner 1982 Scrolling shooter Atari 2600, VIC-20, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 Llamasoft
Ground Control 2000 2004 Real-time tactics Windows Massive Entertainment Registerware freeware released on July 1, 2004 to serve as promotion for its sequel, Ground Control II: Operation Exodus.
Hades 2 2001 2009[50] First-person shooter Windows Espaço Informática
Hardwired (a pre-release version of Red Zone) 1994 Shooter Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Zyrinx
Heartlight PC 1994 2006[51] Puzzle game 8-bit Atari, DOS Janusz Pelc (Atari), Epic Megagames (DOS port)
Heros: The Sanguine Seven 1993 2005 Platformer Jeffrey Fullerton Originally published in cooperation with Safari Software and Epic Megagames
Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe 1999 2003[52] Action game with tactical elements Windows Illusion Softworks Released as freeware to serve as promotion for its sequel, Hidden & Dangerous 2.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1984 2004[53] Adventure Flash Infocom Made publicly available as a web-based game by the BBC.
Infantry Online 1999 2007 2D MMORPG Windows Sony Online Entertainment Similar to PlanetSide.
Inner Worlds 1996 2001 Platform game DOS Sleepless Software Similar to Jill of the Jungle.
Iron Seed 1994 2007 Space trading and combat simulator DOS Softdisk Released as freeware by the author to promote Iron Seed 2.
It Came From The Desert 1989 [54] Adventure Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Turbo Grafx 16 Cinemaware
Jetpack 1993 [55] Platformer DOS Software Creations (US)
Katakis 1987 [19] side-scrolling shoot-em-up video game Amiga Factor 5
Ken's Labyrinth 1993 1999[56] First-person shooter DOS Epic Megagames
Kiloblaster 1992 2008[57] Space shooter DOS Epic MegaGames
King of Chicago 1987 [58] Action, adventure, and strategy game Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh Cinemaware
Kroz 1987 2009[12] Adventure DOS Apogee Software
Kye 1992 2008[59] Puzzle Windows 3.x Colin Garbutt
Lode Runner Online: Mad Monks' Revenge 1995 side-scrolling video game Windows and Mac OS Sierra Entertainment Based on the classic game Lode Runner.
Lords of the Rising Sun 1989 [60] Arcade Amiga, PC-Engine Cinemaware
Lure of the Temptress 1992 2003[61] Graphic adventure Amiga, Atari ST, DOS Virgin Interactive
Mad TV 1991 Management simulation game Rainbow Arts
Major Stryker 1993 2006[27] Scrolling shooter DOS Apogee Software
Marathon Trilogy 1994 2005 First-person shooter Mac OS, Windows and Linux Bungie
MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries 2002 2010[62] Robotic simulation Windows FASA Interactive
Monuments of Mars 1990 2009[12] Platform DOS Apogee Software
Mystery House 1980 1987[63] Adventure Apple II On-Line Systems Released into the Public Domain in 1987 to celebrate Sierra's 7th anniversary.
NoGravity 1998 [64] Space combat simulator Windows, Mac OS, Linux realtech VR
One Must Fall: 2097 1994 1999[65] Fighting DOS Epic Megagames
onEscapee 1997 2006 Action-adventure game Windows and Amiga Invictus Games, Ltd.
Oo-topos 1987 [66] Interactive fiction Apple II, DOS Polarware
Out of the Park Baseball 1999 2002 Sports management Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Out of the Park Developments
Overkill 1992 2008[67] Vertical scrolling-shooter DOS Precision Software Publishing / Epic Megagames
Pharaoh's Tomb 1990 2009[12] Platform DOS Apogee Software
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy 2005 Third-person shooter Midway Games Released through FilePlanet as ad-supported freeware.
Purge (video game) 2003 online first-person shooter game Windows Freeform Interactive
Puzzle Fun-Pak 1989 2004[2] Puzzle, Action DOS Apogee Software
Railroad Tycoon Deluxe 1993 2006[68] Business simulator MicroProse
Riftspace 2000 2008 Space simulation Windows Starwraith 3D Games
Rocket Ranger 1988 [69] Action game Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES Cinemaware
R-Type 1987 [19] Side-scrolling shoot-em-up video game Amiga Factor 5
Sango Fighter 1993 2009[70] Fighting DOS Panda Entertainment Released as freeware by current copyright holder Super Fighter Team
Savage: The Battle for Newerth 2004 a blend of FPS and RTS gameplay Windows, Linux, Mac OS X S2 Games
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul 2008 2008 Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
S.D.I 1986 [71] Action adventure Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh Cinemaware
SimCity 1989 2008
(as OLPC SimCity)
City-building game Was released under the GPLv3 for the One Laptop per Child project, and as Micropolis to the general public (the original title of the game).
Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon 1987 [72] Action Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS Cinemaware
SkyRoads 1993 [73] Driving DOS Bluemoon Interactive
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004 2011 Tactical shooter Windows JoWood Productions
Sołtys 1995 2011 Adventure game DOS LK Avalon
Spheres of Chaos 1992 2007[74] shooter game Windows, Linux, RiscOS Iain McLeod
The Spirit Engine 2 2008 2010[75] a 2-D side-scrolling indie RPG Windows Mark Pay
Starshatter: The Gathering Storm 2004 2011[76] Space combat simulator Windows Destroyer Studios Source code also released, content Freeware.[76]
Stargunner 1996 2005[77] Side-scrolling shooter DOS 3D Realms
Starsiege: Tribes 1998 2004[78] First-person shooter Windows Dynamix/Sierra On-Line Released as publicity for the release of Tribes: Vengeance.
Star Control II 1992 2002 Action Adventure Toys For Bob Released as The Ur-Quan Masters.
Star Fleet I: The War Begins 1985 [79] Strategy DOS Interstel
Star Fleet II: Krellan Commander 1989 [79] Strategy DOS Interstel
Star Legions 1992 [79] Strategy DOS Interstel
Star Wraith II 2000 space military simulation game Starwraith 3D Games
Star Wraith III: Shadows of Orion 2000 a space military simulation featuring multiplayer capabilities. Starwraith 3D Games
Star Wraith IV: Reviction 2000 Starwraith 3D Games
Strange Adventures in Infinite Space 2002 2009 by Digital Eel
Supaplex 1991 Boulder Dash-like puzzle game Michael Stopp and Philip Jespersen
Supernova 1987 1998[80] Text adventure DOS Apogee Software
Super Fighter 1993 2001[81] Fighting DOS C&E, Inc. Released as freeware by current copyright holder Super Fighter Team
Super ZZT 1992 Adventure DOS Epic Megagames
S.W.I.N.E. 2001 2005 real-time tactics game StormRegion Released as S.W.I.N.E. Free Christmas Edition.
Teen Agent 1995 Graphic adventure DOS
Telengard 1982 Dungeon crawl DOS Daniel Lawrence
TerraFire 1997 2005[82] Space shooter DOS ORT Software
The Three Stooges 1987 [83] Action Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, NES Cinemaware
Total Extreme Wrestling 2005 2005 2009 booking simulator Greydog Software
Traffic Department 2192 1994 2007[84] Top-down shooter DOS Epic MegaGames
Transylvania I,II,III 1982,1985,1989 [66] Adventure Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS Polarware
Treasure Island Dizzy 1987 puzzle game Oliver twins
Tribes 2 2001 2004[85] First-person shooter Windows and Linux Dynamix/Sierra On-Line Released as publicity for the release of Tribes: Vengeance.
Trivia Whiz 1988 2005[27] trivia game DOS Apogee Software
Turboraketti II 1993 cavern-flying game Amiga Heikki Kosola
TV Sports Baseball 1990 [86] Sports Amiga, DOS, NES Cinemaware
TV Sports Basketball 1989 [87] Sports Amiga, DOS, PC-Engine Cinemaware
TV Sports Boxing 1991 [88] Sports Amiga, DOS Cinemaware
Tyrian 1995 2004 Scrolling shooter DOS Epic MegaGames
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985 1997[89] CRPG DOS Origin Systems Re-released again in 2011 to promote Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar.[90]
Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991 2012[91] CRPG DOS Origin Systems Released by Electronic Arts exclusively through GOG.com.
Universal Combat 2004 2008[15] space simulator Derek Smart
Vantage Master Online 1998 2002 Tactical RPG Nihon Falcom
Warzone 2100 1999 2004 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, AmigaOS 4, PlayStation Pumpkin Studios
Wild Metal Country 1999 2004[92] Action Windows Gremlin Interactive Released as registerware freeware. Currently unavailable on the Rockstar Games website ("The Rockstar Classics free download series is currently unavailable")
Wings 1990 [93] flight simulator Amiga Cinemaware
Wings 1996 cavern-flying game Miika Virpioja
Wolfenstein 3D 1992 2012[94] First-person Shooter Browser-based id software
Word Whiz 1988 2005[27] Trivia DOS Apogee Software
The Savage Empire 1990 2012[91] CRPG DOS Origin Systems Released by Electronic Arts exclusively through GOG.com.
Xargon 1993 2008[95] Platform game DOS Epic MegaGames
Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport 1995 2006[96] Fighting game DOS Apogee Software
Zero Tolerance 1994 First person shooter game Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Technopop

Games no longer freely distributed[edit]

The following are commercial games that were once released free downloads but were not freely redistributable software.

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External links[edit]

  • Liberated Games — A site which features games which have been freed (liberated) by its copyright owners, in some form.
  • Remain In Play — Features commercial games that have been released as freeware by their copyright owners.
  • World of Spectrum — Large archive of legal ZX Spectrum downloads, with various permissions including some from Spectrum hardware copyright holder Amstrad.