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PostSubject: GOOD FREE GAMES   Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:17 pm

In this topic, we help each other find good games that are also free! Please keep in mind that when I say good, I mean GOOD good. When I say GOOD good, I mean that:

- The game should be very entertaining in comparison to the vast majority of other games.
- If entertainment value is comparable to a "good" commercial game, then this is definitely preferred.

- Should have a playtime/replay value comparable to commercial games. One or the other, need not be both, so long as it's able to keep you occupied for more then just a few days, and definitely more then a few hours.
- The more detail and depth a game has, the more replay value it tends to get, so this should inherently be a characteristic you look for.

- Novel concept: Has a unique twist or re-interpretation of gameplay, so that it is not just a clone of everything else.

Take those into account.

If you're unsure, post it anyways I guess, just so we don't miss anything, but my point is that it should actually be a great game you would play often, not just for a week and then get bored. Otherwise, this topic will turn into a shitfest of every single dumb crapware out there. Also, I realize that to some extent, "good" is a matter of taste, so whatevs, but don't be surprised if we yell at you for having bad taste!

In summary, my intention is that this be a topic one would actually want to look through, not just a compendium of "games on the internet".

Also, for the sake of helping me organize, please include the genre, a short description, and a longer one. Thanks

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STRATEGY
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Dwarf Fortress (City-Building/Strategy/Management):
http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/
You + seven dwarves + randomly generated world = infinite possibilities.
Spoiler:
 

The Battle for Wesnoth:
http://wesnoth.org/
Turn-based strategy game. Downloadable mods, eras, units, campaigns, and multiplayer maps.

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Platformer
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Spelunky (Platformer):
http://www.spelunkyworld.com/
A randomly generated rogue-like platformer
Spoiler:
 

Secret Maryo Chronicles (Platformer):
http://www.secretmaryo.org/
Mario clone. Has unique powerups and pretty clever level design.
NEEDS LONG DESCRIPTION

Knytt Stories (Platformer):
http://nifflas.ni2.se/index.php?main=02Knytt_Stories
Puzzle-based gameplay with power-ups such as wall climbing, umbrella, double jump, etc.
Spoiler:
 

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Other
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FreeDoom:
http://www.nongnu.org/freedoom/download.html
It's DOOM. DOOM .wads should work with FreeDoom I think.
NEEDS LONG DESCRIPTION

N:
http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/n_downloads.html
2D platformer/puzzle with physics and ninja-style wall-jumping

Elona:
http://homepage3.nifty.com/rfish/index_e.html
Roguelike + JRPG
NEEDS LONG DESCRIPTION

Darkeden - (MMO/Diablo-style):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkeden (No working official site?)
Diablo style MMO, fun but with some balancing issues. Be wary of cheaters.
Spoiler:
 


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PostSubject: Re: GOOD FREE GAMES   Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:13 pm

I've played plenty of free games and plenty of good games, but not many good free games. I suppose Darkeden is alright, or at least it was.

Spoiler:
 

Or, if you don't feel like reading all that text

Diablo style MMO, fun but with some balancing issues. Be wary of cheaters.

I can't seem to find a link right now, so just google search it.
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PostSubject: Re: GOOD FREE GAMES   Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:28 am

PunchFox wrote:

Dwarf Fortress: City-Building (Strategy/Management) - Start off with five dwarves,

Seven dwarves, motherfucker. SEVEN !!!!!!!!!!

I think I posted this elsewhere, as a rec for art.

Spelunky

http://www.spelunkyworld.com/

Free download for windows. It's a randomly generated platform game, but better that that makes it sounds. There are usually multiple ways of dealing with situations, depending on the equipment you have bought. Simple at heart, but complex once you get into it. Randomly generated levels mean that this one can be a real time sink.
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PostSubject: Re: GOOD FREE GAMES   Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:07 am

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Elona:
http://homepage3.nifty.com/rfish/index_e.html
Roguelike + JRPG

N:
http://www.thewayoftheninja.org/n_downloads.html
2D platformer/puzzle with physics and ninja-style walljumping

Wesnoth:
http://wesnoth.org/
Turn-based strategy game. Open source with tons of mods, eras, units, campaigns, and multiplayer maps.

Secret Maryo Chronicles:
http://www.secretmaryo.org/
Mario clone. Has unique powerups and pretty clever level design.

Knytt Stories:
http://nifflas.ni2.se/index.php?main=02Knytt_Stories
Platformer. Level editor allows for users to upload levels (and there are TONS of them to play). Gameplay is mostly puzzle-based. Powerups include wall climbing, umbrella, double jump, etc. but not all levels have all powerups.

FreeDoom:
http://www.nongnu.org/freedoom/download.html
It's DOOM. DOOM .wads should work with FreeDoom I think.


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Huge list of shit:
http://www.indiedb.com/downloads?filter=t&kw=Search+...&type=2&game=def

Site full of Linux games (most are also ported to Windows):
www.playdeb.net/

Site full of free games:
http://www.linuxgames.com/
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PostSubject: Re: GOOD FREE GAMES   Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:38 am

The short desciption for Spelunky :

A randomly generated rogue-like platformer.
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PostSubject: Re: GOOD FREE GAMES   Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:22 am

added Art's games to the list. More additions would be appreciated, thanks guys!
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PostSubject: Re: GOOD FREE GAMES   Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:28 pm

Lots of free games and other flash stuff.
http://funny-base.com/
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PostSubject: Re: GOOD FREE GAMES   Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:35 am

Runescape can be fun for a while.
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