101 Free Games!

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  1. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    101 Free games from the December issue of Computer Gaming World. All of the descriptions are from the article and can be thought of as in quotes. Game mods will follow tomorrow (hopefully).

    Freeware

    Abuse 2

    The side-scrolling action-game extraordinaire is back.

    America's Army: Operations

    This online multiplayer game offers terrorist-busting action that in some ways surpasses the Rainbow Six series. It gives a deeper appreciation for the exacting training, preparation, and teamwork needed in the real world.

    Ancient Domains of Mystery

    Yes, it's ASCII. And yes, it's arguably better than Nethack.

    Beneath a Steel Sky

    A cyberpunk adventure in the adventure genre.

    Blip & Blop: Balls of Steel

    Blast Pokemon, Care Bears, Smurfs, and other icons to smithereens while you wait for the inevitable lawsuit.

    Colossus

    Free Java version of the boardgame Titans, a fantasy wargame featuring mythical creatures.

    Falcon's Eye

    Adventure game that turns Nethack's ASCII symbols into isometric graphics.

    GeneRally

    A top-down racing game that includes a physics engine with enough detail to keep things interesting. There's a varied selection of cars and if you can't find someone to race against, you can also whup your ghost car.

    Grand Theft Auto

    Hidden away on Rockstar Games' website is a free complete version. Downloading this is a serious commitment - 328 MB - and Rockstar is limiting the number of concurrent connections to keep its servers from crashing.

    Little Fighter 2

    You're little. You fight. You're a little fighter.

    Notrium

    Use Crimsonland-like (a game in Shareware) controls to solve puzzles and escape a hostile planet.

    Orbiter

    Space shuttle flight simulator that can handle everything from the surface of the Earth to the far reaches of the solar system. Lots of add-ons and high-res textures and the next installment promises particle effects and other goodies.

    Pekka Kana 2

    Side-scrolling action at its finest and free-est.

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

    Lets up to 32 players battle through an entire campaign, leveling up their skills and abilities in the process. It also introduces several new character classes essential to the kind of teamwork this game requires.

    Stair Dismount and Truck Dismount

    The objective? Do the most possible damage to a crash-test dummy by booting him down the stairs or putting him in, on, or in front of a speeding truck.

    Steel Panthers: World at War

    An old DOS game updated to work in Windows and offers enough scenarios to keep any WWII buff occupied indefinitely.

    Stick Soldiers 2

    Even its simplistic graphics can't bring down the gameplay.

    The Ardennes Offensive

    This Korsun Pocket predecessor is a fantastic strategy game with a great interface.

    Vantage Masters Online

    Not the greatest game ever, but where else will you find a free online RPG?

    Wazzal

    This top-down action-adventure game plays out like pirates in outer space.

    Shareware

    Avernum 3

    Huge, open-ended hardcore turn-based RPG that hearken back to the glory days of Ultima.

    Base Golf

    Bizarre blend of golf and baseball that's more challenging than its cartoony graphics and weird subject matter would imply.

    Bookworm

    Rack up a big score by hunting out words snaking through the jumble of Scrabble-style tiles while making sure to use up buring tiles before they hit the bottom of the screen and end the game.

    Bridge Construction Set

    No-frills civil engineering sim is way more fun than it should be.

    Crimsonland

    Third-person shooter that features fast paced "one man against the swarming hordes" gameplay. Has loads of unique power-ups and a very cool experience-point system for buying crucial character-improving perks.

    Doom

    Good old-school first person shooter still available (Win95 version recommended)

    Hollywood Mogul

    Little more than a spreadsheet program, but if you suspend disbelief, you can produce all of your dream movie projects, from assigning writers and hiring talent to determining advertising and production budgets, and even pimping your films for awards.

    Kyodai Mahjongg

    Fancy-pants cross between Concentration and solitaire, with an international flair.

    Laser Squad Nemesis

    From the makers of X-Com but multiplayer in focus, this is a squad-based play-by-e-mail alien-hunting strategy game which includes a tutorial, three actual e-mail matches, and unlimited hotseat play.

    Mutant Storm

    A psycho candy-colored cross of Robotron and Asteroids, this arcade shooter is packed with 89 furious levels of pandemonium.

    Pure Pinball

    Shareware version of Excessive Speed, a glitzy racing-themes table with more ramps than the US freeway system.

    Ricochet Xtreme

    An Arkanoid-style arcade game that delivers a slew of cool power-ups, frenzied multiple-ball-bouncing mayhem, and a seemingly endless number of incredibly clever and challenging levels.

    Rings of Magi

    Object of this puzzle game is to line up rows of colored rings to clear them from the screen - very tough at higher levels.

    Rocket Mania Deluxe

    From the creator of Bejeweled and Bookworm, here you need to connect fuses to set off fireworks.

    Samurai

    Looks more than a little hex-based Risk board, but it's a brilliant land-grab strategy game for up to four players.

    Snood

    Connect three or more heads to make them disappear.

    Starscape

    Features resource collection and management, research, galactic exploration and navigation, ship design and customized ship creation, cool art direction, and fun Asteroids style space combat.

    Starters Orders

    Sports-strategy hybrid that lets you train and race your own Thoroughbreds.

    Zillions of Games 2.0

    Collection of puzzle-based board games that can easily be minimized in a window.
  2. Nightstalkers Creature — Nightstalker

    Don't forget the mods for Max Payne, Warcraft III, Age of Mythology, and Red Alert 2 at the very bottom of the list


    Hey, those are some kick butt games. And I know how you want to modify your Max Payne experience with some kung fu action.
  3. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Yeah, all of the 101 games/mods can be found at the link, I'm just providing descriptions from the magazine in case some titles are not immediately obvious as to what they're about.
  4. Svenmonkey Pants Chancellor

    Sweet, They made a Stick Soldiers 2 and an Abuse 2. I played both of those back in the day.

    "Back in the day," of course, meaning about a year ago.
  5. TomB Administrative Assistant

    Click here for more free games, and these do not require downloads.
  6. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Just need Flash and Shockwave to play them...
  7. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    This might be an annual thing for Computer Gaming World... they're all not "free"; they're freeware, shareware, and mods for existing games. Find them here
  8. Nightstalkers Creature — Nightstalker

    All of those magazines are now using 1up for some reason...


    I guess they get a group rate.
  9. Notepad Seffy Sefro

    Nice to see so many free wares not from the skriptkiddie community. Prety cool. I just might download some of this stuff. No more illegal roms and such (thought I haven't played an emulator since something like 98 or 99)
  10. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Well, all of the mags are "published" (I think that's the right term) by the same company (I think Ziff Davis) so it makes sense to use the same domain for all of their mags. Just like Wizards uses "wizards.com" for all of their products...
  11. Oversoul The Tentacled One

    I was kind of surprised not to see Castle of the Winds. That game is fun.
  12. train The Wildcard!!!...

    thanks webbed one and tomB
  13. Nightstalkers Creature — Nightstalker

    Wonder what other great freeware games are out there.... Ooh, I'd like more quality mods.
  14. orgg Administrator

    The Grand Theft Auto download is worth the wait.

    If y'wonder what the fuss is about, take the time. It's worth it.

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