10 Best Free Games For PC (And No Microtransactions!)

10 Best Free Games For PC (And No Microtransactions!)

With E3 on the horizon, now is a good time
to be saving them pennies for all those tasty
games to come. So what better time to start
playing free games on your PC. And here are
some of the best free games around. One quick
point – to appear in this list, the game has
to be completely free. No free-to-play games
with microtransactions, no free mods of games
you have to buy – everything is totally free.
You’ll find links to every game in the list
in the description box, so get clicking – once
you’ve watched the video of course. Let’s
do it…
Samorost is about a little man trying to stop
a big spaceship crashing into his tiny spaceship.
Well, I call them spaceships. Everything in
Samorost is built from photographs of bits
of bark and moss. It looks like a children’s
collage, stuck up on the classroom wall. The
difference is, you can poke these pictures
to cause things to happen.
Also, there’s stuff here that would never
make it into a children’s classroom. Like
a weird man huffing on an ambiguous drug pipe.
Or an angry anteater that eats our hero alive
and pukes him back up. Or the squirrel with
a woman’s face and an awesome record collection.
That last one should be in a classroom – no
one would skip a lesson if it was taught by
a mad rave squirrel.
The puzzles are nice and gentle, more about
working out the correct sequence of events.
The whole thing can be wrapped up in 20 minutes
– it is free remember – at which point you
can track down the sequels. Which are not
free, so I’m not going to tell you about
them. Sorry!
Space Funeral is definitely the weirdest game
on this list. It’s a JRPG where the J stands
for jesus what is this? You play a man who
can’t stop crying who teams up with a horse
built from severed legs. He’s called leg
horse, understandably so, and while he looks
horrible, he’s great at kicking things to
death. And you’ll be doing a lot of that
as you weep around a world filled with criminals,
bleed heads and a pig in a suit.
Fights borrow the active time battle rules
from Final Fantasy, but instead of fighting
a Cactuar you’re fighting a wolf that pukes
up blood. Space Funeral is weirdly obsessed
with blood, such as a title screen that offers
you the option of blood, blood or blood. If
it has meaning, it’s lost on me, but just
taking it at face value makes it one of the
funnier games I’ve played – you’ll want
to see what happens next just to see what
weirdness oozes out of the screen next. And
if does creep you out? Well, it’s not as
if you had to pay anything for it.
You might know Desktop Dungeons from the wonderful
Steam version released in 2013, but you can
still play the game’s 2010 prototype for
free. Yes, the newer game adds a lot, but
the solid gold idea was there from day one.
Imagine a roguelike in fast forward – trapped
in a dungeon you have to work out an efficient
path around a limited number of items and
monsters in order to level up and take down
a boss creature. Done right and the adventure
is over in ten minutes. Freeing up time for
playing the other nine games on this list.
Ideally you want to work from low level beasties
upwards, but sometimes you won’t be able
to reach them, so you have to start weighing
up whether to use magic or turn to religion
to bring down a tougher monster and leapfrog
a level or two. It turns each dungeon into
a giant sequence puzzle, letting you plan
moves with clockwork precision. It also has
a super meat boy in it, which most good games
usually do. So play away and if you find yourself
hooked, do consider the full fat edition for
a lifetime of micro adventures.
If you’ve ever been stuck in a traffic jam
and thought that you could do a better job
of local infrastructure then Open Transport
Tycoon is for you. It is a community lead
remake of 1994’s Transport Tycoon. It adds
a few quality of life tweaks for the modern
player and more importantly, is totally free.
The aim is to build a transport empire, one
that can sustain your business from the days
of the steam train all the way to the future.
If public transport in modern Great Britain
is anything to go by, this is an easy task
to mess up. It is fascinating to watch technology
change and your plans get more ambitious with
it. And even if you’re not interested in
the evolution of the bus, there’s something
very therapeutic about laying railway tracks
or linking cities with scenic routes. Or you
can just sit back and watch your tiny airplanes
fly over chunky field pixels below. Ahhhh…
Now, I’m not sure how you pronounce this
next one. Is it Nit, night, kinict, maybe?
It’s the kind of game that’s so chilled
out I’m not sure it minds what you call
it. Apparently, it’s a swedish word which
translates as tiny creature, which is exactly
what you play as. You’ve been kidnapped
by an alien and his ship has crashed, forcing
you to clamber about a big blocky world looking
for ship parts. It’s one of those Metroid-alike
games, with lots of snaking tunnels bringing
you out in surprising places. I love that
it’s squeezed into this aspect ratio, as
you are constantly wondering what’s hidden
above and below. Making a leap of faith is
particularly hair raising when you’re tumbling
past screen after screen of landscape.
It’s hypnotically calm, as the pitter patter
of the tiny creature’s feet mix with music
so relaxed it’s amazing your ears don’t
fall asleep. You can die, but only when you
mess up the generous wall jump. In fact, this
spider is one of the only things trying to
actively kill you and even his heart isn’t
in it. No, night slash nit is a perfect pocket
of peace – not bad for zero pounds.
Battle For Wesnoth is what happens when a
free game goes a bit mad, grows bigger than
some paid releases, but somehow still remains
free. It first released in 2003, yet here
we are with more and more battles to enjoy.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that The
Battle of Wesnoth continues to grow and grow
– it’s a turn based strategy game about
pushing out in new territory in order to build
bigger and better forces. It’s all about
expansion. And killing goblins. Which doesn’t
fit into my metaphor.
It reminds me most of Nintendo’s Fire Emblem,
both in the fantasy setting and the way you
nurture an army over long campaigns and get
stupidly upset when your most loyal soldier
bites the big one. That arrow only had a 20
per cent chance of killing him, but you try
explaining hit probabilities to his grieving
And considering the game has grown to 16 full
story campaigns, there’s a whole lot of
heartbreak waiting to be discovered. No financial
cost then, but emotionally? Good luck with
Next up is Robot Unicorn Attack, where a metal
unicorn jumps over gaps and headbutts magic
crystals. It’s an endless runner game, as
if someone looked at Canabalt and thought
‘that needs more robot unicorn’. Oh, and
the song Always by Erasure. And that’s what
we get: a robot unicorn going at a demented
gallop, with a 1994 synthpop banger blasting
out in the background.
It’s the song that makes it work. It builds
naturally, so as the game gets more exciting,
so does the song. When the chorus finally
kicks in your hand is already shaking from
the score accumulating on screen. This is
your moment to shine, to show the world that
yes, you are the best robot unicorn that ever
lived. Only for your face to crunch into a
Now you have to look at your robot unicorn’s
decapitated head, crying fat robot unicorn
tears. Time to hit restart and make it up
to the poor beast. Hey, it’s not like you’re
paying, right?
Dwarf Fortress is many games in one and all
of them free. Yes, it’s primarily about
building a Dwarf Fortress, but before you
even get to that bit you have to birth the
entire world. This part bit is mind blowing,
as rivers develop and civilisations grow over
hundreds of years. It’s like a sequence
from a Terrence Malick film, only Terrence
Malick films don’t end with a dwarf killing
an albatross. Not the ones i’ve seen anyway.
You see, once the world and its history has
been born you can go adventuring in it, exploring
the cultures and cities that procedurally
emerged during its growth. Think of it as
in infinite Skyrim generator. Yeah, you have
to use a bit of imagination to bring the tiles
to life, but there are still moments of stunning
beauty. Look at the waves come rolling in.
That ocean didn’t exist two minutes ago!
It’s a deep and daunting game for sure,
but there’s a whole community ready to guide
you. I’ve put a link to Rock Paper Shotgun’s
own beginner’s guide in the description
below – it helped me get a foothold so don’t
be afraid to try it yourself. It’s an experience
that money can’t buy. Literally, I mean,
it’s free.
You’re probably familiar with N, or as I
like to pronounce it, nnnnnn, which is the
noise I make when I die for the millionth
time. You play as a nimble ninja who leaps
around deadly mazes collecting door keys and
dots. At least that’s the idea. In my clumsy
hands it’s about a ninja who jumps into
spikes. And missiles. And whatever this electrical
thing is. The person I feel sorry for is the
janitor who has to sweep up the ninja limbs
at the end of each day.
If you’ve got more nimble fingers, however,
they’ll enjoy the five hundred maps included
here. I made it through about, oooh, 22 of
them. I can only imagine the kind of galaxy
brain you’d need to weave through the later
Of course, developers Metanet have grown the
idea since then, with two juicy sequels, N
plus and N plus plus, you can buy on PC. But
the core ideas – that is acrobatics and misery
– are both readily available here for nothing.
Just try not to chew your knuckles off in
Ah, Spelunky. How we love your winding tunnels
and constant threat of death by bat. We love
Spelunky HD, but before that took over our
lives, we were hopelessly devoted to the free
version too. And even though there is a shiny
version of the game for sale, you can still
download and play the original. This is the
game that was remastered as Spelunky HD. Think
of it as peeling away the 1080p skin and revealing
the pixelated bones beneath.
There are differences that make this worth
playing if you are familiar with the newer
version. There are tiny tweaks to movement
physics, enemies behave in unpredictable ways
and there are sneaky exploits that were removed
for its more polished big brother. The newer
version is definitely a fuller game, but the
free original still powers along with that
sense of excitement about what challenge it
might throw up next.
At the very least, it’s another infinite
adventure with no price tag – the most precious
artifact you’ll ever find.
Those are are my picks of the best free games
on PC – you can find details of where to play
them in the description box. Of course, there
are mountains of great free games on PC, so
please do fill the comment box below with
suggestions – tell me what makes them great
and maybe we’ll feature them in another
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20 thoughts on “10 Best Free Games For PC (And No Microtransactions!)”

  1. As always, please do suggest your own favourites below. Tell me your best free games – I'm cheap and love to play for nothing.

  2. Seriously ??? These are all well known older games really, there are plenty of new free indie games,

  3. Add in Kongregate and Armor game websites and you have a never ending collection of great free games.

  4. Here, let me give you freeware, downloadable games to busy yourself for months https://www.gamespot.com/forums/games-discussion-1000000/the-ultimate-freeware-games-mega-collection-databa-32826947/#188

  5. free to play game list, and you put on the list only indies. you guys should put games that have higher production value and are also free. for a person that actually has no money, theresnt the problem for microtransacitons because they havent moaney. i myself recomend warframe. but lets be frank, when a person hasnt any money, they will resort to piracy, i did that when i was poor, and when my contry ecomnoy breakths again, i will resort to it because i will be scrounging money to buyth bread

  6. Tbh, the free version of Spelunky isn't necessarily worse looking than the HD one. I always found it had a charm that the new version lost a bit of.

  7. My favourites:

    1. The Dark Mod – I think it has a Steam release now, but it's basically fan-made Thief levels. And some are very very compelling.

    2. Butterfly Soup – a queer VN about discovering your identity, starring South Asians.

    3. Katawa Shoujo – on the topic of VNs, have to mention this classic one. Really really touching stuff.

    4. Frog Fractions – the greatest edutainment game of all time, I learned so much from this!

    5. All of the Papa Louie games – Cooking Mama games with different themes every time. Really great challenge curve imo

    6. Meat Boy – the original flash game is still free!

  8. Bro… Warframe is not on the list? They removed a microtransaction system because it was used to much and there are no dlcs,and you can gather the premium game curency for free,it's also a third person shooter, everyone likes TPS and it's not on the list? Get your research right ma bro.

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