Just a few weeks into 2008 and gamers have been blessed with not one but two lists of 100 +quality freeware games, the first originally compiled in Games for Windows magazine and currently available at 1Up.com and the other made by a industrious gnome. The Games for Windows version does stretch the definition of freeware quite a bit though by including some games that are apparently only demos – oh well as long as they’re good and free
On closer inspection, some of the games on both lists do look slighly similar attesting to the fact that great minds do think alike – or probably one of them hasn’t been doing his/her homework
Some of my personal picks from the two lists. Haven’t got time to take screenshots of everything when there’s so many games in the two lists to play with, so I’ve elected to use official screenshots from the game developers where possible
Games for Windows List
© Wolfire Software
Lugaru (Action Trip – Page 2) – Weird game featuring talking rabbits and kung-fu action. You’ll need to go through the tutorial to get the most of this demo though.
Gate 88 (Armchair Strategy – Page 6) – An unlikely mix of space shooter and base-building strategy. See those weird shapes? That’s my base
Toblo (Action Trip – Page 2) – Physics-based Capture The Flag game done as a project by five students at DigiPen Institute of Technology.
Dwarf Fortress (Unique weirdlings) – Actually known as Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress, it’s a RPGish Dwarven society simulation complete with ASCII graphics. Wrote about it in March last year here.
© CrossCut Games
© The Battle for Wesnoth
Battle For Wesnoth (Strategy Games of all kinds) – A turn-based fantasy strategy game reminiscent of the classic Warlords II.
If 100 plus games aren’t enough, there’re always the excellent JayIsGames and PlayThisThing for quality flash/casual and indie games recommendations respectively, or my humble flash and game downloads archivesGames Games Downloads Recommended