January 14, 2008
Run Out of Games to Play? How About 101 Free Games?
Is your wallet still hurting from the frenetic holiday season? Already played all the biggest hits and overlooked games? Then look no further than 1up.com's excellent list of 101 Free Games, the third in an annual series of free game features.
From shooters, puzzles games, RPGs, and strategy games, their's something here to fit everyone's taste. It's also a chance to try out some really innovative ideas that would never find their way into a retail game . And if you have any interest in making games yourself, maybe you can find some inspiration in this massive list of games, or just see what other small developers are doing.
There's even a couple of previously purchasable games (TrackMania Nations and Sam & Max: Abe Lincoln Must Die) now free to play and a couple great mods for Half Life 2 and Battlefield 2. I haven't had a chance to play many yet, but Crayon Physics is great (especially if you have a Walcom Tablet ) and so is the Geometry Wars like Echoes.
Posted by Clayton Ashley at 9:00 PM
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Looks good! Glad to see you giving some love to TrackMania.
There are plenty of great games that people can get for free or very cheap. Online flash games, bargain bin games, eBay purchases etc.
In the last few months I have managed to snag some killer cheap games off eBay like Turok 2 (complete) for $1 and Capcom Vs SNK for $2.75.
As for free games, my brother has been trying out Stepmania recently and it seems pretty awesome. There is a rock solid community behind it, putting out plenty of additional content.
TrackMania was a great little racing game. I found the bite sized mini levels to be a great diversion here and there. The track creator was also really extensive, and overall it's amazing the game is being given away.
I also recommend checking out another one of Binaryzoo's (makers of Echoes) awesome games, Mono.
Everyone needs to try Synaesthete. Amazing.
Crayon Physics!! I love that game :D
They should do this feature in the summer, when there are no games to play. Right now I can't play half the games on that list, that I would like to. There is just too much stuff out right now, that I still haven't played.
Oh and I can also repeat the love for Trackmania of the previous posters. I loved Trackmania Sunrise. Played it for multiple months. The only problem with it was it's copy protection: Starforce. I don't mind, if the games want to protect themselves, but Starforce prevented me from playing it more: There is no way to play a Starforce-protected game on a private Lan, because it's so much effort to install it on everyones PC. And only games that are easy to play on Lan survive really long for me. (like CoD 1 (it runs on every machine, guaranteed) and Warcraft III (dito, plus so much variety with funmaps))
I was never much into Nations though. It seemed boring compared to Sunrise. Sunrise was more intense and had more variety. I know it's crazy to say that, when there are loopings and huge jumps in Nations, and almost unlimited maps thanks to the editor, but compared to Sunrise it was just not as good.
Just played some Synaesthete and it is in fact awesome. A rhythm action game that could potentially be played with a guitar hero guitar? I'd pay for that (and maybe some variety in the music, techo is ok, but I get tired of just one single genre of music).
And the mod Minerva looks great. I've only just played the intro, but the polish put into this mod is evident everywhere. It's like some forgotten level Valve made, like Lost Coast.
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