11 Classic Games You Can Now Play For Free


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You don’t need to drop serious cash to enjoy a good game on your computer.In fact, you don’t need to drop any cash at all.

There are software developers out there that are so generous with their time and abilities that they’ve cloned plenty of popular titles over the years and released them for free.

Because these games are open source, the development community helps keep these games current and fun, meaning they’re not about to go out of style anytime soon.

OpenRA is a clone of Command and Conquer: Red Alert

Control armies on land, sea, and air to stamp out every last enemy unit.


EDuke32 is a clone of Duke Nukem

How can you forget the gun-slinging, stripper-loving Duke Nukem? If you already have a copy of Duke Nukem 3D, EDuke32 adds extra levels on top of it. Don't have one? They'll get you set up for just $6.


DXX Rebirth is a clone of Descent 2

Steer your spaceship through caves and caverns, blasting away at bad guys. This classic game can make its way back to your computer for free.


Pingus is a clone of Lemmings

What do you get if you replace lemmings with penguins? Pingus, the open source alternative to the famous puzzle game. This game features 105 playable levels.


Privateer: Gemini Gold is a clone of Wing Commander Privateer

Space combat fans would be remiss to ignore this clone from the famous Wing Commander series. Engage in open dogfighting and exploration while interacting with weird aliens and making your name as a freelance pilot.


FreeCiv is a clone of civilisation

Here's the open source take on Sid Meier's classic civilisation series. Start a civilisation at some point in history and do your best to sustain up until the present (and into the future?).


FlightGear is a clone of Flight Simulator

Do your best Maverick impression in this free and open alternative to Microsoft's popular Flight Simulator.


OpenTTD is a clone of Transportation Tycoon Deluxe

Vent your frustration at the MTA, BART, or other local public transportation system as you build a bigger and better one in this clone of Transportation Tycoon Deluxe!


BONUS: GTA 1 and 2 are available for free download

This should need very little introduction. Steal cars, commit crimes, and work your way up the mafia hierarchy for free now that Rockstar Games has totally removed the price tag on these classic games.


BONUS: The King's Quest series is now a free download

Retro gamers will be happy to know that the King's Quest series is free. You get to explore multiple kingdoms and have firsthand encounters with the supernatural.


BONUS: Doom's source code was released in 1997

One of the gaming heavyweights, Doom is currently under a free licence. Download it now to get yourself back in the 'murdering demons with a chainsaw' mood.


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