5 Best Freeware Games of 2005

Many great freeware games have been released in the year 2005 and I'd like to present my own personal selection of the top five games to you.

The games include strategy games, action games, ego shooters and adventures; should offer something for every taste.

The freeware scene has developed in the last years producing bigger and better looking games that can sometimes even be compared to commercial products that have been released this year.

5 Best Freeware Games of 2005

Advanced Strategic Command

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Do you remember the game Battle Isle? It was a great hit on the Amiga Computer and can best be described as one of the first turn based hex-strategy games.

Advanced Strategic Command uses a similar mechanism. It's a turn based strategy game meaning that you and your opponents take turns to command units.

You can play against humans in multiplayer or against the computer in a single player campaign, or on single maps. You have different types of troops like soldiers and tanks and factories that produce new units.

The graphics are a bit outdated and there is no tutorial whatsoever but everyone should get the hang of the game pretty fast. Motivation and fun are what makes this a great game.

Map and add-on downloads are provided on the official project website which add further hours of content to the game.

Zac McKracken 2

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First, there was Maniac Mansion, then there was Zak McKracken. Those have been the first two adventure games by Lucasarts that used the SCUMM technology and a point and click interface which revolutionized the adventure genre.

Zak McKracken 2 is a fan project that looks and feels like the original in many aspects as it uses similar interface, visual style, dialogs, character design and locations as the original.

It has everything that most adventures of today are missing. Funny dialogs, great interface that is easy to use and riddles that feel like riddles. Remember when you found a chainsaw in Maniac Mansion but no fuel and Fuel in Zak McKracken but no chainsaw? Its the same type of humor, definitely recommended.

Please note that the game has a size of 2.9 Gigabyte. It is a large download that may take a while to complete depending on your Internet connection

Warrock

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Warrock is a Battlefield like game, and the only difference is that Warrock is free to play while Battlefield is not.

Warrock uses the same game mechanics as Battlefield and other modern shooter games; you have to capture flags to gain points for your team and to reduce the points of the other team while you are in possession of those locations on the map. To do this you can use vehicles and one of five classes that have different weapons and skills in the game.

You could choose to play as a sniper, engineer, medic, heavy weapons guy and assault soldier. Everyone is able to enter vehicles like tanks and recon to move faster and gain extra firepower. Graphics are great only some animations have to be worked on to make the game look more professional.

GunZ The Duell

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Update: Guns 2 : The Second Duell has replaced the original game. You can download it directly on Steam.

GunZ the Duell is a massively multiplayer game from Korea. You start by creating a character with options to change appearance and class in the beginning.  After that you see the main server window where you select a server to play on. The character starts at level 1 and gets experience and money from killing other players and objectives in the game. Game modes include Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch as well as some others like Gladiator.

Every character has a primary fire weapon, a secondary fire weapon and a blade or knife. You can also equip armor and grenades. Every weapon and armor can be upgraded by purchasing new ones from the shop. The game itself is more of an action game than a role playing game; you can perform lots of special moves that look like they came right of the matrix movie trilogy. Wall jumps and running along walls are two of the moves. It takes some time to get the hang for the moves but once you understand them they are essential for your in game performance.

Mono

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Mono is a fantastic, simple game. Your objective is to change the color of the screen to the opposite color. The player starts with a white or black background and has to change it to black or white by shooting at colored balls that explode into halves and leave traces of their color on the background. You get extras like additional firepower which you need badly later in the game.

I hope that you enjoy at least one of the games listed here.

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Responses to 5 Best Freeware Games of 2005

  1. Faizal December 29, 2005 at 4:18 pm #

    Hey you should try http://www.darkthrone.com, the best text based online games.

  2. Leandro Ardissone December 29, 2005 at 5:21 pm #

    Muy buena lista!

    No te olvides del Icy Tower: http://www.freelunchdesign.com/games.php

  3. sang nguyen December 29, 2005 at 9:33 pm #

    pretty lame games for the best of '05...

  4. MvChuck137 December 29, 2005 at 10:28 pm #

    I like the play the game that the Gunbound team made called "Rakion"

    It is basicaly in a midevil magical era and u lvl up and build your character. It's an action game so slow computers will cause a lot of lag.

  5. mondus December 29, 2005 at 11:52 pm #

    the mono link says: "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded"

    too bad

  6. Martin December 30, 2005 at 12:16 am #

    use this mirror from download.com

    http://www.download.com/Mono/3640-2099_4-10379806.html?sb=2&v=0

    I edited my article as well.

  7. Roomba December 30, 2005 at 2:22 am #

    I love to see good work that is free. It is not always about the doller.

  8. Ben December 30, 2005 at 4:25 am #

    Warrock is, I belive, only free while the beta-test.

  9. deathneo December 30, 2005 at 6:28 am #

    WAR ROCK is a straight rip and jack of battlefield, they even took sounds from battlefield....... isnt that illegal? Your better off buying battlefield 2 and getting mods then WarROCK

  10. Ivan Minic December 30, 2005 at 8:12 am #

    Mono is simply fenomenal logic game, one of the best that ever came out!

  11. Martin December 30, 2005 at 8:20 am #

    I agree with you, Mono is simplistic but makes lots of fun, has great gameplay and a good sound.

  12. Magicor December 30, 2005 at 10:52 am #

    Very good selection. I have included this link in FREEWARE_11

  13. brian December 30, 2005 at 5:47 pm #

    is it just me or is Zak2 only in German? Is there an English version?

    Brian

  14. Martin December 30, 2005 at 6:00 pm #

    There should be an english version because there is an english solution for the game http://www.nikis.de/zak2lsgen.htm

  15. Martin December 30, 2005 at 6:11 pm #

    you can download a version with many languages from http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=4361

    when you setup the game you can select the games language :)

  16. Jon Ward December 30, 2005 at 8:31 pm #

    COR Entertainment's Code Red Alien Arena should be on that list.

  17. Yogin December 30, 2005 at 11:41 pm #

    You missed an incredible freeware game:

    http://www.wesnoth.org

    It really shows the miracle of community development and GPL licensing.

  18. Mocheeze December 31, 2005 at 12:38 am #

    Someone is forgetting about Blockland: http://blockland.us Don't forget to get the (also free) addon of 'Return to Blockland': http://returntoblockland.com

    It's a free 1st/3rd person Lego building game that you do co-operatively with other people online in user-hosted servers. It got a lot of coverage (The Screen Savers) back in February/March. I've been addicted to it since then.

  19. G-spot December 31, 2005 at 4:06 am #

    I have to give a kudos to a game that's been in development for many years and was recently completed. Although the game itself is free it runs on the Dungeon Siege engine.

    The Ultima V remake done by Lazarus.

    AMAZING!!!!

  20. G-spot December 31, 2005 at 4:09 am #

    whoops.. forgot to post the site for Ultima V Lazarus.
    http://www.u5lazarus.com/

  21. ROFLCHOPTER December 31, 2005 at 7:03 am #

    All the best stuff in the world is free. I love you freegame maker guys. Big hug!

  22. Ken December 31, 2005 at 1:25 pm #

    Those games are NOT my favorites! My favorite freeware game released in 2005 is Babala, is Babala. It's very keen, try it.

  23. Colin Saunders December 31, 2005 at 4:22 pm #

    This is a blatant plug for http://alexadex.com, a free online game where players buy and sell shares in websites. Might make this list next year. ;)

  24. dee January 4, 2006 at 6:41 pm #

    Kingdom of Loathing rocks! The best MMORPG you will find, free to play,
    expertly executed and utterly addictive.

  25. Saad January 14, 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    dang man...........gunz the duel is a really tight game :)

  26. wolfie 13 January 19, 2006 at 4:02 pm #

    WAR ROCK is a straight rip and jack of battlefield, they even took sounds from battlefield……. isnt that illegal? Your better off buying battlefield 2 and getting mods then WarROCK

    Said by deathneo December 30, 2005 at about 6:28 am
    ^you sir, are an **** ****, IF you cannot apreciate that people do this stuff
    for free you shouldn't have clicked on this link if the first place, WarRock
    IS free and (in the korean version which IS translated) has more features.
    Bf2 will st you back when new 40 pounds! thats around 50 Dollars!
    Don't knock FREE games.

  27. Pyro108 January 24, 2006 at 8:35 pm #

    yea blockland DEFINETLY rules over all other games

  28. Mosh January 27, 2006 at 9:21 am #

    Decent list. Probably wouldn't have been my choices but still a very interesting read.

  29. Caja March 3, 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    Mono is a great game. I like really short games, too busy to play long ones, and a game can be played in approx. 5 - 10 minutes. the first couple of times it is almost like a wild halucination, my chair was even traveling around the desk.

  30. Vivek April 28, 2006 at 2:10 pm #

    This top five freeware games of '05 list isn't so great, but the comments (and the links) make it worthwhile. Keep post more good stuff everyone !

  31. Scotty May 9, 2006 at 8:41 pm #

    To all those jackasses who wish to complain about the games, just remember
    they are FREEWARE and the host of this site go to a lot of trouble to
    bring them to you! I for one am extremely greatful to the host, as I barely
    subsist on a disability pension and could never afford to go out and buy
    games.
    To the host of this site, I say "Thank you!"

  32. mijijo July 13, 2006 at 7:49 pm #

    Yo estaba buscando una lista de servidores Battlefield2 pirata para jugar,,,, solo queria divertirme un poco... Claro que no sabia que existia un juego Free de esta magnitud y categoria...

    I'm just can say THANKs....

  33. lenny May 26, 2009 at 4:26 am #

    get more and better games

  34. Tweaks4PC.com June 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm #

    Wow! Some real gems here. Most of them look like high-quality games. Really gonna waste some time playing these. Thanks for sharing! :)

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