Five Free Games for Geeks

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 31, 2007
Updated • Sep 7, 2013

I'm sometimes surprised by the release of an excellent game created by independent developers. You can tell that those developers love their games which is probably the number one difference between games from companies who earn a living developing them, and enthusiasts who create a game out of sheer fun and passion.

I'm not saying that all paid games are bad and all independent games are good but this year has seen only a few commercial games that are worth my time and money while I enjoyed hundreds of independent games online and offline games.

I decided to name five of the most remarkable games that I have not mentioned before at Ghacks to give you a good choice of games to choose from. There should be something for everyone, we've got action games, a Zelda like RPG and a shooter.

Enjoy the games:

Ark 22 (Windows)

Ark is a action roleplaying game just like the old 2D Zelda games on the good old NES and SNES with very good storytelling and gameplay that lasts for about 10 hours. The game has a size of 20 Megabytes and is available for Windows only.

Black Shades (Windows, Linux, Mac)

You play a bodyguard (with black shades) whose task is to protect the VIP dressed in white from all sorts of assassins, zombies and punks. The game is well done and lots of fun to play. Best of all, it is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Death Worm (Windows)

Death Worm is a fast paced action game that reminds me of games that I played on the Amiga back then in the last century. You play a death worm that is speeding through the desert sand trying to catch all sorts of animals, birds and humans that are walking on top of it. Great fun.

Return to Sector 9 (Windows)

Great shoot em up game with lots of extras and secrets. You have to get used to the controls first which usually takes a few minutes. After that it is a great innovative shooter with power ups, boss enemies and lots of fun.

Sumotori Dreams (Windows)

Sumotori Dreams is surely an accomplishment if you consider that it only has a size of roughly 110 Kilobytes. It is basically a Sumo Wrestling type of game that can be played alone or with a friend. The real beauty are the often funny but realistic looking moves of the combatants.


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  1. Phantom_24 said on August 4, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Another game I’ve played for years….Ultimate Steroids. The guy also cranks out other neat freeware games as well….worth a search on Google !!

  2. AlphaRomeo said on August 1, 2007 at 4:45 am

    do you have a list of games using controllers?

  3. tash said on July 31, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    I couldn’t get Death Worm to work on vista :(
    but that black shades game is pretty fun and i’m gonna download the Sumotori Dreams now, the video was funny

  4. Terence Hill said on July 31, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    rotfl really funny Sumotori Dreams video!!
    With tragic end.

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