Free Computer Games For Budget Gaming

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This is a list of 6 great games that are absolutely 100% free to download and play with no strings attached. Basic info for each game is provided, as well as download links. Perfect for gamers on a budget!

War of the Ring Online

This is the computer version of the War of the Ring board game. War of the Ring has been highly anticipated by many board game fans, but saw a very limited production run. It's a very rare game as well as pricey. Fortunately, you can now play the computer version for free! The complete rule book for the game is also available for download, as well as a beta version of the expansion pack for the game.

"Long in the making, this massive game based on J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings allows players to experience the dramatic events and epic conflict that occurred before the end of the Third Age of Middle Earth.The War of the Ring allows players to not only control the military might of Men, Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, and the forces of Sauron, but also Tolkien’s legendary characters, making the fateful decisions of the Fellowship of the Ring or guiding the dreadful servants of Sauron as they hunt for the ringbearer. "

Operating System: Windows/Mac (Mac version is 64-bit ONLY)

System Requirements: Java 1.6 or later

Multiplayer: Yes

Filesize: 6.5mb (plus 32mb if you download the expansion pack)




"FreeOrion is a free, open source, turn-based space empire and galactic conquest (4X) computer game being designed and built by the FreeOrion project. FreeOrion is inspired by the tradition of the Master of Orion games, but is not a clone or remake of that series or any other game."

As a huge fan of the Master of Orion games, I was initially skeptical about FreeOrion's ability to deliver equal gameplay. I decided to try it out anyway, and boy was I surprised. The game runs very smoothly and the graphics are very good. It has a simple, streamlined user interface and it's easy to find all the information you need. The gameplay itself is quite enjoyable and I found myself spending the same amount of time playing FreeOrion as I did playing the Master of Orion games. Unfortunately, after playing for a bit, something seemed off. I then checked FreeOrion's webpage and discovered that the AI has not yet been fully implemented. The AI will not build new ships or conduct research in the current development version.

Still, if you like sci-fi themed empire building games, give this a shot. I'm sure once the game is completed, it will be great. It's worth trying, (if only to see if you'll want to eventually get the completed version) especially if you're a fan of the Master of Orion series of games.

Operating System: Windows/Linux/Mac

System Requirements: Website states:

"FreeOrion does not yet have official system requirements, and what it currently needs is highly likely to fluctuate throughout the development.
Earlier versions of FreeOrion have been reported to run on a 600MHz machine with 128MB internal memory, however this did not constitute a good playing experience. More recent versions likely will require significantly better computers to run. 1 GHz processors and at least 1 GB of memory are suggested, but requirements testing has not be conducted to determine this information.
Additionally, FO uses OpenGL, meaning you should have a 3D accelerator card with support for OpenGL 2.0 or greater. System with OpenGL 1.5 may work with some graphical options turned off, however. A screen resolution of 1024x768 or larger is very strongly reccomended, though the game can be run, awkwardly, at lower resolutions."

Multiplayer: Yes

Filesize: 159.4mb




"Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. The game commences in prehistory and your mission is to lead your tribe from the stone age to the space age..."

Very similar to Sid Meier's Civilization I & II. This is a good one and worth checking out.

Operating System: Windows/Mac

System Requirements:

100Mhz processor
25mb RAM
Internet Connection (for multiplayer)

Multiplayer: Yes

Filesize: 14.8mb (Win) -or- 25.3mb(Mac)


Download: (Near the top in the "Where is FreeCiv?" section)


"OpenArena is a community-produced deathmatch FPS based on GPL idTech3 technology. There are many game types supported including Free For All, Capture The Flag, Domination, Overload, Harvester, and more. There are 17 unique player models to choose from and 12 weapons."

This is a pretty good FPS game. It does have a lot of violence and some occasional racy content though, so it may not be suitable for children. There is an option to disable the blood, however.

Operating System: Windows/Linux/Mac

System Requirements:

Pentium II 233MHz / AMD K6-2 300MHz or equally powerful processor
64MB of system memory
OpenGL supported video card with 16MB of video memory. (Voodoo Banshee, TNT and up)
300MB of hard drive space

Multiplayer: Yes

Filesize: 296.88mb




FreeCol is similar to FreeCiv, except it's a bit more focused. Unlike in FreeCiv, where your goal is to dominate the world, FreeCol's objective is colonizing the New World. There are also some gameplay specifics that come about as a result, such as playing, and competing against, real colonial powers beginning in the late 1400s.

Operating System: Windows/Linux/Mac

System Requirements: Please see:

Multiplayer: No (In development)

Filesize: 32.9mb (Win), 27mb (Mac), N/A (Linux)




TripleA is a free program that allows you to play a variety of strategy games that use the Axis & Allies rule sets. The focus is on Axis & Allies, however there are many other user-made versions. For example, there is a fantasy based game and an ancient Rome version.

TripleA supports single player vs. computer controlled opponents, in case you can't find anyone else to play with. This is also a great and fun way to learn the Axis & Allies rules (and the different variations) instead of reading through the rule book.

Operating System: Windows/Linux/Mac

System Requirements: N/A (Not much)

Multiplayer: Yes

Filesize: 27.9mb



More Games

This is the second part of a two part article. For more games, please read part 1 which is available here:

Free Computer Games for Budget Gaming: Part 1


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