Ultimate Freeware List of Excellence

A big list of free games. No free-to-play games, only purely free programs.

Name inspired by neonaut's list.

Standalones

OpenTTD
(Steam)
Open-source transport managment simulation game based on Transport Tycoon Deluxe.
The Battle for Wesnoth
(Steam)
Open source turn-based strategy game.
Xonotic Open-source arena shooter.
Super Crate Box
(Steam)
Hectic platformer shooter where switching weapons gain points.
N Hyper-minimalist smooth platformer. There's also N++.
Spelunky Classic The first iteration of Spelunky. Rougelike platformer.
Desktop Dungeons Rougelike that's actually a puzzle game. Also has a paid full version. (Steam)
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress
(PeridexisErrant's Starter Pack)
(Steam, paid)
(Itch.io, paid)
The ultimate complex game. Generate a world, then look at its lore, live in it, or manage a fortress. Paid version has a built in graphical tileset and mouse controls.
UnReal World
(Steam, paid)
Graphical rougelike RPG set in the Far North during the Iron Age.
Brouge: Community Edition
(Site for old version)
A more accessible traditional rougelike. Just download the community edition.
Chef Boyardee’s Barkley, Shut Up & Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa The iconic and infamous baskeball RPG Maker RPG. Sequel to both this and Space Jam.
OFF
Alternate download (not Fandom, with additional links)
Famous old RPG Maker game.
Yume Nikki
(Steam)
Infamous old RPG Maker game. Has a paid 3D remake.
Deltarune Might not be free for long.
Iji Shooting platformer that changes based on your actions.
Hyper Princess Pitch Mad top-down shooter in the style of Smash T.V. "...sort of a remake of DOS Operation: Carnage..."
Princess Remedy In a World of Hurt
(Steam)
Shooter RPG thing about healing people. Has a paid sequel.
Off-Peak
(Itch.io)
(Steam)
Walk around a weird train station and talk to people.
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Fangames

Another Metroid 2 Remake
Community Launcher
Internet Archive Zip
Remake of Metroid 2 GB Nintendo shot down, but you can still play it. Get the launcher, and give it the v1.1 zip. The launcher can also make an Android APK.
Power Bomberman The ultimate Bomberman game, with online!
Rayman Redemption Complete remake that makes the game so much better. Also has a level editor. And a place for those levels.
Mega Man Maker Super Mario Maker for Mega Man. Comes with account system and in-game level browsing.
Mega Man Arena Platform fighter that plays like Mega Man. Also comes with co-op boss fights.
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Make and play kits

MegaZeux Like a modernized ZZT.
Knytt Stories +
(Levels)
(Recommended Levels)
Platformer with level creator.
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