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How to download free PC games without programs

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How to download free PC games without programs: You currently don’t have the option to purchase a paid video game. You are therefore looking for solutions to play free titles, which may not require the installation of additional software (to avoid filling your PC with icons, services and programs that may prove to be useless). You did some research on the web, but to no avail. But then you happened on my guide.

Well done! Given this premise, you will be happy to know that, in the guide you are about to read, you will find various information on how to download free PC games without programs , regardless of the operating system in use on your computer. I will tell you about some services already present on both Windows and macOS and all the other possibilities that can help you achieve your goal.

Courage: sit comfortably and dedicate a few minutes of your free time to read the tips that you will find in the next paragraphs. I am sure that at the end of the reading, you will have found some free games to download on your computer. Are you ready? Very well! All I have to do is wish you a good read and, above all, have fun!

Microsoft Store

If you own a computer equipped with Windows 10 , you can download many free games through the  Microsoft Store . If you do not know this Windows tool, you must know that it is a virtual shop predisposed to download applications and games that do not require any installation procedure, as this occurs automatically, as you are used to on smartphones and tablets.

To use the Microsoft Store, simply click on the icon with the shopping bag  that you find in the taskbar , in the Start menu , or you must type  microsoft store” in the search bar of Cortana . After starting the Windows store, select the Games tab and scroll down the screen until you find the Most popular games for free category . At this point, press the word Show all to expand the view and consult the list of many games available for free download.

The catalog consists of games of all types: card games, racing, adventure, puzzles, strategy, simulation and much more. Just to give you some examples, you can find the famous Fallout Shelter , the classic Microsoft games , such as Sudoku , Solitaire or Mahjong , or the famous Asphalt racing game .

When you have chosen the title you want to download, press the Get button and wait for the download and installation to complete. When finished, press on Play to start playing.

If you have not yet added a Microsoft account to the store, upon pressing the Get button   you will be asked, through a special screen, to access the game on other devices. If this option is not of interest to you, click the No thanks button and wait for the video game to download. If not, press the Login button and enter your Microsoft account credentials. If you don’t have one, I recommend you read my guide dedicated to this topic.

Mac App Store

If you use a computer with macOS , you have the Mac App Store , the virtual Mac store to download and install applications and video games, both free and paid. To use this macOS service, just start the Mac App Store through its icon with a stylized “A” and, in the main screen, click on the items Categories > Games .

Once this is done, scroll down the screen and find the Free Tops section and press on the word Complete list . By doing so, you will be shown a list, on the left, containing hundreds of free video games to download. Simply click on the Get button next to it and confirm the procedure using the Install button .

You may be asked to verify your identity by entering your Apple ID or Touch ID password (if you have a MacBook Pro or Air equipped with this component). Easy, right? If you’re asked to sign in with your Apple ID, do so. If you don’t have an ID of this type yet, create it following my tutorial dedicated to the topic .


Another resource that allows the download of free games without using programs, valid on different operating systems, is that offered by GOG . If you do not know it, GOG is a virtual shop that distributes free and paid video games without DRM, that is, systems for the protection of copyright.

If you are interested in this platform, I recommend you go to its  official website and create a free account. After reaching the link I have provided, click on the Sign in  >  Create account , located at the top, and fill out the form on the screen that is shown to you. Then type a nickname of your imagination, your email , the  password  you want to use to access the service and then put the check mark in the boxes below, then pressing the Sign up now button .

Now, click on the Store button in the menu bar, at the top left, and put a check mark in the Free box , which you find in the sidebar. In doing so, you will be shown a list of completely free video games that you can download to your computer: after finding the one you prefer, click on it and press the Add to cart button .

At this point, press the Check out now button and, in the new section to which you have been redirected, click on the Pay for your order now button . Since the cost of the product is zero, no payment method will be required and the video game will be immediately added to your GOG library.

To download the game, click on the user name you find in the menu bar at the top and, in the box you see, select the Games item . Then choose the video game and press on the wording below Download offline backup game installers : in doing so, you will be shown some files to download, useful for installing the game. If this is cross-platform, the installation files compatible will be displayed according to the operating system in use on the computer.

Just to inform you, GOG periodically gives paid video games for a short period of time. What I advise you to do is periodically visit the site and / or activate all the boxes proposed during the account registration phase, useful for receiving communications in case of discounts or promotions of this type.

If you miss video games for MS-DOS , titles for old versions of Windows or the first trial versions of some old games,  is the web portal for you. Inside, in fact, there is a vast archive for different categories of digital material, such as video games.

If you are interested in this service, which is completely free, reach the link I have provided you a moment ago and press on the icon with a disk that you find at the top, in the menu bar. In the screen you see, then select the items MS-DOS Games or Classic PC Games .

Once this is done, in the list that is shown to you, select a game you prefer and press on the word Windows Executable , which you find in the Download options box , on the right: in this way, the download of the files necessary to run the game on the PC will start.

I warn you that, however, some games are so old that you may have problems running on recent operating systems, such as Windows 10. Some, however, may not be available for download to be played directly in streaming, via browser.

Other solutions

In addition to the solutions proposed above, there are also some video games that are available for free download directly from the respective websites of the manufacturers. These video games, in general, belong to the multiplayer category and plan to be played completely free of charge with a store inside them to perform micro transactions on virtual objects and services.

An example are MOBAs , such as League of Legends , which can be downloaded for free without the need for additional software directly from the official website . If you want to know more about this video game and how to download it, I recommend you read my guide dedicated to this topic.

Another type of multiplayer video games are Shooter games , such as Fortnite , which can also be downloaded from the official website. Again, I recommend you read my guide on how to download Fortnite .

Finally, considering the different types of free online video games, I want to point out the MMO genre . Video games of this type are often distributed for free with non-mandatory micro transactions. There are several, such as Aion or Tera , but what I recommend is to search the web using the terms mmo free to play . In case, you can consult my guide on the best MMORPGs .