How to search for free games: Do you usually use your trusted computer as a gaming station, are you constantly looking for new and interesting titles to try but at the same time you don’t want to spend money on the purchase of this or that other video game? Well, then you just happened on the right guide, at the right time. Today, in fact, I want to show you how to search for free games . Happy?
In the following lines we will get to know some interesting digital video game distribution services that offer games at zero cost for computers and various other solutions through which it is possible to find interesting titles to be installed immediately on PC or Mac. For completeness of information, it will be also my concern to show you how to search for free games on smartphones and tablets in order to allow you to have fun on the move.
Then? Would you like to find out how to search for free games? Yes? Fantastic! I would say, therefore, not to waste any more precious time, to ban the chatter and immediately begin to get busy. I am sure that in the end you will be able to find even more than one game that can attract your attention and that in case of need you will also be ready to advise all your friends interested in the topic. Happy reading and … have fun!
Look for free computer games
Let’s start with a selection of sites and services that allow you to download free games to your computer.
Let’s start this guide on how to search for free games talking about Steam and its rich, indeed very rich catalog. If – strangely – you have never heard of it, I would like to point out that it is the most famous digital video game distribution service for computers. Steam supports Windows , macOS and Linux and includes a huge selection of titles at zero cost or free to download but with paid content.
To find the list of all the games available on Steam that can be downloaded for free, click here in order to connect to the appropriate web page of the service. Then identify the game or games of your interest by ordering them according to specific criteria using the appropriate filters and rankings available, take a look at the description (to understand if the game can actually interest you or not) by bringing the cursor on the relevant title and make sure also the fact that the operating system you use is included among the supported platforms.
Once you have identified the game or games that interest you, immediately download it to your computer by registering for free to Steam and proceeding with the installation of its official client on your operating system.
To do this, connected to the main Steam web page, click on the Install Steam button located at the top right and, to conclude, click on the green Install Steam button now on the page that opens so that you can download the software immediately . So wait for the download of the client to complete. Next, double-click on the downloaded file and follow the simple installation procedure that is shown on the screen.
Therefore, start Steam, wait a few minutes for all the components necessary to run the program to be downloaded from the Internet and then create your free account on the platform: to do so, click on the Create a new account button to view on the screen and then fill out the form that is proposed to you by providing the requested information.
Finally, log in to the service, then go first to the Games section and then to the Free-to-play section of the client to start browsing all the games to download for free for PC. If you want some “tips” about some of the zero-cost titles available on Steam that in my opinion are worth trying, take a look at the following list.
- Shakes and Fidget – Yes, it’s an award-winning title that makes fantasy RPG satire its strong point! In the game, you have to customize your cartoon hero and take first place in the Hall of Fame.
- Dota 2 – This famous strategic MMO from Valve is equipped with wonderful three-dimensional graphics. The object of the game is to destroy the enemies of defensive towers, invading their bases and eliminate the Ancient.
- Unturned – Yes it is a game with graphics in some ways similar to that of Minecraft in which you have to team up with other users to survive hungry zombies. The game is configured as an online multiplayer and is definitely fun.
- Alien Swarn – Yes, it is an arena structured multiplayer action. It is set in a science fiction world in which a fearsome alien invasion must be eradicated with the sound of super-powerful weapons and epic battles.
- Fishing Planet – A nice and exciting fishing game with decidedly realistic 3D graphics.
- Heroes & Generals – This is a strategic war-themed FPS set during the Second World War. In the game you find yourself having to play the role of soldiers on the field but also those of the generals who direct the battle strategies.
You can also search for free games on GOG , a digital video game distribution service owned by CD Projekt. The catalog is not huge, let’s be clear, but the site is definitely worth a look if you have no desire to spend money to play on the computer.
You can view the complete list of free games available on GOG by clicking here , while to create your free account on the site you must click on the Sign up button located at the top right and fill out the form that is proposed to you.
When registration is complete, to download one of the titles available on the platform, click on the Free button located next to its name, select the cart icon located at the top right and click on the Checkout Now button . On the page that opens, remove the check from the item Gift this order . click on the Pay for your order now button and proceed to download the video game by going to your gaming library on GOG.
How you do it? Simply click on the Account button at the top of the page, select the game poster and click on the link located under the Game downloads item in the box that opens.
The solutions to search for free games above have not been able to attract your attention in a particular way? Then immediately take a look at Game Jolt : it is a website dedicated to indie games on which you can find many titles of all genres that can be downloaded for free (but also for a fee). Obviously do not expect blockbuster in the videogame world of the caliber of _GTA_ or _Assassin’s Creed_, but this does not mean that behind a graphic and / or an approximate plot, small jewels can be hidden to be discovered.
To browse the catalog of games available on Game Jolt, connected to the main page of the site and click on one of the icons dedicated to the genres of video games available for download that you find below: Action , Platformer , RPG , Shooter , etc. In this way, you will see the complete list of titles belonging to the selected category.
Once the list of games belonging to the selected genre has been displayed, click on the Price menu in the top bar and select the item Free / Name Your Price , to view only the free games. Then use the other filters available to further refine your search. You can choose to browse only the games for a specific operating system (by default a filter is applied that shows you only the titles for the OS currently in use), those based on outward technology ( HTML , Flash etc.) , those destined for a specific age group and those in phase, say, let’s say beta or those who have already reached the final part of their development.
If you prefer, you can also choose to order the various games available based on the Featured , Hot or Best criteria that you find at the top left or you can use the search bar located on the right to immediately find a specific title.
Now you just have to click on the preview image of the title you want to download and download it by clicking on the Download button . You will then have to extract the game you downloaded from the ZIP archive in which it is contained and launch its installation package, but these steps can vary from videogame to videogame.
If you are particularly interested in online multiplayer (the so-called MMOs), then you can search for free games for your computer on the MMOBOMB website which offers a constantly updated list with the best games of this type divided by genre: shooter, fantasy, titles strategy, sports MMO etc. They are all free-to-play.
To browse all the video games in the MMOBOMB ranking, place the pointer on the DOWNLOAD GAMES button located at the top left and select the game genre you prefer from the menu that appears. Next, click on the title of the game that interests you and proceed to its download by clicking first on the button Play now and then on the link on the official website of the game.
Another site to which I want to suggest you to look for free games is Caiman : it is a portal on which you can find freeware titles for PC and Mac to download on your computer and use without any kind of limitation as well as without an Internet connection. Those available are mostly minigames that can satisfy all tastes.
To download games from Caiman and to install them for free on your computer, first connect to the main page of the site, then select a category from the left sidebar. Then choose the game you want to download by clicking on its title and then press first on Download from caiman.us and then on Download game . Alternatively, you can also download the games of your interest directly from the official website of the selected title by clicking on the Authors homepage link .
Then wait for the download of the game to be started first and then completed. Then, click on the file you just obtained and follow the installation procedure of the game by following the simple steps that are shown to you.
Apple Arcade is an “all you can play” solution proposed by Apple to users of macOS (from macOS Catalina), iOS and tvOS which offers a catalog of over 100 exclusive games, without advertising and without in-app purchases, for 4.99 euro / month (with access for up to 6 users).
It can be tried free of charge for 1 month. If you want to try it too, open the App Store on the device, select the Apple Arcade tab and press the Free trial button . More info here .
Look for free games for smartphones and tablets
As for smartphones and tablets, it is practically needless to say that to search for free games, just go to the app store of your interest where there are many and for all tastes. However, considering the wide variety of titles available and taking into account the fact that doing this on the Apple or Google marketplace can lead to confusion, I want to provide a tip that I hope will be useful for finding new and interesting titles at zero cost.
There are services that allow you to monitor the ongoing promotions on the App Store ( iOS ) and Google Play ( Android ) and download many titles for free that are normally paid. Here they are in detail.
- AppShopper – Yes it is an excellent online service that allows you to discover all the discounts and promotions in progress on the App Store. Report both apps and games. It is also available as an application for iPhone and iPad.
- AppSales – Yes it is an excellent service dedicated to Android that reports discounted applications and games. It is also available as an app.
- AppDeals – This is a very interesting service that signals ongoing promotions for apps and games on the Windows Store.
To conclude, I want to link some of my guides in which I have provided you with some of the best titles to play on mobile devices and that you can certainly consider looking for free games. If you own an Android smartphone or tablet, you can read my post download free games for Android and my tutorial on the best Android games . If instead you use an iPhone or an iPad, you can consult my guide to the best iPhone games as well as my article for iPad games .
In both cases, there are all kinds of games that can be downloaded and installed without spending a single penny: arcade, strategy, action, shooter and so on. Try to find the one you prefer among the various indicated and immediately download the titles that you think will be most interesting for you.