Looking for a roundup of the best free GOG games? There’s a reason GOG was formerly known as Good Old Games, and that legacy is alive and well when you peer through the store’s pre-2000s catalogue, with arcade gems, sequels you forgot about, and everything in-between represented with gorgeous box art.
Look a little deeper into the vast number of games on offer, and you’ll find that some of them are free GOG games. While you won’t find many of the best MMOs for free on GOG, its collection of free single-player games should appeal to anyone looking to give their wallet some rest.
Most of the free games in the store are demos and prologues, so we’ve scoured GOG’s selection of the best free PC games. To ensure every gamer has an option, you can expect a mix of excellent point and click adventure games, some of the best old PC games, and many more below. We’ve also tried to mix in as many modern games as possible if you’re just here for the Good Games and would prefer to skip the Old part.
Here are the best free GOG games:
- Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
- Beneath a Steel Sky
- Tyrian 2000
- Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure
- Shadow Warrior Classic Complete
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
If you’re after a quick, accessible card game that doesn’t require much monetary investment, Gwent is one of the best deck builders on the market. There’s plenty of rich lore to hoover up if you’re already a fan of the Witcher games, and rounds are mercifully short, so you don’t have to commit half an hour at a time. It’s also available on mobile if you can’t always be near your PC.
Beneath a Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky boasts one of the most gripping and mature science fiction narratives in gaming history. That it comes in the form of a point and click adventure game that never strays too close to the absurd with its logic puzzles only broadens its appeal. Equal parts Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We and Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Beneath a Steel Sky’s world is still a joy to explore over 25 years after its initial release.
Not many will recognise this vertical shooter, but it’s one of the best of the limited arcade space games available on PC during the mid-1990s. The 2000 re-release improves on the original with a fifth episode and several new ships. Still, the rich variety of worlds, distinct enemy ship types, and deep level of customisation remains the core appeal of this shooter.
There are plenty of sci-fi scrolling shooters from the ’90s, and while Stargunner may not be the best or most popular, it’s certainly up there in the rankings. Much like Tyrian 2000 above, Stargunner remains popular because it offers so much more than most of its competitors – meaningful differences across its roster of over 70 enemy ships, three genuinely beautiful terrain types to battle across, and a nuanced ship upgrade economy that requires strategic thinking. Stargunner doesn’t do anything particularly new compared to other scrolling shooters, but it does the basics extremely well.
Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure
A spinoff from a larger title, Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure is a fresh narrative that serves as either more content for fans of the throwback adventure game or a sample of what’s to come for new players. There’s plenty more to uncover as you control Delores, who returns to Thimbleweed Park a year after the main game’s events, as she discovers that a lot has changed in the sleepy town.
Cayne is a blood-soaked sci-fi adventure game where you play as Hadley, a woman, who is nine months pregnant, as she wakes up in a mysterious facility with no recollection of how she got there and no clear path out. While the bigger, more fleshed-out counterpart, Stasis, is also worth your time – it’s not free. This intense and atmospheric side game gives you a short taste of Stasis’ world.
Shadow Warrior Classic Complete
Shadow Warrior Classic Complete is not one of the most celebrated FPS games, which is hardly surprising, seeing as it tries to go toe to toe with Duke Nukem for gross-out insensitivity. However, its gunplay still stands the test of time. Charging through levels with a katana and a rattling Uzi still feels great, and its legacy as one of the more challenging FPS games from the ’90s means you’ll likely get a lot of hours out of this freebie.