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The Best Multiplayer Freeware Games – Ever!

Ranked in order from the very best on down

For a more in-depth review of the top four games on the list click on the game's name


1. Gusanos (Promode Version)

Type: Action (Side view cavern fighter)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-2 Players

Multiplayer On-line: Infinite Players?

Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP , Linux

Related Games: Liero, LieroX, Liero AI, other liero clones, the Worms games (not freeware)

Summary: Worms with ninja ropes try to blast each other with awesome overly destructive weapons. It's like a real-time Worms clone.

Download Game! / Linux


2.The Ur-Quan Masters (Star Control 2)

Type: Action/Adventure (Top view space combat)

License: Open Source Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-2 Players

Multiplayer On-line: None

Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, Linux, Mac OS X

Summary: (Description of 2 player mode, not main game) Make a team out of 25 different ships, all with different attributed and primary and secondary attacks, and blow each other to smithereens. Planets have their own gravitational field that will suck your ship in and damage it if you’re not careful.

Download Game! / Linux / Mac OS X / -Source code


3. Liquid War 5

Type: Unique/Stratagy/Action/Simulation (Top view particle combat)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-6 Players

Multiplayer On-line: 1-6 Players?

Platforms: Windows , DOS, Linux

Summary: You control a small blob of "liquid" that follows your cursor. Try to surround your colorful opponites with your liquid so your troops will "eat" the enemy and convert them to your color. You'll slowly grow untill you dominate the screen or time runs out. Very creative and stratigic.

Download Game! / DOS / Linux / -Source code


4. RecWar (Recreational Warfare)

Type: Action (Top view vehicle combat)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-2 Players (Plus computer players)

Multiplayer On-line: 1-64 Players?

Platforms: Windows

Summary: Pick from 3 different kinds of vehicles (tank, hummer or hovercraft), 7 different weapons and 3 modes of game play (deathmatch, team war or capture the cow). You can play with many different teams, levels and a LOT of computer players.

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5. Rampart

Type: Action/Strategy/Puzzle (Top view medieval battle)

License: Abandonware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-4 Players

Multiplayer Online: None

Platforms: Windows

Summary: Destroy your opponent’s base by blowing up his fort’s ramparts (walls) with cannons. Rebuild your walls with Tetris type pieces and surround as much land as you can.

Download Game! - Temporarily removed - It is unclear whether or not Rampart is truly freeware


Type: Action (Side view flying 3rd person deathmatch beat-em-up shooter)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-2 Players

Multiplayer On-line: Infinite Players?

Platforms: Windows, Linux

Summary: Lemmings in Dragon Ball Z costumes floating around and blasting each other with various Dragon Ball Z moves. You don’t have to like Dragon Ball Z or Lemmings, just cool lighting effects and loud explosions. But you might want to turn the blood off.

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Type: Action (Side view scrolling fighter)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-4 Players (Plus computer players)

Multiplayer On-line: 1-? Players

Platforms: Windows

Summary: Cute short chibi people that beat each other up with bats, boulders, milk bottles and more. Choose from 12 initial characters and many unlockable characters, all with unique moves. There are 5 different modes of play. There's a little bit of blood occasionally.

Also check out the Little Fighter 2 mod Nintendo Vs. Sega. It pits many of the Smash Bros. and Sonic Battle characters against each other. It's obviously a fan mod and not always professional looking but it's fun anyway. It brings Super Smash Bros to mind.

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8. Flight of the Sumo Hoppers

Type: Action/Retro/Unique (Side view cool unclassifyible game)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-2 Players

Multiplayer On-line: None

Platforms: DOS/Mac OS 9 (To run on Windows XP you might need a DOS emulator like DOSBox. Emulators might be a pain but it really is worth it)

Summary: Stickman sumo wrestling game with horrible graphics, no sound and some of the most addictive game play on earth. Adjust your feet to force your opponent to the ground. A lot more fun than it looks and sounds.

Download Game! / Mac OS 9


Type: Action (Top view Asteroids clone)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-4 Players

Multiplayer On-line: None

Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP

Summary: Shoot at comets or your friends’ spaceships. Choose from 5 special abilities and tweak your ship’s properties, such as bullet speed, acceleration and more.

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Type: Action/Puzzle (Side view platformer)

License: Abandonware (From game author)

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-2 Players

Multiplayer On-line: 2 Players

Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP

Summary: Run around a collect gold while avoiding the cannibalistic monks. Use bombs, booby traps, paint and sleeping gas to help you out.Just like any other platform game. But you can’t jump. Instead you must go though mazes of ladders, teleporters and more.

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Type: Turn-Based Strategy (3D tank artillery combat)

License: Freeware

Multiplayer Hotseat: 1-24 Players

Multiplayer On-line: 1-24 Players?

Platforms: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP, Linux, Mac OS X

Summary: A 3D clone of the 2D game Scorched Earth. Scorched 3D has beautiful destructible worlds and a variety of tanks to choose from. As you win games you can get money and buy lots of cool weapons. It's kind of like a more serious Worms 3D.

Download Game! / Linux -Gentoo Linux -Debian Linux  / Mac OS X