Who don’t like playing games without paying money? And I am not talking about Free To Play model or demos only, but whole gratis games without a price attached too. Steam offers a lot and this post is an attempt in collecting those to bring them to your attention.
It’s been a while since my last free games for Steam sort of listings. In anticipation of receiving my Steam Deck soon I’ll created this new listing. The titles are not specifically chosen to be playable on the Deck, but I’ll include current verification and rating status. Obviously I did not play all of these games. This list is collected over time in my notes whenever I saw the game and now the time to share is come. You will find from AAA and popular titles to obscure Indie as well as Open Source games.
Note: Games listed in my previous posts are not included here. If you are interested in those, head over to Free To Play Games on Steam and More Free Games on Steam. While these older posts are little bit outdated (certain games are dead in example, looking at you Underlords), you still might find something interesting.
- Aperture Desk Job
- BRAIN / OUT
- Crab Game
- Crystal Clash
- Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure
- FLASHOUT 3D: Enhanced Edition
- Fly Dangerous
- Goose Goose Duck
- Gun Devil
- Halo Infinite
- Life On A Pizza
- Lost Ark
- Lycanthorn II – Rain of Beasts
- Omega Strikers
- Rogue Company
- Russian Fishing 4
- Shrine II
- Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- TrackMania Nations Forever
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
- War Selection
- Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
- Honorable Mentions
- How to find more free games
The description for each game is directly taken from it’s store page. The count for concurrent players number is obviously showing the state when I checked it on 26. and 27. of September in 2022. Same goes for the other information such as current state of ProtonDB ratings based on user reports and Valve’s own rating for Steam Deck compatibility (can be found on each games store page). These may or will change in the future. So if you are from the future, go and check their state. I’ve linked each page.
The list contains gratis games that are free of charge and a few Free To Play titles with an in-game shop or additional DLCs.
Aperture Desk Job
Introducing Aperture Desk Job — a free playable short made for the Steam Deck, set in the universe of the modestly popular Portal games.
BRAIN / OUT
Brain / Out is a multiplayer shooter with a nostalgic post-Soviet feel. Experience dynamic battles and exterminate your enemies with a large arsenal of modern weaponry. Lock’n’load!
Crab Game is a First-Person Multiplayer game where you play through several different minigames based on children’s games, until only one player stands victorious.
Crystal Clash is a mix of Lane Battles and Deckbuilding – with action-packed tug-of-war strategy, just like your favorite RTS mods from back in the day! 🙂 Play 2v2 or co-op with a friend, or pair up with new allies and enemies! Collect cards, build your decks and have fun crushing your enemies!
Take contracts from sinister megacorporations in this isometric stealth action shooter with RPG elements. Choose your approach: hack defenses, take down the guards, or blow a new entrance with explosives. Use your credits to buy weapons, cyberlimbs, hack software, and ninja gear.
Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure
Delores is back home and working as a photographer for the Nickel News. Thimbleweed Park hasn’t changed at all in the year she’s been away… or has it? Sample Ron Gilbert’s new adventure game engine in this free prototype that uses “found art” from the award-winning Thimbleweed Park.
FLASHOUT 3D: Enhanced Edition
The classical AG racer, FLASHOUT 3D, initially released more than 10 years ago, is back, to celebrate the upcoming launch of FLASHOUT 3! But we bring you not only the first installement of the series for FREE, but we have also remastered it and enhanced with upgraded graphics and new features!
Extremely high skill-ceiling 6dof flight racing in a variety of environments with leaderboards, multiplayer and VR support
Goose Goose Duck
Goose, goose, DUCK? A game of social deduction where you and your fellow geese must work together to complete your mission. Keep an eye out for those malicious Mallards and other birds, who have infiltrated your team and will do anything to stop you.
GUN DEVIL is an explosive platformer about rescuing your kidnapped hell wife from Satan’s child, the Caramelized Dumbass and his Pimp Legion.
The legendary Halo series returns with the most expansive Master Chief campaign yet and a ground-breaking free to play multiplayer experience.
Note: Free to Play Multiplayer does not work on Linux/Steam Deck yet, but they are working on it.
Life On A Pizza
You are no longer the eater; you are the eaten. Play as toppings trying to survive on a pizza from the hungry Jaw biting its way to you and the ants pushing you to your delicious death. Customize the pizza, pick a mode and your topping, then hop in this hysterical party or solo game.
Loria is a homage to classics from golden era of strategy games, with modern spin on controls and user experience.
Embark on an odyssey for the Lost Ark in a vast, vibrant world: explore new lands, seek out lost treasures, and test yourself in thrilling action combat in this action-packed free-to-play RPG.
Lycanthorn II – Rain of Beasts
Lycanthorn II is 3D homage to games of old. You play as Rain, a Vampire Hunter, on her quest to slay Nosferatu.
Become a King (or Queen) at making levels! Join a community designed around level creation and online play. The level editor is simple to use and lets you create anything, even living creatures!
Muck is a survival-roguelike. Collect resources, find items & build a base to survive for as long as you can.
MultiVersus is a free-to-play platform fighter that lets you team up with your friends using some of the most iconic characters including Batman, Shaggy, & more!
NEOTOKYO° is a multiplayer first person shooter that provides a visceral & realistic combat experience in a rich futuristic setting.
Omega Strikers is a free-to-play 3v3 knockout striker. Choose your character, smash opponents off the arena using explosive abilities, and score goals in chaotic, lightning fast matches.
OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which players earn money by transporting passengers and cargo via road, rail, water, and air. It is an open-source remake and expansion of the 1995 Chris Sawyer video game Transport Tycoon Deluxe.
A game about 2D puzzles in 3D space.
pemsa is an unofficial cart runner for the famous PICO-8 fantasy console. We’ve included some classic games developed for this console with permission from the authors, including Celeste, Slipways & Hug Arena.
Join 20+ million players in Rogue Company, the ultimate third-person tactical action shooter! Become an agent of Rogue Company and wield powerful weapons, high-tech gadgets, and game-changing abilities. Accept the mission and jump into a variety of 4v4 and 6v6 game modes. Play FREE today!
Russian Fishing 4
Russian Fishing 4 is a fishing simulator with RPG elements. There is no story line and the whole process is based on the concept of an open, free to roam and free to play game.
Shrine II is a retro FPS game with a focus on atmosphere and exploration. Explore a nightmarish world and battle great bosses where the surprises never end…
It’s hands playing volleyball. Compete online and show who has the better ball handling skills. Style on your opponents through skill and a superior fashion sense.
Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion
Can you survive 1000 rooms of cute terror? Or will you break once the cuteness starts to fade off and you’re running for your life from the unspeakable hideous beings that shake and writhe in bowels of this house? They wait for you, they wait and hunger for meeting you.
Classic 2D jump’n’run sidescroller featuring Tux the penguin. Run and jump through multiple worlds, fighting off enemies by jumping on them, bumping them from below or tossing objects at them, grabbing power-ups and other stuff on the way.
The Elder Scrolls: Arena
THE LEGEND BEGINS
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
THE GREAT MACHINE AWAKENS
TrackMania Nations Forever
A free game in the truest sense of the word, TrackMania Nations Forever lets you drive at mind-blowing speeds on fun and spectacular tracks in solo and multiplayer modes.TrackMania Nations Forever offers a new “Forever” version of the Stadium environment, a solid solo mode and 65 brand new, progressively challenging tracks.
Untrusted is an online multiplayer (10 to 16 players) hacking / social deduction game: as an hacker, hack your target – as an undercover agent, disrupt the operation. Follow your objective or kill everyone – the choice is yours.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
Bloodhunt is a thrilling free-to-play battle royale game set in Prague consumed by a ruthless war between vampire factions. Use your supernatural powers, weapons, and wit to hunt your rivals and dominate the night!
War Selection is a compelling RTS game featuring base building, resource extraction and warfare. Evolve from a stone age tribe to a distinct industrial nation with unique game mechanics and battle for supremacy with dozens of players on a unique procedurally generated map.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Wolfenstein®: Enemy Territory is a free-to-play, objective-based multiplayer World War 2 first-person shooter. Featuring up to 32 players, choose either the Axis or Allies, as you fight across six maps based on real-world battle locations.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
The definitive digital edition of the competitive card game that has been evolving for over 20 years! Duel at the highest level against Duelists all over the world.
The following list contains games that are not included in the above list for one or another reason.
- Century: Age of Ashes: Dragon riding and multiplayer fighting. Lot of paid content and Steam Deck unsupported.
- Deepest Sword: A few minutes short funny 2D retro platformer. No paid content.
- Five-Finger Gunslinger: Simple Multiplayer Arena Shooter without paid content.
- GUNDAM EVOLUTION: Hero Shooter with Mechs. Has ton of paid content and is borked on Linux.
- Portal Reloaded: Excellent Portal 2 Mod. Not included in above list because it requires the original Portal 2 in your library.
- STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™: An online MMORPG with subscription model, as the Free To Play model will throttle XP after some time.
- Super Bomberman R Online: Service terminates in December 2022! You can still play.
- Swallow the Sea: Very short but interesting exploration adventure in retro style.
- The Cycle: Frontier: Multiplayer FPS from YAGER. But cheater problem and pay to win elements.
- Unfortunate Spacemen: Multiplayer space game about trust and betrayal. But seems to have pay 2 win elements (I can be wrong).
How to find more free games
- Steam Categories: Free To Play Games is a section in the Steam store which lists and highlights Free Go Play games on a special prepared page.
- Steam Search: Free is the official search engine built into the Steam store. You can limit the price and many other aspects such as compatibility, tags and player count in example.
- Steam Charts: Most Played is an updated page which lists the currently most played games on Steam. It also lists the price of the game right next to it and you can see which of them are Free To Play at a glance. Obviously this method isn’t well suited in finding hidden gems, but at least often played games.
- (External site) Steam Filters: Search Store is an unofficial website not affiliated with Valve. You can search the store by limiting the price to “Free” in example (under SETTINGS).