In this article, we will be looking at where to find huge lists of free, open-source game clones.
You’d be surprised to learn that there are more than quite a few free games that do not fit the free-to-play model that our modern games have come to be known for. I say this because every time somebody posts a link to some unique, public, open-source game project that in any small way recreates some abandoned classic game like the ones from many people’s childhoods, people seem shocked to the bones.
Having gotten that out of the way, here are some of the best and most extensive lists of open-source games and open-source game clones. In order to clarify what I do mean by the above, I put together the next paragraph;
Open-source game clones are free public projects that produce games inspired by and using the mechanics of old classic games which include but aren’t limited to; Rollercoaster or Transport Tycoon, Doom, XCOM, Red Alert, Civilization, and Sim City — while not leaving out the classic roguelikes like NetHack and Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup among others.
From the get-go, you should be taking a look at the Open-Source Game List, or OSGL (opens in a new tab) which is a lovely list of games. Sharing specifics now though, the Top 50 Open Source Games (opens in a new tab) is an invaluable resource for those who want to get a grip on and get immersed in the cool, old and retro stuff. It will point you to evergreen Classics like OpenRCT2 and GZDoom, as well as impressively unique ones like – Mindustry and Citybound.
Another very loaded resource is the osgameclones (opens in a new tab), which to the untrained eye/gamer is an overwhelming list of games with a very wide array of games, even experienced gamers may lose their way a little. It’s a bit tricky to get the hang of, but the clickable tags help you to understand the general layout and goings-on. Major tags like “Clone, Official, and Remake” help to show where you need to go, and where that is on the resource page. For those who want to really dive into the deep end, We suggest you check out the complete (opens in new tab) and playable (opens in new tab) tags as very viable starting points.
Finally, another resource page you might actually find useful is libregamewiki (opens in a new tab), which is exactly what it sounds like: a massive wiki of open-source games.
One major reason why people enjoy these resources go beyond just enjoying a web of programming genius – adventure, sports, family, etc., they also run on low-end and low-spec systems which make them crowd favourites. Loads of them also work on or have a Linux distribution. This is especially useful for all new Linux users and greenhorns who’ve come to the OS via Steam Deck. While you are at it though, perhaps you could check out Freeciv (opens in new tab) and OpenXCOM (opens in new tab) now, you may be mildly or wildly surprised
On to the next one. See you later, ciao!