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Free alternatives to classic/well known games

User is offline   MrFlibble 

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View Posturaganotkirki, on 18 June 2014 - 08:01 AM, said:

Hmm, I thought that this topic was for free, libre and open source games under some GPL license.

Well, that wasn't my objective. While I have indeed mentioned the GPL license in the OP I did not intend to only include GPL games on the list.

However, some time ago I attempted to compile a list of open source GPL games, which can be found here:
Free open source games

Not all of them are "true" FOSS games, but I tried to specifically mark those titles that are not entirely free. (e.g. only the source code was releasedunder the GPL).
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User is offline   Max Payne 

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Didnt see perfect dark, golden eye 007 or Turok. boooo

He was trying to buy more sand for his hour glass. I wasn't selling any.
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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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#93

You're welcome to find alternatives to those games, and I'll gladly add them to the list.

In other news, I keep forgetting to mention Wyrmsun, a real-time strategy that is greatly inspired by Warcraft II. It runs on a modified Stratagus engine and adds a lot of extra features such as individual names and traits for units, experience points, and a turn-based grand strategy mode. All graphics were done from scratch but have a distinct Blizzard feel.
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User is offline   Flying Techbot 

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Seeing games like these in existence is like something out of a dream. One would ask "What would happen if alternative free versions of favorite games existed?," and people out there made it happen. They are by no means perfect, but I am amazed by the little touches the developers of some of these games made to indicate their connection with the originals. I've played OpenArena, OpenDungeons, Blasphermer, Freedoom, Cube, and Priority: Survive, and while most of them are experimental, some of them I find enjoyable. Priority: Survive is a bit harder than StarCraft, despite having Age of Empires-like visuals. Blasphemer, to me, despite the interesting art style, feels uninspired as an alternative to Heretic. I feel the same about Freedoom, which I would want to see have more of a classic Doom feel while still having new art, enemies, and weapons. I have yet to play the free alternative to Hexen, because all there is in the download section is the story and the readme. OpenDungeons, though with simple 3D graphics and animations, is fun, because its Dungeon Keeper's essential gameplay quicker and to the point. I need to check the others out on your list.

I've been imagining alternative versions to classic popular games on a similar vein as the ones you've listed. The alternative games I've thought up are more like spiritual successors, but then these games kind of are as well.
I'd long to see some free alternatives to Shiny Entertainment's Sacrifice, American McGee's Alice, System Shock, Blood, Duke Niukem, Half-Life, Prey, and others. I particularly would like to see a free alternative to the original Deus Ex: one which retains the graphical look, interface, and gameplay of the original, but still is its own story, and provides an alternative version of the experience from Deus Ex (just in case anyone mentions it, I have played The Nameless Mod already). Doing such games sounds fun, though not everyone has the motivation to do a good quality free alternative to their favorite games. Although I am impressed with the work with Cube, even that game is not quite the quality of the original Quake. To be fair, it is hard enough to come up with a new engine with working enemy AI and weapons on top of imitating a classic game and not have it be buggy.

I too would want to see a free alternative to Turok and GoldenEye, if someone were insane enough to develop them. There ought to a development site which is dedicated to making more of these kinds of games, and maybe fulfilling gameplay features which the originals tried to pull off. I still have the idea for Duke Nukem's free alternative being the Earl of Radiation. :D
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User is offline   Altered Reality 

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#95

One more freeware clone:

Mercenary trilogy


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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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Annex: Conquer the World is a free, open source real-time strategy game based on the MegaGlest engine, which is apparently inspired by the Command & Conquer series of games, as well as Earth 2140 and sequels, Warzone 2100 and StarCraft. There are four playable factions, several terrain tilesets, customizable tech trees, campaign scenarios, skirmish and mutliplayer modes.

The same developer is working on another RTS with a space sci-fi setting, called Terra Centauri: Last Stand. A beta is available here.

openKB is an engine recreation project for New World Computing's King's Bounty, with planned support for the original game's files as well as a free open source data set. The development is in its early stages, so no downloads yet.

Free Mars is a free, open source turn-based strategy game inspired by Sid Meier's Civilization, Colonization and Alpha Centauri.

Rescue! Max is a remake of Rescue!, a Mac shareware game.

CATharsis is a project to create an open source clone of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project in Blender. It's not an engine recreation, but rather a stand-alone game similar to DNMP but with its own protagonist, art, levels etc. Rather early stages of development.

OpenGGS is an open source remake of The Great Giana Sisters (a Super Mario Bros. clone). The author has permission to use original graphics from the Commodore 64 version, but there's also a free tile set as well.

In other news, recently a Windows binary executable was made available for LordsAWar!, a free open source clone of SSG's Warlords II. The version is 0.3.0, which features a two single-player scenarios, random map mode, and network multiplayer.


This post has been edited by MrFlibble: 29 July 2015 - 01:05 PM

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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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#97

Added the free/prototype version of Sublevel Zero to the list.



This post has been edited by MrFlibble: 18 October 2015 - 12:16 PM

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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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Feudal Wars is a project of a free browser-based medieval RTS inspired by Age of Empires II. The list of features can be found here, and the project messageboard showcases the graphics and other stuff already done.

According to the FAQ, there will be a kickstarter for the game at some point. There seem to be no plans for a non-browser versions for now, but perhaps the authors will agree to release their assets into public domain and those could be combined with the OpenAge engine recreation of AoE2.
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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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Freedoom v0.10 is out, with lots of improvements. More monsters and almost all weapons have been replaced with higher quality art. Maps have been updated as well.

Wyrmsun v1.8.0 adds the custom hero option and inventories for heroes and high-level units.
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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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#100

Freedoom v0.10 videos are up on the official channel:

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User is offline   CryptKiller 

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#101

Download link for Special Agent is dead and the website for GazerStar is hacked, so it's probably wise to remove those entries. OpenGGS is also 404.
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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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#102

Thanks for reporting dead links! OpenGGS is still available at SourceForge:
https://sourceforge....ojects/openggs/

Both GazerStar and Special Agent are accessible via the Wayback Machine, so I updated these links accordingly.

I also added a few other titles to the list.
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User is offline   CryptKiller 

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#103

Great job! I think I'll upload Special Agent and GazerStar to archive.org, those are actually pretty nifty games (esp. SA).
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User is offline   MrFlibble 

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That's a good idea. I wonder if the original authors of either can be still contacted.

I think I'll drop the curator of the Classic PC Games Collection/Demu.org a note about these games.
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User is offline   K1n9_Duk3 

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#105

IIRC, Special Agent was created by DavidXNewton. You should be able to contact him via YouTube.

Hail to the K1n9, baby!
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User is offline   The Watchtower 

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#106

Super Marisa Land and New Super Marisa Land should be mentioned as fantastic freeware clones of Super Mario Bros. I have to say that NSMB is my favourite Mario game now, or a top5 at least.

The Touhou stuff is interesting in general, Megamari do example is a good clone of Megaman.
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