List of freeware first-person shooters

This is a list of some of the most popular freeware and free and open-source software first-person shooter games.

Title Developer Release date Last update Operating system Engine License Notes
Action Quake 2 The Action Team 1998 2003 Linux, Windows id Tech 2 Freeware Team and Deathmatch based very fast FPS
AssaultCube Rabid Viper Productions 2006 2022-04-01 (1.3.0.2) Linux, Mac OS, Windows, Android Cube Engine zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media) Realistic environments, fast arcade game play, many game modes. Single/Multiplayer.
AssaultCube Reloaded (ACR) AssaultCube Reloaded Task Force 2010 2021 Linux, Mac OS (requires manual compilation), Windows Improves AssaultCube. Single/Multiplayer.
Black Shades Wolfire games 2001 Linux, OS X, Windows, Mac OS, iOS Wolfire Games Freeware Free First-person shooter
BZFlag Chris Schoeneman, Tim Riker 1993 2022-03-08 (2.4.24) Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows, other UNIX GNU LGPL Tank combat
Chub Gam 3D: Director's Cut ChubGamSoft 1998 MS-DOS Pie in the Sky Freeware Surreal horror single player game
CodeRED: Alien Arena COR Entertainment, LLC 2004-11 2011-12-29 (7.53) Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows CRX Engine GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media) Science fiction, with single or multiplayer modes.
Cube Wouter van Oortmerssen 2001 2005-08-29 Linux, BSD, Mac OS, Windows Cube Engine zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media) Quake style multiplayer deathmatch. Single/Multiplayer.
Cube 2: Sauerbraten Wouter van Oortmerssen 2004 2020-11-30 Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows Cube 2 Engine zlib License (code), Individual licenses (media) Quake style deathmatch, includes built in level editor. Single/Multiplayer.
The Dark Mod Team Dark Mod 2009 2015-02-08 (2.03) Windows id Tech 4 engine CC-BY-NC-SA First person stealth game in the style of the Thief series games (1 and 2) using a modified Id Tech 4 engine
Fallen Empire: Legions GarageGames, InstantAction 2009-06-30 2013-06-27 Windows Torque Game Engine Proprietary license First-Person Shooter with Jetpacks, Multiplayer, CTF, Deathmatch
Freedoom Freedoom project 2019-10-22 (0.12.1) Linux, OS X, Windows, Android, Mac OS, MS-DOS, others Doom engine GNU GPL (code), BSD (media) A Doom WAD file intended to be used instead of the copyrighted file from the original Doom and Doom II.
The Glorious Mission Giant Interactive Group 2013-06-20 Windows Proprietary license Online multiplayer. Developed with the People's Liberation Army of China for use as a recruitment and training tool.
Gore: Special Edition 4D Rulers 2008-07-04 Windows AMP engine Proprietary license
Hidden & Dangerous Illusion Softworks, Take-Two Interactive 1999-07-29 2001-11 Windows Insanity Engine Proprietary license
.kkrieger .theprodukkt 2004 Windows Proprietary license Won first place in the 96k game competition at Breakpoint in April 2004.
Kuma\War Kuma Reality Games 2004 2006-07 Windows Source engine Proprietary license Tactical episodic shooter. Single/Multiplayer.
Marathon Bungie 1994-12-21 2007 Mac OS (original), ported to Linux, OS X and Windows via AlephOne Aleph One GNU GPL (code) Released as freeware and source code.
Nexuiz Alientrap 2005-05-31 2009-10-01 (2.5.2) Linux, OS X (10.4 or later), Windows DarkPlaces Quake engine GNU GPL Unreal Tournament style deathmatch. Single/Multiplayer.
OpenArena OpenArena team 2005-08-19 2012-02-20 (0.8.8) Linux, OS X, Windows ioquake3 id Tech 3 GNU GPL Free software content remake of Quake III Arena. Single/Multiplayer
Point Blank Zepetto, NCSOFT 2008-03 Windows N/A Proprietary license Free FPS created by Zepetto in 2009. Close Beta version.
Red Eclipse Quinton Reeves, Lee Salzman 2011-03-15 2019-12-19 (2.0.0) Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows Cube 2 Engine / Tesseract zlib License New take on the first person arena shooter, featuring parkour, impulse boosts, and more.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. build 1935 GSC Game World 2009-02 Windows xrCore build 1935 Proprietary license 2004 Alpha build of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Contains content and features cut from the final release. Has a number of bugs but contains a full, playable single player campaign.
Savage: The Battle for Newerth S2 Games 2003-09-09 Linux, OS X (commercial), Windows Silverback Engine Proprietary license Hybrid FPS/RTS with both ranged and melee combat
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul S2 Games 2008-01-16 Linux, OS X, Windows (commercial) K2 Engine Proprietary license The sequel to the award-winning game, Savage: The Battle for Newerth.
Smokin' Guns Smokin' Guns Productions and Iron Claw Interactive 2009-01-01 2012-06-08 Linux, BSD, OS X, Windows, others ioquake3 id Tech 3 GNU GPL (code/some media) Proprietary license (some media) Western Quake-like FPS. Single (with bots)/Multiplayer.
Starsiege: Tribes Dynamix, Sierra Entertainment 2004 (free release) Windows Darkstar engine Proprietary license Futuristic team based combat, released for free to promote Tribes: Vengeance. Multiplayer only.
The DinoHunters Kuma Games 2006-04-24 Windows Source engine Proprietary license Also a machinima series. Single/Multiplayer.
Tremulous Dark Legion Development 2006-03-31 2009-12-04 (preview release) Linux, OS X (unofficial), Windows ioquake3 id Tech 3 GNU GPL Aliens vs Humans multiplayer team combat with some RTS elements.
Tribes 2 Dynamix, Sierra Entertainment 2004 (free release) Windows Torque Game Engine Proprietary License Futuristic team based combat, released for free to promote Tribes: Vengeance. Single/Multiplayer.
UberStrike Cmune 2010-09-17 OS X, Windows Unity Proprietary license Free-to-play "social shooter" on Facebook, MySpace and Apple's Dashboard Widgets.
Unreal Tournament Epic Games TBA 2015-03-09 Linux, OS X, Windows Unreal Engine 4 Proprietary license Crowdsourced and free first-person shooter.
Unvanquished[1] Unvanquished Development 2012-02-29 2021-06-21 (Alpha 0.52.1) Linux, OS X, Windows modified ioquake3 CC BY-SA 2.5/GPL Fork of Tremulous with new assets
Urban Terror Silicon Ice Development / Frozen Sand 2000-08-05 (Beta 1.0) 2018-06-21 (4.3.4) Linux, OS X, Windows ioquake3 id Tech 3 GNU GPL (ioquake3 engine), Proprietary license (mod code, media) Fast-paced, Hollywood tactical shooter. Originally a Quake 3 mod, now a standalone game.
Warmonger: Operation Downtown Destruction NetDevil 2007-11-28 2009-08-27 Windows Unreal Engine 3 GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media) High-end Free-to-play first person shooter with destructible environments..
Warsow Warsow team 2005-06-08 2016-04-14 (2.1) Linux, OS X, Windows Qfusion id Tech 2 GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media) Quake style deathmatch focussed on high-paced action and trickjumps.
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Activision, id Software, Splash Damage 2003-05-29 2015-08-21 (ET:Legacy 2.74) Linux, OS X, Windows id Tech 3, ET:Legacy GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media) Intended expansion pack turned freeware. WW2 multiplayer team combat
World of Padman Padworld Entertainment 2007-04-01 2011-07-16 (1.5.4 beta Windows/Linux), 2011-01-24 (1.5.1 OS X) Linux, OS X, Windows ioquake3 id Tech 3 GNU GPL (code), Proprietary license (media) A free Quake 3 like comical FPS game
Xonotic Team Xonotic 2010-12-23 2022-06-30 (0.8.5) Linux, OS X, Windows DarkPlaces Quake engine GNU GPL Fork and direct successor of the Nexuiz Project.
Team Fortress 2 Valve 2007-10-7 2019-3-28 Windows, Mac OS, Linux. Source Proprietary license Also available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, formerly pay to play, sequel to Team Fortress Classic.


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