I used to be an avid gamer – at least, before the phrase “video game” had so many meanings. Now, a video game can be a fully-fledged console game, a mobile game or an online browser-based game. While I still enjoy the occasional console or fully-fledged PC video game, and maybe even a video game on my Android when I’m waiting somewhere and really bored, I have never been able to get into the whole online gaming thing.
I think most of the reason stems from the fact that most of the online games really suck. I’ve browsed for hours before, trying to find a flash-based free online game that actually has good graphics, cool sound and an interesting plot. Most of the time though, my search ends in disappointment. However, I was quite surprised to find one online game site called FreeGamePick, that actually offers an entire category of free downloadable games with really cool graphics, awesome sound and addictive game play.
Free Downloadable Games You Can Play on Your PC
From the main page, you’ll see that the site is split into two sections – one area for a huge collection of online games, and another for the free downloadable games.
The downloadable games section actually offers a decent selection of games to choose from, covering a pretty good mix of game genres. I found some really cool shooter games, racing games, and of course arcade-style games in the downloadable section of the site. I also played around a little with some of the online games offered, and the ones offered for download are much higher quality by far.
One of my favorite games here, which you have to download and try out, is called Aerial Fire. Most of these games I was going to just download and play for a few minutes before moving on to the next. With Aerial Fire, I was addicted for hours trying to get to the next level.
Basically, you command an attack helicopter and battle against enemy units in the air and on the ground. There are explosions, an awesome soundtrack, and a pace that will keep your heart pounding.
If you like those shooter arcade games where there’s a scene and you have to quickly take out the bad guys before they take you out – then you’ll love Anto-Terror. In this game, you are battling an army of terrorists that are hiding in doorways, in towers, and behind walls and sandbags.
As they peek, jump, or run out towards you shooting, it’s your job to take them out before they cause too much damage. Run out of health before the end of the level and it’s game over for you. Multiple weapons are available as the game progresses.
This isn’t to say that there isn’t a place for the occasional simple puzzle or brain-teaser game. Those are the staple of online games, but when you download one to your computer, you will usually find better graphics, better sound effects, and a better soundtrack. El Dorado Quest is a good example of that.
Race with the red timer bar on the right to swap two objects and match up at least three similar items at a time. As you get better at this game, you’ll find that you’re matching 4 or 5 at a time, with the items cascading down quickly and your points are going through the roof. This is another downloadable game that’ll make you miss deadlines and really tick off your spouse.
Of course – you can’t play video games without Pac-Man. Yes, that’s another game available from FreeGamePick, but in this case it’s called PakMan2008. This is a 3D version of the classic game, with ghosts replaced by strange, random objects.
I’m not sure I completely get the point of this one, but the fact that it’s 3D really does draw you into the game in a way that the classic game never could.
My second-favorite type of game to play is anything to do with racing. While street and track racing is always a blast, the best racing game on this site is Offroad Racers. In this face-paced game, you take your off-road vehicle on a soft-packed dirt track – trying to pass your opponents, or run them off the trail.
It can be hard to go very fast in the soft dirt – so you also get a cool turbo-boost. However, boost too often and you’ll overheat the engine and explode. How’s that for excitement?
FreeGamePick proves yet again that downloadable games always offer a better gaming experience. All of the FreeGamePick games that you download get installed in the same folder under the start menu, so you’ll never have to hunt for them. Just launch the game whenever you’re bored and have a blast.
Do you prefer downloadable games over online games? Have you tried any of the free downloadable games at FreeGamePick? Let us know your favorites, or share your thoughts about online vs offline games in general, in the comments area below.
Image credits: Kerem Yucel