How to Get Free PC Games: 4 Sites to Download Premium Games

Joel Lee Updated 06-11-2018

Want to play great games without paying a cent? Then you have two options. You can take the illegal route and resort to internet piracy for video games, or you can stay within the law and settle for free-to-play games, freebie deals, and giveaways.


This sounds like a huge compromise, but it really isn’t. There are tons of excellent free games out there, and there are enough of them that you won’t run out of games to play any time soon. Some premium AAA games from 5-10 years ago are also available for free now as well.

Will you be able to legally download mainstream games like Civilization V, Grand Theft Auto V, or Destiny 2 for free? Probably not. But I guarantee that you’ll find at least one legally free game you’ll enjoy using the sites below.

1. Steam


Steam is the go-to destination for digital games. Even though Valve’s customer support is often crappy and you’re banking on the hope that Steam will be around for years to come, many users feel that Steam’s massive video game selection is worth the risks.

For free games, stick to the Free to Play section of Steam. You can filter by genre, by category, by features, and by operating system. You can also view by New Releases, Most Popular, and Coming Soon. Or you can narrow it down with a search term.


As of this writing, the Free to Play section on Steam has just shy of 3,200 games. Even if you gave each game only one hour of your time, that’d still amount to 133 full days of entertainment—and many of these games are fantastic, including Dota 2, Paladins, Brawlhalla, Duelyst, Path of Exile, Warframe, and other awesome multiplayer PvP games for PC!

You can also check out the Demos section of Steam, which currently has over 2,400 demo games that you can try to see if the full game is worth spending money on.

2. itch.io


Up until the indie games renaissance of the late 2000s, indie games had a terrible reputation for being buggy, ugly, and boring. They were good as filler games to play when you needed to kill time between “real” games, and that was about it.


Nowadays, indie games are some of the best games around. Think about Undertale, Path of Exile, Braid, Spelunky, and The Binding of Isaac—all games made by single developers or small development teams.

And we’re starting to see more high-quality indie games hit the market, which is why itch.io is such an awesome platform. It specializes in indie games, both paid and free, and has grown quite a bit since its debut in 2013.

The Free section of itch.io has over 126,000 titles. Not all of them are good, of course, but there are plenty of diamonds to find in the rough. If you’re tired of big game studios killing the industry, these indie games may be perfect for reigniting your love for gaming.

3. GOG



There are many reasons why you might not want to buy games on Steam, but the biggest reason is that Steam games have DRM. If Steam ever shuts down or bans your account for whatever reason, you’ll lose access to all the games you’ve bought.

Which is why a lot of gamers prefer to use GOG over Steam whenever the situation allows for it. GOG is a game distribution platform like Steam, but all of its games are DRM-free—your games aren’t linked to your GOG account, so even if GOG shuts down, you’ll still have access to the games you downloaded. Most of the games on GOG are also playable on Linux, which is a nice bonus if you’re into that sort of thing.

The downside is that GOG’s library size doesn’t even come close to what Steam offers. GOG’s total library size is just over 2,700 games, and the Free section on GOG only contains about 70 games as of this writing. GOG is better if you have some cash to spare because its Under $5 section has way more games.

4. Twitch Prime

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Twitch Prime is one of the many awesome benefits of an Amazon Prime membership. Of course, Amazon Prime itself isn’t free—but if you’re already subscribed for other reasons, then Twitch Prime is essentially a free benefit that you can take advantage of.

In this case, the benefit of Twitch Prime is that commercial games are made free to download every month.

These are always limited-time offers, so you’ll need to check in every so often and claim the free games as they’re made available. Past games that were once available include Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Psychonauts, SteamWorld Dig 2, Shadow Tactics, Superhot, and more.

Other Free and Legal Options for Games

Maybe you aren’t satisfied with the platforms above, and that’s fine. There are a handful of other ways to find high-quality games that won’t cost anything to download and play—they just won’t be as straightforward to acquire.

I recommend starting with the Wikipedia page on commercial games released as freeware. Sort by year to find the recent ones (older games 10 Old PC Games Still Worth Playing Today Playing old PC games can fill you with nostalgia. Here's our list of the best old PC games you should still play today. Read More may not be compatible with modern operating systems). I also recommend /r/FreeGames and /r/FreeGamesOnSteam on Reddit for all kinds of freebie offers and deals.

Other noteworthy platforms include IndieDB (a database of in-development indie games) and ModDB (a database of in-development game mods and indie games).

And lastly, if you’re okay with almost-free-but-not-quite, then you should check out the Humble Store, which has a bunch of discounted games, and the Humble Bundle, which is a monthly pay-what-you-want bundle of premium games. Both provide DRM-free games!

Wondering which games to begin with? We can help you decide which game to buy next 10 Ways to Decide What Game to Buy Next To help prevent you from buying a dud game, here are several ways to help you decide what game to buy next. Read More . Be sure to try a few from our roundup of the best free PC games The 11 Best Free PC Games to Play in 2020 There are lots of free PC games available these days, but which are worth playing? Here are the best free PC games to play today. Read More , too. And use one of these top game launchers to organize and launch games The 6 Best Game Launchers to Launch and Organize Your PC Games Here are the best ways to launch all of your PC games without hopping between game launchers. Read More .

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  1. Julia
    January 5, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    you can get free pc games from gametrex

  2. Mark
    September 6, 2018 at 8:45 pm


  3. Sab
    October 9, 2017 at 8:57 am

    It is actually wrong you have got to pay about a minimum of $5 for every single game you download from God, some game cost upto even $70?? and I don't think I would personally consider that as 'free', would you?

  4. Matt
    May 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Bundlestars is another place that sometimes has one on offer, and a lot of discounts, specials.

    Some of them can be a bit so so, like what do you expect at 20 titles for a dollar ... often with a lot of series of unknowns

  5. Co
    January 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    igg games :)

  6. Cyber mind
    October 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Simple just go-to cybergamebot.com and download many paid games for free with crack. Sounds simple right !.

  7. JohnDar
    September 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    You forgot to mention Uplay, Ubisoft is offering 7 free games through the UBI30 event, 3 already expired. Currently, you can get The Crew from Uplay, and they will release 3 more free games.

  8. Inder Aujla
    August 21, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Ocean of Games is ammazing site for downloading big and every games you should iclude it in top websites

  9. wajahat
    December 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    ocean of games is the best website for downloading any kind of pc games for realy free

  10. Phakey
    December 17, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    I've already brought the games I just want to play the on a laptop without the disks. So for me it's emulators.

    epsxe - excellent. massive improvement to old psx games graphics.
    ppsspp - amazing, psp games in full screen. And they look like hd.
    nuldc - only use it for vigilante 8 second offense plus you can play v8 levels.
    project 64 - works fine.

    pcsx2 - it works but i cannot get it to run smootly because it uses a lot of power.
    wonderswan - same as above.
    mame - currently trying this out. no luck so far.

    ironically i have had the most trouble with pc games. one virus filled the hard drive to 100 and attacked avg.

    don't forget rockstars classics have put up all of the ps1 games for free.

  11. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Ocean Of Games is also good, have all 2015 games :)

    • Anonymous
      September 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      games are ok played whole COD series thanks to this site but there were also issues like fking 7 background intalations of some shit like ,,h4sdawd654fa6w5xg4,, only visible via process list that started again 5 mins after cosing them. So i highly recomment not using this website.

    • Anonymous
      October 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Ocean Of Games isnt legal though...

      • Revoknight
        November 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

        ocean of games is the best of all i would rate it the number 1 free working game providers website

      • Evan Nelson
        December 13, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        You think ANY website for downloading free full games is gonna be legal?

        • Justin Pot
          December 14, 2015 at 2:36 am

          I mean, I tried to list a few in the article above.

        • Jones BBQ Foot Massage
          May 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm

          I know many websites that are only free games, and ARE legal you twat. It depends if the creator wants to make it free. T-T

    • Pankaj kumar
      August 26, 2019 at 6:05 am

      Hubofgame.comm is best then Oceans of game.

  12. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    i usually use this site hellofgames.com the link there is single link download

    • Justin Pot
      July 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      That's kinda piratey...

      • Anonymous
        July 24, 2015 at 6:56 am

        it does seem piratey... but im wondering if its just a virus. thats what im scared of

  13. Matt
    May 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    You guys have probably heard of this, but since I haven't seen it here I think I will help out.
    They have a giveaway every week, a bundle that is pay what you can, and the money goes to charity. They often have new games as well. Best part is that you don't really need to pay anything for part of the bundle. You should check it out.

    • Justin Pot
      May 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      That's a great addition that everyone should know about, thanks!

  14. jojo
    April 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Boo!! Sorry but this aint good

    • Justin Pot
      April 22, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      YOU'RE NOT GOOD. I'd offer a mature response, but you didn't leave an email address and as such will never see this comment anyway. :p

  15. Justin Pot
    April 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Looks piratey...

  16. Vicky
    April 13, 2015 at 3:50 am

    this site also got some good free games you can download-

  17. PC Gamer
    December 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks friend I have used pcgamesking.com to download free game sand also your place is best.

  18. Megazell
    September 22, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Thanks for the coverage! I am ever updating my list with freeware games as I play them.

    • Justin P
      September 22, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Glad to be helpful! :)

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Can i join

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2014 at 8:07 am
    • Megazell
      October 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      @Anonymous - Head to my site and use the about page to reach me.

  19. John Games
    September 16, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Thanks man these were the exact best places from where I downloaded games. Working awesome :)

  20. Steve
    September 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I use to download free PC games from Mydownloadtube.com. It has a diverse line-up of amazing PC games. If you are a game lover and looking for place where you can find free PC games, this website is a best choice accessible.

    • Justin P
      September 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Content there is free, but not exactly legal.

  21. vicky john
    August 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Nice post....but i prefer anime games now,as i am a anime fan. looking similar to this type of free games - [Broken URL Removed]

  22. Zubair I
    May 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    All the sites shared are good ones.. but i personally prefer small scale sites like wordpress sites because they also give tutorials, keygens and full version of games..
    An example that i use myself and found worth sharing

  23. Dave
    April 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Although it's called Game Giveaway of The Day it is in fact only offered on Sat. and Sun.(but not every weekend). Still, they do offer a completely free and safe full game download! They also offer a free (daily) download of software to make your computing experience more enjoyable. Your welcome!

  24. Josh W
    April 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I'd also recommend Desura. They're sort of "Steam for Indies" but they do get some bigger games on there (including some Valve games, for some reason!). They have got quite a few games available for free that are quite good. (Battle for Wesnoth, Soldat, 10 Min Space Strategy)

    There's also this list, which includes links: http://vsrecommendedgames.wikia.com/wiki/Freeware_Games

    • Justin P
      April 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I wanted to recommend Desura, but I couldn't find a way to list the free games on the service! I also noticed some free games it used to offer, such as Cave Story, are no longer listed. Do they still have free games?

      That list seems like a great place to check.

    • Jc E
      April 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Another reason to add Desura would be that they now have what they call Freedom Fridays, where they release four games for free. The first time they even picked a game with a cost, so I got one game for free without paying :D

      But yes, Desura has tons of free indies.

      While this site isn't that large, http://www.thefreebundle.com/ also has free games.

    • Josh W
      April 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      @Justin P

      I can understand your concern. Desura really doesn't make it easy to see ALL of their free games. However, they are always adding new ones. In fact, they have a weekly feature called "Freedom Friday" that talks about at least 4 new or unique and free games that are available on Desura. (Here's today's link, adding the classic DOS gem God of Thunder: [Broken URL Removed] )

      You can also search through Desura's news archives for Freedom Friday articles (link: [Broken URL Removed] ). It's not a clean list, but it should help anyone find plenty of free games. I'd wager there's easily over 100 titles of varying genres (and quality; let's be honest here) that won't cost users a dime.