By Staff writer
This month the Windows team has been busy trawling the web to bring you the most addictive freeware games around. These quick downloads will have your button bashing digits aching like never before and your brain truly wracked. Just don’t blame us!
If you’re not too concerned about high-end graphics in your games (and when it comes to freeware, it pays not to be too elitist), then Lyle’s block-hurling action adventure game could be for you.
The story is this: his kitty has been stolen and he must journey through the cube sector to retrieve his feline companion.
Enemies can be overcome by throwing cubes at them, whilst diligent exploring will lead to you acquiring new cube-related powers, as well as health and magic upgrades.
Don’t miss the Warp Room either! 1.14Mbyte download.
If you are concerned however about getting the best graphics possible from your freeware downloads, and Quake-style shooters are up your street, then don’t miss Tremulous as this is without doubt one of the best freeware games around.
Whilst this first-person shooter’s basic plot - Aliens and humans battle it out to survive - won’t win any originality awards, it is added to by the ability to construct buildings, which both sides use to spawn more players.
If you love Stratego, you’ll love this.
As its name suggests, Stratego is a strategy game release, which Jatrego now takes online.
It features a 10 x 10-square board and two players with 40 pieces each.
The object of the game is either to find and capture your opponent’s flag or to capture so many pieces that your opponent can’t move at all.
Not as easy as it sounds, trust us!
Okay, it'’ not strictly freeware but shareware, however this demo download is enough fun on its own to merit its inclusion here.
Described by its developers as “the ultimate artillery duel”, that’s not far off the mark.
Lead your tanks to global domination with the help of 85 weapons of mass destruction.
Features death match, round based and multiplayer modes..
Effectively a reworking of Need for Speed freeware-style, Speed Motors’ name is far from misleading, in that it’s all about driving nasty quick cars around various arcade-style racetracks.
Routes are packed full of tricky obstacles, as well - of course - as your opponents’ cars.
You can also bag bonuses such as extra lives, speed boosts and, best of all, guns.
A screwy former general has lost the plot, takes over several air bases and orders combat aircraft into the sky.
It’s not long before tens of critical targets, including most of the air bases, have been destroyed.
You play one of the remaining pilots from the last air base to remain.
Of course, you must stay alive and save your country then - no sweat!