Playing for free was a distant reality a few years ago, but it’s becoming more and more common these days, especially with the rise of free-to-play titles like Fortnite, League of Legends (LOL), and Genshin Impact. In addition to so-called “Games as a Service”, users sometimes also have the option to purchase full and single-player experiences on some major digital platforms, be it consoles or PCs.
Traditional demos are also interesting and are an opportunity to try even new releases before you decide to buy. considering all this, TechTudo Below are eight ways to enjoy games without paying anything. Check:
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It’s no news that games are getting more and more expensive, and that calls for more caution when deciding on your next purchase. A common practice of companies that still exists today is to make demo versions of some of their major releases available. These versions, as the name suggests, are snippets that try to give an idea of the full game experience. They’re a great opportunity to check out new titles and get your hands on that newly purchased console, for example.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is one of the demo games available on Steam — Photo: Disclosure / Bandai Namco
Free-to-play games are a real phenomenon these days, with more and more companies embracing the marketplace model even after their titles are already published. These games usually rely on multiplayer formats and have great initial traction, as the entire installed base of the platform can access them at no additional cost. It also helps that they don’t usually require an online subscription to play online on consoles. Some examples include Fall Guys, MultiVersus, Fortnite, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), League of Legends (LOL), Genshin Impact, Pokémon Unite, Rocket League, and more.
Genshin Impact is a great phenomenon and recommended for those who love exploration games and dynamic combat — Photo: Disclosure / HoYoverse
The Internet Archive brings together a collection of books, music, software, web pages, and other content that has shaped the Internet since its inception, making it all free. Games are also not left out, and it is possible to preview Windows classic and even MS-DOS. These include Prince of Persia, DOOM, Pac-Man, Wolfenstein 3D, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and more. Even if it’s just out of curiosity, it’s worth exploring the catalog and seeing some of its surprises.
Internet Archive classics include titles like Duke Nukem 3D and Alley Cat — Photo: Reproduction/TechTudo
For those who don’t have very powerful consoles or computers, browser games are an affordable and fun way to pass the time. Today, titles such as Gartic, Codenames, Akinator, Agar.io, Silther.io and Friday Night Funkin’ are the most popular and work directly from the website without the need for external downloads.
There are also platforms like Jam.GG, which offers fully licensed free-to-play arcade classics with the option of online multiplayer and video chat rooms. Another option is to search Google for free games like Snake, Cricket, Memory, Chess and more.
The Jam.GG platform is an easy way to play arcade classics, fully licensed, directly in your browser — Photo: Reproduction/Bruno Magalhães
Mobile devices are a major force in the gaming world thanks to the platform’s installed base. After all, it is estimated that at least half of the world’s population owns a smartphone, according to a June 2021 Strategy Analytics survey. Consequently, the crop of free-to-play games is growing on Android and iPhone devices (iOS). The most popular among them are Call of Duty Mobile, Genshin Impact, Pokémon GO, PUBG Mobile, Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga and League of Legends: Wild Rift (LOL Mobile).
Free to play, Wild Rift brings the League of Legends experience to mobile devices — Photo: Disclosure / Riot Games
Fortnite Studio’s digital store, the Epic Games Store, is a major competitor to Valve’s Steam platform. While the catalog features some popular games and new releases for sale, the service is notable for its weekly freebies. In other words, users can redeem a new game every Thursday in an attempt to attract new users. This way it has already been possible to guarantee titles like Control, GTA 5, Alien: Isolation, Alan Wake, Celeste, Dead By Daylight, Nioh: The Complete Edition, Shadow of the Tomb Raider among other heavyweight titles.
However, it is worth noting that the games are available for free redemption only for a certain period of time. If the player does this within the time limit, he will have the game forever, but if he does not, he will lose the opportunity.
A sales success, GTA 5 was once one of the free game offerings on the Epic Games Store — Photo: Disclosure/Steam
One of the best features of the Steam platform on PC is Remote Play Together. It allows, for example, a game that only supports local multiplayer to be enjoyed online via streaming. The most interesting thing is that the invited player does not need to play the game in his library: just accept an invitation from a friend to start the game. Because it’s a streaming feature, Remote Play Together requires a good internet connection for a cleaner, crisper picture.
River City Girls is one of the few games supported by Steam Remote Play Together. — Photo: Reproduction/Bruno Magalhães
Another popular feature of Steam is its Family Share, a great tool for sharing games with friends on the platform. In practice, it’s as if a friend borrowed his entire library, giving him access to the games he bought from his own account. However, this method has some disadvantages. One of them is to open only one game at a time from the same library. Anyway, the feature is a great option for those who don’t want to spend on games and have a trusted friend.
In addition to Steam Remote Play Together, Valve’s platform lets you share your game library with friends — Photo: Disclosure / Valve
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