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Essays 24 October 2020, 22:29

author: Adrian Werner

RPG. Best Free PC games without micropayments

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Mysterious Castle

IN A NUTSHELL
  1. Developer: Electrocrat
  2. Genre: turn-based RPG

Those looking for a good free tactical RPG should be interested in Mysterious Castle. This production enriches the genre with roguelike elements such as random world generation, all presented in sympathetic two-dimensional graphics maintained in a retro convention.

The action takes place in a fairly classic fantasy universe, and the gameplay focuses on taking part in turn-based battles. So the authors had to make sure that the quality of the combat system did not leave much to be desired. They decided not to take any chances and used the d20 mechanics known from tabletop role-playing games, the same one that powered the 3.5 Dungeons & Dragons edition. They work perfectly here, especially since it is supported by genuinely good artificial intelligence. An additional advantage of this game is the large variety of enemies and the fact that despite the high level of complexity of the gameplay, the interface is easy to master.

  1. Mysterious Castle – download game

Perihelion

IN A NUTSHELL
  1. Developer: Morbid Visions
  2. Genre: RPG

Our next choice is an RPG released exclusively for Amiga computers. Perihelion was made available for free some time ago and immediately in an easy-to-use package, which includes a properly configured WinUAE emulator.

Perihelion remains one of the most unique RPGs in history. The world of the game combines post-apocalyptic climates with strong religious mysticism, creating a strange universe whose exploration is extremely satisfying. This impression is reinforced by a wonderful visual setting, which in many places looks like covers of old heavy metal albums.

The mechanics differ from contemporary RPGs and are based on separate screens instead of free exploration, but you can quickly get used to it, and the systems governing the gameplay are still very solid and provide a lot of fun.

  1. Perihelion – download game

Tales Of Maj'Eyal

IN A NUTSHELL
  1. Creator: Nicolas Casalini
  2. Genre: roguelike RPG

Roguelike fans should definately check Tales of Maj'eyal. The fun in it consists mainly of exploring a randomly generated world, killing opponents, and developing a hero, but all this has been accompanied by pretty attractive graphics for this genre and a rarely seen, easy-to-master interface. The combat system is turn-based, and the game has a very extensive character development system. Its large size is also a major advantage.

The production takes what is best in roguelike RPGs and delivers it in a novice-friendly form. At the same time, the game is not shallow, and the title offers a depth that will satisfy even veterans of the genre. If you haven't played positions in this category before, Tales of Maj'eyal is the perfect candidate to start your adventure with.

The latest version of the game – 1.6.7 – came out in early 2020, proving that the project is still alive and developing.

  1. Learn more about Tales of Maj'eyal
  2. Tales Of Maj’Eyal – download game

Ancient Domains of Mystery

IN A NUTSHELL
  1. Developer: Thomas Biskup
  2. Genre: roguelike RPG

Ancient Domains of Mystery, also known as ADoM, is one of the most popular roguelike games in history and a true classic of the genre, to which most modern authors who create this type of games refer.

Here we find everything fans have come to love roguelike titles for – an interesting world, randomly generated dungeons, plenty of ways to win, and a high level of difficulty in which each death is final. It is worth noting that the first version was released in 1994 and since then the project has been (with short breaks) developed, so it offers a lot of options and extensive content.

Originally, Ancient Domains of Mystery was only available in ASCII form, but now you can also play a version with pretty two-dimensional graphics.

  1. Ancient Domains of Mystery – download game

UnReal World

IN A NUTSHELL
  1. Creator: Enormous Elk
  2. Genre: roguelike with survival and RPG elements

Our next proposal, UnReal World, is another roguelike, but at the same time very different from other representatives of this category. This production combines RPG and survival mechanics, taking us back to the Iron Age, to the areas of modern Finland. Our job is mainly to survive in difficult conditions. To this end, we hunt animals, set snares, hunt with bows and spears, fish, and build shelters. We can also trade with villages, create items and, of course, develop our character.

The project has been in development for 26 years and is captivating with its complexity. The freedom seems huge, the mechanics deep, and the atmosphere, despite the very simple graphics, even spills out of the screen. It's a perfect fit for people who are bothered by the simplicity of most survival titles.

It is worth mentioning that the authors of UnReal World also made a paid version available on Steam. It has some technical improvements and gets updates before, but also offers the same content as the free edition and both editions are being developed in parallel. In practice, this is simply an optional way to support developers.

  1. More about UnReal World
  2. UnReal World – download game

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.

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