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Shooter games from the view point of the shooter

List of First-person shooter games[edit]

This is a list of free first-person shooter games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Adanaxis Adanaxis 1.2.5 level 4.png A single-player 4D first person shooter in outer space
Adanaxis 1.2.5 level 4.png
Adanaxis 1.2.5, level 4 (low detail). Note the transparency levels and colorful dot angles.
GenreA single-player 4D first person shooter in outer space
Latest release1.2.5
DeveloperMushware Limited (Andy Southgate)
Code licensesGPLv2; an irrelevant non-free file in the commercial version ($18.95)
Media licensesGPLv2; non-free files in the commercial version
P. languagesC++

Adanaxis is a deep space first-person shooter game in four spatial dimensions, written by Andy Southgate. The latest version of the game is 1.2.5. It is written in the C++ programming language using the GLUT library.

Arena of Honour Aoh.jpg January 11, 2005 FPS
First-person shooter games
Arena of Honour 0.83
Latest release0.83
Release dateJanuary 11, 2005
DevelopersArtur Hallmann, Nils Keller[1]
Code licenseGPL
P. languageC++

Arena of Honour is a multiplayer first-person shooter game written by Artur hallman and Nils Keller. The latest release of the game is version .83 on January 11, 2005. [2] It is written in the C++ programming language.

BZFlag Bzflag red base shots.png 2016-10-10 Online Multiplayer FPS
Bzflag red base shots.png
GenreOnline Multiplayer FPS
Latest release2.4.8
Release dateOctober 10th, 2016
Code licenseLGPL
Media licenseLGPL
P. languageC++

BZFlag, short for Battle Zone capture the Flag, is an online first-person shooter game. The code and media is licensed under the LGPL 2.1, with pieces of code and fonts being under other free licenses.[3] Originally written by Chris Schoeneman, it is now maintained by Tim Riker. The game is written in the C++ programming language. Earlier versions were written in C.

Balder3D no image Oct. 26th, 2003 FPS
Latest release0.20[4]
Release dateOct. 26th, 2003
DeveloperBjørn Hansen
Code licenseGPL
EnginesCrystal Space, Game Networking Engine

Balder3D is a GPL zero-gravity first-person shooter game created by Bjørn Hansen.

Black Shades Elite Blackshadeselite screenshot4.jpg FPS

Black Shades Elite is a fork of the game Black Shades, originally written by David Rosen and ported to linux by It is licensed under GPLv2 or later.[5]

Blasphemer Blasphemer.png 2012-04-29 FPS
Latest release0.1.5
Release dateApr. 29, 2012
DevelopersG. Wessner, Jute Gyte
Code licenseGPL
Media license3-clause BSD
EngineHeretic-based (vavoom, etc)

Blasphemer is an FPS project whose initial goal is to serve as a Free data package for engines based on the GPLed Heretic source. The IWAD data is released under a 3-clause BSD license. Its theme is dark fantasy with inspirations from metal music and horror.

G. Wessner aka "Stilgar" and Jute Gyte are the project maintainers.

Freedoom Freedoom - aad.png 2017-02-22 FPS
Freedoom - aad.png
Latest release0.11.1  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 22, 2017
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseModified BSD License

Freedoom is a project aimed to create a complete and Free Doom IWAD file, which contains all game media. Combined with the GPLed Doom Source, this makes a completely Free (as in speech) game. Freedoom's data is licensed under the Modified BSD License.[6]

There's a subproject FreeDM to create death match maps for doom multiplayer action.

Nexuiz Nexuiz223.jpg 1st October 2009 First person shooter

This article needs update. Some news: a non-free fork called "Nexuiz", a free fork called Xonotic.

First-person shooter games
Nexuiz v2.2.3
GenreFirst person shooter
Latest release2.5.2
Release date1st October 2009
DevelopersForest Hale, Lee Vermeulen
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL

Nexuiz is a multiplayer 3d first person shooter, based on Forest Hale's DarkPlaces engine, As of 2010-02-22 on release 2.5.2, released on October 1st, 2009.[7]

Lee Vermeulen and Forest Hale are the project leaders. The development team is called Alientrap. Source code and content are both licensed under the GPL.[8][9][10]

OpenArena OpenArena-Rocket.jpg February 20th, 2012 FPS
Latest release0.8.8
Release dateFebruary 20th, 2012
DeveloperOpenArena team
Code licenseGPL version 2.0
Media licenseGPL version 2.0

OpenArena is a FPS game intended to be a free replacement for the proprietary Quake III Arena. Both the media and the game are licensed under the GPLv2.[11][12]. The OpenArena project was established on August 19, 2005, the day after the id Tech 3 GPL source code release. A "mission pack" add-on is also planned, to take advantage of the GPL'd Quake III: Team Arena source code.

OpenArena is included in quite a few Linux distributions, including Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu and Mandriva.

Open Quartz Open-Quartz.jpg August 1st, 2004

Open Quartz
Latest release2004.08.01
Release dateAugust 1st, 2004
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL

Open Quartz is an implementation of the GPL Quake source, which includes data also under the GNU General Public License. The latest version of Open Quartz is 2004.08.01.

Red Eclipse Redeclipse.jpg 2017-01-17 First‐person shooter
Red Eclipse
Red Eclipse
GenreFirst‐person shooter
Latest release1.5.8  (Announcement)
Release dateJanuary 17th, 2017
Code licensezlib[13]
Media licenseCC BY-SA 3.0[14]
P. language C++

Red Eclipse is a total conversion of Cube 2, featuring entirely free art under CC BY-SA 3.0 or a compatible license. It features many modes like deathmatch, free-for-all, and capture-the-flag. The game has a sci-fi theme and has gameplay similar to Quake-based arena games. The game uses OpenGL.

In the past there was a possibility of the game going commercial, so some files were labelled Omitted to default to the included license. It was decided that the default license will be CC BY-SA, so from then on Red Eclipse is completely libre [15] and is now included in Debian main.

Terminal Overload TOL 0.3.1 gameplay.png 2015-05-26 First‐person shooter
Terminal Overload
TOL 0.3.1 gameplay.png
Gameplay on a custom map in TOL 0.3.1, without the HUD.
GenreFirst‐person shooter
Latest release0.7.0  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 26th, 2015
DeveloperMichael "fr1tz" Goldener
Code licenseMIT[16]
Media licenseCC-BY 4.0[16]
P. languageC++, TorqueScript

Terminal Overload (abbreviated TOL) is an experimental online multiplayer first-person shooter game. It is the free and open-source spiritual successor to Revenge Of The Cats: Ethernet and is currently in an early stage of development.

The source code is licensed under the MIT license and all media assets are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

TOL's game logic is written in TorqueScript. The engine is a modified version of the MIT-licensed Torque3D game engine, which is written in C++.

Tremfusion Creepy champion or tremfusion.jpg June 5th, 2009 FPS
First-person shooter games
Creepy champion or tremfusion.jpg
Latest release0.99r2
Release dateJune 5th, 2009
Code licenseGPL

Tremfusion is a FPS game that is the fork of Tremulous. The latest version of the game is 0.99r2 released on June 5th, 2009.[17] The source code is licensed under the GPL.[18]

There is a page in the project’s wiki with the goal of summarizing and tracking the licenses of the content used in Tremulous, and then replacing the non-free content with free content.[19]

Uebergame Uebergame01-lgw.jpg 2016-07-11 First‐person shooter

Uebergame is a realistic shooter with modern graphics. It's goal is to provide a modern up to date, libre gaming platform for basic multiplayer shooter gameplay types, like deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag etc taking part in different scenarios.

The source code is licensed under the MIT license and the media assets are licensed under CC0 and MIT license license. The MIT licensed assets are derived from open sourced projects from garagegames, so they cannot be relicensed to CC0, but all other assets that get added are strictly under CC0 license.

Uebergame's game logic is written in TorqueScript. The engine is a modified version of the MIT-licensed Torque3D game engine, which is written in C++.

Xonotic Xonotic.jpg 2015-08-26 First‐person shooter

Xonotic is a GPLv2-licenced[22] first-person shooter, a fork of the GPL-version of Nexuiz. The game runs on the Darkplaces engine, based on Quake 1's engine. Gameplay is also based on Quake, but Xonotic adds some unique touches. The gameplay is very fast-paced, and includes and encourages a form of bunny hopping as well as rocket jumping (in Xonotic "laser jumping" is more common). The art is mostly futuristic, but unofficial maps exist in a variety of styles.

There are 16 different game modes (including the classics: deathmatch, team deathmatch and capture the flag), 16 weapons with secondary fires, 18 official maps (and a lot of unofficial maps), and a complex HUD editor that lets you tailor the HUD to your exact preference.

Xonotic features integrated player statistics. The XonStat system tracks a bunch of stats, including win/loss ratio, frag ratio and average accuracy[23].

Zauberer no image FPS
DeveloperEric Söderberg
Code licenseGPL
Media license3-clause BSD
EngineHexen-based (vavoom, etc)

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Zauberer is an FPS project whose initial goal is to serve as a Free data package for engines based on the GPLed Hexen source. The IWAD data is released under a 3-clause BSD license.

Eric Söderberg aka "Cire" is the project maintainer.

  1. From Arena of Honour's credits.txt file
  2. Arena Of Honour's download page hosted by
  3. BZFlag's copyright file at Debian Packages
  5. Gna1 project page
  6. Freedoom about page
  7. News page
  8. Nexuiz's data copyright file at Debian packages
  9. Nexuiz's copyright file at Debian packages
  10. Nexuiz's music copyright file at Debian packages
  11. Openarea's copyright file at Debian packages
  12. Openarena-data's copyright file at Debian packages
  13. copyright for redeclipse on Debian
  14. copyright for redeclipse-data on Debian
  15. License details from the Red Eclipse wiki
  16. 16.0 16.1 COPYING file in the source repository
  17. Blog post on 0.99 release
  18. Licensing for source code section
  19. License of all contents (acc. 2009-05-23)
  22. Xonotic homepage.
  23. Xonotic features.