Role-playing games

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Role-playing games are games in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting.

List of Role-playing games[edit]

This is a list of free role-playing games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
Angband Angband.png 2016-04-17 Roguelike game
GenreRoguelike game
Latest release4.0.5  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 17th, 2016
Code licensesGPL v2 / Moria/Angband license[1]
Media licensesGPL v2 / Moria/Angband license ; Exceptions[1]
P. languageC

Angband is a rogue-like game derived from Umoria. It is dual licensed under the GNU General Public License and the Angband licence.[2]

Ardentryst Ardentryst.png 2009-05-06 RPG, Side-scroller
Role-playing games
GenreRPG, Side-scroller
Latest release1.71
Release date2009-05-06
DeveloperJordan Trudgett
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseCreative Commons 2.5 Attribution 2.5 Australia License
P. languagePython ("preferrably 2.4+")

Ardentryst is an RPG and side-scroller written by Jordan Trudgett. As of 2009-09-19, the latest version of the game is 1.71 released on May 6th, 2009. It was written in the Python programming language and uses the Pygame library.

The source code is licensed under the GPLv3 while the media is licensed under the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution 2.5 Australia License.[3]

Avanor Avanor - Screenshot.jpg 2006-05-30 Rogue-like, RPG
Role-playing games
Avanor - Screenshot.jpg
GenresRogue-like, RPG
Latest release0.5.8  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 30th, 2006
DevelopersBrian Angeletti, Siarhei Sianashka, Vadim Gaidukevich
Code licenseGPL
P. languagesC++, Lua

Avanor is a rogue-like RPG. It is written in the C++ and the Lua programming languages.[4] The latest version of the game is 0.5.8 released on May 30th, 2006.[5] It is licensed under the GPL.[6]

Blades of Exile Blades of Exile - combat1.png 2015-03-15 RPG

Blades of Exile
Blades of Exile - combat1.png
A combat
Latest releaseNightly builds  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 15th, 2015
DeveloperSpiderweb Software
Code licenseGPLv2[7]
Media licenseGPLv2[7]

Blades of Exile is an RPG of the Exile series, released in 1997 by Spiderweb Software for the Windows and Macintosh platforms. The game was created after the main trilogy and provides three little scenarios and a scenario editor.

Jeff Vogel released the game in 2008 and licensed the source code and media under the GPL.[7] There has been some work done on bringing the game to GNU+Linux based on the free source code.[8]

Cataclysm no image Roguelike

Cataclysm is a zombie apocalypse-themed roguelike survival game developed in C++ by Zachary "Whales" Jenkins, and released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license[1]. It is no longer being actively developed. A fork of the game, titled Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, was started by fans of the original Cataclysm[9] and continues to see frequent development.

Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead Cataclysmdda.png 2015-03-11 Roguelike
Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead
Latest release0.C "Cooper"  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 3rd, 2015
DeveloperKevin Granade and team of contributors
Code licenseCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License[1]
Media licenseCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License[1]
P. languageC++, Lua

Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead (sometimes abbreviated DDA) is an open-world roguelike survival simulation game. It is primarily coded in C++ and Lua. The game is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike version 3.0, though it uses two fonts that are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 and GPL version 2 respectively.[1] Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is an offshoot of the original Cataclysm by Zachary "Whales" Jenkins, which is no longer actively maintained. Dark Days Ahead's most recent stable release is 0.C "Cooper," which appeared in March of 2015, though the game sees daily commits to its "experimental" builds.

Set in a near-future New England in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead puts the player in the role of a lone survivor who must gather resources, train skills, craft useful items, and fight monsters across the blasted, ruinous wasteland of the former United States. This nightmare world is populated not only by the undead, but also by monsters of many other stripes. It will take careful management, foresight, and no small degree of luck to survive the dark days ahead.

Cheese Boys Cheeseboys.png April 26th, 2009 RPG
Role-playing games
Latest release0.2.0
Release dateApril 26th, 2009
Code licenseGPL
P. languagePython

Cheese Boys is an RPG game written in Python using the Pygame library by Keul (Luca Fabbri).[10] The latest version of the game is 0.2.0 released on April 26th 2009.[11] It is licensed under the GPL.[12]

DNT DNT.png 2016-04-12 Role-playing, post-apocalyptic

DNT (formaly known as DccNiTghtmare) is a free 3D single player RPG in a satirical post-apocalyptical world. The game development started in early 2005 and is still active today.

The game's source code is licensed under the GPL as its own media. Some other media are either under CC-BY, Public Domain or GPL licenses[13].

Dawn Dawn-rpg.jpg 2011-05-14 RPG

This article has been marked for deletion review by a wiki user. Discuss on the talk page

Latest release0.0.46[14]
Release dateMay 13th, 2011
DeveloperTobias Eliasson
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licensevarious, some non-free like cc sampling and some unlicensed [1]
P. languageC++

Dawn is a fantasy 2D RPG developed by Tobias Eliasson. It is written in the C++ programming language, using the SDL library. It is licensed under the GPLv3.

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup Dcss034.png 2016-05-05 Roguelike, RPG
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup
Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup
GenreRoguelike, RPG
Latest release0.18  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 5th, 2016
Code licenseGPL
P. languageC++

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup is a roguelike dungeon crawler RPG.

It is written in the C++ programming language.[15] It is licensed under the GPL.[16] This game does not require 3D hardware acceleration.

Empty Clip Empty Clip - screenshot.jpg 2008-04-07 RPG
Empty Clip
Empty Clip - screenshot.jpg
Empty Clip
Latest release1.0.3
Release dateApril 7th, 2008
DeveloperAlan Witkowski
Code licenseGPL
P. languageC++

Empty Clip is a 2D role-playing game written by Alan Witkowski in 2006. The game is licensed under the GPLv2.[17] The latest version of the game is 1.0.3 released on 7 April, 2008.[18] It is written in the C++ programming language with the SDL library.[19]

Erebus Erebus.jpg 2015-05-17 RPG
Latest release0.15  (Announcement)
Release dateMay 17th, 2015
DeveloperMark Harman
Code licenseGPL v3 [20]
Media licenseCC BY and CC BY-SA[20]
P. languageC++

Erebus is an classic point-n-click style RPG (role playing game) with 2D graphics. It is available for PCs, smartphones, tablets and handhelds. The current alpha version is already playable.

At this stage there are 3 quests and randomly generated dungeons.

FLARE Flare screenshot.jpg 2015-08-15 RPG

Flare screenshot.jpg
Screenshot of FLARE showing a friendly camp and the trading and inventory windows.
Latest release0.20  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 18, 2015
DeveloperClint Bellanger
Code licensesGNU GPL v3
Media licenseCC-BY-SA 3.0

FLARE is the Free/Libre Action Roleplaying Engine.[21]

In the beginning of the game, the player gets to choose what race the in-game character should have. Each race has different abilities and skills (such as Strength, Health, Magic and Stealth). As the player completes missions and defeat enemies, the character will receive experience-points and level up. Leveling up will allow the player to improve skills and abilities of the character.

By completing missions and looting dead enemies, the player will collect gold. This can be used to purchase new equipment, weapons and armour at different traders.

A battle with zombies.

The game was originally named OSARE, the game moved away from the moniker "open source" as Richard Stallman's precondition for support.[22]

Youtube has a gameplay video here.

Fall Of Imiryn Foi1.png Unknown RPG
Role-playing games
Latest releasesvn903
Release dateUnknown
DeveloperJasper Van der Jeugt
Code licenseGPL
P. languagesEnglish

Fall of Imiryn is a single-player role-playing game based on the Annchienta game engine. Both were written by Jasper Van der Jeugt.

Freedroid RPG Freedroid RPG-0.16.1-screenshot.png 2016-04-02 RPG, Post-apocalyptic
Freedroid RPG
Freedroid RPG-0.16.1-screenshot.png
Fighting a larger bot with the help of one hacked earlier.
GenreRPG, Post-apocalyptic
Latest release0.16.1  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 2nd, 2016
DeveloperFreedroid RPG dev team
Code licenseGPL v2 or later[23][24]
Media licenseGPL v2 or later[23][24]
P. languageC, Lua

Freedroid RPG is an isometric RPG, it's code and content are licensed under the GPL.[23][24] The game uses OpenGL hardware acceleration by default but can also use SDL graphics.[24]

GalaxyMage GalaxyMage.jpg 2006-03-26 RPG
Latest release0.3.0  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 26th, 2006
DeveloperColin McMillen
Code licenseGPL
P. languagePython

GalaxyMage is a free, open-source tactical RPG. The project began in late 2005(Registered on on November 10, 2005) and was founded by Colin McMillen. It is licensed under GPLv2.[25] There were several public releases up until March 2006. The last official release is version 0.3.

The project itself is now considered defunct. The official website is no longer functional. However, people still interested in seeing the game's progress can still access GalaxyMage's Gna project page.

GearHead GearHead screen.png 2016-06-26 Roguelike RPG
GearHead screen.png
World map of GearHead
GenresRoguelike RPG
Latest release1.302  (Announcement)
Release dateJune 26th, 2016
DeveloperJoesph Hewitt
Code licensesLGPL
Media licensesLGPL
P. languageFree Pascal

GearHead is a futuristic roguelike game, created by Joseph Hewitt. GearHead 1 is the first roguelike to explore the world of "mecha" (giant robots). Lots of futuristic jobs and skills (mecha pilot, medic, etc.) are available, as well as piloting those mecha. A sequel, creatively named GearHead 2, is in the making. It is licensed under the LGPL[26].

GearHead 2 GearHead 2 spinner.jpg 2016-06-30 Roguelike RPG
GearHead 2
GearHead 2 spinner.jpg
A spinner colony
GenreRoguelike RPG
Latest release0.630  (Announcement)
Release dateJune 30th, 2016
DeveloperJoseph Hewitt
Code licenseLGPL
Media licenseLGPL
P. languageFree Pascal
OriginApril 3rd, 2007, version 0.421[27]

GearHead 2 is a futuristic roguelike, the sequel to GearHead and is currently under development. Both games are the creation of Joseph Hewitt. The latest version is v0.628, released on July 1st, 2010. This game is licensed under the LGPL[28]. The first release of the GearHead 2 game was version 0.421 on April 3rd, 2007.

Goblin Hack Goblin Hack v.1.11.png 2009-03-24 RPG, Roguelike
Goblin Hack
Goblin Hack v.1.11.png
Goblin Hack version 1.14
GenresRPG, Roguelike
Latest release1.19  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 24th, 2009
Code licenseGPL version 2
P. languageC++

Goblin Hack is a real-time roguelike game with flashily colored ASCII art. It uses the SDL library and is programmed in the C++ programming language. The game is licensed under the GPLv2.[29] The latest version of the game is 1.18 released on March 8th, 2008.[30]

Hack no image 2009-02-14 Roguelike, Text

GenreRoguelike, Text
Latest release2.17-8
Release dateFebruary 14th, 2009
DeveloperJay Fenlason
Code licenseOriginal BSD License

Hack, is a roguelike game written by Jay Fenlason. It served as the inspiration for NetHack The game is licensed under the Original BSD License.[31][reference required]

The latest version of the game is 2.17-15 released on February 14th[32], 2009.[reference required]

Hero of Allacrost Screenshot-Hero of Allacrost-1.jpg 2015-06-30 RPG

Hero of Allacrost, or simply Allacrost, is a 2D single-player RPG licensed under the GNU General Public License and was founded by Tyler Olsen in June 2004.[33][34]

The team's official description of the game is as follows:

Hero of Allacrost is a single player 2D role-playing game that shares similar appearance and gameplay with classic console RPGs. In Hero of Allacrost, the player will explore rich environments, solve challenging dungeon puzzles, and fight strategic battles in an active-time based system.

The game will be released in modules, rather than waiting until the entire game is finished to make a release. Once a new module is released, players can download it and install it, which will make more content available for the player to continue the game from where they last saved. Each Allacrost release will contain a new chapter of the story. Each section is released when it is completely finished.[35]

It is written in the C++ and Lua programming languages using the SDL library.[36]

Heroes of Wesnoth Heroes of Wesnoth.png 2009-09-03 RPG
Heroes of Wesnoth
Heroes of Wesnoth.png
Heroes of Wesnoth
Latest release0.1.2  (Announcement)
Release dateSeptember 3th, 2009
DeveloperJon Ander
Code licenseGPL
P. languageC++

Heroes of Wesnoth is a RPG, written by Jon Ander[37], and set in the universe of Battle for Wesnoth. The last version of the game is 0.1.2, released on September 3th, 2009.[38] It is licensed under the GPLv3. [39] It is written in the C++ programming language and uses the SDL library.[40]

Iris2 3D Client - for Ultima Online Iris-3D.png 2011-05-06 RPG

Iris2 3D Client - for Ultima Online
Latest release3395
Release date2011-05-06
DevelopersSiENcE, Ghoulsblade, Hagish[41]
Code licenseGPL v3[42]
Media licenseGPL v3
2D mode

Iris 2.0 is a highly customizable cross-platform open-source 2D/3D client for playing the MMORPG "Ultima Online" (tm) on Freeshards. Iris2 uses the Ogre3D engine and Lugre, a middleware to use the Lua scripting language.

Iris2 has reached a playable state, but development continues.


  • Windows (binaries)
  • Linux (source)
  • MacOSX (source)
Iter Vehemens ad Necem Iter Vehemens ad Necem - Holyscreen39.png 2004-12-10 Roguelike game, RPG

Iter Vehemens ad Necem (Violent Road to Death in Latin) (IVAN) is a graphical Roguelike game developed by Heikki Sairanen, Tuukka Virtaperko, aand Timo Kiviluoto.[44] The latest version of the game is 0.50 released on December 10th, 2004.

One of the game's specialties is the body parts system: the player can lose and regain limbs which have individual health points and strength.

Meritous Meritous.png 2008-01-14 RPG
Role-playing games
Latest release1.2
Release date2008-01-14
Code licenseGPLv3+
Media licensesGPLv3+; uncertain (music)[45]
P. languageC

Meritous is an action RPG game written by Lancer-X/ASCEAI.[46] It is licensed under the GPLv3+, except for the music, whose license was uncertain for Debian in 2008.[47][48][45]

NetHack Nethack.png 2015-12-07 Roguelike game

GenreRoguelike game
Latest release3.6.0  (Announcement)
Release dateDecember 7th, 2015
Code licenseNetHack GPL
Media licenseNetHack GPL

NetHack is a rogue-like game. The latest version of the game is 3.6.0 released on December 7, 2015. It is licensed under the NetHack General Public License.[49]

OpenDungeons [[2]] 2016-08-24 RPG
Latest release0.7.1  (Announcement)
Release dateAugust 24th, 2016
Code licenseGPLv3+
Media licenseCC-BY-SA 3.0, CC-BY 3.0, CC-BY-SA, CC-BY, CC0
P. languageC++


Passage Passage 3 by Jason Rohrer screenshot.png December 13th, 2007 RPG, Autobiographical

Passage is an autobiographical RPG game by Jason Rohrer. It is his third game and the second to be released in the public domain. The source code is available on the homepage, so this is free software (the source code package contains a non-free piece of developer utility software, which is not needed on Debian)[50]. The game has been selected for the gamma256 event.[51] The latest version of the game is 3 released on December 13, 2007.[52] It uses the SDL library and its default resolution is 600x90.

Peragro Tempus Peragrotempuscastle.jpg RPG

Peragro Tempus will be a free multiplayer online role-playing game with a persistent world, which evolves according to nature and its inhabitants (players and NPCs). It has been in development since 2005, and is being built by a dedicated group of volunteers. Peragro Tempus is written in C++.

Radakan Radakan.png 2010-05-05 RPG
User interface of Radakan
Latest release0.1.0
Release date2010-05-05
DevelopersTinus and others[53]
Code licenseGPL[54]
Media licenseCC-BY-SA[55]
P. languagePython

Radakan is a single-player RPG in a unique fantasy setting, driven by a freedom-of-choice environment, with focus on true role-playing instead of combat.[56]

Silver Tree no image 2007-11-17 RPG

Role-playing games
Latest release0.2.1
Release date2007-11-17
DeveloperDavid White
Code licenseGPL

Silver Tree is a 3D role-playing game game created by David White. The latest version of the game is 0.2.1 released on November 17th, 2007 (this version marks the game as complete, although it still requires polishing).

Sleep Is Death no image 2010-11-15 multiplayer, RPG
Sleep Is Death (Geisterfahrer)
Genresmultiplayer, RPG
Latest releasev16  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 15th, 2010
Code licensePublic domain
Media licensePublic domain

Sleep Is Death aka Geisterfahrer is a two-player RPG game written by Jason Rohrer. It is Rohrer's seventh game. Sleep is Death has the rare distinction of being one of the most successful commercial game in all free and open source gaming history. In addition, the game was public domain from the very beginning. The source code is available on the homepage, so this is free software.

Stendhal Stendhal.jpg 2017-03-10 MMORPG, Adventure, RPG
Stendhal is a fun friendly and free multiplayer online adventure game. Start playing, get hooked... Get the source code, and add your own ideas...
GenreMMORPG, Adventure, RPG
Latest release1.24  (Announcement)
Release dateMarch 10th, 2017
DeveloperArianne project
Code licenseGPL v2
Media licenseGPL v2
P. languageJava

Stendhal is a multiplayer online adventure game with retro style graphics, hundreds of different creatures, items, NPCs and quests. It is written in Java by the Arianne Project, which was awarded project of the month March 2010 by SourceForge.[57]

Valyria Tear Valyria Tear.png 2014-09-04 RPG
Valyria Tear
Valyria Tear.png
Valyria Tear
Latest release1.0.0  (Announcement)
Release dateSeptember 4th, 2014
Code licenseGPL v3+
Media licenseGPL, CC-BY-SA, CC-BY, a.o.[58]
EngineHero of Allacrost
P. languageC++

Valyria Tear is an single-player 2D role playing game taking place in an medieval-fantasy world.

It is based on a fork of the Hero of Allacrost engine.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8
  3. [4] archived thread from the Ardentryst forum via wayback machine
  4. Avanor's project page
  5. download page for the Avanor project
  6. Copying file in the Avanor svn repoistory
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2
  8. Blades of Exile for Linux :D
  10. Cheese Boys project page
  11. Download page for the Cheese Boys project
  12. license page in SVN repository
  13. DNT's textures Licensing.
  15. Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup's project page
  16. License for the game in Github repository of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup
  17. Emptyclip's license page in Emptyclip's SVN hosted by
  18. Download page for the Empty Clip project on
  19. Empty Clip's project page at
  20. 20.0 20.1 License information
  21. Project renamed to FLARE
  22. Portraits of Giants
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Freeroid RPG's copyright file at Debian Packages
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 The README at the project's GitLab page
  25. License page in Galaxymage's SVN repository at Gna!
  26. license.txt on Github
  27. download page GearHead 2 accessed on October 29th, 2009
  29. Goblin Hack's copyright information on the project's SVN repository
  30. Download page for the Goblin Hack project on
  31. bsdgames.copyright
  32. Debian Package
  33. Tyler Olsen's homepage - Contains information on the start of the Allacrost project.
  34. Hero of Allacrost FAQ - Has a question on the FAQ
  35. Allacrost FAQ
  36. Allacrost project page
  37. Jon Ander's userpage on Gitorious
  38. v0.1.2 announcement
  39. Announcement of upgrade to GPLv3
  40. report on Heroes of Wesnoth
  41. Iris2 developers list
  42. LICENSING file in it's SVN repository
  43. IVAN's developers list on
  44. What is IVAN? on Ivanwiki
  45. 45.0 45.1 (acc. 2008-12-04)
  46. Meritous README file accessed on October 14th, 2008.
  47. Meritious source code package accessed on October 14th, 2008.
  48. Debian: Overview of meritous source package (acc. 2008-11-22)
  51. Gamma256 page
  52. Passage's CVS Changelog
  53. Radakan's team
  54. Radakan's code license
  55. Radakan's art license
  56. Radakan's about page
  57. SourceForge: Project of the month, March 2010
  58. LICENSES in git