Looking for some great free Vista games? Here is our pick of 40 top free games for Windows Vista you can download right now, ranging from the mildly amusing to the downright addictive.
We’ve thrown in some online games for good measure.
Mario Forever Galaxy – this is a continuation of the famous Mario Forever game. Evil Bowser has rebuilt his army and once again kidnapped the princess, taking her to another planet. Features Mario and Luigi, with Kinopio from Mushroom Kingdom, and Samus Aran from the Metroid series.
Zelda Forever – The Legend of Zelda continues for the Windows Vista in this game, where Link, a little elf, battles the evil ghost Sarcophagus to defend Princess Zelda and her kingdom. Features over 100 levels, a huge world map, tons of secrets, and of course an epic musical score.
Combat Machines – As a Combat Machine commander you must navigate your way out of the enemy territory and try to survive until help arrives. Your main objective to seek and destroy.
Mortal Kombat – this is the original Mortal Kombat game released for the arcades in 1992, released by Acclaim and Midway for the home.
Moondo – offers a cross-gaming universe experience of fast-paced multiplayer action. Lets you create your character, choose your slider, customize your buggy and play with your friends in some cool arenas and race tracks.
Space Combat – Featuring 16 levels, you must save humanity from eternal slavery by piloting an elite spaceship to defeat the enemy.
Alien Exterminator – a 3D first person shooter where you are sent to a space station that is infested with aliens. Your aim is to kill as many aliens as you can, and of course, try to survive.
Super Mario Castle Buster – Help Mario find his way out of Bowser’s castle. Filled with colorful levels with enemies and bonuses.
Desert Strike: Return to the Golf – the original Amiga game was released in 1992, and ported to many consoles since then. You must pilot an AH-64 Apache through the Gulf to stop General Ibn Kilbaba from starting WWIII, by opening a way for ground troops to come in and attack the Generals armies.
Skies of War – a thrilling action game where you need to use strategy to defeat your enemies.
Shootiah – pilot an ultramodern craft in a multi mission fighter game. After passing all the tests, your new machine is ready for its final test, actual air battle.
RC Spider Hunter – Control your remote control car to exterminate the spiders infesting your house. Find three extra batteries to help last you through the mission. The batteries are hidden inside the house. Avoid hitting furniture so as not to drain batteries faster, and kill as many spiders as you can.
The Crypt Full Version – this is the full 10 level version of the 3D first person shooter. Using the arrow keys and your mouse, you navigate the tightly guarded maze of The Crypt. Gain as much energy as you can, and extra lives, along the way because you will need them.
Super Mario World – this is one of the most famous Mario games, which was originally released for the SNES. The plot takes Mario on the usual path of saving the princess from Bowser. Also known as Super Mario Bros 4 in Japan. (Ed: This is a screensaver; added Little Fighter as a replacement)
Breath of Fire II – this is the second role-playing game from the Breath of Fire series. It’s a direct sequel to the original BoF, but with expanded themes, mechanics and aesthetics of the prequel. Set in the same fantasy world as the first BoF.
Ara Fell 2k3 – a traditional role playing game that focuses on atmosphere and aesthetics, with fun game play and a well-told story and great music.
Daimonin – an isometric real-time massive multi player online RPG (MMORPG), featuring 2/3d graphics, 3d sound effects, digital ambient music, and thousands of items, spells, monsters, quests, guilds, and clans. A feature-rich game with object interaction, and a simple, yet powerful user interface.
Roccio Quest – a graphical adventure game that lets you control the character of Roccio through the misfortunes he encounters.
Tales of Awernia – take control of the heir of the mighty mage king as you battle monsters, avoid traps and solve riddles to save the land of Awernia from falling into the hands of an evil enemy.
Free Shooting Games – the famous Battleship Mars 33 gun slinger game from the arcade has been transferred to your PC’s screen. This addictive free shooting game is said to be one of the best shooting video games around.
Lucky Fisherman – a compelling multi player game where you take you on the role of a fisherman. Catch as many fish as the time allows, while finishing certain tasks.
Little Fighter 2 – A very popular fighting game known for its simple but addictive game play. Currently the number 1 game download at cnet download.com.
Pacman 2005 – a remake of the famous 1980 game. Includes a level editor that lets you create your own playing mode. Also provides a direct link to an Internet site where you can brag about your best score and compare levels with other Pacman players.
Super C – Based on one of the best arcade games ever to hit the gaming world, Super C is Contra on steroids. This game takes place one year after the events of the original Contra. A distress signal has been received from General Hal who was on his way to South America in preparation for the GX Army’s 7th military manoeuvres. Bill and Lance are called to investigate the situation.
Deep Space Invaders – control a spaceship at the bottom of the screen and shoot as many enemy spacecrafts as possible. As simple as that, but certainly addicting game.
Attack of Mutant Fruits from Outer Space – Planet Earth faces yet another wave of invaders; this time it’s the Mutant Fruits from another galaxy, who have set out to conquer Earth. Weird, but fun.
3D Chess Unlimited – a Chess game with full 3D chess board. It’s just like real-life Chess tournament with its simulation of ELO levels and a Chess clock. Features a rotating Chess board in three different graphic environments, with or without sound effects.
Free Mahjong Games – Your classic Chinese Mahjong game ported to a Vista environment. Offers a clean, simple and beautiful Mahjong game.
ChessBin – If you’re looking for a no-frills, classic chess game, ChessBin is the game for you. It allows you to play as white or black with all the regular chess rules. A plain and simple chess game.
Backgammon Lite – Incorporating what is said to be world’s largest online backgammon community with more than 500,000 registered players, Backgammon Lite gives you the opportunity to play Backgammon against real people and gives you the opportunity to meet other people from all over the globe.
Boat – a fun, partner-based, bidding card game where it’s a race to get to 500 points. Offers an easy-to-play, fast and fun interface.
Klondike Solitaire – based on the popular Klondike Solitaire card game. We all know the objective of the traditional solitaire game. That’s pretty much it.
KinderGarten – this game simulates the running a kindergarten. Offers up a fun-filled, colorful and interactive management simulation. Your task is to manage the kindergarten and take care of the babies, and to attract more parents into bringing their babies into your kindergarten.
Pool Rebel – what good is a list of free games without a pool game? Pool Rebel is a billiards simulation game featuring realistic physics, intuitive controls and compelling game play.
Bowling Masters – offers advanced features and lets you play in single or multi player mode.
Strategy and war games
Age of Sail II – your task is to lead the wooden fleets of the world’s most powerful nautical powers. The game offers a faithful reproduction of nautical combat, from the advanced sailing tactics to the handling of your crew.
Saga – an epic MMORTS game featuring resource collection, city building and peasant management. Features massive armies, multi player questing, wars, auction house and spells. Does not charge subscription fees.
Highway Pursuit – an action packed 3D blast along roads filled with enemy agents but also with innocent civilians which you should protect at all cost.
My Little Iraqi War – a war adventure game set during the beginning of the Iraqi war. Bring down Hussein’s troops while at the same time watching out for enemy choppers and tanks.
Empires Online – a multi player online strategy which combines elements of fantasy and strategy in battle for territory and resources.
Panzer – a game where you command a tank and try to take out your enemies. It is a 3D arcade/shooter/simulation game which supports multi player mode. It uses an advanced physics simulation model and is playable over the Internet.
Do you know of a good Vista game we’ve missed? Feel free to add it in the comments!