This article is a list of my favorite, free, downloadable, online games. Downloaded games are games that must be downloaded and installed on your computer. Some are multi-player and others are single player. All have chat features that allow you to communicate with fellow players online. This is not in any way a complete list of all free downloadable online games and gaming sites. Neither is it a review of any of the games listed. It is simply a list of my favorite free downloadable online games and gaming sites.
Solve Puzzles for Science | Fold It
Fold It is a protein folding game in which you, the player, can help science by folding proteins. This game is available for download for Windows XP/Vista, Intel OS X 10.4 or later and Linux. Though initially I found the game a bit confusing, if you play long enough you can get the hang of how to fold the proteins to get the highest score. There are chat windows so you can talk to other players, get help or compare notes or just shoot the breeze. You can save your progress at any time, share your protein with others so they can improve on it and even compete against one another in duels. This game captivated my attention for hours at a time.
Eternal Lands is a free-to-play role-playing game where you play with others online. This game is available for Windows, Machintosh and Linux. Eternal Lands offers questing, combat, pvp areas and battle arenas, skills (which includes alchemy, crafting, harvesting, magic, tailoring, to name only a few) and guilds. Eternal Lands has an auto-save feature in addition to the manual saving command so you don't have to worry about losing your progress when you have to stop whatever …