The Big List of DRM-Free Games on Steam

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Project aim

  • List all games on Steam which are DRM-free, that meaning games which can be launched without the use of the Steam client.

Instructions

  • Mention "Steamworks title." in the Notes column for any DRM-free games which use Steamworks when launched through the Steam client.
  • This list now features all versions of the games - Windows, OS X and Linux versions that are DRM-Free will now have indicators to the right.
  • Section headers - Games are grouped in multiple categories for ease of use. Sections are listed alphabetically under their respective header.

Definition of "DRM-free on Steam"

  • DRM-free on Steam does not refer to games which don't use third-party DRM; the Steam client is DRM if it is required to run the game.
  • DRM-free games on Steam are games which do not require the Steam client or any third-party DRM in order to launch said game's respective executable or startup script (.exe|.bin|.app|.sh).
  • DRM-free games can be moved outside of the steamapps folder and used freely.
  • Steam does not have any official designation for games which are/aren't DRM-free - these must be tested by the editors themselves.

What is Steamworks?

  • Steamworks is an API for game developers. It can be used for free and is used to integrate Steam features and solutions within PC games. Steamworks is not inherently DRM, however it can be used as a part of a DRM solution. There are many games which use Steamworks and are DRM-free. These specific games will be noted.
  • Steamworks-specific features such as achievements, Steam Cloud, and multiplayer will not work if Steamworks games are launched outside of the Steam client.

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Developer/Publisher-Specific[edit]

Bohemia Interactive[edit]

Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
ARMA: Cold War Assault Link
ARMA: Gold Edition Link
ARMA II Link ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead requires Steam.
ARMA Tactics Link ? ?
Take On Helicopters Link

Devolver Digital[edit]

Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
Hotline Miami Link Steamworks title. DRM-free if you disable Steamworks (on Windows) when game launches. Linux is DRM-Free out of the box. ?
Serious Sam 2 Link
Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter Link HD version has Steam DRM.
Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter Link HD version has Steam DRM.

Double Fine Productions[edit]

Advantage Every new game released by Double Fine Productions is DRM-free and even some they publish. Costume Quest is the only exception.[1]
Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
Broken Age Link Steamworks title. ? ?
Brutal Legend Link Steamworks title. ? ?
Psychonauts Link Steamworks title. ? ?
Spacebase DF-9 Link Steamworks title. ? ?
Stacking Link ? ?
The Cave Link Steamworks title. ? ?

Larian Studios[edit]

Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
Beyond Divinity Link
Divine Divinity Link
Divinity II: Developer's Cut Link Free upgrade for owners of Divinity II: Ego Draconis or Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga.
Divinity: Dragon Commander Link Steamworks title.
Divinity: Original Sin Link ? ?

inXile Entertainment[edit]

Advantage Every game released by inXile Entertainment is DRM-free.
Disadvantage Temporary usage of DRM has occurred (Wasteland 2). This is going to be removed at release.[2]
Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
The Bard's Tale Link ? ?
Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic Link ? ?

Paradox Development Studio[edit]

Advantage Every Paradox Development Studio game is DRM-free and even some they publish (Paradox Interactive).
Advantage Paradox stated many times their developed games are and will be DRM-free like this one post or by their CEO.
Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
Arsenal of Democracy: A Hearts of Iron Game Link Steam and other DD have outdated v1.07 because Paradox dropped support. Download v1.08 patch and apply it.

It is highly recommended by developers. After patch, game is DRM-free.

Crusader Kings Complete Link
Crusader Kings II Link Includes all expansions and DLCs. ?
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game Link Steam has outdated v1.02. Download v1.03 patch from developers and read Installation notes - Steam users. After patch, game is DRM-free.
East India Company Link
Europa Universalis III Complete Link Includes Heir to the Throne and Divine Wind expansions and all DLCs. ?
Europa Universalis IV Link Steamworks title. Includes all expansions and DLCs. ?
Europa Universalis: Rome - Gold Edition Link
For The Glory: A Europa Universalis Game Link Download v1.2 patch in archive for DRM-free version of game.
Hearts of Iron 2 Complete Link
Hearts of Iron III Link Includes all expansions and DLCs. ?
Majesty Gold HD Link Run MajestyHD.exe from the HD folder.
Majesty 2 Link
March of Eagles Link
Sengoku Link
Victoria I Complete Link
Victoria II Link Includes A House Divided and Heart of Darkness expansions and all DLCs.

SEGA[edit]

Information Every game in this list (sans Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I) is run in an emulator and is therefore DRM-free.
Name Store Page Notes
SEGA Mega Drive Classics Pack Link Pack includes: Altered Beast, Comix Zone, Crack Down, Ecco the Dolphin, Gain Ground, Golden Axe, Shadow Dancer, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Space harrier II and Vectorman.
SEGA Mega Drive Classics Pack 2 Link Pack includes: Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Bonanza Bros, Columns, Ecco Jr, Eternal Champions, Fatal Labyrinth, Galaxy Force II, Kid Chameleon, Ristar and Super Thunder Blade.
SEGA Mega Drive Classics Pack 3 Link Pack includes: Alien Storm, Bio-Hazard Battle, Columns III, Decap Attack, Ecco: The Tides of Time, ESWAT: City Under Siege, Flicky, Golden Axe II, Sword of Vermilion and Virtua Fighter 2.
SEGA Mega Drive Classics Pack 4 Link Pack includes: Alien Soldier, Gunstar Heroes, Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole, Light Crusader, Shining Force, Shining Force II, Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2 and Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair.
SEGA Genesis Classics Pack 5 Link Pack includes: Beyond Oasis, Dynamite Headdy, Golden Axe III, Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom, Revenge of the Shinobi, Streets of Rage 3, Vectorman 2 and Wonder Boy in Monster World.
Sonic 3 and Knuckles Link
Sonic 3D Blast Link
Sonic Spinball Link
Sonic the Hedgehog Link
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Link
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I Link Steamworks title.
ToeJam & Earl Link
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron Link

Square Enix[edit]

Name Store Page Notes
Dungeon Siege Link
Dungeon Siege II Link
Thief Gold Link
Thief II: The Metal Age Link

Ubisoft[edit]

Name Store Page Notes
Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition Link Run game via DX9 launcher.
Far Cry 2: Fortune's Edition Link
Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East Link Run H5_Game.exe from binDM folder, not from bin folder.
Rayman Origins Link

Miscellaneous[edit]

Indie[edit]

Information Independent video games (commonly referred to as indie games) are made by individuals or small teams generally without video game publisher financial support. For the simplicity of this article, games published by those outside of the indie studio itself are also included in this list.
Information For independent games using Flash see the Flash section.
Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
10,000,000 Link Steamworks title. ? ?
A Virus Named TOM Link Steamworks title. ?
Air Control Link
Anna - Extended Edition Link Steamworks title. Windows version requires both Steam & Kalypso account login. ?
Avadon: The Black Fortress Link Steamworks title. ?
Bastion Link Steamworks title. ?
Cogs Link Steamworks title. On Linux, requires 32-bit version of SDL installed or copied to game directory. ?
Cortex Command Link ?
Dungeon Defenders Link Steamworks title. DRM-free if you switch it to GameSpy multiplayer mode before launching. Should just work on Linux. ?
Dungeons of Dredmor Link Steamworks title. ?
Escape Goat 2 Link Steamworks title. ? ?
Delver Link ? ?
Evochron Mercenary Link The "CD Key" from Steam can also be used on the stand-alone DRM free version that can be downloaded directly from the developer's site. The stand-alone version acts as a timed demo unless a Reference ID and a Key are entered. Right click the game in your Steam client and select view CD Key. The Product Code shown is the Reference ID and Key separated by a semicolon.
Faerie Solitaire Link Steamworks title. ?
Fairy Bloom Freesia Link Steamworks title.
FEZ Link Steamworks title. On Windows, run FEZ_LaunchOption.exe to disable Steamworks so you can use DRM-free version. ?
FTL: Faster Than Light Link ?
Goat Simulator Link Steamworks title. Might not support saved games without Steam. ?
Gratuitous Tank Battles Link Steamworks title. ?
Gratuitous Space Battles Link On Linux, for some odd reason, sound seems to be dependent on the Steam Runtime. Also, the run script is partly broken. ?
Kerbal Space Program Link ?
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Link Steamworks title.
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Link Steamworks title.
Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 Link Steamworks title.
Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4 Link Steamworks title.
Snuggle Truck Link Steamworks title. ?
SOL: Exodus Link Steamworks title.
Sol Survivor Link Steamworks title.
Super Crate Box Link
Super Meat Boy Link Steamworks title. ?
Strike Suit Zero Link Steamworks title. Warns about Steam absence but should play without issues. ?
Super Laser Racer Link Steamworks title.
Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! Special Edition Double Pack Link
Trapped Dead Link
Unstoppable Gorg Link Steamworks title. ?
Uplink Link ? ?
Vertex Dispenser Link Steamworks title. ?
VVVVVV Link ?
Windosil Link ?
Wizorb Link Steamworks title. Save data might not work unless Steam is running. ?
Woodle Tree Adventures Link Delete/rename Steam DLLs to prevent Steam being detected and launched. ? ?

Other[edit]

Information This list features non-indie, AAA (big publishers) and games outside publishers in separate paragraphs.
Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
Alpha Protocol Link Run Binaries\APGame.exe, not APLauncher.exe.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Link Make a shortcut to Binaries\ShippingPC-BmGame.exe and add -nosteam to the end of the target. Steam saves are not compatible with non-Steam mode.[3]
Cities in Motion Link Steamworks title. ? ?
Colin McRae Rally (2014) Link Delete/rename Steam DLLs to prevent Steam being detected and launched. ?
Fable: The Lost Chapters Link
Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition Link
Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition Link Base game (Dread Lords [GalCiv2.exe]) and Dark Avatar [GC2DarkAvatar.exe] expansion are DRM-free.
GT Legends Link
GTR - FIA GT Racing Game Link
GTR 2 - FIA GT Racing Game Link
Legendary Link SecuROM paul.dll remnant in installation folder does nothing and the game still works if it is deleted.
Painkiller Redemption Link On Linux the game is probably DRM-Free, but it is heavily built/linked against the Steam-Runtime. ?
Saira Link
Scribblenauts Unlimited Link Warns about Steam absence but plays without issues.[3]
Sniper Elite Link
Space Hack Link
System Shock 2 Link On Linux it should be DRM-Free as well. It may be hard to launch though, since it is using a Wine-wrapper. ?
Tales of Monkey Island Complete Pack Link Only Chapter One. ?
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut Link It has Steam DRM, but you can use the provided CD key to get the DRM-free backup copy (you get installation files) at GOG.com.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition Link Steamworks title, has Steam DRM, but you can use the provided CD key to get the DRM-free backup copy (you get installation files) at GOG.com.
Worms Pinball Link

Flash & AIR[edit]

Advantage DRM can't be used on Flash games (that includes AIR, too) as per Steamworks FAQ.
Information Multi-Platform: You may sometimes be able to play these games on any platform supported by flash. To do this extract the .swf file from the .exe of the Windows version and open it in the flashplayer. A good extraction tool is e.g. exe2swf.
Name Store Page Notes Win OS X Linux
Anodyne Link Steamworks title.
Auditorium Link
Botanicula Link Steamworks title.
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten Link Steamworks title.
Enemy Mind Link
Flight Control HD Link Steamworks title.
Intrusion 2 Link Steamworks title.
Lilly Looking Through Link
Lone Survivor Link Steamworks title.
Machinarium Link Multi-Platform: Use the extracted "00000004.swf".
Monster Loves You! Link Steamworks title.
Offspring Fling! Link Steamworks title.
Probability 0 Link
Samorost2 Link Multi-Platform: Use the extracted "00000003.swf".
The Basement Collection Link Steamworks title.
The Binding of Isaac Link Steamworks title.
The Last Door Link
Trauma Link

References

  1. Costume Quest on GOG, page 1 - Forum - Double Fine Action Forums
  2. Update 51: Beta For All, page 3 - Forum - Wasteland Survival Guide
  3. 3.0 3.1 Humble Bundle PSA: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Scribblenauts Unlimited are DRM-free, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com