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This is a list of games available on Steam that do not use any third party DRM (e.g GFWL, Uplay, ...) or the Steamworks CEG ("Custom Executable Generation") component, making them effectively Launcher-free once installed. This means that you can copy the game folder anywhere you want and launch the .exe/.sh directly without being online or having Steam or a third party software running.

TriviaEdit

Q: How do you determine if a game is Launcher-free on Steam?
A: Simple: install the game and launch it once (this step is important, because this finalises the installation). Shut down Steam and temporarily move all the files in the root Steam folder somewhere else. Locate game folder, locate the .exe, run it. Either you get an error message (or it does nothing at all), or the game just runs. If it just runs, it is Launcher-free.

Lists of DRM-free games on SteamEdit

Launcher-free gamesEdit

The games on this list do not have any DRM and do not require the Steam Client to be played. Normally you don't have to tweak the games in order to play them wherever you want.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
1000 Amps ? ? n/a
3079 -- Block Action RPG ? ?
A Valley Without Wind ? n/a The game needs to be activated with a CD key. The Steam client provides at startup this key so after activating the game once in Steam all DRM is technically gone.
A Valley Without Wind 2 ? n/a
A Virus Named TOM ? ?
AI War: Fleet Command ? n/a

Plus all DLC's.
The game needs to be activated with a CD key. The Steam client provides at startup this key so after activating the game once in Steam all DRM is technically gone.

Adam's Venture Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden n/a n/a
Adam's Venture Episode 2: Solomon's Secret n/a n/a
Adam's Venture Episode 3: Revelations n/a n/a
Adventures of Shuggy n/a n/a
All Zombies Must Die! n/a n/a Run ShippingPC-Bzb2Game.exe
Alpha Protocol™ n/a n/a Run ~\Binaries\APGame.exe, NOT APLauncher.exe
Analogue: A Hate Story ? ?
Anna - Extended Edition ? Windows version requires both Steam (game will freeze before title screen without it running) and Kalypso account login (can be blocked through Windows Firewall, but Steam will still be required); Linux version requires neither
Antichamber n/a n/a Run ~\Binaries\UDK.exe
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda n/a n/a Error message can be dismissed
ARMA: Cold War Assault n/a n/a
ARMA: Gold Edition n/a n/a
ARMA II n/a n/a
ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead n/a n/a
Arsenal of Democracy: A Hearts of Iron Game n/a n/a Steam has 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.
Assassin's Creed™: Director's Cut Edition n/a n/a Run game via DX9 launcher.
Atom Zombie Smasher ? n/a Run atom_net.exe, NOT atomzombiesmasher.exe
Avadon: The Black Fortress ?
Aztaka ? ? n/a
Bastion ? ?
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition n/a n/a

Run "ShippingPC-BmGame.exe -nosteam" in a Command Prompt (without quotes); you can also append " -nosteam" (without quotes) to the end of the Target field if you make a shortcut to ShippingPC-BmGame.exe


Save data will now save to Documents\Square Enix; Challenge maps may crash the game.

BEEP n/a n/a
Ben There, Dan That! n/a n/a
Beyond Divinity n/a n/a
Bionic Dues Lack of DRM was stated by the developer.
Blackwell series n/a n/a Achievements disabled
Blocks That Matter ? ? n/a
Blood Bowl® Legendary Edition n/a n/a
Bob Came in Pieces ? ? n/a
Breath of Death VII n/a n/a
Broken Age ? Only the first half of the game was tested.
Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror ? ? n/a
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons n/a n/a
Brutal Legend ? ?
Cherry Tree High Comedy Club n/a n/a
Cities in Motion ? ? DLC's should work fine as they are only "plugins"
Cogs ? ? ?
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler ? ? n/a
Cortex Command ? ? n/a
Crayon Physics Deluxe ? ? n/a
Crusaders Kings II ? ?
Cthulhu Saves the World n/a n/a
Cubetractor ? n/a
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!™ ? n/a
Dangerous Waters n/a n/a
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game n/a n/a Steam has outdated v1.02. Download v1.03 patch from developers and read Installation notes - Steam users. After patch, game is DRM-free.
Dark Fall: The Journal n/a n/a
Dark Fall 2: Lights Out n/a n/a
Data Jammers: FastForward n/a n/a
Dead Sky ? ? Start the executable 'DeadSky.x86' instead of the shell script.
DEFCON ? ? ?
Demigod n/a n/a
Desktop Dungeons ? ? n/a
Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark n/a n/a
Divine Divinity n/a n/a
Divinity II: Developer's Cut n/a n/a Free upgrade for owners of Divinity II: Ego Draconis or Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga.
Divinity: Dragon Commander n/a n/a
Dungeon Siege n/a n/a
Dungeon Siege II n/a n/a
Dungeons of Dredmor ? Mods installed through the Steam Workshop aren't available.
Dust: An Elysian Tail ? ?
Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos ? Linux: An exception screen occurs ingame. Simply ignore it to play the game.
Elven Legacy n/a n/a
Enclave n/a n/a
ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West ? ? Access game from here {wherever you stored it within the Steam folder}\Enslaved\Binaries\Win32\Enslaved.EXE.
Eschalon: Book II ?
Ether Vapor Remaster n/a n/a
Eufloria n/a n/a
eXceed - Gun Bullet Children n/a n/a
eXceed 2nd - Vampire REX n/a n/a
eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package n/a n/a
Fable - The Lost Chapters n/a n/a
Faerie Solitaire ? ? n/a
Fairy Bloom Freesia n/a n/a
Fallout 3 n/a n/a You need FOSE. FOSE disables Windows Live and the FOSE launcher disables CEG.
Far Cry® 2: Fortune's Edition n/a n/a
F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point n/a n/a Must have base F.E.A.R. game installed; base game is NOT DRM-free
F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate n/a n/a
FEZ ? ? Windows: Run "FEZ_LaunchOption.exe" to disable Steamworks so you can use DRM-free version.
For The Glory: A Europa Universalis Game n/a n/a
Frozen Synapse ? ? ?
FTL: Faster Than Light ?
Galactic Civilizations I: Ultimate Edition n/a n/a
Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition n/a n/a Base game Dread Lords ("GalCiv2.exe") and Dark Avatar ("GC2DarkAvatar.exe") expansion are DRM-free.
Gemini Rue ?
Gnomoria n/a n/a
Goat Simulator n/a n/a Game WILL NOT SAVE OR LOAD if run outside of Steam
Gone Home ?
Grand Theft Auto (?) n/a n/a
Grand Theft Auto 2 (?) n/a n/a
Gratuitous Tank Battles ? ? n/a
Gratuitous Space Battles ? ?
Grimm n/a n/a
GT Legends n/a n/a
GTR - FIA GT Racing Game n/a n/a
GTR 2 FIA GT Racing Game n/a n/a
Gun Metal n/a n/a
Hacker Evolution Duality ? ? ?
Half-Life 2 ?

Windows: Run
- "hl2.exe" for Half-Life 2
- "hl2.exe -game episodic" for Episode One
- "hl2.exe -game ep2" for Episode Two
- "hl2.exe -game lostcoast" for Lost Coast
- "hl2.exe -game hl1" for Source
in Command Prompt (without quotes)
Linux: Run
- "./hl2.sh" for Half-Life 2
- "./hl2.sh -game episodic" for Episode One
- "./hl2.sh -game ep2" for Episode Two
- "./hl2.sh -game lostcoast" for Lost Coast
- "./hl2.sh -game hl1" for Source
in Terminal (without quotes)

Half-Life 2: Episode One ?
Half-Life 2: Episode Two ?
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast ?
Half-Life: Source ?
Hate Plus ?
Hector: Badge of Carnage - Full Series (✔) ? n/a Only episode 1 runs without Steam, episode 2 & 3 do need the Steam client.
Hero Siege ? n/a Rename/delete the 'steam.exe' in the steam directory or the 'steam_api.dll' inside of the game folder.
Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East n/a n/a Run H5_Game.exe from binDM folder, not from bin folder.
HOARD ? ? Despite the description in the shop there is a Linux version of the game.
Home n/a n/a
Hotline Miami ? ? ? In game options 'Steamworks' must be disabled
Jamestown ? ? n/a
Knights and Merchants ? ?
Kerbal Space Program ?
Killing Floor ? ? ?
Legend of Dungeon ? ?
Legend of Grimrock ? ? ? Will launch Steam if it can be found, but runs if it cannot.
Legendary n/a n/a
Lightfish ? ? n/a
Lucid n/a n/a
Lunar Flight ? ? n/a
Magical Diary ?
Majesty Gold HD n/a n/a

Run "MajestyHD.exe" from the HD folder.

Majesty 2 n/a n/a
Mars: War Logs n/a n/a
Mercenary Kings n/a n/a Confirmed to be DRM-free by developer
Mini Ninjas n/a n/a
Monaco

DRM-free status confirmed by developer

If Steam is present, it will launch; Rename main Steam program or uninstall Steam to launch Monaco without it

Motte Island ? ?
Multiwinia ? ? ?
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart ?

Create a 'steam_appid.txt' file in the game directory and write the number '259740' in it.
Linux: Then change in the console to the game directory and run one of the game executables (32/64 bit).

Nimbus n/a n/a
Noitu Love 2: Devolution n/a n/a
No More Room In Hell ?

Copy "nmrih" folder into "sdk" folder;
Windows: Open command prompt and type "hl2.exe -game nmrih" (without quotes)
Linux: Open terminal window and type "./hl2.sh -game nmrih" (without quotes)
Only setting max players to 1 will work; disable v-sync to increase framerate

//N.P.P.D. RUSH//- The milk of Ultraviolet ? ?
NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits ? ? n/a
Octodad: Dadliest Catch The level editor (Windows only) is also DRM-free
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee n/a n/a
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD n/a n/a
Painkiller Redemption n/a n/a
Party of Sin n/a n/a
PixelJunk Eden n/a n/a Will launch if Steam is not installed. Alternatively, rename steam.exe
The Polynomial - Space of the music ? ? ?
Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 ? ? n/a
Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4 ? n/a n/a
Penumbra Overture ? ?
Pineapple Smash Crew n/a n/a
Portal ?

Windows: Run "hl2.exe -game portal" in Command Prompt (without quotes); Common install location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Portal
Linux: Run "./hl2.sh -game portal" in Terminal (without quotes)

Portal 2 - The Final Hours ? n/a
Proteus ? ?
Psychonauts ? ?
Puzzle Quest 2 n/a n/a Steam client must be installed but login is not required.
Ravensword: Shadowlands ? ?
Rayman® Origins n/a n/a
Really Big Sky n/a n/a
Retrovirus n/a n/a
Rock of Ages n/a n/a
Saira n/a n/a
Sanctum ? n/a

Run with the following command:

"SanctumGame-Win32-Shipping.exe -nosteam"

GAME WILL NOT SAVE OR LOAD IF RUN OUTSIDE OF STEAM (a past update moved save data from SanctumSave.ini to the Steam Cloud folder)

Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves n/a n/a
Satazius n/a n/a
Scribblenauts Unlimited n/a n/a
Serious Sam 2 n/a n/a But neither of the Serious Sam HD Encounters.
Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter n/a n/a HD version has Steam DRM.
Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter n/a n/a HD version has Steam DRM.
Shatter ? ?
Shattered Haven n/a
Shelter ? n/a
Silent Hill Homecoming n/a n/a
Skyward Collapse ? n/a Plus DLC
Snapshot ? ?
Sniper Elite n/a n/a
Snuggle Truck ? ? ?
SOL: Exodus n/a n/a
Sol Survivor n/a n/a
Sonic Adventure DX n/a n/a
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 - Episode I n/a n/a But not Episode II
Space Hulk ? n/a DLCs might work, it seems to be related to a bug.
Space Rangers (?)
Spacebase DF-9 ? ? ?
Splice ? ?
Starbound ? ?
Star Ruler ?
Strike Suit Zero ? ? Save data DOES NOT LOAD OR SAVE without Steam running
Stronghold HD n/a n/a
Super Crate Box n/a n/a
Super House of Dead Ninjas n/a n/a
Super Laser Racer ?
Super Meat Boy ?

Linux: Copy the library libSDL2-2.0.so.0 from

  • 32bit: /home/[username]/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32 to the x86 folder, where Super Meat Boy is installed.
  • 64bit: /home/[username]/.local/share/Steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu to the amd64
    folder, where Super Meat Boy is installed.
Surgeon Simulator 2013
System Shock 2 n/a n/a
Take On Helicopters n/a n/a
Takedown: Red Sabre n/a n/a Only Singelplayer, Multiplayer requires Steamwork.
Tales of Monkey Island - Episode 1 ? ? n/a But not the remaining episodes!
The 39 Steps ?
The Bard's Tale ? ?
The Bridge n/a n/a If Steam is present, it will launch; Rename main Steam program or uninstall Steam to launch The Bridge without it.
The Cat Lady n/a n/a
The Cave
The Dream Machine ? ? n/a
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom n/a n/a
The Path n/a n/a
The Secret World ? ?
The Swapper ?

Must delete/rename

  • Windows: CSteamworks.dll
  • Linux: libCSteamworks.so









from installation folder to bypass Steam requirement

The Walking Dead n/a 400 Days DLC doesn't seem to be recognized.
Thief™ Gold n/a n/a
Thief™ II: The Metal Age n/a n/a
Thomas Was Alone ? Despite the description in the shop there is a Linux version of the game.
Tidalis ? n/a The game needs to be activated with a CD key. The Steam client provides at startup this key so after activating the game once in Steam all DRM is technically gone.
Time Gentlemen, Please! n/a n/a
To the Moon ? ?

Linux: The free Minisode is missing in the installation files due to a lacking Linux port. The Windows version can be downloaded here and played with WINE.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory® n/a n/a Multiplayer works, Singleplayer unknown.
Towns ? ?
TrackMania Nations Forever n/a n/a
TrackMania² Canyon (✔) n/a n/a Doesn't launch Steam if not detected. The game must be installed, updated and played once through the Steam Client. For playing the game on another PC you need to repeat the steps above.
TrackMania² Stadium (✔) n/a n/a
Trapped Dead n/a n/a
Trine 2 ? ?
Triple Town ? n/a
Two Brothers n/a n/a
Unstoppable Gorg ? ? n/a
Uplink ? ?
Valdis Story: Abyssal City n/a n/a Delete the 'steam_api.dll' inside of the game folder
Vanguard Princess n/a n/a
Vertex Dispenser ? ? n/a
VVVVVV ?
War of the Human Tanks n/a n/a
Windosill ? ? n/a
Wizardry 8 n/a n/a
Wizorb ? n/a Save data doesn't work unless Steam is running
Worms Pinball n/a n/a
World Basketball Manager 2010 n/a n/a

Flash gamesEdit

The games on this list are games using Flash, Adobe Air or .NET (for simplicity bundled in this list for Flash games). All games using Flash, Adobe Air or .NET on Steam, including those not on this list, are Launcher-free.

Note - Multi-Platform: To play Flash games on platforms not officially supported by Steam, you can sometimes extract .swf files from the .exe of the Windows installation and use one of these .swf files to start the game on every platform with a flashplayer on it. A tool for extraction is e.g. exe2swf.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
Auditorium n/a
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten
Botanicula n/a
Flight Control HD n/a
Intrusion 2 n/a
Lone Survivor n/a
Machinarium n/a Multi-Platform: Use the extracted "00000004.swf".
Offspring Fling! n/a
Samorost2 n/a n/a Multi-Platform: Use the extracted "00000003.swf".
The Basement Collection n/a Doesn't show unlocked content.
The Binding of Isaac n/a
TRAUMA n/a

Paradox Development Studio gamesEdit

Every Paradox Development Studio game is DRM-free and even some they publish (Paradox Interactive).
Paradox stated many times their developed games are and will be DRM-free like this one post or by their CEO.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
Crusader Kings Complete n/a n/a
Crusader Kings II
Europa Universalis III Complete n/a
Europa Universalis IV
Europa Universalis: Rome - Gold Edition n/a n/a
Hearts of Iron 2 Complete n/a n/a
Hearts of Iron III n/a
March of the Eagles n/a n/a
Sengoku n/a n/a
Victoria I Complete n/a n/a
Victoria II n/a n/a

DOSBox gamesEdit

The games on this list are using DOSBox, an x86 emulator. All DOSBox games on Steam, including those not on this list, are Launcher-free.

Note - Multi-Platform: All DOSBox games can be played on various platforms and OSs by using the game data of the Windows installation and DOSBox itself. A simple DOSBox frontend in Java is e.g. DBGL (it contains DOSBox, too).

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
Commander Keen series n/a n/a
Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
Doom
Doom II
Final Doom
Heretic
Hexen
King's Quest™ Collection n/a n/a The launcher uses CEG, the individual games are DOSBoxed
Master Levels
Space Quest™ Collection n/a n/a The launcher uses CEG, the individual games are DOSBoxed
Spear of Destiny
Star Wars: Dark Forces
Wolfenstein 3D
Worms
X-COM: Apocalypse n/a n/a
X-COM: Terror From the Deep n/a n/a
X-COM: UFO Defense n/a n/a

Patchable gamesEdit

The games on this list do have the CEG component of Steam and won't run without Steam. However, the games can be made technically DRM-free after patching them.
Following criteria must be met for the games on this list:

  • The game must be published DRM-free outside of Steam
  • The DRM-free version must have the same directory structure as the Steam version
  • There must be at least one patch from the developers or an almost official patch from the community available (cracks are not tolerated on this page)
  • The patch must override the .exe/.sh so that the CEG component will be erased

Note: It is recommended to move the game to another directory before patching. If not, updating/checking the game files in Steam will remove the patch again. Sometimes it is necessary to replace just the .exe instead of patching the whole game.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
Chantelise - A Tale of Two Sisters n/a n/a Official website of Carpe Fulgur
Darwinia ? ? ? Official website of Introversion Software
Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil n/a n/a

Official website of id Software

YOU WILL NEED YOUR CD KEYS FROM STEAM! Right-click the games in your Steam library and save the CD keys in a text file for easy access!

Quake II n/a n/a QuakeWiki
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale n/a n/a Official website of Carpe Fulgur
Sacred 2 Gold ? n/a n/a
Tropico 3 - Steam Special Edition n/a n/a Download Patch 1.17 but don't install it. Extract with an archive program just the "Tropico3.exe" and replace the .exe in the Steam version.
Two Worlds Epic Edition n/a n/a

A fanmade patch for simplifying the patch procedure (because of altering registry keys) is available as setup and source code.
There are also manual instructions and MD5-Hashes for the patch files.

Note: The patch procedure has to be repeated on every PC the game is played.

X: Beyond the Frontier n/a n/a
X: Tension n/a n/a
X2: The Threat n/a n/a
X3: Albion Prelude ? ? ?
X3: Reunion ? ? ?
X3: Terran Conflict ? ? ?

SEGA emulator gamesEdit

The games on this list are run in an emulator and are therefore DRM-free.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
SEGA Mega Drive Classics Pack n/a n/a 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 n/a n/a 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 n/a n/a 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 n/a n/a 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 n/a n/a 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 n/a n/a
Sonic 3D Blast™ n/a n/a
Sonic Spinball™ n/a n/a
Sonic the Hedgehog n/a n/a
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 n/a n/a
ToeJam & Earl n/a n/a
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron n/a n/a

GFWL offline gamesEdit

The games on this list do require Games for Windows - LIVE in order to be played. However, you can create an offline account (this requires no contact data and no internet connection) in order to play the game offline and on every machine that has the GFWL components installed on it.

Note: A full installation of GFWL is not required, only a few components are necessary for the games on this list. Despite a full installation of GFWL is not worse than a "partial" one. An example of an partial installation of GFWL for Mortal Kombat can be found here. Also, Steam will install GFWL at first launch of the game, so if a "partial" installation is wished, do not launch the game in Steam to finalise the installation.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
Mortal Kombat Kollection n/a n/a

DRM-free game codesEdit

The games on this list may have DRM, but you can get a DRM-free copy of the game legally from the developers, the publishers or in a sort of Promotion.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
SpaceChem ? ? Download the installation files from the developer's site. Install the game and activate it with the key found in ~/Steam/SteamApps/common/SpaceChem/registration.key
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut ? n/a They have DRM, but you can use the CD key for a free DRM-free backup on GOG.com.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition

? n/a
Don't Starve

Right click the game in your Steam Library, click View CD Key, then paste it behind the link 

https://www.humblebundle.com/s?key= [Your Key]

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