Secrets of Grindea. Move folder out of programs(x86)\steam. This is a list of games and software available on Steam that do not require the use of the Steam client itself (after the game or software is downloaded using the client), any third party DRM (Games for Windows - LIVE, Uplay, Denuvo, etc.), or the optional Valve CEG (Custom Executable Generation) Steam component, making them effectively launcher-free applications once downloaded. This means that you can copy the game folder anywhere you want and launch the .exe program directly without being online or having Steam or third-party software running.


Q: How do you determine if a game or software is launcher-free on Steam?
A: Install the game or software and run it online the first time (this step is important as this finalizes the installation). Shut down Steam and temporarily move all the files in the root Steam folder somewhere else, and rename/delete Steam.exe to something else temporarily. Locate game folder, find the program launcher .exe and run it. If the game doesn't start, then it requires the client to be running; if the game starts, the game is launcher free.

Q: I did that, but it still won't work.
A: If you have already tried the above, then try deleting steam_api.dll and SteamworksNative.dll, if present, from that game's folder. NOTE: Some Steam DRM-free games (99 Spirits, War of Human Tanks) work only when steam_api.dll is present, so delete it only if the game doesn't work with it present.

Lists of DRM-free games and software on SteamEdit

Launcher-free games and softwareEdit

The games or software on this list do not have any DRM once they are installed which means that they do not require the Steam client to be played. Typically, you don't have to tweak the games or software in order to run them wherever you want; the list will make notes of any exceptions.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
100% Orange Juice n/a n/a
12 is Better Than 6 ? Delete steam_api.dll
140 ?
404Sight n/a n/a
7th Guest ? ?
11th Hour/Misty The Kitty ? ?
8BitBoy ? n/a
8-Bit Commando ? ?
99 Levels To Hell ? ?
99 Spirits n/a n/a
1000 Amps ? n/a It works perfectly, you have to run "1000AmpsFlash.exe"
10,000,000 ? ?
3079 -- Block Action RPG ?
3089 -- Futuristic Action RPG ?
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome ?
AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity n/a n/a Delete steam_api.dll and acksteam.dll
Abducted n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title
A Bird Story ? ?
Absolute Drift ? ?
Aces Wild: Manic Brawling Action! n/a n/a
A Hole New World ? ?
A House of Many Doors ? ?
A Story About My Uncle n/a n/a
A Valley Without Wind ? n/a Previously required CD Keys. As of version 1.500 that is no longer the case.
A Valley Without Wind 2 ? n/a
A Virus Named TOM ?
Action Henk ? ?
Actua Soccer 3 n/a n/a
Adam's Adventure Chronicles n/a n/a
Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly ? ?
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
Aeon Command ? ?
Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders ?

Airships: Conquer the Skies

? ? Currently and Early Access title
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.
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
Alum ? ?
Alwa's Awakening ? ?
Always Remember Me ? ?
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Anachronox n/a n/a
Analogue: A Hate Story ? ?
Ananias Roguelike ? ?
Angvik ? n/a
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
Anodyne ? ?
Antichamber Run ~\Binaries\UDK.exe or ~/Binaries/UDKGame-Linux. Note: It was reported that several users have serious issues with the Linux build.
Antisquad ? ?
Apartment 666 ? n/a
Aragami ? Will launch Steam if found; rename Steam.exe to launch without client
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda n/a n/a Error message can be dismissed
Armed with Wings: Rearmed n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title; version 0.8.28 tested
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
ARMA Tactics ?
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.
Assault Android Cactus
Astebreed n/a n/a
Atom Zombie Smasher ? n/a Run atom_net.exe, NOT atomzombiesmasher.exe
Avadon: The Black Fortress ?
Avalanche 2: Super Avalanche n/a n/a
Aviary Attorney ? n/a
A Wizard's Lizard ? ?
Aztaka ? ? n/a
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition ? Linux: i386 version of must be included in shared libraries.

Open a terminal and enter the following command with your Linux username added:

sudo cp /home/YOURUSERNAME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib

Baldur's Gate II Enhanced Edition ?
Ballpoint Universe - Infinite ? ? Delete steam_api.dll and SteamworksNative.dll.
BANZAI PECAN: The Last Hope For the Young Century n/a n/a
Bardbarian ? n/a
Barrier X n/a n/a
Barter Empire n/a n/a
Baseball Mogul 2015 n/a n/a
Battle Group 2 ? ?
Battle Mages n/a n/a Not linked to Steam services at all (initially DRM-free)
Battle Mages: Sign of Darkness n/a n/a Not linked to Steam services at all (initially DRM-free)
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition n/a n/a

Run "ShippingPC-BmGame.exe -nosteam" in a Command Prompt (without quotes); " -nosteam" (without quotes) can also be added 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.

Battlevoid: Harbinger ? ?
BEEP n/a n/a
Bejeweled 3 ? n/a
Ben There, Dan That! n/a n/a
Besiege Currently an Early Access title
Beyond Divinity n/a n/a
Beat Cop
Bik - A Space Adventure ? ?
Bionic Dues Lack of DRM was stated by the developer.
Bionic Heart ? ?
Bit Blaster XL ? ?
bit Dungeon II n/a
Black Mirror ? ?
Black Mirror 2 - Reigning Evil n/a n/a
Black Mirror 3 - Final Fear n/a n/a
Black Moon Chronicles n/a n/a
Blacksea Odyssey ? ?

Blackwell Bundle

n/a Achievements disabled
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition n/a n/a Delete Steamwrap.ndll
Bleed ? ?
Blocks That Matter ? ? n/a
Blood Bowl® Legendary Edition n/a n/a
Bloop n/a n/a
Bob Came in Pieces ? n/a
BOMB n/a ? Multiplayer can be played with direct IP connections outside of Steam
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! ?


No special Terminal commands required

DLC DOES NOT WORK; only the base game is recognized

Bravada ? ?
Breath of Death VII n/a n/a
Bridge Constructor Medieval ? ?
Brigador: Up-Armored Edition ? ?
Brilliant Shadows - Part One of the Book of Gray Magic ? ?
Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition n/a n/a
Brink of Consciousness: The Lonely Hearts Murders n/a n/a
Broforce ? ?
Broken Age Only Act 1 was tested.

Mac: Complete version tested.

Broken Sword: Director's Cut ?
Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror ?
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons n/a n/a
Brutal Legend ?
Bubsy Two-Fur n/a n/a
CAFE 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid ? ?
Californium ? n/a
Cally's Caves 3 n/a n/a Delete steam_api.dll
Cally's Trials n/a n/a Delete steam_api.dll
Canabalt ? ?
Cannon Fodder 3 n/a n/a
Capitalism 2 n/a n/a
Card City Nights ? ?
Carmageddon Max Pack n/a n/a
Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now n/a n/a
Castle In The Darkness n/a n/a
Catacomb Kids ? ?
Cataegis: The White Wind n/a n/a
Cat Goes Fishing n/a n/a Remove/rename steam_api.dll to run.
CAT Interstellar ? n/a
Caves of Qud ? ?
Cayne ? ?
Check vs Mate (Battle vs Chess) ? ?
Chernobyl Commando n/a n/a
Cherry Tree High Comedy Club n/a n/a
Chroma Squad ? ?
Chronicles of Teddy ? n/a
City of Rott: Streets of Rott n/a n/a
Civilization III Complete n/a n/a
Cities in Motion ? DLC's should work fine as they are only "plugins"
C. Kane ? ?
Close Your Eyes n/a n/a
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, Episode 1 - The Hangman n/a n/a Game does not save.
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, Episode 2 - The Wise Monkey n/a n/a Game does not save.
Cogs ? ? On some 64-bit Linux distros you need to install 32-bit sdl version of sdl. It also works if manually copying library to the game dir.
Condemned: Criminal Origins n/a n/a
Conquest of Elysium 4 ? ?
CONSORTIUM The Master Edition n/a n/a
Containment: The Zombie Puzzler ?
Contradiction ? n/a
Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting [Enhanced Edition] n/a n/a
Cortex Command ? ? n/a
Cosmic Star Heroine ? ?
Costume Quest 2 ? ?
Cubicle Quest n/a n/a
Crayon Physics Deluxe ? n/a
Crazy Taxi n/a n/a Starts Steam if found; Runs fine without it
CrossCode n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title (Tested version: 0.4)
Crow n/a n/a
Cthulhu Saves the World n/a n/a
Cubetractor ? n/a
Cursed Castilla (Maldita Castilla EX) ? ? Delete steam_api.dll or otherwise it will open Steam if it finds it
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!™ ? n/a
Dangerous Waters n/a n/a
Danmaku Unlimited 2 n/a n/a
Darkest Dungeon ? ? Windows: Run from _windowsnosteam folder
Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game n/a n/a
Dark Fall: The Journal n/a n/a
Dark Fall 2: Lights Out n/a n/a
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition n/a n/a English only?
Data Jammers: FastForward n/a n/a
Dawn of Discovery n/a n/a AKA Anno 1404. Venice Expansion is also DRM-free.
Daylight n/a n/a
Day of the Tentacle Remastered ? ?
DEADBOLT ? Windows: Delete steamapi.dll
Dead Sky ? ? Start the executable 'DeadSky.x86' instead of the shell script.
Death Rally n/a n/a Offline only
Death Rally (Classic) ? n/a
Death Ray Manta ? ?
Death Road to Canada ? ?
Death's Hangover n/a n/a
DEFCON ? ? ?
Déjà Vu: MacVenture Series ? n/a
Deja Vu II: MacVenture Series ? n/a
Delver ? ?
Demigod n/a n/a
Demon Peak n/a ?
Deponia ? ?
Deponia Doomsday ? ?
Descent: Underground ?

Currently an Early Access title (Tested version: Mickey 1415)

Link your Steam account to your account on for a copy of the game

Desktop Dungeons ? n/a
Despair n/a n/a
Detective Grimoire ? n/a
Dex ? ?
Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark n/a n/a
Distant Worlds: Universe n/a n/a
Divine Divinity n/a n/a
Divine Slice of Life ?
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
Divinity: Original Sin ? n/a EOCApp.exe located in the shipping folder of the game's Steam directory.
Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition n/a n/a
DLC Quest ? n/a
Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension ? ?
Dorke and Ymp n/a n/a
Downfall n/a Same goes for the 2009 original in the subfolder.
Downwell ? ?
Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice ? ?
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria ? ?
Driftmoon n/a n/a
DROD RPG: Tendry's Tale ? ?
Dropsy ?
Duck Game n/a n/a
DuckTales Remastered n/a n/a
Dungeon Defenders ? DRM-free if you switch it to GameSpy multiplayer mode before launching. Should just work on Linux.
Dungeonmans 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.
DUSK n/a n/a Currently early access version 1.1.2 as of 1/18/2018
Dust: An Elysian Tail ?
Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos ? Linux: An exception screen occurs ingame. Simply ignore it to play the game.
Eador: Genesis n/a n/a
Ebony Spire: Heresy ? ?
Electronic Super Joy ?
Eleusis n/a n/a Run Eleusis Game Launcher.exe
Elliot Quest ?
Elven Legacy n/a n/a
Emily is Away ? ?
Enclave n/a n/a
Endless Inside n/a n/a
Endless Sky ? ?
Endorlight n/a n/a
ENKI 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.
Enter the Gungeon ? ? Rename/delete "steam_api.dll" inside the game folder.
Environmental Station Alpha ? n/a
Escape Goat 2 ? ?
Eschalon: Book II ?
Eternal Senia n/a n/a
Ether Vapor Remaster n/a n/a
Eufloria n/a
Eurofighter Typhoon n/a n/a
Evochron Mercenary n/a n/a For a DRM-free version from the developers site see here.
Evoland ? n/a
Evoland 2 ? 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
Face Noir n/a n/a
Factorio For a DRM-free version, use non-steam installer.
Faerie Solitaire ? n/a
FaeVerse Alchemy ? ? Currently an Early Access title (Tested version:
Fallout n/a n/a
Fallout 2 n/a n/a
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 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
FarSky ? ?
fault milestone one ? ?
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
Fearless Fantasy n/a n/a
Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold - Episode 1 ? ?
FEZ ? ? Windows: Run "FEZ_LaunchOption.exe" to disable Steamworks so you can use DRM-free version.

Linux: Add --no-steamworks to the console when running it.

Final Fantasy IX n/a n/a Will launch Steam if found; the game launches by itself if Steam.exe is renamed, or if Steam is not installed
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster n/a n/a Will launch Steam if found; the game launches by itself if Steam.exe is renamed, or if Steam is not installed
Finding Teddy ? ?
Firewatch ? ? Steam.exe must be renamed, or the client will launch
Five Nights at Freddy's n/a n/a
Five Nights at Freddy's 2 n/a n/a
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 n/a n/a
Five Nights at Freddy's 4 n/a n/a
Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location n/a n/a
Floating Point ? ?
Flotilla ? ?
Ford Racing 3 n/a n/a
For The Glory: A Europa Universalis Game n/a n/a
Freaking Meatbags ? ?
Freedom Planet ? ?
Frozen Synapse ? ? ?
FTL: Faster Than Light
Full Mojo Rampage n/a n/a
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.
Game Dev Tycoon ? ?
Gang Beasts ? ? Currently an Early Access title (Tested version: 0.2.6c)
GemCraft - Chasing Shadows n/a n/a
Gemini Rue ?
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy ? n/a
Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island n/a n/a
Giana Sisters 2D n/a n/a
Glacier 3: The Meltdown n/a n/a
Glare ? ?
Glittermitten Grove ? ?
Gnomes vs. Fairies ? ?
Gnomoria n/a n/a
Goat Simulator n/a Game WILL NOT SAVE OR LOAD if run outside of Steam.
Gods Will Be Watching ? ? Rename/delete 'steam_api.dll' inside the game folder.
Golden Krone Hotel ? ?
Gold Rush! Anniversary ? ?
Gold Rush! Classic n/a n/a
Gone Home ?
Goosebumps: The Game n/a n/a
Gothic 1 n/a n/a Download the official 1.08k patch
Gothic 3 n/a n/a Download 1.75 beta update
Grand Theft Auto (?) n/a n/a
Grand Theft Auto 2 (?) n/a n/a
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ? n/a
Gratuitous Tank Battles ? ? n/a
Gratuitous Space Battles ?
Gravity Badgers ? ?
Gray Matter n/a n/a
Green Elephant 2D n/a n/a Rename/delete "steam_api.dll" inside the game folder.
Grimm n/a n/a
Grimoire : Heralds of the Winged Exemplar n/a n/a
Groovy n/a ?
Grow Home 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
Guilty Gear Isuka n/a n/a
Guilty Gear X2 #Reload n/a n/a
Gunman Clive n/a n/a
Gun Metal n/a n/a
GunWorld 2 n/a n/a
Hard to Be a God n/a n/a
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
- "./" for Half-Life 2
- "./ -game episodic" for Episode One
- "./ -game ep2" for Episode Two
- "./ -game lostcoast" for Lost Coast
- "./ -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 ?
Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement n/a n/a
Hammerwatch ?
Hard Truck Apocalypse / Ex Machina n/a n/a
Hate Plus ?
Hearthlands ? ?
Heavy Bullets ? ?
Hector: Badge of Carnage - Full Series ? n/a Only episode 1 runs without Steam, episode 2 & 3 do need the Steam client.
Hegemony Gold: Wars of Ancient Greece n/a n/a
Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar n/a n/a
Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients n/a n/a
Heileen 1: Sail Away ? ?
Hektor ? n/a
Helium Rain n/a ?
Heroes of a Broken Land ? ?
Heroes Rise: The Hero Project ? The game executable uses CEG. However, you can play the game without Steam by opening the file 'index.html" with a web browser.
Heroes Rise: The Prodigy ?
Hero Generations: ReGen ? ?
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.
Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok n/a n/a Achievements disabled
Hexcells ? ?
Hexcells Infinite ? ?
Hexcells Plus ? ?
Hidden in Plain Sight ? ?
Hieroglyphika ? ?
Hive ? ?
HOARD ? ? Despite the description in the shop there is a Linux version of the game.
Hollow Knight ?
Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! ? ?
Home n/a n/a
Horizon n/a n/a
Hotline Miami ? ?

In game options 'Steamworks' must be disabled. Only works with original version (old engine) of the game.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number ? ?
House Party n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title
Humanity Asset n/a n/a
HuniePop ? ?
Hunting Unlimited 2010 n/a n/a
Hyper Light Drifter ? Windows: Delete or rename steam_api.dll
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition ? ?
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream ? ? Comes with ScummVM but you need to load the game into it
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 n/a n/a
IMSCARED n/a n/a Delete or rename steam_api.dll
Incoming Forces n/a n/a
Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars ? n/a
Insanity's Blade n/a n/a
Interplanetary ? ?
Interstellaria ? ?
Iron Commando - Koutetsu no Senshi n/a n/a
IS Defense n/a ?
Ittle Dew ? ?
Jack Orlando: Director's Cut ? n/a
Jamestown ? n/a
Jazzpunk ? ?
Jet Gunner n/a n/a
Kairo ? ?
KAMI ? ?
Kathy Rain ? n/a
Keen Dreams ?
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes n/a
Kerbal Space Program ?
Kero Blaster n/a n/a
Khimera: Destroy All Monster Girls n/a n/a
Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition n/a n/a Will launch Steam if found; the game launches by itself if Steam.exe is renamed, or if Steam is not installed
Kindergarten ? ?
King Arthur's Gold ? ?
Kingdom: Classic ?
Kingdom: New Lands ? ?
Knee Deep ? ?
Knights and Merchants ? ?
KnightShift ? n/a Windows: Can be played without steam running (Win7/64). However you will need your activation key (which can be saved into a textfile) and you will also need the standard registry entrys in this case. Those can be seen by opening the file 254060_install.vdf. The easiest way to save them would be to let the game start for the first time and then export the registry keys from

into one file which can then be imported on another PC by double clicking on the file. Without this registry entry the game will crash during launch.

Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition ? ?
Killing Floor ? Steamworks is used for multiplayer. Solo works without Steam.
King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame n/a n/a

The following DLCs work as well: The Saxons, The Druids, Knights and Vassals, Legendary Artifacts

Last Dream ? ?
Last Dream: World Unknown ? ?
Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle ? n/a
Legend of Dungeon ? ?
Legend of Grimrock ? ? Will launch Steam if it can be found, but runs if it cannot.
Legend of Grimrock 2 ? ? Will launch Steam if it can be found, but runs if it cannot.
Legendary n/a n/a
Life is Feudal: Forest Village n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title
Lifeless Planet ? ? Linux beta tested
Life of Pixel ? ?
Lightfish ? ? n/a
Lilly and Sasha: Curse of the Immortals n/a n/a
Little Big Adventure 2 n/a n/a
Little Big Adventure - Enhanced Edition n/a n/a DOSBox version of original that comes with the Enhanced Edition is DRM-free
Loading Screen Simulator n/a n/a
Lolly Joe n/a ?
Long Live The Queen ? ?
Lost Chronicles of Zerzura n/a n/a
Lost Civilization n/a n/a
Lost Horizon 2 n/a n/a
Lovely Planet ? ? Deleting steam_api.dll prevents the game from trying to start Steam, but is not required to make the game run
Lucid n/a n/a
Lucius Demake n/a ?
Lucius II n/a ?
Lugaru HD ? ?
Lunar Flight ? n/a
LYNE ? ?
Magical Diary ?
Mahluk:Dark demon n/a n/a
Majesty Gold HD n/a n/a

Run "MajestyHD.exe" from the HD folder.

Majesty 2 n/a n/a
Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency n/a n/a
Malebolgia n/a n/a
Marauder n/a n/a Also known as Man of Prey.
Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure n/a n/a
Master Spy n/a
Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo n/a n/a
Mega Coin Squad ? ? Tries to start Steam, but runs without the client
Meltdown ? ?
Memoria ? ?
Memory's Dogma CODE:01 n/a n/a
Mercenary Kings ? ?
Mibibli's Quest ? n/a
Midvinter n/a n/a
Might & Magic X - Legacy n/a
Mighty No. 9 ?
Mimpi Dreams ? ?
Mini Ninjas n/a n/a
Missing Translation ? n/a
Mob Rule Classic n/a n/a
Moebius: Empire Rising ? ?
Momento Temporis: Light from the Deep ? n/a Currently an Early Access title
Momodora: Reverie Under The Moonlight n/a n/a
Momodora III n/a n/a
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine ?

Confirmed DRM-free by developer here.

No multiplayer, updates or leaderboards without Steam

Monsterland n/a n/a
Monster Loves You! ? ?
Monstrum n/a n/a
MoonBase Commander n/a n/a
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock ? n/a
Mother Russia Bleeds ? ? Delete "steam_api64.dll" in game directory folder.
Moto Racer Collection n/a n/a
Motte Island ? ?
Mountain ?
Muffin Knight ? n/a
Multiwinia ? ? ?
Muri n/a n/a
Narcissu 1st & 2nd ?

Linux: Copy the libs, and from ~/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu to /usr/lib (You may have to copy the libs with extened suffix and rename them accordingly).

NaissanceE n/a n/a
Neighbours from Hell Compilation n/a n/a Both games work
NEO Scavenger ? ?
Networm n/a n/a
Nicolas Eymerich - The Inquisitor - Book 1: The Plague ? n/a
Nidhogg ? n/a
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).

Nightside ? n/a
Nimbus n/a n/a
Ninja Pizza Girl ?
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 "./ -game nmrih" (without quotes)
Only setting max players to 1 will work; disable v-sync to increase framerate

Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi n/a n/a
Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy ? n/a
Not The Robots ? ?
//N.P.P.D. RUSH//- The milk of Ultraviolet ? ?
Nuclear Throne ?

Windows: Delete the 'steam_api.dll' inside of the game folder

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits ? ? n/a
Octodad: Dadliest Catch The level editor (Windows only) is also DRM-free.
Odallus: The Dark Call n/a n/a Any purchased DLC skins will not be available in the game unless it is loaded through Steam
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee n/a n/a
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty ? ?
Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD n/a n/a
Off-Road Drive n/a n/a
Okhlos: Omega ? ?
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood ? ? You shouldn't remove steam_api.dll, or it won't open. I was able to play it while I was on my alt, just changing the text in steam_gameid.txt was enough.
Omikron: The Nomad Soul n/a n/a
One Finger Death Punch n/a n/a No Achievements - Steam not runnning message in loading screens.
One Ship Two Ship Redshift Blueshift ? ?
Oniken ? ? It works directly without Steam (you can delete the "_CommonRedist" directory -DirectX-, it will work anyway and you'll save MBs).
Oo ? ?
Orbital Gear ? ?
Orborun ?
Ori and the Blind Forest n/a n/a Delete or rename SteamworksNative.dll in the installation folder
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition n/a n/a Unlike the original release, nothing needs to be deleted
Original War n/a n/a
Outlast n/a n/a Whistleblower DLC untested
Owlboy n/a n/a
Painkiller Redemption n/a n/a
Paladins ? n/a Currently an Early Access title
Papers, Please ? Delete steam_api.dll and steamwrap.ndll
Paranautical Activity: Deluxe Atonement Edition ? ?
Particula ? n/a
Party of Sin n/a n/a
Perils of Man ? Windows: Delete steam_api.dll
Penguins Arena: Sedna's World ? n/a
Penumbra Overture ? ?
Phantasmagoria n/a n/a
Pillars of Eternity
Pineapple Smash Crew n/a n/a
Pink Heaven n/a n/a
Pink Hour n/a n/a
Pirates of Black Cove n/a n/a Only Pirates of Black Cove Gold version will run without Steam. The store page for the Gold version is not accessible anymore so for reference the normal version is linked.
PixelJunk Eden n/a n/a Will launch if Steam is not installed. Alternatively, rename steam.exe
Pixel Piracy ? ? Rename/delete the 'steam_api.dll' inside of the game folder.
Pixel Puzzles: Japan n/a n/a
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition ? ?
Planetary Annihilation ? ?
Planetbase n/a n/a
PolyRace ? ?
Porcunpine ? n/a

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

Postal 2 ? ? Linux: Run "steamapps/common/POSTAL2Complete/System/postal2-bin"
Power-Up n/a n/a
Primordia n/a n/a Achievements disabled
Princess Remedy In A Heap of Trouble ? ?
Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt n/a n/a
Project Highrise ? n/a Will start Steam if it's detected
Project Zomboid ? ?

Rename/delete 'steam_api.dll', 'steam_api64.dll',

'steam_appid.txt', 'steamintegration.dll',

'steamintegration64.dll' inside the game folder.

Proteus ?
Psychonauts ?
Punch Club ? ?
Puzzle Quest 2 n/a n/a Steam client must be installed but login is not required.
Quake IV n/a n/a
Quest for Infamy n/a ?
Q.U.B.E ? ?
Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut ?
Rack N Ruin ? ?
RADical ROACH n/a n/a
Ratz Instagib ? n/a Custom servers only
Ravensword: Shadowlands ? ?
Rayman® Origins n/a n/a
RC Mini Racers ?
Real Boxing n/a n/a
Really Big Sky n/a n/a
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny ? ?
Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville ? n/a
Receiver ? ?
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 ? ?
Redshirt ? ?
Red Trigger n/a n/a
Relic Hunters Zero ? n/a Delete steam_api.dll
Remnants of a Beautiful Day ? n/a
Replay - VHS is not dead ? n/a
Reprisal Universe ? n/a
Resonance n/a n/a Achievements disabled
Retrovirus n/a n/a
Return to Mysterious Island 2 n/a n/a
Reveal The Deep ? ?
RC Mini Racers ? n/a
RimWorld ? ? Currently an Early Access title; version 0.17.1557 tested
Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages n/a n/a
Rise & Shine n/a ?
Rise of the Triad n/a n/a
Rise of the Triad (Original) ? n/a From The Apogee Throwback Pack
Risk of Rain ? ? Rename/delete 'steam_api.dll' inside the game folder.
River City Ransom: Underground Confirmed by developer
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball ? ?
Robowars n/a n/a
Rock of Ages n/a n/a
ROD: Revolt Of Defense n/a n/a
Roguelands ?
Rogue's Tale n/a ?
Root of Evil: The Tailor ? n/a
Roundabout ? ?
Royal Bounty HD ? n/a
RunGunJumpGun ? n/a
Saints Row 2 ? n/a
Saira n/a n/a
Sakura Angels ? ?
Sakura Beach n/a
Sakura Beach 2 ? n/a
Sakura Spirit ?
Salammbô: Battle for Carthage n/a n/a
Salt and Sanctuary ? ? Game will start in offline mode.
Sanctuary RPG: Black Edition 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)

Sanctum 2 ? n/a (✔) Sign up for the linux-beta in the game options in Steam. There is only a demo (no full game) in early beta status available.
Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves n/a n/a
Satazius n/a n/a
Saturday Morning RPG ? ?
Savant - Ascent ? ? Linux: Execute runner instead of
Screencheat ? ? Save data will be found in the game folder if run outside of Steam
Scribblenauts Unlimited n/a n/a
Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis n/a n/a Secret files 1 does *not* work
Secret of the Magic Crystals ? ?
SEGA Bass Fishing n/a n/a Will launch Steam if it can find it, if Steam is renamed or uninstalled it works fine DRM-free.
Septerra Core ? n/a
Serafina's Crown ? ?
Serena ?
Serious Sam 2 n/a n/a But neither of the Serious Sam HD Encounters. (? Sure??? I've being trying and when I launch it, it launchs Steam one and another time)
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.
SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell ? ?
Shadow Complex Remastered ? n/a
Shadowgate ? ? Delete steam_api.dll
Shadowgate: MacVenture Series ? n/a
Shadowrun Returns ? ?
Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut ? ?
Shadows of Adam ? ?
Shadows on the Vatican Act I: Greed n/a n/a
Shadows on the Vatican Act 2: Wrath n/a n/a
Shannon Tweed's Attack Of The Groupies n/a n/a
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut n/a n/a
Shardlight n/a n/a
Shatter ? ?
Shattered Haven n/a
Shelter ? n/a
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Case of the Mummy's Curse ? n/a
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Case of the Mystified Murderess ? n/a
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Case of the Tin Soldier ? n/a
Shipwreck ? ?
SHOGUN: Total War n/a n/a
Shoppe Keep ? ? Currently an Early Access title
Shoot 1UP n/a n/a
Shovel Knight
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Currently in early access. Confirmed by developer to remain launcher free come release.
Shutshimi ? ?
Sid Meier's Railroads! n/a n/a
Sigils of Elohim ?
Silent Hill Homecoming n/a n/a
SimplePlanes ? n/a
Sinking Island n/a n/a
Siralim ? ?
Skyward Collapse ? n/a Plus DLC
Slain! ? ? Will launch Steam if client is installed; rename Steam.exe or uninstall client to run DRM-free
Slayaway Camp ? ?
Slender: The Arrival ? n/a
Small Radios Big Televisions n/a n/a
Snapshot ? ?
Sniper Elite n/a n/a
Snowball! n/a n/a
Snuggle Truck ? ?
Solarix n/a n/a
SOL: Exodus n/a n/a
Sol Survivor n/a n/a
SOMA ? ?
Songbringer ? ?
Sonic Adventure DX n/a n/a Will launch Steam if client is installed; rename Steam.exe or uninstall client to run DRM-free
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 - Episode I n/a n/a

But not Episode II

Sora n/a n/a

steam_api.dll is required for the game to start, but nothing else.

Sound of Drops - fall into poison - n/a

Ren'Py game.

Space Channel 5: Part 2 n/a n/a Starts Steam if found; Runs without Steam if it's not there
Space Empires IV Deluxe ? ?
Spacebase DF-9 ?
Space Hulk ? DLCs might work, it seems to be related to a bug.
Space Pilgrim Academy n/a n/a
Space Run ? ?
Spectraball ? ?
Spectromancer n/a n/a
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy ? ?
Splice ? ?
Spooky's House of Jump Scares n/a n/a
Sproggiwood ? ?
Stacking ? ?
Stardew Valley ?
Star Ruler ?
Star Ruler 2 ? ?
STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast™ ? n/a
STAR WARS™ Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy™ n/a
Starwhal ? ?
Startup Company ? ? Currently an Early Access title
State of Anarchy ? ? Linux: Install Unity runtime
Steredenn ? ?
Stones of Sorrow ? ?
Stories of Bethem: Full Moon ? ?
Straimium Immoralty n/a n/a
Street Racing Syndicate n/a n/a
Strike Suit Zero ? Save data DOES NOT LOAD OR SAVE without Steam running
Stronghold HD n/a n/a
Stronghold Crusader HD n/a n/a
Styx: Master of Shadows n/a n/a
Styx: Shards of Darkness n/a n/a Confirmed DRM-free by developer
Summoner n/a n/a
Sun Dogs ? ?
SUNLESS SEA ? n/a Delete or rename steam_api.dll in the game's directory.
Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius It's mentioned by the dev to be DRM-free.
Sunrider: Academy
Super Crate Box n/a n/a
Super House of Dead Ninjas n/a n/a
Super Hydora n/a n/a
Super Laser Racer ?
Super Meat Boy ?

Linux: Copy the library 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.
Super Panda Adventures n/a n/a
Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe ? n/a
Super Sanctum TD ? n/a
Super Trench Attack! n/a n/a
Super Win the Game ? ?
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Achievements are not saved
Sword of Asumi ? ?
Swords and Sorcery - Underworld - Definitive Edition n/a n/a
Syder Arcade ? ?
System Shock 2 ?
Taimumari n/a ?
Take On Helicopters n/a n/a
Takedown: Red Sabre n/a n/a Single player only; GAME WILL NOT SAVE OUTSIDE OF STEAM
Tales from the Borderlands ? n/a
Tales of Monkey Island - Episode 1 ? ? n/a But not the remaining episodes!
Tales of the Orient: The Rising Sun ? ?
Tap Heroes n/a n/a
Technobabylon n/a n/a
The 39 Steps ?
The Ables: Freepoint High ? n/a
The Albino Hunter n/a n/a
The Bard's Tale ?
The Banner Saga ? ? Delete or rename steam_api.dll
The Book of Unwritten Tales ? ?
The Bridge n/a ? If Steam is present, it will launch; Rename main Steam program or uninstall Steam to launch The Bridge without it.
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified ? n/a
The Cat Lady n/a
The Cave
The Charnel House Trilogy n/a n/a
The Curious Expedition ? n/a
The Detail ? ?
The Deer God ? ?
The Dream Machine n/a
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Through the use of the OpenMW engine
The Expendabros ? n/a
The Fall ? Delete libSteamworksNative.dll (Windows) or (Linux)
The Flame in the Flood ? n/a
The Forest n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title
The House of Fata Morgana n/a n/a
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing ? n/a
The I of the Dragon ? ? Windows: Backup and restore the registry entry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Primal
The Journey Down: Chapter One ?
The Journey Down: Chapter Two ?
The Last Door - Collector's Edition ? n/a
The Last Door: Season 2 - Collector's Edition ? ?
The Last NightMary - A Lenda do Cabeça de Cuia ? ?
The Long Dark ? ?
The Maker's Eden ? ?
The Mims Beginning ? ?
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom n/a n/a
The Original Strife: Veteran Edition ? ?
The Path n/a n/a
The Polynomial - Space of the music ?
The Purring Quest n/a n/a
There Came an Echo n/a n/a
The Samaritan Paradox n/a Achievements disabled
The Secret of Tremendous Corporation ? n/a
The Secret World ? ?
The Shivah ? ? Achievements disabled
the static speaks my name ? ?
The Survey n/a n/a
The Swapper ?

Must delete/rename the following from the game folder:

  • Windows: CSteamworks.dll
  • Linux:
The Walking Dead n/a MAC ONLY; 400 Days DLC doesn't seem to be recognized.
The Witcher Adventure Game ? n/a When choosing to go online it seems to be stuck at "Authenticating" indefinitely, choosing to play offline works fine though
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ? ?
The Yawhg n/a n/a
They Bleed Pixels n/a n/a
Thief™ Gold n/a n/a
Thief™ II: The Metal Age n/a n/a
Think To Die ? ?
Think To Die 2 ? ?
Thirty Flights of Loving ?
This Book Is A Dungeon n/a n/a
This Grand Life n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title
Thomas Was Alone ? Despite the description in the shop there is a Linux version of the game.
Tiamat X ? ? You only need to delete "steam_api.dll" from the game folder ("_CommonRedist" -DirectX files- were necessary for me neither, I deleted that folder and it worked fine).
Tick's Tales ? ?
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.
Timber and Stone n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title
Time Gentlemen, Please! n/a n/a
Tiny Barbarian DX ? 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.
Tomb Raider II ? ?
Tomb Raider III ? ?
Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation ? ?
Tomb Raider V: Chronicles ? ?
Tormentum: Dark Sorrow ? n/a
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
Trainz Trouble n/a n/a
Transistor ? Confirmed by Supergiant Games to not require Steam after initial download.
Trapped Dead n/a n/a
Trine 2 ? Windows version requires Steam
Triple Town ? n/a
Tropico 5 ? ?
Trucker n/a n/a
Tsukumogami n/a n/a
Tulpa ? ?
Turbo Pug n/a n/a
Turmoil n/a n/a Currently an Early Access title
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter ? n/a If Steam is present, it will launch; Rename main Steam program or uninstall Steam to launch Turok without it.
Two Brothers n/a n/a
UFO: Afterlight n/a n/a
Ultionus: A Tale of Petty Revenge ? ?
Undertale ? n/a Delete steam_api.dll; DRM-free version also available on Undertale website
Unending Galaxy n/a n/a
Unexplored ? ?
Unreal Gold ? ? Requires the official patches or 227 Patch to run without Steam.
Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition ? ? Requires the official patches to run without Steam.. Patch UTPG 451 does not require a disc drive.
Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor's Choice Edition ? ? Requires the official UT2004 v3369 patch.
Unreal Tournament 3 Black n/a n/a Run UT3.exe in the Binaries folder.
Unrest ? n/a
Uninvited: MacVenture Series ? n/a
Unstoppable Gorg n/a
Until I Have You n/a ?
Uplink ? ? You may need to copy 'Steam.dll' from your steam installation folder to the game folder
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action ? ?
Valdis Story: Abyssal City n/a n/a Delete the 'steam_api.dll' inside of the game folder
Valkyria Chronicles n/a n/a Client will launch if found; rename Steam.exe to play without Steam
Vally ? ?
Vanilla Bagel: The Roguelike ? ?
Verde Station ? ?
Verdict Guilty n/a n/a
Vertex Dispenser ? ? n/a
Vertical Drop Heroes HD ? n/a
Vertiginous Golf ? ?
Victor Vran ? Windows version requires Steam
Viscera Cleanup Detail n/a n/a LAN multiplayer works, as well
Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior n/a n/a Single player works fine, haven't tested multiplayer though. To get this game on Steam purchase Shadow Warrior (2013), it should then automatically be added to your library.
Void ? n/a
Waking Mars ? ?
Warframe n/a n/a
War of the Human Tanks n/a n/a
Wasteland 1 - The Original Classic ?
Wasteland 2: Director's Cut ?
Waste Walkers n/a n/a
Wayward ? ?
Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space ? ?
Western 1849 Reloaded ? ? Linux: Install Unity runtime
Westerado ? n/a
Who's Your Daddy ? ?
Windosill ? ? n/a
Windward ? ?
Wings of Vi n/a n/a
Wizardry 8 n/a n/a
Wizards and Warlords ? ? Currently and Early Access title
Wizorb ? n/a Save data doesn't work unless Steam is running
World War I n/a n/a
Woodle Tree Adventures ? ?
World of Goo ? ?
Worms Pinball n/a n/a
World Basketball Manager 2010 n/a n/a
WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01 ? ?
Why Am I Dead At Sea ? n/a
X-Blades ? ?
Yomi ? ?
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles n/a n/a
Zigfrak ? ?
Z-Exemplar ? ?

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
Botanicula n/a
Deadly 30
Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten
Flight Control HD n/a
Intrusion 2 n/a
Lilly Looking Through n/a
Lone Survivor n/a
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
The Inner World n/a
The Last Door - Collector's Edition
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
Hearts of Iron IV ? DLC must be activated after installation by launching through Steam once.
March of the Eagles n/a n/a
Sengoku n/a n/a
Stellaris ✔︎ ✔︎ Linux tested Apr 27th 2017. Multiplayer requires online services, which may not be DRM free.
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
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold ? n/a
Blake Stone: Planet Strike ? n/a
Blood: One Unit Whole Blood n/a n/a
Commander Keen series n/a n/a
Doom Classic n/a n/a
Duke Nukem 3D n/a n/a DOSBox version available with Megaton Edition (no longer available through Steam)
Heretic + Hexen series n/a n/a
King's Quest™ Collection n/a n/a The launcher uses CEG, the individual games are DOSBoxed
Pizza Connection n/a n/a
Shadow Warrior Classic Redux ?
Space Quest™ Collection n/a n/a The launcher uses CEG, the individual games are DOSBoxed
Spear of Destiny n/a n/a
Star Wars: Dark Forces n/a n/a
Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum Mac: Wrapped in Boxer 2.0 engine.
Tex Murphy: Mean Streets
Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon
Wolfenstein 3D n/a n/a
Worms n/a n/a
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
Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition n/a n/a Retail Patch archived here
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!

Doom 3: BFG Edition n/a n/a

No official patch exists, but the engine was released as open source very shortly after the game's release. Precompiled binaries for Windows of the RBDOOM-3-BFG fork are available on GitHub, and it can be compiled+played on Linux and Mac OS X too. You need to copy the "base" folder from the game folder and put it next to the RBDoom3BFG binary.

HeXen II n/a n/a

Use Hammer of Thyrion from here:

(The HeXen II source code has been released to the public)

Quake n/a n/a

Use the DarkPlaces mod from here:

(The Quake source code has been released to the public)

Quake II n/a n/a


Alternatively, use KMQuake II from here:

(The Quake II source code has been released to the public)

Quake III Arena n/a n/a

Use ioquake3 from here:

(The Quake III source code has been released to the public)

Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale n/a n/a Official website of Carpe Fulgur
Red Faction n/a n/a Official patch here
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 ? ? No need for a patch. In case of Linux, just needs 32-bit version of libxmu installed (else you get "error while loading shared libraries:")
X3: Terran Conflict ? ? ?

steam_appid.txt GamesEdit

These games normally require the Steam client to be running, but they can be made DRM-free by creating a text file called steam_appid.txt that contains the corresponding game's Steam app ID number AND NOTHING ELSE. The steam_appid.txt file should be placed in the same folder as the game's main program file.

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek ? ? 284870
9 Clues 2: The Ward ? ? 369420
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden ? ? 284710
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink ? 284830
Dark Heritage: Guardians of Hope ? ? 394280
Defend Your Life: TD ? ? 357780
Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond ? ? 330990
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek ? ? 284750
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood ? ? 284770
Epistory: Typing Chronicles ? ? 398850
Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk ? ? 403510
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride ? ? 284850
Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan ? ? 279800
Lakeview Cabin Collection ? n/a 361990
Left in the Dark: No One on Board ? ? 284890
Mind Snares: Alice's Journey ? ? 363330
Mything Wonders: The Philosopher's Stone ? ? 458480
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart ? ? 259740
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren`s Call ? ? 284790
Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones ? ? 284810
Press X to Not Die n/a n/a


Queen's Quest: Tower of Darkness ? ? 390200
Steamworld Dig ? ? 252410
Tadpole Treble ? ? 354400
Terrian Saga: KR-17 ? ? 278640
The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams ? ? 429610
The Secret Order 3: Ancient Times ? ? 437420
Tibetan Quest: Beyond the World's End ? ? 427550
Time Mysteries: Inheritance - Remastered ? ? 350010
Time Mysteries 2: The Ancient Spectres ? ? 313650
Time Mysteries 3: The Final Enigma ? ? 319320
Volume ? n/a 365770

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 IV: The End of the Millenium, 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
Evochron Mercenary n/a n/a 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.
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

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 [Your Key]

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series n/a n/a Most CD keys that are provided when purchasing the game on steam can be redeemed at:

However, not ALL keys will work. Most will though.

List of DRM-free software on SteamEdit

Title Win Mac Lin Remark
Art Rage 4 ? ? n/a Steam requirements were removed in later updates.
Blender ?
Controller Companion n/a n/a DRM Free, Launch .exe from folder. Steam does not have to be running.
DisplayFusion n/a n/a DisplayFusion is standalone. Steam does not have to be running.
Portal 2 - The Final Hours ? n/a
You Need a Budget 4 n/a The license key from Steam can be used to turn the trial version from YNAB's official website here into the full version.


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