0verkill is a client-server 2D deathmatch-like game in ASCII art. It supports free connecting/disconnecting during the game, and runs well on modem lines. Graphics are in 16-color ASCII art with elaborate hero animations. 0verkill features 4 different weapons, grenades, invisibility, and armor. The package also contains reaperbot clients, a simple graphics editor, and a level editor.
BZFlag is a 3D, multiplayer, tank battle zone, capture the flag game that pits players against each other in a networked environment. It runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Linux, MacOS 10.x, Irix, Solaris, and others. An OpenGL accelerator is highly recommended, but it is playable with 3D in software.
Freeciv is a multiuser reimplementation for Unix/X of the famous Microprose game of Civilization. By default, the game is an improved Civ II, but this can be customized; modpacks for near-100% compatibility with Civ I and Civ II are included. Multiuser gameplay is real-time: in each turn, all human players move concurrently. The game is designed to remain fairly playable even on poor network connections. Freeciv can also be played on standalone machines, and its AI players are a good challenge for beginners. The source code comes with the server, two X clients, and non-X clients for MS Windows and Amiga. Freeciv is released under the GNU General Public License. It is maintained by an international team of coders and enthusiasts, and is easily one of the most fun and addictive network games out there.
GNU Go is free program that plays the ancient board game of Go. Its original concept is based on the article "Programming the Game of Go", Byte, Vol.6 No.4, by J. K. Millen. GNU Go has since evolved into a more sophisticated program. After thousands of games played on the No Name Go Server (NNGS), it is rated around the 8th kyu level.
Heroes is similar to the "Tron" and "Nibbles" games of yore, but includes many graphical improvements and new game features including 12 original soundtracks, 94 levels (in 10 different tilesets), and five gaming modes including Quest (the classical Nibbles), or Kill'em all (squish the lemmings).