Free Military Video Games

Between tablets, smartphones and desktops, there are more free games to choose from than ever before.

Military-Games-headThe booming Apple® and Android™ app markets provide a lot of variety when it comes to free games, but a lot of people don't realize just how many desktop games are out there too.

Whether you prefer classic Atari-style games or modern, 3D, first-person shooters, your choices when it comes to free, militaristic video games seem to go on forever. In this post I'll outline a handful of my favorites, but be warned – some of these are addictive.

Classic Games

For those of you who are feeling nostalgic, many classic games from the 80s like Missile Command and Scorched Earth are available online for free these days.

Scorched Earth, particularly, has spawned a number of modern games where the objective is to shoot mortars at enemy targets, requiring you to adjust the angle and power of the shot. The original may seem unsophisticated by today's standards, but I find enjoyment in the simplistic nature and old school graphics of these kinds of classic games.

For a more modern version of Scorched Earth, check out NLOS Cannon Challenge, brought to you by The Military Channel.

3D Shooters on Your Desktop

Covert Ops is a very fast-paced and challenging shooter. It's a sequel to another desktop classic called Urban Warfare, with new graphics, weapons and improved controls.

The Bullet appeals to me because of the animation style and the variety of missions. Most of the time it's a race against the clock to take out as many enemies as possible, which can get pretty hectic. But unlike a lot of games, there's a built-in option to use cheat codes if you get stuck on a certain level.

Smartphones and Tablets

Between Android's Google Play™ market and Apple's App StoreSM, you could spend all day downloading and playing free shooting games. This list is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you know of a game that deserves to be listed here, let us know in the comments below.

Battle Alert is more of a strategic war game where the object is to protect your base. Build up your army, upgrade your equipment and battle with tanks, planes and ground troops.

Contract Killer has both a story mode and co-op challenges so you can play alone or with a friend. Your character is a hit man for hire, taking out mob bosses and criminals alike, but ultimately the decision to take your target dead or alive is in your hands.

Major Mayhem is another home run from Adult Swim. It's a funny, fast-paced kind of game that contains side-scrolling 2D action within a 3D playground. Battle through hordes of enemies and power up your character for maximum mayhem.


We're lucky to be alive in a time and place that makes it easy to practice for the zombie apocalypse. It's bound to happen sooner or later, right? When I browse the Android market on my phone I can't believe how many zombie-related games are out there. Here are a few you should definitely check out.

Zombie World War is an Android exclusive that requires you to hunker down and protect your base from swarms of undead monsters. With 21 different enemies, dynamic character development and pulse-pounding action, you can't go wrong with this game.

Zombie Frontier is another Android exclusive that doesn't mess around, with the T Virus threatening to crush civilization as we know it. Can you buy enough time for the scientists to develop an anti-virus?

Stupid Zombies is an addictive puzzle game that requires brains instead of brawn. Use your surroundings to bounce bullets off the walls and take out as many zombies as possible.

There you have it – a complete list of all my favorites. From 80s and 90s-style classics to modern 3D shooters, there are more free, militaristic games out there right now than ever before. Happy gaming!

Jake Butler

About the author: Jake Butler

Jake Butler is a staff writer at Pioneer Services who understands the challenges facing modern military families. He writes informative and entertaining pieces about military life, financial education and everything in between. Follow Jake on Google+.

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