Turn-based strategy is a strong genre in the video game market. But apart from big shots like Civilization or Heroes of Might and Magic, there’s also an important branch of free turn-based games created by independent developers. One of them is Battle for Wesnoth, a good example that free games don’t have to be shabby just because they’re free.
This game is a highly polished turn-based strategy adventure which you can play following any of the single player campaigns available or taking part in multi-player battles online. It also features a tutorial level which explains the basic concepts of the game and even allows you to download new elements (maps, add-ons) from the game’s server.
Battle for Wesnoth and other similar games may not have the support from big developers but are certainly a great alternative to be taken into account by all gamers.