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Comprehensive List of Free Battle Royale Games Like PUBG

Kristian has always played games and insists that he will never grow out of it! His dream is to play with a pro gamer one day.

Battle Royale Games

2017 saw a significant rise in the popularity of the battle royale game genre of video games.

It only takes a quick glance at the current player count on steam (see table below) to realise that Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) has stormed to the top of the chart and stayed there. This has encouraged a large amount of success for battle royale games, building on the success of H1Z1.

This being said; many are reluctant to spend so much on a game freshly out of beta, so what other alternatives are there for free?

This guide shows a list of free games like PUBG in the battle royale/arena style. My recommendation is to check out Fortnite or Last Man Standing as these are the best-developed games within the free to play battle royale genre.

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Current player count and peak player count per day per game as of 15:45 6th January 2018. PUBG really has challenged the established games and rose to success extremely quickly with a loyal fan base.

Current PlayersPeak PlayersGame

2,797,176

3,169,491

Player Unknowns Battlegrounds

769,260

780,061

DOTA 2

584,178

625,254

CS:GO

166,074

168,575

GTA V

103,441

109,318

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige

77,666

77,666

ARK: Survival Evolved

63,470

63,470

Football Manager 2018

63,158

68,385

Team Fortress 2

61,535

61,535

Warframe

59,244

67,582

Rust

Unturned

Unturned

1. Unturned Arena Mode

Unturned is a classic free to play game available on Steam. It originally featured a Minecraft-style zombie survival game. With the rise of free games like PUBG it has been adapted to suit the battle royale market.

Unturned arena features less than the usual 100 players, pitting 64 players against each other.

It has a simple, blocky graphical display taken straight from the classic version. If you are a fan of Minecraft, then this game will definitely interest you. That being said, this game is very niche as Minecraft has its own version of battle royale, so perhaps check that out first.

Pros

  • Easy to pick up
  • Clean graphics

Cons

  • Very simple compared to its rivals
  • Less than 100 players per match
  • Like Minecraft, but not
Fortnite

Fortnite

2. Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite is arguable the biggest rival to PUBG currently. This game existed before as a PvE base building game, but has been adapted to the new battle royale market. This means that the mechanics and playability of the game are well polished and well optimised.

Fortnite is essentially the original Fortnite game (developed and published by Epic Games) mashed with the battle royal formula so the base building still exists but is generally less important than the original game. It features the same battle royale theme, players are placed on an island and must loot and kill each other to win. The game features a standard zone that gets smaller over time and forces players to fight to survive.

The graphics are more "cartoony" but this does give the game a more arcade feeling to it. This may appeal to some and put others of, it is really a matter of opinion.

One point that really should not be understated is the graphical intensity of this game, or rather lack of graphic intensity. PUBG (at least in beta) was famously unoptimised and required at least a mid gaming computer to stand a chance of running it. Fortnite has a huge advantage in that most computers will be able to run this game.

Pros

  • Easy to learn
  • Includes base building
  • Destructible environment
  • Runs on lower specification computers

Cons

  • Less realistic than other games
  • Base building might not be for everyone

3. Prison Royale

Prison Royale is a game developed by Roblox in the traditional style of a Roblox game. It features 34 "prisoners" who have escaped and are fighting to survive in an ever decreasing zone.

This game is in the Minecraft-style and will definitely be down to personal taste whether you will gel with the mechanics and style of the game. Give this one a go if you like the Roblox/Minecraft gameplay, but if realism if you thing then move on to the next one.

Pros

  • Easy to pick up
  • Smaller map

Cons

  • Graphics might not be to your liking
  • Mechanics and controls might not be what you like
Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

4. Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing is a free battle royale game very much like PUBG with realistic based graphics and mechanics. It was developed and published by Free Reign Entertainment and is available for free on the Steam store.

It has many similarities to PUBG and H1Z1, the game features 100 players who randomly spawn and must loot and fight until there is a single winner left at the end.

The game features supply crates (much like PUBG) which drop the best weapons. These crates quickly become a firefight for players vying for the best gear.

This game features a "Fortnite-style" mechanic in that you can drop barriers to help you in fights. This mostly prolongs the chaotic firefights and creates some very interesting battles between players.

Overall this game is often described are a great alternative to PUBG if you don't want to pay.

Pros

  • Lots of open spaces means good sniping battles
  • Developer is keen to enhance the competitive and esports side

Cons

  • Extremely big map and no vehicles, can involve a lot of walking
  • Recoil can be hard to get used to
  • Too many medkits prolong fight unnecessarily

5. 5 Minutes to Kill

This game offers something quite unique from the others on this list.

5 Minutes to Kill is a top-down survival shooter that can be played in your browser. It is much less intense than most battle royale games and lots of fun.

You can jump into a game quickly and easily and pick it up very quickly. It features 24 players on a small map, weapons and ammo can be found in buildings and you must try to kill all other players.

It features a standard circle that gets smaller throughout the game to push players into firefights and each game lasts a maximum of 5 minutes.

This is great for a quick battle royale game without a large amount of commitment.

Pros

  • Quick and easy to play
  • Easy to learn
  • Short game times
  • Plays in browser

Cons

  • Very simple
  • Not likely to hold your attention for long

More Alternatives

If you have made it through this list and are still not satisfied, fear not! There are more games that you can consider.

These games don't have their own section as they are generally smaller, less established or not in full release yet; feel free to check them out.

Minecraft

The classic game, Minecraft also features servers dedicated to battle royale games. Great if you love Minecraft and you won't need to learn a new game!

No Exit

No Exit is in early access and is available on GameJolt if you want to check it out.

CaribBros Battlegrounds

CaribBros Battlegrounds is another battle royale themed game based around Roblox. It is extremely similar to PUBG (possibly a little too close!) so check it out if you love the Roblox style.

In summary, if you are after a free battle royale game you should probably check out Fortnite or Last Man Standing. These two are the highest recommended games and the most polished out of this list. If you are after something a bit more simple then definitely check out Prison Royale by Roblox.

So that does it for the list of free to play battle royale games like PUBG. It is a very exciting time for battle royale games and it will certainly be interesting to see how they develop.

In my personal opinion, Player Unknowns Battlegrounds is the most complete game in its genre with the largest player base. It has the most potential to develop into a competitive esport and is setting the pace for all games in this niche. If you want to fully experience and can afford it, I would recommend going for this rather than the free to play battle royale games.

© 2018 Kristian Howe

Comments

luke on May 30, 2018:

What about h1z1 that is free and more of a battle royal than unturned

Red Fernan from Philippines on January 10, 2018:

I've played the mobile versions. But I still prefer the PC.

Kristian Howe (author) from UK on January 10, 2018:

I have seen some of them have been made into mobile games, although never experienced them. Have you played any Ryth?

bigdaddylaylay on January 10, 2018:

is this a game

Red Fernan from Philippines on January 10, 2018:

Nice list! Have you heard of PUBG like games in mobile phones? Some of them got PC versions.