It is an open source multiplayer first-person shooter. It uses the id Tech 3 engine source code (which is released under the GNU General Public License v2), and fills in the blank with all new media to make a playable game.

  • It's not a 'scavenge the internet for stuff' compilation project, the only things scavenged are some maps, which are OKAY because their source was released under the GPL.
  • Everything is strictly open source so they can be improved forever (and ever).
  • The additional "Missionpack" game types and weapons are merged into the base, so you get to lay the mines in overload maps.
  • There's more game types than the base game, like Domination, Last Man Standing, and what not. ("What not" does not refer to a gametype of that name - Ed)
  • Uses ioq3 for various feature additions, but it is not ioq3 dependent; it's also intended to be vanilla compatible. (The only thing that won't work is ogg music)
  • The art direction is different and not strictly 'gothic'. There's more of a eastern slant than the usual 'put skulls n' blood all over it's cool' you find in most games.
  • It's not next-gen, and computer compatibility range is wide enough to run on that dusty Pentium II in your attic.
  • There are bots, perfect for when you're stranded on an island.
  • There's also people playing it on the internet.
  • It is Free Software, so there's no guilt in downloading it and redistributing it.

OpenArena is licensed under the GNU GPL version 2 - data and engine. Anyone can contribute to it, if it complies with the GNU GPL.

WARNING: OpenArena contains Mature Content. I'm serious. If you don't like shooting the bloody guts and beating hearts out of voluptuous barely modest combatants then don't play it, or play without the mature pk3 file and use com_blood 0/cg_showGibs 0 (but be aware that pure servers may not agree with this).

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OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

OpenArena Community Mappack Volume 1 v3 Re-Release

Jan 19, 2014 Multiplayer Map 2 comments

The OpenArena Community Mappack (also called OACMP) is a mappack containing GPL'd maps made by the community itself. The idea is to give GPL servers something...

OpenArena Old Versions Mappack

OpenArena Old Versions Mappack

Jul 22, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This mappack is composed of older versions of current OpenArena maps. It also includes unfinished maps whose bugs have been fixed.



Mar 11, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This is a copy of sRGB map but under CC BY SA license.

sRGB Color wheel

sRGB Color wheel

Jan 29, 2013 Multiplayer Map 0 comments

This map is the RGB color wheel, literally. 3 weapons and 3 levels.

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

OpenArena 0.8.8 (Full Version)

Feb 18, 2012 Full Version 7 comments

The full 0.8.8 version of OpenArena. Includes: OA ver. 0.8.1 + OA patch 0.8.5 + OA patch 0.8.8.

OpenArena 0.8.8 Patch ZIP archive

OpenArena 0.8.8 Patch ZIP archive

Feb 14, 2012 Patch 1 comment

This is the unified zip release of OpenArena 0.8.8 patch. Requires the previous 0.8.5 and 0.8.1 version to play.

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the-brain Jan 20 2012, 2:32pm says:

Why's this listed under "id Tech 3" while it's actually using ioquake3?

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GoQuake Jan 26 2012, 12:35pm replied:

And what do you think ioquake3 (ioq3) is? It's the id Tech 3 engine cleaned up, tweaked, and some welcome improvements made. In terms of changes to the lines of code, the overwhelming majority of id's code is still intact.

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the-brain Jan 26 2012, 5:44pm replied:

Oh wow Cpt.Obv. Just so you know, Desura/IndieDB/ModDB has separate entries for both engines. If you insist on being stubborn, why not list OpenArena as "id Tech 2" as it shares its codebase with #3? Or don't create an entry for OpenArena at all, since it's mostly id's code?..

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GoQuake Jan 27 2012, 1:27am replied:

ioq3 is a GPL version of the id Tech3 engine and no amount of tweaking will change that. Whether you say ioq3 or id Tech 3 the differentiation is so slight as to be irrelevant. It is what it is and none of the Devs or veterans of OA see an issue.

It bothers us more that casual visitors look at the Platform Field and come away with the incorrect assumption that OA only supports Windows and Linux, when in fact, it also supports Mac OS X and FreeBSD.

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the-brain Jan 28 2012, 6:05pm replied:

Well, there's your first difference, ioq3 supports more platforms than idq3. Iirc idq3 never natively supported *BSD, so that's another reason to list OA as ioq3. Besides ioq3 actually can be run on handhelds, smart phones or other mobile devices.
idq3 also has PunkBuster, which ioq3 obviously does not. ioq3 has off-site downloads via libcurl. It supports .png, .iqm and .ogg as well as .mp3, which idq3 does not. It has 3d rendering. It's IPv6 capable. The OA fork has added bloom and other forks include nice effects using FBO, which idq3 does not.

I could go on and list other slight differences, but it seems like you would deem them irrelevant anyways.

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the-brain Jan 20 2012, 2:32pm says:

Oups, sorry for the double post, Desura seemed to be stuck.

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DarthJustin Jan 17 2012, 10:30pm says:

Does what it's meant to do more or less. Really, you can't complain, I've never played Quake 3 except for on the Dreamcast back in the day, but compared to Quake Live and other current arena shooters this one is severely offensively biased. It gives it a unique feel. Yeah the graphics are some of the worst we've ever seen and there are a lot of things that feel unfinished, but this charming little frag extravaganza will appeal to fans of hardcore arena shooters just fine, and it'll run on nearly any computer you have lying around in the darkest corners of your attic that nobody's been to since you upgraded your computer in 2001.

Bottom line, not for everybody, but if you're a hardcore FPS fan the learning curve isn't very steep and you can have many thrilling moments playing a great shooter. I've wasted hours in front of the screen playing Open Arena, it isn't Quake Live, but it's fun, and, like I said earlier, charming.

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omegaxis Jan 16 2012, 8:42am says:

I think the graphics are a little outdated of this game :-( needs upgrade!

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pricericeice Jan 14 2012, 2:48pm says:

when will it be available for mac

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GoQuake Jan 14 2012, 10:22pm replied:

OpenArena supports Windows (Win9x, XP, Vista, and Win7) , Linux (most distros), Mac OS X and BSD.

For the few Mac and BSD users, I strongly suggest that you visit the OpenArena Forum -

Desura does not support Mac or BSD (at this time) therefore this information is not listed here

However, you can download the game and the latest stable patch from its web site:
OpenArena 0.8.1:
OpenArena 0.8.5 patch (requires OA 0.8.1):

The download supports all mentioned Operating Systems. You only need to extract the contents, there is no installer.

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cmontag Dec 15 2011, 5:43am says:

I'm getting the message "no response from master server" when I try to play online and simulaneously my ethernet drops and takes a few seconds to reconnect when I return to the desktop.

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Protektor Dec 12 2011, 7:12am says:

The Linux versions are now available for everyone.

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GoQuake Dec 11 2011, 4:26pm says:

If you download the game in time...

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OpenArena 0.8.5 (A free, legal, OpenSource Game similar to Quake III but more advanced. The download package includes support for all major operating systems - Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.)

Excessive Plus 2.2b (An OpenArena Modification)


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Highest Rated (4 agree) 10/10

I love finally see OpenArena on Desura!

It's a great game, maybe the best shooter Q3 based.

Great job devs :)

Dec 12 2011, 7:52pm by waltercool

Lowest Rated (2 agree) 1/10

Uninteresting gameplay, markets itself as a "shooter for adults" and therefore tries to make it's sad attempt at becoming a better game by giving female characters as little areas covered by clothing sound less sad.

This game is a waste of your time.

Dec 12 2011, 9:53am by TheLastProject

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