Freeverse has released eight free network games for Mac OS X.

Following an emerging trend, these titles are based on traditional games, such as Chess or Draughts. Games industry insiders have remarked that a growing proportion of games sales are for traditional and puzzle games, as consumers explore alternatives to graphics intensive shoot-em-up and role playing titles.

The games offer online play and ranking using Freeverse's GameSmith opponent-matching service. They also feature Emotidoll technology, which express emotion using Aquafied on-screen figures.

Freeverse president Ian Lynch Smith said: "Reception of these games has been phenomenal, with thousands of gamers competing for fun and rank."

The games are built for OS X, but are also compatible with OS 8.6 or later. Updates to introduce Rendezvous support are in development.

Available titles on this batch of releases include: 4 In A Row - a race to light up four buttons in a row before an opponent does; 7th Fleet which is similar to battle ships; Draughts, which is based on the traditional board game; and Chess.

Also on offer are: Go, which is a complex game of war and strategy; Mancala an African game of stones; Reversi, where players try to defeat opposition forces by reversing their pieces; and Tic Tac Toe.

All the new titles are available for free from the Freeverse Web site.