The Best Free Online (in-browser or downloadable) Games

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If there, feel free to link to it here. I couldn't find it, at least.

By "online" I don't necessarily mean games that you play online with other people (although, I'm not ruling that out).

The best two free games available on these intarnets that I've found are:

Grid Wars 2 and Grow RPG. The former has staying power, while the latter just provides a really fun 30 minutes, or however long it takes you to beat it.

Zachary S (Zach S), Monday, 22 January 2007 01:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Grid Wars OTM. Was it me that originally pointed you in its direction on ILE? I think I've finally got the hang of farming, to the extent that I'm now bothered by the fact that I haven't worked out how to stop shooting. Am I missing something, or do you permanently fire from when you first shoot until you die? I'm using hybrid controls (i.e. keyboard and mouse).

Interested people, please see

caek (caek), Monday, 22 January 2007 02:57 (fourteen years ago) link

It was you who guided me there. Thanks!
I haven't played in a while, but I'm pretty sure if you go into options, there's an auto-fire mode which is turned on by default. How does the mouse-keyboard hybrid setup work?

Zachary S (Zach S), Monday, 22 January 2007 05:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Grid wars = too hectic for me. I don't know how you manage to survive long enough to reap the benefits of yr farming, I could only ever manage to fill up and then explode one, maybe two black holes, before getting blindsided by some little blighter, or just overwhelmed by numbers.

Great link to a g'drillion online games (ok, only 20). and two of my faves, both v simple and quick and "just one more go" type addictive.

ledge (ledge), Monday, 22 January 2007 10:12 (fourteen years ago) link

You need never work again...

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Monday, 22 January 2007 10:35 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm pretty sure if you go into options, there's an auto-fire mode which is turned on by default.

Ah, cheers. Under hybrid setup your keyboard controls movement and the mouse controls shooting direction, a la Quake, etc.

Grid wars = too hectic for me.

I never survive longer than about ten minutes, which I see as an advantage. It's a proper game, but you only need ten minutes for it.

caek (caek), Monday, 22 January 2007 12:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Flow -- designed for maximum taskflow and really beautiful and relaxing about it
Tactics Arena Online -- D&D chess, basically
Hyperframe -- favorite puzzle

nabisco (nabisco), Monday, 22 January 2007 21:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Whoa, Hyperframe is a good time.

Zachary S (Zach S), Tuesday, 23 January 2007 02:18 (fourteen years ago) link

my god that sand falling game/toy. i couldn't tear myself off it last night.

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 23 January 2007 09:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Hahaha, if that's the sand falling thing I'm thinking of, I've spent HOURS on it.

melton mowbray's APOCALYPTO! (adr), Tuesday, 23 January 2007 18:36 (fourteen years ago) link

More please.

nabisco (nabisco), Thursday, 25 January 2007 18:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Seriously. I'd suggest some, but you guys are blowing me out of the water so far. Mine are too obvious, like this.

Zachary S (Zach S), Friday, 26 January 2007 04:58 (fourteen years ago) link

As far as little widgety games go, this one's really terrific -- basic concept, but you can actually improve / develop skills / etc.

nabisco (nabisco), Friday, 26 January 2007 05:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Might be an oldie, but ULTIMATE BLAST BILLIARDS!!!

ledge (ledge), Friday, 26 January 2007 10:44 (fourteen years ago) link

As far as little widgety games go, this one's really terrific -- basic concept, but you can actually improve / develop skills / etc.

It would be nice to get past a log for once grrrr

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Friday, 26 January 2007 11:16 (fourteen years ago) link

101 free games (with hardly any comments on any of them. there's moaning on a.n.other forum that the list is an amalgam of other lists which were better but...)

Koogy Bloogies (koogs), Friday, 26 January 2007 18:28 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass... !!!
This thing is so addicting. At first it's fun to just mess around with the physics and feel of it, then you can play the "try to keep your core triangle standing" mini-game, but when that gets dull you can always just throw 20 more creatures in and then mess with whatever that slider on the right does. It's great!

Z S, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Damn, also this String-Spinning thing. Someone should include it in a system performance test application as a measure of how much your computer can handle, because you can add as many lines and shapes as you want, and it overloads if you go bat-shit crazy as you make the lines. But rein it in your string-spinning ambitions a little, and you can get a nice little lampshade.

Z S, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 22:44 (fourteen years ago) link

what's a.n.other forum?

Anyway, I am going to pimp this game... Acrophobia. It's "free" on some other site, but you need to sign up. That guy found a way around it, though, so you can just stick a name in and it puts you in the game automatically :D

It was made in the 90s, and released by the same guys who were doing the You Don't Know Jack Netshow... basically it follows a similar game show vibe, and you have to play against real people. Think Balderdash, but with acronyms, and you vote for the funniest, not the "realest" or whatever. Every person who votes for you gives you a point, etc. Bonus points for being the fastest answer to receive a point, and bonus points for voting for the winning answer (to encourage people not to throw away votes).

There's a room called "The Couch" which is even better, because they have a house rule that instead of picking a topic from the list (boring shit like animals, science, etc) you make a specific topic up, like "Why are you so addicted to ILX?"

Fucking seriously, we NEED to get an ILX game of Acrophobia going on.

Will M., Thursday, 3 May 2007 14:23 (fourteen years ago) link

That link doesn't work anymore, it seems... LAME.

There's a more IRC-looking version of it too but that's slightly less fun...

Will M., Thursday, 3 May 2007 15:09 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...

gimme new ones

chaki, Wednesday, 29 August 2007 22:15 (fourteen years ago) link

About a month ago, I used the Stumble Upon "online games" channel so often that I actually got a message telling me that I had viewed every single recommended Stumble link on the topic, and to chill out for a while. I haven't played a free online game since. Thanks for fucking up my self-esteem, Stumble Upon.

Z S, Thursday, 30 August 2007 03:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Can't pimp it enough people.

kv_nol, Thursday, 30 August 2007 08:31 (fourteen years ago) link


chaki, Thursday, 30 August 2007 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link


Z S, Thursday, 30 August 2007 23:27 (fourteen years ago) link

El Tomboto, Monday, 10 September 2007 21:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Lazy bastards! (xxpost)

kv_nol, Tuesday, 11 September 2007 09:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Tombot, that is a fantastic game.

kv_nol, Tuesday, 11 September 2007 12:28 (fourteen years ago) link


caek, Thursday, 20 September 2007 23:44 (fourteen years ago) link

hte best free online game:

sleepingbag, Friday, 28 September 2007 04:26 (fourteen years ago) link

bloxorz roxorz! Something surprisingly counter-intuitive about it. (Or, I'm dense.)

ledge, Friday, 28 September 2007 13:01 (fourteen years ago) link

This might be a better place to get La Mulana

No pop ups.

Penguin USA Paper, Friday, 28 September 2007 21:17 (fourteen years ago) link

desktop tower defense!

pj, Sunday, 30 September 2007 04:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Damn, I forgot all about Cave Story! I can really, really recommend that one. That one was obviously a labor of love for whoever developed it. It also has replay value because depending on the way you proceed, you can get different weapons and endings. A+ would play again etc.

Knytt Stories looks intriguing, I may check that out later today.

Z S, Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Knytt Stories looks intriguing, I may check that out later today.

It took forever and never seemed to go anywhere. I stopped playing.

kv_nol, Monday, 1 October 2007 11:58 (fourteen years ago) link

The original Knytt is even more low-key than most of the Knytt Stories levels. I'd agree that they don't really 'go anywhere' -- the appeal is mostly in exploring the weird mysterious world and seeing the tiny little sprite animals hop around, which is compelling enough for me but I can see how it could seem boring.

Penguin USA Paper, Monday, 1 October 2007 19:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Just going to give it a try.

kv_nol, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 12:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Kaipuu has a memory leak. (and Seiklus is better)

abanana, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 21:48 (fourteen years ago) link

I couldn't get Kaipuu to work.

kv_nol, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 09:49 (fourteen years ago) link

God help me, I just discovered Peggle.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 4 October 2007 05:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I really like Peggle and I've considered thought about buying the full version, but I bet it isn't much better than the free one.

abanana, Thursday, 4 October 2007 05:56 (fourteen years ago) link

thought about

abanana, Thursday, 4 October 2007 05:56 (fourteen years ago) link

But more levels! MORE LEVELS

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 4 October 2007 19:55 (fourteen years ago) link

o hi dere, its a download, but how does online kart racing grab you

stevie, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:55 (fourteen years ago) link

I played KongKongSEA for a long time. It is a jump racing game with attack items and tiles on the ground that give you boost and direction changes.

CaptainLorax, Monday, 8 October 2007 04:39 (fourteen years ago) link

as for rpgs I found:
The Spirit Engine
Triglaw -only works in certain browsers
flash rpgs: Sinjid Shadow of the Warrior, Swords and Sandals 2 (need full version to save), Bleach Training 2

CaptainLorax, Monday, 8 October 2007 05:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Everyone should play the Knytt Stories level "Don't Eat the Mushroom"

abanana, Sunday, 14 October 2007 06:13 (fourteen years ago) link
PathPix and more. The demos will take you several hours to complete each.

abanana, Saturday, 27 October 2007 21:08 (thirteen years ago) link


Is the music for this game the worst music of all time?

HINT: Wait until the programmer's 15 year old girlfriend starts singing before you make your final decision.

Z S, Friday, 2 November 2007 17:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Was 2020 a bad year for free games? Would there be enough for a top 5 list?

Philip Nunez, Sunday, 27 December 2020 16:13 (nine months ago) link

releasing games on stores for a small fee is pretty easy now. lots of developers taking that route.

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 27 December 2020 18:35 (nine months ago) link

Call of Duty Warzone #1

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Sunday, 27 December 2020 18:37 (nine months ago) link

A silly, funny, cute and short puzzle game about forming a harem of demon girls. Great music. Can't remember exactly how this came to my attention, but I think it got some kind of recognition during awards season/year-end best-of lists.

Nhex, Monday, 4 January 2021 07:39 (nine months ago) link

it's a good time!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 4 January 2021 23:40 (nine months ago) link

has anyone tried this?

Philip Nunez, Monday, 18 January 2021 15:56 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...
^full screen plz

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 6 February 2021 17:16 (eight months ago) link
fun if you like sokoban more than you like chess (I do!)

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 11 February 2021 23:44 (eight months ago) link

good stuff!

wasdnuos (abanana), Friday, 12 February 2021 14:29 (eight months ago) link

i hit a few stumpers but i should go back

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 12 February 2021 18:50 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

this game is simple and stupid and i cannot win

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 09:40 (five months ago) link

something i firefox(?) means i don't see chosen lines, which makes it extra difficult. but i wonder if it's one of those things you can't win, like Nim, if you go first and the computer plays perfectly?

is that only 2^24 combinations. actually, fewer given there's got to be an equal number of 0s and 1s. um, perhaps not because order is important.

or is it 24! which is 6e+23 which is a few more.

koogs, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 10:16 (five months ago) link

You can switch who plays first, doesn't make a difference to my miserable performance.

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 10:18 (five months ago) link

After googling and getting it to show some hints I can now beat it fairly reliably going first or second, but I suspect only because the computer makes the same moves every time, I'd probably still be shit against a decent human player.

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:10 (five months ago) link

i have been doing these, train track puzzles, which i first saw in the guardian on saturdays

koogs, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 14:39 (five months ago) link

has a questionable word list.

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 17:01 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...
click to make ball barriers. use the ball barriers to help the falling ball hit the black ball. now work around the obstacles. rinse repeat.

^^^ good one, feels like something out of the heyday of this genre/thread. got to 30 points and called it a night.

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 19 June 2021 02:42 (four months ago) link

also scrolling through thread i had a nice little nostalgic moment for that wacky weekend in May 2013 spent, with the rest of the folks itt, totally hooked on the strange abstract world of Candy Box.

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 19 June 2021 03:05 (four months ago) link

oh god

Karl Malone, Saturday, 19 June 2021 15:39 (four months ago) link

i'm so bad at that ball one. infuriating

ciderpress, Saturday, 19 June 2021 18:56 (four months ago) link

this is like a cross between katamari damacy and whatever that game was a few years ago where you were a blob that got bigger by eating other blobs:

In the wastelands of Birmingham and Manchester, massages are back (ledge), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 10:47 (three months ago) link

I like it

Diggin Holes (Ste), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 12:41 (three months ago) link

That Dots and Boxes, I won playing a 2x2 square arena lol

Diggin Holes (Ste), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 12:56 (three months ago) link

I enjoyed a lot. Probably too much. I was meant to do some work today.

*shakes fist at ledge* (but thank you)

scampus unrest (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 15:44 (three months ago) link

Wait, it isn't, it is hole-io dot com. Looking forward to the .io being some dodgy porn site that I've now said I enjoy a lot on the internet.

Luckily I am way too bad at the bouncy ball golf game to get addicted to that but it's a pleasingly simple concept.

scampus unrest (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 15:46 (three months ago) link

oh man a friend and i went head to head on big time when it came out on mobile, whenever that was. good times

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 17:32 (three months ago) link

check out the non-free game donut county too.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 20:09 (three months ago) link

wow, hole-io is very very compelling

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Friday, 2 July 2021 15:05 (three months ago) link

goddammit. now i'm a double silver star. if anyone sees a giant karl malone on there, that's me. i'm getting pretty good at "Classic" mode - I almost always get 10 or 20 stars

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 3 July 2021 19:54 (three months ago) link


I just realized I've been playing most bots, probably. every time i start near other "players", i notice almost all of them make a straight bee-line toward something, instead of exploring the surrounding area for the smallest objects (a strategy that leads to victory almost every time). speaking of "victory almost every time", i'm starting to become suspicious that....sigh

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 3 July 2021 22:14 (three months ago) link

however i will continue destroying these bots until i am triple silver star.

for tonight.

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Saturday, 3 July 2021 22:15 (three months ago) link

there's a solo mode which is just you against the scenery.

i find some scenes have nothing small and you really struggle to get started. and when you are large it gets laggy. maybe I'm just terrible.

koogs, Saturday, 3 July 2021 22:48 (three months ago) link

no, those are problems for me too. the bot theory is helpful actually, i'd wondered about those mysterious high-speed bee-lines towards stuff. but hey, computer opponents have been a mainstay of video games since the golden age. just think of them like the ghosts in pac-man and enjoy the loop of chomping stuff and getting bigger.

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 4 July 2021 13:02 (three months ago) link

It is pretty easy to win unless you get born somewhere with no small stuff but yeah still satisfying. Solo mode is harder, best I've managed is about 75% but I've only tried two or three times.

i got to the 80% threshold, but it's VERY map-dependent. like what you want is to be in one of the maps with a ton of marsh grass and bamboo to just chow down on at the beginning.

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 4 July 2021 15:18 (three months ago) link

yeah, there's one map where the little marsh grass is actually worth +2 at the beginning, while the bigger trees and things like that you can barely swallow are only +1

and there's another map where I can't seem to get past 30% no matter what.

one suggestion for this game is that they could put the title of the map somewhere when you play it! if you're playing on rando, sometimes it's tough to know where you actually are.

i did submit a tip to the developer and asked them about the possibility of creating private rooms, or somewhere where you could count on more humans

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 4 July 2021 15:20 (three months ago) link

the maps have titles on the maps page. pretty generic though. sci-fi. vikings. japan...

the sci fi one looks like it has lots of large buildings but they are actually prefabs, made up of smaller blocks, which slip down nicely.

koogs, Sunday, 4 July 2021 15:27 (three months ago) link

i appreciate the No Sound aesthetic, too

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 4 July 2021 15:30 (three months ago) link

it's a lesson that should apply to book covers, too - if you don't have any good ideas for what it should be, it's almost better to just go with nothing at all

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 4 July 2021 15:30 (three months ago) link

Japan seemed easier, always something small nearby. got 80 something percent on solo a couple of times.

koogs, Sunday, 4 July 2021 21:43 (three months ago) link

the other thing this BADLY needs is a mini-map. doesn't need to be, and probably shouldn't be, "live" ... but being able to know at a glance whether you're heading towards viable terrain or the bottom right corner of the map would be really nice.

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Monday, 5 July 2021 02:14 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

fun gamejam winner. someone should make more based on this mechanic.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 9 August 2021 22:40 (two months ago) link

good stuff!

Nhex, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 01:41 (two months ago) link

more from same people

your player sniffs when idle

Philip Nunez, Monday, 16 August 2021 19:30 (two months ago) link

possessed is nice

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 16 August 2021 20:02 (two months ago) link

Made it through What Goes Up. Nice brain tickler.

Nhex, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 00:54 (two months ago) link

The games that are free on GOG:

I can recommend Flight of the Amazon Queen, Beneath a Steel Sky (last two both SCUMM games), Samorost, Treasure Adventure Game

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 20 August 2021 06:24 (two months ago) link

Syndicate Plus and Syndicate Wars also currently 100% off (which I guess is different to free which is why they're not showing on that list?).

JimD, Friday, 20 August 2021 10:11 (two months ago) link
mostly pen & paper style puzzles

adam t. (abanana), Sunday, 29 August 2021 13:22 (one month ago) link

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