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 (thirteen 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).

http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/grid/gw18.jpg

Interested people, please see http://worldofstuart.excellentcontent.com/grid/wars.htm

caek (caek), Monday, 22 January 2007 02:57 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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). http://www.zanorg.com/prodperso/jeuxchiants/doublejeu.htm and http://www.vivalagames.com/play/cursorthief/ two of my faves, both v simple and quick and "just one more go" type addictive.

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

www.minijuegos.com

You need never work again...

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

Whoa, Hyperframe is a good time.

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

More please.

nabisco (nabisco), Thursday, 25 January 2007 18:02 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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.

http://addictinggames.com/extremeheliboarding.html

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

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

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

http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=0&cId=3156339

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 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...
http://www.acrobots.net/ !!!
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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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... acrowars.com

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

three months pass...

gimme new ones

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

www.minijuegos.com

Can't pimp it enough people.

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

BUT WHAT GAME ON MINIJUAGOS

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

^srsly

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

http://zetaflow.skylogic.ca/

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

Lazy bastards! (xxpost)

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

Tombot, that is a fantastic game.

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

puzzler: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/games/bloxorz

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

hte best free online game: http://www.foon.co.uk/farcade/ssb/

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

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

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

desktop tower defense!

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

http://www.yoyogames.com/games/launch/11956

Just going to give it a try.

http://jayisgames.com/images/kaipuu.gif

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

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

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

I couldn't get Kaipuu to work.

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

God help me, I just discovered Peggle.
Crack.

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

thought about

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

But more levels! MORE LEVELS

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

o hi dere, its a download, but how does online kart racing grab you http://kart.nexon.net/Download/Client.aspx

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

Everyone should play the Knytt Stories level "Don't Eat the Mushroom"
http://www.box.net/shared/5ju8b2232v

abanana, Sunday, 14 October 2007 06:13 (twelve years ago) link

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/1171/pathpixss7.png
PathPix and more. The demos will take you several hours to complete each.
http://krispixton.com/PathPix/
http://www.kaser.com/

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

Question:

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 (twelve years ago) link

I ate the cactus. Oops.

emil.y, Thursday, 21 July 2016 20:34 (four years ago) link

so dumb lol

Nhex, Thursday, 21 July 2016 20:42 (four years ago) link

i learned a valuable kitten lesson

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 21 July 2016 20:44 (four years ago) link

too irresistable not to type "eat cactus"

Guangchang, thank you man (Noodle Vague), Friday, 22 July 2016 06:55 (four years ago) link

it wouldn't let me pee on the cactus, knock it over or hiss at it, so I just had to eat it instead

had to

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 22 July 2016 09:50 (four years ago) link

Glad to know I wasn't the only one who tried peeing on the cactus.

emil.y, Friday, 22 July 2016 12:06 (four years ago) link

i won the game

a simba man (Will M.), Friday, 22 July 2016 14:34 (four years ago) link

(i tried a few things and then eventually closed the window before eating it)

a simba man (Will M.), Friday, 22 July 2016 14:34 (four years ago) link

both ate and learned

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Friday, 22 July 2016 14:41 (four years ago) link

i won on the first command. the equivalent command loses the game in "don't shit your pants".

remove butt (abanana), Friday, 22 July 2016 15:52 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://jhollands.co.uk/spaceplan/

mick signals, Thursday, 11 August 2016 01:42 (four years ago) link

sounds and animation, HOW DARE THEY

Nhex, Thursday, 11 August 2016 02:14 (four years ago) link

I hate you for this

El Tomboto, Thursday, 11 August 2016 03:21 (four years ago) link

Damnit. Sucked in again...

schwantz, Thursday, 11 August 2016 06:30 (four years ago) link

I opened it up, clicked a few times, felt my pupils begin to dilate and then x'd out of the tab so hard I almost jammed my finger. Not today.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly, (Karl Malone), Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:26 (four years ago) link

If it helps, its very short.

glumdalclitch, Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:27 (four years ago) link

Aw, doesn't stay on when you close the window. Disappoint.

Nhex, Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:41 (four years ago) link

xp good to know actually

Nhex, Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:41 (four years ago) link

stayed ~4 minutes late at work just to play this before succeeding in closing tab

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:56 (four years ago) link

Thanks to this I learned about http://www.kingedward.co.uk/king_edward_potato_baker
Which to be quite honest is kind of amazing and whomever wrote the copy for their website should get a hug.

El Tomboto, Thursday, 11 August 2016 13:18 (four years ago) link

Spaceplan is cute! And it's staying on for me when I change tabs at least.

Silence, followed by unintelligible stammering. (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 11 August 2016 16:26 (four years ago) link

I mean this whole genre is basically dumb and none will ever catch me like that initial rush of Candy Box a few years (!) back, but I liked this one's "voice" if you will.

Silence, followed by unintelligible stammering. (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 11 August 2016 16:27 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

Does anyone know of a Tablet version of a game similar to Captain Forever?

PressAnarchyToContinue (Ste), Sunday, 18 June 2017 16:01 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

hilarious! and i feel guilty for sinking time into it

Nhex, Thursday, 8 February 2018 23:24 (two years ago) link

That's my day wiped out

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 9 February 2018 00:18 (two years ago) link

sorry for being a vector

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 00:23 (two years ago) link

ok. i have created a dog treat monster and two others. 0.3% of breeds discovered.

i am closing the tab. i am not going to visit ever again. this stops here.

Karl Malone, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:37 (two years ago) link

I just had Jason Voorhees and a skeleton mating, and it became... Jason Bonehees. This obviously is the best game ever.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:38 (two years ago) link

i should at least buy some aquatic gear so i can capture that shark really quick

Karl Malone, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:42 (two years ago) link

I got to 1.8% on the breeds, definitely need to stop

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 00:43 (two years ago) link

*a distant cry of "fooooooorks!!! foooooooooooooorks!" echoes down a corridor beyond sight*

Karl Malone, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:43 (two years ago) link

you have made a James Malone!
it's super effective

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 00:44 (two years ago) link

i don't think it'll suck you up for too long. i played for a bit but after i unlocked the permit and whatever i mean how many combinations of monsters do you really feel like you need to find. esp once you've found them all and searched all the locations. but if there is a /true/ late game plz inform.

Mordy, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:46 (two years ago) link

11.2%. Someone beat that so I can feel less bad

Nhex, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:46 (two years ago) link

7.8% sorry

Mordy, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:50 (two years ago) link

if you breed without a license do the cops go after you?

adam the (abanana), Friday, 9 February 2018 01:09 (two years ago) link

you can get busted by one of your customers but i think if you ask each of them if they're a cop you can avoid that.

Mordy, Friday, 9 February 2018 01:18 (two years ago) link

i got busted. lost all my monsters which was good cuz i quit

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:02 (two years ago) link

Made it to 9.8% but I have the biggest truck and have seem to have explored everywhere so not sure I need to go on. But it swallowed up my workday very effectively.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 9 February 2018 05:39 (two years ago) link

Of course, XENOMORPH + JASON VOORHEES = JASON X.

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:41 (two years ago) link

I bred Freddy Kreuger with one I can't remember and got Chad Kroeger.
Blob + Zombie gives Blob Zombie.

adam the (abanana), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 08:51 (two years ago) link

It was Freddy Krueger + Chucky

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:36 (two years ago) link

THE DEVIL + HANNIBAL LECTER = DAMNABLE LECTER

Nhex, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:37 (two years ago) link

aw damn, did anyone do sasquatch + michael myers yet (it's an abomichael snowmyers)

flippy bard (Will M.), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:31 (two years ago) link

you'd think Shrek would combine well due to Neil C's Smash Mouth/Shrek memes, but it just adds "shrek" to the start or end of everything.

neil shreked me.

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:14 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Family is a neat little investigate em up (kind of like a mix of Hypnospace Outlaw and Obra Dinn) where you have to figure out who the members of a bunch of fictitious British indie bands from 1985-1995 by listening to their songs and reading articles about them. The details are all really good and the fake songs aren't half bad (and all seem to match up with real world equivalents). It can be played in browser or downloaded for free and takes about 30 mins to an hour to beat.

https://owl-skip.itch.io/family

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Thursday, 6 August 2020 19:14 (one month ago) link

Pretty fun, excellent concept and good music. Couldn't figure out the last five.
Love that Kate Bush-inspired "Easy Tiger" cover art.

Nhex, Thursday, 6 August 2020 22:05 (one month ago) link

Ha, yeah, this was fun. Impressive that they recorded stuff for each band. I did find it ran horribly, full of lag, on my computer though.

emil.y, Friday, 7 August 2020 13:40 (one month ago) link

thanks for this; i put in a good and enjoyable hour right up until the last five... those required lots of trial and error but i finally got it right... there's no clear answer to who Dova Pavlova's drummer is! Turns out it's the replacement drummer for Easy Tiger if anyone's having issues there. That, plus the other member of Klanger, gave me fits but it's a good feeling to turn the key.

https://familygame.bandcamp.com/album/family-game-soundtrack

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 21:21 (one month ago) link


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