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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

You need never work again...

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

Whoa, Hyperframe is a good time.

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

More please.

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

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

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

three months pass...

gimme new ones

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

Can't pimp it enough people.

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


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


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

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

Lazy bastards! (xxpost)

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

Tombot, that is a fantastic game.

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


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

hte best free online game:

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

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

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

desktop tower defense!

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

Just going to give it a try.

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

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

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

I couldn't get Kaipuu to work.

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

God help me, I just discovered Peggle.

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

thought about

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

But more levels! MORE LEVELS

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

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

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

check out the non-free game donut county too.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 20:09 (one year ago) link

wow, hole-io is very very compelling

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

i appreciate the No Sound aesthetic, too

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 4 July 2021 15:30 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

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

Philip Nunez, Monday, 9 August 2021 22:40 (one year ago) link

good stuff!

Nhex, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 01:41 (one year ago) link

more from same people

your player sniffs when idle

Philip Nunez, Monday, 16 August 2021 19:30 (one year ago) link

possessed is nice

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

Made it through What Goes Up. Nice brain tickler.

Nhex, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 00:54 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
mostly pen & paper style puzzles

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

one month passes...

Always impressed with how much people can squeeze out of the Pico-8 system, this one is playable in the browser and if you like trains;

Cab Ride

Chicks and Ducks and Geese better scurry (Ste), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 14:36 (eleven months ago) link

Actually realised that's the previous version, if you hunt down the cart on the Pico-9 website you'll get the most recent one which features more stuff.

Chicks and Ducks and Geese better scurry (Ste), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 14:55 (eleven months ago) link

erm, Pico-8

Chicks and Ducks and Geese better scurry (Ste), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 14:55 (eleven months ago) link

pico 8 highlights video here:

(i need to finish the one i'm in the middle of, but i'm slightly bored of it and i don't see why anyone would play it when they could be playing anything else. also need to finish the one before that...)

koogs, Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:36 (eleven months ago) link

SteamWorld Dig 2 free on Steam for the next few hours

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 11 November 2021 15:34 (ten months ago) link


adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 11 November 2021 15:39 (ten months ago) link

been meaning to up load a fun level I designed for this, because of the film Dune right now. This is a well done reworking of the classic real time strategy game (original?!?) Dune 2 for the PC, this fan made re-design operates very differently to the original but it keeps the same everything else, style of graphics, sounds, etc. I enjoyed it as a fan of the original but don't know if it is appealing to new players? One for the retro gamers and dune fans, at least.

Swanswans, Friday, 12 November 2021 13:44 (ten months ago) link

Oh nice, SteamWorld Dig 2 is so good! Hope some of you got that. I have it on Switch.

Evan, Friday, 12 November 2021 14:42 (ten months ago) link

two months pass...

i enjoyed this

little platform puzzle thing

koogs, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 22:00 (eight months ago) link


adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 23:35 (eight months ago) link

nice play mechanic, good way to kill a half hour!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 13 January 2022 00:38 (eight months ago) link


Karl Malone, Thursday, 13 January 2022 00:59 (eight months ago) link

fun and cute!

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 13 January 2022 16:38 (eight months ago) link

yeah, written in 60hrs for some jam or other, i think

would be great with a level editor and shareable levels, could easily fit them in a url, or a tweet.

koogs, Thursday, 13 January 2022 17:53 (eight months ago) link

Are we just not mentioning the obvious free online in-browser game for some reason

lukas, Friday, 14 January 2022 05:06 (eight months ago) link

there's w0rd1e talk in the spelling Bee thread

koogs, Friday, 14 January 2022 06:07 (eight months ago) link

which is naturally searchable by the word "tomtit"

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 14 January 2022 07:05 (eight months ago) link

Also searchable by "spelling bee."

Wordle Stephen Curry II (Leee), Friday, 14 January 2022 16:31 (eight months ago) link

What fun is that

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 14 January 2022 19:07 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

idk who follows nopixel but this has been my recent brain recalibration.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 04:07 (seven months ago) link

ouch that hurts my brain.

ledge, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 11:19 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

free demo that's worth playing

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:15 (six months ago) link

one month passes... - place red ant hills, get ants to eat as much green food as possible. Try to get near the top of the leaderboard, near impossible imo!

buffalo tomozzarella (ledge), Friday, 20 May 2022 09:00 (four months ago) link

this reminds me too much of my "back porch situation", i will have to bow out

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Friday, 20 May 2022 15:14 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

been doing the brain bashers daily tracks for a while now (the 10x10 take about 3 minutes each generally - )

but looking around he has others and these are a similar kind of fun, but longer:

(colour the boxes, avoid runs of 3 in a row, equal number of each colour in each row / column)

koogs, Saturday, 13 August 2022 11:32 (one month ago) link

Thanks koog, those are fun...
I suspect a bunch of them use the same underlying math just with a different visualization...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Saturday, 13 August 2022 13:25 (one month ago) link

i have thought about the train tracks thing and the random walk for generating the tracks is easy enough but i can't get a handle on how you'd decide which squares to reveal to make it solvable and distinct.

the three in a row, again, trivial to write a solver that looks for two in a row and puts an opposite square on the end, or for two with a gap and full that gap, but when you've exhausted those, recursively, there's still a way to go.

koogs, Saturday, 13 August 2022 16:03 (one month ago) link

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