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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen years ago) link

You need never work again...

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

Whoa, Hyperframe is a good time.

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

More please.

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

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

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

three months pass...

gimme new ones

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

Can't pimp it enough people.

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


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


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

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

Lazy bastards! (xxpost)

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

Tombot, that is a fantastic game.

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


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

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

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

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

more from same people

your player sniffs when idle

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

possessed is nice

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

Made it through What Goes Up. Nice brain tickler.

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

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

erm, Pico-8

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

SteamWorld Dig 2 free on Steam for the next few hours

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


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

two months pass...

i enjoyed this

little platform puzzle thing

koogs, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 22:00 (one year ago) link


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


Karl Malone, Thursday, 13 January 2022 00:59 (one year ago) link

fun and cute!

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

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

lukas, Friday, 14 January 2022 05:06 (one year ago) link

there's w0rd1e talk in the spelling Bee thread

koogs, Friday, 14 January 2022 06:07 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Also searchable by "spelling bee."

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

What fun is that

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

ouch that hurts my brain.

ledge, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 11:19 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

free demo that's worth playing

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

three months pass...

ciderpress, Sunday, 20 November 2022 01:03 (ten months ago) link

Man that’s homework

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Sunday, 20 November 2022 01:07 (ten months ago) link

things i haven't really thought about since ~1989.

iirc a combination of NAND gates can do anything, NOT and therefore AND is trivial and de morgan's law says !(A AND B) = !A OR !B so OR is easy enough. i am thinking about XOR... (it's not a great experience on a phone...)

koogs, Sunday, 20 November 2022 15:06 (ten months ago) link

Fun Threes / 2048 / slider game with corn and poop of farming -- feels less like homework because there are no numbers!

Philip Nunez, Sunday, 20 November 2022 16:05 (ten months ago) link

six months pass...

formerly abanana (dat), Thursday, 15 June 2023 03:13 (three months ago) link

one-button game

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 28 June 2023 20:22 (two months ago) link

that is nifty but i agree with the comments that you should never actually try to fly straight

, Wednesday, 28 June 2023 22:12 (two months ago) link

ledge, Monday, 3 July 2023 14:41 (two months ago) link

got within five letters of clearing it today.

ledge, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 15:12 (two months ago) link

I've played this a couple of times and managed to clear it both times, but it took me ages. It's a good game but it doesn't feel addictive like a wordle or semantle.

emil.y, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 15:31 (two months ago) link

yeah i definitely don't have the patience to backtrack and try again and again.

ledge, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 15:36 (two months ago) link

i wish there were an "appeal to the judges" feature

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 5 July 2023 16:58 (two months ago) link

formerly abanana (dat), Sunday, 16 July 2023 19:45 (two months ago) link

holy fuck.

Nhex, Monday, 17 July 2023 02:39 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Someone ported wipEout to the browser

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 15 August 2023 17:28 (one month ago) link

wow! despite being a huuuuge fan of 2097 and wip3out i've never actually played the original, maybe now is the time. though i'd have to get a controller, is that even possible for browser games on macos? and maybe it's not the best use of my time...

crutch of england (ledge), Wednesday, 16 August 2023 09:08 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

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