This week we have a list of fun websites for you. Playing games can help relieve stress and provide a break from work. The following are some websites we found offering free online games, freeware games for download, or games you can purchase.
Games on Facebook
A popular site for playing games is Facebook. They have a special site powered by Facebook Apps that allows you to play action, adventure, arcade, puzzle, racing, and shooting games and to share and recommend the games to your friends.
Yahoo! Games offers many games for download or for playing free online. The games are categorized in genres easily accessed on the main page. Some of the downloadable games are free and some allow you to download a trial version you can play for one hour before having to buy the game to continue playing.
GameZone has been around since 2007 and offers games for multiple platforms and publishes reviews, previews, news, hints and cheats, and editorials daily. They also offer games for download.
GameSpot says they “entertain, inform, and connect gamers.” For 16 years, they’ve published a large amount of content for gamers, including game previews and reviews, strategy guides, and exclusive interviews. Their games and content cover multiple platforms, such as PC, PS3, XBox 360, 3DS, iPhone, and Android. They also offer specialty channels, such as GameSpot Sports and GameSpot News. Cheats and walkthroughs are offered for many popular games.
Sign up on their site for free to join the GameSpot community and discuss the world of video games with other gamers in their forum, to gain unlimited access to official trailers, interviews, game guides, and more, and to be able to download demos, patches, mods, and more for your games.
Download Free Games
Download Free Games offers over 110 free games in their freeware games section that have no time limits, no ads, and no spyware. Included in their list of freeware games is Chicken Invaders, which is a parody remake of the classic arcade game Space Invaders.
They also have a selection of over 250 free online games you can play directly in your browser, such as Frogger and Wheel of Fortune. They also offer shareware games that you can play free for a limited time. They say that “every game is free to try… or totally free.”
They also offer games for the Mac.
Acid-Play has offered freeware games since 2002 and has built a collection of over 1,000 freeware games for download. Each game has a short description, the genre, the operating systems on which it will run, a 1-5 star rating, and a review. There’s also a search feature that helps you quickly find and download the perfect game. All the games available for download have been scanned using ClamAV, so they’re safe and secure to download.
The games include a fair amount of console-style arcade games, as well as action, simulation, and role-playing games.
Caiman is another site that offers freeware games and tools. There are no shareware games, demos, or trial versions. The games are also free of adware and spyware. There are over 3,000 unique games on the site. The games are categorized by genre and the home page lists a “Game of the Day” and a list of recent additions to the site that are usually updated daily. Each game has a dedicated page that includes a rating, game specs, screenshots, and a short description.
There is a category containing Mac OS games.
TheGameHippo is yet another site that offers freeware PC games only, no demos and no shareware games. Their games are categorized into genres and they provide a search feature.
In addition to a good selection of freeware games, MegaGames also offers fixes or patches, cheats for PC and console games, demos, emulators, and mods for retail games.
World of Free Games
World of Free Games offers more than 500 freeware and free online games. There are puzzle, action, arcade, card, board, and word games as well as a category for kids games. Their basic text and genre search feature allows you to quickly find that perfect game.
Games 2 Download
Games 2 Download offers over 1,000 safe and virus-free game downloads in 18 genres. You can download the limited free versions of the games or buy the full versions at decent prices.
Free Ride Games
Free Ride Games offers over 200 full versions of popular games that you can play for as long as you like and as often as you like, 100% free. There are no time limits or other limitations. They also host a variety of challenges, sweepstakes, and promotions, providing the chance to win some fun prizes.
FreeGamePick allows you to find and download over 150 free PC games with no time limits or trial versions and play free online games. All the game downloads are free of viruses, adware, and spyware and you won’t be interrupted by in-games ads.
GameHouse offers more than 350 free online games you can play right in your browser, such as classics like UNO, Bejeweled, and Collapse, and new games like Jewel Quest Mysteries. All their online games offer the same high-quality features as the download versions, including excellent sounds, astounding graphics, and original game features.
In addition to online games, you can download and buy games for the PC, Mac, and for mobile devices, such as Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad. Ad-supported, full version games are available, and they have a free game of the day, $2.99 sale games, and $6.99 bundles.
AddictingGames offers online Flash games from hundreds of independent developers around the world and launches more than a dozen new games each week. You can let AddictingGames know what you like through reviews, ratings, favorites, and uploads. They’re also always looking for new game concepts and like to foster experimental game ideas.
You can also submit your own Flash game or Mobile game to Addicting Games. If your game is one of the top 25 Sponsored Games that generate the most gameplays in a quarter, you are awarded a bonus payment.
MyPlayCity.com offers over 300 free, legal, downloadable, virus-free PC games with great graphics, original gameplay, unique features, and no time limits. They have games in categories such as puzzle games, racing games, match 3 games, simulation games, and more.
Playfin.com offers over 3,500 different games in several different genres. You can play their free Flash games online or download free trials of premium games. You can even embed their Flash games in your own webpage. Register and participate in the online games for free.
GameTop allows you to easily find and download free, full versions of PC games that are free of viruses, in-game ads, malware, and toolbars. The downloadable games are categorized by genres, such as action, puzzle, and arcade. You can also play free online games, such as action, dirt bike, and racing games. The online games are also playable on the Mac. The free downloadable games and online Flash games sections are updated regularly, so check back for new, fun games to play.
Yoogi Games offers simple, non-violent, Windows games, or “Casual Games,” for everyone. The puzzle, logic, and word games available for download are small in size (less than 2 MB) so they can be downloaded quickly even if your internet connection is not very fast.
Their puzzles are also available for syndication in magazines, newspapers, or on websites.
Shockwave offers online interactive fun in the form of more than 1,800 games, with new ones added each week. You can play exciting, heart-racing games, games to engage your brain, or just unwind with a relaxing game.
Big Fish Games
Big Fish Games offers a large, varied selection of interactive games you can enjoy anytime and anywhere on your PC, Mac, mobile phone, or tablet. You can download free trials before you buy.
They have a membership program called Game Club ($6.99/month) that saves you money on games and gives you credits you can redeem for games, access to new games a day early, rewards, premium customer service, and other perks. Members also have access to $2.99 Daily Deals. There are no commitments or minimum purchases in the Game Club and you can cancel the membership online at any time, 24 hours a day. If you like buying games, the Game Club on Big Fish Games is a good option.
Sign up for free on GameNode to play free online games against your friends, save your high scores, post comments, and participate in discussions. You can also submit games to GameNode.
BGames.com offers high-quality, original, free, online and downloadable games from around the web. They update their website with the best and newest free games every day. There are 10 game categories with more than 100 subcategories. They even offer massively multiplayer online role-playing (MMORPG) games.
BGames.com likes to encourage new and promising Flash developers, so, if you’ve created a free, online, Flash game, and want guidance, sponsorship, or other opportunity or assistance, contact BGames.com.
1000 Web Games
1000 Web Games offers thousands of online, full-screen games in many genres to satisfy all types of players. Register for free to play action games to get your adrenaline pumping, puzzle games to get your brain buzzing, and retro or classic web games to make you feel young again. See their multiplayer section to play games with your friends and chat.
Funny-Games.biz offers over 5,500 online Flash and Shockwave games and downloadable games in many categories such as adventure, action, strategy, simulation, word, and more.
All these games should make it easy and fun to waste your precious time. How-To Geek has also written about replacing Windows 7 games with classic Windows XP games and about playing Minecraft Classic in your browser for free. Happy Gaming!
Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.
- Published 08/11/12