Free online games
Here, in no specific order, is a list of some of my favorite casual flash games that can be played over the Internet. I will add more links as they are discovered so check back regularly!
In bot arena you build robots and enter them in competitions for prize money you use to improve your robots’ designs. Easy to learn, difficult to master. A high level of customization means you can experiment with different strategies. The third itiration here allows you more control over your bots’ movement and targeting in combat.
In this game you control the evolution of a virus, bacteria and parasite and attempt to infect and kill the entire population of the planet before governments get wise and shut down ports, airports and develop a vaccine.
Build yourself an oil empire! This game was designed by Molleindustria, a company that puts a premium on creating social awareness and tackling difficult issues through games. In Oligarchy you explore for new oil reserves, corrupt politicians, and try to make your money before supplies run out.
Another game by Molleindustria. This game puts you in the shoes of the president of a fast food empire as you attempt to keep your board of directors and shareholders happy. Rain forest destruction, mad cow disease, disgruntled employees, public perception, food additives, they all play a part in your rise to the top.
These are surprisingly deep role-playing games that you can play in your browser window. In a twist you actually play as a zombie. It features turn-based combat, inventory management and an engaging story, all the necessary elements of a good RPG.
This is a cool puzzle game where you try to recreate the model by applying different elements and paints to your ball.
This is a different take on Pacman where you have to try to trap the ghosts by filling in as much space as possible. Built as an homage to Jezzball.
There are several entries in this category. Sift Heads, Tactical Assassin, Tactical Assasin 2, Sniper Assassin, Sniper Assassin 2 and Urban Sniper are a few of them. These types of games can be a fun diversion.
There are plenty of games about World War II. So it is refreshing to see this title take us back to the trench warfare of The Great War. It is mainly a strategy title.
Swords and Sandals
These are role-playing games where you create a gladiator and try to take him to the top. Win battles, purchase weapons and armor and win your freedom. My favorite is Swords and Sandals 2, but I haven’t played 3 much yet.
Portal is one of the all around coolest and most innovative games in recent memory. This is a 2D version where the same concepts are explored, but has no affiliation with Valve, the creators of Portal.
This game is almost like tug of war. You start off in the stone age, create troops and send them across the map to your enemy’s base. As you gain gold, you can progress up the technology tree all the way to future technology.
The Grow series by Eyemaze are gun trial-by-error games where you add different elements to the puzzle and see how they interact with each other. Your goal is to Max out each elements growth. Each game almost tells a little story, and the order in which you add elements creates multiple experiences and stories. The developer routinely adds new games that build upont he original concept. They are thinking-man’s games, requiring logic and persistence.
If you don’t want to shell out the money to buy Crayon Physics Deluxe, which is a totally awesome game, Magic Pen is the next best thing, although not as versatile. In this physics game you use your mouse to create shapes and guide the ball to collect the flags. Fun because it encourages creative problem solving. There is no right or wrong way to solve a puzzle.
This is a suprisingly elaborate game that gives you tools to create complex robots then drive them to achieve various goals. Its strength lies in its complexity and versatility.
From the Casual Collective, this game is kind of a mashup of the tower defense and real-time strategy genres. You need to collect resources by mining meteors while defending your mining operation with upgradeable defense turrents.
There are literally hundreds of tower defense games out there. This is one from Casual Collective is one of my favorites. The extra polish on this version helps it stand apart from the crowd.
Flow is a serene game where you grow and evolve your creature by eating smaller creatures.
This is a neat little puzzle game that unfolds like a mystery. You are at the center of a mystery that is spookily reminicsent of the movie Carrie. I understand there is a Gateway I, which I have only played briefly.
Now boarding is a fun strategy/time management game. It is challenging, but not frustrating. In the game you run an airport. Open connections to new cities plan routes, upgrade your planes and concourse to keep your customers happy. It seems there are two versions out there, you can find the second (probably older version) here.
A logic game that requires you to complete a circuit.
Sea of Fire is one of those games where you attempt to take out the enemy’s base by sending waves and waves of your troops across the screen. Acquiring new resources on the main map allow you to build different types of weapons during battles. Fast paced and addictive. See also: Sea of Fire 2.
This game tests a man’s knowledge of proper urinal usage. It might give women insight into a part of the male psyche they probably don’t need to know about.
A physics game with a concept very similar to Valve’s Portal. You must complete the puzzles by manipulating portals on the walls of the test chamber.
Laser is a puzzle game where you must reflect, refract and split a laser beam to light all the lightbulbs. Starts out easy, gets pretty difficult.