5 great free browser games to keep you entertained at work
If you haven't played browser games, you don't know what you're missing. A little relaxation doesn't hurt anyone, and sometimes it's even good for you, so we present you with 5 great free browser games that will keep you occupied longer than your break at work.
Fans of complex RPGs that weigh up to 150 GB certainly don't appreciate browser games. Perhaps rightly so, after all, they are only a flesh and blood substitute for PC gaming. But what if we looked at browser games from a different angle, one that focused not on the story but on the entertainment aspect? Then it quickly becomes apparent that they are an interesting escape from daily chores. Browser games are accessible to anyone with a working computer, monitor, mouse, and keyboard - just basic equipment in any home. There's no need to lug around overpowered components, reserve disk space, and go through the whole installation process. And although browser games often fail to impress with graphics, some can't be accused of being too addictive.
5 great browser games
Which titles are worth playing? Our list includes games in the "light, easy and fun" category, as well as titles that will keep you entertained for hours.
- Little Alchemy 2
- Universe of Catan
- Forge of Empires
- Game of Bombs
The Agario is trivially simple as it involves swallowing balls or other players - but only the younger ones! The more you eat, the bigger you get, becoming a slowly rolling ball on the map that swallows smaller balls. Players with a bit more reflexes can shoot themselves towards a potential target using the space bar. The important thing to remember is that the part of the ball that flies towards the victim is smaller - you've just split yourself in half. You can absorb your previously split parts and become a big ball again, but it takes a little practice. Moving around the map, you run the risk of two things: being eaten by a larger player, or crashing into spheres that look like germs (the game doesn't end, you just split into about a dozen smaller parts). I found two good tactics! You can either rotate around the really strong players, which most orbs don't reach or find a secluded spot on the map with lots of small orbs and get stronger. And when you feel strong and weak - go conquer the map.
Little Alchemy 2
If any of you have ever wondered how the brick was invented, then you must play Little Alchemy 2. There are 720 things to cover, and all the fun is in cleverly combining what has already been invented. Some combinations are quite logical, others require creativity and involve your intuition rather than your ability to think analytically. You can keep discovering new combinations until you get to the stage where you can no longer make anything out of a given thing. The game has one major flaw - you can't get away with it because it seems trivial, but there comes a point in every alchemist's life where they run out of ideas. And here it does not mean that you lose your will. On the contrary - you want more and more. I have a little tip to start with - combining water with water also gives you a new discovery.
The universe of Catan
You can purchase this game physically as a board game or choose the online version. Your goal is to earn 10 points, and this can be done in several ways. The most popular is to expand your empire - roads and settlements - these can be converted into cities. You can also draw points from development cards. Whatever you want to do, you need raw materials and a little luck on the dice roll. In fact, your fate depends on how you position the board at the start of the game and what raw materials you get access to. The game may seem a bit complicated at first, but once you master it, it starts to go downhill. You can play with a computer - I don't recommend it, it's very boring - or you can go online. Multiplayer also includes a ranking mode so you can climb the leaderboards. Catan also has its own phone app, I recommend it to everyone who keeps an eye on their work laptops. A game takes about 30 minutes, so it's an option for those not chasing the classic 15 at work.
Forge of Empires
One of those browser games that aren't really geared towards a few quick games, but you don't have to play them for dozens of hours a day either. The whole idea is to build an empire. The player starts at the Bronze Age level. The more attention paid to development, the faster the village grows. Over time, this village starts to look more and more like a city, until it finally becomes a powerful empire. The game made the list mostly because it doesn't take long. You only need a few entries a day to keep progressing, and each visit to the empire only takes a few minutes of clicking. I guarantee that if you get addicted, you'll find yourself looking at your empire more often than during downtime.
Game of Bombs
Many of you probably remember Bomberman, one of the most popular games of yesteryear. If you want to reminisce about the old days but give yourself a bit more of a challenge, I've got good news, because Game of Bombs should be just that. Overall the core remains the same and the new Bomberman is also a maze, bombs, and bonuses that give you superpowers, but this version is much more fleshed out. Firstly, you don't just play with one player, you play with the whole server at once. Second, you collect a lot of trinkets that weren't available in the classic version. Third, the gameplay is definitely harder because the opponents, at least at the beginning, will overwhelm you with their experience. Anyway - definitely worth a try. The game is terribly addictive and gives a lot of fun from blowing up the next blocks and opponents. Of course, the longer you stay on the map, the stronger you get, so just getting started is tough. Then all you need is a little thought and focus on the obstacles your opponent throws at your feet.
Bonus from the author - The Hound's Ball
This is one of those games some of you remember from school - no, it's not about football. For the classic version, all you need is a piece of paper, an 8 x 10 grid, and two players - in the online version, the field is already drawn. The name comes out of nowhere, because the goal of the players is to reach the opponent's goal. I'm not going to explain the rules because, although they are quite simple, it would take too long to describe them in words. What I can say is that the game requires strategic thinking and countering the opponent's moves. And although the idea is simple, the pressure of time forces you to make quick decisions. It's hard to say if this is a good deal breaker, but I do visit Kurnik from time to time to play a few games. Try it for yourself, because it really is worth it and it's probably one of the best offerings on this service.