The 10 Best Free Online Arcade Games

Arcade games are so much fun. Their charm lies in the simple game play and quirky sound effects. Lots of popular and classic games from the arcade era are now available online, either in their original format or closely designed variants. While popular games like Super Mario are available online for free, they are not completely legal.

After the jump, you’ll find 10 great, fun arcade games that are free to play and available legally.

Top 10 Gaming Series: This is the third in a series of roundups covering the top 10 games in several different categories. Look forward to several more in the weeks to come and submit games you’d love to see listed!

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Frogger

Frogger

Frogger

Frogger the smash arcade hit is now available online. Help Frogger get home by safely crossing obstacles like fast moving cars and cross a river by jumping on logs and turtles. Not all turtles are helpful though. You will have to safely take five froggers to move to the next level.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution

Fancy yourself as someone who can set the dance floor on fire? Show your skills to your pals with Dance Dance Revolution. Instead of a glowing dance board, in the online version your fingers do all the dancing! Use the arrow keys to keep dancing perfectly in sync with the tune.

  • Game Type – Music
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Loco Roco 2

LocoRoco 2

LocoRoco 2

Bring music back to your world with this mini arcade game. LocoRoco 2 is a fun game where you will use the arrow keys to navigate LocoRoco through six levels. Activate the musical flowers to restore music for good. Signing up for an account entails exclusive news, promos, access to downloads and more.

  • Game Type – Music
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Track & Field Online

Track & Field Online

Track & Field Online

Track & Field Online is a great time pass for fans of athletics. The online version of the classic game has the same features & events and to our delight some new ones too. Gameplay includes six original events; the 100m dash, Long Jump, Javelin Throw, 110m hurdles, Hammer Throw, High Jump, plus the all new Pole Vault! To progress to the next level, you will have to qualify in atleast three events.

  • Game Type – Sports
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Double Dribble Fastbreak

Double Dribble Fastbreak

Double Dribble Fastbreak

Fan of Konami’s Double Dribble basket ball in the arcades? The online version aptly named Double Dribble Fastbreak is a fast paced game of jumping the hoops. All the classic game play features are complimented with newer ones in this web based version and thanks to the Fastbreak system, you can keep your opponents in their toes all through the game. The game allows you to customize the controls ensuring that you dominate the game right from the start.

  • Game Type – Sports
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Hot Air 2

Hot Air 2

Hot Air 2

Though Hot Air 2 is a game that involves balloons, it has a storyline that can put Hollywood romantic comedies to shame! Use your talents to reunite two long lost happy hot air balloons that were deeply in love. They were separated by the evil airship that took one of them away! Hot Air 2: All Blown Up is a whacky game that charges you with an off the wall quest to defeat the airship and reunite your balloon with its true love. Use a fan to direct your balloon around the levels and make sure you don’t hit anything spiky!

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Skywire 2

Skywire 2

Skywire 2

Are you a patient person? Because, Skywire 2 will need you to use patience, timing and skill to guide a gondola around a tricky sky wire. It is not as easy as getting from A to B though, because you will face various obstacles and enemies as you speed along the wire. Make sure you avoid them, or you will lose a life.

  • Game Type – Sports
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Walls of Ra

Walls of Ra

Walls of Ra

Walls of Ra is a variant of many classic games that involve hitting a ball with a moving pad. Games of this genre are great to kill a lot of time and so is this one. Walls of Ra is a classic arcade style game where quick thinking and good reactions will help you solve the mysteries of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Use a platform to bounce a flaming ball at walls to knock them down, allowing you to advance through the huge blocks of the Great Pyramid. Aim to break down as much as possible in just one shot! The game has got so many levels that you will never get bored at all.

  • Game Type – Sports
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Space Hopper

Space Hopper

Space Hopper

In Space Hopper you will need to guide an astronaut through space, hopping onto various rocks and planets in a cosmic quest to collect stars. Gravity will stick you to rocks and planets and you will need to time your hops carefully to land on another world. Watch out for planets with strange climates, strong gravity and of course mischievous aliens!

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Off the Rails

Off the Rails

Off the Rails

Who doesn’t love trains? When it’s a game that involves a train it’s doubly awesome! Off the Rails is a manic game where you will need to pump your trolley cart along the wild western railways. As you charge along the tracks you will need to bag plenty of loot, hop over mischievous critters and perform mad stunts. Shoot along in the quickest time possible to reach the top scores. There are about twenty levels to be crossed to become the ultimate survivor!

  • Game Type – Western
  • Multiplayer – No
  • Paid Upgrades – No
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Share Your Thoughts!

Which one is your favorite arcade game? Do arcade games still entice you as they did when you were a kid?


  • http://www.baked.thecomicseries.com Radie

    Ugh.. Normally these are great but this one… not so much.

    I thought this was supposed to be about FREE games… Not Games with FREE 10 DAY TRIALS.

    Also… I am a tad confused by the term “Arcade” game.. could you elaborate on what your criteria was?

    • http://www.stravarius.com Justin Stravarius

      Actually all the games are free. You will have to sign up for free (only once to play multiple games in the list) to access few games. Since this roundup is dedicated exclusively to free games, I checked all by playing them. Let me know if you have issues.

      Arcade games are the ones that have a retro look that resembles the ones we used to play in 80′s video games and arcade game parlors.

  • Jonathan

    Canabalt is a worthy arcade game.

    http://adamatomic.com/canabalt/

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  • http://appoplectic.blogspot.com DeadDoll00

    Locoroco is a fantastic, addictive little game!

    Please Visit Us @ App-O-Plectic

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/scir91 scir91onYouTube

    no street fighter 2? how about those NES and SNES games? also missed out on super mario crossover 2. what a lame list.

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