30 Best Free Online Games

Browser based games have always been there for those who have fallen on hard times. Times when no games are currently installed on their computer. Mac users especially have suffered.

Lest we forget those who have lost their lives searching for games only to starve before they found something worth playing for more than 5 minutes, it is time to be proactive. It is time to save my fellow Mac users, and all users looking for a browser based gaming experience, from a fate worse than death. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 30 of the best online games to play, absolutely, completely, 100% freely, and from the comfort of your browser.

If you liked this roundup, why not check out a couple of our more recent roundups: 50 Fantastic Free Web Apps, 40+ Tips to Get the Most Out of Web Apps, and 111 Web Apps to Rule Them All!

And if, like me, you too live in the barren landscape of Mac gaming, check out our list of 30 Freeware Mac Games and our new 2012 roundup of 30+ Great Free Mac Games on Mac.AppStorm for even more free gaming. And you might also want to download Steam, ’cause I hear they are starting to ramp up their offerings.


Developer: Jagex

Ahh Runescape… I remember way back in 2001 when I first played this game. I was blown away. Then again, I was 11 years old and blown away by any game that I could play with other people. Believe me when I say that it has changed A LOT since the days of 2D sprites in Runescape Classic. Runescape is frequently featured on lists such as these since it is the world’s most popular free MMORPG. It has expanded in so many ways since 2001, and as a result, it is filled with years of gameplay.

While Desktop TD has simple graphics, it is insanely fun and cute. The little circular creeps with lil’ dot eyes and the lil’ cannons that squeak when they hit stuff causes a cuteplosion. You almost want to let these little cuties go through. The creeps even cheer when they make it to their destination.

Anyone who is totally uneducated about FIFA has obviously been living under a rock. It’s only the most popular EA franchise ever, ever. If you’ve ever played any of the FIFA games on console you’ll know how good they are. While its closed beta 4 has ended, you can register for the next beta phase. Don’t worry about money either, it’s completely free.

Ok, this is bar none, the most awesome game I have ever seen. My mind was blown when I saw that I could play Super Mario Bros with Samus, Link, Mega Man, Simon and Bill R. Admittedly I was less psyched about Simon and Bill R, from Castlevania and Contra, probably because I had no idea who they were. However, all characters are in their 8-bit forms with their powers intact. Samus can shoot her beams, go into a ball, drop mines and jump just like in her games. Link has his boomerang and swords, while Mega man has his slides, arm cannon and awesome jump. Each character powers up and moves the way they normally would in their games, and they are able to kill all enemies by jumping on them just like Mario. And yes, you can play the game as Mario too. One last thing: this game even plays the music of each characters game in the background. It is incredibly faithful to its featured games and as a result, is truly amazing.

A very relaxing puzzle game, with simple yet graphics and soothing music. The aim of the game is to make atoms of the same colour collide to make them disappear. It’s pretty straightforward, and for a puzzle game, it’s not frustrating at all, which is unusual. I think the music has something to do with it though. Regardless, you will be hard put to stop playing this game till you have finished all 50 levels.

Yes, I know I added Freeciv to the list of Freeware Mac Games, BUT, this is a browser based version of the RTS game. What else can I say?

Blood Wars is an MMORPG (mumorpuhguh) where the player controls a vampire in a post nuclear world and tries to get along with all the other vampires (just kidding). Seriously, why do we have to kill everyone all the time? Anyway, there’s lots of things to do and kill.

Continuum is a strategy game that fuses turn-based war gaming, collectability (whatever that is) with RPG elements. You start off building a squad that you will use to battle other players and find usable equipment on the battlefield. There is a wide variety of races to choose from each with unique abilities so you can choose the one that’s right for you!

Monster Den

Developer: garin

Monster Den is quite an incredible RPG. Sure it doesn’t have much in the graphics department, but the gameplay is awesome. When you start, you pick the different classes of your 4 party members. When this is done, you’re immediately put into a dungeon waiting to be cleared. Along the way you will encounter various enemies and find items to upgrade your party. After clearing each dungeon your party members will increase in levels and you can customise their stats as well as what powers and passive abilities they learn. I highly recommend this game.

Another cool RPG game right here. In King’s Island you control a buff, topless poacher (well, he starts out topless) and go around killing guys while finding and buying armor and items from shops. The combat aspect of this game is great too because it really involves you. There are wide range of stats that you can upgrade to make this game a real fun adventure.

Hands of War

Developer: Danny

Hands of War is an Arr Pee Gee that gives you a choice of 3 different character classes to be. As you level there are various traders and trainers you can talk to that will sell you their wares or allow you to upgrade your spells. For those who like questing, there’s that too, so you can always help out those in need! Or those that just want some dudes dead for whatever reason. Once again, don’t let the graphics fool you, this is a good game!

Wow… just wow. This game is the most original game I’ve seen in a while. It is half side scroller and half sliding block puzzle. It’s hard to put the game into words, but you basically swap between controlling the stick man and operating the puzzle. You must arrange the puzzle constantly in order for you to get through the level as your stickman. Pressing space will zoom in and out of puzzle and side scrolling mode. When operating the puzzle your stick man is stationary and vice versa. Not only does the gameplay kickass, but the music is legendary.

Red Remover

Developer: Gaz

Teehee. This game has sound effects that make me giggle. A cute little puzzle game where all the blocks have cutesy little faces on them (giving you strong motivation to save them). You have to click red boxes to make them disappear while saving all the green ones from falling out of the screen. Easy and straightforward at first, but much more tricky later on.

While it lacks the 3rd dimension of regular Portal, it still has the 2 dimensions to play in. A side scroller that’s a very good flash adaptation of the original game. There are 39 levels to solve, that start easy (just like Portal), and get progressively harder with more of the hazards you know and love. If you were too late to get your free version of Portal on Steam, then this is the free version you must get.

Dragon Boy is an RPG where you control a boy, who has a dragon egg (yeah, it would have been cool if the protagonist was half dragon and half boy). You have to feed your dragon egg and raise it so it can hatch and fight for you. As far as RPG’s go, it’s quite short, and as such, there’s no save function. Kill enemies to get items and upgrade your powers, stock-standard stuff.

Paradise Paintball 3D is a fast paced multiplayer FPS which combines paintball with counter-strike. If there are any CS fans frothing at the mouth out there, then download this game and go nuts.

In Eternal Red, your job is to arm yourself, your ceilings and your floors to kill the enemy. Each enemy you kill nets you a certain amount of gold which you can use to build new weapons, and upgrade existing ones. God help you if they reach the other side of your hallway and destroy your portal. It’s almost like a TD game.

Upgrade Complete is hilarious. It has crappy graphics, until you upgrade it. Your ship sucks as well, until you upgrade it. You pretty much have to earn enough gold to upgrade every aspect of this game and your ship. Everyone has to play this game at least once in their lifetime.

Wanna live like a hobo? Then go out into the streets and live in a box. But if you want to play an RPG involving hobos, then this is the game for you. There’s is so much to do so you’ll never be bored, and you can battle other hobos for money and glory. It’s mostly text based, but very entertaining. For those who want to stay up to date with the new version, Hobo Wars 2 is available to play.


Developer: Gameforge

OGame is a text-based strategy game in space. Players start out with a planet and gather resources, research technologies, build economic and military infrastructure to create armies. Players can trade, raid and band together to progress if they wish to do so. How you choose to carry out your plans for universe domination* is totally up to you.

*You can’t actually take over the universe.

Another MMORPG over here guys! For those looking for some unique artwork in their MMO, come play AQ Worlds. It has a large game world to explore filled with monsters to kill and equipment, armor and items to find. If anyone is thinking, ‘Aww man, I can’t have any pets??’, fear not, because you can have in-game pets too.

The objective in Battle Dawn is to become the strongest leader on earth. Visiting the website you see ‘You must learn to use diplomacy, resources and military to aid in your quest for ultimate power’. Don’t they know that gamers would make the worst world leaders? It is quite addictive so care must be taken.

A great multiplayer game for strategy buffs that will hook you in. You choose one of 5 races, each wanting to take over the galaxy. There are various ways to fulfil your objective in this incredibly deep game. Any beginners thinking that this will have a steep learning curve have nothing to worry about, because it’s easy to get started thanks to a handy help menu.

Sonny 2

Developer: Armor Games

Sonny 2 is an RPG where you play as a zombie that must abuse humans. This game reminds me of Final Fantasy due to the similar combat style and cutscenes. It has a great leveling system and heaps of items and powers.

Auditorium is a very rewarding puzzle game that is very difficult for me to describe in words. The gameplay is simple, you must guide a beam of particles through ‘boxes’ using a variety of tools that are specific to each level. Each set of levels has a particular theme of music. A particular part of the music will play depending on which box is filled with particles. When all boxes are filled, the music in its entirety is heard. Overall an extraordinary and very original game. A must play!

Sherwood Dungeon is a curious game. It is an RPG with one, yes ONE, dungeon. But that’s all it needs since it’s so freaking deep (Noone has yet made it to the bottom). Going further into the dungeon nets you better equipment but the monsters are much harder. You have the option of making a free account, but if you don’t like making accounts (even though it’s totally free) then you can just play without one if you want. However, your character will not be saved this way. So, if you’re looking to play it more than once, it’s in your best interests to make an account.

A fun game based on the popular map Element TD for Warcraft III. It’s a much simpler game than Element TD (those who have played the real deal will know how many tower combos there are) but it’s surprisingly fun and addictive. While the gameplay looks shallow on the surface, it’s much deeper than you think.

Yippee! I luuuurrve bubbles! In Bubble Tanks 2, you start with a small bubble ship, and must kill enemy bubble tanks to get their bubbles to upgrade your tank so you can shoot more and kill bigger bubble tanks to get their bubble to upgrade your tank so you can shoot more and kill bigger…etc. There is a wide variation of upgrade paths to choose from, so you can always try out new types of ships. Great fun!

2029 Online is a mixture of RTS and RPG games. To be successful in 2029 Online you are going to need to strategize, have some rad skills and a healthy stock of teamwork!

Quantum Legacy is a completely free multiplayer RTS game. You can do everything from the single player campaign to online death matches. It’s also got more space battles than you or your grandmother can handle (props if you got the reference).

Share Your Own Games

Is there another game you particularly enjoy playing for free online? Be sure to share it in the comments, and have fun experimenting with some of the above titles! Also check out the freeware Mac games post as well as 10 Fun and Free Browser Based Games.

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  • http://Instantaction.com stays one of the best webgames company to me.

  • I have been playing Core Exiles for years now. It is by far the best web based game out there. It level of depth and continuing development is beyond amazing for a web based game. I highly suggest everyone give it a shot if they are looking for something new.

  • Anarchy-Online. Hands down the best free game. Actually, I prefer it to most of its play MMORPG counterparts. Graphics don’t require a GC so I can even play on my netbook. Content never ending and great social platform. Played for six years before becoming a paid player…definitely worth the money I didn’t spend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • How in the world did quakelive not make this list? Its Quake 3 Arena in your browser.

  • Is this post intentionally timed to clash with the GCSE/A-Level Exam season? Ah well!

  • Core Exiles is the best on-line game I have ever played. It has endless possibilities and is quite addictive. I highly recommend this game to anyone. Whether you are a fighter or a lover, this game is for you! http://core-exiles.com/


  • http://quakelive.com/ – End of story.

  • I have to say that one of the best free online games for me is Free Realms – http://www.freerealms.com a bit ‘kiddy’ but quite addictive :)

    • Agreed lol

  • Nice list but for me BFH(battlefiled heroes) is the best, however it’s not browser based.

    In fact i just started a new blog about online games and worte an article on BFH


    • i totally agree with you i play battle field heroes as well i started two years ago and i still love it and play it is the best of best online game

  • Simply the best browser game i have played.

    A game where you can trade, fight, mine, explore and craft. The universe is at your fingertips. All you need to do is close your hand and take it.

  • Some great games on there, I love Desktop TD and they have added an incredible version on Facebook called Desktop Defender. Mario 63 is another incredible free flash game, and Pillage the Village is one of the best games I have ever played online or not.

  • Runescape is good, but gets boring after a while

  • Great list, keep up the great work!

  • I was more interested about the image in the thumbnail of this post. What game is that? It looks awesome.

  • The browser game that I play now is not in this list, I think it deserves a place here. Itยดs a mmo strategy game, free to play and has some new concepts to the genre. Try it! =)

  • Great list…. There are a lot of new browser games that are emerging.

  • I advice you a online game. It is online football game. 11×11 game is you control a footballer in it. that’s on http://teknonline.com. so go and look it.

  • Thanks for the huge list Muj. You did a great favour. These are the coolest games I have ever seen. I will surely play FIFA after this and try my luck on the other games too. Are there and racing games?? Thanks for this list again.

  • Awesome time killers :)

    • Absolutely waste of time! but I might check on Blood Wars cos I like the graphics shown above.

      My brother shouldn’t see this, otherwise he can reason out more while I’m away from my desk…

    • oh and yeah, your gravatar reminds me of my boss’ screensaver…

  • League of Legends is THEE best free online game right now, killed heaps of time playing it.

  • Having Continuity in the list? List approved.

  • Can’t believe no one has posted this.

    The BEST place hands down for finding online games, whatever your preference!

  • I’d like to suggest a web game, free for all, that combines a fresh pixel art graphic with some original aspects. Its name is Lords of Wars, and you can choose between four races: Ocs, Elfs, Human and Undead. They are speaking about two new races in the future: Dwarves and Demons.
    The url is : http://lordsofwars.virtual-sport.eu/

  • How about http://Jamlegend.com? It’s a like a free Guitar Hero on the web. You can add friends to challenge them and compare scores. Although you might not find your favorite mainstream song, it’s a fun way to exercise your reflexes and kill time.

  • I personally play free online games at http://www.dmcgames.co.nz It is heaps of games and is lots of fun.

    • http://www.addicting2games.com – flash games, downloads games, and MMORPG all on one site. What more can you ask for a gaming portal? Majority of the portals listed here I’ve heard of and they’re all the same to me.

  • The good article assited me very much! Bookmarked the website, very interesting categories everywhere that I see here! I like the info, thank you.

  • No one have post Battelfieldheroes?


  • Pirate Galaxy is fro seriously fun and bad-ass.

  • Haven’t tried most of these …going to give’em a try today – slow day at the office ;).

    Quake Live and FFX Runner are two of my favorites.

    Stumbled !

  • I’d like to throw my very bias opinion out there and say http://www.prisonstruggle.com

    It’s a bias view as I work on it haha but no it is a great game and is actually quite similar to Hobo Wars in some ways which you listed in the main article!

    Would love to hear any feedback on the game!

  • Thanks for great inspiration! CROSSFIRE BEST GAME EVER!!!

  • by far the best game i have played in years! it is truly free the only thing you can buy with actual money some vanity items such as skins. it never gets old since they are constantly adding new champion characters to the game. give it a try and if you are on the eu server then feel free to messege me ingame :) name is aminizle

  • For those who didn’t quite read the article completely, Quake Live didn’t make the list NOT because it isn’t an awesome game, but because it isn’t compatible with Macs. Quake Live is windows only! I only know this because I run a similar site for PC games ๐Ÿ˜› It seems spammy to put the URL in the comment, but you can click on my name and it will take you there.

  • where is cross fire game

  • The best by far is lordultima.com !!!

  • eRepublik is a massively multiplayer online strategy game which is set in a mirror world where players have the power to make a difference and fulfill their economic, political or military dreams. Go Play –

  • Desktop TD is great, I like tower defense games, it make me thinking about the strategy, I like the feeling.

  • Love it! Time wasting at work – here i come!

  • If you are a fan of the zombie franchise; this is a must play .

  • My favourite game is http://www.flashelementtd.com

    Such a great game!!

  • This is a great post!

    An awesome library of web based games – Thanks Appstorm

  • these games all look stupid… is this from the 90s?

  • YES! I’m excited to try some free games!

  • @kevin : No they are not from 90’s.
    The graphics are so poor for some of them just because they are flash games, and of course browser-based games like the ones from here http://www.the-onlinegames.com
    So there was a limitation for the developers.

    Anyway I’ve played a few of them and yes, they are very addicting.

  • We have worked very hard developing Fatpaint and therefore we are interested in your feedback!!

  • Red Eclipse.

    Think, Mirrors edge + Quake 3, with a built in map editor and multiple game types

    download redeclipse.net

  • deadfrontier should be up there . . .

  • League of legends wasn’t on this list?

  • Battle Dawn is pretty money, but a few of those are terribad. Sherwood Dungeon? Gag.

    Halo is free online now, C&C Red Alert is free online, Words With Friends (possibly the best time killer of all times) is on Facebook now and can be sneakily accessed at work. Millions of nerds had a good list of the best free games online.


    Most are good, steer clear of Eternal City though.

  • and where is this game ??

    Heores of might and magic ๐Ÿ˜‰ the best gme for me ;))

  • i have been playing uberstrike and it is a really good and action packed game

  • If you like zombies you might want to check http://www.zombiepandemic.com which is free survival horror browser game

  • For those of you who like RTS, League of Legends is magnificent free game. It is really fun! Try it out: http://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4f2b19ba3dc96460569023


  • this is the best games in world

  • Where’s plazmaburst 2 in the list??

  • i like aqworlds the most out of those outher wise they all suck

  • for me the coolest one is ROBLOX

  • He guys, some interesting comments outhere, there were a lot of games I didn’t know about, but my friends play many of these games, so I thought when I finally have the time I’d check it out and I think it’s awesome. I’ve been very busy with my own game website and it’s starting to be a cool site with a couple of cool downloadable games to play online..and some of them are even free. http://www.mobilegamesfor.com, you can check it out if you want.

    Back to this cool site, I think when I’m not to busy I’ll come back frequently.

    Lots of fun to you all,


  • Hey every one as you can see Battle Dawn is a amazing game if u like to fight or statigise or just meet online friends you will love Battle Dawn… You need to go check it out

  • u didn’t even MENTION Dofus, the obvious no.1

  • I play boxing manager simulator called box2glory – has AI and other players. Very detailed, like football manager for boxing. They don’t even have any good boxing manager game anywhere, but here is one online and free.

  • Very hard task but like your list. There are many more games which certainly could be added here. Even a top 100 would be a very hard time i guess :)
    Nevertheless i would suggest Run 2 http://www.friv-4.net/run-2.php
    which is a very funny little flash game

  • Paradise Paintball is now called Uberstrike.

  • Hello I found this site gameflash.com, is quite nice, definitely worth trying, congrats on the site :)

  • Thanks so much!! This was so helpful and had great games. c:

  • Robot Rising should be in this list!
    It’s a newly announced game that will change everything you thought you knew about Facebook Games.

    It’s a full-3D, real-time, action RPG for Facebook with a sci-fi robot theme. You can sign up for the beta and learn more at http://www.RobotRising.com

    The rise has begun.

  • i like this

  • Hey! don’t forget Minecraft!

    • lol ikr dont forget minecraft it is one if the most popular and best games ever

  • Runescape Best Game Ever!!!

  • I have to say that one of the best free online games for me is: flight simulator online game โ€“ a bit โ€˜kiddyโ€™ but quite addictive

  • Don’t forget about the TRIBES: Ascend.

    This game is free to play and is awesome!


  • moshi monsters is also a cool game it was selected for Bafta voters

  • where is happy wheels and madness accelarent? this list sucks!

  • can anyone give me a link to a free online game that you progress like a rpg pleese tp back

  • see realm of the mad god. its amazing

  • i think ROBLOX should be 1 of them you can have your own virtual carecters and its fun you can create games play games have friends you should try it (1st of you wont look so good but if you earn robux and tix you will look perfect

  • no maplestory, sudden attack, league of legend, starcraft… wat r u guys doing?

  • babyran is the best…..

  • Oooh Runescape… Its Realy A Very Nice Game I Played It Like 2 Years But I Losed Me Account… It Was So Sad…Im Not Sure About Playing Again…

  • These games sucks!!! You don’t know good games!!!

  • i like dragon fable. there are parts you have to pay for but you can do ALOT without having to pay. it was litterally one of the first games that i was addicted to

  • http://www.dragonfable.com/
    sorry this is the game i ment

  • It is very slow working site it is very poor site .So finally I hate this site I don`t like this site

  • dont forget linage II

  • Go to Steam and download Team Fortress 2 it’s free and it’s very awesome!

  • Most of these shit links doesn’t work so don’t bother

  • where’s pockie ninja?

  • play hot popular free game at http://www.3000freegames.com

  • Call of gods @ lekool is proud to announce the launch of its newest server, “Fortuna”!

    come and play!

    I have always been a fan of browser-based strategy game, and Iโ€™m enjoying playing Call of Gods. Castle building, turn-based combat, dungeon exploration, arena challenge and deploy of units can really melt into an enjoyable gameplay. You name it… play it!

    Game Link: http://cog.lekool.com

    Facebook Fanpage Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/417106001644494/

    Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjtQpWymQGM

  • Call of gods is a free MMORPG browser based game and lekool is launching a new server now. Server 7 Fortuna. its brand new and Launched officially on 29th May 2013 with so many online players from all over the world.

    Call of god is based for strategy and you can choose 3 different races which are , Human, Elves and Undeads and you can start building your army and start fighting with your friends and against other online people.

    Which is fun because you will run your dungeons and you will fight bosses with your friends but also you will be able to challenge them and test your skills and check how strong you are against other online palyers.

    It has great cross server and Arena battles which you can fight with players in arena and fight with people from other server with Cross server.

    It also has amazing Alliance System which will bring you more fun as you will have your alliance friends and will fight against other alliances to take cities from them.

    There are so many equips and equip combinations which will make you test your skills and how to beat other bosses with your formations and also you can check how strong you are while you are fighting against other online people.

    And lekool has many events which brings you in-game prizes and you will enjoy with lekool family and with their every week events and you will forget how time passing while you are playing this amazing game.

    Game Link: http://cog.lekool.com

    Facebook Fanpage Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/417106001644494/

    Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjtQpWymQGM

  • How is evony not on here? Rofl

  • I’ve been playing this one for a couple of years, its not bad once you get into it and meet people