10 Fun and Free Browser-Based Games

Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from work and do something a little more enjoyable — like play games! Of course your employer probably won’t allow you to install a desktop game on your computer but fret not, there are plenty of browser-based games to keep you entertained.

We’ve pulled together ten great browser-based games you should definitely check out.

Update: We’ve added a couple reader submitted game sites! You can submit your favorites too.

Prerequisites

Many of these games attempt to duplicate (to a lesser degree) desktop games, which require significantly higher computer hardware capabilities. The specifics on minimum requirements for hardware can be difficult to say (especially for browser-based games), so in general you’ll need a relatively capable computer and updated browser. Of course, another common requirement will be broadband internet. I’ve tried to list the main requirements for each game but your system may vary.

Quake Live

Quake Live

Quake Live

If you’ve played any of the desktop versions of Quake, you’ll already be familiar with the browser-based version as it’s quite similar. Quake is a fast paced first-person shooter, focused on multiplayer. The game is currently in beta but having played it a bit, it seems to work really well and is tons of fun.

  • Requirements: IE 7 or higher, FireFox 2.0 or higher (I played in Safari without issues)
  • Developer: Id Software LLC.

RuneScape

RuneScape

RuneScape

RuneScape is Java powered and offers a certain level of 3D rendering. It is a fantasy MMORPG that allows players to travel through different kingdoms, cities, etc. using magic, spells and other fantasy themed gameplay activities.

Fallen Empire: Legions

Fallen Empire: Legions

Fallen Empire: Legions

Fallen Empire: Legions is a first-person shooter where players can fly around using a jetpack, dodging enemy fire and shooting enemies in deathmatch mode. You’ll be able to play with up to 32 players, live. The game has some pretty good 3D graphics, especially for a browser-based game.

Power Soccer

Power Soccer

Power Soccer

Power Soccer gives players live control of a soccer team in real-time 3D. You’ll be able to challenge other teams, play thousands of other players, get involved in online leagues, connect with other soccer fans and much more.

  • Requirements: Flash 9.0+, Browser supporting Java 1.1+
  • Developer: Power Challenge

ORANGEfps

ORANGEfps

ORANGEfps

ORANGEfps is a first-person shooter with decent 3D graphics for a browser-based game that allows players to play in multi or single player modes. The system requirements are a little unclear and it looks like it only supports Windows right now, but from what I can tell — it looks like a lot of fun.

  • Requirements: Windows XP, Vista or 7
  • Developer: ORANGEfps

Earth Eternal

Earth Eternal

Earth Eternal

Earth Eternal is a cartoonish-themed MMO where players have access to 22 character types, ranging from bear-like creatures to rabbit-like creatures. Characters can be customized and players are able to roam through lots of different 3D landscape types while combating other players.

Phosphor

Phosphor

Phosphor

Phosphor is a first-person shooter currently in its second beta. It runs on Shockwave and the 3D graphics aren’t anything you’ll gawk over but it can be a pretty fun online multiplayer game.

  • Requirements: Adobe Shockwave 11.5.1
  • Developer: Rasterwerks

Battlefield Heroes

Battlefield Heroes

Battlefield Heroes

Battlefield Heros is another cartoonish-themed 3D shooter, which is being developed by EA (a pretty big name in the gaming industry). The graphics look pretty great and players are able to customize their characters while ranking up as they play.

Gilfor’s Tales

Gilfor's Tales

Gilfor's Tales

Gilfor’s Tales is another fantasy-themed game with some pretty decent 2D/2.5D graphics and 3D characters, although Flash rendered. The characters are supposedly rendered in real-time, giving it a more immersive experience. Players create a team, explores and battles through the different landscapes, creatures and characters.

Imperion

Imperion

Imperion

Imperion is a space-themed game based in the year 2137 where three species fight to dominate the universe. Players develop new technologies, space ships, buildings, etc. It seems to have some pretty good graphics and fun gameplay but was released in mid-2009, so it’s still a very new game.

Reader Submitted Games

A few of our readers have submitted a couple browser-based games that would be great additions to the list, so we’ve added them below. We’ll keep adding game submissions from readers for awhile so keep’em comin!

InstantAction

InstantAction

InstantAction

InstantAction is a video game network sporting quite a few multiplayer titles, no downloads required. From what I hear, it’s workplace productivity poison so beware! (And have fun!) A few of the games include Fallen Empire: Legions, Marble Blast, Galcon, Rokkitball, Ace of Aces, Lore: Aftermath and more.

Submitted by John. Thanks!

Inix Game – Kal Online

Inix Game

Inix Game

Inix Game is offering Kal Online (reader submitted) and Project Shinru, both fantasy-themed games sporting pretty good graphics (although I haven’t played either yet). From what I could find, both games offer real-time 3D graphics but may be Windows only.

Submitted by Klaus. Thanks!

  • Requirements: Flash?, Not listed
  • Developer: INix Soft

Have Fun!

Games are a perfect example of how quickly web applications have advanced over the last few years and are increasingly advancing with time. There are tons of fun browser-based games available though so if you have a favorite, please share it with us in the comments below!