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The Best (Really) Free Online Games Sites

Updated on April 28, 2011
Visit the best free online games sites and play until you drop.  Photo by Aaron Jacobs
Visit the best free online games sites and play until you drop. Photo by Aaron Jacobs

What makes the best really free online games site?

When I'm looking for a free online game to play, these are the most important features which I look out for in a free games site:

  • Free should mean free - if it's play for free until you get addicted, then you have to pay a fee to progress to higher levels, then no thanks, I'm not interested.
  • No signups - I don't want to have to sign up for your 'free' newsletter and I don't want to have to log in to play a straightforward game.
  • No annoying adverts - this speaks for itself really. I don't mind unobtrusive ads (heck, we've all got to make a living, and the site is providing a free service after all). But I don't want to see garish, flickering distractions or lots of popups - I need all my concentration to play the game.
  • No toolbars to install - optional toolbars are OK, but I don't want to have to install any to play.
  • Good choice of games - the best free online games sites will have a variety of different games to suit all interests.

I like to be able to visit a site, find an interesting game and get on with it straight away, without having to register or download anything. When I find a game that I really enjoy and want to go back to, I don't mind registering so that my scores can be saved, but it has to be my choice.

Miniclip
Miniclip

Miniclip Games Video

Miniclip

Miniclip claims 43 million unique users a month, and with their outstanding collection of over 300 free online games, it's easy to see why.

As well as the more popular games such as action, sports and shoot 'em ups, there are other collections such as brain training games, multiplayer games and political games (including a great Presidential Paintball game featuring Clinton, Obama and Giuliano). There is even a collection of games which can be played on your Nintendo Wii.

If you have your own blog or website, Miniclip offer a set of games which you can embed into your site.

Play free online games at Miniclip.

Orisinal
Orisinal

Winterbells on Orisinal

Orisinal

Orisinal offers a set of 59 very original, beautifully drawn Flash games, created by Ferry Halim. Many of the games feature cute animals, with gorgeous backgrounds and relaxing music.

Winterbells is one of the most popular games on the Orisinal site. It involves guiding a white rabbit gently up through the night sky by leaping onto the white bells, which get smaller as you progress.

Orsinal is a great site to visit when you are feeling stressed out or tired. The games are intriguing enough to occupy your mind, while the music and soft colors encourage you to relax.

Play free online games at Orisinal

Nitrome
Nitrome

Clips of Nitrome Games

Nitrome

Nitrome games are a treat for your eyes with their beautiful colors and pixel art styling. Although the games are modern, they have a retro feel, and are accompanied by some great music tracks.

The games are original and interesting to play, although some of them are too difficult for me. One of my favorites is Yin Yang, where you have to control two characters, one black one white, who move in opposite directions to each other in different worlds at the same time.

Highly recommended - definitely worth a visit if you have a spare hour or two.

Play free online games at Nitrome.

Andkon Arcade
Andkon Arcade

Linerider Sk8park on Andkon

Andkon Arcade

Andkon Arcade has over 1000 free Flash games for you to play.

The games are divided into categories, including, Sport, Adventure and Action, Casino and Chance, Racing and Car games, Fly 'n' Shoot, Quick Reflex, Puzzle, Missile Defender, Obstacle and Skill games, Pong, Tetris and Block Games.

The video shows one of the draw and play games where you design and draw your own track.

The site is updated with new games every Friday, so keep checking back to make sure you don't miss any.

Play free online games at Andkon Arcade.

Matica
Matica

Sudoku Drop Game

Matica

Although only offering a small collection of games, Matica is definitely worth a visit as it has some quite addictive and original online games.

Matica Brain Gym is a great brain training workout. You can play in quick play mode without registering. However, if you enjoy playing the game and feel it's doing your brain some good, you can register and then your scores will be stored for you, so you can see how you are improving day by day.

Another good game on this site is the Sudoku. Unline the traditional sudoku game, you start with a blank grid and numbers appear at the top - you have to think quickly and place them where they will keep to sudoku rules (a bit like Tetris, but with numbers instead of shapes).

Play free online games on Matica.

Kewlbox
Kewlbox

Kewlbox Game

Kewlbox

Kewlbox is the launchpad for games created by Blockdot, who specialize in Advergames and viral marketing campaigns. There's a nice collection of games here. Some of them show an advertisement while the game is loading, but that doesn't spoil them.

Popular games on Kewlbox include Saw IV Trapped, Tax Smack (take out your tax rage on your virtual accountant) and Berry Brawl (have a fruit fight).

Many of the games on Kewlbox can be downloaded for Windows or Macs, as well as having play online versions.

Play free online games at Kewlbox.

Are you bored?

If you're sitting in front of a computer with internet access, there's no excuse for boredom. All you need to do is check out the best free online games sites and you need never be bored again.

Online you will find every type of game to play for free: classic arcade games, shoot 'em ups, puzzle games, card games, word games, motorsports games, platform games, MMO (massively multiplayer online) games, action games, adventure games, board games, casino games, sports games, strategy games plus lots of games for kids.

You will find games to suit every mood. As well as games which are purely for fun, there are games to improve your mind and even some which will help you to relax.

Troubleshooting

If you can't get online games to load, make sure you've got the latest versions of Adobe Flash and Adobe Shockwave. Most online games need either Flash or Shockwave to run, and they're both available as free downloads.

Download the latest version of Adobe Flash and Adobe Shockwave.

Comments - which is your favorite online games site?

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      sim71 9 years ago from Norwich, Norfolk, UK

      Hey, I'm gonna check these out they sound great.

      I play a MMORPG called darkswords, which is free and very addictive!

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      caspar 9 years ago from UK

      Thanks Sim71. I love the Orisinal games - they're great to play and beautiful to look at too.

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      Jarai 9 years ago from Boston

      Love all of those sites. Free games are great for a little down time in life.

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      caspar 9 years ago from UK

      A little down time is good for us, Jarai, but I find it too easy to get carried away with these games and then I don't get enough 'up' time!

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      Shaddie 9 years ago from Washington state

      Orisinal, YES! I absolutely love that website and have been a diehard player of both the lilypad frog game and the new deer game that they implimented. Thanks for sharing your list (and acknowledging the best free game site in the world)!

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      aoleon 9 years ago

      These are some cool sites!

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      Stephanie Stewart 8 years ago

      Well, my site, WISEOZ.com, passes all but the log-in point. We require people to log-in because we award prizes and require their personal information in order to ship prizes to them. Anyhow, if you're interested .... WISEOZ.com is a free contest-based community where people win prizes, participate, socialize, and connect through play-as-you-please games called “WiseWits”. If you prefer analogies, it's like The Rat Race meets The Da Vinci Code. WiseWits require an individual, or team, to apply experience, creativity, and know-how to solve clues (in the form of puzzles, image/video hunts, trivia, teasers, creative tasks, and riddles) across the virtual world by seeking out information or performing certain tasks.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      great game online, nice to try it.thanks

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      Azad Faliv 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Free games are a great way to take a little break away from your work, as long as you don't take too long of a break! When you work on a computer all day long sometimes, you just want to have some fun and clear your mind and these websites are a good "getaway."

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      kephrira 8 years ago from Birmingham

      Great hub, lots of useful info and really nicely put together. For a niche free games site that fits your requirements of what makes the best sites but which only features martial arts and fighting games take a look at http://www.games.onlinefightvideo.com

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      gurgel1 8 years ago from profile

      miniclip is awesome!!!!!

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      Duncan 7 years ago

      Nice hub.

      I especially love Nitrome for frittering away the hours. You might want to add these free maths games to the kids' site list - www.whizz.com/maths/addition.html. Should keep the budding mathematicians entertained for a while.

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      Youniverse World 7 years ago from USA, New York

      Kewlbox is super cool game, I love :)

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      Shubhadevi 7 years ago

      It is really a great effort to share the free sites to play games!! will check on to all these cool sites.

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      Luke Alexander 7 years ago

      Thanks! It's nice to know there are several games to choose and play for free.

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      Mike 7 years ago

      A few more for you all

      http://www.gameprison.com

      http://www.gamecrash.com

      http://www.flash-games-master.com

      http;//www.super-flash-games.com

      All the best and thanks for a great review.

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      confident 7 years ago

      a good site to play free flash games is

      http://jogajogos.org

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      aniseo 7 years ago

      Nice post, very interesting article for reviews :)

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      jocurileus 7 years ago from Romania

      Nice how you explained about all the websites. Great post/hub ++rep

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      Robert 7 years ago

      My favorite video game in the UNIVERCE is Adventure Quest Worlds a multi player game in which players team up and try and defeat the 13 lords of chaos.Players are allowed to level up and buy different weapons and armors with gold and adventure coins (AC) players CAN chat with each other (depending on which server you choose so you don't have 4 year olds being called names) you can see your friends (well if they play the game) and sometimes if your lucky you can bump into one of the creators of the game and chat with them!!!(and yes they are real people look it up if you have to)Also the game is upgraded weekly so you will never be bored.You CAN upgrade your acount or buy one of there products but those are opptional (but if you REALLY like there game and you want them to get payed you should) And on hoillidays and on the game's birthday you can get speical gift or witness a new scenery!This game is approprite for children of all ages ( parents if you do not trust me look at the "for parents" page if you do not trust them ask a friend that plays it)

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      BobGM 7 years ago

      Try this game called Dreamworld. Pick from warrior, wizard or gunner and upgrade your class and items. Fight monsters and against other players, or make friends and a guild.

      Try it at: http://www.kongregate.com/games/kingk/dream-world?...

      Have fun.

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      madeline Oscar 7 years ago

      I heard of miniclip. But the other two site I never heard of. Thanks for Sharing the Information.

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      plussizepixie 7 years ago

      What about http://www.king.com - yes you have to sign up and log in but tons of free games

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      Jenny 7 years ago

      Hey nice list - I'll try some of them.

      Cheers

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      Dana Rock 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Nice job!

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      Suzy  6 years ago

      These sound great but for those who enjoy horses, here's one more to check out.

      http://www.horseeden.com/index.php?referral=18538

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      hubpageswriter1 6 years ago

      great hub love how you set out the paragrahs and went into so much detaile i have looked at qwite a few of your hubs there all so good. You should take a look at my free online games sites it fits basicaly all which you said maid a good free online games site. www.freeonlinekillinggames.net/

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      Arnold Galtine 6 years ago

      I agree with everyone. For me flash games are the best cause it doesn't required installation. I been playing car games at TopSpeed.com, go ahead and check it out..hope you enjoy like the way that i feel.:)

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      shoukat ali45 6 years ago

      So, what should you look for in a psp game download site? What are the things that you have to consider when you decide which one to stay? There are quite a number of factors or criteria to answer this question.

      The first thing you should

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      minerva2athena 6 years ago

      Best-flashgames.org has over 2000+ free flash games.

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      JArvinV 6 years ago from FL

      Thanks for this resource! I love playing online games and I've been looking for some new ones to get into.

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