Browser games that are free in 2020? Damn right! Browser games have long been a staple of Internet gaming, so much so that it is is becoming better as we speak!
With the lock-down fully in place for the foreseeable future, you need something else to do, right? So instead of you endlessly scrolling your social media, why not try playing some browser games that are free? Forget about controllers, consoles, installations, and all that pizzazz. All you need is a mouse, a keyboard, a computer, and an Internet connection, and you’re all set!
I’ve compiled 20 of what I believe are some of the best free browser games that you can play from the comfort of your own home. Without further ado, let’s get right to it!
(You may need to download the Flash Player for some of these games. Click here to download! You only need to download this once!)
Okay, first off. This was an awesome game. I really fell in love with this game and really did some grinding to finish the challenges.
Okay, before anything else, a quick background on Newgrounds.com. Newgrounds started in 1995 as a site for point and click games. It’s popularity increased in 1999 when other Flash artists (they make short videos on Flash when Flash was still “the” thing) wanted to host their videos on the site. It just grew and grew into the site it is today.
It has everything, from games, videos, audio content, artworks, etc., to a large community of content creators and reviews. The site is still going strong to this day, and it doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon.
So, the game itself. Newgrounds Rumble is a 2D sidescroller fighting game wherein you get to use characters from Newgrounds. Even if you’re not familiar with the characters, you’ll still love this game. Each character has their own unique moveset and animations, and they also have their own story arc if you play the story mode.
The levels are pretty neat as well. The difficulty was also coded well, as it doesn’t just increase damage, it radically affects how the AI fight. I remember being so invested in this game that I once broke a mouse because I was so frustrated at how hard the game is. Ahh those were the days.
Okay, I might be cheating here, but hear me out. The “Papa” games are basically cooking games wherein you get to play as a cook that is starting work at one of Papa’s restaurants. There are 18 total Papa games that you can play, which are:
- Papa’s Scooperia (Ice cream)
- Papa’s Sushiria (Sushi)
- Papa’s Bakeria (Cakes and pies)
- Papa’s Cheeseria (Cheeses)
- Papa’s Donuteria (Donuts)
- Papa’s Pastaria (Pasta)
- Papa’s Cupcakeria (Cupcakes)
- Papa’s Hotdoggeria (Hotdogs)
- Papa’s Wingeria (Chicken Wings)
- Papa’s Pancakeria (Pancakes, my favorite)
- Papa’s Freezeria (Sundaes)
- Papa’s Taco Mia (Tacos)
- Papa’s Burgeria (Burgers)
- Papa’s Pizzeria (Pizza)
That’s a lot.
There are some games in the “Papa universe”(sure let’s call it that), that is not necessarily about cooking, but is still within the “Papa” games line. These games are a real treat, really good way to spend your time and relax from working, and a good way to de-stress. The artwork is great, the designs of the food look good (I almost want to eat them), and the gameplay is fairly simple. I am sure you’ll be hungry after you play a couple of these games.
If you’re looking for a nostalgic experience, I suggest you play this game. Basically the game plays like the original Super Mario Bros., but instead of just using Mario as the playable character, you get to choose between characters from other games that are legendary in the gaming world, such as Contra, Metroid, Megaman, Castlevania, Legend of Zelda, etc.
You can tell a lot of work has been done on this game, as you can also choose what weapon each character would wield, their skin, the level’s design (the screenshot above is just one of many designs), the enemies, the difficulty, and lots more. It’s a really great game to pass the time, and if you’re lookng to relive the games of yonder old, then play this!
If you want a simple puzzle game, then this game is for you. Basically you control a demon creature that shoots harpoons up to the ceiling. The objective is to pop the bouncing bubbles. The level ends when all the bubbles are popped. Really simple gameplay with easy controls. There’s even a two player mode if you want to play with your sibling, or even your kids! Really great way to past the time. Pop those bubbles!
If you fancy a cooperative browser game or you wanna play two characters in one go, then look no further than Fireboy and Watergirl! This is a puzzle game wherein you need to control the titular characters in a series of levels with different puzzles.
You can play both characters by yourself (each of them has their own control scheme, fairly simple), or you can enlist the help of your sibling, or parent, or anyone for that matter. You cannot finish a level with using only one character. You have to use both of them in order to solve puzzles and progress. This game is a good way to bond with family and friends, and helps you exercise the mind. Good game!
The Boxhead series of games is all about zombies. You are shaped like a box (hence the name Boxhead). You must kill all zombies. That’s it. The game I’ve linked here is a one-player or two-player game cooperative game wherein you need to strategize to survive a zombie horde attack for as long as possible. You have different weapons and tools at your disposal to help you. This game also features a versus mode, where you and another player can fight. Really cool. If you like shooting zombies, this is the game for you.
WARNING: REALLY ADDICTIVE. PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK
Remember those “Snake” games you used to play on your Nokia 3310 phone? Yep, that’s basically what Slither is. The only difference is that it’s online, meaning you will meet other players. Basically you control a snake, and you must eat these little pellets in order to grow longer.
You must avoid other snakes so you won’t bump into them. Bumping into one means game over, and any progress you had will be gone. The objective of this game is to grow as long as possible for a high score. It’s simple, but trust me, you’ll get hooked in an instant.
For all the zombie lovers out there, this game is for you. The Last Stand is a survival game that pits you against hordes of zombies. You have to survive each night inside a base of sorts, with hordes of zombies getting bigger in number and tougher. Some levels have zombies that carry a weapon. If you kill said zombie, it will grant you the weapon it is holding.
You can upgrade your base, buy more weapons, get survivors to help you defend your base, etc. It’s a really good zombie survival game. I highly recommend it if you have an hour of free time to spend. There is a sequel to this game, which is bigger in scope, and more zombies! There’s even an RPG of this game! Really fun!
For some reason, I found this strangely addictive.
I mean, the gameplay is VERY simple. You go on battles, well more like watch because you don’t really control the character, only when you are gonna use a skill or an item do you control them. Anyway you go on these arena battles, you progress automatically until you encounter an enemy too tough for you, so you die. Then you have to train and upgrade your character until he is strong enough to progress through the arena.
The objective of the game is to beat all arena enemies. That’s basically it. It’s very straightforward, yet there’s something weirdly addictive about watching a cartoon fighting another cartoon and you only get to upgrade the character. Dunno, maybe it’s just me.
If you’re familiar with the game Portal (I’ll review that game soon, I promise!), you’ll love the Flash version. It is a 2D sidescrolling puzzle-adventure game that is essentially a 2D version of the game Portal. The only takeaway with the Flash version is its wonky controls, but a really good game if you really want to pump up those brain juices of yours. You have to think outside the box, or in this case, with portals!
If you really want to get your brain pumping out those analytical juices, this is the game for you. You are put into a situation wherein you need to figure out how to escape. You have to use your keen observation skills and analytical brouhaha to figure out puzzles and escape. The second one in this series (the one pictured above) is different, as you need to figure out how to defend yourself from an incoming zombie horde attack. Really good, I recommend this game if you want to test your mental mettle.
Another puzzle platformer to get your brain moving is Rotate. You control a person with the ability to “rotate gravity”. You are then put into a series of test chambers to test your abilities. You have to figure out how to exit each room using your ability. You have to avoid traps, and figure out when and where to rotate the playing area in order to progress. If you like puzzle platformers that tend to give you a headache because of the thinking involved, then this is your game.
One of my favorites, this game is absolutely fun. Basically you have to upgrade your bison (aptly named Burrito Bison), for him to be able to escape the Gummy Bears’ world. You upgrade by getting money, which you get by slamming your large body towards helpless gummy bears.
What makes this game unique is the fact that every upgrade makes you stronger, which in turns allows you to go farther. Each run you make will significantly give you more money, which you can use for upgrades, which in turn make you stronger and tougher, which takes you farther and farther on the level, which will give you money, well you get the idea. You can also buy special skills to help you on your sweet quest for freedom. I highly recommend this game if you’re into the ol’ upgrade games.
Ahh, sometimes it’s just nice to go back to the basics, right? I’m pretty sure even those who aren’t a gamer have heard of Tetris. One of the pioneers of the gaming industry. There’s a lot, I mean a LOT of Tetris browser games on the Internet, each with their own twist on the game. But sometimes it’s nice to just go back to the plain old game we all know and love. This game needs no explanation, right?
15. Bomb It 6
Everybody’s familiar with the Bomberman game, right? Well this game is like that, but it has its own twist. You plant bombs to temporarily eliminate your opponents. The bombs has to hit opponents (of course) in order for them to be eliminated. The game I have here has different game modes, from survival, to battle royale, it’s a fun game overall. It also has a two player game mode. You can play with a loved one, or against a loved one. Kids would love this game.
16. Kingdom Rush
If you’re a fan of the tower defense genre, then this is the game for you. Kingdom Rush sends you back to the medieval period, fighting off waves of enemies to defend your kingdom. You have to strategically place towers within designated places. The fun lies in the strategy and tactical approach to a level. You have to know where to place a tower to maximize its damage output, and you also have to know when to upgrade a tower. It’s really fun, especially if you’re a fan of strategy games. This is one of the most well known browser games on the Internet. Really fun and really simple to play.
17. Earn To Die
This game is just like Burrito Bison: Revenge. But, instead of a bison, you drive a car. And instead of smashing gummy bears, you have to run over zombies. Yeah, that escalated rather quickly.
This game is for mature audiences out there who fancy themselves a little gore on the side. And zombies, you cannot go wrong with zombies. Running over zombies while upgrading your ride couldn’t get any better than this!
Ahhh yes, the good old days of Flash gaming. This was one of the more underrated ones. With this game, you have to defend your castle (hence the name) from stickmen. Yes, stickmen. They will attack your castle by knocking on its doors repeatedly. And how do you defend your castle?
Well simple. You have to use your mouse to pick up the stickmen, and throw them up in the air. Yes. That’s how you defend your castle. But you have to throw them high enough so when they fall, they turn into mush. If you pick them up and throw them too low to the ground, they would simply fall down and get up. As you progress through the game, it gets harder and harder. This game tests your reflexes. It’s a really fun, albeit challenging game. The old games never fail.
19. Stick War
Another stick figure game, eh? This time, it is a real time strategy game. If you’re familiar with popular RTS games like Warcraft, Starcraft, and Red Alert, then you’ll like Stick War. You have to mine resources by creating miners. The resources can be used to create defenses for your base, and train warriors for your army.
The objective is simple: destroy the opposing enemy’s monument to win. Each level gets more difficult, and you have to be on your toes as the strategy you deploy can change in a heartbeat (hence “real time” strategy). For the RTS game lovers out there, this game is for you.
Okay, this game was part of my childhood. I remember spending hours and hours playing this game. When this game was at its peak, you couldn’t even log in due to the amount of players in a server. I remember trying and trying to log in, and feeling that sense of accomplishment wash over you as you finally are able to get in the server. Good times.
AdventureQuest is a point and click adventure RPG game developed by Artix Entertainment. They have a lot of games under their belt, but AdventureQuest is their very first one. It’s their baby, and it’s being well taken cared of. What’s appealing about this game is that you can basically become whatever you want. From a mage, to a fighter, to an assassin, even become a werewolf!
There’s a lot to do in this game. It has its own lore, lots of characters, even lots more monsters, and a ton, I mean a TON of weapons, armor, shields, and pets. They have really done a lot with this game. I remember when it was this badly drawn game that at the time, was also strangely addicting. Now, everything has improved, and it looks like there’s no end in sight yet for this game. Try it for yourself, it’s free to sign up.
Got any more best browser games for free that you can recommend? Write them down in the comments below! Thanks for reading!