20 of the Best Online Games

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Games are a fun way to pass the time, but often, PC games come with a massive price tag. Not everyone has hundreds of dollars to spend, and that’s where online games come in. They are the ideal counterpoint to expensive games, as they are just as fun but they have an economical price.

Not to mention, there’s something for everyone when it comes to online games, whether you want to play first-person shooting games or solve a math puzzle. 

Coming up are 20 of the best online games. 

20. Best Online Games: Die 2 Nite

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A text-based online multiplayer zombie game, Die 2 Nite presents a witty, dark, humorous side to its players, greeting them with messages at the start of the game that state, “Be positive! You’re going to die. Every time.” 

A positive encouragement, of course, but players in the game need to work with others to build defenses so that when the clock hits 23:00, and the zombies come out, they can protect themselves.

The game has a way of making people forget that it’s just a virtual world, and we suppose that if you’ve ever wanted to live through an apocalypse, this is the game for you. 

19. Best Online Games: Wonderputt

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Not everyone loves to golf (though I personally don’t understand that one), but most people can be convinced to play a round or two of crazy golf.

Wonderputt is a great game for those who enjoy crazy golf because it gives us the kind of crazy we can only imagine. I mean, the game lets players play mini-golf courses that feature ski slopes, herds of sheep, lily pads, and UFOs. So, in other words, not your “normal” crazy golf course. 

To top it off, the course constantly changes throughout the game, so even if you think you’re on a roll, think again.

Everything could change on the next hole. 

18. Best Online Games: Polycraft

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The game itself is simple: collect supplies, explore dungeons, and build bases. But it’s more than that: it’s addicting. Try to put it down and see what happens. Seriously. It’s like a cross of Zelda and Crash Bandicoot.

The addictiveness of the game also helps that Polycraft is available on different mediums, such as an app from the Chrome Web Store. It can also be played in any online browser using HTML5. 

17. Best Online Games: Tanki Online

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Driving tanks and killing the enemy—what more could gamers want? Tanki Online is a simple game that really just involves destroying all of the tanks, and fighting your enemies in different ways. Pound them repeatedly, or leave them cold with the freeze gun—it’s up to you, Sergeant. 

Expect difficulty maneuvering the tank, but know that the rewards are worth it. 

16. Best Online Games: Abobo’s Big Adventure

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This game features Abobo, who battles through different NES-themed levels to rescue his son, who has been kidnapped.

A simple concept, but the game is full of references to the 80s and is a clear nod to games like Mega Man, Mario, and Zelda. If, however, you are, say, a millennial, you will still get a kick out of this game, despite not knowing a lot of the references. Let’s just say that if you appreciate toilet humor, you’ll appreciate Abobo’s Big Adventure. 

15. Best Online Games: Superhot

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Superhot is both a unique and fun browser-based game. It is a first-person shooter game, where time is at a standstill. This means players have more time to come up with strategies. The game is a nice blend of FPS games with turn-based strategy mechanics. 

14. Best Online Games: Runescape

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Runescape might be one of the most popular multiplayer online role-playing games out there. Set in a medieval location, players run into the likes of goblins, dragons, and kings and queens. The game has been around for more than 15 years, proving it’s worth as well as the fact that human beings never tire of fighting, trading, and playing games with other players in the medieval world of Gielinor. 

The game is very, very addicting, however. Just putting that out there. You’ve been warned. 

13. Best Online Games: Slither.io

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This game is very much like Pac-Man, but it involves snakes. So naturally, it’s not going to be for everyone, but if you have no problem looking at long reptilians, it’s a fun and challenging game. 

The point is to eat as many dots as possible. Your cursor controls a snake, and the challenge is to avoid the other snakes around you, as coming into contact with one means game-over. To know your score, it is measured by the length of your snake. The longer, the better. 

12. Best Online Games: Wolfenstein 3D

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Wolfenstein 3D may not be like most first-person shooting games now, but it is the basis of the entire genre.

If you’re a fan of these games, you should play Wolfenstein 3D at least once, as you will see how this particular genre of game has improved since 1994. It also helps that the premise of the game is easy (kill the Nazis), which means both beginners and experienced gamers can enjoy it. 

11. Best Online Games: Spaceplan

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Look, we don’t want to encourage playing online games while at work, or in college lectures, but if you’re going to do it anyway, we may as well give you the best option. Right? Right. 

Spaceplan is essentially a repetitive clicking game with witty dialogue. Players spend the majority of their time fixing a ship. Players can also build various things to help repair the ship, and once it’s up and running, you can then go and navigate through space.

It’s an ideal game to play while you have other tasks at hand, as you spend most of your time in the game accumulating watts to power different things that will help with the ship’s repair. Keep it in another tab, and check in every now and then, and you’re good. 

10. Best Online Games: Japanese Breakquest

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While this online game is slightly bizarre, if you’re a fan of indie music, we’re going to go ahead and say it’s a good option for you.

Made by the indie artist Japanese Breakfast, the game expands on one of her music videos where she is stuck on a spaceship with her AI lover, whom she tries to build a mechanical body for. The game features a lot of Japanese Breakfast’s music, as well as adding in several references that indie fans are bound to pick up on. 

9. Best Online Games: A Dark Room

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To be honest, there aren’t a lot of story-driven browser games out there, so, of course, we had to mention A Dark Room. Then again, even if there was a wide selection of these games, this game is still in a category of its own. 

The story begins by taking players to a cold room where all they can do is light a fire and attempt to keep the flame going. On the left side of the screen, there is text that explains what is going on around you. The narrative is heavily survival-based, and as the game goes on, players will have to make certain choices that will have an influence on the events that occur in A Dark Room. 

8. Best Online Games: Spelunky HTML 5

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Yes, it’s true that this game has been around for a while, but that doesn’t mean players should underestimate it. And while the goal of the game is simply to collect as much loot as possible in different underground tunnels, it’s actually much harder than it sounds. This has to do with the fact that most of the underground tunnels have several traps players might succumb too.

There are also enemies hiding in the tunnels, so players have to remember to always keep their guard up. That, and they have to remember to use their whip, which, by default, players are equipped with as they explore the series of underground tunnels. 

7. Best Online Games: Samorost

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Samorost is a puzzle point-and-click adventure game created by Czech developer Amanita Design. The game centers around a small humanoid with a cap and brown boots, and the goal of the series is to solve various puzzles and brain teasers. 

It might not be the most advanced game, but it stimulates the brain, and many find it to be quirky and funny. 

6. Best Online Games: Frog Fractions

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Created by Jim Crawford, many claim Frog Fractions is an ode to Ron Gilbert and Jeff Minter. While on the surface level, the game may look dumb, but as the story develops, players will find themselves faced with more difficult tasks.

It’s one of those games where the less you know before you play, the better. 

5. Best Online Games: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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If you’re a fan of the original novel, chances are this online game is for you. It was, after all, created by Douglas Adams, the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

While released in 1984 for Apple II, this text-based adventure remains dear to our hearts as well as for those who were first introduced to the story all those years ago by Mr. Adams. 

4. Best Online Games: Robot Unicorn Attack

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The premise of the game is in the name: it’s about unicorn robots. The game itself is stylish and silly, but oh so addicting. Seriously. Try playing for 30 minutes, and you’ll find yourself adding an extra half hour to your timer. 

3. Best Online Games: Ztype

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Ztype is one of those games that looks easy, but the more you play, the more difficult it becomes. That said, it doesn’t mean the game isn’t fun to play at different levels. I mean, it’s essentially an arcade game, but instead of leaving your house and going to an arcade, you control the game via your keyboard.

In many ways, this game is educational, so if you’re playing in the middle of a college lecture, you know what excuse to use when your professor walks by. 

2. Best Online Games: Game of Bombs

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Players participate in 16-minute rounds in which they are expected to go into a field full of bombers and attempt to survive, all while collecting bonuses and trying to kill as many opponents as time will allow. 

The game is a huge multiplayer bomb battle, and there are different modes in the game, such as players vs monsters. 

1. Best Online Games: The Oregon Trail

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The Oregon Trail snags the number one spot on this list for two reasons. It was originally released in 1971 as an educational tool for students to learn about the experiences of the 19th-century pioneers on the Oregon Trail. However, the game rose in popularity due to its advanced graphics, gameplay, and the fact that it plays out like a modern-day survival game. 

In the game, players have to collect resources and hunt animals, but the most important thing is to try and avoid certain diseases that were common at the time, from measles and typhoid to cholera. After all, no one wants to deal with cholera while in the middle of a trail (if you know, you know) that extends from the Kansas River to Willamette Valley. 

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