Browser games were all the rage back in the day thanks to websites like Miniclip and Newgrounds. Nowadays, it may seem like these types of titles are no longer popular but that’s not actually the case. In fact, these games are now better than ever and slowly catching up with their PC and console counterparts in terms of graphics and gameplay.
So why would you bother with these types of games when there are so many great titles to choose from on PC and consoles? Well, the main advantage is that you don’t need a dedicated gaming system in order to play them. You pretty much only need a browser and an internet connection and you’re good to go. In addition, these types of games tend to be free. And who doesn’t like free games?
The only problem with these games is that there are so many of them to choose from. But don’t worry because that’s what we’re here for. We scoured the internet and put together a list of some of the best browser games in this genre you can play in 2019. With that in mind and in no particular order, let’s jump straight into our picks.
#1. Game of Thrones – Winter is Coming
The show may be over but that doesn’t mean you should abandon the Game of Thrones universe altogether. Winter is Coming is an officially licensed browser game set in multiple locations across Westeros, from Winterfell to King’s Landing. The game was developed in Unity and plays like an RTS with some RPG elements thrown into the mix.
#2. League of Angels III
This is definitely one of the most well-known top game right now. You’re probably at least vaguely familiar with League of Angels III as ads for this game seem to pop up everywhere you look on the internet. The ads certainly make League of Angels III look more exciting than it actually is. However, this simplistic MMORPG is actually pretty interesting once you really get into it.
Moving on to something a bit less flashy, we have Slither. This one is essentially a modern take on Snake, the popular Nokia phone game from way back in the day. The goal is the same as always – eat dots in order to get bigger and bigger. The main difference between Slither and Snake – aside from the graphics – is that here you’re competing against other players. That makes things a lot more interesting, especially since bumping into them means game over.
Powerline is basically the same as Slither but with a couple of interesting twists. For example, getting close to enemy players will boost your speed and the game only allows a certain number of players per room. There’s also a marker on the minimap that shows you the location of the highest-ranking player so you can try to take him out, or die trying. Usually the latter.
#5. Vikings: War of Clans
Vikings: War of Clans is a Norse-themed strategy game partially inspired by the ever-popular Clash of Clans. As it’s often the case with these types of games, you start off with only a small village under your command and must work your way up from there. The goal is to conquer rival clans and expand your territory while also improving the combat capabilities of your warriors at the same time.
#6. My Soul
Ever thought about taking characters from Soul Calibur and putting them into an action RPG? Well, there’s no need because this game is pretty much exactly what I just described. My Soul is a free-to-play ARPG based on the Soul Calibur series where you get to play as one of four iconic characters – Ivy, Nightmare, Tira or Siegfried. Improve your abilities, unlock new gear and collect stylish mounts as you make your way through the world of My Soul.
The fact that Doom can be played on pretty much anything has become a meme at this point. Throughout the years the classic FPS was somehow made to run on microwaves, billboard trucks, ATM, and more. So, of course, it will also run in your browser. If you haven’t experienced this legendary title before, I strongly urge you to give it a try because it’s an important part of gaming history.
#8. Dark Orbit Reloaded
Dark Orbit is one of the coolest looking game you can get your hands on right now. The title draws inspiration from classic arcade games while also adding a few space sim elements into the mix. Although you can play alone, Dark Orbit is a lot more fun if you have a couple of friends who can tag along as you explore the far reaches of space.
#9. The Wiki Game
Wikipedia is one of the most popular and useful websites on the internet. But I’m sure you already knew that. What you probably didn’t know is that there’s a browser game out there that takes place entirely on the website. The Wiki Game starts you off on a random Wikipedia page and tasks you with reaching another completely unrelated page by using your wits and creativity. The game is pretty complicated but very rewarding once you eventually manage to reach your goal.
#10. Forge of Empires
Forge of Empires is a very popular RTS where you start off in the Stone Age with a small settlement and have to establish an empire that gradually expands as you progress through various historical periods. Sounds familiar? It should because that’s the basic premise behind the Civilization series, which heavily inspired Forge of Empires. The other main source of inspiration was the highly-acclaimed Age of Empires series. Overall, a very good mix.
#11. Line Rider
Line Rider is a minimalistic physics-based drawing game that puts your creativity to the test. The game simply involves drawing a track from the top-left of the screen to the bottom right. The line acts as a slope that you can descend on using a sled. Simple, right? Technically, yes, but you can make the track as complicated as you want by letting your imagination run wild. It doesn’t sound very exciting when you describe it but go check it out and you’ll see why we decided to put in on our list.
Kugeln is a very fun team-based game that plays very similar to Worms. The difference is that Kugeln is a lot more fast-paced and doesn’t feature nearly as many weapons. But while the game lacks in weapon variety, it definitely makes up for it with its frantic combat. Kugeln is a 3v3 game where each round only lasts a few minutes so it’s not a time sink but it can keep you entertained for a while nevertheless.
#13. Pokemon Showdown
Loved Pokemon Go but missed the traditional combat system we all know and love? If that’s the case, you should check out Pokemon Showdown. This game skips over all the busy work and pits you directly against other trainers from the get-go. Build your team from scratch or choose a random one and jump straight into the action. Catching and training Pokemon is an essential part of the series but sometimes you just want to battle and forget about everything else. That’s exactly what Pokemon Showdown provides.
#14. Street Skater
We haven’t really talked a lot about the retro game up until now so let’s change that. Street Skater is pixelated skating game that plays like a traditional side-scroller. The aim is to collect as many coins as you can while traversing the map and doing your best to perform neat tricks in order to get more points. The twist is that you immediately die if you bump into a large obstacle. If and when that happens, you’ll need to start from the beginning of the level all over again.
Elvenar is another popular strategy game where you start off with a small city that you’ll gradually need to expand into a sprawling empire. The game features two playable races – elves and humans. Each race plays a bit different, with the elves being well-versed in the magical arts while the humans are masters of warfare. There’s quite a lot of content to experience here so make sure to set aside some time if you plan on checking out Elvenar.
Everybody wants to travel the world but few people have the opportunity to actually do it. Well, this game can satiate your thirst for travel just a little bit because it allows you to explore locations all over the world directly from your computer. Geoguessr shows you various places in Google Street View and asks you to guess their location. The game is quite challenging but definitely loads of fun.
#17. Blast Arena
Blast Arena is essentially an updated version of Bomberman. The game starts you off inside an arena composed of squares, some of which can be destroyed. Plant bombs to destroy squares and walls in an attempt to reveal various items and power-ups. The game pits you up against a handful of other players trying to achieve the same goal so it doesn’t take long for chaos to ensue inside the arena.
Agar is a minimalistic browser game that may not seem all that interesting at first. However, once you play a couple of rounds you’ll quickly realize that it’s actually a lot of fun. You start off as a small circle and have to eat dots to gradually grow in size. The bigger you get, the slower you move but once you reach a certain size you’ll be able to eat other players in addition to dots. If you’re good, you can become absolutely humongous and that’s when the real fun begins.
#19. Pocket Tanks
Pocket Tanks may look simplistic but there’s quite a bit of strategy involved. You take control of a tank and have to destroy other players by using your cannon. The strategy aspect comes from the fact that you’ll need to carefully adjust the angle and intensity of your shots in order to hit your opponents. The game isn’t much of a looker but you can definitely have a couple of hours of fun with it.
Nightpoint is one of the awesome game for players who enjoy taking on endless hordes of zombies. The game plays like a top-down endless shooter where you roam around an infested city and try to kill everything that moves. You start off with a pretty basic gun but get to unlock increasingly better weapons as you progress. The main selling point of this one is that you’re not the only one trying to rid the city of zombies. You’ll come across other players at every corner and they’re not exactly friendly toward you. Watch your back!
You may remember that the game 2048 was all the rage a couple of years ago. Well, Threes is a spiritual successor of sorts that plays very similar to 2048. The goal is to create the largest possible number by combining various smaller numbers into multiples of threes. You create your first three by combing one and two. You then combine three with another three to get a six and so on. The challenging part is that the whole board shifts whenever you make a move so you’ll need to be careful because the board can fill up very quickly.
#22. War Brokers
Last but now least we have War Brokers, a first-person shooter that looks a lot like Minecraft but plays like PUBG. The game features a Battle Royale mode that follows the classic formula – drop out of an airplane, collect loot, shoot your opponents, and try to be the last player standing. The twist is that the game contains various military vehicles in addition to a large selection of guns. If you can’t hit your target with a rifle, you can always try with a tank.
Browser games are alive and well in 2019. Though most of them still can’t hold a candle to PC and console games, you can definitely find some very good ones out there that will help you pass the time. The games we covered in this article are some of our favorites but there are a lot more good ones where these came from. Make sure to browse around the websites we linked in this article if you’re looking for even more interesting games.