How to Play PopCap Games for Free

Where to find these popular online games and apps

Over the years, PopCap Games has created some of the most addictive and well-known casual games on the market. Titles like Bejeweled and Peggle have stolen countless hours of our time due to being just so hard to put down.

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Unfortunately, PopCap Games retired many of their games over the years, and since EA acquired the company in 2011, almost every attempt to play an old PopCap Games title redirects you to where there's little help in finding a valid link where you can play or download the game for free.

If you haven't yet experienced the joy of a PopCap game, there are plenty of ways you can test a few of them out without dropping a dime.

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Bejeweled stars game challenge with a black cat.
PopCap Games

There are many different versions of this popular match-three puzzle game and just as many ways to play it for free. There are three versions: Classic, Blitz, and Stars.

If you're in the mood for a quick fix of jewel matching action, there's the excellent Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook, which has you playing the game in one-minute spurts. The same game runs on iOS and Android.

With the Bejeweled Stars edition — also available on Facebook, Android, and iOS — you have new ways to match the gems, lifting up gem-filled Clouds into different sections of the board to set off a cascade, moving Glaciers of gems around the board, and Currents that move strings of gems. You can connect and compete with friends, which turns it into a social game.

What We Like
  • Several iterations of the same game mean there are lots of places to play it

What We Don't Like
  • You need a mobile device to play the original Bejeweled Classic

Download for iOS app

Download for Android

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Plants vs. Zombies

Plants Vs Zombies cartoon game.
PopCap Games

Zombies are coming and you have only zombie-zapping plants to fight them off. This may be PopCap's most addictive game with hilarious strategy. 

The original Plants vs Zombies game is free for iPhone and Android users. There are over 25 zombies to battle in the 50 levels of Adventure mode.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has over 300 levels, some really challenging. The game is available for free for iPad and iPhone on the iOS App Store, and for Android devices via Google Play.

There's also a free Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes app for iOS and Android where you can collect heroes like Green Shadow, Super Brainz, Grass Knuckles, and Impfinity.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Deluxe Edition is available for purchase for PCs, Xbox One, and PS4.

What We Like
  • All three of these games work on mobile devices

What We Don't Like
  • There isn't a free web-based version

Download for iOS

Download for Android

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Two fish with colorful pebbles.
PopCap Games

Imagine pachinko mixed with an arcade game set in a magical land of unicorns, and you'll have Peggle: an excellent way to spend an afternoon (which may very well turn into an evening). The classic version is comprised of 55 levels featuring themes from the ultra-popular MMO World of Warcraft. ​

Currently, the only free version of Peggle is Peggle Blast. It's available for iOS and Android devices.

Although the classic Peggle game was retired by PopCap Games in 2017, you can download a free trial of Peggle Deluxe through Pogo. The game is free for one hour after which you can choose to buy it if you like. The classic Peggle game is available from Origin, too, possibly at a cheaper price than Pogo.

Get 60 levels in the night-themed Peggle Nights game. It's also from Pogo, so it's only free during the trial period.

Peggle 2 is the sequel to the original Peggle game, but it's not free to play. You can purchase Peggle 2 for Xbox and PS4.

What We Like
  • Peggle Blast can be played anywhere with the mobile app

  • Peggle Deluxe runs in full-screen mode or regular window mode

  • As you progress through Adventure mode, you can replay specific levels in Quick Play mode

  • Duel mode lets you play Peggle against the computer or a friend

What We Don't Like
  • The classic Peggle game is only free during the trial

Download for iOS

Download for Android

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Solitaire Blitz

Card game with an ocean theme.
PopCap Games

Solitaire Blitz is another game PopCap Games retired in 2017, but it's still 100 percent playable if you know where to look.

The easiest way for most people to play Solitaire Blitz is through the Facebook app. If you have Windows 8, you can also play through Pokki, which is a Start menu replacement program; once it's installed, use its built-in app store to download Solitaire Blitz.

The Solitaire Blitz game is a great way to have fun with little time because you can play short solitaire games and collect bits of treasure to solve the mystery of who sank the King's ship. You can see your Facebook friends who also play the game and what their scores are.

What We Like
  • Works anywhere through a browser

What We Don't Like
  • You have to have a Facebook account to play

  • No mobile app available to take the game with you

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Worm and books in a library.


If you like word games, you'll love Bookworm. From the collection of letter tiles, form as many words as you can. Just click and drag your mouse cursor through the tiles to make words from the scrambled letters

As you see the green tiles, use them in your words for more points, and be sure to get rid of the burning tiles before they reach the bottom of the board!

What We Like
  • No time limit, so it isn't stressful to play

  • Helps you learn new words

  • Shows your best and longest words after each round

What We Don't Like
  • No difficulty level; you have to play through each level every time you play


If Bookworm doesn't work through the ArcadeThunder link above, try Crazy Games.

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Insaniquarium Deluxe

Mermaid in the ocean with purple hair.


Insaniquarium Deluxe is a puzzle game from PopCap Games that features a tank of guppies that you have to feed via money the guppies drop. The money droppings are also used to buy upgrades, more creatures, and predators to help protect the tank from intruders.

This game is free during the one-hour trial period at Pogo. There's also a demo, and a link to buy the game, at Steam.

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