Places to Play Free Online Games

The best free games online

Taking a break in your day to play some free online games is a great way to just take a time out from the world for awhile. These free online games can relax you, get your brain working, or just simply give you a chance to have some fun and take a break from the day-to-day.

The websites below are the best places to go online to play free online games. You'll find hundreds of games that you can dive into without having to worry about spam, malware, or viruses.

You'll find a variety of free online games at these websites including puzzle games, action games, word games, arcade games, sport games, board games, and card games. There really is something for everyone!

I also have compiled some best of lists for online preschool games, car games, time wasters, and typing games.

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Pogo

Screenshot of the Pogo.com free online games website

What We Like

  • Includes single player and multiplayer games

  • Games are categorized into over 10 groups

  • The online games can be sorted by most popular

  • Some games can be downloaded to your computer

What We Don't Like

  • Includes ads

  • Some features work only if you pay

Pogo has around 200 free online games including puzzle, board, card, word, casino, hidden object, and arcade games that are all playable from their website.

There really is something for every type and age of game player at Pogo, and you'll easily find a number of games that will work your brain, relax it, or put you in competition with other online players.

Games can be browsed by category or you can scroll to the very bottom of Pogo and see every game listed alphabetically. Another way to view these online games is to see a full list of all the games offered by Pogo, which you can sort by most players online and the most popular games.

Some of the more popular games people play at Pogo include "YAHTZEE Party!," "Chess," "Rainy Day Spider Solitaire," Pogo Bowl," and "Word Whomp."

You can play most of the free online games at Pogo without registering but if you decide to, which is free, you'll be entered into prize drawings, be able to store your game stats, and earn tokens. However, some features are only accessible if you pay for Club Pogo.

There are also free game downloads here.

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Miniclip

Screenshot of the Miniclip.com free online games website

What We Like

  • Some games are exclusive to Miniclip

  • Over 60 game categories

  • It's easy to stay informed about new game releases

  • No user account is required to play

  • Some games are downloadable

  • There's a mobile app available for select games

What We Don't Like

  • Requires Adobe Flash

  • There are ads before every game starts

There are hundreds of free online games at Miniclip and many of them are original games that are only available through the Miniclip website. Games here include action, puzzle, dress up, multiplayer, strategy, word, sports, stunt, girls, and 3D games.

Some of the most popular online games at Miniclip include "8 Ball Pool," "Agar.io," "Bubble Trouble," "Flip Master," "Tanki Online," and "Happy Wheels." The top 100 games are conveniently listed together.

You can even subscribe to an RSS feed to stay on top of all the new free game releases.

Registration at Miniclip, which is free and optional, will let you keep track of high scores and rankings and create your own avatar. Miniclip also has a unique feature where you can create leagues so that you and your friends can compare rankings and high scores on all the games at Miniclip.

If you'd rather play games offline, you can even download some of the games at Miniclip.

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Addicting Games

Screenshot of the AddictingGames.com free online games website

What We Like

  • Provides several ways to find games to play

  • Lots of games are available

  • A user account isn't required

  • Users can leave comments on the games

  • Includes both single player and multiplayer games

What We Don't Like

  • Includes ads

  • Requires Adobe Flash

Millions of free online game lovers flock to Addicting Games each month, and after one visit you'll quickly see why.

The free online games you'll find at Addicting Games are submitted by game developers all over the world in popular categories like strategy, car, shooting, sports, action, puzzle, funny, zombie, and escape games. There are so many games here you won't believe your eyes.

You can browse through the games by category to find exactly what you're interested in — there's even a whole category just for multiplayer games. Games can also be found by lists of the most popular, top rated, most reviewed, and most favorited games, for just last week, last month, or of all time.

A few of the more popular games include "The Impossible Quiz," "The Worlds Easyest Game," "Sniper Team," "Flight," and "My Friend Pedro."

Jump in and play any of Addicting Games games right away or take a minute to register so you can keep track of your scores and challenge your friends.

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Kongregate

Screenshot of free online RPG games at Kongregate.com

What We Like

  • Provides thousands of free online games

  • You can collect badges and achievements to show off

  • There are several ways to find games to play

  • User registration isn't required, but it's free and gives you special perks

  • Every game has a chat room where you can communicate with other active users

What We Don't Like

  • Shows ads unless you upgrade to Kong Plus

Kongregate is a portal to over 100,000 virus-free, online games that you can play right from your browser. Free online games include action, multiplayer, shooter, adventure & RPG, sports, racing, strategy & defense, music, and puzzle.

It's easy to find the perfect game at Kongregate by browsing the categories, new games, highest rated games, most played games, or top games this week/month/year. There's even a category of 5 minute games if you're in a rush.

Here are some of the all-time most popular games at Kongregate: "Everybody Edits," "The Company of Myself," "Holyday City Reloaded," "Warlords: Heroes," and "Tower Keepers."

At the very top of the Kongregate website is an updated listing of how many players are online — some of them might even be available in a multiplayer game.

After you've played a few games, Kongregate will show your recently played games, some recommendations based on your favorite games, and even a playlist of free games that you want to play later (if you log in).

Free registration is optional at Kongregate but it will give you a way to track your points, collect badges and cards, play games in full-screen, and participate in chat and forums.

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Armor Games

Screenshot of the Armor Games website with free online games

What We Like

  • Over 150 categories of thousands of free online games

  • You can sign up to receive new game release updates

  • Includes non-committal, idle games

  • User registration is optional

What We Don't Like

  • Shows advertisements

Every week new games are added to the already huge collection of free online games at Armor Games. Popular games here are their action, adventure, arcade, shooting, puzzle, strategy, and sports games, but there are tons of categories to choose from.

Armor Games' most popular titles include "The King of Towers," "Mighty Party," "Wartune," "Star Trek: Alien Domain," and "Battle Pirates."

Free registration at Armor Games means less advertisements, the ability to create your own favorite games list, community chat, and a way to earn Armor Points.

RSS feeds are available for game updates and new games so you can always stay updated.

Besides online games, Armor Games also create free mobile games for your phone that you can play on the go.

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PCH Games

Screenshot of free online matching games at pch.com

What We Like

  • You can win real prizes by cashing in tokens

  • Games work even if you don't log in to a user account

What We Don't Like

  • Not as many games as similar websites

  • There are advertisements

There are word, strategy, arcade, matching, card, and other free online games at the Publishers Clearing House owned PCH Games (formerly called Candystand) website.

PCH really stands out from the online free online game websites because they give away a ton of prizes that you are entered to win when you reach the top score list on several of their games or trade in your tickets you earn from playing games.

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Big Fish Games

Screenshot of the BigFishGames.com website with free online brain teaser games

What We Like

  • Lots of games to play for free

  • Includes walkthroughs if you need help completing a game

  • New games are released often

  • You don't need a user account to play

  • Some games can be downloaded and played offline

  • Select games can be played on mobile devices via an app

What We Don't Like

  • Flash is required to play these games

  • Some games are just trials; you have to pay for the full version

Big Fish Games is another website that's best known for their downloadable games (for Windows and Mac) but they also have a nice selection of over 2,000 free online games.

Some of the genres of games available through Big Fish Games includes hidden object, casino, strategy, brain teaser, marble popper, word, mahjong, puzzle, and family games.

Be sure to check out the new releases section and the Top 10 Online Games list off to the side of the Big Fish Games homepage to find out which free online games are the hottest right now.

The last time I visited Big Fish Games, some of the more popular games included "Big Fish Casino," "Hidden Express," "Cubis Gold 2," "Fitz!," and "Bubblez!."

Big Fish Games also release iPhone, iPad, and Android game apps.

You can follow the link above and scroll to the very bottom of that page, and click Show All Online Games, to get a full, one-page list of every free online game you can play at Big Fish Games.

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Shockwave

Screenshot of free online racing games at Shockwave.com

What We Like

  • There are hundreds of free online games to choose from

  • New games are added every few weeks

  • Playing games can earn you prizes

  • Finding popular games is easy

What We Don't Like

  • There are only around 15 categories of games, much fewer than similar online game websites

  • There are advertisements

Shockwave is another good source of free online games in categories like sports, adventure, family & kids, car racing, shooters, and jigsaw. They also have trials of downloadable games.

On Shockwave's full list of online games, you can filter the results by category and then sort them by release date, today's play count, or rating to find something new to play.

There are over 1,000 free online games here but new ones are added occasionally. Some of the popular games you can play at Shockwave include "Daily Diff," "Word Roundup," "Daily Jigsaw," and "picturiffic."

Become a free Shockwave member and you can play with friends, win trophies, and earn tokens that might win you prizes.

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FOG

Screenshot of the FOG.com website with free online girl games

What We Like

  • Dozens of categories of free games

  • It's easy to locate newly added games

  • Some games are multiplayer

  • Supports several languages

What We Don't Like

  • Some games take a long time to start

FOG, short for Free Online Games, is a one-stop shop for just about any game you are looking for because they have it all.

Some of the most popular games at FOG are shooting, puzzle, physics, adventure, sports, war, animal, and racing games. They have a lot more than that though, and they can all be found by using the tags on the main menu at the top of the FOG website.

One easy way to find some of the best games FOG has to offer is to use the Most Played Games and Top Rated Games links at the top of their website. "Connect 2," "TU 95," "Goodgame Empire," "Think Tanks," and "Vortex Wars 2" are just a few of the more popular ones.