51 Best Time Wasters

The top free time waster sites online

The time wasters you'll find below are really much more than a way to pass the time. You'll have a blast spending any amount of time on these, whether it be for five minutes or four hours.

All the time wasters below are safe for work and interactive. You won't find videos or funny cat pictures on this list but you will find a ton of games, puzzles, and some sites that are so odd, they'll demand that you waste some time exploring them.

After you've taken a look at these time wasters, check out the best online gaming websites for more online fun, or see the best game websites for preschoolers.

Most of these games require Flash player to be enabled in your web browser.

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2048

The 2048 game online.
What We Like
  • Smooth and clean animations.

  • Mobile apps.

  • Saves progress when you leave.

What We Don't Like
  • No sounds.

Do you enjoy number games? If so, 2048 will quickly become your favorite time waster. Don't be surprised to waste an hour or more of perfectly good time the first time you play it!

Using only your keyboard's arrow keys, move the numbered tiles around together. Once two of the same numbers are next to each other and can slide together, they're added up. Keep going, with the ultimate goal of making a 2048 tile.

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2048 is very similar to, but not associated with, the 1024! iTunes game and the very popular THREES, available for Android and iOS.

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Filler

Screenshot of the free online game Filler
Filler.
What We Like
  • Simple to understand.

  • Provides music.

  • High score board.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires Adobe Flash.

  • Too easy to become bored.

Filler has got to be one of our all-time favorite time wasters.

The goal of the game is simple: click to create filler balls so you can fill up 2/3 of the screen before you can move on to the next level. Avoid the bouncy balls because they will pop any filler balls that you're filling up.

This one is so much fun that we guarantee it will get you through a slow afternoon or a boring evening.

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Totem Destroyer

Screenshot of the free online game Totem Destroyer
What We Like
  • Cheating capabilities.

  • High score competition.

  • Unlock new levels.

What We Don't Like
  • Flash is necessary.

  • Displays ads.

  • Fast-paced gameplay.

Totem Destroyer is a challenging and fun time waster that uses physics as a big part of its gameplay.

See if you can keep the idol from falling as you destroy the required number of blocks. Keep in mind, however, that the levels get more and more challenging, and sometimes you'll need to work very quickly.

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Magic Pen

Screenshot of the free online game Magic Pen
What We Like
  • Fun physics-based game.

  • Pick any level to play.

  • Relaxing sounds.

  • No time limit.

What We Don't Like
  • Works with Flash only.

  • Must subscribe to go full screen.

Magic Pen is a very fun time waster for adults that might remind you of your childhood days because your weapon of choice is a crayon. With your crayon, you'll need to draw lines and circles on the screen to help your ball touch all the flags on the level.

This time waster is a physics game as well, so keep that in mind as you're trying to solve the levels.

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Lunchtimers

Screenshot of the free online game Lunchtimers
What We Like
  • Fun for all ages.

  • Slow-paced game.

  • Endless gameplay.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs Flash to run.

  • Could become vulgar at any moment.

Lunchtimers is a time waster where you're given a set of letters that look like a throwback to those magnetic alphabet letters you used to play with on mom's fridge.

The twist to this game is that you're not the only one playing; there are other people online trying to create their own words and phrases. Will you work together to create new words or are you one who steals the letters of someone else to create your own poetic masterpiece?

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Falling Sand Game

Falling Sand Game screenshot
What We Like
  • Tons of possible outcomes.

  • Easy to play for anyone.

  • Self-explanatory rules.

  • Game never ends.

What We Don't Like
  • Flash must be enabled.

  • No way to save progress.

The Falling Sand Game is a deceptively simple-looking time waster. You have sand, water, salt, and oil falling from the sky and you get to build walls, start fires, and add plant material to see how everything interacts with each other.

This is a truly addictive game that will have you wasting time you didn't even know you had.

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Canabalt

Screenshot of the free online game Canabalt
What We Like
  • Gets your blood pumping.

  • Super easy to understand.

  • Very addicting.

What We Don't Like
  • Hard on the eyes.

  • Mobile and desktop versions aren't free.

Canabalt is a very addictive time waster with a simple concept. You're on the run and you find yourself above the city jumping from roof to roof. How far can you make it before you fall?

You'll spend countless hours on this time waster—we're warning you, it's really going to suck you in!

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Acrobots

The online game, Acrobot.
What We Like
  • Click-and-drag game.

  • Two user interface settings.

  • For all ages.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires Adobe Flash.

  • Gets boring quickly.

  • Mobile app isn't free.

There's nothing to win in this time waster, no princess to save or level to complete. Acrobots is a unique game where you move around these little creatures and see how they interact with each other.

This is a great time waster that will keep you busy until work is over.

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Excit!

Screenshot of the Excit free online game
What We Like
  • Unique and interesting concept.

  • Advance through levels with a password.

What We Don't Like
  • Must run Flash to play.

  • Can't disable sounds.

This is definitely a work-safe time waster because believe it or not, it's a game about spreadsheets.

For Excit!, you'll need to use the arrow keys on your computer to get to the green square to clear the level and move on to a more challenging one.

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Pop Bubble Wrap

The Bubble Wrap free online game.
What We Like
  • Very simple gameplay.

  • Great for any age.

  • Super fun sounds.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs Flash to work.

  • Can't submit to a high score list.

Remember how fun it was to pop bubble wrap as a kid? Well, this time waster won't let you forget!

Be sure to try out manic mode to see just how fast you can pop all those bubbles.

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Duck

The free online game, Duck: Think Outside the Flock.
What We Like
  • Forces you to think.

  • Only a mouse is required.

  • Enable and disable sounds.

What We Don't Like
  • There aren't many levels.

Duck is a unique puzzle game that will have you scratching your head with a smile on your face.

None of the 25 levels are particularly difficult but you'll waste a good 30-45 minutes on this unique puzzle time wasting game.

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Assembler

Screenshot of the free online game Assembler
What We Like
  • Factors in real physics.

  • Very easy-to-understand concept.

  • Requires a bit more thinking than some games.

What We Don't Like
  • Browser must support Flash.

  • Can't mute sounds.

Assembler is a fairly simple time waster where your goal is to fit the green crate into the green outline of a square. It sounds easy, huh? It gets more difficult as the levels go on.

Oh, and did we mention that this game is completely gravity-based? It sure will keep you on your toes while you waste the afternoon away!

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Levers

the free online game, Levers.
What We Like
  • Challenging and thought-provoking.

  • No time limit.

What We Don't Like
  • No sound control.

  • Needs Flash to run.

Levers is a physics-based time waster where the goal is to balance the scale.

You never know what's coming next because all different types of objects drop from the sky.

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Cubescape

Screenshot of the free online game Cubespace
What We Like
  • Create anything you want.

  • Aren't limited by time.

  • Flash isn't required.

  • Easy for all ages to learn.

What We Don't Like
  • Missing sound options.

  • No option to save the game.

In this time waster, you place cubes to create your own cube masterpiece.

This is a very addictive game that will have you wasting time like there's no tomorrow.

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White Dwarf

The online game, White Dwarf.
What We Like
  • Fast-paced and addicting.

  • Challenging but rewarding.

  • Three game modes.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs Adobe Flash.

  • No sound.

White Dwarf is an unbelievably fun and challenging time waster.

With your white circle, you'll need to collect all the green circles while avoiding the red ones. Touch a blue circle to submit your green circles as points.

There aren't any second chances in this game; it's sudden death the moment you touch a red circle.

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Bloons

The free online game, Bloons.
What We Like
  • Many levels to play.

  • Enticing to repeat levels.

  • Legitimately challenging levels.

What We Don't Like
  • Annoying sounds that you can't disable.

Bloons is a fun time waster where the goal is to pop as many balloons as you can. So how exactly do you do this? Well, you're a monkey and you've got lots of darts!

As the levels go on you'll see more balloons in more complicated groupings.

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Shuffle

The free online game, Shuffle.
What We Like
  • One of the more addicting games.

  • Relaxing sounds.

  • Not complicated.

What We Don't Like
  • Displays ads.

  • Requires Flash.

  • No full screen mode.

This time waster is a lot of fun. You're a red ball and you shoot yourself to push all the yellow balls off the table. Unfortunately, they're trying to do the same to you.

The winner of this game is the one who gets all the opponent's balls off the table first.

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Phit

The online game, Phit.
What We Like
  • Jump to any level.

  • Puzzle-like game makes you think.

  • Slow difficulty progression.

What We Don't Like
  • Flash has to be turned on.

  • Must wait for ad before you can play.

  • Small game screen.

  • No sound option.

Phit is a time waster that will remind you a little of Tetris. You drag the shapes down and make them "phit" together to perfectly fill up the yellow portion of the screen.

This is a very simple game at first but watch out when you get up into the 100+ levels; they get really tough!

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Bloxorz

The online game, Bloxorz.
What We Like
  • Unique puzzle game.

  • Skip levels with a password.

  • Unobtrusive sounds.

What We Don't Like
  • Works only with Flash.

  • Game window is very small.

  • Shows ads.

The goal of this time waster is to get a block to fall into a hole without it falling off or running out of moves.

The levels get more and more challenging in this time wasting game. Can you complete all 33 of them?

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Double Wires

The free online game, Double Wires.
What We Like
  • Unique gameplay.

  • Endless complexity.

What We Don't Like
  • Flash is required.

  • No high score board.

Double Wires is a unique time waster where you move a very fluid stick figure from one hand-drawn line to another.

How far can you get before you fall?

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Jigsawdoku

The free online game, Jigsawdoku.
What We Like
  • Multiple difficulty modes.

  • Customizable settings.

  • Sound controls.

What We Don't Like
  • Browser needs Adobe Flash.

  • Some blocks mistakenly appear movable.

  • Small gameplay window.

Jigsawdoku is a time waster that's part jigsaw puzzle and part Sudoku.

You'll have a great time moving the block letters to complete the Sudoku puzzle. There's a hint button if you need some extra help.

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Fantastic Contraption 2

Screenshot of the free online game Fantastic Contraption 2
What We Like
  • Puts your mind to the test.

  • Helpful tutorial.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs to run Flash.

  • Full screen mode requires a user account.

Fantastic Contraption 2 is a time wasting game where you build contraptions with a variety of tools, with the intention of moving a ball across the screen to the "Goal" area.

Each level of this time waster gets more and more challenging. You'll have a lot of fun trying to figure out what contraption will get you to the goal the quickest.

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IQ Ball

The free online game IQ Ball.
What We Like
  • Unique physics-based game.

  • Several levels to play.

  • Flash not required.

  • Includes in-game sounds.

What We Don't Like
  • No full screen mode.

IQ Ball is another physics-based time waster. The idea is to get your IQ ball to the bullseye in as few clicks as possible.

There are 25 levels in this game and each one gets more and more challenging.

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Ragdoll Cannon 3

Screenshot of the free online game Ragdoll Cannon 3
What We Like
  • High score board.

  • Make your own levels.

  • Enable and disable sounds.

  • 50 levels.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires Adobe Flash.

  • Can't play in full screen mode.

Ragdoll Cannon 3 is a time waster that should really help you get rid of any pent up resentment you might have.

If you really enjoy this time waster you can even create your own levels!

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Touch the Bubbles 3

The free online game touch the Bubbles 3.
What We Like
  • Intense yet slow-paced.

  • Sound effects and music.

  • Unlock achievements.

What We Don't Like
  • Flash is necessary.

  • Animations get in the way.

Touch the Bubbles is another great time waster where you'll need to pop all the bubbles to pass the level.

Don't touch anything red though or you'll lose a life.

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Pathillogical

The free online game Pathillogical.
What We Like
  • Tests your awareness skills.

  • More levels than most games.

  • Make your own levels.

What We Don't Like
  • Complex from the start.

Pathillogical is a time waster that consists of a sliding puzzle game with 40 levels.

If you really like this one you can even create your own levels.

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Exit Path

Screenshot of the free online game Exit Path
What We Like
  • Play alone or with others.

  • Customize your player.

  • Lots of unique levels.

  • Enable and disable sounds.

What We Don't Like
  • Long ad before game starts.

  • Game controls are often glitchy.

Exit Path is a time waster where you're trying to make it to the end of the level without falling or getting killed.

It supports single and multiplayer.

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Paper Critters

Screenshot of the free online game Paper Critters
What We Like
  • Pleasingly different than most games.

  • No time limit.

  • Large game window.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't play without Flash.

  • No fun end goal.

You'll have so much fun making the digital paper toys at Paper Critters that you won't even realize how much of a time waster it is.

After you've created your digital paper, you can upload it to The Colony and view other people's creations.

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Hardball Frenzy

The free online game Hardball Frenzy.
What We Like
  • Relaxing gameplay.

  • Simple to understand.

  • Music and sound effect controls.

  • Take as much time as you need.

What We Don't Like
  • Could have more levels.

  • Must have Flash installed.

  • Many levels are too easy.

Hardball Frenzy is a great time waster because it's a lot of fun to play. You shoot a small silver ball at green balls, and you must eliminate all of them before you can move onto the next level.

There are only 25 levels in this time waster which is too bad because some more challenging levels would make this game an even bigger time waster.

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Flame Painter

The free online game Flame Painter.
What We Like
  • Lots of unique controls.

  • Save your work.

What We Don't Like
  • Works only with Adobe Flash.

  • No confirmation when clearing the canvas.

Flame Painter is the ultimate time waster because there's no limit to what you can create here. Draw flames and change colors, opacity, sizes, and more to see what kind of design you can make.

You can play Flame Painter on the iPhone and iPad too. Just follow the link to the Flame Painter website to get the download links.

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Factory Balls 3

The free online game Factory Balls 3.
What We Like
  • Makes you really think.

  • Many challenging levels.

  • Music controls.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs Adobe Flash.

  • Can't play in full screen.

In this time waster, it's up to you to create a ball just like the one shown on the packing box.

Each level gets more and more complicated and you'll really have to do some thinking to figure out how to make each factory ball.

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Gluey

The free online game Gluey.
What We Like
  • Unlock a special mode at the end of the game.

  • Use as much time as you need.

  • Turn sounds on and off.

What We Don't Like
  • Browser must support Adobe Flash.

  • Game window is tiny.

  • Relatively poor graphics.

What a time waster Gluey is! You'll need to get rid of the groups of cute little blobs to try to reach the level goal.

This is a great time waster because you can play it to waste anywhere from 5 minutes to 60.

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Bauns

The free online game Bauns.
What We Like
  • Instructions are easy to grasp.

  • Fun to play over and over.

What We Don't Like
  • Very narrow gameplay space.

  • Strange shooting method.

  • Flash is necessary.

  • Can't disable sounds or pause game.

With this game, instead of clicking the same color of balls to make combos, you get to shoot a ball at them.

This is a fun one that will really have you racing against the clock to get the highest score.

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Silversphere

The free online game Silversphere
What We Like
  • Race against the clock.

  • Return to completed levels later.

  • Volume controls.

What We Don't Like
  • Starts off difficult.

  • Requires Adobe Flash.

Your mission in this time waster is to guide the silver sphere to the blue vortex before the clock reaches zero.

It's not as easy as it sounds because you're often forced to create your own path.

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Fancy Pants Adventure World 2

The free online game The Fancy Pants Adventure World 2.
What We Like
  • Fluid, realistic gameplay.

  • Fun storyline.

What We Don't Like
  • Small gameplay window.

  • Needs Flash to run.

Fancy Pants Adventure World 2 is a unique time waster where you get to explore your world doing fun stuff just for the heck of it.

This is one of the most unique games on this list, and we think you'll spend a whole afternoon playing it.

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Continuity

The free online game Continuity.
What We Like
  • A relief from typical gameplay.

  • Relaxing music.

  • Skip to other levels.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs Adobe Flash.

  • Shows an ad before the start of the game.

Continuity is a time waster that will have you scratching your head.

This adventure game is simple, elegant, and quite a challenge. Can you figure out what the mystery is all about?

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Planarity

The free online game Planarity.
What We Like
  • Gets you to think differently.

  • Large game screen.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs Adobe Flash.

  • No music or sound effects.

This time waster will prove to be quite a challenge to your brain.

The goal of Planarity is to arrange all the vertices so that no edges overlap. If you're able to do so, you move onto the next, more challenging level.

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BallDroppings

The free online game BallDroppings.
What We Like
  • Endless possible outcomes.

  • Several customizable options.

What We Don't Like
  • Flash is necessary.

  • Can't save your work.

BallDroppings is one of those time wasters where there's really no point or an ending.

Draw lines and listen to the balls bounce off the lines to create different musical notes. You can control things like the drop rate, gravity, spread, and bounce size.

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Run Run

The free online game Run Run.
What We Like
  • Unique way to limit your time.

  • Lots of free lives.

What We Don't Like
  • Small game screen.

  • Needs Flash to work.

  • Can't disable sounds.

Run Run is a fun little time waster where your only goal is to jump over obstacles so you can exit the warehouse. However, don't run into the obstacles or you'll have to restart.

In a sense, it's a very easy game but there's just something about it that will keep you coming back for more.

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Orbit

The free online game Orbit.
What We Like
  • Addictively difficult.

  • Save your progress.

  • Edit levels.

  • Control sound.

What We Don't Like
  • Browser must allow Adobe Flash.

  • Can't pause the game.

In the time waster Orbit, you'll need to get your comet to orbit around the planet for a certain amount of time.

With each new level comes multiple and bigger planets.

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The Maze

The free online game The Maze.
What We Like
  • Click style game.

  • Free from ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Might be boring to some.

  • No fun animations or graphics.

  • Lacks any game sounds.

The Maze is a time waster that reminds us of the old text adventure DOS games.

You're given a set of directions and you'll need to remember them as you click your way trying to find a way out of the maze.

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Dungeon Escape

The free online game Dungeon Escape.
What We Like
  • Excitingly fast-paced.

  • Only a mouse is needed.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't pause the game.

  • Flash is required.

  • No sound controls.

Dungeon Escape is a very silly time wasting adventure game that basically tests your hand-eye coordination in a fast-paced way, where you'll need to click on the flashing circles to save your life.

Although there's not too much to this time waster, it is quite a challenge and it will have you coming back for more.

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Color Pulsate

The free online game Color Pulsate.
What We Like
  • Super relaxing sounds.

  • No keyboard required.

What We Don't Like
  • No undo option.

  • In-game ad before you start.

  • Browser has to support Flash.

Color Pulsate is a calming time waster where you create circles that, when they touch, make pleasant notes.

You can vary the size and number of circles to create more complex tunes, as well as build colored circles for a more interesting look.

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Drawtoy vs. Byokal

The free online game Drawtoy vs Byokal.
What We Like
  • Flex your creativity.

  • Surprisingly fun.

  • Includes an undo option.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs Adobe Flash.

  • Can't save your creations.

Drawtoy vs. Byokal is a complicated name for a simple time waster.

It creates a kaleidoscope of any lines, shapes, and colors you choose to include in your design.

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Akiyoshi's Illusion Pages

An optical illusion.
What We Like
  • Works with all browsers.

  • Intriguing effects.

  • Updates often with new images.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't actually play or interact with anything.

Do you like visual illusions? This time waster has a ton of motion illusions that will really trick your eyes.

Be sure to click the links at the top of the page to see even more of the illusions.

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I made this. you play this. we are enemies.

Screenshot of the online game called I made this. you play this. we are enemies.
What We Like
  • Large play screen.

  • Interesting, unique graphics.

  • Distraction-free website.

What We Don't Like
  • Adobe Flash is required.

  • Can't disable sounds.

This has got to be the strangest time waster on this list. I made this. you play this. we are enemies. is basically a mouse click adventure.

There was a lot of time put into this by the game designer, so it's really interesting to look at all the little details included.

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TypeRacer

The free online typing test racing game TypeRacer.
What We Like
  • Doubles as a typing test.

  • Flash not required.

  • Compete with real people.

  • Includes a practice mode.

What We Don't Like
  • Games are short.

  • Website is full of ads.

Testing your typing speed sounds like a pretty boring time waster to most.

However, in TypeRacer, you'll get to spice up things a bit while you enter typing races with other users online. Will you be the one who types the fastest and wins the race?

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The Revolving Internet

The revolving internet website.
What We Like
  • Challenge your web browsing abilities.

  • Fun but still usable.

What We Don't Like
  • Some sites chosen from the results don't load.

Playing this time waster is really just searching Google with a unique twist.

How much can you successfully get done online while everything in your browser window is revolving?

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GeoGuessr

Screenshot of a Google Maps location in the online game GeoGuessr

GeoGuessr

What We Like
  • Learn geography while playing.

  • Single player and multiplayer.

  • Complete daily challenges.

What We Don't Like
  • Shows ads.

  • Lacks music and sound effects.

  • Only one game per day is free.

GeoGuessr is a time waster where you'll see an image from Google Maps and you have to guess where in the world it is. You'll have five rounds to do so.

You can also set up challenges or time limits.

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Color Fill

Screenshot of the free online game Color Fill
© Stacy Fisher
What We Like
  • Super hard bonus levels

  • Progress can be saved

What We Don't Like
  • Too many advertisements

  • Mouse movement can be choppy

  • Flash is necessary.

The whole goal of this time waster is to trap the moving colored arrow into a block of its own color.

The levels in this time waster get pretty difficult fast, but you'll have a lot of fun trying to beat them all.

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The Timewaster

Screenshot of the free online game called The Timewaster
What We Like
  • Test your memory.

  • Fast-paced game.

  • Control the music volume.

What We Don't Like
  • Browser must support Flash.

To end this list is a game that's actually called The Timewaster—how perfect for a time wasting memory game!

You're given increasingly difficult objectives that you must remember before you start each round. Complete the objectives before the time runs out to move through the game.