13 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.

There are also virtual pet sites that will surely use up loads of your time. 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.

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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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Falling Sand Game

Falling sand gameplay example
What We Like
  • Tons of possible outcomes.

  • Easy to play for anyone.

  • Self-explanatory rules.

  • Game never ends.

What We Don't Like
  • 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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Screenshot of the free online game Cubespace
What We Like
  • Create anything you want.

  • Aren't limited by time.

  • 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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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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IQ Ball

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

  • Several levels to play.

  • 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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Flame Painter

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

  • Save your work.

What We Don't Like
  • 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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Fancy Pants Adventure World

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.

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

  • Several customizable options.

What We Don't Like
  • 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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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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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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The free online typing test racing game TypeRacer.
What We Like
  • Doubles as a typing test.

  • 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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Screenshot of a Google Maps location in the online game 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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