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Up for a quick game with a friend? Whether you’re both physically next to each other or miles away, you can enjoy a little downtime with nothing but a browser window on your computer. Pick any of these great two-player games and have fun!

Browser-based games have come a long way in terms of graphics. You can play Quake III online Quake Live - Free Online Shooting Game in Your Browser Quake Live - Free Online Shooting Game in Your Browser Read More or go further back in time and relive your childhood with free-to-play classic arcade games Internet Archive Brings 900 Classic Arcade Games To Your Browser. Here Are 7 Of The Best Internet Archive Brings 900 Classic Arcade Games To Your Browser. Here Are 7 Of The Best Your town's arcade may have shut down in the mid-90s, but that shouldn't stop you from getting your classic games fix. Read More .

Now, most modern browsers are trying to kill Adobe Flash Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Facebook bashes Flash, Apple scrubs those stains, Walmart launches Black Friday 2, Nintendo suffers a real loss, Spotify maps the world, and R5-D4 ends it all. Read More , but it still rules the world of browser-based gaming. The upside of this is that you can download and play Flash games offline too How To Download and Play Flash Games Offline How To Download and Play Flash Games Offline Read More .

For now, let’s not worry about the merits and demerits of Flash, and focus on just the most fun two-player games you can play.

If You are Both Using the Same Computer

Stick Figure Badminton 2

Stick-Badminton

The player on the left controls his character with W, S, A, D, while the player on the right controls his with the arrow keys. Use the down arrow or S key to swing your racket, and the other keys to move around or jump. Physics will do the rest to simulate the real world.

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  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • All players play simultaneously
  • Play on the same PC
  • Flash player needed

Gun Mayhem

Gun-Mayhem

Gun Mayhem is one of the best browser-based fighting games 5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good 5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good Some of the best fighting games are actually available for free as Flash games in your browser. Read More . You play as colorful mafiosa-like cartoon figures, armed with a variety of guns. In the course of each level, new guns keep dropping down from the sky, as well as power-ups like extra lives, speed boosters, and shields. The objective is simple: Shoot your opponent off the map. The Options menu lets you set controls for up to four characters, which might be too much on a single keyboard, but it works well for two people. And if you like Gun Mayhem but get tired of it, there’s always Gun Mayhem 2 for more fun!

  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum four players
  • All players play simultaneously
  • Play on the same PC
  • Flash player needed

Fortz

Fortz

Fortz has a simple premise: You need to use your gun to knock down your opponent’s fort, and then kill him! Each player controls a fort on one side of the screen. Jump around to pick up your ammunition and go back to your gun, which you need to aim quickly and fire at the other fort. Keep going, it’s more or less a race to see who gets to the other guy first!

  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • All players play simultaneously
  • Play on the same PC
  • Flash player needed

Tank Wars

Tank-Wars

Tank Wars is a fun combination of physics and fighting. Both players control a tank each, and the objective is to fire a missile that blasts a significant portion of the ground. As the opponent’s tank sinks, it’s a race to who hits bottom first. Yes, the physics can be weird 5 Popular Games With Weird or Broken Physics 5 Popular Games With Weird or Broken Physics Sometimes, even the best games have problems. Here are some games that don't quite obey the laws of physics. Read More at times, but it’s actually a lot of fun when you start playing it.

  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • Players play turn by turn
  • Play on the same PC
  • Flash player needed

Sports Heads Football

Sports-Heads-Football

It may not be one of the top football games you haven’t heard of Top 5 Football (Soccer) Games You've Probably Never Played But Should Top 5 Football (Soccer) Games You've Probably Never Played But Should If you feel as though you've played the latest, high-profile titles to death, there are alternatives for the armchair pro tired of FIFA, PES, Football Manager, and the rest. Read More , but this one is still a blast! When we say football here, we mean it in the British sense i.e. soccer. Each player controls an avatar with an oversized head, protecting his net and trying to score a goal into the other’s area. Move around, jump around, and use bonuses like speed boosters, smaller nets, bombs, bouncy balls, and lots more. Game on!

  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • Players play simultaneously
  • Play on the same PC
  • Flash player needed

If You Are Playing Each Other Over the Internet

Battleship Online

Battleship

There are plenty of places to enjoy a free game of Battleship online 10 Places To Enjoy A Free Game Of Online Battleship 10 Places To Enjoy A Free Game Of Online Battleship Read More , but this one is our favorite. The rules stay the same as always. Invite your friend by sending a link, set up your 10×10 grid with different battleships, say you’re ready, and begin. Just click anywhere on your opponent’s grid to try and sink his battleship, and keep playing till one of you is out of ships. There are two fleet types: Russian or classic. The Russian fleet has more options, which makes the game more fun! Oh yeah, if you don’t have a friend online, play a random game with a stranger, there are always a few easy games to be had at any moment.

  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • Players play simultaneously
  • Play online on different PCs
  • Flash player not needed

Lichess

Lichess

If you want a battle of wits, there is nothing like a game of chess. Lichess is fantastic to start a quick game without signing up, and the graphics are good enough to be pleasing to the eye. Plus, there’s a chatroom, game modes (like Chess960, Antichess, King of the Hill, etc.), and even an analysis board. Our favorite feature is that you can request to take back a move—wonderful when just playing a game between friends! Psst, you might want to pick up pointers to get better at chess The Best Online Sources To Play & Learn Chess The Best Online Sources To Play & Learn Chess Read More too!

  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • Players play simultaneously
  • Play online on different PCs
  • Does not require Flash Player

Speed Sudoku

Speed-Sudoku

Sudoku is a fun brain-teaser, but you can make it competitive. That’s what Speed Sudoku is all about SpeedSudoku: Play Sudoku Against Others SpeedSudoku: Play Sudoku Against Others Read More . Sign up and create a new game or join an existing one. You can have a maximum of four players, but you can also play between the two of you. While you’re solving, you will also see the other players’ progress in terms of percentage, which keeps your competitive engine running!

  • Sign-up necessary
  • Maximum four players
  • Players play simultaneously
  • Play online on different PCs
  • Flash player not needed

Cube Slam

Cube-Slam

Cube Slam is a game that showcases the potential of HTML5 5+ HTML5 Games To Play In Your Browser Now 5+ HTML5 Games To Play In Your Browser Now HTML5 is driving Web development forward in an exciting way. It offers a range of advantages over its predecessors, and could (and really should) kill proprietary plugins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. HTML5... Read More , but forget about that and just enjoy this offering from Google. Create a new game, share the link with a friend, and you can even allow access to your webcam and microphone to see and talk to each other. The game itself is a souped up version of air hockey or pong, with your objective being to move your paddle around to stop the puck from hitting your side. Peppered with new level designs and power-ups, you’ll be happy to keep playing this with your friends for hours.

  • No sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • Players play simultaneously
  • Play online on different PCs
  • Flash player not needed

8-Ball Pool

8-Ball-Pool

8-Ball Pool requires you to sign up for a Miniclip account, but that’s a small price to pay for a free game. Find your friend’s username, invite them to a game, and rack them up! The game’s physics are fantastic, and there’s a slight indicator to show where the ball is likely to go to. As you play, you can even earn coins to customize your cue stick and enter tournaments.

  • Sign-up necessary
  • Maximum two players
  • Players play simultaneously
  • Play online on different PCs
  • Flash player needed

What’s Your Favorite 2-Player Browser Game?

Let’s have it, folks. This isn’t an exhaustive list and we know it. So if you have a favorite browser-based game to play with your friends, share it in the comments!

  1. trent
    October 21, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Many thanks for this article. I played Battleships with my girlfriend onine.

  2. andis
    August 31, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Can't get Cube Slam to work, it just says "waiting for friend to active web came". Can anyone help me?

  3. drekec
    December 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    You can also play gun mayhem online here: Gun Mayhem

  4. Maddie
    November 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    you should have some kid/teen games on there

  5. Yann
    August 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Hey, Lichess contributor here, thanks for the citation!

    There is a factual inaccuracy in the post. Lichess does not require Flash Player for any element of the site. Not even ads, because it is also non-profit and will never have ads. :)

    Once again thanks for the great article, brings back memories of when everyone was playing 8-ball back in school.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Oh sorry about that, I'll fix it. Thanks yannath!

  6. Yodi Collins
    July 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    It's a darn good thing that the option to turn flash on and off is simple if you're using the Google Chrome browser.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Oh indeed!

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