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Browser-based games are perfect for a quick casual game. You can play without worrying about payments, downloads, or hardware requirements. And a quick puzzle game is the best way to make your distractions and breaks more productive 10 Daily Distractions To Improve Your Productivity 10 Daily Distractions To Improve Your Productivity Contrary to popular belief, there are some distractions that could actually make us more productive. Distractions need not be roadblocks...with these deliberate ways, they easily can be catapults. Read More .

I took it upon myself to sacrifice hours of my life in playing online Flash games. For this list, I’m sticking to puzzle games specifically—not puzzle games that also require some skills. This is all about the brain. There are other Flash games to improve your reflexes 3 Flash Games To Help Improve Your Reflexes In The Browser [MUO Gaming] 3 Flash Games To Help Improve Your Reflexes In The Browser [MUO Gaming] Honing your skills with peripherals like the mouse or keyboard and sharpening your reflexes is something that can help you in general. Games that require no knowledge or game sense and rely completely on skill... Read More , if that’s what you want.

Crush The Castle

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Crush The Castle (CTC) isn’t just a game like Angry Birds 5 Awesome Games Like Angry Birds When You Can't Get Enough 5 Awesome Games Like Angry Birds When You Can't Get Enough Are your fingers itching to sling more items across a field to crush your enemies and get to the next level in a game? If you’ve been playing Angry Birds, I imagine you’re probably either... Read More , it actually predates Angry Birds and several people online claim Rovio’s classic was ripping off CTC. Set in medieval times, you have to fling rocks at castles to kill the king inside, going on an epic conquest of the kingdom. The rocks vary in size, you have multiple rocks, and even bombs. Use them wisely to huff and puff and blow those castles down. Crush The Castle has a couple of sequels and expansion packs for more levels, all of which you can find at Armor Games.

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Portal: The Flash Version

Portal-Flash

Portal is one of the smartest video games of all time 6 Video Games That Will Make You Feel Smart 6 Video Games That Will Make You Feel Smart Read More , and a few of the 3D first-person shooter’s fans recreated its basic gameplay in a two-dimensional flash game. You’ll need to use the mouse and keyboard, creating portals to teleport from one area to another. The laws of physics play a big role here, so keep thinking and be quick!

Huebrix

We love Huebrix! Keep Calm And Play On: Huebrix Is A Serene, Colourful, Brain-Bending Puzzler Keep Calm And Play On: Huebrix Is A Serene, Colourful, Brain-Bending Puzzler Puzzle games not only help to entertain you, but also give your brain cells a workout to keep you sharp. Huebrix is one of the best in this department. Read More It’s an ad-free, smooth game in which you have to fill a grid with colors. Each color has a limited number of moves, and you cannot cross two colors in their path. The video above explains the gameplay well. Past level 15, things get really tough!

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Threes!

Threes

Threes is the most addictive math-based puzzle game Could Threes Be The Most Addictive Puzzle Game For iOS Yet? Could Threes Be The Most Addictive Puzzle Game For iOS Yet? Do you hate productivity? Do you like to ignore the people in your life? Threes should be right up your alley, because it's going to take up all of your time. Read More I’ve played, and a fan has ported this mobile giant to the web. Use the arrow keys to move all tiles on screen in one direction, adding up similar-numbered tiles to make larger numbers. Keep going till you can’t make any more moves. It’s probably an unofficial port, so it might be taken down in the future. In case of that, you can play the Threes clone 2048 and its several variations Playing 2048: 20 Of The Best Versions Of The Addictive Puzzle Game [Weird & Wonderful Web] Playing 2048: 20 Of The Best Versions Of The Addictive Puzzle Game [Weird & Wonderful Web] There may not be 2048 versions of 2048 listed here, but with the original game being available as an open source project, perhaps there will be. Here are twenty variants to test your skills on. Read More .

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GO Virus

GO Virus

It’s time to be the villain and help a virus spread. It’s a game of colors set in a large grid of tiny hexagonal cells. Choose a color, and your virus turns into that color. It will also spread to any similar-colored cell it can touch. Keep changing colors to infect more cells. But be careful, there are limited moves! You have 15 levels to get through, and the last five are super challenging.

Mirror Runners

Mirror-Runners

Usually, you have to take your hero to the exit. In Mirror Runners, you have two heroes and two exits—but your keyboard controls both of them at the same time! So when you tap the right arrow key, both heroes run right; and while it might be a clear path for one, there might be a spiked trap for the other. You’ll have to figure out how to get them both to the exit. Again, Mirror Runners is a single person game; if you and a friend want to play together, we have a great list of fun and free two-player browser games 10 Free Two Player Games You Can Play In Your Browser 10 Free Two Player Games You Can Play In Your Browser 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. Read More .

Jewelanche & Jewelanche 2

Jewelanche

With Bejeweled and Candy Crush, everyone now knows the three-similar-shapes-in-a-row formula. However, Jewelanche is a fun variation of it. The jewels are dropped in a haphazard manner, and the laws of physics take over. You still need to make chains of three or more, and the bigger the better. Chain combos will give you gems, with which you can buy power-ups between levels. But if you don’t manage to clear it all, the jewels will keep piling till the screen is filled, and it’s game over. And just when you think you’ve mastered Jewelanche, Jewelanche 2 will bring you back to earth.

Cube Mayhem

Cube-Mayhem

Ready to tear your hair out in frustration? Cube Mayhem just has a simple cube who wants to get from the start to the finish. All you need to do is place the right tiles to move it along, whether it’s arrows to change direction, moving walkways, or teleportation tiles. Figuring out where and which direction to place them in is the puzzle. And it’s far more difficult than it looks!

Werebox and Werebox 2

Werebox

In a world where people are balls, some balls can turn into boxes. These are called Wereboxes. Use your werebox skills to drive out all the bad red wereboxes off the level, but make sure you are still safe. Once you’re done with Werebox, try the hilarious Werebox 2, playing as “Max Ball”, out for vengeance against the evil wereboxes who stole his cherry ice cream.

Pathologic

Pathologic

Pathologic is deceptively tricky. You’re the white glowing ball. You need to collect all the white rings in each level. The catch is that you can’t go on white squares, or any square you have already gone over. Use the arrow keys to move around, and when you’re finished, hit Enter to start a new level. And just keep playing and playing till you’re done with the 50 levels.

Expand It & Expanded It

Expand-It

Blue characters—squares, circles or rectangles—grow in size when you click on them. In each level, there is a demarcated line you have to reach. However, you can’t just indiscriminately grow your blue characters, because if they touch a red object, it’s game over. You’ll need to figure out your strategy and play wisely. Between Expand It and the sequel Expanded It, you have enough levels to keep you busy for a long time. It’s probably a good idea to download these flash games for offline play How To Download Flash Games For Offline Play How To Download Flash Games For Offline Play Flash games can be awesome – they’re all over the web, free to play, and easy to dive into. Flash games run the spectrum from fun, casual time wasters to indie gems created by developers... Read More , so your progress is saved.

Red Remover Blast

Red-Remover-Blast

The original Red Remover was one of the most popular logic puzzle games 3 Popular Free Online Logic Puzzle Games on Kongregate 3 Popular Free Online Logic Puzzle Games on Kongregate Read More , and creator Gaz Thomas has made a sequel. Click anywhere on the screen to trigger an explosion. The explosion’s blast has to be used to remove all the red figures from the screen, while keeping the green ones intact. And yes, gravity is subjective here, playing according to the orientation of the red figure’s face. It’s not as simple as it looks!

Cut The Rope

Cut-The-Rope

Cut The Rope is huge on mobile and has several sequels, but it’s also one of those smartphone games you can play in your browser for free No Smartphone, No Problem: 7 Great Mobile Games To Play In Your Browser No Smartphone, No Problem: 7 Great Mobile Games To Play In Your Browser Read More . Head to Cut The Rope, scroll down and click “Give It a Try” to load the game. Use your mouse to cut ropes in a strategic manner, so the cute little monster Om Nom can get his candy!

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Waterfalls 3

Waterfalls-3

Puzzle games can still be relaxing, as Waterfalls 3 proves. The lovely soundtrack is half the reason to keep playing this game, especially when coupled with the lovely visuals of fluid colors. The graphics can be a bit heavy, so you might want to optimize your settings for better performance of Flash games 4 Ways To Improve The Performance Of Flash Games 4 Ways To Improve The Performance Of Flash Games When it comes to casual gaming, Flash may be the very best platform to play on. The Flash client has one distinct advantage over alternatives, and that's the fact that it can be played within... Read More . In the game, you need to move the flowing colors into containers, using redirecting arrows. It’s actually quite soothing, while still keeping your mind working.

Super Stacker & Super Stacker 2

Super-Stacker

Another Gaz Thomas classic, Super Stacker has you stacking shapes on top of each other, and making sure your structure is sound enough to stand for 10 seconds. You’ll have to use all the shapes you are given in each level, and it gets trickier the shapes move from squares to triangles to circles. Once you’re done with Super Stacker, start up Super Stacker 2 for 40 more levels of brain-teasing.

Super Stacker already made it to our ultimate list of challenging puzzle games 19+ Challenging Free Online Puzzle Games You Have To Play 19+ Challenging Free Online Puzzle Games You Have To Play Read More , and I wanted to avoid games featured there, but Super Stacker deserves a mention once again. In fact, that list has several other fantastic games that you should check out!

What Did We Miss?

Name that one puzzle game you keep going back to, which we forgot to list here. Come on, we know you have one!

  1. Horace Sequeira (Mindelo)
    August 18, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I like this kind of games ,with simple rules, but still fun and challenging. Right now i am enjoing the cube mayem ;) I would add to the list a very similar one Bloxorz http://www.miniclip.pt/games/bloxorz/en/

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

      This is really cool! Thanks for the share, Horace!

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