Our days are filled with short breaks scattered throughout. Waiting for your next class to start? Have another 10 minutes before your office lunch break ends? Or maybe you work using the Pomodoro technique and want to blow steam before the next sprint?
Then you’ll love these small, lightweight, no-commitment web games. We found the best ones that require no registration, are so fun that you won’t want to stop, but can be stopped at a moment’s notice if necessary. Here are some of the best time-killing games on the web.
Action defense game?
Frog Factions may be the only web game in the world that can elicit a “WTF?” out of you every minute for its entire playtime. This thing is an experience — one that I don’t want to spoil for you. Play it earnestly, and keep going as far as you can. It’s a game like no other.
Entanglement is the perfect game to play when you’re stressed — even if you don’t like puzzle games. The goal is to create the longest path through tiles you place down. These tiles are randomly generated, but offer enough options that it isn’t frustrating. And the best part? The soothing background music. Sometimes I load it up just to listen to it!
Gridland is a match-three game with a twist. There are two phases: Day (where you match and gather resources to build your village) and Night (where you match to fight off invading monsters). Time only progresses when you make a move, so it encourages smart planning and thoughtfulness. It’s extremely clever, but more importantly, a ton of fun.
For more like this, check out these free browser puzzle games.
Turn-based strategy game.
Dicewars is what you get when you take Risk and condense it down to a 10-minute game. It’s turn-based but at a much faster pace, and the world map is randomly generated every time. No two games are alike, and it’ll keep your eyes glued to the screen from start to finish.
Too simplified for you? Check out these deep browser strategy games.
Geoguessr shows you the Google Street View of a random location, and it’s your job to guess where it is. The closer you are, the more points you earn. Probably not what you expect when you hear “addictive web game,” but it’s extremely fun. One of the best ways to kill time, bar none.
Tower defense game.
If you’ve played one tower defense game, you’ve played them all. Cursed Treasure: Don’t Touch My Gems doesn’t have much to distinguish itself, except that it’s a clear refinement of the genre and surprisingly polished for a web game. Save your progress and resume at any time.
Simply click on any tile and it turns clockwise. If the resulting position connects with neighboring tiles, they also turn clockwise. This keeps going until no more connections exist — and every time a tile turns, you earn a point. How many can you earn in four clicks?
Multiplayer physics game.
The Floor Is Lava! is exactly what it sounds like: there’s lethal lava below that you avoid by launching yourself towards your mouse cursor. But there are other players too, and it’s a bit like bumper cars — if you hit them, you bounce back. Tough to stay alive, but lots of fun! Each game lasts less than a minute, but you’ll want to keep playing again and again.
Roguelike dungeon crawler game.
Deterministic Dungeon takes the concept of procedural generation and turns it on its head — by giving you the chance to influence the odds. Every decision is set before you as a random selection of options, but you pick the outcome like a slot machine. Highly replayable!
Runner platformer game.
Vector Runner Remix is a side-scrolling platformer that borrows elements from the popular endless runner genre. You’re constantly moving to the right, and you need to jump (and double-jump) to collect gems while avoiding obstacles.
Burrito Bison Revenge involves “launching” your character and maximizing your distance by carefully timing your limited actions and resources. In this case, it’s not just the gameplay that’ll keep you hooked — the cutesy theme on a Western backdrop is strangely endearing.
Puzzle platformer game.
The Company of Myself is a curious mixture of two games that revolutionized the indie game development scene: Thomas Was Alone and Braid. You’ll rack your brain trying to solve this game’s think-outside-of-the-box puzzles — and you’ll love it all the while.
Multiplayer maze game.
Cursors turns your mouse cursor into a character, and your aim is to escape the maze. But you aren’t alone! You share the world space with everyone else playing the game, and some of the puzzles require cooperation and coordination.
14. Cat Ninja
Action platformer game.
Reminiscent of Super Meat Boy, Cat Ninja is a fast-paced, level-based game that tasks you with the avoidance of hazards while on your mission to retrieve the game-winning “pieces scattered around the world.” Though not as head-turning as Super Meat Boy, it’s still fun.
15. A Dark Room
Clicker adventure game.
A Dark Room is one of the most notable clicker games because it isn’t just a clicker game. It’s infused with role-playing and narrative elements that elevate the experience into something greater. It starts off slow, but stick with it. It’ll be worth it.
Puzzle platformer game.
Primary is all about the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. You can switch between the colors at any time, and doing so changes how you interact with the environment. It’s a simple and fun way to exercise problem solving and finger dexterity together.
Mouse cursor dodging game.
In Sinuous, you are your mouse cursor. Avoid all of the endless torrent of red dots, touch the green dots for invulnerability, and see how long you can last. The gameplay loses luster within minutes, but it’s highly replayable. Excellent for 5-10 minute bursts.
18. Dino Run
Action platformer game.
Run as fast as you can before the dinosaur apocalypse swallows you up. Along the way, collect every bit of food to maximize your points and try to make it through as many levels as you can.
19. Curve Ball
3D paddle game.
Think Pong is too easy? Take it to the next dimension with Curve Ball, where you play from your point of view and try to outsmart the AI by curving the ball in extreme ways.
Jigsaw puzzle game.
The Jigsaw Puzzles is home to thousands of free online jigsaw puzzles, ranging in difficulty from 50 to 150 pieces each. Not as satisfying as completing a 10,000-piece behemoth, but with each one taking around 5-15 minutes to complete, you’ll kill tons of time.
Good Games Quick
These show that you don’t have to invest any time at all into a game for it to be awesome. They’ll help you kill many a break in the future, and several offer replayability to ensure that you’ll enjoy them for weeks to come.
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The next time you need to take a break, load one of these games. Let us know which one’s your favorite! And if you know of any other addictive web games, please share them with us in the comments below.