You’re on your lunch break at work and think it would be great to pop open a fun game in your browser for the hour. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to install Adobe Flash on your computer. You figure there aren’t any good games that don’t require Flash, right? Wrong!
HTML5 games are available in any modern browser and work without special plug-ins or installations. You just open and play. Plus, these are just as enjoyable as Flash games, if not more. So, on your next break, play one of these awesome, free browser games and enjoy your lunch.
For a match-three bubble shooter, check out Smarty Bubbles. Your goal is to get the highest score possible by eliminating bubbles from the gameboard. Plan strategically by viewing the next bubble coming, use the handy arrow to help you aim, and ricochet off the walls to make those tough shots. How high can you score?
2. Fruita Crush
Another great match-three game is the puzzler Fruita Crush. Drag to connect three or more fruits to remove them from the board and score. Each of the 100 levels has a different objective to meet within a certain number of moves. And, matching more than three fruits will give you special pieces like explosive bombs and handy line eliminators. These provide more points than standard pieces.
When you prefer fancy jewels over tasty fruits in your match-three game, Jewelish is the way to go. With two minutes on the clock, drag to connect three or more jewels to score. Like with Fruita Crush, connecting more than three will give you cool jewels that clear columns and rows or blow up surrounding pieces. When you want a quick game of scoring without playing through levels, Jewelish comes through.
4. Jungle Run
If you enjoy endless running platform games, then grab some bananas and play Jungle Run. You can choose to play as Kiba or Kumba, both apes with great skills. Run and jump, collect stars and power-ups, and see if you can make it through the 30 challenging levels. And be sure to watch out for enemies because they will take you down in a hurry.
When you can’t get to the pool parlor, play a quick game of Pool Billiard in your browser. Aim and shoot to pocket all colored pool balls before sinking the black 8-ball. You can get extra points by hitting the balls in their numbered order, but that is quite a challenge. If you are up to a test of your aiming and strategy skills on the pool table, chalk up your cue.
Sports Mahjong is a take on the classic game with the twist of a sports theme. Gameplay is as normal where you match open tiles to clear the board. The game has upbeat music, a shuffle option, and hints if you get stuck. If you enjoy Mahjong and look for variations with unusual themes, Sport Mahjong is an excellent option.
7. Time Connect
For a different type of matching game, Time Connect challenges you to connect tiles with a restriction. You must match two tiles that have a clear path between them with no more than two 90-degree angles. Your goals are to clear the board and move onto the next challenge while scoring as high as you can. The game has helpful hints, handy shuffles, and a cute timepiece theme.
Maya Pyramid Solitaire is an enjoyable card game that makes you think quickly. To succeed, you must make matches of two or more cards that equal 11 to clear the game board within the allotted time. You can combine the cards from the deck on the bottom as well as those on the board. Three jokers, which act as wildcards, can save you if you get stuck.
Pyramid Solitaire is a great next step if you’ve mastered Microsoft Solitaire.
If you aren’t familiar with Badland, it’s a wonderful adventure available on mobile devices, Steam, and gaming consoles. This side-scrolling platformer takes you into a mysterious and eerie world. Your goal is to fly through the dark forest while watching out for enemy dwellers and dangerous traps. The HTML5 version of Badland has many challenging levels and missions, spooky sound effects, and fantastic imagery.
Okay Galaga and space shooter fans, it’s your turn. Galaga Special Edition is a fun HTML5 version of the classic shooter with great visual and audio effects. You’ll feel like you are back at the arcade with a pocket full of quarters. Fly, blast, and maneuver through 25 unique stages. Earn bonuses, unlock achievements, score big, and, of course, prepare for the big boss battles.
If you prefer first-person shooters, you can enjoy FPS titles in your browser, too.
It sounds like Tetris, looks like Tetris, but is completely different than Tetris. This game is called Tentrix and your goal is the use the differently-shaped pieces to eliminate rows and columns on the board. With each round, you receive three pieces to place and must fit each one in to continue. Once you fill the board and cannot make another move, the game is over. If you like free puzzle games, then Tentrix is the one for you.
12. King of Thieves
King of Thieves is an addictive platform adventure created by the makers of Cut the Rope. In each of the tons of levels, you’ll need to plan and show some great clicking or tapping skills. You must maneuver around obstacles and enemies while bouncing off walls to make your way to the treasure chest. Crazy characters, dangerous cannons, and scary spikes are everywhere… so time your moves carefully.
Who Needs Flash for Awesome Games?
With awesome browser games like these, you can stop worrying about not having Adobe Flash. Plus, be sure to browse around on the sites for these games because they each have tons of other fun options. And, if you prefer not to download games to your mobile device, you can check out a terrific list of mobile browser games.
Are you ready to get your game on with HTML5 options? Do you already play HTML5 games and have some that you would like to recommend? If so, leave us a comment below!