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Play Free or Die - The Best Free Web Games

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the aunts-and-butlers-is-clever-too dept.

Puzzle Games (Games) 69

mlimber writes "Slate has an article up on the best free web games. Just what is needed for testing out that new laptop you got for Christmas." These games are considerably more fun than I thought they'd be -- most of them seem to work well with Firefox on Linux (though some require a Windows-only download). And when Salon says "Ayiti: The Cost Of Life makes the Oregon Trail look like Candy Land," they mean it -- most games don't need to caution you that "if the whole family is dead, you lose."

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They missed one of the best of the season (3, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830574)

One of the best Flash games released this season is Key to Adventure. It's playable on the PC or Wii [wiicade.com] over on WiiCade, and currently holds a front-page spot over on NewGrounds [newgrounds.com] . Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that WiiCade sponsored the game [wiicade.com] , meaning that it's now possible to get paid for creating Flash games for the Wii [wiicade.com] .

DIsclaimer (3, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830654)

To add a disclaimer to my post, I am associated with WiiCade, so take my post with a grain of salt. That being said, the game really is good. Feel free to check out the NewGrounds reviews [newgrounds.com] (I am NOT associated with them) or just play the game for yourself. :-)

So, any azerty version? (1)

Racemaniac (1099281) | more than 6 years ago | (#21834156)

i'm on an azerty keyboard, so the wasd keylayout is unusable... are you guys planning on letting the players configure the keys so it's playable, or am i supposed to temprarily change my keyboard settings just to play your game?

Re:So, any azerty version? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21834294)

Go ahead and try using the arrow keys. Last time I checked, they worked as a backup. :-)

FWIW, a lot of Flash games are hardcoded with WASD or ASD controls. This has always had me a bit concerned due to the issues surrounding international keyboards. Of course, the solution at WiiCade is to just play on a Wii. But that belies the much larger issue. An issue that I'm afraid I have very little say in fixing.

Re:So, any azerty version? (1)

Racemaniac (1099281) | more than 6 years ago | (#21834390)

yup, it is indeed a serious problem. i'm always happy to see games that simply use the arrows, or allow players to actually configure the keys :)

Re:So, any azerty version? (1)

Spacezilla (972723) | more than 6 years ago | (#21837748)

If you're using Windows, just add an English keyboard layout and press left Alt + left Shift to quickly switch between AZERTY and QWERTY layouts.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832356)

I must say I haven't thought of playing flash games on the Wii, but it's so blindingly obvious now. The game you linked seems to have a limited frame rate of about 16 fps regardless of quality setting, making it somewhat choppy. Is there any comparison between how fast games and other flash apps run between PC and Wii?


Also, what the heck am I supposed to do in cave 1-8? The cryptic hint in the previous cave is too cryptic for me..

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832510)

Is there any comparison between how fast games and other flash apps run between PC and Wii?

You can try running most of the games on WiiCade on both the PC and the Wii to see how they compare. I'm sorry to say that the Wii's performance levels are not great, but a well-optimized game is more than playable. Try playing NG Rumble [wiicade.com] on both the Wii and the PC. You'll notice that its performance on the Wii varies somewhat, while it remains constant on the PC.

On the other hand, you can't exactly have four friends duking it out on the Desktop. (Something which you CAN do on the Wii!) So there are some advantages to games that target the Wii.

Also, what the heck am I supposed to do in cave 1-8? The cryptic hint in the previous cave is too cryptic for me..

The Newgrounds reviews discuss the answer in detail, but I'll repeat it here. Basically, you need to press Left + Up + Camera Change to defeat the level. On a keyboard, that's A + W + 1. On the Wii, it is < + ^ + -.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (1)

Bios_Hakr (68586) | more than 6 years ago | (#21835206)

Your site refuses to work without a cookie. The page won't even display unless I allow a cookie.

The page isn't redirecting properly

Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

        * This problem can sometimes be caused by disabling or refusing to accept
                    cookies.
Now, I'm not a huge cookie conspiracy theorist, but I refuse to allow cookies until *I* decide that a site needs one.

Tell your webmaster to fix the site and maybe then I'll check out your game.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 6 years ago | (#21835440)

> Tell your webmaster to fix the site and maybe then I'll check out your game.

Tell him also that until his lousy site works on Mosaic, then I for one am also not interested.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (3, Insightful)

Goaway (82658) | more than 6 years ago | (#21835524)

I can't believe I just wasted a minute of my life trying to play that. It's really just another argument for why Flash should be fucking illegal. That was the worst thing I've played in a year.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21835742)

Ooookkkayyy. Thanks for sharing. Perhaps next time you'd like to tell the class why you didn't like it?

It amazes me that people take the time to whine and complain in a public forum, yet can't take 2 seconds out of their rants to explain what the actual problem is.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (3, Informative)

Goaway (82658) | more than 6 years ago | (#21835800)

Horrible Flash graphics, horrible framerate, loose controls, unclear and dull gameplay, and painful and unnecessary cutscenes that try and try to be funny but only cause embarrassment.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21835996)

In other words, you dislike Flash in general so you found a reason to dislike the game because it's written in Flash. That's nice.

Re:They missed one of the best of the season (1)

Goaway (82658) | more than 6 years ago | (#21838504)

Unfortunately for you, no. I dislike it for the reasons stated.

It is hard to make a good game in Flash, but it is not impossible. This one falls into pretty much all the usual Flash programming traps, however.

Portal... (3, Interesting)

Junta (36770) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830582)

http://portal.wecreatestuff.com/ [wecreatestuff.com]

For those for whatever reason without the 3D one. Maybe even for those who finished portal...

Re:Portal... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21830666)

R.I.P. Weighted Companion Cube

HELP ME! (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21830722)

My minicity needs more industry!

http://spamslashdot.myminicity.com/ind [myminicity.com]

Re:HELP ME! (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830774)

-1, Offtopic

Hey now. I think this is the first time in history that one of these MyMiniCity links has actually been on topic. Still a bit trollish, but otherwise amusing. :-)

Re:HELP ME! (2, Insightful)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830930)

No, I think we covered this in 2007's biggest gaming letdowns [slashdot.org] , remember?
MyMiniCity can't be both best free game, and biggest letdown... unless, wait.. are you getting more clicks than me? WTF!

Re:HELP ME! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21831436)

How is his post off topic? Myminicity is one of the best online ever

Nethack? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830728)

Not so much of a web game, but surely one of the best free games on the internet.

Re:Nethack? (2, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830814)

I see your Nethack and raise you a Netrek [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Nethack? (1)

SeePage87 (923251) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832164)

If dying horribly in hundreds of different ways over and over constitutes "one of the best fee games on the internet." (I think it does)

And it certainly can be considered a web game [alt.org]

Re:Nethack? (1, Redundant)

jkfresh (603888) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832280)

I am having lots of fun with Legend of the Green Dragon. You can google a bunch of servers.

Here's one that seems fun:

http://d34db33f.com/lotgd [d34db33f.com]

Re:Nethack? (1)

smaddox (928261) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832488)

I prefer Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

TD (4, Informative)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830792)

How could they forget Desktop Tower Defense?

handdrawngames.com

Re:TD (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830974)

There are a lot of good games they didn't mention. Someone already mentioned Portal Flash Edition, and I already mentioned Key to Adventure. A few others are:

NewGrounds Rumble [newgrounds.com] (Wii Version [wiicade.com] - For that Super Smash Bros. fix while waiting for SSBB.

Fancy Pants Adventures [kongregate.com] - Kind of like classic Sonic, but with its own appeal.

Unreal Flash [newgrounds.com] - Sort of like Portal Flash Edition. Except that it's an Unreal Shoot'em Up rather than a platform/puzzle game.

Artillery Live [newgrounds.com] - Simple, yet amazingly fun multiplayer take on Scorched Earth.

Re:TD (1)

PhoenixOne (674466) | more than 6 years ago | (#21845392)

Maybe they wanted to save people countless wasted hours by not exposing them to the most addictive game since solitaire?

The *BEST*?! (2, Interesting)

Chelloveck (14643) | more than 6 years ago | (#21830820)

Those are the best free web games out there? Damn, I'd sure hate to see what the crap games are like! Even Kitten Cannon has more to redeem it than these things.

Re:The *BEST*?! (1)

bateleur (814657) | more than 6 years ago | (#21855592)

Those are the best free web games out there?

No, of course not. Indeed, the article writer is obviously not a webgame player at all. I have no idea why they bothered to write it. The recommended games appear to have been chosen almost as randomly as the categories.

They missed the libre games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21830838)

There are some great open source games that can run on multiple platforms. For example Battle for Wesnoth or Colossus.
One could also download the Fedora Games Spin Live DVD iso and have access to lots more free games that only run on Linux. With the Live DVD you can run them without messing up your PC that normally runs Windows.

They missed a great time waster (4, Informative)

dwillden (521345) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831010)

That article missed a great time waster. I haven't played any of the others but http://www.puzzlepirates.com// [puzzlepirates.com] has certainly eaten up a lot of my free time.

Re:They missed a great time waster (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831170)

I haven't played any of the others but puzzlepirates.com has certainly eaten up a lot of my free time.
Doesn't (didn't) puzzle pirates have a monthly subscription? That would therefore bring it out of the running for free web games. It's like saying GuildWars is a good free time waster because it DOESN'T have subscriptions, but you still have to buy an account...

I think you where using the wrong meaning of the word free... We where looking for free as in beer.

Re:They missed a great time waster (1)

ThePhin (525032) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831244)

You can play for free on a 'Doubloon Ocean', with restricted rank, limited puzzles and less fancy clothes. To get more, they suggest paying to play on a 'Subscription Ocean': costs [puzzlepirates.com] .

Re:They missed a great time waster (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831290)

I stand corrected, I may have to give it a try sometime again. A buddy of mine was addicted in college and recommended it, but, the subscription aspect turned me off to the idea. I may just have to play on Doubloon Ocean once in a while to see what it's all about. Thanks!

Re:They missed a great time waster (1)

Tokah (859694) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832408)

They switched over a while time ago to a different scheme. Instead of paying monthly, you can optionally give them real world money for in game money, making your game life easier. In game money is called PoE, out of game bought money is called doubloons. There is an in game interface for trading PoE for doubloons, such that if you want to you could never give them a dime. I bought doubloons exactly once, and only to thank them financially for making a great game.

Re:They missed a great time waster (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832866)

I didn't realize they had released a web-version of the game. Thanks for the pointer!

goatse assteroids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21831212)

They left out this http://www.naken.cc/java/goatse/ [naken.cc] :)

No FPS multiplayer shooter! (1)

SLot (82781) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831224)

RASTERWERKS [rasterwerks.com] I waste far too many a lunch hour at my desk! Pretty full featured for a FPS in your browser. Enjoy!

Re:No FPS multiplayer shooter! (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831326)

Shockwave Director == Lame. You might as well make QuakeGL a browser plugin for all that buys you. In any case, Jake2 [bytonic.de] (Java Applet) preceded Rasterwerks by several years.

Re:No FPS multiplayer shooter! (2, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831542)

Sorry, I'm mildly confused. This is what I was thinking about:

http://dzzd.net/demo/QUAKE/ [dzzd.net]

Jake2 is a standalone app.

There also used to be a Quake III based engine over on http://www.jpct.net./ [www.jpct.net] I don't know what ever happened to that.

Re:No FPS multiplayer shooter! (1)

DzzD (1210426) | more than 6 years ago | (#21865346)

Hi there, just want to add some more informations on 3DzzD http://dzzd.net/ [dzzd.net] All demos shown are only "snippets" of what you can do with the free API, so it is possible to do multiplayer FPS with it, I did ;-) but those demos are not public and are not planned to be public, as they are prototypes that we do for test bottlneck of the API. The purpose of http://dzzd.net/ [dzzd.net] is to present a Java 3D API engine enabling 3D with all Java version without security privilege, it can also use opengl on demand but requiere user accept a certificat. this way demo will always be usable without security privilege or plugin downloading (as more than 98% PC have a Java enabled browser). Games or demos made with 3DzzD can also run on different device with JSE 1.1 capability as PDA, playstation, other... without modifications, basically program once and run everywhere (at least try to... ;-) ). we plan to open http://games.dzzd.net/ [dzzd.net] , this one will have full featured game, with and without network features. 3DzzD V2 is in progress and is not yet publicly released, this version have most of the bugs fixed and offer more functionnalities than the first version, API architecture have been reviewed too. any comment are welcome, but remenber that demos shown doen't reflect all that it is possible to do with the API as we have made the choice to work more on the V2 API than on the demos... anyways, demos of the V2 will be added to the http://dzzd.net/ [dzzd.net] web site soon, so stay tunned, We hope you will enjoy V2 online demos.

Re:No FPS multiplayer shooter! (1)

SLot (82781) | more than 6 years ago | (#21841422)

by no means do I disagree that shockwave is teh lame. Still, I enjoy rasterwerks. I was simply pointing out that thier list had n o mulitplayer fps on it.

What about... (1)

mackil (668039) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831308)

What about the ever popular Particracy [particracy.net] political simulation?

8 peoples combined best flash games lists (1)

wastedbrains (588579) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831360)

http://seekler.com/lists/Best+Online+Flash+Games [seekler.com] This combines about 8 different peoples best online games lists... My personal list is as follows: 1. Warcraft Tower Defense 2. Flash Tetris 3. Flow evolution flash 4. Bejeweled 5. Line Rider 6. Desktop Tower Defense 7. Ownage Burst 8. Planarity 9. Goldminer 10. Portal Anyways a good and large collection of different games can be found their and filtered by game type.

A whole whack-ton of them (2, Interesting)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831466)

What about Neopets? It has seventy billion (rough estimate) flash games. You get points for playing them, so you can inflate your ego as you work on your mad neoTetris skillz. And you get to giggle like a schoolgirl every time you feed your pet.

(All kidding aside, the games there are pretty well done, and all you need is a Flash player and a working copy of Adblock to kill the Ritalin-inspired banners)

Re:A whole whack-ton of them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21836834)

And Operation Clambake to help undo the Scientology programming.

Re:A whole whack-ton of them (1)

thatnerdguy (551590) | more than 6 years ago | (#21852828)

Hooray for Hasee (sp?) Bounce!!

KoL? (3, Informative)

Preebs (998605) | more than 6 years ago | (#21831872)

I'm sorry but how could they forget Kingdom of Loathing? I've played that game for years and it has still kept me entertained.

Fun. (1)

Boogaroo (604901) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832124)

That tower defense is good. :)

Time to Loathe (4, Insightful)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832386)

Of course no list like this is complete without a mention of
Kingdom of Loathing [kingdomofloathing.com]

An Adventurer is You!

Re:Time to Loathe (1)

zeet (70981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21835098)

Seconded! It probably didn't make the list because there's hardly any glitz or glimmer, but the game has depth and replayability.

Re:Time to Loathe (1)

Gunther Maplethorpe (1146887) | more than 6 years ago | (#21839808)

The article says that the games it lists are "exemplars of the casual gaming genre--video games meant to be played incidentally, as a break from work, for instance, or in lieu of sending an e-mail."

Kingdom of Loathing (kingdomofloathing.com), of which I am a long-time player, isn't really casual, as I'm sure you would agree. Could you, for instance, only log on for a couple of minutes of Knob goblins, then log off?

Re:Time to Loathe (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 6 years ago | (#21845266)

Given that the average adventure takes about 10 to 30 seconds, and you can stop at any time between adventures without losing anything whatsoever.. I'd have to say yes. The only real exception to this rule is if you're farming ultra-rares. And you and I both know that's nothing essential to enjoying the game. The game is as casual or hardcore as you make it. I'd say it fits the casual category better than most quick free games.

If you're hinting that the game is so addictive it's hard to stop when you need to, well that can easily be true of any game worth playing. That's the problem of the player, not the game.

runescape (1, Informative)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832782)

this game [runescape.com] is addictive!

Re:runescape (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21836548)

Eesh... a troll rating? That's just fucking absurd. Not a newcomer, just esasperated old timer. And yes, I also dislike Runescape.

replay value? (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832880)

I've yet to find many games with the replay value of Proximity or Bloxors. Fancy Pants Adventure, Magnetism, Circlo, and Circlo 2 were pretty cool, too. Games that have a definitive best trick for each level don't quite replay as well as games with a more random element AFAIAC.

Gunz (0, Troll)

parisjackson (753837) | more than 6 years ago | (#21832890)

For my money (or lack of it), Gunz (http://gunzonline.com) is a blast. It's simple, addictive, and just flat out fun. I keep thinking it would be a great game to port over to the Xbox Live. Everyone I've ever shown the game to is immediately goes home and downloads it.

Simple shooting game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21835320)

Here's a simple shooting game you can put your own picture in: http://westernshoot.com/ [westernshoot.com]

Utopia anyone? (1)

Merithiel (805986) | more than 6 years ago | (#21837210)

Strange how no one mentioned Utopia yet.

Pretty famous team-based strategy browser game. It's changed dramatically over the years, but it's still alive.

Obligatory wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia_(online_game) [wikipedia.org]

torncity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21837258)

http://www.torncity.com/register.php?XID=130690 [torncity.com]

yeah yeah I know...I'm just gangster like that.

it is addicting the more you play.

User Stats:
There are currently 173,002 players in Torn City.

World of Dungeons & Sryth (1)

loimprevisto (910035) | more than 6 years ago | (#21839342)

One of my favorite browser games is at http://worldofdungeons.net/ [worldofdungeons.net] . It plays like a classic dungeon crawl game where you make a hero, equipt them, then run them through adventures every 7 hours. It's very group oriented (group play is almost mandatory) and has a lot of depth. It's been translated into 4 languages (french/german/spanish/english) and has active communities in all of them. It's not completely free, you can only pick your hero from one of 3 classes (out of the game's 14) with a free account.

If you don't have any objections to following recruitment links, you could earn me a small in-game bonus if you click the link below and end up making an account.
http://world-of-dungeons.net/?link_ea_4712 [world-of-dungeons.net]

Another fun game is at http://sryth.com/ [sryth.com] . It's a completely text based adventure game- not like interactive fiction or MUDs, more like a choose your own adventure story.

What about N? (1)

TheSambassador (1134253) | more than 6 years ago | (#21839654)

I've spent many-a-hour on Ngame http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N_(game) [wikipedia.org] Why isn't it on the list? One of the best platformers I've ever played.

More than that out there (1)

Kuvter (882697) | more than 6 years ago | (#21840278)

He completely misses Maple Story, Rappelz, and Dungeon Runners, among others.

Maple Story, a cute side scrolling MMO.
Rappelz, an MMORPG by GPotato who has a total of 5 free online games to play that'll kill a lot of time.
Dungeon Runners by the makers of Guild Wars. For Dungeon Runners think a spoof of Diablo 2 meets WOW.

Re:More than that out there (1)

erdraug (962369) | more than 6 years ago | (#21871056)

Don't forget Mythos, by the developing team behind Diablo II and the artist behind Fate.

games for WEB site (1)

finty (1210050) | more than 6 years ago | (#21858264)

Please free games /slovak-czech/ for web site. Today main site www.finty.sk . Neomyz.games 3 games. tetris, a..
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