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A Complete Waste of Time! Warning! Do not read if you have work to do!

An extensive list of (mostly) fun & free games.


Freeware & Open Source
April 4, 2010 1:58 am
Genre: Educational, Puzzle
A dual-n-back game for the PC. Dual N Back games have been shown to increase working memory and fluid intelligence
Online
April 4, 2010 1:53 am
Genre: Educational, Puzzle
Dual-n-Back tests have been clinically shown to increase mental capacity. This is a simple online version.
Online
April 4, 2010 12:51 am
Genre: Platformer, Puzzle
A clever game that combines "sliding puzzle piece" simple game play.
Online
April 23, 2009 1:08 am
Genre: Educational, Puzzle
A bunch of projects from Lui von Ahn, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. These projects are designed to help humans teach computers about the real world in a fun game-like manner.
Online
April 20, 2009 1:11 am
Genre: Puzzle
A list of the best "brain games" on the web - updated daily (which is a lot more often than I udpate!).
Online
April 20, 2009 1:10 am
Genre: Puzzle
Interesting little puzzler - get the orange blobs to the blue blobs without touching the red blobs.
Online
April 12, 2009 12:54 am
Genre: Puzzle
Start a chain reaction. Try to explode as many dots as needed to pass a level.
Elegant little puzzle game.
Online
April 12, 2009 1:13 am
Genre: Puzzle
Fun puzzle game where you have to fill 2/3 the screen with your puffy expanding balls without being hit by the smaller bouncing balls.
Online
April 12, 2009 12:42 am
Genre: Puzzle
My girlfriend was obsessed with this game for a while, as was I... perhaps back before this time wasting list because I can't seem to find it here... You have to untangle the lines so that none of them overlap. Can get quite challenging towards the end. Perfect for people who like untangling headphone cables after they've been in your jacket pocket for days.
April 12, 2009 12:41 am

Yeah it's a massive list of 150 online flash games. I find his ranking a little suspect, but there's lots of good stuff here.
April 12, 2009 12:39 am
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Get the soccer ball into the garbage bin in an office-like environment. The game ends after a dozen or so rounds, thus limiting its ability to waste your time.
April 11, 2009 3:51 pm
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Online
April 11, 2009 2:20 pm
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Omegle is a brand-new service for meeting new friends. When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, although there is nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you would like.
Interesting little website... I wish I had thought of it.
April 11, 2009 1:22 pm
Genre: Fun (non-game)
A series of rather odd videos. I first came across the first video a while ago, but now there are 3 and a website.
Online
April 9, 2009 12:37 am
Genre: Musical
Brilliant little mini sequencer. I'm having a lot of fun with this one. No musical talent necssary, anyone can make good, interesting music with this thing.
April 4, 2009 1:18 pm
Genre: Fun (non-game)
List of things to do with your friends when you're bored.
April 4, 2009 1:01 pm
Genre: Fun (non-game)
I helped develop this method of creating forced-perspective illusion wall art.
April 4, 2009
Genre: Tower Defense
Fun tower defense game... I'm sure I saw this years ago, but didn't notice it in my list.
Independant & Shareware
April 4, 2009

Massives list of small, downloadable games. (via an old Tom's Hardware article that no longer exists)
Abandonware
April 4, 2009

List of & links to abandonware DOS games on the net.
Online
March 26, 2009
Genre: Role Playing
A web (AJAX) based veresion of nethack. Very, very cool.
Online
March 21, 2009
Genre: Puzzle
A very challenging pong like game that requires you to also balance a ball that's connected to your paddle moves. It requires quite a bit of thought in the fraction of a second you have.
March 19, 2009
Genre: Musical
Interesting musical game where you draw lines to bounce falling balls, each time making a musical note - the lower the velocity, the lower the note.
January 1, 2009
Genre: Action, Platformer, Puzzle
This game requires a lot of control and a lot of hand-eye coordination. And a lot of rapid button pushing. You "levitate" a ball that's dropping past some obstacle and to the "warp point" - which is the end of the level. (link updated 4/4/2009)
Online
December 11, 2006
Genre: Action, Fun (non-game), Puzzle
Cute physics-based game where you draw lines & then a sledder rides down them.
Online
December 11, 2006
Genre: Puzzle
GAH! I'm going to figure out the next level if it kills me.
Online
November 12, 2006
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Oh yeah this is a good one. You must pilot your ship through a tunnel filled with a series of rotating discs. By moving the mouse, you move the ship through the various holes. One word of advice: If you can clearly see the next disc, you're probably ok. And I blame my lack of skill on the laptop toucpad.
Online
November 12, 2006
Genre: Action, Platformer
Press up for a small jump, press space for a big jump. It's really that simple. Or is it? Time wasted: 5 minutes
November 12, 2006
Genre: Action, Puzzle
This game is hilarious. Really. You just have to play it to see what I mean.
November 11, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Subconsciously, you're driven to prefer one thing over another. But why? This site can offer some insight into that. Simply click the photo of the two you like better, and this site will tell you something about you (with startling accuracy).
Independant & Shareware
November 10, 2006
Genre: FPS
A free first person shooter. This one looks really good. It's a Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory mod. Check out the image gallery.
(400+ mb download)
Independant & Shareware
November 10, 2006
Genre: Online Multiplayer, Role Playing
Along with Mangband
These are online, multiplayer roguelikes. Roguelikes (see my entry below) are games that use very simple graphics, but have very deep gameplay. ToME is based very closely on the works of J.R.R. Tolkein (in my first game, I was killed by Farmer Maggot's dog). TomeNET is the online, multiplay variant, using the Mangband engine. Play with or against your friends, or make new ones.
November 10, 2006
Genre: Action, Puzzle
This is a fun game where you have to type the names of those that are attacking you to shoot them. It's actually a lot of fun, and a great way to learn typing!
Online
November 10, 2006
Genre: Puzzle
Hmm. I'm sure I played this one before, I don't know why isn't already in the list. This is a fun game where you fling a comet & try to get them to orbit a number of stationary objects without crashing in to them.

Note: I have played this, or a similar game before, it's called Gravity.
Independant & Shareware
November 10, 2006
Genre: Action, Strategy
WWII submarine sim game.
(6 MB Download)
Online
November 3, 2006
Genre: Action
Sort of like a Flash version of SkiFree only you play a snowball and get bigger & bigger and gain more & more momentum as you go along. You can roll over anything smaller than you are.
November 3, 2006
Genre: Role Playing
A browser-based MMORPG. These browser based games can be somewhat slow, but if you enjoy it, you can find hours of entertainment. This is one of the most complete I've seen.
November 3, 2006

Something tells me if you visit Fritterware you'll stop visiting this page... Just kidding. :-) A web 2.0 "bookmark & vote on your favorite time wasters" site.
Independant & Shareware
November 3, 2006
Genre: MMORPG
Wikipedia has a list of Free MMORPGs. Not all of them are completely free (you may have to pay for premium content, for example), and others (like Entropia Universe) have an economy that uses real money.
Independant & Shareware
November 3, 2006
Genre: FPS
Really nice looking open source First Person Shooter.
October 29, 2006
Genre: Puzzle
Non graphical brain teasers (you know.. words). For those who like to get a headache while they waste time.
October 29, 2006

Since I haven't been adding anything for a while, here's 10 new(ish) games for you.
Online
October 29, 2006
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Another one of those point & click puzzle games. I actually managed to solve this one with only one hint!!!
October 29, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
This one isn't a game, it's actually a very cool illusion based on the opponent process color theory. You've probably seen ones like it before, but this one is much more sophisticated than the flag or the superman logo. And the fun part is, they give you a tutorial to learn how to make one yourself.
October 29, 2006
Genre: Puzzle
Online solitaire, with player rankings & stats.
Online
October 29, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Sign generators & talking heads.
October 29, 2006
Genre: Puzzle
A simple little puzzle game that inolves parking a car.
October 29, 2006
Genre: Strategy
The title says it all.
October 29, 2006

A list of flash games that appeared on Digg.com
October 29, 2006
Genre: Online Multiplayer, Strategy
Online Risk game. I've wasted a *lot* of time on this site. Just a word of warning: Avoid the freestyle games, not all the potential strategies that can be used in freestyle games are obvious to the beginning player.
October 29, 2006
Genre: Puzzle
Touch the good balls, but not the bad ones... a very pointless waste of time indeed. (but fun)
January 22, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Just awsomeness, and since it's a video, that means no getting carpal tunnel syndrome while watching it! (Update 4/4/2009: Does this predate youtube?)
Online
January 22, 2006
Genre: Action
Fun fast-paced, furious multi-player tank war action.
January 22, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
No game here, just some cool pictures. Growing up, this is exactly the kind of thing I would have done. You know, if I had the resources.

Update 4/4/2009: Wall Illusion: Easy Forced-Perspective Wall Art Here's a tutorial on how to make a simple one... I helped deveop this method (in the Ask.Metafilter thread).
January 12, 2006
Genre: Action
A spherical breakout. Use the arrow keys to move the paddles.
January 12, 2006
Genre: FPS
A quick first person stick figure shooter. Not as good as The Saint, but it will test your mouse skills.
January 10, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
A while ago I heard an interview with the director of Time Warner: A Life in the Clouds, which spoofs how utterly banal comic books are nowadays, using Garfield as a prime example of a comic that used to be great, but now is just... well, banal. Well, now you get the chance to design your own Garfield comic.
Online
January 6, 2006
Genre: Puzzle
I still don't get the whole Sudoku thing, but here you go... Easy, Medium, Hard and Evil levels.
Real Life
January 6, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Mostly for New Yorkers, make your own subway sign to confound your fellow straphangers.
January 6, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game)
A while ago, someone figured out that you could search for a certain phrase and find unprotected webcams (that published pages with that phrase). Well, someone went through the trouble of figuring out where all those webcams were and putting them on a map. For the voyeur in all of us.
January 2, 2006

It's official: Everyone is wasting time, even the folks at About.com. (via Joystiq)
January 2, 2006
Genre: Action, Platformer
Really short, and not too difficult, but worth a couple of minutes. Basically, what you'd expect from a third party mario game.
Online
January 2, 2006
Genre: Fun (non-game), Puzzle
Really cool construction game where you can build squiggly creepy crawly machines. When you're done constructing, you can check out the zoo. or compete in a race. If you like this game, try Pontifex. Be sure to read the "How To" section (it's quick) and learn about how to make muscles.
Online
January 2, 2006
Genre: Adventure
Gorgeous little point-and-click puzzle game. Reminds me of the Polyphonic Spree game Quest for the Rest. Then check out Samorost 2.
Independant & Shareware
January 2, 2006
Genre: Educational
Knuckles in China Land is a language-learning RPG. Currently it teaches Japanese, and I think somewhere it mentioned German as well. You might be able to use it to learn anything if you create your own quiz cards. It uses an algorithm called Language 2 Acquisition to ensure optimum learning. If the above link doesn't work, try http://www.kicl.info/ (If I post an educational game, is it still a waste of time?)
January 2, 2006

With Growcube and Hapland, you know this has to be a good list. More goodness at JayIsGames.com. (via Joystiq)
Independant & Shareware
January 2, 2006
Genre: Online Multiplayer, Strategy
"Meet interesting people on the Internet, then build big tanks and show the bastards who's boss." A real-time multi-player online strategy now free & available through BitTorrent. (Sorry, haven't played this one, just passing the link on to you strategy freaks out there.)
Online
January 2, 2006
Genre: Action, Platformer
Play all your favorite classic video games free online. Looks like a Java MAME emulator. Now excuse me while I go play some 1942.
December 31, 2005
Genre: Action, Platformer
Classic. I played this in the 1980's on my Atari computer. The goal is to collect all the diamonds while dodging all sorts of obstacles. It's not a joystick fest like it sounds like, it's more of a puzzle game. I remember getting to level N or O regularly "back in the day."
December 29, 2005

A list of 5 of the best freeware games of the year. Nuff said.
Online
December 27, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game), Puzzle
This is my new favorite. Rather than explain it, I think you should just play with it for a little while and see how quickly you get hooked by this weirdly hypnotic game. And if you like this, check out the even more surreal Hell of Sand.
December 22, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Your co-workers will all gather around your computer and go "awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww". Also check out StuffOnMyCat.com (Update 4/4/2009: Does this predate ICanHazCheeserburger.com?
December 22, 2005

Dave Chapelle's take on "What if life was like Grand Theft Auto?"
Independant & Shareware
December 10, 2005
Genre: Adventure
I'm downloading this one now. It's a large (800MB) interactive story that's supposed to go beyond the traditional interactive fiction or point & click games of the past. I guess it's more of an experiment in AI than just being a video game... (via Joystiq)
Online
December 10, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
From PopCap Games (the makers of Bejewelled & Alchemy) comes Chuzzle, click & drag the rows of Chuzzles to form groups of 3. Release to pop. Cutesy sound alert!
December 2, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
PacMan has an incredible following. PacMondrian, PacMan on the streets of NYC, and now Robot PacMan. A complete waste of space.
Online
December 2, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
One of those online puzzle/riddle/point & click style puzzles. Only, this one employs more tricks than just point & click....
November 18, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Arrange the shapes to mirror the object to the left. 7 levels, but the shapes randomize each time you reload.
November 12, 2005
Genre: Strategy
Everyone keeps telling me about this board game "The Settlers of Catan" like it's the best thing since sliced bread. Well now I get to play online with complete strangers. Yay!
November 11, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
How to build the best paper airplane in the world. This is actually the airplane my friend's dad taught me to make when I was 12, minus the tailpiece. It does fly really well. Uh, Mac, Windows & Linux compatible, but consult your office manager before launching one in the conference room.
Links
November 10, 2005
Genre: Action, Adventure, Puzzle, Role Playing
A list of freeware/independant games for Windows XP.
Online
November 10, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
A rotating spinning tetris thingy.
November 6, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Scratch yourself
(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
Go ahead, scratch yourself now. Even if nothing itches, go ahead. Doesn't that feel pretty good?
Independant & Shareware
November 4, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
A gorgeous game, and an entry into the Independent Games Festival, find the clouds & lead them to each other. File it in the same genre as Katamari Damacy and Ico. 33MB download, Windows only.
November 1, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Another one of those "get your mouse from point A to point B without hitting the obstacles" games. This one is pretty good. (Loud)
November 1, 2005
Genre: Adventure
You gotta love flash. It's the rebirth of adventure games. I haven't played too deeply into this one, but it looks interesting. So far only Episode 1 has been released & it looks like there will be a new one each week in November. (Loud)
Independant & Shareware
November 1, 2005
Genre: FPS, Online Multiplayer
Based on the GLP (open source) source from Id (the guys who made Quake), Alien Arena 2006 is a free, open source multi player shoot-em-up, err, First Person Shooter. Via Joystiq. (Windows & Linux, ~150MB)
Independant & Shareware
October 31, 2005
Genre: MMORPG
I've never really played MMORPGS, but this one is free (some advanced features cost money or something) and cute. I'm a total newb. (Windows, Mac & Linux, ~50MB download.) Update: I've reached the edge of the free area. You can wander around outside the town, but any interactions aside from fighting there are off limits. There are some nasty comments about the game on Joystiq today. I guess it doesn't compare to World of Warcraft or something.
October 29, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Another one of those annoying number puzzle games that seem to be all the rage. This site promises a new one every day, and you can print them out.
Online
October 21, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
"Hmmm, a package. I don't remember ordering anything." I wonder what's in it. Note: This game assumes you know a little bit about computer science, if you don't know the difference between hexadecimal & binary, don't bother. Bad Music Alert!
October 21, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Another one-room point & click game. This one with a spooky vibe. The solution is on LazyLaces for all you cheaters out there, you know who you are..
October 21, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
There's like a billion point & click games at LazyLaces.com. The previous three games are probably from there. (I kinda lost track of which were emailed to me & which were from there.)
Online
October 21, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
& Hapland 2
Don't ask me, I'm just the messenger. Similar to GrowCube.
Online
October 21, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Pretty clever isometric pixel art game. Another fave. Bad Music Alert!
Online
October 21, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
A new personal favorite. You slingshot an atom through some gravity wells and see how long it will last before being sucked into one. You need to log in to track & submit high scores.
October 21, 2005
Genre: Action
It's pretty impressive how far the web has come. This game probably looks better than most racing games of the Nintendo era. Use the arrow keys to accelerate & stear, and the space key to brake. (Disclaimer: the developer emailed this one to me) Loud Game Alert
Independant & Shareware
October 10, 2005
Genre: Online Multiplayer, Platformer
"Super Mario War is a Super Mario Deathmatch game.
The goal is to stomp as many other Marios as possible to win the game. It's a tribute to "Mario War by Samuele Poletto"." (7MB Download, Windows & XBox only)
Independant & Shareware
October 10, 2005
Genre: MMORPG
Apparently a gorgeous, free MMORPG where you play in Ancient China. via GamersDaily Check out this screencap.
October 3, 2005
Genre: Strategy
Interesting game where you start with a bunch of tiles with 1/4 circles & by moving one, you can start a chain reaction that spreads across the whole board. Not a very active game, but a lot of fun to watch.
July 15, 2005
Genre: Action, Role Playing, Strategy
Large scale version of the classic game Killer where the object is to asassinate (via water balloon or water gun) someone else. Sorry, no online play. (Yes, I know, I suck.)
July 15, 2005

Another big list of games. From the site: "These are online games that, in my opinion, offer a 'good experience' - good game design with an overall attention to quality. Unless otherwise noted, they're all free, online, and available right now."
Online
July 14, 2005
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Damn that bouncing balley.
Online
July 12, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
A point + click flash game similar to some of the old adventure games I grew up on. It took a while to get it, but eventually I did. The final message is:Don't forget to do your homework and have something to eat. Don't forget, the door slides, you don't have to use the doorknob and bang it. Mom (written in white so I don't spoil it for you) (via my friend Evan)
June 28, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Again, not a game, but a pretty cool collaborative art project. This one is quiet, I promise, and as far as I know, does not feature David Hasslehoff.
June 28, 2005
Genre: Strategy, Tower Defense
You pick up the stick men & fling them (very satisfyingly so). It starts out slow, but gets fast. Be sure to read the Help section for tips on all the upgrades. I can't get past level 15, 1443 casualties, with a final score of 164260. It's possible to level 100 if you get your strategy right, but is madenningly frustrating if you get your strategy wrong. Be sure to visit XGenStudios for more games.

Now an addicting Nintendo Wii game!!
Online
June 27, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Strangely bizarre, and just sleightly morbid.
See also, the somehow prophetic Falling Bush. (That's George W, you perverts)
Abandonware
June 24, 2005

Not all of the games are available for download (some are still for sale, or protected under the ESA), but this site has quite a lot of old DOS games, such as Colonization, Civilization 2, and even a very, very old Castle Wolfenstein (check out those graphics!) (via ?off)
Online
June 23, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
A browser based competitive port of the board game Boggle. Enter your name, and start playing. You type the words you find on the board on the keyboard. (formerly WEBoggle)
Online
June 13, 2005
Genre: Adventure
You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.
June 13, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Classic & modern video game advertisements.
Abandonware
June 13, 2005

MAME is an emulator for all those great old arcade games. PalmMAME is a port for the PalmOS.... Play arcade games on your Palm.
June 13, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
An article about the inventor of the Joystick. (What, no article on the inventor of the Paddle? Breakout just isn't the same without a paddle.)
Online
June 11, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
"I invite you to enter my Maze. I say it is mine, because despite who else I might be, I am the architect as well as your guide. Your first goal is to find the shortest route through the Maze - a simple task, I assure you, if you know what to look for. I have planted clues throughout for your interpretation - or misinterpretation. Indeed, you will be fascinated by the Maze's ambiguity, stimulated by its mystery, stymied by its riddle. But fear not! I will be with you all the way. Fear not, that is, if you truly believe that my clues or I can be trusted."
Online
June 11, 2005
Genre: Platformer
Utterly annoying HHGG game, but I think you can win a prize if you get good at it.
Online
June 2, 2005
Genre: Action, Puzzle
My girlfriend's current Orisinal game (see below). It's like SameGame (see below) crossed with a slingshot.
May 31, 2005
Genre: Educational, Strategy
This was recommended to me a few years ago. Create a nation, design a flag, and by answering questions (I think about 2 a day) your nation grows & develops a character. Inspired by a book called Jennifer Government.
May 31, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Occupancy is no longer available, but at the time you could design an Isometric apartment for display in this virtual skyscraper. A personal favorite, but not very interactive.
Online
May 31, 2005
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Isometric virtual chat bar (PG rated). I remember when this was Mobiles Disco.
May 31, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Okay, it's a corporate shill, but still pretty cool. Can you get the ball in the hole using the push & pull powers of the telescoping Dyson Vacuum Attachments? via ?off. Dyson also has a "steer the ball into the goal" game, which is okay, but only worth a footnote.
Independant & Shareware
January 2, 2005
Genre: Role Playing

"Rogue-Like" games are role playing games that focus on complexity over graphics. The amount of detail, depth, and options in these games is staggering... there are just no graphics. Unlike big box RPG's you can't play through in a few days, these often require weeks and months to complete. It may take a little effort at first to learn the commands and get used to the fact there are are, essentially, no graphics, but the reward is well worth the initial effort.

Some of the most popular roguelikes include

  • ADOM My personal favorite, ADOM is huge. This is where I would start.
  • Tales of Middle Earth This one is very heavily based on the world of JRR Tolkein (for example, you start the game in the town of Bree). (Wikipedia Entry)
  • Nethack (playable in browser or via telnet a on alt.org)
  • Angband The basis for many of the existing rogue-like games out there today, it has many variants and descendants. (wikipedia)

Graphical variants include

  • Falcon's Eye Recommended to me by Andrew, but always crashes my computer, and we can't get it to work on my girlfriend's computer.
  • The Iron Hells Do you have to register to play?
  • Iso-Angband This one looks promising, it just adds a graphical interface to Angband. The graphics aren't great yet, but there's some promise here.
  • Golem This one looks really promising, especially Golem3D, but it's not available for download yet (sorry for the tease).
  • Even the famous SSI had Dungeon Hack, which you can download from The Underdogs website. This is the only variant that doesn't have an isometric view, it's a first-person view.
January 2, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
Often considered the last bastion of independant game making, Interactive Fiction (also called Text Adventure, think Zork) games are made by hobbyists, and some of them are extremely high quality, almost masterpieces of game making. These games are completely text based (which is why they're called Interactive Fiction...), and you have to type in commands such as "go west" or "kill monster" or "inflate raft." Extremely addictive, and will work on nearly every platform under the sun from Windows to Palm and everything in between (usually using an interpreter called a Frotz).
Abandonware
January 1, 2005
Genre: Adventure
Available for Zero Zorkmids, play the game that started it all! (Mac too! Probably PDA too if you can hack the .zX file into PalmFrotz or something)
Abandonware
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fun (non-game), Platformer, Puzzle
More than just a Zelda clone, you can make your own quests and share them with your friends.
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: MMORPG, Online Multiplayer
SecondLife was too complex for me (and at $9.95 a month, not free either), I like Zanpo. It's an isometric pixelart city where you can design buildings, and the community votes on the best ones for inclusion in the city. Then you can walk around the city & talk with the other residents. Perhaps more art than game, it lets you unleash Your Inner Pixel Artist! Create a city for your friends. (disclaimer: The author e-mailed me and asked me to add this one. Lucky for him, I like it.)
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Yet Another Virtual Bubble Wrap. These regenerate after a second, giving lots of satisfying action. No clicking required. I try to see if I can write letters & numbers in the bubble wrap. via ?off.
January 1, 2005
Genre: FPS
The classic shooter in 5 kilobytes. It reminds me a bit of Drivey, which is a download, but really impressive.
Independant & Shareware
January 1, 2005
Genre: MMORPG
This is a free (there's a pay/premium version) MMORPG. Top down... looks good, I haven't tried it yet.
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
One of life's more pressing concerns - how many paper balls can you get into the waste paper basket under a variety of wind conditions. via ?off.
January 1, 2005
Genre: FPS
from quertystar: If you like games this is quite cool - kinda like doom but with stickmen - cleverly done.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle
This classic & hilarious game of the book of the radio show is now available to be played online, via DouglasAdams.com.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Role Playing
Released in 1993, this first person RPG launched the Elder Scrolls series*. From what I hear, the game is huge. Definately a good waste of time.
* Think "Oblivion"
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Platformer
A clone of Super Mario Brothers written in DHTML of all things. Cute cat. It's a little harder to control than the original, but it's fun. Actually, I never got too far because I couldn't get up enough speed to make some of the bigger jumps. Still, this is quite an amazing feat of HTML. At one point I saw a turtle that hadn't loaded yet.
Independant & Shareware
January 1, 2005
Genre: Platformer
I don't know if Super Mario has passed into the public domain, but this game is a great example of what can be done with the Mario legacy. It might take a few tries to get what the game is all about, but once you do, it's a fun, simple, interesting, frustrating game. Windows only, sorry _NIX.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Role Playing, Strategy
The Underdogs have a lot of old SSI games (and other "abandonware" games) available for download, including the wildly popular (think cult favorite) Unlimited Adventures, which allows you to build your own RPG's.
(Update 4/4/2009: the links I had are dead, but this is an important entry, so I'm leaving i there)
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Platformer
Basically it's a cross between Asteroids and Space Invaders. Fun, clever, and a complete waste of time.
"Space Dudes is a classic arcade-style shooter. Play through 60 levels of manic shoot-em-up action and destroy everything in sight! It's a Java game that you can play right from your browser." (disclaimer: The author e-mailed this one to me.)
January 1, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Not exactly a game, but still a good waste of time. You can create your own South Park character. Just screencap it & send it to your friends, use it as an online avatar, whatever. "Version 2" which as far as I can tell is by a different person.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game)
Not a game, but a clever cartoon exploring what might have happened after the original Super Mario Brothers. Not exactly safe for work.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Fun (non-game), Online Multiplayer
A collaborative magnetic refridgerator lettors. Tres cool. Well, "collaborative" isn't quite the word for it, it's more like "competitive." Hilarious if you can get some friends or acquaintances to visit with you. A personal favorite.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
I'm not gonna tell you how this one works, but ... well, it pretty much lives up to it's name. Timing is everything. (Link updated 4/4/2009)
Abandonware
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Platformer
That strange little windows game has an official homepage by the original author. You gotta love a story that starts with: " In 1991 I was working at Microsoft as a programmer, writing programming utilities for use by other programmers, such as a dialog editor used in the development of Word and Excel." And ends with an animated GIF of two snow monsters humping.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Strategy
You have to register with Maxis (you can use a throwaway email address), but you get to play the original SimCity online. This one is borderline browser based / install because it installs a plugin to your browser.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Online Multiplayer, Puzzle
I never knew the name for this game. You aim with the arrow keys and every round you get a chance to shoot at your opponents. A direct hit destroys them. This version is multi player, and has chat. (Thanks to Chris Uhler for the mentioning it.)
Abandonware
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Adventure
Download GTA, Wild Metal, and GTA2 for free. It says that not everyone is elligible to download these games (I don't know what their criteria is), and they ask for your name, address, and email. I don't know if trading your address for a game is really "free," but it costs no money at any rate. Don't expect GTA1 to be anything like GTA3, but you might want to check it out anyway.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Ever been to a pig-toss? Me neither. But now you can, virtually, with this craps like dice... er.. pigs game. (Thanks to Rose Wing for the link). Just be sure to turn the sound down if you're at work.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action
"Pac-Mondrian closes the perceptual distance between fine art and video games by combining Piet Mondrian's Modernist masterpiece 'Broadway Boogie Woogie' with Toru Iwatani's classic video game Pac-Man."
ATARI = ART + AI (Artificial Intelligence).
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Puzzle
From keithaw: Your list of online games made blogdex today, and looking through it I was astonished to see no mention of Orisinal.com. They are all flash games written by someone named Ferry Halim, and they are quite beautiful as well as enjoyable. Definitely a unique style to his work. This one: http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/floats.htm is the one I am most addicted to.
Independant & Shareware
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action
Classic 80's arcade shoot-em-up action, with a stylistic flair for the new millenium. This game is part Astreoids, part 1942, and part abstract art with a slick hip hop feel. Definately worth checking out.
Independant & Shareware
January 1, 2005

The owners of MacGamesAndMore pointed me to this site. I don't own a Mac, so I don't know if these are any good.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Role Playing
A clone of the old game LoRD (Legend of the Red Dragon). I wouldn't call it addictive, but it's a great distraction while you're supposed to be doing something else. When you're waiting for your computer to do something, you can play a little, and then go back to work. It's better than staring at your computer screen.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Puzzle
A familiar concept, but a bit of a (sick) twist. The name really says it all. Via ?off.
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Puzzle
This should keep you entertained for a while. Just move your mouse left and right (no clicking) to keep him walking in a straight line. The object of the game is to keep him walking without falling over, by moving your mouse left and right.
You can't see your cursor, which makes it more difficult. Apparently the record is 82 meters. Via ?off.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Puzzle
This is that game that was in nearly every arcade and bar for years. The one where there are bubbles and you have to shoot them with more bubbles... If you don't know what I mean, just visit the page. (update 4/4/2009: Duh, the original is called Bubble Bobble)
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action
"Play Nintendo and Sega video games online for free!" Looks like every Nintendo, Sega, Gameboy and a bunch of arcade games playable online for free. I could spend all day just playing 1942.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Click and drag the red block, avoiding all the blue blocks as long as you can.
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Platformer, Puzzle
I'm glad this thing only has about 10 levels per difficulty level or I'd play it all day long. This thing plays exactly like the original, it's awesome. If you don't know about Lemmings, you didn't own a computer in the mid 90's.
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
Seltar, the author of this game sent this to me. It's a puzzle game where the object is to clear the board of boxes by sliding your box around the screen. The tricky part is, your box only stops when it hits another box, so you have to make sure you end up in the right place to launch off in a new direction.
Online
January 1, 2005
Genre: Puzzle
PopCap games makes some of the most addictive games. Alchemy is one of them. ?Bejeweled is another. With over a dozen games to choose from, you can't go wrong! (a personal favorite)
January 1, 2005
Genre: Action, Adventure
A whole bunch of simple games, many of them seem like updated versions of old Atari 2600 games.
Independant & Shareware
January 1, 2005
Genre: Adventure, Fun (non-game), Puzzle, Strategy
Made on a low budget (less then millions of dollars), there are a lot of great independant games out there, like Pontifex and Reiner Knizia's Samurai, and I found them through the IGF.
December 31, 2004
Genre: Puzzle
I wasted many many hours playing this as an .exe (see my Smallware page for a review). Now thanks to the miracle of the Internet, anyone can play anywhere at any time without even installing the damn thing. This guy has a bunch of other games too.
December 31, 2004
Genre: Puzzle
Oh and I wasted many hours playing this one too as a DOS game. Also see my Smallware page for a review. See if you can get Dr. Who to destroy all the Daleks before they get him. This version is a little different than the one I'm used to, the board is bigger, there are more daleks to start, and you get more sonic screwdrivers than usual. The cool thing is you can test your best scores against anyone else who plays on this site.

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