In this post we’ll cover the best free, simple, no-download online multiplayer games. Why download a game if you don’t have to?
Aside from the fact that they are all free, these games are similar in a few ways.
Known as the “dot-io” games, they are simple by design, but become more complex as you develop different strategies to play and progress in each.
For one, they’re all accessible right from your browser without ever downloading a file onto your computer. In all of them, the entity you control moves non-stop. Since there’s no way to pause, the games require your undivided attention.
Slither.io will remind you of the old classic “Snake” that was popular on cell phones in the early 2000s. The difference is that its an online multiplayer game where seemingly hundreds of other snakes (players) are all in the same arena battling it out. The objective: get as big as possible.
- To get bigger, you have to consume mass — colored dots scattered around the map.
- Careful! If you run into another snake, you’re out! You lose and your snake turns into a concentration of colored dots for others to consume and get bigger.
- Aggressive players will try to speed in front of you, so watch out. You can speed by holding down the mouse button, but you’ll slowly lose mass in order to speed up.
There is not another game like Paper.io – it is completely unique. Like the others on this list, the game is an online multiplayer game.
- The objective is to cover as much of the area as possible with your color. You move your player across the screen to create loops, and
- While drawing a new loop, you’re vulnerable! If another player crosses your path before you close your new loop, then you’re out!
- Score is kept based on the percentage of the map you have covered, and the player rankings are displayed on screen as well.
- From the home page of the game’s website, you can change game mode. Small Map and Fast Speed are pretty fun, and there are even a few older versions that host games with an antiquated, blocky feel.
Link: click here to play Paper.io.
Hole.io feels a bit different than the other two. You control a circle (the hole) with your mouse, moving it around an arena that resembles a city. When you move your circle around an object, the object will drop down into the hole. Your goal is to consume various objects in the city such as benches, light posts, cars, buildings.
- Your circle will get bigger as you consume more objects.
- The kicker with Hole.io is that it’s timed. Although endless games can be fun, the fact that Hole.io is timed can be beneficial if you only have a few minutes to play
Link: click here to play Hole.io.
As simple and lightweight as they are, you can find yourself jumping in for just a round or two and playing for an hour before you know it. These games are great time wasters, perfect when you’re bored at work. They’re ALSO available on mobile (slither is, paper is, and I need to check to see if hole is) waiting for your plane, in transit, etc.