A lot of people are stuck at home right now and could use a bit of joy in their lives.
It’s been really hard to focus on anything other than the pandemic lately. Everything feels so uncertain and scary.
plays.org is here for you! They offer hundreds of free online games that can quickly be played from the comfort of your own home. Their games are unblocked free HTML games which you can play directly in your web browser with no app downloads required. No ads. No ads re-targeting. They add new games daily, so there’s something for everyone!
You can play over 1000 different online games for free right from your browser.
This site was created because so many people were locked in their homes during rolling lockdowns. The founders thought that they might bring some joy to people’s lives.
The gaming industry is valued at hundreds of billions of dollars today. Much of it revolves around hyper-optimizing design to create accidental ad clicks, monetized upgrades, and addictive loops. All of these are necessary to offset the cost for distribution buying ads on other platforms.
This website aims to take you back to simpler times. They offer…
- There are no status symbols nor paid upgrades
- Simple games that are enjoyable, but don’t aim to change your identity or create addictive loops.
- Casual games that you can play quickly, including many you can’t lose.
- Playing games does not require you to download any apps
- You don’t need to create an account or register. However, you can save your favorites in my favorite section and create a new free user account to allow you to save them across multiple computers.
My Favorites So Far
I absolutely love Pac-Rat which is similar to the classic game Pac-Man. In this case, you are a rat trying to eat all the cheese before you are captured!
Use the direction keys on the keyboard to move your rat and avoid getting eaten by the cats. Of course, if you get a piece of cheese you can temporarily receive power to eat the cats!
After the first few levels, Pac-Man is quite difficult. This game is much easier than Pac-Man because it only has 6 levels. It also has 3 cats and not 4 ghosts. The relative character speeds are also in your favor. Your game progress can be saved in your web browser. You can replay a level once you beat it, but you must beat the current level in order to unlock the next level. There is no fruit to be collected in the game.
I feel like everyone knows how to play classic solitaire but this game is exactly like you’d expect it to be. Use the mouse to move cards where you want to place them. Click on the blue card stack to reveal a new card.
This simple, hand-drawn virtual pinball machine mimics the classic mechanical pinball machines with flippers that were created in the 1940s and 1950s.
- To shoot the ball onto the field, click on the mouse and hold the button down.
- To move the flippers, press the left or right buttons.
For this game, I had to shrink the size of my screen so I could capture the entire tabletop.
I do find this particular game challenging because the flippers are so far apart. This distance apart allows the ball to conquer the game rather than me…