If you’re on the hunt for fun new ways to keep yourself entertained when the latest offerings on Netflix just don’t cut it – have you considered dipping a toe into the world of online gaming? Currently, a third of the world’s population plays online in some capacity, whether that’s via apps, multi-player, or poker games. Today, we’re looking at five of the best online games that you can play now for free.
1 – Texas Hold’em
When it comes to poker, Texas Hold’em is where it’s at, and there is a wide range of free options available for those looking to hone their poker prowess. The online poker community is enormous – you can compete against players all around the world, and even – when you’re game is up to scratch – play for real money, and compete to win seats in some of poker’s most prestigious poker tournaments, such as the World Series of Poker.
2 –Mental stimulation
Instead of sitting in front of a box set, why don’t test out your mental agility with one of the many free online brainteasers? Games like Sudoku, Scrabble, word searches, or Mah-Jong are believed to significantly improve your brain health with regular play. It’s also possible to get competitive with it. Many of the free online games in this category offer detailed league tables so you can identify the biggest brainboxes you must compete with, and work towards taking them down!
3 – Shooters
Whether you want to defeat bad guys and zombies on your own, or as part of an elite team of players located in all corners of the world – there will be a free first person shooter option to suit your tastes. Some of the most popular out there right now include Apex Legends, PUGB Mobile, Call to Arms, and Quake Champions.
4 – Racing games
Want to emulate your Formula One or NASCAR heroes? Or maybe take over the streets Grand Theft Auto-style? Either way, there is a free online racing game out there for you. You can race sports cars, motorcycles, quad bikes, monster trucks – whatever floats your boat. Some of the best options available, that you can start playing right away, include Stunt Rally – for whacky tracks, Drift City – for old-school arcade vibes, and Need For Speed: Most Wanted – if you’re in the mood to flee from the law.
5 – Simulation games
Did you know that The Sims currently has around 200 million monthly players? Online gamers clearly can’t get enough of this popular simulation game. For the uninitiated, the term ‘simulation game’ is far-reaching, but essentially it means it has been designed to simulate real-world activities, whether that’s business, role play, or resource strategy. There are some excellent free options online that allow you to do anything from raising a litter of kittens to plowing the fields of an imaginary farm.