The best browser games in 2021

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Looking for the best browser games? Modern computers are so powerful that you don't need robust equipment to play great games. As long as you have access to a stable internet connection, there is a huge library of games that can be played from the comfort of your web browser, and what's more, all the games on this list are free.



It can be difficult to coordinate with multiple friends to find a game that everyone owns. Gone are the days of worrying about your friend's empty Steam library and their low-spec PCs. Instead, you can just send a link and start playing right away.

Whether you're looking for something to play for a few minutes before the lunch break ends or you want a game to focus on after work, we've got you covered. Our list of the best browser games contains a mix of genres to ensure there is something for everyone. With all that said, here are the best browser games.

Forge of Empires

Source: Official game website

Forge of Empires takes players to the beginning of the Stone Age to create an enduring city that evolves through the ages. InnoGames released this strategy game in 2012 across browsers and has continued with regular updates. Not only can you play this city building game in your browser, you can also take your progress with iOS and Android apps.



As players discover new technologies to expand and develop their cities, they will make their way through 20 different ages. Forge of Empires doesn't stop at the Contemporary Era, as given enough time, you can progress to colonization of Venus.

Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming

Source: Official game page on Steam

HBO's Game of Thrones series may be over, but the officially licensed browser game is just getting started. In Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming, you play as a Lord of Westeros who desperately wants to end the bloodshed between the Seven Kingdoms. Expand your kingdom to attract the attention of the show's characters and recruit them to join your team.

Just like the source material, you'll have to command a large army and fight your way through hordes of enemies to compete against the other Lords. Characters you recruit from the series such as Jon Snow, Lord Varys and Arya Stark can be used to aid your army in battle, allowing you to turn the tide of any difficult fight.

Anocris

Source: Official game website

Have you ever wanted to build your own ancient egypt city? Anocris tasks players with creating an Egyptian settlement that can stand the test of time. Over a period of 3.000 years, you must build a mighty empire in an attempt to dominate the Nile. While there are elements of real history in Anocris, you can also wield the power of the high priests of Amun by tapping into the power of the ancient Egyptian gods.



Elvenar

Source: Official game website

Create the fantasy world of your dreams in Elvenar, a city-building game that gives you the option to play as mystical elves or battle-focused humans. Choosing between elves and humans can be a difficult choice, as both races bring something different to the table. Elves exploit their history of magic to create special buildings in the city. Humans mainly focus on medieval architecture and engineering.

Elvenar rewards players for spending time improving the city with its culture system. Keep your population happy, productive and healthy by creating useful buildings.

Survivor Legacy

Source: Official game website

Evil businessmen have pushed humanity to the brink of extinction by unleashing a zombie apocalypse on Earth. As one of the planet's last survivors, it's your duty to stop the devastation.

In this post-apocalyptic world, players must assemble a squad full of strong soldiers to rid the world of zombies. Clearing zombie-infested areas reveals powerful survivors that can be recruited to your team. However, players should proceed with caution as the enemies in this strategy war zombie game are lethal. You will need a mighty army to fight the deadly horde.

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Rail nation

Source: Official game website

Experience the turbulent history of railroads in Rail Nation, a strategy game that lets you become a railroad tycoon. Players start the game by helping a small town bring in supplies. By boosting the city's economy, you can invest your profits to create an enduring railway company.

Rail Nation allows you to play on a fantasy map with 50 different cities or through a version of the real map in America and Europe. Train aficionados will appreciate the level of detail in Rail Nation, as the train game features six eras of railroad history. From steam engines to ultra-modern electric motors, there are over 100 classic train replicas to choose from.

Tetr.io

Source: Official game website

You know that puzzle game, often labeled the greatest of all time? It is available in your browser as a solo and multiplayer game. Tetr.io is a fantastic clone of Tetris that features a wide variety of players of all skill levels. Whether you're looking to brush up on your Sprint mode skills or want a short Marathon session to pass the time, Tetr.io has you covered.

What makes Tetr.io so special is the level of customization for each player. Tiny details like Smooth Drop Factor and Delayed Auto Shift can be fine-tuned. If that means nothing to you, the default options are perfect for any casual gamer. For many people, Tetr.io is the ultimate Tetris game because of its rich abundance of features and low barrier to entry for all players.

Powder Game

Source: Screenshot of the game

Powder Game is the quintessential school browser game that you play because all other websites are blocked. In a small black square, players are given a blank canvas to experiment with over 30 different powders. Create an ice sculpture and see how it reacts when you pour acid, magma and salt on it. Fire lasers at C4-coated vines, then douse the flames with water and ice to see what happens. If you love elemental reactions, Powder Game lets you live your wildest dreams.

Chrome Offline Dinosaur

Source: Screenshot of the game

The internet went down unexpectedly, so now work is out of the question. While you wait for someone to fix the internet, why not try Chrome's endless runner? When you see the dinosaur on the 'cannot connect to the internet page' page, press the spacebar to start the game. Jump over the cactus piles to keep the dinosaur running for hours on end.

OpenArena Live

Source: Screenshot of the game

Remember Quake Live? id Software's classic PC game has since moved to Steam, but OpenArena Live has appeared to take its place. OpenArena Live is a clone of Quake III Arena, giving players the full Quake experience right from their browser. You don't even need to sign up to start playing; join public games using server browser or create a private server to play against your friends. Simply send them a link and the game will take care of the rest. If someone in the office hits you with “1v1 me” as a joke, send them a private match link to settle the score.

Spelunky

Source: Official game page on Steam

Derek Yu's Spelunky has been ported to web browsers to ensure you never finish any office work. In this roguelike platformer, you play as Guy Spelunky as he tries to explore the dangerous mines, dense jungles, icy caves and Egyptian temples in search of lost treasures.

Each playthrough is different as the levels are random and you will not be able to take your previous items with you. For such a simple game, Spelunky has a lot of depth that you can discover if you take the time. Spelunky is brutal at first, but the game is so addictive that you'll spend hours trying to become a master treasure hunter.

That was our list of the best browser games. Comment below if you think we left a game off this list and what content you would like to see on our site. Take care and until next time!

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