Whatever platform you are using, Mac or PC, ipad or tablet, Android or IOS you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to free online games. The quality if great too. Here’s some of our favourites but don’t forget if you want to take the search further the Mac App store or Google Play are loaded with them.
Also, Xbox and PlayStation have created a free game ecosystem with Games for Gold and PlayStation Plus.
You can narrow your search by listening friends, people with similar tastes to you are always a shortcut. That’s why it’s called ‘word of mouth’.
ALPINE CRAWLER – MAC
Alpine Crawler is s a bit daggy but ,you know, if you want to play something different to the usual vroom, vroom, high speed car racing circuit this is the one for you, something different. Instead you find yourself driving leisurely or not so leisurely around the Alps in a variety of pickups and vehicles. You can pick a van with attitude!
Don’t forget if you are downloading from the app store you have to sign in with your apple id. I hope you can do it first time, I usually don’t.
Alternately if you’re going straight to the website you may have to alter your preferences. This means going to the Apple icon in the top left of your screen, click: system settings/security&privacy/click lock (bottom left) to make changes/tick the ‘anywhere’ box under allow apps downloaded from. Gotta love Mac! It’s for our own good I suppose.
DWARF FORTRESS – MAC
Not the coolest name but this retro game Dwarf Fortress is a lot of fun and good exercise for your brain. It's incredibly complex but you get to build your own fortresses and do a bit of exploring along the way.
You get to work with a team of dwarfs, who you can order to perform tasks like woodworking, farming and craft-making. The only losers are the trolls who attack you occasionally.
You then get to dig up the earth, mine for minerals and begin building your own world. Minecraft owes this game a large debt.
MS DOS GAMES LIBRARY
Welcome to the home of the MS-DOS games library. It’s PC heaven for us 80’s and 90’s geeks. Take your pic and play away,
PAC MAN – PC
While we’re in retroland, this time in PC, there’s this classic. Space Invaders and pinball machines were still King when these hungry little munchers came on the scene.
The others have gone to arcade game heaven but these guys munch on. You can play a live game here. This is a case where the photo just doesn't do the game justice. You really need the sound effects to get the whole picture.
This game is a bit of a laugh really. Nice pencil line drawings and good if you if like taking all your frustrations out in an online brawl.