7Long before Facebook came into the picture with its myriad of games including the insanely popular Zynga games, there were lots of other websites on which to fulfill that gaming addiction. For those people looking to expand their gaming pleasure here are ten very popular online gaming websites that just might help you break your addiction to Facebook once and for all – at least for gaming because you have to still post your status every now and then or your friends will think they missed your obituary notice somehow. Have no fear because many of these sites even let you signup and login using Facebook so you can have the best of both worlds!
1. Miniclip: http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/
Global Alexa Rating: 961
Miniclip was founded in 2001 and since then has grown globally to include users in over 200 countries and territories. They enjoy over 75 million users every month playing the over 800 kind of gaming on the site. They average two new game releases every week so there is always fresh content to appeal to players. They are headquartered in Switzerland. Signing up with Miniclip is easy and free. You can also sign up and login through Facebook. The website is well organized so finding the perfect game to play to suit your mood is easy. Simply select one of dozens of categories or go to the top 10, top 100 or top rated to see those other players are enjoying the most. A nice feature is the ability to play mobile game versions right online rather than having to own a mobile phone to do so. The option still exists to download them to your mobile phone if you have one and would like to play on the go. Gaming is all free but players have the option to enhance game play with some games by purchasing power-ups, upgrade features and game customization tools although there are ways to earn credits as well to use for these things.
2. Kongregate: http://www.kongregate.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 1,131
With Kongregate you can play all the games free of charge but they do offer a Kong Plus membership for $29.99 per year as well. This membership removes ads from the games, gives you and exclusive username icon, allows for private chat rooms, ability to choose from unique profile skins, get automatic beta access to new releases, get priority customer service and even a one-time package of 50 Kreds (their virtual currency) to use for game enhancements whenever desired. Sign up is easy and can be done through Facebook as well. The homepage is well organized with the new games and highest rated games readily available. Scroll down a little farther and you’ll find the most played games, top games this month and staff picks. Continue scrolling to browse top games by category with each category listing the top five based on ratings. To give an idea of the magnitude of games available there are over 17,000 action games, nearly 1,000 zombie games, over 10,000 shooter games and more than 20,000 puzzle games.
Global Alexa Rating: 1,482
With Pogo registered players earn tokens from playing the games which can be redeemed for fun Mini items or gifts. Pogo also has a nice chat feature that is easy to use. One of the unique things about Pogo is its nice collection of board games. Play chess, Battleship, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Dominoes, Connect 4 and more. No more fighting over who is going to put the gameboard away when you are done playing! Many popular card games are also on Pogo including many versions of solitaire, canasta, spades, bridge, pinochle, euchre and more. The site is well organized with classifications such as puzzle, card, board, word, hidden object, bingo, casino, slots and more. The appeal of this gaming site is the simplicity of the games – they are all timeless gaming classics with a modern spin in some cases.
Global Alexa Rating: 1,637
Y8 has two ways to entertain users – one is the thousands of games available and the other is a pretty large collection of animations. Each is extremely categorized almost too much since many categories have just a hand full of games/anims in their category. Probably the best way to navigate the games is to ignore all the tag categories and stick with the main ones such as new games, best of new games, most popular games and games for girls. Granted if you are looking for something really specific – such as worm games or snow games or seduction games then by all means take a look at the extensive category list! Y8 welcomes game and animation submissions from anyone so this could be just the place if you happen to be someone that enjoys creating them as much as playing them. One advantage of this game site is that you can play the games without registering and logging in if you want to give it a try before doing so.
5. Armor Games: http://armorgames.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 1,991
Armor games is a gaming website where players can create an account or use their Facebook account to login. They have thousands of games well organized by type such as MMO gaming, adventure gaming, arcade gaming, shooting gaming, sports gaming and more. Users can also select from a category called most addicting games. On the homepage is a section for gaming news, new games and popular games. Mousing over a game title gives you the player rating, number of people playing, when it was released, a brief synopsis of the game and some keywords regarding the game. Some games can be played without an account but you don’t earn quest points for playing. A unique aspect of this game site is the quest feature. From a pull down tab you can pull up those games that have quests. This adds an extra level of competition to the games which can be quite entertaining.
6. Big Fish: http://www.bigfishgames.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 2,183
Big Fish was a gaming website founded in 2002 and is currently the world’s largest producer of casual gaming having a network of more than 500 development partners and an in-house studio as well. They have distributed over 2 billion games thus far. Besides being a great gaming website they also have walk-throughs for hundreds of their games on their website. The plus side of this game website is the games are phenomenal. The downside is that they are not free. There are some that can be played online but are not a full version. They also allow players to download a game as a free trial and play for one hour before making the decision to purchase the game. Every game listed shows the game system requirements. There are also customer reviews and a rating system so you can see what others think. All full version games are quality tested and virus free and contain no ads, adware or spyware. While it may seem annoying to actually buy games when there are so many sites with free games consider that you are getting a fully operational game directly to your computer with no additional monies needed. Many of the “free” games can end up costing far more when you purchase the enhancements along the way. One look at the quality of the games and you’ll be amazed. They have PC, Mac and mobile games.
7. AGame: http://www.agame.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 3,111
AGame is a gaming site where there are plenty of games to play for free including social game ones that look quite a bit like some of the Facebook games. In addition to social gaming there is also racing gaming, action gaming, MMO gaming, sports gaming, skill gaming, adventure gaming, war gaming and more. The homepage has a section for new games, most played games and best rated games. A nice feature is that the two most recently played games are posted so it is easy to get back to the game you were playing last time. Sign up is free or you can use Facebook or Google+ to do so. The website is well organized by main category and then subcategories, making it easy to find the type you want to play at any given time. Mousing over a game title gives you a screen shot of the game along with how often it has been played at what percentage of players have liked it.
8. FreeOnlineGames (FOG): http://www.freeonlinegames.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 4,575
FOG is another game site that you can use your Facebook account to login or register without doing so. All games are completely free to play and there are many different types of games including classic, simulation, strategy, MMO, arcade, action, driving, adventure, sports and more. Some games can be played without registering and logging in but many do require you to do so. This website is not as easy to navigate as some other sites and you have to select a game to bring up the information about it which is minimal at best but it does have some games that are unique and interesting to play.
9. Nickelodeon Addicting Games: http://www.addictinggames.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 4,037
Addicting Games provides more game information when you select a game than some other sites. Users are given a description, rating, date launched, how many times it has been played including a number for plays that day, the author of the game, the total AG player ratings and the opportunity to rate as “I like it” or “I don’t like it” and the ability to click to add to favorites. A neat feature of this website is their playlist area where players can locate top games of a particular type or theme. Examples include 12 of the best destruction games, 9 mega-action games and 10 best party games. Games can be played without login or users can register or login with their Facebook account.
10. Gamehouse: http://www.gamehouse.com/
Global Alexa Rating: 10,348
Gamehouse operates as a fee based membership which is offered for the first 14 days free so players can decide if they want to continue with either a monthly or annual membership. After the free pass it costs $19.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Membership provides unlimited access to over 2,300 games including premium edition titles. All are full versions with no ads or time limits. Alternatively players can play free trials of any game they wish and can purchase just those games that they select. There is also another membership level called FunTicket Duo in which players can choose either 2 standard games or 1 platinum or premium (along with bonus content and strategy guides) game each month plus up to 65% off additional game purchases for a monthly fee of $9.99 after a 7-day free trial which allows for one free game. One nice feature about this game site is that they have lots of games that are Windows 8 touch screen compatible and all games released after September 14, 2013 are compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
So there you have it, ten great choices for online playing and downloading games. Some are free some are not but they are all ready to help you feed that game craving whenever it strikes. Check each of them out to see which platform you enjoy the most or keep going to all of them. Hopefully with tens of thousands of games at your fingertips boredom will never enter into the picture again.