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8 Best Browser Games [You NEED to Try in 2020]

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Since the advent of mobiles, Browser Games have lost a bit of the press they used to get. They weren’t quite in the same league as PC games, but a great way to kill some time. I may have spent way too much time in my uni days, back in the late 90s and early 2000s on these games. However, luckily they haven’t quite disappeared from the market, and still exist. For your fun (and time), we have compiled a list of various games below. A lot of them are your usual apps, but there is also the kind of game such as the ones offered by us-online-casino.us.

Have a read below and let us know which one is your favourite.

1. NoBrakes.io 

Taking a break from talking about destroying your enemies, NoBrakes.io instead is a racing game where you are trying to beat other players to checkpoints along the track. If you make it across the checkpoint, you get a power-up that can boost your speed or fire a bullet that will give an enemy a little shove.

Sometimes, though, moving forward is not the right way to go. Depending on where the next checkpoint spawns, you may need to turn around and continue in the opposite direction. No matter where you’re headed, make sure you avoid the wall or else you will suffer instant death and have to respawn in a new match. NoBreaks.io is very simplistic but has a polished and clean look complete with upbeat music as you race along.

2. Powerline.io

If you loved the classic Snake and also liked Tron’s bike battles, Powerline.io is the game for you. The objective is to collect as many power-ups as you can to increase the length of your neon snake, which can be done using the arrow keys.

But do keep in mind that your snake will die as soon as its head touches another snake or its own glowing body. Also, if you slither closely to another neon snake, you’ll receive a speed boost. The premise is simple, but with a ton of players on the board, it becomes challenging to evade the traps created by their movements.

3. Slither.io 

Much like Agar.io, Slither.io has you hungry for small dots (this time ones that glow) to grow bigger. The twist: you’re a snake. Your body gets longer as well as slightly wider as you eat the various dots that are littered around. You aren’t able to eat your enemies, but if you time it well, you can force another snake to run into your body.

This will cause them to vanish, leaving behind loads of body dots to collect. Slither.io does also allows you to customize the skin of your snake, and there are some awesome options. Consider pimping out your snake with a necklace that dangles as they slither. 

4. Everybody Edits

From blind, ignorant cooperation to an actively malicious form of it,  Everybody Edits is a multiplayer platformer. The catch is that, while the other players can’t directly affect you in any way, by progressing through the levels, they screw with you in the most frustrating way.

Key platforms into the game are tied to a key. Green key toggles green bricks, red key toggles red bricks, etc. And by ‘toggle’, I mean toggles their existence. So you might be running down a long, presumably safe line of green bricks,  before suddenly someone ahead of you in the level hits the green key, and bam, you’re back to square one. It’s horrendous. And brilliant.

This is all added to the fact that each level is made by a player, and then either locked, for it to be played, or left open, for it to be played with. There are some masochists out there.

5. Hexar.io 

Hexar.io also takes some slight inspiration from Snake, but instead of growing your tail, you are capturing parts of the screen and expanding your color’s dominance. The floor is made of hexes, each one white to begin with. You convert as many tiles as possible to your color, selecting tiles by moving over them, before linking back to tiles that are already the correct color. All of the tiles circled will then change to your color. While you are exploring blank tiles or tiles that are not your color, a tail appears where you have traveled. Other players can collide with this tail to kill you, causing your tiles to disappear and forcing you to restart.

This forces you to be careful when you leave the relative safety of your colored area, picking and choosing when to take the leap out to gain more ground. There are green circles that float around the area—if eaten, they will help you to go much faster. You can expand the area your color occupies and help eliminate other colors, but if your tail gets hit once, it’s all whisked away.

6. Pokémon Showdown

If battling trainers is the part of Pokemon games you enjoy, Pokemon Showdown is for you. You can jump straight into matches against other players without having to level up or care for your pokemon beforehand. If you die, you don’t need to go back to the pokemon center and rest up either—you can jump straight into a new battle. 

Pokemon Showdown lets you battle using either a random team or a custom team if you want to define which pokemon you’d like to work with. You can then quickly go through a match, selecting moves and countering the other trainer. This fast-paced game takes all of the work out of raising pokemon, leaving just gratuitous pokemon takedowns.

7. Gartic.io 

Think Pictionary or Drawful. One player is chosen to draw a random word while the others must watch and guess what the word is. There is a timer ticking down as everyone tries to guess what is being drawn.

The interface for Gartic.io is very easy to use, giving you a variety of tools to create the image you’d like. There is a simple chat box to input your guesses into while another player is drawing. If you guess something close to the word, the chat box tells you that you were close. The game is very simple but fun to play, especially when you have some skilled artists drawing for you.

8. Spelunky HTML 5

Spelunky is an undisputed great in all of gaming, not just for browser games. It’s a randomized exploration game that sees you plumbing the depths of a cave system in search of treasure, which you’ll find plenty of. 

An HD version of the game followed this low-fi edition, but it’s just as fun to play the original and is just as open to speedrunning and replayability. A real classic.

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