When you’re trying to while away some time, it can often feel like your Twitter and Facebook feeds are just not moving quickly enough. How dare everyone else in the world be busy whilst you’re looking for some distraction? Well, we’ve got another browser-based boredom solution for you that’s actually much more fun than scrolling through endless social media posts: Flash games. They’re one of the most classic and efficient time wasting methods, and they’ve come a pretty long way over the years. Obviously they’ll never have the depth and ability to hold your attention with deep storylines, incredible graphics, and sheer scope of content for hours like their console and PC counterparts. But when you’re looking to pass the latter part of your Friday afternoon in peace, or you have some time to spare between meetings, you can hardly reach into your bag, pull out a console and prop your feet up in the office for a few hours of Fallout.
That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite browser-based games for you, right here. We won’t be held responsible for all the work that doesn’t get done, though. That’s on you.
A point-and-click puzzle that’s not for the easily frustrated, Daymare Town will keep you going for hours. The game is set in a deserted town that’s made to feel even more unsettling and drab thanks to the sketchy colourless nature of the game’s design (it kind of reminded me of Salad Fingers, actually) and it’s your mission to get out of there. You’re not given much direction at all, and kind of have to rely on knowledge of playing previous point-and-click puzzle games to begin muddling your way through, but this is a game that’s absolutely worth a look if you’re a fan of the genre and a different kind of art style.
Small Worlds is a great game to play if you’re looking for something a little more calm; offering the fun of exploration without the risk of character death, this game has you explore small spaces, steadily revealing more and more as you jump and fall. It’s immensely satisfying and actually quite good for stress relief.
Now for something a little more adventurous and in the way of traditional dungeon exploration games: Tiny Dangerous Dungeons. It’s a title that doesn’t lie. This game, which looks like a pleasant cross between Mario and The Legend of Zelda, is simple but fun, having you explore typical side-scrolling dungeons, facing enemies and avoiding booby traps.
This game is, quite simply, adorable. The idea behind it isn’t complicated at all: Sushi Cat is lonely and endlessly hungry. It’s your job to help Sushi Cat out by guiding him to as much sushi as possible. Satisfyingly, you get to watch him grow fat as he eats more and more sushi along his way. You win when you finally fill him up. Sushi cat is just fun to play and look at; it’s really hard not to do well and who doesn’t love a cat that resembles a beach ball?
I think the idea behind this one is fairly familiar – it’s Mario. Well, it’s Mario’s unofficial twin brother, at least. A fan-made game, Super Mario 63 is massively fun to play, and it looks faithful to the originals as well.
I’m not sure what it is about games where you run a business that is so addictive, but they really are. And this one features pizza, so it’s extra good. Pizza King 2 sets you up in your own pizza parlour, having you take guests to their tables, put in their orders, bring the food, take delivery orders, and keep everyone happy at the same time. If you’re looking for a stress free play I suggest you go a little further up this list. It can be immensely frustrating when things go wrong, but when you get into the flow of play, you’ll find your shop runs like a well-greased pizza pan.
Super Adventure Pals is one of the best examples of how a game doesn’t have to be a high-budget, open world, 60 hour adventure to be unbelievably entertaining. A winner of several awards, Super Adventure Pals is an action adventure RPG, in which you play a boy trying to save his pet rock from the evil Mr B, with some help from a giraffe companion. Together you fight through around 75 levels that all look fantastic and are unfailingly fun to play.
Between all of these games, we think it’s pretty safe to say you’ll barely even notice your Friday turn into Saturday.