The world of online gaming has evolved quickly over the past few years. The old Pentium PCs with less than 1 GB of RAM have been replaced with serious gaming rigs rocking octa-core processors and over 16 GB of RAM. Video game consoles haven’t been left behind, with the latest console from Sony, the PS4 Pro, promising 4K support and unreal graphics.
But even with all the 3D or VR graphics in the world, nothing can beat a good old game of Donkey Kong or Super Mario Bros. Most titles in the 2D realm still offer a nice break from advanced gaming. They can also be good distractions for those looking to take a breather from heavy workloads without powering up a console or PC for a long game of Call of Duty.
The world of online gaming is filled with tons of simple game titles that can be played with the most basic computers and usually for free. Check out some of these online gaming sites for casual gamers:
Miniclip is one of the oldest gaming sites on the internet, having been in business for the last fifteen years. During that time, developers have been constantly adding new game titles to the site, creating one of the largest databases of free online games. Miniclip gives you access to a wide spectrum of games, including action and racing games, puzzles, and arcade games.
The multiplayer experience at Miniclip is also quite interesting, with a whole set of rewards, challenges, and games lined up for players. Plus you can play from virtually any mobile device, thanks to multiplatform support for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
King is the development company behind the critically acclaimed game Candy Crush Saga, which raked in an estimated $493 million in 2014. King is also behind other successful game titles, including Candy Crush Soda Saga and Candy Crush Jelly Saga.
In addition to the typical mobile gameplay on iOS, Windows Phone, and Android devices, some of King’s games can also be played freely on desktops. These include Pet Rescue Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Saga, and Farm Heroes Saga. Additionally, you can sync your progress across all your devices, which makes King’s online gaming services a worthwhile experience for the casual gamer.
Pogo is a simple online gaming site with tons of free games for casual gamers. It has the distinct tone and feel of Miniclip but sets itself apart by adding bingo, casino, and slot games to its offerings. Other notable genres include strategy, family, brain and puzzle games, arcade, sports, and the classics, which can make for a fun breakroom activity.
Pogo’s multiplayer platform allows players to enter into tournaments, win different types of rewards, make friends, and chat within an in-game widget. This adds a social element to users’ online gaming experiences that some casual gamers just might appreciate.
4. Google Easter Egg Games
Google Easter eggs are a fun (and very distracting) list of activities that can be launched from Google’s search page. Among these are Easter egg games that include solitaire and tic-tac-toe. Casual gamers looking for more fun can play a game of Atari Breakout by simply carrying out an image search for “Atari breakout.”
5. Study Hall Games
Study hall games are a set of arcade games that are often characterized by simple graphics and short play times. These games are usually perfect for gamers looking to take a break between tasks such as working on homework or school assignments. The short levels/stages within the games mean that players don’t get hooked to the game and can usually get back to the task at hand within minutes (unlike, say, a game of Grand Theft Auto V).
There are tons of study hall games freely available on the internet. Tech Review Pro does a good piece on some of the best study hall games and the websites that offer them, so be sure to check them out.
Online gaming will continue to thrive, even in the face of realistic graphics from consoles and PCs and the virtual reality world. The gameplay offered by these titles is simple, short, and fun, which makes them perfect for the casual gamer.
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