The internet is full of strangers, and many of them are playing games right now. And that’s what you want to be doing, too. Convenient, right? They’re out there waiting for you to show ’em how it’s done, and the fastest, easiest way to do that is with a multiplayer browser game. Bonus: this is also the best way to sneak in some gaming time at work when you should be sending emails.
Browser games require almost no effort to get going, and some of the best multiplayer browser games don’t even require you to set up or host anything. This list is all about those no-hassle games. If you’re ready to get out there and kill some time, these are the games you should play.
Vikings Village: Party Hard
Manly pixel vikings punch each other over being called a ginger (despite all of them having ginger hair) in this deadly battle of the beards. You get to play one of these vikings, kicking ass now and taking names later. There might be up to seven other vikings at the folk concert level, all equally mad and throwing punches as well. The nerve of some people! Your goal is simple: kill enough of these inferior vikings to stay at the top of the leaderboard.
Punching isn’t the only way to bring about a swift viking funeral. You can also hurl objects scattered around the arena straight at your opponent’s head—that will teach them to describe your appearance! You have a selection of abilities that unlock over time, which can set fire to the objects you pick up, or make you move faster. You can combo the deaths of enemies for extra points, collect beers for additional health, and discover ways to gain more powers. There are also achievements in Vikings Village: Party Hard and hats you can purchase with the coins found on the floor. This game is currently in development with more modes coming soon.
Blast Arena is a voxel version of Bomberman, which you can play in your browser against anonymous opponents on the internet. You and three other players try to survive and destroy each other in a maze-esque area full of walls and rocks that can be broken. You start off with just one bomb to place down, which will explode within a few seconds, destroying rocks (and players) in its path.
Sometimes the destruction of these rocks will yield power-ups, which either increase your bomb’s explosion radius, make you run faster, or allow you to carry more than one bomb. Once enough of the rocks are cleared away, you can reach the other players and hopefully catch them in your bomb’s explosion without getting singed instead. The last player standing wins. You can also say ‘hi’ to other players in the game, flashing a wave emoji above your head. Blast Arena is still in development as a beta.
In this game you play a shark with a laser attached to your head, swimming around the ocean. Since you have a laser attached to your head, you can zap other sharks to kill them, putting an end to their hunting in your waters. The only problem? Using your laser prevents movement and you aren’t given a particularly long time to aim. If you miss, an enemy shark can easily zap you straight back.
There are also fish swimming around in the water, which you can eat to acquire energy. You can then use this energy to swim faster and gain more XP to level up. You may also find health packs in the water, which are very useful when it comes to survival. The longer you stay alive (and the more sharks you eliminate) the higher you get your name on the ol’ leaderboard.