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Aaron Lara
I'm a Java developer who drinks coffee and transforms it in code (Awesome, right?!). I have been working at genuitec as a developer since December, 2011. Programming really cool stuff :) ... Ah I'm a gamer, so if you want to play something in steam just let me know :D

Sometimes you just want to have some fun with your coworkers while you wait for a product build. Or, maybe you just need a moment to relax after a busy week. Taking a break is always well received—maybe you like to chat with coworkers, watch fun videos on YouTube, or scroll in 9GAG. Why not play a game or two? It’s team building I tell you, especially if it’s a game you can play along with others.

Installing games on your work computer is not always a good idea (maybe due to company politics, space, etc.) and some quick casual gaming is just enough to rejuvenate you. That’s where we say thanks to modern web browsers. Now we can play games online, from really simple ones to amazing looking 3D games (sometimes with the help of plugins).

I really love gaming so you can imagine how much I enjoyed working on this post (playing games with other Genuitec’ers—thanks Oscar Grajeda for playing along with me). Here’s our top 5 free in-browser games you can play with your coworkers. I recommend giving all of them a try, fun guaranteed!

5. Slither.io

Imagine that you combine Agar.io with that old snake game we used to play in the immortal Nokia. You’ll get an awesome, addictive, and competitive game that’s simple to play. You start as a little worm (snake) and eat a lot of multi-colored dots to grow to be the biggest ANACONDA in the game. Making other players collide with you will make them explode in more colored dots you can eat. So beware, everybody will try to kill (eat) you!

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Slither.io in Action

Highlights

  • Quick start: Just choose a nickname.
  • Colorful and easy to play.
  • Controls: Move with mouse or arrow keys. Click or UP key to boost.
  • Same developers as Agar.io and pretty much the same basics (get big and eat other players).
  • Hours of fun trying to beat the score.

4. BeGone

I never thought it would be possible to play games with cool 3D graphics in a browser like you can in BeGone, a first person shooter game you play on various maps with up to 16 players. So grab your team and play against other players, shooting each other with cool weapons. Let the war begin!

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BeGone in action

Highlights

  • Requires Unity plugin installed in your browser.
  • Quick start: Just join any server you like and choose your team.
  • Cool 3D graphics.
  • Controls are intuitive to those who have played first person shooters before: WASD to move, shoot with left-click, aim with right-click, 1, 2, or 3 to switch equipped weapon, E to use, C to crouch, etc. (check the rest in game options).
  • It’s not playable in Chrome though it works great in Firefox.

3. Browser Quest

It’s a short simple RPG like adventure you will enjoy alone or in coop with your partners. Start with almost nothing in your equipment and you will keep upgrading it by killing monsters around the world until you are powerful enough to beat the final boss.

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Browser Quest in action

Highlights

  • No signup needed: Just choose your character’s name.
  • Easy Controls: Point and click (left click what you want to attack or where you want to move).
  • Really short adventure: In less than one hour you will likely finish the game, but you will enjoy every minute.

2. Treasure Arena

With this game, four players compete against each other in a dungeon, killing each other or killing monsters, earning coins with each kill, grabbing crazy weapons and of course having a lot of fun in a fast paced action arcade game you gotta try out.

All you need to do is choose a player name and join a lobby. There you will select your character’s class and vote for a map. Then, hit ready and wait for other players.

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Treasure Arena in action

Highlights

  • No signup needed.
  • Controls: WASD to move, SPACE to jump, Mouse to point, left-click to fire and right-click to use shield.
  • Adrenaline fast action.
  • Short matches.

1. Game of Bombs

You might have played Bomberman a long time ago (it was first launched in 1983), but whether you know it or not, you will enjoy Game of Bombs, a massive multiplayer game inspired by Bomberman. It’s REALLY HUGE, having up to 1000 players in the same room destroying everything, grabbing loot to improve stats and killing each other. Yeah 🙂 Freaking awesome, and that’s why it’s our Number 1.

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Game of Bombs in action

Highlights

  • No signup required: Play as guest or sign up to keep your progress and have an easy to identify nickname.
  • 3 different game modes at the moment: Normal (free for all), Monsters (coop against AI) and Team play (capture the flag).
  • The map is really huge. Easily addictive: You will keep playing to get more and more items to improve your stats.
  • Basic controls: Move with arrows or WASD keys and place bombs with SPACE.

Other Games

Although I only listed my top five picks, there are many more good ones out there.  Here are some you might want to try out:

Conclusion

I hope you find a game on this list that brings some fun and stress relief to your day. If you would like to weigh in on this discussion, we would love to hear from you at @thecoderlife. And, if you’re not already subscribing to our blogs, why not do it today? 

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Posted on May 27th 2016