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Loving Wordle? Here are 5 other browser games you need to try

Posted: 4 February 2022 4:00 pm
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Can't get enough of the free, addictive joys of Wordle? Here are 5 games to scratch that itch – with no daily limits.

There's a charming simplicity to humble browser games like Wordle. No purchases, no installations, just hop on your phone or desktop and play.

Wordle has taken the globe by storm, but with recent news that the sensation has been acquired by the New York Times, and subsequent concerns that it may go behind a paywall (the Times has said the game will "initially remain free"), you may find yourself searching for a new browser game to scratch that itch.

Don't fret. Here are 5 free browser games that will be your next addiction.

Absurdle

Absurdle game

Wordle proving too easy for you? This cheeky derivative sells itself as the "adversarial" version of Wordle, meaning the game is designed to be as hard as possible. The starting word is not set but changes, with each guess you make only slightly narrowing down the pool of possible answers. This devilish creation will infuriate and frustrate you for hours, and yet you won't be able to stop playing.

Slither.io

Slither.io game

It seems like only yesterday that Katamari-style games such as Agar.io were dominating the browser game market. Of all of them, Slither.io has stood the test of time. A take on the classic Snake game, Slither.io pits you against up to 500 strangers as you battle to swallow each other up and become the longest in the game. This simple concept never gets old and is also available in app form for mobile users.

Gartic Phone

Gartic Phone game
Who knew Pictionary and the classic children's game Telephone was such a perfect combination? To begin this game, you and your friends are each asked to submit a prompt for a drawing. Each prompt is then anonymously passed on to another member of your group who attempts to draw it. A third player then attempts to guess the original prompt, which is then passed on to another person to draw and so on.

As you can guess, the opportunities for hilarity are endless in this game. A variety of game modes ensures this game will always stay fresh.

GeoGuessr

GeoGuessr game

This popular game might sound like a strange pastime at first... until you try it out and wonder where the last 4 hours of your life went. Once you visit this website, you'll be dropped in a random location somewhere on the globe – could be around the corner, could be in Sweden. It's your job to explore your newfound location and try to guess where in the world you are with a pin drop on a map. You'll then be awarded points based on the accuracy of your prediction.

In the age of pandemic, the opportunity to discover completely random areas of another country is more enticing than ever. Once this game becomes your new addiction, you'll be decoding street signs in Mexico like nobody's business. Like Slither.io, you can also grab Geoguessr in app form.

World's Hardest Game

World's Hardest Game

If you found Absurdle to be a piece of cake, the World's Hardest Game will surely stump you. Although this game unfortunately is not available to mobile users, it's well worth the effort of firing up your desktop to take on this extreme challenge. You play as a humble red circle, traversing simple geometric levels aiming to get from point A to point B while avoiding blue circles.

How hard could it be? Creator Stephen Critoph has an answer for that naive question: "I guarantee you it is harder than any game you have ever played, or ever will play." It's a bold claim, but one the game certainly lives up to. Play it here and find out just how painful a simple browser game can be.

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