The Top Websites Where You Can Play Free Video Games Right Now
Video games are an art of their own, whisking us away into far-off lands and worlds, but they can be expensive. Luckily, there are quite a few websites where you can download video games for free. From puzzle games to full open-world role-playing games, there is something for everyone — and at no cost.
Our selection of free video game websites isn’t limited to downloads; many are available for online play to enjoy a quick gaming experience on any device. Our selection ranges from websites specializing in free offerings to large stores such as the Apple App Store and the PlayStation Store.
Let’s dive into the best free games you can find.
The Steam marketplace is one of the most popular spots to purchase video games for either Windows PCs, Macs or Linux computers. But, what some may not realize is that Steam offers up a selection of free PC games for those who don’t want to shell out money for brand-new video games. Some of the most popular free games on Steam for download include Smite, War Robots, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, World of Tanks and Destiny 2.
For Windows PC owners, the Microsoft Store (formally known as the Windows Store) is the official one-stop shop for all your software needs, including free PC games. Since Windows 8, the Microsoft Store has made it easy to find and download software, including video games. Search for the Microsoft Store on your Windows PC and enjoy perusing the free games collection. Plenty of the best free games are available, including Roblox, Asphalt 9: Legends and Microsoft Mahjong.
American video game developer Epic Games has had its store for quite some time, featuring paid offerings such as Star Wars Jedi, Hitman and Dead Space. But we’re here for the best free-to-play games. What’s fun about the Epic Games store is that it has free PC games, such as PUBG: Battlegrounds and Fortnite, and offers a new paid game at no cost every week.
If you’re seeking more casual games, iWin could be a great place to start your search for free PC games. Known for its hidden object games, time management games and puzzles, iWin offers titles you can enjoy at no cost. The free section on iWin’s website contains different games to download, including the hidden objects game The Fog: Trap for Moths, the time management game Garden Rescue and the puzzle game The Treasures of Montezuma.
A well-known games database is AllGamesAtoZ. The site lists published video games across various platforms, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Most relevant is the website’s listing of free games you can scan to find your next gaming fix at no cost. AllGamesAtoZ even has a listing of free offerings available to Windows PC gamers.
Amazon Prime Gaming
Are you a member of Amazon Prime? Did you know it comes with free games? The Amazon Prime Gaming program offers up a selection of free PC games, as well as in-game content. Prime video games can be claimed and downloaded to your Windows PC for enjoyment, all at no additional cost. In addition, Prime members get a limited selection of free games via Amazon’s game-streaming service, Luna.
Don’t want to download games? We’ve got the perfect pick for you — MSN games. Now as part of the Microsoft Start experience, you can enjoy a wide selection of free online games within your web browser without needing to download anything. Genres of included games span from adventure and sports to puzzles and word challenges. Some of the best free games include Candy World (a Candy Crush clone), Food Tycoon, Solitaire and Gummy Blocks Battle.
Apple App Store
If you own an iPhone or iPad, you have access to the largest app store in the world. Apple’s App Store is the marketplace for iOS and iPadOS devices. It’s also home to some of the best free games you’ll find. Open the App Store, click on “Games,” then scroll down to see the Top Free Games section. Some of the best free games include Street Fighter Duel, Dumb Ways to Die, Roblox and Subway Surfers.
Google Play Store
We can’t mention Apple’s App Store without mentioning the Google Play Store, the primary marketplace for Android devices. Pop into the Play Store on your device to find many gaming options. Navigate to the “Games” tab to find charts of the best free games, including those that are free to play. Popular games include Roblox, Royal Match, Candy Crush Saga and Among Us.
My Real Games
My Real Games offers many free online games for you to pursue and play. The site is continually updated, adding new action games, sports games, hidden object and puzzle games, racing games and more each week. My Real Games also includes a mobile games section for those seeking games on the go. The best free games include Amazon Adventure, Jewel Quest II, Bubble Shooter, Pocket Tower and Jewels Blitz 5.
The GameTop website isn’t about getting you to purchase video games; it’s about finding you the best free PC games to download and play legally. Browse the catalog of available games on GameTop and easily find your favorite type of games sorted into genres including hidden objects, time management, puzzle and arcade. The website also features a dedicated section for finding free online games you don’t need to download. The best games include Goodgame Empire, Demon Hunter 5: Ascendance, Sky Track and Cavern Quest 2.
Great free-to-play video games aren’t limited to mobile devices and desktop computers; you can find some of the best free games available on your game console. The PlayStation Store offers up a Free to Play section, where you can browse every free title available for download on the platform. Great games, including Fortnite, Pinball FX, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Rocket League and Overwatch 2, are all available to download.
Prefer the green glow of team Xbox to the blue colors of team PlayStation? Not to worry; the Microsoft Xbox Store also offers a selection of free games. From shooters and strategy games to fantasy MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games), there is something for everyone to dive into and enjoy. The current best free games on Xbox include Fortnite, Apex Legends, Roblox, Destiny 2, Overwatch 2, Rocket League, Halo Infinite and Fall Guys.
Nintendo Switch Store
Nintendo fans can also get their fix of free games by visiting the Nintendo Store on their Switch devices. In addition to great fun on other platforms, including Overwatch 2, Fortnite, Rocket League and Apex Legends, you’ll find Nintendo games exclusive to the console. Our favorite free-to-play Nintendo games include Pokemon Unite, Super Kirby Clash and Pokemon Quest.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
It depends on your favorite game genres. Some of the best free video games we found include Fortnite, Apex Legends, Roblox, Destiny 2, Overwatch 2, Rocket League, Pokemon Unite and Fall Guys. You can find other fun games in your gaming platform’s app store.
Developed by PUBG Studios, PUBG: Battlegrounds (also known as PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds) is one of the most popular free games ever released. As of 2022, PUBG: Battlegrounds had over 1.77 billion downloads — it’s a top free PC game and free mobile game. It’s also an excellent choice for lovers of battle royale games.
There are a plethora of websites offering up free online games. Some of our favorite websites with free video games include iWin, AllGamesAtoZ, MSN Games, My Real Games and GameTop. You can also find free games in your favorite gaming platform’s app store.
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Michael Archambault is a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder specializing in technology.