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The Red Ferret Top 21 HTML5 Free Games [Daily Freeware]

SumonSumon. Oh good grief, it’s Sudoku with a timer. As if it wasn’t hard enough beating the conventional game if you’re mathematically challenged, now they’ve thrown in a ‘beat the clock’ element which makes it even worse. Good job the graphics are great and the controls easy to master.

CanvasriderCanvas Rider. An awesome game that comes with simple graphics but fabulous physics. It takes an age to master but the satisfaction quota is 11/10 once you get the hang of it. What’s more you can create your own tracks and play other users’ versions. Superb. Ohand did I mention there are checkpoints just to make things more interesting? Esc for full screen mode.

AsteroidsAsteroids. You want retro, we’ve got retro. This is the classic arcade game re-done with some realistic eye candy, but retaining all the glorious old gameplay. Shoot down asteroids as they approach your ship, fail and be destroyed. Succeed and claim a high score. Oh and the original graphics are available at the touch of a button. Nice touch! Check this Asteroids out too.

SketchoutSketchout. Awesome little game which turns brick breakout on its head and combines it with some clever missile command fun. Your task is to stop the little light beams from hitting your planet. You have a paddle, and you can draw lines to repel the little blighters. It’s extremely addictive, great to look at and a heap of fun.

PuttopiaPuttopia. Ever played one of those really annoying pitch and putt games at a fair? Well this is that. The basic but serviceable graphics mask a great little puzzler, and what’s more you can make your own fiendishly clever courses to make things even worse. Lovely little game.

PicnicdefenderPicnicDefender. Quick, whatever you do, save the picnic from those pesky ants. This is a cute little tower defence game which simplifies everything to make it extra easy to play. Great for smaller kids and yet still tricky enough on the harder settings to make it a little bit addictive for grown-ups. Love the graphics.

PlaybiolabPlaybiolab. A beautifully crafted little (and I mean little) retro platform game. Very reminiscent of Commander Keen. Responsive, engrossing and lots of fun as you blast your way around a space station type environment filled with hostile little aliens. Everything about this game is cute, and the music and SFX are great too.

BombexpertBomb Expert. Quite simple really. This is Minesweeper redone for HTML5. No frills, no fancy stuff. Just a load of squares (with optional different designs) and hidden bombs. It’s the same old puzzler, done well. And did I mention it’s still as much of a brain teaser as the original?

WhiterabbitWhite Rabbit. Strange little game which for some reason grabs the attention. Your little white bunny is actually a secret Ninja in disguise. Despatch all sorts of Ninja type moves on your enemies (including Dim Sum buns by the looks of it) in this platformer. It’s got some interesting features and is definitely worth a look.

RpgjsRPG JS. If you want to see where the state of HTML5 gaming is at the moment, take a look at this sweet little role playing demo game. The gameplay is straight up traditional swords and challenges, with puzzles, interactive characters and everything. Beautiful graphics and SFX round off the whole experience.

TorusTorus. Tetrix gets an HTML5 makeover with some added 3D love. It’s slickly produced, and comes with varying degrees of difficulty which should be enough to humble the loftiest brainiac. Great graphics and a timeless gameplay structure make this a definite hit with the puzzler lovers.

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Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • Awesome list, thanks for making sure I get a lot less work done this week.

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