Crazy Monkey Games is rather ad-heavy and limited in features, aside from the robust game collection, but it’s worth checking out nonetheless. Most games are equipped with short game guides as well as tips and tricks for navigating some of the more frustrating portions of your favorite titles. If you’re a Flash-based game designer, the site might even be willing to sponsor your game as part of its lucrative Crazy Monkey Games Sponsorship Program, providing you with a little cash and recognition in exchange for incorporating its logo on your game’s introduction screen. The newsletter, another aspect that differentiates the site from its online peers, is a great way for users to stay up to date on the latest games, contests and general news coming out of CMG. Also, make sure to try the random game option in the upper right-hand corner if you’re not looking for anything specific.
MiniClip has quite the title to live up to. Since it’s initial launch in 2001, the site has gradually become the world’s largest privately-owned online game website on the planet. Alongside Addicting Games, it takes the crown for the most substantial game library, housing genres that span dancing and shows to holiday and five-minutes (or less). The site also has one of the most social-heavy components of any gaming site out there, laden with player profile pages, online leaderboards, awards and achievements accessible through Facebook, Twitter and Google+. MiniClip features all of your standard genre games, not to mention a remarkable selection of sports games, but the site’s past security issues and malware debacle may leave some users hesitant. Regardless, it’s one of the more beefy sites on our list in terms of sheer numbers and international appeal given users can access the site in more than 15 languages.
Despite the most unoriginal and bland website title on our list, Free Online Games (aka FOG) is not a horrendous site. There a plenty of games and categories to choose from, including a category for “fun games,” but the site features some of the most obnoxious and invasive advertising of any of the picks on our list. Although the games are entirely free to play, it would be great if the site at least offered a ad-free premium membership to give frequent users a little more flexibility, customization and choices when it comes to the site. Users can however, sign up for a free FOG account to access game chat rooms, view history, favorite lists, notifications and the intuitive avatar creator.
It’s heyday might have been the late ’90s, but that doesn’t mean Yahoo Games is completely obsolete or not entertaining. Aside from beloved classics like chess and solitaire, the site does more than just shallowly dabble into other genres like puzzle and arcade. Some of the titles might be knockoffs of other classics — Tron has quite a few — but they’re still great if you’re willing to wait through the 30-second ads prior to delving in. A good deal of the titles will require you to sign in with your Google account or sign up for a free Yahoo account, specifically ones with any multiplayer functionality whatsoever, but there is a plethora of games pulled from other sites that require absolutely nothing in the way of commitment or allegiance to any corporation. A free account does grant more customization options though, especially if you want to use the site as a Web dashboard of sorts, but we understand it’s not for everyone given Google and other market alternatives.
BGames barely made the cut, but its creative originals and healthy dose of games are worthy of your oh-so-precious time. Titles span a laundry list of genres, from frantic point-and-click titles to Rachael Ray-esque cooking extravaganzas, but the site is loaded with video ads that often plague and ultimately hinder the user experience. There are no customization options and accounts to sign up for (not even free ones), so the myriad of ads is unavoidable for the time being. Fortunately, there are titles for all ages of gamer and personal preference.