The newest and shiniest online PC games can be expensive, which isn’t helpful when you’re trying to stretch your student loan as far as it can go. However, there is no need for gamers to despair, there are plenty of cheap or free options for those looking for a little escapism. While they may be a bit more lightweight than some of the expensive titles, they are still loads of fun and a great way to cure boredom or unwind.
Below we’ll show you a range of games, whether you’re after mindless entertainment or a grind fest, there’s something to suit you.
The original Bomberman game was highly addictive, and if you were a fan then Game of Bombs will be right up your alley. It’s a simple but extremely entertaining experience for when you need to blow off a little steam. There is also a huge online version of Bomberman that is played by people from all over the globe. The growth of modern online courses makes the need for self-discipline even greater, so if you’re getting your education online, remember to limit your gaming so it remains a positive aspect of your life.
Die 2 Nite is a surprisingly engaging and clever text-based online multiplayer game. The zombies only come out to play when the server time hits eleven pm. The rest of your time is spent working with other members of the online community to build defences to help you survive the upcoming onslaught. The online community is easy to become invested in, so the biggest danger with this game is that you’ll spend too long playing it. Just remember, as the games greeting will tell you, ‘Be positive! You’re going to die. Every time.’
A Tribute to NES
Abobo’s Big Adventure is a quirky and clever tribute to the NES. It is littered with in-jokes and references that you’re more likely to appreciate if you’re above a certain age, but it can easily be appreciated by everyone. The main character is Abobo, a mid-level boss in the 80s classic Double Dragon, who is on a mission to rescue his kidnapped son. To achieve his mission, you must guide him through many Nintendo-based levels. You’ll see nods to Mega Man, Mario, Contra, and Zelda regularly.
If you’d rather avoid the huge online communities and chat, then Tanki could provide the solution. It’s a simple deathmatch scenario where you need to eliminate all the other tanks. Think along the lines of Quake and Worms and you’ll have a rough idea what Tanki is all about. The game features all the usual variations on death matches, including capture the flag and team deathmatch. The controls and graphics are reminiscent of some PS2 titles, just with better resolution.
Whatever you decide to play, remember to only use gaming as a tool to help you relax, and not become consumed to the point where your study and classes suffer.
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