With the festive season rapidly approaching, there is bound to be a glut of boring television, with endless re-runs of Bargain Hunt. So why not put your time to good use and invest in some online games for your Laptop, Console, iPhone or iPad? The best part is that they are all free, meaning you won’t even have to part with any of the hard-earned Christmas money that has been bestowed upon you by a myriad of relatives!
Below is a rundown of the best free online games of 2012; we have provided a broad range of online games across all genres, which ensures that your own gaming needs are met, and you no longer need to face another 30 minutes of David Dickinson’s colour saturation-defying tan.
CLASH OF CLANS (iPhone & iPad)
Clash of Clans is billed as an epic combat strategy game, and the main aim is to build your own village, and train your own army of Barbarians, War Wizards, Dragons, or other warriors and lead them into battle in pursuit of victory!
The game contains a potent mix of strategic planning and competitive fast-paced combat; you must choose whether you want to join a clan of other players, or to form your own clan and wage war on your rivals, in the hope of gaining ultimate ownership of the realm. There is also the small matter of hordes of goblins to fight off on a regular basis.
AUTO CLUB REVOLUTION (PC)
Auto Club Revolution is a free-to-play, browser-based online racing game. The game was developed by Eutechnyx, who have been making games for an incredibly long time; all the way back to the PlayStation One days. It is hard to believe that this game is free, as the slick interface and stunning graphics make Auto Club Revolution a wonder to behold; the quality and depth of the simulation would give most full priced PC and console racing games a run for their money.
COMA (Xbox 360 & PC)
Coma has been described as a living, breathing piece of art, and I would certainly agree. However, Coma also provides substance as well as style, it is also hard to believe that it has been made using Flash. This platform game revolves around a stunning world of dreams and make-believe, which you must work your way through (provided you aren’t captivated by the incredible attention to detail).
NEW STAR SOCCER (iPhone, iPad & Android)
If you prefer games of the sporting variety, New Star Soccer will be right up your alley. The game takes elements of a Role-Playing Game (RPG) and blends them with the career of a fledgling footballer. You must live the life of a rising football starlet, which begins in the lower leagues; from here you must slowly progress to the top by scoring goals, pleasing your fans, manager, and team-mates happy, and most importantly, working your socks off. New Star Soccer is highly addictive, and the unlicensed team and player names provide additional entertainment.