Free Web Wargames
is a game similar to Earth: 2025 but with an emphasis on Magic. Although
another clone, and in the same theme as Monarchy, it does add
something new since you play a Mage.
Traders is a turnbased wargame in space. You create an empire by
building up your ship and taking over planets.
Metal is a semi real-time science fiction game. Players earn turns
as time progresses, and spend these to perform various actions. Each
player has a ship, and travels from planet to planet improving his ship
- weapons, cargo space, crew, etc. The typical objective is to wipe
out all other players (or those opposed to your alliance).
- Button Men is a web based
game that implements the dice-based game of Button Men by Cheapass
Games. This is a two player non-deterministic perfect information
game that is simple to learn. Every game may take several days to play,
so you can easily join or create dozens of games. The website also features
tournaments, and an extensive set of button men. You can also play against
a very strong AI player, that is hosted at AccessDenied.Net.
2025 (links on AccessDenied). This is one of the better
ones. You play a country in a large borderless game (200-3000 players).
This game features a very good economic system and the possibility for
different successful strategies. Due to the lack of geographical positioning,
in the larger games cheating (multiple accounts) can be a problem but
the smaller randomly assigned games help alleviate this problem. Due
to the large games and fact that you can attack anyone conflicts tend
to be localized based on rank (or pure chance). Similar to the BBS game
EverNight is a game that pits you against hundreds of other players
in a quest to control the world. The world is filled with a vast number
of conquerable regions. As a new player, you begin with a single region,
but by deploying your forces and launching attacks on other regions
and players, your empire can grow larger and larger. The objective is
to control as many regions as possible at the end of the game, and to
- Imperial Conflict
is a free online multiplayer game where the user competes with thousands
of other players to rule the galaxy with military, diplomatic, and economic
- Final Conquest
is a java game of world conquest inspired by Risk. Compete against other
players or computer controlled opponents. There are several different
maps available to play on and an interface for the visitors to create
their own battle grounds.
- Global Combat
is a game of world domination much like Risk. Create alliances and conquer
your foes as you play against up to 7 others. It is fairly popular with
thousands of players and about 200 players (March 2002).
- Hundred Years War
web game. This game is a very detailed and realistic wargame/RPG set
in the 14th century Hundred Years War between England and France. You
play the head of some household that actually existed in the period.
You control a fief or even possibly manage a province. Features diplomacy,
strategy, politics and cooperation. Costs 6$ US per character per month.
is another free turn-based game (available January 2000). It
is playable with a standard browser (no Java or plugins necessary),
and the emphasis is on fun (many complexities are handled for you if
desired), but there is a strong possibility for depth. The premise is
that your species has just discovered interstellar travel, and is setting
out to find its density among the stars - only to discover that you're
not alone. Starting with one system, you must conquer the galaxy. Some
of the primary aspects are mining, terraforming, technology research
and designing your own ships. Different games conveniently update at
various rates like Stellar Crisis (from minutes to days), and will typically
last 40 turns or so. There is no absolute limit on the number of players
(it could be hundreds), but it will typically be 8 or so.
- Robo Runner is a turn based
game very similar to the boardgame Robo Rally. It is HTML based game
for up to eight players per game. Turns are processed once all players
have submitted a program, so a full game may take several days, hence
you could typically join or start a dozen games (much like Stellar
Crisis or Button Men).
- Star Exodus, uses
dynamically generated graphical pages to represent the map. In the story,
colonists are fleeing the crowded homeworlds to start a new life among
the stars. Planets orbit suns and wormholes slide from system to system.
Use military force to seize other captains' ships and colonies, or punish
annoying aliens. Form a corporation with other players.
Crisis Room which contains information for the public
domain intergalactic wargame Stellar Crisis. Games are typically
smaller (under 10 players but there are some with more), and you have
the option to play faster games (about 2-6 players and turns every 3
minutes so it only takes a few hours to play) although once you have
a few wins there are big games you can join (as high as 24 hours per
turn). Intuitive basic system with deep strategy. The universe is a
2D map of connected planets, and you move your ships between these.
You cannot simply make a huge fleet due to resource limits so you need
to maintain balances. There are 3 basic units and a dozen units in all
that can be researched - each having its own unique use. One of the
tradeoffs is power versus technology.
is another game from Echelon Games of Earth: 2025 fame (formerly
Solaria Games). It is fantasy-based and basically the same sort of menu-driven
kingdom management game as many others, except with some interesting
differences. Every action in the game (attacking, building, etc) takes
game time to complete (almost a real-time game). The game also does
a good job of putting an emphasis on politics and cooperation, as well
as a slight geographical aspect.
The game is set in one large World, and this is broken into several
Islands (at least 10). Each Island in turn contains several Kingdoms
(about 50?). Finally, each Kingdom contains up to 25 Provinces (typically
10) - and you are put in charge of a Province. Each Kingdom is pretty
much a randomly generated team - a Regent must be voted who gains
an advantage and dictates the relationships with other kingdoms. To
become Regent you require a certain percentage of the votes, and your
votes depends on your power (so you can certainly bully your way into
the position but it will damage the kingdom as a whole).
- War of
Conquest is a massively multplayer strategy game which
awards cash prizes. It is free to play, but the trick is that you can
spend money (indirectly via PayPal) to gain advantages during the game
(such as special technologies). You develop a nation through a large
technological range while competing for control of mysterious orbs that
are scattered throughout the landscape.
Other Web Games
- Melted Media has two Tetris
clones that require Shockwave. One is called Ignition
and the other is Goop.
- Solitaire Mahjongg,
make sure you don't have your "Temporary Internet Files" settings set
to check "Every visit to the page." If you do, it will be very slow.
You should instead use "Automatic."
- Medieval Diplomacy is a play-by-email
game set in the Middle Ages, when mighty Kings ruled by fire and sword.
The first scenario available is "Medieval Diplomacy", which is a strategic-level
wargame, where players rule historical kingdoms, leading their armies
of armored warriors. To stay on your throne, you will need to use well-planned
tactics, clever scheming, and ruthless determination. It is free to
play, and the program to play your turn is a free download (for Windows).