How to Play Free Pokemon Games on a Computer

By Alex Ramirez

Updated September 22, 2017

Nintendo has allowed some free Pokemon games to exist online.
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Being the intellectual property of Nintendo, copies of the Nintendo-developed Pokemon games cannot be reproduced or ported to any unauthorized console or computer. Any illegal copies of the game or its characters can result in legal action, but Nintendo has allowed a handful of user-created content and Pokemon games to exist online. These games lack some of the features and depth that the hand-held games feature, but the online games are free to play.

Play Mini Games that Feature Pokemon Character

Visit the 1888 Free Online Games website to play mini games that feature Pokemon characters (see Resources).

Click on one of the six mini games that interests you. Do not use the filters on the side of the screen. This will cause the list to lose the "Pokemon Games" filter and will include all the games related to your selection, including those that are not Pokemon mini games.

Review the instructions for the mini game you have selected. Most of them have an instructions tab in the main menu that explains how to play each game.

Play Full User Created Pokemon Games

Visit the Pokemon Omega or Pokemon Battle Arena websites (see Resources). All three feature free-to-play Pokemon games online. Both sites require users to register before downloading the game client. Pokemon Omega consistently updates the game with new locations and Pokemon for the players.

Download and install the game client. The installer is not very large and should take only a few minutes to download.

Run the game you have installed. You will be prompted to log in with the account you created on the forums to access the content of the game itself.