Free Online Games to Play Against Other People

By Victoria Bailey

If you love to play online games, there are dozens of sites from which to choose. But some of the most popular ones feature competition between guests and contain chat areas in which you converse with other players. Winning players are rewarded with points toward prizes or just bragging rights in ongoing competitions. Games vary from site to site, including classics like backgammon and chess to newer games such as Trivial Pursuit and Word Whomp.

Pogo is one of the most popular online game sites and features dozens of games in six different areas. You are given points at the free sign-up, and playing and winning games garners you points as well. Turn in your points for entries to contests, or use them to give your game avatar outfits, backgrounds and accessories. Some of the more popular games are Poppit, Bingo Luau, Scrabble, Sudoku, poker and dominoes.


Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games are highly detailed long-term games in which you become a character in a story or environment. Some of the more popular free games include Mafia Boss, in which you join a crime family and make your way up the ranks; Conquer Club, a Risk-type casual game; Runescape, a 3D adventure game with quests and monsters, and Chosen Space, where you can become ruler of the galaxy. Dozens of free MMORPGs can be found at

Classic Games

For a slower, more casual gaming experience, features classic games like chess, checkers, backgammon and Battleship. Log on to play one turn of a game, and when your opponent plays the next turn, you will be e-mailed to let you know it's your turn. Play in tournaments or simply enjoy a casual gaming experience, and send messages with each turn if you wish.