Kongregate is one of many websites devoted to hosting free online video games. It is set apart from its peers due to the wide variety of games it hosts and the minimal intrusive prodding for microtransactions. In order to play any game on the site you need to watch a 20-30 second advertisement and then you can enjoy the full version of the game. The site has thousands of games to choose from. In fact, there are so many, it can be hard to find the truly great games when you are looking for some entertainment. The following are the top ten best games available on Kongregate.
10. Jagged Alliance Online – Jagged Alliance is one of the oldest tactics games, considered a classic by fans of the genre. This modern version can only be played online and is completely free. It mixes tactical game play of the original game with online gaming features like daily bonus income and regenerating energy used to perform missions. While the game play is phenomenal, even managing to improve on the original, the need to play every single day in order to maintain your income is frustrating. Without the real time features, this game would be in the top three, easily.
9. War of Omens – This is a game that could only exist in a digital form. It is half collectible card game and half deck building game. Extensive use of randomization prevents it from working as a true card game, but unless you are looking for it, you won’t notice the difference while playing the game. The game allows you to play one of three strange factions in one-on-one battles with either the computer or another player. Games are relatively fast, though a little repetitive. The unusual mechanics is what lifts this above all other online CCGs on the site.
8. Infectionator 2 – Infectionator 2 has a hilarious, if disturbing, premise. You are attempting to infect the world with zombies. Game play is incredibly fast, since you can only do a few things on each map. It is much more a strategy game than an action game. You need to figure out, based on your resources and the map, how to best infect as large a group of people as possible. As you infect people you gain resources to upgrade your zombies and plague for the next round.
7. Knightmare Tower – Like many games on Kongregate, this one is quite simple. You are a knight who is fired into the air alongside a tower and you must defeat all of the monsters that you encounter while flying upwards. You can’t beat this game on your first try, or even on your tenth try. Though, with each attempt, you earn coins to spend to upgrade your knight and make more progress on the next attempt. It is a great time waster because it is mostly simple mindless entertainment.
6. Kingdom Rush Frontiers – This game is anything but mindless entertainment. It is a tower defense game with a number of interesting twists. You use towers that either attack foes or release troops to defend paths that enemies walk down to assault you. As you beat levels you earn upgrades that you can spend to improve your towers. Some levels include terrain that changes mid-battle and you can attempt levels additional times with more difficult options. It is one of the best tower defense games available.
5. Continuity – Continuity is a puzzle game with a brilliant premise. Each level is broken up into multiple map tiles. You can move those tiles around, changing the map. You pause the movement of your character when you do this. This allows you to perform neat tricks like walking into one tile and then moving tiles so that when you walk back to where you came from you are somewhere else. Eventually the game requires very advanced techniques like pausing as you fall and moving the tile under you. It is a consummate brain teaser for people who like a challenge.
4. Drakensang Online – This is pretty much the best free-to-play Diablo clone on the market. There are four classes to choose from and you roam around on an isometric map defeating enemies, gaining items, and leveling up. The graphics are quite advanced for a free game and game play is simple. The game is rather intrusive about trying to get you to make microtransactions, but other than that it is a great play experience.
3. Swords and Potions 2 – This is an economic game where you build a shop, create your merchandise, sell it and then use the income to upgrade your shop. There is no end to the game, but it is fun for people who enjoy this style of game. Most games of this type are found on Facebook, but the graphics and game play here are a little more advanced than are usually found on that platform. To mix up the monotony, you can also help assist various heroes on quests and get rewarded for doing so.
2. Cursed Treasure 2 – Cursed Treasure 2 is easily the best tower defense game on Kongregate. Unlike most tower defense games, you only have three types of towers, but multiple upgrade paths for them and a very well designed talent tree for your character make it feel like you actually have a much higher degree of options. The best part about this game is that every third level features a unique boss fight that will test all of your tower defense skills to the limit.
1. Epic Battle Fantasy 4 – This role playing game is on par with games like Final Fantasy VII. It has smooth graphics, interesting characters, robust game play mechanics, and a nearly perfect difficulty curve. The story is a little weak, but still entertaining. Best of all, it is an epic game. The main plot will easily take 20 – 30 hours to complete, which is on par with many console and PC role playing games. If you enjoy turn based RPGs, especially those from the 80s and 90s, this is the perfect game for you.