Top 5 Most Legendary Video Games You Can Play in Your Browser

Written by JR Hartley
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Browser games are a breeding ground for some of the most influential indie games in existence, and many browser game developers have gone on to achieve great things in the gaming industry. And while there are literally thousands of browser game titles, some have achieved legendary status, being ported from the browser to other platforms and cementing their place in the gaming hall of fame.

In this article, we’re going to look at 5 legendary video games that are available in the browser.


The classic Snake game popularized by Nokia drew heavy inspiration from a classic arcade game called Blockade, and the numerous variants it spawned like Nibbler and Snake Byte. While those games were popular in their own right, Nokia really launched the success of the snake game genre by including their own version on their phones, with several updates and sequels with subsequent Nokia phone models.

The snake game genre continues to enjoy massive popularity, especially amongst browser gaming enthusiasts. This is partially due to the addictive gameplay of the snake genre, but also because snake games are relatively easy to program, and are in fact part of numerous coding and game development tutorials, for languages like Java and Python.

Thus, there are countless game developers who have released their own variations of the snake game genre, and some have reached massive popularity, like Little Big Snake, which you can play here.


Minecraft has certainly achieved legendary status, both in the video game world and internet pop culture. It sold millions of copies in its first couple years after release and was sold to Microsoft for $2.5 billion USD. As of 2019, it is the single best selling video game of all time, at around 176 million copies sold.

Minecraft also highly popularized the voxel game genre, sometimes called “Minecraft games”, which has spawned some great browser games that appear similar to Minecraft’s graphics, but offer their own unique gameplay., for example, is a first-person shooter deathmatch game, and you can always play the original Minecraft Classic in a browser for a bit of nostalgia.

The Last Door

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The Last Door is a remarkable point-and-click adventure horror game, with heavy influence from the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. Gameplay wise, its fairly similar to the original Clock Tower game (the original version for the Super Nintendo).

The Last Door was crowdfunded on Kickstarter and originally released as an episodic browser game, with the first episode being free, and sequels requiring payment to unlock. However, the developers have since ported the entire series to various distribution platforms like Steam, GOG, and smartphone devices.

What makes The Last Door so compelling is that, despite using sprite-based graphics, the developers did an amazing job with atmospheric sounds and music, creating a very creepy and disturbing setting, as well as an interesting plot. It’s more of a psychological thriller than a true horror game, but the haunting music in the game may just leave you playing with the lights on after all.

DarkOrbit Reloaded

A browser-based space-combat MMORPG definitely worth checking out for fans of sci-fi and space adventures, DarkOrbit Reloaded has over 300 million registered accounts and can be compared to similar MMORPGs like Eve Online.

New players choose between one of three factions, and complete quests for mission control to advance in rank and level. Missions typically involve gathering resources, defending territories, and taking part in space battles, whether against aliens or PvP battles.

DarkOrbit Reloaded features a real-time combat system with tons of spacecraft and weapon upgrades, and a learning curve that isn’t too difficult, but challenging enough that you’ll be spending some time calculating your stats and forming tactics for victory.

Realm of the Mad God

It’s so hard to properly define the Realm of the Mad God. It’s an MMO shooter with RPG elements - well, that wasn’t so hard. But that doesn’t really capture the essence of RotMG. The best description we can come up with is if Borderlands and Legend of Zelda had a baby that featured 8-bit graphics, real-time run-and-gun shooter gameplay, dozens of character classes, and thousands of online players.

Realm of the Mad God can be played in a browser, but also has Stream and smartphone versions available.

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