Best Casual Games of 2014

A new year has dawned on us, with seemingly endless hours of gaming ahead. This is the perfect time to take a look backwards on the year that has just ended, and see what great things happened during it. And with this I refer to free browser games, of course, not just free slots bonuses (there were enough of these, too, in 2014).

So, let’s see a top list of the best browser and casual games we had the chance to play in 2014, hoping that the new year brings us even better ones.

3. 2048

One of the most amazing games ever invented by man, 2048 was one of the hit browser games in 2014. Launched in March 2014 by Italian web developer Gabriele Cirulli, it quickly became viral hit, receiving over 4 million visitors in only a week. Cirulli built the game over a single weekend, and he didn’t mean it to be a big success. He said he was genuinely surprised of the great appreciation the game received. Surely it is one of the best games to see the light of day in 2014 – and it’s a very simple and easy one, with no fancy graphics and sounds, showing us that when it comes to casual gaming, less is usually more.

2. Cut the Rope 2

Cut the Rope 2 made it on the list, although it does not have a browser version – it is only available on smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android (with more platforms on the way). The “second edition” of the game (although it had several versions before it) adds new adventures, advanced gameplay and new puzzles to the game, assuring hours of addictive gaming. Cut the Rope is one of the best casual games of all time, played by kids and adults all over the world.

1. Drakensang Online

Less casual, more MMO – Drakensang is a free to play 3D action RPG game that is considered by many the best browser-based title to be released in 2014. Its developer, Bigpoint, has launched several popular titles before (like Farmerama, Dark Orbit and others). Drakensang uses the developer’s proprietary Nebula 3 engine impressing its players with incredible 3D graphics and a fully featured fantasy universe filled with fight and magic.

+1 Contract Wars

This is not a 2014 game, but it was one of my favorites ever since it was launched. Contract Wars is a free, browser-based FPS with realistic graphics, realistic weapons, clans, character development and loads of action. It can be played against random players from all over the world through a browser window, and it offers its players an immersive, entertaining gameplay.