You don't want to do any work on a Friday. Instead, enjoy these six brilliant free online games, ranging from polite sports sims to bloodthirsty shoot-em-ups.
These sites were recommended by readers of PC Advisor for our Readers' Sites competition. Head to this thread to join in and win an Intempo iDS-01 Unplugged speaker dock worth £39.99.
Don’t be put off by the apparent complexity of the interface: this does-what-it-says-on-the-tin strategy game is perfectly easy to play once you’ve grasped the basic principles. Build a mining colony, conserve your resources (namely minerals and solar power) and fight off enemy attacks with stationary lasers and missile launchers.
The tension ratchets up nicely as you hang on for dear life, and the game is so enjoyable that a brief dabble can easily turn into a prolonged session. The graphics are basic but atmospheric.
Fans of gore and stress-inducing survival horror may enjoy this static first-person shooter. Use your mouse to aim for the approaching bad guys’ weak spots and avoid getting chopped into a bloody mess (see below). More powerful weapons and opponents are unlocked as you progress.
PC Advisor forum user Roderick Glossop recommended Viva Caligula, "a brilliantly nasty game in which everyone's favourite insane Roman tyrant goes on a lunatic killing spree".
It’s childish, yes. But you may be surprised by the game’s longevity – we found ourselves getting alarmingly obsessed with collecting all 26 weapons, each of which is controlled by a different keyboard letter. The X key, for example, activates a long spear called a 'Xyston', and we're told V stands for 'Vespiary'. We haven’t found that yet, but we will. We will.
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"Little Master is easy to pick up: you control the batsman with mouse movements (don't click!) and clobber the rapid-fire deliveries into coloured zones that yield one, two, four or six runs, or get you out," writes PC Advisor reader David A. "It’s also utterly addictive. My top score is 612 runs; I challenge anyone to beat that."
"I’m not much of a game player but I keep going back to Boomshine," admitted PC Advisor forum user bluesbrother. "It really gets under your skin."
Indeed it does, thanks to its combination of intuitive controls and a carefully ramping difficulty curve. Presented with a space containing drifting coloured dots, you must pick one to detonate; this then expands into a circle that sets off other dots nearby. The challenge is to create a suitably destructive chain reaction. The final level reportedly takes an average of 25 attempts to complete; we defy you to stop before then.
The music's really nice too. An unexpected bonus, that. This was our top recommendation of the month, incidentally, and won bluesbrother a prize; head to this thread for your chance to win an Intempo iDS-01 Unplugged speaker dock worth £39.99.
Based very loosely on snooker (although there's only one red, making it closer to the Brazilian version of the sport), Lightning Break sets you a series of timed challenges – just point the cue and hold the mouse button to adjust power. Difficult but fun, just like real snooker. Go to tinyurl.com/snookergames for more snooker, billiards and pool simulations.
These sites were recommended by readers of PC Advisor for our Readers' Sites competition. Head to this thread to join in and win an Intempo iDS-01 Unplugged speaker dock worth £39.99. Got a suggestion of a game or fun website for Time-Wasting Friday? Email [email protected]