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The best places to play free retro games right from your web browser


Sitting at work with only work to do? Craving some gaming in your life but don't have your gaming devices, nearby given that they are consoles and a huge PC that require a screen, mouse and keyboard to work? I have you covered. There are some fantastic websites out there that offer browser emulation so you can totally just load up Chrome and play something cool.

Now I am not talking about browser games made for your browser. I am talking about retro games like SNES, NES, Genesis, and even DS and PS One games. All we can hope is that these games open at work because you know those darn “IT” guys block everything these days, sorry IT guy if you are reading this, but you kind of make work totally unfun. 



Just like the title says, PlayRetroGames.com lets you well, play retro games. It uses Flash to emulate the game onto your web page but works like a charm with no issues at all. There is also a huge selection of games across various platforms like GBA, NES, and the SEGA Genesis. My favourite games to play on this site include Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Mega Man 2, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and Kirby's Adventure. 

Visit PlayRetroGames.com



EmuParadise is a cool awesome site as it lets you download the ROM as well as play the game on your browser too. I also feel that it runs very well compared to the others on the post as its browser emulator seems to use fewer resources. I played Alex The Kidd in Miracle World and it was flawless. Needless to say, the volume was on max as well as the childhood memories. EmuParadise.me features a range of platforms to play including MAME, SNES, NES, and Genesis titles. 

Visit EmuParadise.me



Online-Console.com is probably the best place to play PS One games, but it needs a little work before you can get it up and running. The PS One emulation portion of the site requires Java, which you need to allow an exception for on your browser. It is pretty simple really and once you have added the site to the exception list, the games will launch and you will be able to play titles like Crash Bandicoot, Tekken 3, and dare I say Final Fantasy VII. You can find all the details on how to set this up here, and take a look at all the awesome games available to play while you are at it too. 

Visit Online-Console.com

Internet Arcade


The Internet Arcade is a division of Archive.org, and one of the most diverse collections of games on the internet. Think of it as a giant library of history's greatest games. You can load up some MS-DOS, and play games like Prince Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, Super Street Fighter II, Pac-Man and much more. There are over 15,000 MS-DOS titles to choose from and when you are done with those you can jump into other platforms like the Atari 2600, and even other consoles like the Magnavox Odyssey 2 and Genesis. 

Visit the Internet Arcade

Do you sneakily play emulated games on your browser at work? Where do you go? Let us know in the comments below. 

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