In the past few years, there’s been a new browser-based gaming trend coming along around the internet, and it’s slowly taking even the mobile world by storm. That’s the arena based multiplayer games called the IO games. The games within the new genre can be played and enjoyed without having invested too much time in it. It’s easy to jump in and jump out when need be. It’s always fun because you’re always playing with a lot of different people. So now the question is, how do you choose which games to play out of the hundreds available? Well, were here to help! Here’s what we think are the top 5 IO games out in the wild right now.



Snake is such a classic game that it’s almost impossible to find people that doesn’t know it. It’s simple and unique, and anyone at almost any age can pick it up and play it. The premise is simple, you play as a small snake that is shown food on screen. Your goal is to grab as much food as you can, but there’s a catch. Each piece of food will make your snake longer and a bit harder to control. The game ends when you accidentally hit a part of your body. Easy, right? Now imagine that, but this time there’s plenty of food everywhere so you can get longer and bigger easily, and this time there’re more than 10 snakes on the field at the same time. You can’t touch their or your bodies or it’ll be game over, but if they touch yours, they die instantly and turn to food – which you can then use to make yourself even bigger. That’s The main goal of the game is to survive and become the longest snake in the land. It’s on our list because it’s simple to learn and needs almost no introduction, as well as it’s a lot of fun of course. It inspired many other games, including Angry Snakes and Little Big Snake.

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Tanks are always awesome, but tanks in games are even more so. explores this awesomeness by letting you play as a tank in an arena with a lot of other tanks trying to destroy each other. When you start a game, you’re thrown directly in the middle of the game and you’ll see a bunch of shapes lying around. These things will need to be destroyed so you can get all the goodies inside, which is the experience you’ll need to become a stronger tank. Each time you level up, you’ll get a skill point that you can put into one of your skills on the lower left of the screen. You’ll use your mouse cursor to aim and the left mouse button to shoot, while W,A, S, and D are your movement keys. You’ll fight to become the strongest tank around – that’s your one and only goal! The game made our list because of its great design, complex enough for veterans to have fun but easy enough for new comers to learn.

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The mother of all the IO games, is where it all started. This is the game that gave birth to a whole new genre, and it’s not without its reasons. The game is simply amazing. You start off as a little ball and you have a few abilities, but the main one you’ll be using is eating any ball that’s smaller than you to make you bigger. This means, you eat small balls, get big, eat the other balls that were ones you considered big before, but are now smaller than you, rinse and repeat. You move your ball using your mouse cursor – basically wherever your cursor is, your ball will follow. You’ll also have another useful skill, and that’s throwing half of your total amount in size as another ball and shooting it forward by pressing the W key. This helps as both an offensive and defensive move. If you can’t chase the ball in front of you because you’re bigger and slower, but you think half of you can gobble it up, then throw half of yourself forward to eat the other ball – it’s a satisfying move to use. If you’re in a bind and are about to be caught by a bigger player, use it to get a half of you out of harm’s way, so if the other half gets eaten, you’d still have another. This game innovated a lot of the io games we see today, and it’s fun because of a lot of reasons, but mostly because you play with other people in a match to become the because ball around town.

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RTS games are time consuming, but it’s almost always fun. Now how about we add a little dash of io simplicity to the mix? Well, we get The game plays like your typical RTs, you collect materials to build buildings and defences, and you keep doing that until you’re at the top of the food chain. You start off as a measly peasant with an axe and you’ll need to collect resources to amass a fortune. You’ll do this by swinging your axe (space bar or left mouse button) on anything you might need. If you need lumber, swing it on trees. Need rocks? Boulders are your targets. Food can be gathered from apple trees. You can find the stuff you can build at the bottom of the screen and if you hover over, you’ll see what you need to build them. Once you have enough resources, just click it, then click on the area you’d like to place it. To win, you’ll have to amass gold, which can be harvested by one of the buildings available. But to defend it, you can build a wall they’ll have to break to get in, as well as spikes that they won’t be able to break without getting hurt. The game is in a good spot in our list as it takes a great genre that takes time and effort to learn, and simplifies it with the great io formula of arena based multiplayer gameplay.

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On the top of our list is one of the funnest io games out there, This game is wild as it’s just a collection of party games that you can play with a few random strangers, and it’ll keep going until you decide to stop. The goal of the game is to be on top with the most wins in the quick but wacky series of mini-games you’re about to play. When you start a game, you’ll be matched up with up to 4 players, and you’ll play a lot of games, each lasting around 30 seconds or less. Each game will have a different set of rules, but it’s always the same goal, push all of the other players to their death, and remain the last ball standing. You’ll use your keyboard to play by pressing the arrow keys to move your ball in the respective direction pressed, while the space bar or X key will make your ball heavier (can be used for a tactical advantage). The awesomeness of this game lies in the fact that you don’t spend a lot of time on each game, giving you no time to get bored of it. Once a game ends, you’re immediately thrown to the next one to duke it out again. It’s on the top of our list due to the sheer amount of fun it gives out. This game can simply sap hours of your life without you even noticing.

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This list is not to say that the other io games are bad, but this is just what we though you should start with to get the most fun out of the genre. There are plenty of io games available, and we believe that each of them has their own quirks and uniqueness to justify a try. All of the games in this genre are simple to learn, hard to master, but easy to gain fun from. If you believe there are other games we should try out, leave a comment and let us know


Wars have always been part of our history, and it will continue to be part of it until everyone is satisfied with what they have (which will never happen). Everyone will always want more control. In Epic War 3, that’s exactly what you do. You’ll go through battle over battle to gain more land and more control over everyone and everything.

Epic War 3 is a war simulator with real-time strategy elements and a whole lot of depth, not only because there’s a lot of characters, but also because of the great story and addictive gameplay. You start the game off by choosing between 6 characters, each with their own story and their own specific units to command (you’ll start off with 2 units and one spell, we’ll go on to that later). They all have different reasons, but they all have one goal, and that’s to take over all of the land. Once you’ve chosen your hero/villain, you’ll be taken to a world map with flags on each land that can be taken over. You’ll go against the remaining 5 characters, and each of you will start off with a set number of land – this counts as your lives/tries. You can only take over land that is directly next to your land, so make sure to plan ahead. When you’re on the world map, you’ll also be given time to prepare your troops – to choose between whoever you have available and to level them up as you see fit using the experience you get after every fight. Some fights will give you additional units and spells to help you in your fight to liberate the land. Units and spells can be equipped as long as you have CP. Right now, everything I’ve said may sound a bit complicated, but no need to worry. Although the game is kind of complicated as you start, the game won’t leave you without letting you know what to do in each turn until you master the game.

The game is mostly controlled by your mouse, but in battle, your keyboard is available to use for shortcuts. For example, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see your units and you can click their portraits to choose them, but you’ll also be able to press the key that’ll display under them to do the same. Spells work the same way, too. You’ll get used to it, and you’ll be the best of the best!

If you’re looking for a game that you‘ll be playing for hours on end without noticing, then Epic War 3 is a great choice. The story, the music, and the feel of the game is just perfect. New Game+ will let you play the game again after finishing it, but with the same number of units you’ve already had on your previous playthrough, adding even more replayability. Give it a go, you won’t regret it.

Rooftop Snipers

So you’re a sniper on top of a roof out to get one of your targets when you suddenly discover another sniper on the same roof top. Of course, in this situation, a firefight will ensue because this rooftop isn’t big enough for 2 snipers and one bounty!

Rooftop Snipers is a physics based 2-player shooting game that lets you play as one of 2 snipers fighting for control over one rooftop. The goal is to keep shooting until one of you falls off the side of the building you’re perching on. The controls are easy to learn, but the physics mechanics may take a bit of time learning and mastering. You will be using your keyboard to play the whole game. The W key is used to jump towards the direction where your head is pointing (you’ll be swaying from left to right every time). The E key lets you shoot, and holding it will let you aim it, kind of. When you press the E key, you will immediately shoot, but if you hold it down, your sniper will raise his gun upward until you release it, at which point, your sniper will shoot. If you or your enemy is hit by a bullet, you are pushed back. You keep doing this until one of you fall off the building. The first one to push their enemy off the roof 5 times wins the whole match. Though that sounds kind of simple, there’s a little twist that the game adds every few rounds, something that makes the game harder or easier, like different weather conditions, or stronger weapons, or sometimes even both!
If you’re looking for a good 2 player game that’ll keep the fun going and is all about bragging rights, Rooftop Snipers is a good game to play. That’s aside from the awesome techno music that’ll keep looping in the background!

Rebuild 2

A zombie apocalypse has plagued our world, and it’s up to you, one of the few hundred survivors of the world to rebuild human society from the ground up. Will you take this responsibility and walk with everyone else that survived this horror or will you succumb to the fear and let the zombies take you alive?

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Rebuild 2 is a strategy / survival game that lets you play as a person that survived through the apocalypse, and is now looking to build a way to help other survivors so you can live in peace again. You do this by leading the other survivors and giving them tasks (these tasks can also be given to your character). There’s a lot of stuff to do before the world can become functional again, and you’ll be starting with the little tasks to make sure everyone is alive and happy. You’ll be growing food in your farms, you’ll be scavenging food in some buildings and some farms out of your control, you’ll be reclaiming buildings and build defences around them, you will be recruiting other survivors, there will be some buildings where you can train various skills like scavenging (to get more loot), leadership (to get a higher chance of recruiting), and some other skills to make all of your survivors useful. There are three different ways to end the game, but I won’t spoil it for you. Every night you will be attacked by zombies, and it will show you at the top screen the percentage of you surviving the night, so make sure to never send out all of your people on tasks without thinking of your evening defences. The strategies you’ll have to use are complex, and everything you do will take time so you really have to think about what you want to do, and when you want to do it. Scavenging will take a day before the people you gave the task comes back, reclaiming may take a few days, but carpenters can help each other to shorten that time. There will also be random events that may or may not help you, like some other random survivors helping you out, or a random guy bringing some gambling stuff for you to get or lose food.
Rebuild 2 is a very deep game with a very expansive world and gameplay in its very tiny package. If you’re looking for a great strategy survival game that lets you play hours on end while still having some serious fun, then Rebuild 2 is a great choice.

Sonny 2

An anticipated sequel to one of the best browser based RPGs ever created has finally come, and it’s about time that people find out what happened next to Sonny in Sonny 2. Will he ever be able to become human again, or at the very least find out what happened to him that he is in the sticky situation that he is in?

Sonny 2

Sonny 2 is a turn-based RPG that is a direct sequel to the big browser game hit, Sonny. It follows the story of Sonny, a man turned zombie that is trying to find his way home and find out what happened to him and everyone he was with. Sonny 2 takes place only a few minute after the final events of the first game where Sonny and a friend has escaped the ship and now holds a cassette which may be a clue to finding out what happened to the crew of the ship and him. Starting a new game will let you start with an entirely new character (it’s still Sonny, but you can change the name and his class, which is pretty cool). You get to choose from 3 classes available; Psychological – basically, they are the mage class in the game with powers that are a little different than an ordinary mage, as this class uses spells that control minds to destroy enemies and allies alike (this is the hardest class to start with, but is the strongest in the later parts of the game); Biological – the warrior type with a huge emphasis on power and speed, but with a few poison spells to help out (easiest to play as and is moderately strong if levelled up); and finally, the Hydraulic – a balanced class with healing spells and damage spells, as well as having a balanced speed and power (moderate difficulty of use). The game is controlled entirely by your mouse, and a good tutorial will greet you in-game when you start a new game, so you never play blind, which is great.

Sonny 2 is a deep, story-driven game with very good RPG elements. Although the gameplay itself may be a bit complicated when it comes to choices, the game’s great tutorial as well as the complete tooltips in each option that you have, help you play easily and understand what exactly is going on in every battle that you have. If you want a deep RPG experience without having to throw out money to buy one, then Sonny 2 is a great game to play.

Dynamons World

Children of all ages (even the children at heart) have always dreamed of a world where monsters exist and can become their companions, to fight alongside with, eat with, travel the world with, and become their best friends until the end. Dynamons World, a new game on, lets you experience the same thrill you got as a kid when playing your first Pokemon game, except Dynamons won’t force you to buy a console to play the monster catching game!

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Dynamons world puts you into the shoes of a junior Dynamon trainer whose goal is to become the best trainer of them all. A Dynamon researcher will help you along the way to give you tips and hints, as well as tutorials, to make sure you get to the top. Along the way, you’ll find out that the quest you are in isn’t just a quest for yourself, but to save the world against a criminal group wanting to use the power of Dynamons to take over the world. You start the game off with a choice from 3 of the starting Dynamons. Kickflick, the plant Dynamon; Snorky, the water Dynamon; and Torchip, the fire Dynamon. After choosing one, you get to walk around a map by choosing where to go using your mouse. A part of the map with a “!” on it means there’s a Dynamon you can battle and catch. Whatever you choose to do in your battles, the Dynamons you used throughout the battle will gain experience, and once they reach a certain amount, they can level up (by using a Dynastone) and become stronger, even getting new skills they can use in battle. And oh, you’ll also have a rival in this game in the form of a guy named Patrik. Although the game has no music at all which makes it a bit boring, the gameplay should be enough to push you through the rest of the game as the battles and the story can keep you sticking to the game like glue. Play it now and start your very own Dynamon Adventure!

Battle Towers

The battle of good and evil has been a battle fought for centuries, millenniums even, and it looks like it will keep going on as long as there is evil (or whatever some people think is evil) in this world. Battle Towers is a perfect example of this battle of good against evil and is a great game to boot!

Battle Towers is a real time strategy game about the powers of light and darkness battling each other. Your main goal is to defeat your enemy, and I say enemy because your enemy can be either, depending on which of the 2 campaigns you would like to play. Playing the light forces will let you clash with the forces of chaos, and vice versa. The game has a lot of great things going for it, and another one of them is the achievements system where you get additional currency for your upgrades for stuff that you can do for every level, like build a specific number of farms, or create a specific number of soldiers. The game also lets you set the difficulty level at any time, so for the beginners, you can easily learn how to play by setting the game to easy to find out how to win, for the hardcore, the harder difficulties are good to start with. At the end of each battle, you are given a choice to upgrade any of your stats using the currency you get for each mission. The options for the game is so great that almost anyone can just pick it up and play it!
Battle Towers is like an angel that was dropped from Flash Games RTS heaven (a very specific heaven). It’s a great game backed with great mechanics, a rich storyline, engaging battle system, and a very unique style.

Battle for the Galaxy

A future where humans fight against all of the different extra-terrestrial beings out there is a scenario that some people deem to be possible, and a lot of games have used this scenario so well that it’s become a whole genre all by itself. Battle for the Galaxy is a great game to start with if you want to try out a game that has a Starcraft feel.

Battle for the Galaxy is an online Real Time Strategy that gives out a Starcraft vibe with the way all of the units look and how the game plays. You start off with a tutorial that will hold your hand throughout the first part of the game, just to help you out. You basically get a few resources, make troops attack bases to get more resources, then create buildings and towers and facilities to make more and better troops, then you attack more bases to get more resources, then upgrade everything to upgrade troops, and the long cycle of attack goes on until you become the most feared general in the intergalactic universe. The game itself is fun because of a lot of things, the competitiveness, the Clash of Clans familiarity (which is a game that many people loved), but personally, it was the Starcraft feel was what really got me hooked, but as mentioned, since the game is seriously like Clash of Clans so it won’t be too hard to really learn for those who have already played it.
Battle for the Galaxy has is a great example of how to make a game mixed with a few different elements from a few different games and make it so great that the people play it forget about the time and waste more than a few hours playing it, so if you wanted a game to play that’s a lot closer to home (because of all the game elements you have been familiar with), then the Battle for the Galaxy game is a seriously great game to play.

3 Little Heroes

The 4 castles of the kingdom are under siege, and each of those castles are held by different people. Is there someone controlling them or are they acting on their own? That would be your job, as one of the 3 heroes, to find out! Choose between 3 heroes with different abilities and powers as you go through more than 15 stages filled with enemies and traps. Are you ready to save the kingdom from all the evils trying to take over it?

3 Little Heroes is a beat em up with a medieval vibe in its setting, and is done pretty well. The objective of the game is to get to the final castle and find out who’s controlling all the monsters that are taking over the castles all over the kingdom! The game is fairly easy, and you start off each session by choosing from one of the 3 available heroes with different abilities. The first one, Pierce Stabingston III, is a warrior with a shield and a sword that is good for melee oriented players. You also can choose an archer named Archibald the accurate, who shoots all of his enemies at a distance and keeps himself safe. Finally, there’s Dave, who may look like an idiot because he doesn’t have a title, but that doesn’t make him any weaker than the other characters, in fact, I finished the game using Dave (Dave’s abilities, by the way, are bombs that he can throw forward). The game itself is pretty easy to control, as all you ever need to use is your keyboard. All you ever need is your arrow keys to move around, and pressing the space bar will make your character attack using their weapon (again that’s Pierce with his sword and shield, Archibald with his bow and arrow, and finally Dave, with his bomb powers). Will you be able to get to the final castle and defend the kingdom? Play 3 Little Heroes to find out!

Viking: Way to Valhalla

Casual games aren’t always half as bad as hardcore gamers would like to think they are. Viking: Way to Valhalla is a very good example to prove this. Not a lot of casual puzzle games can pull off the same quick adrenaline you get from casual games with the same amount of interest you get for adventure games, and this game does very well in both accounts due to its very unique gameplay style along with very good mechanics.

Viking: Way to Valhalla is a puzzle game by that mostly plays like the Candy Crush games where you line up the same type of blocks with each other and break them until all of the blocks are out (or whatever goal is given to you), but for this game, the mechanic is a little bit different. Your usual board where the blocks would be is placed at the bottom part of the screen, while the top screen shows two sides, the left side showing your Viking, and the right side showing whatever enemy you are trying to kill. The objective of the game is to break sword blocks to damage the enemies, the more blocks clumped together the higher the damage. You lose under 2 conditions, which is you either run out of number of turns, or your Viking’s HP drops down to zero. There will be a lot of additional goals and obstacles in finishing each stage as well as your Viking getting skills and weapons that alter the gameplay and time you need to beat levels, so you would always be on your toes in each level, giving the game a higher gameplay time that the usual gameplay times you get for the regular casual games.
Viking: Way to Valhalla is a very good game to play and keeps you interested for a pretty good amount of time as the adventure elements of the game keep you hooked as well as the casual elements of the game. Play this game if you haven’t yet, you’ll be surprised how 2 genres can blend into one with a very good result.