If you are bored and want to procrastinate here you have more than 20 perfect websites to do it, but if what you want is to play, either alone or with friends and yours are board games, The Internet offers you a good handful of interesting options.
Specifically, for those who only have a web browser and want access to something simple, free and entertaining, we have compiled a series of sites where you can play all kinds of table games online, without having to pay anything, alone or with friends or a stranger who is just as bored as you.
In Tabletopia you find a large library of board games, more than 600 in total. From the web it is possible to access multiple demos of varied games without having to register, you just have to look for those with a label that says “Try Now”.
Now, if you also register on the site you will be able to play the entire library of games, either alone, online if there are more players, or you can create your own game and share the link with one of several friends (depending on the games) to play together in real time.
Tabletop is free as long as you don’t play more than two games at the same time. The games look pretty cool, there are multiple languages, and generally everything is easy to use.
Board Game Arena
Board Game Arena is a fairly large platform for online board games. They have 174 games and a very active community. Most games are free (some require a premium subscription), everything is from the browser, and works on desktop or mobile without problems.
In addition to this, Board Game Arena is available in Spanish. Before starting you will be asked to select some games that you are familiar with, and they will also teach you to play new games so that you find new challenges. You can join leaderboards and compete online with other players.
Catan is one of the most famous board games out there, and yet some may not know that it features a free online version. In Catan Universe you have access to an online version of the game made for the browser, in Spanish and that looks pretty cool.
To access most of the game’s content, they will ask you for some things, such as registering, and completing the tutorial in order to unlock aspects. Overall, it’s really worth it, especially if you’ve never played it before and want to learn.
A longtime classic, Minigames.com still exists, it still has a ton of simple games to play alone or with friends, and it’s still free. The only bad thing is that it is no longer as crowded as in its best moments, and it also requires you to install Flash enable, so you may want to opt for other options or just enable the plugin while you play.
However, it is still a good option to hang out since there are plenty of things to entertain there, including a wide selection of board games.
Aso Brain Games
Aso Brain Games is a fairly serious community of online board games. Here, although you can play many things with an extremely dedicated community of players, you must bear in mind that you also have to be a dedicated player, and be willing to follow their rules.
At Aso Brain Games, you can only play if you register and registrations are limited by region and wait time. They also don’t accept account registrations with popular emails like Microsoft’s Gmail or Live. So they make it very difficult for someone who has no intention of being a very committed player to give up easily.
Completely opposite to the previous one is this simple website called Pinturillo2, not only is it extremely simple, you can play casually immediately, but it is a a single game: a clone of Pictionary.
It is online, It’s free, it’s in Spanish, it works and there are always players connected to play for a while and waste time, or you can create a private table with your friends. I have to include it because few things are so simple and straight to the point. No paralysis by analysis.
These last two recommendations I have left for last. The first is Vassal, which is not a website but an application. It really is a game engine made especially to play online adaptations of famous table games.
Vassal is free and open source, so you can download it for Windows, Linux or macOS and install it on your computer completely free. From this link you can see the list of games that are currently being played on their servers.
The last recommendation is also something that must be installed, and that also costs money, but if you like online board games a lot, with Tabletop Simulator you have a video game available on Steam that includes other classic board games or that you lets create your own. It’s all an experience, and it even has VR support.