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10 exciting online games you can enjoy alone at any time

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Single player online games are the easiest way to kill time — all you need is a device with a stable internet connection. Some are driven by an elaborate storyline, while others err on the side of action and adventure. Some are free and easily available online, while others are on sale at the virtual Steam store. Here we compile 10 fan favourite single-player popular online games to keep you occupied in-between online classes or during the holidays. If you shop now, you’ll be able to catch some sweet Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals for these popular online games.

Firewatch

Subtle yet suspenseful, this solo game will draw you in with its gripping storyline and gorgeous art direction. Guard the fire tower with only the person on the other end of your radio for company, as you unravel the mysteries of the Wyoming wilderness — and human nature. Available on PC and Mac.

Sims 4

The Sims is the definition of virtual life. Create your own reality and play customised characters that look, act, and dress just how you want. Decorate your home, get a pet, travel to other neighbourhoods, make new friends, fall in love … the possibilities are endless in this ideal world. Available on PC and Mac.

Left 4 Dead 2

Fight for your life in the world’s most famous zombie apocalypse (okay, maybe besides The Walking Dead), co-op style. Traverse the cities, swamps, and cemeteries of the Deep South across five campaigns, armed with weapons of moderate-to-mass destruction. Conquer the undead in your preferred mode alone, or challenge your buddies. Available on PC and Mac, as well as mobile.

Fallout Shelter

If survival games are your jam, you are no stranger to Fallout. You will build and manage the underground Vault, as well as attract new Dwellers and keep them happy. Work with your hands to craft tools from junk; anything to make it through this dangerous wasteland. Are you prepared for the fallout?

Grimm’s Hollow

 

Feeling nostalgic? Try this old-school pixel graphic interface RPG, where you will embark on a mission to save your brother from the Hollow afterlife. Expect a short adventure featuring haunted caves and reaping ghosts, but also spooky snacks, delightful characters, and enough intrigue to last till the very end(s). Available on PC and Mac.

Starcraft 2

Experience the real-time strategy game that’s considered a pioneer in the science fiction genre. This version has been refined over a decade, enriched with improved AI that makes for exciting solo sessions. Available on PC and Mac.

Magic: The Gathering Arena

 

You know it as the card game that introduced strategic gaming to children everywhere. In this online version, you can play from the starter deck, keep up with daily challenges, and switch game modes while looking out for precious wild cards. Matchmaking times may vary throughout the day, as well as skill levels within unranked modes. Available on PC and Mac.

What Never Was

Mystery fans, here’s one that will hook you in for hours. While clearing your grandfather’s attic, you will discover books, adventures, and puzzles that raise more questions than answers. Piece the puzzle to figure out the truth about your family. Available on PC and Mac.

Grand Theft Auto V

 

What do you get when a hustler, robber, and psychopath get together? Crime and mayhem, of course. Play the latest version of this popular game by pulling off a series of dangerous heists. It’s a survival game, but not in your typical sense. Get the Premium Online Edition for the complete story experience and free access to the existing gameplay upgrades and contents. Available on PC and Mac.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

 

Be transported to a breathtaking universe in this mystery game, where you play detective to track down a young Ethan Carter. It is packaged in early twentieth century macabre and mental challenges, driven by compelling atmosphere and mood. Available on PC and Mac.

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