5 addictive (and free!) browser games for holiday hijinks

If you must play a browser game at work, you might as well zone out on a holiday-themed title.

By David Daw, PC World |  Software, free games, video games

Here's another bizarre game for the grinch in all of us. Garden Gnome Carnage sees you destroying a legion of Santas hell-bent on providing some holiday cheer. By strapping yourself to a building that glides along on wheels, swinging by a bungee cord and hurling bricks at the approaching gift givers. Also you're a lawn gnome. An ever increasing number of St. Nicks charge in by land and see, but you're aided by a lucky black cat, a brick-laying princess, and the occasional airstrike. How all of this ties in with the holidays is admittedly more than a little unclear, but the gameplay is fun and addictive.

Infectionator - Christmas Edition

The anti-holiday spirit seems to be something of a trend. Consider: Infectionator - Christmas Edition, a game about unleashing a zombie plague to ruin the holiday season. It's a bit crude, but loads of fun: you've got 24 days to infect as many people with a manufactured virus, and hoping the zombies you create survive long enough to infect passersby. When humans die they drop golden coins, which you can use to fund research to improve your virus. You'll eventually run into heavily armed soldiers and Santa himself, who'll lay waste to your minions unless your virus is strong enough to take them out first. Sure it's simple and not exactly in line with the holiday spirit, but it's all rather fun.

Ice Beak

Ice Beak isn't technically a holiday game, which might make it an awkward way to kick things off. But its theme of winter persevering over a fiery hellscape seems close enough. The game is a puzzler at heart: you're tasked with guiding the frozen protagonist through maze-like corridors, blasting enemies with a freeze ray. You'll soon learn to conserve ammo -- shots are limited, and only replenished at a level's sparse checkpoints.

It's a rather simple mechanic, but one that's built out rather well across the game's levels. Rudimentary physics allow you to create chain reactions, with frozen enemies collapsing into their comrades or triggering switches and opening doors. It's also a bit... minimalistic -- that's a full sized screenshot up there. It's lovely in its own way though, and a fun wintery way to spend an hour or two.


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