When we think of single player computer based games, what often springs to mind are the popular card games like solitaire. But there are many more of them available and the variety can actually be quite impressive when you get to know more of what's out there.
A quick search brings up not just dozens, but literally thousands of single player games that are free to play for the most part. Many of them are based around certain themes, so that gives me an easy way of breaking things down in more digestible chunks for this article.
They have been around for thirty years or more, pretty much since computers got powerful enough to handle enhanced graphics and the sheer multitude of operations per second that was needed to make these things come to life. Car racing games are still as popular as ever and there are tons of them around to be played for no cost, with new titles coming out all the time.
Quiz and Puzzle Games
You only have to think about how many popular quiz shows there are on TV to see the appeal of this kind of computer game. Popular online titles emulate the TV shows they take their names from, like deal of No Deal or Who Wants to be a Millionaire, whereas there are hundreds of other quiz type games that get you answering questions on just about any topic you care to think about.
If you like puzzles, there are probably more of these than anything else to be found online in so many different designs and layouts your head will spin! Anyone remember Pacman? Would you call it a puzzle or a kind of battle game? Well, it's still around but things have really evolved since those early days!
There is no shortage of these types of games if you like playing shoot 'em ups or battles, war strategy types etc. Big console games like World of Warcraft dominate that side of the market, but online there are hundreds of different tiles that let you get in on the action for free.
I was just checking through some recent titles like Age of War, Warlords Call to Arms, Battlefield General and Endless War and realized there are simply not enough hours in the day to play them all! Nice genre if you like trying different titles, but I find I like to get to know a game for a while before I move onto something new.
If you like sports, you'll love all the many and varied sports games that are available for the single player. You can go up against the machine as a tennis player, golfer, snooker or pool ace, darts champ or virtually any sport you care to name.
There are plenty of fight type games like King of Fighters or Swords and Sandals to get the adrenalin pumping through your veins. You can find many different disciplines from boxing to martial arts to fencing if you want.
Casino Style Games
If you're looking for your favorite gaming games that are really cool and verging on the bad boy side of life, then check out all the many casino style games you can find online for free or otherwise. Roulette, craps and blackjack are all there in dozens of different guises along with an army of slots and video poker games to keep you entertained for as long as you have time to be entertained for!
Of course, we're focused on the free kind of games here. But everyone knows that to really appreciate these kinds of games, you need to spice them up with a real wager.
The only way to do that is to become a member of a real online casino. But remember that you have to be over 18 and be aware that it may or may not be even legal to play these sites in your country, so check first!
All in all, the vast scope for getting solo entertainment online through the almost endless array of games titles designed for single players is staggering. Unless you really know what kinds of games you prefer to play, you could spend almost as much time scrolling through the many titles as you would playing a game you finally settled on. But then, isn't the search and chase just as exciting as the catch?