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Guide to Free Online Board Games & Puzzles

This guide focuses on free options for online board games and puzzles you can play directly in your browser.


With all of us social distancing, it is likely harder to meet in person for a nice board game session. One solution is to play together using videoconferencing tools (as described in this New York Times article), though playing this way may require each player to have a physical copy, depending on the game.

Luckily, you can also play against family and friends through free online versions of board games, either in real time or by taking turns over days and weeks. While there are paid options for many board games and puzzles (e.g., mobile apps that you download), this guide focuses on free alternatives that you can play directly in your web browser, without having to download software.


If you have any questions or want to see other games added to this guide, please email Tarlton Law Library's board game aficionado, Lei Zhang.