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9 Fun, Free Online Games for Seniors

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In addition to being a source of free entertainment, games can help keep the mind sharp. And with today’s technology, you don’t have to go far to find a challenging crossword puzzle or a chess opponent.

Whether you are looking for the latest game for seniors or want to see how good you are at a classic puzzle game, there are plenty of free online choices available. Here are some of our top picks for fun online computer games.

Scrabble

There are several online games that are similar to the popular board game with the same name. Scrabble Grams is a great way to test your vocabulary and challenge your mind without the need for a second player. If you want something that is a similar style to the original game, PlayScrabble.com allows users to play against their friends, random users, or the computer.

Tetris

Tetris is a classic puzzle game that has been released on multiple platforms. In fact, it is one of the best-selling games of all time. The official Tetris website has a free computer version of the popular game. The game has a variety of skill level settings and can be played for hours at a time. If you are finding Tetris to be too easy, just up the difficulty; the game can become very fast-paced and as challenging as you like.

Sudoku

Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle game where players insert numbers into a three-by-three grid. Each large square consists of nine smaller squares. Every large square and line on the grid needs to have the numbers one through nine inserted, with no repeats. Sudoku.com allows users to play games online with a wide range of difficulty levels.

Braingle

If you are looking for a wide variety of games in a single location, Braingle has several mind puzzles, brain teasers, and logic problems. This is a great option for seniors who want fresh ways to help keep their mind sharp. The Braingle website also has a strong community with a family-friendly message board connecting its users.

Online Chess

While there is a bit of a learning curve to chess, if you’ve never played you’ll get the basics down pretty quickly. Chess.com connects users with other players at the same skill level. If you’re still learning the rules, you can play against a computer or training bot.

Wordle

Wordle has only been around since 2022 and it has quickly grown in popularity. This fun online game gives players six tries to guess the five-letter word of the day. Because every user is trying to guess the same daily word on Wordle, it is easy to compare your skills with your friends.

Mahjong

The goal of mahjong is to match like-tiles into sets and pairs. This centuries-old game typically takes more than one player. Fortunately there are several single-player versions of the popular game. This version of Mahjong Solitaire offers a simple interface perfect for a quick solo game.

Online jigsaw puzzles

If you don’t want to worry about the mess of a traditional jigsaw puzzle, there are plenty of online choices available. There are several benefits to doing puzzles regularly, including improving mental speed and memory. JigsawExplorer.com has several easy-to-play puzzles, including a daily featured jigsaw.

Crossword puzzles

Crossword puzzles are a great way to test and expand your knowledge. Several online newspapers publish daily free crossword puzzles, including the Washington Post. For seniors wanting a wider variety of puzzles, BestCrosswords.com has 15 daily puzzles for you to choose from.

Additional games on your phone

If you don’t have access to a computer or want something to play on the go, try installing a few unique games on your smartphone. Scrabble lovers will enjoy games like Wordscapes. Creative gamers may like something simple and relaxing, such as the Happy Color – Color by Number game or Home Design. 

This is just a short list of the games you can find online. As you become more adept, you’ll be surprised by the number and variety of fun ways to put your skills to the test!

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