Online gaming has been around pretty much ever since we had the ability to go online in the first place. From simple games such as Snake to Pong to Tetris, the ability to quickly play against someone not even in the same room as you or by yourself against the “computer” was a revelation.

In the time since then, we’ve seen the Internet advance so rapidly and attention spans shrink so small it’s almost not an exaggeration to say you could miss the latest news story or hot trend just by blinking. In the gaming world, PC gaming took off and then settled into its own little niche, while console gaming through giants Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft created an enormous industry.

All the while, the desire for great free online games never wavered. Whether it’s a simple game to fill a five-minute gap or a more immersive world to plunge into and really pass the time, casual to serious gamers have always appreciated a well-crafted, addictive free game. And why shouldn’t they? Games, of course, can have the ability to suck us in a little too far, but they’re a classic notion of escapism that other forms of entertainment such as TV, movies and books have always provided. When it comes down to it, everyone loves to turn off the world for a bit.

So with that in mind, here are 10 of the best free online Flash games of all time:

1. Bejeweled

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2. Bow Man

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3. Mirror Runners

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4. Pirateers!

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6. Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0

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8. Steamlands

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9. Wonderputt

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10. Every Day the Same Dream

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