The 5 Best Free Casual Games from Google

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When you think of Google, casual games probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind.

But it turns out that the search giant has a huge cache of hijackings on its Arts & Culture site. At your disposal: everything from virtual pottery to travel adventures, music creators and much more. Here are five of my favorites.

Cultural Crosswords

Have fun with mankind’s greatest invention, crossword puzzles, and learn something at the same time with Google Cultural Crosswords offer.

There are five categories to choose from, covering arts, geography, science-technology, fashion, and nature. The puzzles offer a good mix of challenging clues, but aren’t so difficult that you’ll be bogged down all morning trying to solve them.

Puzzle Party

Humanity’s second greatest invention, the puzzle, is digitized and propelled into the 21st century with Puzzle Party. Choose from a wide range of art-themed puzzles and easy, medium, and hard skill options.

Even better, you can invite others to work on puzzles with you remotely. It’s all the fun of having fun without the initial sorting, flipping of parts, and cleanup.

Art coloring book

Take an existing masterpiece and personalize it: that’s the promise of Art coloring book, a zen experience that ensures you always stay within the lines. If you can’t get enough coloring but you’re going to be offline for a while, there’s a handy 39-page printable version that should keep you busy for a while.

4th of July fireworks

Like any human being with a soul, I love a good fireworks display. And with the 4th of July fireworks game, I can put on a jaw-dropping display any day of the year. Part pyrotechnic extravaganza and part rhythm-based timing game, you’ll need to press one of five buttons at the right time to send a respectable explosion through the air.

You can also choose from very cool places: Liberty Island in New York, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and a few others.

guess the line

Who among us doesn’t love having their drawing skills judged by an adorable AI robot? when you play guess the lineyou are given a Pictionary-like hint, which you then have to draw for the robot to guess.

You have 60 seconds to score as many points as you can. The clues start on the easier side – “draw a television” – and gradually become more difficult. I failed miserably when asked to draw an “architectural dress” (whatever that means).

Games Galore

As mentioned, these five barely scratch the surface. There’s a treasure trove of entertainment in the Play section of Google’s Arts & Culture site.

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