For most of us, there is a lot of pressure to avoid procrastination and "be productive". The human mind, however, can only work so hard until it needs a time-out. If we have some downtime, or just need to unwind, here are seven fun sites to relax and waste time.
The following fun sites are arranged alphabetically, not in order of preference. Also, since Flash seems to be on its way out, we made sure each of the websites is fully functional with the Adobe Flash player disabled or uninstalled.
Some of the sites below can be pretty addictive, so make sure they remain "fun sites" and not "I-have-missed-work", "I-have-missed-my-child's-birthday" or "I-don't-remember-what-sunlight-looks-like" sites.
- 1 Agar.io: It's a blob-eat-blob world
- 2 Bouncy Balls: A different sound visualization
- 3 Cookie Clicker: Must.Make.Cookies
- 4 GeoGuessr: Guess where!
- 5 Minutelabs.io: From the atom to the universe
- 6 Powder Game: A materials experiment
- 7 Silk: Interactive generative art
- 8 To be continued: 6 Flash fun sites to relax, unwind, and Waste Time
- 9 Which were your favorites among our seven fun sites?
Agar.io is a massively multiplayer online game with a simple premise: each player controls a blob and eats pellets scattered through a plain. Each pellet the blob consumes, increased its mass by one.
The key to this game is that we can also eat other players that are smaller than us, and absorb all their mass at once. And, of course, we can be consumed by larger players.
There is a leaderboard that shows the ten biggest players on the server, at any given moment.
There is more to this game, such as the "Virus" blobs that can scatter our big blob to a lot of - very "consumable" - small blobs, or how we can intentionally split our blob to two, and accelerate to eat smaller and faster players. We will need a solid strategy and some luck to prevail.
Games usually don't last long, but after each defeat, the urge to start again, and maybe exact revenge, can make an Agar.io session last for hours.
Using Bouncy Balls manually isn't much fun. The screen has a bunch of balls, and we can click or click and drag the mouse to bounce them. Big deal.
The real fun with Bouncy Balls is by activating the microphone, and allowing it on the browser.
After that, any sound on the microphone makes the balls bounce. From heavy metal to classical music, to just the plain sounds of the environment, all sounds get a visual representation with bouncing balls.
We can also change the balls to Emoji...
...bubbles, which we can also pop with a mouse click...
...or weird eyeballs.
The website would be arguably better if it could "hear" the system sounds or our music/video player without a microphone, but even so, it can be fun.
The idea behind Cookie Clicker sounds borderline idiotic. There is a large cookie, and each time we click it, we earn a cookie.
We can click it faster, and earn more cookies.
So what, right? Well, not so fast.
A system of automation, upgrades, and achievements make the cookie clicker truly addictive.
We can end up making 50 trillion cookies per second, and have amassed so many cookies that the game can't even count them anymore (NaN: Not a Number).
Don't underestimate the cookie.
Everyone can recognize well-known landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Great Wall of China. But, how good are you in recognizing a place from a random image?
On each round, GeoGuessr pulls a Google StreetView image from anywhere in the world. The goal is for us to make the closest guess to the place depicted.
The closest we get, the more points we earn, up to a maximum of 5.000 points.
The best way to do well in GeoGuessr is to "Sherlock Holmes" our way through it, looking for clues such as the writing on a trash can.
Well, close enough.
Then again, sometimes we can get lucky.
Educational sites and fun sites rarely overlap, but Minutelabs.io has a foot in each category. It uses text, images, audio, video, interactive simulations, and games to show cool science.
Just from their latest posts, we can create a chaotic planetary system...
...understand how lenses work...
...and see how sheep are affected by a spacecraft's acceleration.
If you are interested in science and seeing how the physical world works, from the atomic to the planetary movement, you should check this website out.
The Powder Game is a physics simulation game, so it also belongs to the "educational" fun sites.
We can select from a variety of materials, and clicking on the applet screen, create "powder" based on that material.
What makes this fun is the way the materials interact with one another. If ice comes in contact with water, it will turn it into more ice.
Fire and magma will melt ice back to water; magma and water make stone; other combinations create a phantasmagoria of particles.
Silk is a website where anyone can create art.
Clicking and dragging with the mouse doesn't create boring lines, but intricate silk-woven patterns that seem to have a life of their own.
There are six different colors, and the way the Silk website works, no two creations can be the same.
Of course, when somebody talented gets their hands on Silk, they create masterpieces.
To be continued: 6 Flash fun sites to relax, unwind, and Waste Time
Being independent of Flash is nice, but there are also great and fun sites that need Adobe's creation to work. On our next guide, we will present six flash-based fun sites that deserve your attention.
Which were your favorites among our seven fun sites?
Did you like any of the above websites? Do you know any other cool and fun sites we didn't mention? Leave us a comment.