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Best Free Games for Your Windows 10 Device

By Andy Rathbone

The Windows Store offers tons of games. Many of them, including some free ones, are well worth trying. You can download from the Windows Store and play directly on just about any Windows 10 computer. You don’t need a monster graphics card, a $600 joystick, or the reflexes of a trained fighter pilot to play. Well, alright, it helps to have the reflexes of a trained fighter pilot. But that’s okay.

Here’s a selection of free Windows 10 games you should check out right away.

Bringing back the classics

Admit it. You want to play Solitaire on your new Windows 10 machine. And Minesweeper. Well, you’re in luck. You can find them in the Windows Store.

In addition, you might want to pick up some or all of these free games:

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection includes Klondike (the game you know doubt remember as “Solitaire”), Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks.

  • Microsoft Minesweeper works very much like it has for many years, in many versions of Windows.

  • Microsoft Mahjong brings the classic click-clack to the screen.

  • Adera is a story-driven adventure game that you can play with your kids.

Starting with Sudoku

If you’ve ever tried to finish a really hard Sudoku, you know it can be quite a challenge.

Microsoft’s Sudoku game starts by asking whether you want a Very Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard or Expert game.

Cut the Rope

The back story isn’t terribly complex: You need to get a piece of candy into the mouth of the adorable monster Om Nom and collect points along the way. The action is based on pendulum swings, anchored by ropes, where you get to decide when to, uh, cut the rope.

Pirates Love Daisies

Pirates Love Daisies is a thoroughly modern rendition of a class of games called Tower Defense.

The back story reverberates with pre-teen swashbucklers: “Davy Jones is sending his scurvy minions to steal your most valuable possessions: your daisies. Only your stalwart crew can stop them before they take all your fragrant flowers to the murky depths. Hire new crew members and place them strategically to prevent the creeps from nabbing your daisies and returning to the water from whence they came.”

The key thing to realize about Pirates Love Daisies is that your sole point of interaction is in placing one of the characters in a specific location on the map. You don’t fire the guns or swash the buckles. The characters do that all by themselves — no clicking required.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Despicable Me: Minion Rush lets you run, run, run through the Minion worlds, gathering bananas in your wake. Seriously fun, with great graphics and an addictive (keyboard based!) navigation capability.

Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash puts the iconic Sega character through his rolling, jumping, diving paces, gathering rings along the way.

Sonic Dash has multiple levels and alternate characters, which you can buy by collecting enough red rings — or paying cash, of course.

And you thought free games were free.

Despite a few possible in-game purchases, overall, you don’t have to pay for these games, which means you end up with hours’ worth of free entertainment. So what are you waiting for? Head to the Windows Store and find the game that’s right for you.