We know, you’re stuck at home because of the stupid quarantine, bored out of your mind, and switching back and forth between Candy Crush and social media just isn’t cutting it anymore.
Fret not, we’ve come to your rescue with a whole bunch of things you can do, for free, to stay entertained during your quarantine. If you’d rather be productive instead, check out our other post.
Free PC Games
First off, we’ve got Epic’s usual free weekly games that you can own forever by getting while they’re free:
- World War Z is not your typical zombie shooter. It’s got a very engaging campaign story that will have you traveling the world and completing missions across different kinds of terrains. It’s got a stealth-first approach and an AI-powered adaptive difficulty to remain engaging without getting too overwhelming. (Free until April 2nd)
- Drawful 2. Draw something awful and have everyone try to guess what it is! (Free until April 9th)
- Figment is a 3D action-adventure platformer with great music and a sense of humor. Fun for the whole family. (Free until April 2nd)
- Tormentor x Punisher is a fast-paced top-down action game with no health bars. Everything, including you, dies with one hit. Very reminiscent of arcade games from the 80s. (Free until April 2nd)
If none of those tickle your fancy then keep an eye on Steam’s free trial weekends. They’ve also got a couple of free games right now too:
- Goat of Duty is a hilarious spin-off based on the popular franchise, only here all the characters are goats. Reviews so far have been “very positive” so you can’t go wrong with this free game. (Free until March 31st)
- Barro is a graphically simple car racing game that is surprisingly a ton of fun. It also has multiplayer support so you can race with your family or roommates. (Free until April 3rd)
- Project Mercury is another game with 80s vibes. This indie 2D platformer puts its own twist on the Megaman game style. (Free until April 8th)
- Drawful 2 is also available on Steam, if you prefer to get your games through them, or if you missed Epic’s deadline. (Free until April 11th)
Good Old Games
If you like to “own” your games and be able to run them without a third party launcher, well Good Old Games (GOG.com) has released 27 free games to help you stay inside.
If you’re more into indie games, itch.io has a list of 29 games that are currently free, but that number could grow as some games can be made free if enough people donate. Also, don’t forget to check out the Itch.io’s Sales page to see both the 29 aforementioned games as well as any others that are currently free. I counted 111 free games before I gave up.
Free to play games
Don’t forget about all the games that are always free. A lot of these are multiplayer-based too, which means you can enjoy them with your friends over voice chat to co-ordinate.
- MOBAs like Dota 2, League of Legends and Smite are extremely popular, but require a deep understanding of the heroes and items.
- The Battle Royale genre has exploded of late, ever since PUBG did it right. Unfortunately, PUBG isn’t free, but spin-offs like Fortnite, Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone are.
- Collectible Card Games like Hearthstone, Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links, Gwent, and Magic: The Gathering Arena.
- Unturned is a charming little zombie survival game with blocky Lego-esque characters.
- Path of Exile is the modern equivalent of Diablo, and the best fix for fans of the old franchise.
Free movies and TV
- Kanopy and Hoopla are free video streaming services for anyone with a library card.
- Showtime is offering a 30 day free trial if you sign up before May 3rd.
- Shudder, a horror/thriller service, is now letting people extend their free trial by up to 30 days, using the promo code “SHUTIN”.
- Sundance Now is offering a 30 day free trial with the promo code “SUNDANCENOW30”.
- AcornTV is offering a 30 day free trial with the promo code “FREE30”.
- Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video have always had 30 day free trials.
- YouTube TV has extended their 14 day free trial by one week.
- Disney+, HBO Now, AppleTV+ and Philo only offer 7 day free trials.
Free sports event streaming
While, yes, sporting events have been canceled, the NBA, NFL and NHL have all made their archives available for free during the quarantine. If you’re more of a baseball fan, Ken Burns’ got you covered.
- Comixology is offering a 60 day free trial to their giant comic book catalog.
- Authorama, OpenLibrary, Project Gutenberg, ManyBooks, PDFBooksWorld, Smashwords, Feedbooks, FreeBooksy and Digilibraries feature thousands of free public domain e-books. Chances are the one you’re after is on one of these websites!
- RecordedBooks is a one-stop shop for e-books, magazines, newspapers and even audio books.
- Scribd is similar to RecordedBooks, but on a subscription. Currently offering a 30 day free trial.
- LibriVox is a library of free public domain audio books. You can even volunteer to record audio books and expand the library!
- The National Wild Life Federation has made its Ranger Rick magazine free until the end of June.
- Of course, Amazon also has free ebooks to download. Along with their Kindle Unlimited service that they offer a 60 day trial for.
- Audible has released dozens of free children’s stories, in addition to their regular 30 day free trial.
- Archipelago Books is a non-profit offering 30 free e-books until April 2nd.
- My Heritage in Color is an online service that allows you to colorize old photos. It’s free until April 22nd. They also have a mobile app.
- Love is Quarantine is a free online dating service for those in self-isolation.
- Virtually tour NASA’s facilities.
- Visit the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA
- Immerse yourself in the Star Wars Experience (YouTube)
- BroadwayHD lets you stream broadway shows for free for 7 days.
- Stream the view from hotel rooms around the world.
- Travel the world using Google Maps, Earth, Street View and Art & Culture.
- Ride a rollercoaster using YouTube. (Protip: use a VR headset)
If you’re all tuckered out from all this entertainment, check out our other article on how to be more productive during this quarantine using all the free stuff available to us.