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10 Online Games that Spark Creativity

Playing games online isn't just a way to avoid boredom—it can spark creativity! Many games on the internet allow you to explore magnificent worlds and create without limits. Here are 10 online games that can spark your creativity.

  1. Minecraft
    Minecraft is sure to be one of those games you play for hours and hours, allowing you to build anything you can think of. The game can be played in creative mode, in which there are no monsters and you have access to all the materials in the game. This creativity booster can be purchased on the Minecraft website for $26.95.
  2. Little Alchemy
    Little Alchemy is a simple game in which you start out with four basic elements: air, earth, fire, and water. By combining these elements with a little creativity, you discover recipes for other substance. For example, combining earth and fire creates lava. If you add water to this lava, you make obsidian. It takes a little thinking for some of the materials, but you're unlikely to run out of combinations with this puzzle: There are 550 total. The best thing is that Little Alchemy is free!
  3. Gmod (Garry’s Mod)
    Garry’s Mod, or Gmod has been around for ten years. It’s an open world game where you can literally do whatever you want. You can create a rocket bathtub to play bowling, or even make a hilarious scene for you and your friends. It can easily be purchased on Steam for $9.99. 
  4. Rust
    Rust is an MMO game in which the player works to do one thing: survive. You must create a shelter, find food, cut down trees, and much more. Players can also make “gangs” or “societies” in which people can live in a community or hunt other players. Rust requires a lot of creativity and problem solving if you want to be successful. The price to play Rust on Steam is $19.99.
  5. Portal
    Portal is a huge problem-solving game. You play as a robotic “test subject” that navigates through various puzzles that require deep thinking. The game is fairly simple until your character goes rogue and escapes from the test chambers, a decision that makes the game much more intense! You can buy Portal on Steam for $9.99.
  6. Kerbal Space Program
    Kerbal Space Program is a problem-solving creation game that requires a lot of thought to complete. NASA has taken notice of the game and worked with its developers to create genuine space programs. The game reignites the passion to explore space as the player builds rockets to reach distant planets. Kerbal Space Program can be purchased on Steam for $39.99.
  7. Pandemic 2    
    Pandemic 2 can be seen as morbid to some, but it takes quite a lot of skill. The game’s concept simple: wipe out the world’s population. This is done by crafting your own disease, customizing the symptoms and how it causes fatalities. The catch is, you have to kill everyone before the cure is discovered. This game is free on Crazy Monkey Games.
  8. Cards Against Humanity 
    Cards Against Humanity has a simple goal: make the funniest fill-in-the-blank card combination possible. This creative game is played with three or more people who compete for the most disastrously funny mashups. The funniest card combination is named the winner, and then it’s that person's turn to choose the next best card. 
  9. Sid Meier’s Civilization 4
    With a set of games that have been around since 1999, it’s clear this is one of the top strategy games on the market. The game involves choosing a nation and succeeding in various tasks. The player must strategize and use creativity to dominate the world. Civilization 4 can be downloaded for free at Softonic.
  10. Papers, Please
    This puzzle game quickly became one of the top games of 2014. It focuses on the emotional toll of working as an immigration officer, forcing the player to decide who is excluded from the dystopian country of Arstotzka. The player earns money based on how many people are processed and how many bribes are collected. This money is then spent on rent, food, heat, and other necessities. The game can be purchased online at the Papers, Please website for $9.99.
Last Updated: February 04, 2016