October 28, 2020

Apps and games you can get for free while stuck at home (Updated)

If the coronavirus outbreak is keeping you homebound, there are lots of free apps and services to check out right now.

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The coronavirus outbreak is affecting all of our lives in one way or another. The biggest effect is that many people are now working from home or just stuck at home to stop the spread of the virus. Thankfully, many companies have been offering free access to games and apps to help keep you productive and entertained in these strange times.

Read: All the great movies released early for streaming because of COVID-19

Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite apps and games that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine. We will update this post when and if more apps and services become available. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for more apps and games that are temporarily discounted (but not free).

Free apps and software

free apps for quarantine - headspace

From meditation apps to services that assist with remote work, here are our favorite apps and services that are temporarily free during the coronavirus quarantine.

Read also: Top 10 tips for remote work: Stay productive while working from home

  • Headspace — The popular meditation and relaxation app released a free “weathering the stormâ€� program and is offering Headspace Plus for free to healthcare professionals.
  • AnyMeeting — Intermedia’s video conferencing and webinar service is free for all businesses until the end of the year to support remote workers.
  • Cisco Webex — Cisco’s premier business conferencing software is expanding its free plan for all businesses for the next 90 days.
  • Discord — The popular game-themed chat software service is expanding its Go Live streaming and screen share limit from 10 to 50 people for the next few months.
  • Final Cut Pro X — Apple has expanded the free trial period for its professional video editing software from 30 days to 90 days.
  • Fitbit — The fitness wearable company is offering new users 90 days of Fitbit Premium for free. It normally costs $9.99 a month.
  • Google Hangouts Meet — G Suite users can now access premium Google Hangout Meet features, including larger audiences and the ability to save streams, until July 1.
  • Microsoft Teams — Microsoft is offering free access to the paid tier of its business messaging app and software for six months. It normally costs $5 a month.
  • Nikon School — From now until April 30, Nikon is offering its online photography classes for free. Each class is normally priced at between $10 to $50.
  • Reaper — This digital audio workstation software normally costs as much as $225 to license. However, the developer is offering a free license for all until June 30.
  • Peloton — Looking for ways to stay in shape while stuck at home? Peloton is offering access to its boutique home fitness programs for 90 days.

Temporarily free games

Games are one of the best ways to pass the time while stuck at home, and a bunch of developers have made their games temporarily free during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are our favorites:

Read also: Coronavirus pandemic: How will it impact the mobile industry?

Gameloft Classics

gameloft classics

We are putting this in a special section because this download will give you not one, not two, but 30 games for free. This bundle is part of Gameloft’s 20th anniversary of selling mobile games. Many of these games may have some, well, dated graphics, but they all still play well. All of them have been reformatted and recoded for touch controls for modern smartphones. Here’s the full list:

  • Brain Challenge 3: Think Again!
  • Diamond Rush
  • Detective Ridley and the Mysterious Enigma
  • Abracadaball
  • Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.
  • Zombie Infection
  • Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
  • N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
  • Wild West Guns
  • Zombiewood
  • Alien Quarantine
  • My Life in New York
  • Vampire Romance
  • Miami Nights 2: The City is Yours!
  • Fashion Icon
  • Date or Ditch 2
  • High School Hook Ups
  • Soul of Darkness
  • Hero of Sparta
  • Cannon Rats
  • Block Breaker Deluxe 2
  • Block Breaker 3 Unlimited
  • Motocross: Trial Extreme
  • Platinum Solitaire 3
  • Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Midnight Bowling 3
  • Midnight Pool
  • Avalanche Snowboarding
  • KO Legends

Other free games

  • Tides of Times — This two player card-based fantasy game is free for a limited time.
  • Boris and the Dark Survival — This is a cartoon-themed survival game and its free right now.
  • Trigono — Check out this puzzle-themed game for free.
  • Car Puzzle Driving Quest — This driving themed puzzle game is free for a limited time.

Other deals and discounts

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In addition to the free apps and games listed above, plenty of other companies are offering special deals for those stranded at home during the quarantine. Here’s a small selection:

  • Mint Mobile is offering unlimited data to new and existing customers. Find more details here.
  • GoG.com has a selection of free and free-to-play games to download.
  • If you sign up for the Epic Game Store, you can grab at least two free games a week.
  • Gameloft is offering free unlocks for 35 of its games, including Asphalt 9, LEGO Legacy, and more.
  • Several of Big Fish Games’ point-and-click hidden-object puzzle-adventure games for Windows and Mac are currently free.

If you have always wanted to get your hands on some premium mobile games, there’s currently a wide variety of great titles available at a heavy discount. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Metro — $0.49 (was $2.99)
  • Alhambra — $0.99 (was $2.99)
  • Kingdom Builder — $0.99 (was $2.99)
  • Treasure Hunter — $0.99 (was $2.99)

That’s it for our list of free and discounted apps and games to fill up your time during the coronavirus quarantine. Did we miss any other great offers? Let us know in the comments below!

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