Video Games You Can Totally Get Away With Playing At Work

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Vote up the video games you could totally have open next to a spreadsheet.

Work can be insufferable. People expect things from you, so you trudge through these requests because you'll be (under)paid for your efforts every two or four weeks. It would make everything better if there were some entertainment at the office. And while having a playlist of the best movie soundtracks to listen to at work can help, sometimes you just need something more engaging. Like, say, video games.  

Believe it or not, there are video games you can secretly play at work. In fact, there are a whole bunch of browser-based discreet video games that are perfect for life in the cubicle. Some are text-based and look innocuous, and a few even replicate the appearance of a Word doc or Excel spreadsheet that will easily fool a quick glance from management. Check out this list below to see if any of these secret video games are ones you could get into and vote up the ones that are the best to play while "working."

Photo: Broderbund

  • 1
    316 votes


    Another of the games cleverly disguised to look like some sort of spreadsheet, Leadership is a lunar lander clone. But, it's a pretty clever one. The game produces graphs and charts to create the obstacles you need to avoid on your way to the other side, so a quick glance from your boss won't get you busted. Probably. 

  • 2
    136 votes


    Photo: Paperclips

    Paperclips looks innocent enough, and certainly won't catch the eye of a manager glancing at your computer screen. It's an addictive clicker game where you build a paperclip empire. You may be surprised at how hard it is to pull yourself away from the game. 

  • The Oregon Trail
    Photo: Broderbund

    "You've died of dysentery." If you grew up on The Oregon Trail, you'll be familiar with this line because it's the one videogame they made you play in grade school. The browser version is just as good as you remember, and it's fun to be nostalgic about the early days of life where you didn't have responsibilities or work you should be doing. 

  • 4
    104 votes


    Photo: Kittens

    Kittens is a text-based game with a clean and simple UI. It doesn't look too distracting and is easily hidden away on an Internet tab. You manage a village of kittens, assigning tasks to them and such. A fun way to pass the time in any office. 

  • 5
    55 votes

    CyberCode Online

    A video game in disguise, CyberCode Online may look like a regular line of visual studio code, but in reality, it’s an epic real-time MMORPG that’s easy to pick up but hard to put down. It’s a creative way to get your game on while also looking like you’re working.

  • 6
    51 votes


    Photo: Geoguessr

    While GeoGuessr can be a little obvious if you're trying to keep your gaming on the down low, it is pretty addicting and makes good use of information readily available on the Internet. You begin the round somewhere in the world (through Google Maps), and based on your surroundings, you must guess where you've landed.