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Video Games You Can Totally Get Away With Playing At Work

Updated October 14, 2020 837 votes 305 voters 43.5k views20 items

List RulesVote 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."

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    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. 

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    Arena XLSM, a pseudo-RPG battle game, is pretty darn amazing. The entire game takes place inside an Excel spreadsheet using macros to make the action happen. It clocks in at just under 1MB in size and still offers a surprisingly deep combat system, considering the limitations of the application. 

  • 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. 

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    Still considered one of the best shareware games of all time, Scorched Earth (or just plain Scorch) is an old school DOS turn-based artillery fragfest. You control the power and angle of your shot, but also have a host of weapons you can add to your loadout that can change the landscape dramatically. Always a good time.