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.
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
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.
- Headspace — The popular meditation and relaxation app released a free “weathering the storm” 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tripit Pro — This online travel service usually costs $49 a year, but you can get it for free for the next six months if you sign up before March 31.
- Tinder Passport — Passport is a paid Tinder feature that lets connect with other singles across the world instead of just your local area. It’s available for free until April 30.
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:
- Mini Metro — If you haven’t already played this 2014 minimalist transit simulator, now is your chance.
- Kingdom Rush: Frontiers — This sequel to the hit tower defense game Kingdom Rush (also free) is one of the staple titles in the genre.
- Kingdom Rush: Origins — The third game in the Kingdom Rush series is technically a prequel, and it truly perfects the formula. It usually costs $2.99.
- Card Crusade — Fans of roguelikes will love this deck building game with eight classes and a randomly generated 10-floor dungeon.
- Bottom of the 9th — This atypical sports game is a faithful adaptation of the tabletop game played with dice and cards.
- Tokaido — Tokaido is a mobile adaptation of a popular board game, and it can be played both online and offline to pass the time with your friends and family.
- Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery — If you’re looking for an unusual game with an incredible visual style, look no further.
- JackQuest: The Tale of the Sword — This pixel-art action adventure platformer is usually $4.99, but you can grab it for free right now.
- Lophis Roguelike — As the name implies, this is a roguelike game with deck building mechanics set in a dark dungeon.
- Real Flight Simulator — Easily one of the most impressive mobile flight simulators, the base version of RFS is now temporarily free. There is a pro version with even more features for enthusiasts.
- Prune — Time magazine’s game of the year for 2015 is temporarily free, but only on iOS ($0.99 on Android).
- A Case of Distrust — This stylish 1920s narrative mystery is still $14.99 on Steam, but you can grab it for free (iOS only).
- forma.8 GO — If Metroidvanias are more your style, this visually stunning action-adventure platformer will be right up your alley (iOS only).
Other deals and discounts
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:
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:
- 10000000 — $0.99 (was $2.99)
- Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise — $2.99 (was $6.99)
- Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition — $4.99 (was $9.99)
- Death Road to Canada — $0.99 (was $9.99)
- Minit — $0.99 (was $4.99)
- Reigns: Game of Thrones — $1.99 (was $3.99)
- The Swords of Ditto — $1.99 (was $5.99)
- This War of Mine — $1.99 (was $13.99)
- Thumper: Pocket Edition — $1.99 (was $4.99)
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!