Winter is rolling around again. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting frostier and, many of us will be spending quite a lot of time indoors. Fortunately, the internet offers plenty of games to keep us occupied during this period.

Western Gold

Western Gold is a wild-west themed slots game, available at online casino Netbet. With a top prize of £240,000 up for grabs, it’s a high-volatility game – which effectively means that it pays out rarely, but when it does, it pays out in spectacular fashion. There’s even an auto-spin feature, which will spin the slots automatically a set number of times which allows you to sit back and relax while playing.

2048

2048 is a classic that’s simple and approachable. Smash the blocks into one another to form a new block that is double the value. You can move every block on the screen simultaneously up, down, left or right. With every move, a new block will appear. Try to get to 2048 and beyond – it’s harder than it might first appear. As this AI demonstrates, the best strategy is to keep your high-value tile in one corner and try to line up your other high-value tiles, so that you can get a nice cascade when you get all the way back to the original two.

Minesweeper

Minesweeper is one of a range of games and toys that’s been reimagined by Google. This time, it comes with a gorgeous pixel-art colour scheme that’s easy on the eye, even after several games. When you do click on a mine, you’ll get a pleasant little animation rather than a frustrating barrage of noise. Although, if you were just a few clicks away from victory, even the nicest animation isn’t going to provide much in the way of consolation.

Powerline.io

This one’s a little more frenetic. If you’ve ever seen Tron, then you’ll be familiar with the concept at play in Powerline.io. You’re speeding along the virtual playing surface while trying not to collide with the trails left by other players. Get a speed boost by speeding alongside the others, then suddenly turn into their path to destroy them; but make sure that they don’t do the same to you! Much like in Slither.io, players can suck up the energy left by the corpses of their adversaries, thereby becoming even bigger. The biggest player on the map earns a crown – but they’re marked for other players to attack. When you’re at the top, everyone wants to take a shot at you!

Math Trainer

Okay, we know what you’re thinking. Math(s) is a pretty dry and boring thing, and learning is not what you want to be doing while you’re entertaining yourself. Math Trainer isn’t really a game, in any case. But it will push you to the mathematical limit, allowing you to make steady incremental progress, and to keep track of it too. Give it a go – it’s surprisingly compelling.

Hope you enjoyed this list of games to keep you entertained this winter.