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Kongregate's Top Five Free Games: July 2012

We're back with another round of the best free games Kongregate has to offer. This month's selection offers players action, strategy, and rampaging worms. What more could you ask for?

The good folks over at our sister site Kongregate have come through once again with a solid section of recommendations that should appeal to gamers of all types. Read their descriptions below to find out why they enjoy each game, or just click on the titles to try the games out for yourself. If you're looking for more free online games, check out our roundup from last month. See you next month!

King's Bounty: Legions (pictured above)
This game comes with a boatload of street cred.  It's based on the King's Bounty series (the precursor to the ever-popular Heroes of Might and Magic series), and was made by Nival, the makers of Heroes of Might and Magic 5. We were already expecting an awesome fantasy game, but it also looks really, really good in a browser. The battles are built upon a fun hex-based system and are a great way to scratch your turn-based strategy itch. Take the loot you earn from battles and use it to craft any number of useful things. Upgrade your units and watch them kick increasing amounts of butt. Plus, since King's Bounty: Legions features multiplayer, you'll be able to share resources with your friends and wreak some serious havoc in PvP.

Effing Worms 2
If you think that more games should include giant, winged, rampaging death-worms, then Effing Worms 2 is the game for you. You, of course, play as the worm. The instructions are simple: Eat, grow, profit! What could be simpler? It turns out, many things; life isn't easy when you're a flesh-craving worm. As you pop up from the ground to consume tasty people-snacks, beware of the unwanted attention you receive from the army – too much damage results in a very dramatic Game Over. Eat as much as you possibly can in order to get sweet combos and grow big and strong. Upgrade your worm to favor speed or strength, and then watch your little worm thrive. It's kind of like sea monkeys, only much, much better.

Freefall Tournament
When we saw this game, our first reaction was, "Finally! A beautifully-rendered shooter on the internet – with jetpacks!" The jetpacks, of course, are key. Freefall is a team-based, third-person shooter where each player's skill with a wide variety of weapons – including swords, guns, and hammers – will separate the best from the rest. On top of those, you'll have four classes to choose from and the specialties that come with each. Level up your character, gain access to newer and deadlier weapons – the sky's the limit! The game is in beta right now and is being constantly built upon and improved, and watching it grow is definitely part of the fun.

Sands of the Coliseum
Ever wanted to be a gladiator? Without, you know, actually fighting for your life? Sands of the Coliseum is a great way to test your mettle. It's a multiplayer strategy RPG with Roman flair, and it contains all your favorite RPG staples with some added perks. Expand and upgrade your party, use your spoils to acquire better equipment, and engage in turn-based combat with some feisty-looking warriors. The best part, however, is how seriously Sands takes its upgrade system. The sheer massiveness of each character's skill tree is mind-boggling and ensures that every one of your characters will be truly unique and tailored to your own fighting style. Once your party is unstoppable, be sure to take them out for a spin in the PvP arena!

Kamikaze Pigs
So, are you ready to bring home the bacon? In Kamikaze pigs, the goal is to leave no adorable porker unexploded. But make no mistake, this isn't simply a barbecue because there's a strategy involved. You've got a lot of pigs, and you start out with only one bomb, so patience is the name of the game. Start a chain reaction at just the right moment to eliminate as many pigs as possible, and catch some trickily-placed stars while you're at it. Use the stars and the cash you earn to purchase upgrades for a bigger bang each time.

[Full Disclosure: Kongregate is owned by GameStop, which is Game Informer's parent company.]

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