Bored? Online games we love

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Christmas is over, you've got debts to pay, a huge in-box to clear and nothing to look forward to. Cheer up! While the office is quiet (thanks to extended holidays and the snow) now is the perfect time to brush up on your gaming skills. You'll find some highly addictive games online - most of which are free - that will keep you amused at your desk for hours on end (just don't get caught!).

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Not sure where to start? Head over to AOL Games to enjoy some great free gaming. Here are a few of our favourite time-wasters:

Four Elements
This free puzzle game will test your ability to make matching groups of three or more elements in order to unlock the four books of magic. Do you have what it takes to save an entire kingdom?

Five-card solitaire

If traditional card games are more your thing, you can't beat five-card solitaire. Be warned, it may look simple but once you start this free game it can be hard to stop.

Video poker

Enjoy the fun of gambling without the risk of losing money. This free game will challenge you to build your best poker hand. Press 'Deal' to draw five cards and choose which cards to hold or discard. The machine replaces your discards and pays you off according to the value of your hand - using play money of course!

Online bingo
There are plenty of gambling sites out there to tempt you, such as Foxy Bingo, Wink Bingo Gala Bingo and Dream Bingo. Many of them offer you cash to begin playing with once you join, but take care - you'll be spending real money, so may not want to play too often!

Best of the rest
Other sites worth a look include www.freeonlinegames.co.uk, which has thousands of games available including Penalty Shooter and Virtual Knee Surgery and www.freeloader.co.uk, which has slightly more sophisticated games. Or, if word searches and quizzes are more your thing, head over to www.puzzlechoice.com for some great classic puzzles.