Here's our roundup of the very best free Android games available in the Google Play Store right now.
You've got some time to kill and only your trusty Android phone to keep you company? Take a gander at some of the most exciting, engaging, and absolutely free games that you can download from the Google Play Store. We've got a healthy mix including shooters, city-builders, puzzle games, racing, and lots more.
If you're itching for something new and you're able to stomach a few in-app purchase prompts, read on!
1. Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8: Airborne is easily one of the top racing games on mobile right now. It skips all pretensions of realism and provides an over-the-top, high-octane experience with all the fixings. Players can work their way through the career mode, unlock new rides, upgrade the ones they have, or take the competition online in multiplayer. The usual race modes are there, plus a new Infected one where players have to tag other racers before succumbing to an explosive virus.
The incredibly polished graphics and outstanding soundtrack make Asphalt 8 an adrenaline trip you won't soon forget.
Threes! is a thoughtful and lighthearted puzzle game. By sliding a board of numbered cards in four directions, players aim to get adjacent and identically-numbered cards to stack on top of one another. Every turn introduces a new tile on the board, which means you've got to keep stacking to make room. When the board fills up, you're given a score based on the value of the cards left, which in turn gets posted to the Google Play Games leaderboards.
Threes! is elegant, fun, and challenging, and you should definitely pick it up if you haven't tried it yet.
Hearthstone is a free turn-based card game that follows a familiar formula: players summon creature cards and cast spell cards based on the fantasy Warcraft universe in an effort to defeat online opponents. Every one of the nine heroes has their own unique special ability as well as a sizable batch of collectible and craftable cards. Casual online games, ranked matches, wacky weekly Tavern Brawls, and grueling Arena games appeal to varying levels of commitment.
Hearthstone is without a doubt the best free card game to come to Android to date.
4. Crossy Road
All you have to do in Crossy Road is get the chicken to cross the road so he can get to the other side. The catch is that there is no other side, and you're just dodging speeding trains, traffic, torrential waters, and hungry eagles for as long as possible before meeting an inevitable and grisly demise. Single taps move you forward, and swipes move left or right. Old school gamers will sense plenty of familiarity with Frogger. Over time, you earn adorable new characters to hop along as.
Between the adorable graphics and dead-simple controls, Crossy Road is incredibly addictive.
Spaceteam is a truly unique local multiplayer game. Once paired, players are presented with ridiculously-labeled spaceship consoles. All manner of sliders, knobs, switches, and buttons show up on each screen. Each player then has a message flashing telling them which control needs to be tweaked in order to save their ship from being swallowed by an exploding star. The thing is, that control could be on anybody's device, so everybody ends up barking ludicrous orders at one another with straight-faced urgency.
Spaceteam is one of the most fun, free multiplayer games you can play.
6. Smash Hit
Smash Hit is a minimalist target practice game where players tap the screen to toss a marble and shatter glass obstacles. If you bump into something, you lose marbles. Lose all your marbles, and it's game over. Every section is littered with powerups and fresh batches of marbles to keep you going. If you manage to keep hitting the marble refill crystals without missing, you can fire off two, three, or five marbles at once.
Though it's a simple on-rails shooter, Smash Hit's polished physics make for a massively accessible and compelling experience.
7. Modern Combat 5
Modern Combat 5 offers some of the greatest shooting action you'll find on Android. Dive into an action-packed single-player campaign, and once you're comfortable with the myriad of classes, weapons, and attachments, dive into a variety of multiplayer modes. Challenges invite players to really test their skill in short, specialized scenarios. For those that are really serious, Modern Combat 5 supports hardware controllers for the real FPS experience.
Modern Combat 5 is perfect for hardcore gamers.
In an ocean of samey city-builders, Seabeard introduces a rich economy, colorful style, and lots of variety. Players are tasked with putting the small island nation of Accordia back together, piece by piece. Doing so involves making peace with estranged tribes, gathering resources, and completing minigames. Over time, you can develop specializations in combat, exploration, crafting, and lots more. Anybody that has put time into classics such as Animal Crossing will instantly feel at home.
Seabeard manages to mesh a kid-friendly, relaxed atmosphere with engaging economic and action mechanics.
Ingress continues to be a unique beast in the world of location-based gaming. Players pick one of two factions to battle over real-world points of interest. By attacking nodes attached to nearby spots, players can claim them for their own, gather resources from them, build defenses, and link them to other nodes to establish territorial control. You're likely to establish dominance in spots along your regular daily commute, but it can also act as an impetus to travel and spread your influence new places.
The real magic of Ingress is that it's the kind of game that's only possible on a phone.
Vainglory is a highly competitive 3 vs. 3 lane defense game (a genre also known as MOBAs). Players go head-to-head online in order to push through waves of enemy minions, powerful heroes, and defensive turrets to destroy their base. Maintaining control of secondary mines will ensure you stay ahead of your opponent's equipment. You'll also need to be well aware of your hero's abilities, and be mindful of when to fall back and when to press the assault.
Dota 2 or League of Legends fans will want to jump right into Vainglory.
Your favorite free Android games?
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