Best Free Android games
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, 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!
Ancestor is a fast-paced puzzler mixed with a side-scrolling action runner. You'll need sharp reflexes and quick thinking if you have any hopes of getting far in this game.
You play as a cloaked hero who must traverse dangerous lands filled with traps and enemies — all with the help of a mysterious orb that shoots lasers. Clear the path ahead by solving quick puzzles and shooting down enemies — including boss battles — as the game adapts to your skills and ups the difficulty as you go. It's a free game, with in-app purchase available to customize your character and the laser orb, but you can also unlock all items by collecting the in-app currency during gameplay.
Pokémon Go Is easily the hottest and most hyped game of the year, so chances are you're already out there exploring your city and attempting to catch 'em all.
If you've been living under a rock, Pokémon Go is an game developed by Niantic that lets you find and catch Pokémon all around you using augmented-reality. It's based on the Ingress platform, Niantic's first breakthrough game (which, coincidentally, was previously featured on this very list) Pokémon Go is built on a nearly identical game engine. Pokémon Go forces you to get out and explore your neighbourhood as you search for wild Pokémon to catch and PokéStops to stock up on crucial items like Pokéballs.
Once your trainer reaches Level 5, Gyms are opened up to you and you're able join one of three teams — Valor (red), Mystic (blue) or Instinct (yellow) — which is when the game really ramps up and turns into a truly social experience. Meet up with your friends and search for some rarer Pokémon, or team up to take down an enemy-controlled PokéGym.
Pokémon Go has quickly become a cultural phenomenon, so don't miss out!
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.
Disney Crossy Road
If you've played the original Crossy Road, you know just how addictively fun it is dodging trains and traffic as a chicken or any of the other characters you were able to unlock. It became a huge hit for the developers at Hipster Whale, which lead to Disney Crossy Road.
All the free fun of Crossy Road, now with your favourite Disney characters! From classics, like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to the heroes from the latest Disney flick, "Zootopia" — they're all here! It's the perfect game for kids, but it's also tons of fun for anyone who appreciates Disney films, given all the little details they include with specific characters. It's fantastic!
Disney Crossy Road is the perfect pick-up-and-play casual game for all ages.
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.
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.
If you haven't checked out Alto's Adventure, what are you waiting for?
It's a beautiful game with simple controls and endless replayability. You play as Alto, who must snowboard down the side of a mountain to collect all of his runaway llamas, dodging boulders and jumping over chasms as he goes. You can pull off epic stunts, pick up power-ups, and work to complete challenges to level up. Sick of the challenges? Simply swipe over to Zen mode and just enjoy the endless relaxation of sliding down the mountainside.
It's definitely one of the best games released for Android in 2016 and best of all — it's FREE!
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.
If you've grown tired of the Clash of Clans gameplay but still love the characters and world that the folks at Supercell have created, you should definitely check out Clash Royale. Unlock and upgrade troops, build your battle deck, and take on real-life opponents in real-time battles.
Join or create a clan and share cards and strategies with friends from around the world. You'll need to employ quick thinking and genuine strategy to win, so you'll be compelled to keep tweaking your decks by working in new cards. In-app purchases will be tempting and are essentially required to reach the upper echelons of the leaderboards, but there's still tons of fun to be had playing Clash Royale without spending a dime.
Sky Force Reloaded
Fans of vertical scrolling shoot-em-ups rejoice! The new Sky Force Reloaded is on Android and is better than ever!
Blast your way through nine action-packed missions as you take down enemies while dodging the attacks they send back your way. Collect stars and upgrade your ships as you try and earn all medals on each mission at each difficulty level. It's a well-polished game from a storied and celebrated franchise, making Sky Force Reloaded an absolute must-play.
Looking for an extremely casual yet challenging game that you can pick up and play whenever you've got a few minutes to kill? UltraFlow 2 will fill that void nicely.
The gameplay mechanic is somewhere between shuffleboard and mini golf, where your goal is to launch the puck to the goal with a limited number of bounces. As you advance through the game, the stages get more complex and puzzling, but there's no penalty for failure so you're free to play around and tweak your shot until you figure it out. It's a free game, with an in-app purchase to upgrade and remove ads. The ads aren't intrusive, and only pop up when you're moving onto a new section of levels. Plus, if you love UltraFlow 2, you can always double back and play the first UltraFlow which is also free.
Your favorite free Android games?
Nobody made us the Fun Police, though. Shout out in the comments with your favorite free Android games, as we're constantly on the lookout for the next great timewaster.