The best free Android games

These are the best of the best free Android games!

We've got the absolute best free Android games here that play great on the big and small screen alike. Whether you just picked up a new Android device or just looking for a cheap way to kill time, you're in luck!

It's worth keeping in mind that just about all of these free games employ in-app purchases of some kind or another. We know there are plenty of players out there that would willingly pay up front for a quality title, and for you we have a few other round-ups of the best Android games.

Still, there are plenty of good free games out there worth trying. We're trying to avoid "lite" games, since you won't get a lot of replay value by only having the first couple of levels and being pestered to upgrade (pay) for the rest. That said, if the freemium model is a dealbreaker, this probably isn't the round-up for you. Developers gotta eat.

Don't be shy to sing out in the comments with your favorite free games for Android. Without further ado, here's the list of our top ten free Android games.

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1. Trivia Crack

Trivia Crack is where you can see just how much knowledge you've crammed into your noggin'. Players test their brains in categorized duels against their friends and randoms online, with the added benefit of being able to use power-ups to get around questions. Go head-to-head with and you can win one of their unlocked characters, but if you lose, they get one of yours.

In-app purchases can buy you coins for power-ups, or get extra lives to avoid the wait timers. The active community is constantly submitting new questions and translating existing ones, so you'll never be lacking for fresh content.

Be sure to try out QuizUp too; it's a bit lighter on the in-app purchases. If you fancy yourself a know-it-all, Trivia Crack is the testing ground.

2. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone is a fantastic free turn-based card game for Android. Players summon creature cards and cast spell cards based on the familiar fantasy Warcraft universe in an attempt to defeat a rival hero. Every one of the nine characters available has their own unique special ability as well as a sizable batch of collectible and craftable cards.

Casual online games, ranked matches, and grueling Arena games appeal to varying levels of difficulty. In-app purchases provide access to the Arena or to buy new packs of cards, though both can be acquired with coins earned by completing daily quests.

Keep in mind that for the time being, Hearthstone is a tablet game, though there are ways around that. As far as free card games for Android go, Hearthstone has quickly become a classic.

3. Crossy Road

The premise of Crossy Road is very simple: you have to 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 traffic, speeding trains, torrential rapids, and hungry eagles for as long as possible before meeting an inevitable and grisly demise.

Single taps move your blocky character forward, and swipes can move them left or right. Old school gamers will sense plenty of familiarity with Frogger. You collect coins in the process which can buy random new toons to embark on this quest of ultimate futility. If there's one character in particular you want to get, they're available individually through in-app purchases.

Between the adorable graphics and accessible controls, Crossy Road is highly addictive.

4. Smash Hit

Smash Hit is a target practice game where players tap the screen to toss a marble and shatter glass obstacles that are on their inalienable path. If you bump into something, you lose marbles. If you lose all of your marbles, it's game over.

Players start over from the beginning with the free version, or can upgrade to the Premium version to start from a waypoint, as well as try out additional game modes. Every section has a handful of 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 thanks to a combo multipier.

When it boils down to it, Smash Hit is an on-rails shooter, but polished physics make for a massively accessible and compelling Android game.

5. Dots

Dots is a light and casual free puzzle game for Android where players need to line up same-colored dots as quickly as possible. Players have a limited number of time (or moves, depending on game mode) to gather up these dots by matching them. If you're really good, you get bonuses for tracing closed loops.

Once the clock runs out, the dots you've gathered can be spent on consumable power-ups which help in future runs. There's a multiplayer mode if you want to see how your friends stack up. A sequel, TwoDots, is also available, though it's a bit heavier on the in-app purchases.

Dots is fun, sharply designed and highly accessible — give it a shot!

6. Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne is our favorite free racing game on Android right now. It skips all pretensions of realism and provides an over-the-top, high-octane game with all the fixings.

Players can work their way through the career mode, unlock new rides, upgrade the cars they have, or take the competition online in staggered or live multiplayer. The usual race modes are there, plus a new Infected mode where players have to tag other racers before succumbing to an explosive virus.

Real Racing 3 is another great free racing game for Android, if you're in the market for more. The incredibly polished graphics and outstanding soundtrack make Asphalt 8 an adrenaline trip you won't soon forget.

7. Dungeon Hunter 4

Dungeon Hunter 4 is a fast-paced free Android RPG that plays like butter. Players hack and slash their way through an extensive single-player campaign, gather loot and gear, level up their abilities, and eventually take the fight into online multiplayer, both co-operatively and competitively.

The graphics, particularly during boss battles, are sure to suck you into the world. For those that are really gung-ho, there's a premium currency available to pick up the swankiest gear.

Dungeon Hunter 4 brings some of the best mobile action-RPG gameplay you'll find out there.

8. Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 2 is a sci-fi RPG that has players blasting through a beautifully-rendered universe. Quests range from hunting down space pirates to mining asteroids and everything in between.

There's plenty of trading to do, and you can always upgrade your ship and buy new rides with the funds you amass. There's a rich storyline to enjoy, with additional expansions available through in-app purchases. You can also buy in-game currency with IAPs to speed up the process.

Galaxy on Fire 2 is an exciting, wide-open Android RPG perfect for sci-fi fans.

9. Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies is a venerable Android franchise for a good reason. The premise of protecting your back lawn from hordes of undead with sunflowers and peas is certainly part of that, but there's a lot of tactical thinking in terms of plant choices and placement.

In Plants vs. Zombies 2, you're taken back in time to defend against zombies dressed in era garb, all with their own new mechanics. The zombies are getting smarter, and challenge your reaction speed in a number of ways, though you also have a whole new complement of plants in your arsenal. Stages have new terrain features to keep every round fresh. Plant food can be collected every match to super-charge any plant, plus gesture-based special abilities can make short work of a wave when things get especially hairy.

The original Plants vs. Zombies has a ton of replay value too, though it's not free. All in all, Plants vs. Zombies 2 presents deep strategic gameplay in a fun, colorful package.

10. Spaceteam

Spaceteam is a decidedly unique local multiplayer game. Players gather together with their various devices and connect over either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. They're then presented with ridiculously-labeled spaceship consoles, with all manner of sliders, knobs, switches, and buttons. 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.

Unfortunately that control can be on anybody's device, so everybody starts barking silly orders at one another. Randomized events forces players trying to wipe goop off their controls while going through these episodes. In-app purchases unlock new skins, panels, and crew member graphics.

Spaceteam will be one of the most fun free multiplayer games for Android you play, and thanks to cross-platform compatibility, everybody gets to give it a go.

11. Your top free Android games?

Those are our picks, but what are you really enjoying playing on your Android device? Do you prefer paid games, or are the free ones good enough for you? Sound off in the comments!