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Best Android games with no in-app purchases

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Best Android games without in-app purchases

What are the best games with no in-app purchases?

There's something refreshing and low-stress about playing a mobile game without in-app purchases. Knowing that you're spending a couple of dollars to get an entire game that you can actually finish from beginning to end without being hounded to buy coins or gems or some other sort of in-app currency really makes the experience better.

(If you don't mind some in-app purchases, you should check out our roundup of the best Android games of the year!)

Here are the best Android games without those pesky IAPs!

Crashlands

This futuristic, story-driven crafting RPG is big on laughs, thoughtful gameplay, and FUN. Honestly, watch the trailer: it might just be the greatest of all time.

You play as Flux Dabes, a space-trucker who becomes stranded on an alien planet thanks to a jerk of an alien criminal called Hewgodooko. As you try to survive on this alien world, a plan for world domination slowly rears its ugly head and you become embroiled in the race to save the planet, all while trying to just retrieve your missing cargo and get your job done.

The crafting element comes into play as you defeat local wildlife, using their parts to create weaponry, furniture, health packs, and tons more. There are upwards of 468 different recipes for you to try, including a stem cell pack for replenishing your health (not even joking).

If you love a great RPG, and love to laugh even more, then Crashlands should be on the top of your list. It's worth the money. From a developer called Butterscotch Shenanigans, you really can't expect anything less.

Download: Crashlands ($4.99)

Leo's Fortune

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Who doesn't love an awesome platformer? Better yet, who doesn't love an awesome platformer with incredible graphics? Nobody, silly. Leo's Fortune is one of the most stunning platformers to ever grace Android.

You play as cute, mustachioed, green puffball Leopold on his quest to retrieve the gold that was so wrongfully stolen from him.

As you track down the cunning thief, you get to traverse gorgeous forests, barren deserts, pirate cities, and mountains, while solving physics-based puzzles and surviving terrible traps. As you follow the trail of gold, you unlock the mystery behind Leo's stolen riches.

Once you beat the game, you can unlock Hardcore Mode, wherein you attempt to beat the entire game without dying. You can also compete with friends in speed runs.

If you're into gorgeous-looking games with a fun story and consistently active gameplay, the award-winning Leo's Fortune is totally for you.

Download: Leo's Fortune ($4.99)

Grand Theft Auto

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If you're a console or PC fan of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, then why not extend your fandom to Android?

Rockstar Games has five great GTA titles for you to choose from and you really can't go wrong with any of them. Play through Liberty City Stories, San Andreas, Vice City, GTA III, and Chinatown Wars and get your shoot-'em-up, blow-'em-up, car-stealing fix on mobile!

Chinatown is your classic top-down GTA, while the other three are the third-person-shooters we've all come to love. On that note, these games are NOT for kids. The Mature rating in the Google Play Store isn't lying.

So, if you want full Grand Theft Auto games right on your phone, hit up the Google Play Store and go to town. Just remember that, since these are the full games you now and love, they will occupy a ton of space on your device.

Download: Grand Theft Auto ($4.99-$6.99)

Dumb Ways to Die

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The title pretty much says it all, but whether it's the way each character dies or just the characters that are dumb is up to you entirely.

This game will frustrate you to no end, but in a fun, quirky, and always-entertaining fashion. You get to play 15 goofy mini-games, hoping to unlock all the characters and the ridiculous music video that started it all.

You'll have to contend with piranhas, snakes, platforms, bombs, and much more as you just try to keep some idiots alive (parents, you feel me?).

The best part of Dumb Ways to Die? It's FREE! Better yet, it's free and there aren't any in-app purchases. Download it now and prepare to be frustrated but laughing all the way through!

Parents, take note that this game is rated T for Teen, since it does contain some crude humor and blood.

Download: Dumb Ways to Die (Free)

Super Hexagon

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If you like a challenge, and I do mean an incredibly frustrating challenge, then give Super Hexagon a whirl and see just how patient you really are.

Gameplay is like every closing-door scene in an action movie where the opening gets smaller and smaller as the protagonists rush to escape, á la Indiana Jones.

Players have to navigate a triangle through a geometric maze of sorts that's spinning and continually collapsing into itself. If you hit a wall, that's the end; you have to start all over again.

The soundtrack is excellent and the three stages will keep you more than busy, especially as you unlock the near-impossible versions of each stage as you reach certain goals.

Download: Super Hexagon ($2.99)

Machinarium

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Enter a world set in a beautifully rendered, futuristic steampunk dystopia, where you play as Josef the robot, on a quest to save his girlfriend.

You'll have to solve a series of puzzles at each point in the game in order to advance to another part of the city, and you can even uncover easter egg back story scenes when you idle in certain areas.

As Josef, you tap items to solve the puzzles and brain teasers, but in an interesting twist on the genre, you can only tap whatever's in Josef's reach.

There is no dialogue and aside from the odd tutorial, everything is devoid of language. Instead, pictographic thought bubbles let you know what's on Josef's mind to help you work your way through the game.

If you like a great adventure game with a fun story and great graphics, Machinarium should be your dystopic go-to.

Download: Machinarium ($4.99)

World of Goo

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One of the best puzzlers of all time is available for Android and should be on your device now. World of Goo lets you build all sorts of structures out of balls of goo, creating buildings, vehicles, and even giant tongues and zeppelins.

You get to play through four chapters and an epilogue, each containing multiple levels, which differ from each other in graphics and music, so everything feels fresh as you try and get your goo balls to the exit.

There's even a bonus game within the game called World of Goo Corporation where in you endeavor to build the tallest tower you can, using the goo balls that you acquired throughout the game. You can compete with players from all around the world and the developer, 2D Boy, is constantly updating the height of the tallest tower and how many goo balls are being used.

This is a light and cheerful puzzler that's head-scratchingly fun and addictive.

Download: World of Goo ($4.99)

Freja and the Sequel

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If you're into some out-there humor and a quirky interactive story game, Freja and the Sequel might be just what you're looking for. It's your classic point-and-click adventure turned upside down by "humor, horror, and surrealism."

Freja, a computer nerd, is forced, at gunpoint, to develop a sequel to a popular video game and as she creates it, she becomes more absorbed in her work until reality itself comes into question and things start to get hella weird.

Throughout the game, you'll meet weird characters while solving some pretty tough puzzles, all while being stalked by a shadowy creature that resembles Freja.

This is definitely not a game for kids, since it contains quite a bit of swearing, some horror elements, drug references, and some perverse humor.

If you're looking for a break from the run-of-the-mill mobile games you're used to, then check out Freja and the Sequel and prepare to be pleasantly weirded out.

Download: Freja and the Sequel (Free)

Five Nights at Freddy's 4

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The horror masterpiece Five Nights at Freddy's is on Android and it's ready to scare your pants off and back on and then off again. The fourth instalment of the wildly popular franchise is very involved and will keep you on your toes as you try not to be mauled by horribly disfigured animatronics come to life.

You play as a child whose role in the saga is only discovered at the end of the game. You must defend your bedroom from Freddy Fazbear, Chica, Bonnie, Foxy, and worse, as you just try to survive until morning.

You have to keep track of both bedroom doors, your bed behind you, and your closet, where Foxy likes to hide, jump out of, and murder you.

With just your flashlight to protect you, clench your butt through six in-game hours of torment and terror. If you startle easily, this isn't the game for you.

Download: Five Nights at Freddy's 4 ($2.99)

Prune

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If you've just been playing the horror-fest that is Five Nights at Freddy's 4, then you'll need a palate cleanser of the relaxing variety. Enter: Prune. This isn't your typical mobile game in a big way; this is a tribute to the beauty of trees and a calming lesson in the art of cultivation.

To start, you draw a line from the base, then your tree starts to sprout from that line. As time goes on, you have to trim certain branches off, which causes other parts of your tree to grow bigger and in other directions. At times, the sunlight will change and you'll have to shape your tree so that its branches can touch the golden rays.

This is just about as soothing as it gets for mobile gaming, bringing nature and technology together in a beautifully synergistic experience. Bask in zen and find your inner horticulturist while you gently grow your precious tree, branch by branch.

If you're looking for a calming experience to take you out of your world for a little while, then download Prune and chill out, man.

Download: Prune ($3.99)

Did we miss any great games devoid of IAPs?

Let us know if you've got any recommendations of your own in the comments below.

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7 hours ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide

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Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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8 hours ago

AT&T rolls out July 1 security patch, Wi-Fi calling for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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AT&T is rolling out updates for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, bringing the July 1 security patch to both phones. The update also adds Wi-Fi calling support and other features, and bumps the software version to MMB29M.

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12 hours ago

HERE Maps rebrands to HERE WeGo, adds new features

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HERE Maps, the mobile mapping app that was sold by Nokia to a group of car companies in late 2015, has released a major update for Android in the Google Play Store. It also includes a name change to HERE WeGo.

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1 day ago

Verizon rolls out small updates to the LG G5 and V10

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Verizon has started rolling out a fresh set of updates to both the LG G5 and LG V10, bringing along some slight tweaks to both.

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1 day ago

Pokémon Go: the ultimate guide

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Once you've learned the basics, it's time to dive deeper into Pokémon Go.

If you're here it's because you want to become the best Pokémon trainer that you can be. If you're just getting started with Pokémon Go, then you should check out our guide to getting started before diving in here. This guide is for those of you who are grinding levels, capturing Pokémon and taking over Gyms.

As you know by now, there is a lot going on with Pokémon Go, and we're going to detail most of it out for you here.

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1 day ago

Twitter for Android brings night mode to all users

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After being available on the beta channel for quite some time, Twitter has finally brought the night mode to all Android users. Turning on night mode is pretty simple, with a switch that allows you to easily toggle between the two modes when you want to switch them up. Enabling night mode doesn't just turn everything black, and instead uses a dark grey that has white text and blue links on it, making it easy on the eyes.

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1 day ago

Pokémon Go just crossed 50 Million downloads in Google Play

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No one could have predicted this result 20 days after launch.

Google's Play Store listing for Pokémon Go changed this morning, revealing the game had just crossed the 50 Million downloads mark only 20 days after the game's limited release in a couple of countries. Since that day, Niantic has slowly made Pokémon Go available to more countries as it scrambled to increase server capacity to handle the explosive popularity of the game. At the time of this writing, Pokémon Go is still not available worldwide but it's quite close. This week will likely see the end of this slow global rollout, meaning more bursts of users are on the way.

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1 day ago

How to fix "Snapchat login temporarily failed" error on Android

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How do I fix login temporarily failed on Snapchat?

Unfortunately for users on Android devices, Snapchat has a habit of not always logging people into their accounts. While trying to open the app, some users have come across a message that reads:

"Oh no! Your login temporarily failed, so please try again later. If your login continues to fail, please visit https://support.snapchat.com/a/failed-login :)"

Snapchat has stated that Snapchatters using a rooted Android device may encounter this message more than others. While this is frustrating, there are a couple of other reasons this message could be appearing on your phone screen. Snapchat recommends three things to try if your login isn't working:

  1. Make sure you're using the official Snapchat app from the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Double check that your system clock and date is correct.
  3. Confirm that you have a valid Google Account on your Android device.

Once you verify that you have a valid Google Account, you can manually sync your account to your phone to make sure your Google Account is working.

How to sync and verify your Google Account on your Android phone

  1. Launch Settings from your home screen, the Notification Shade, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Accounts. You may have to scroll a bit to find it.
  3. Tap Add account.

    Launch Settings from the home screen and then tap accounts. Tap add account.

  4. Tap Google.
  5. Enter your email.
  6. Tap Next.

  7. Enter your password.
  8. Tap Next
  9. Tap Accept in the lower right corner.

  10. Tap Next in the lower right corner.
  11. Tap a payment information option.
  12. Tap continue in the lower right corner.

  13. Tap Google.
  14. Tap the more button; it's the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  15. Tap Sync now.

If your Google account isn't valid, you may see a Sync Error message appear.

What do you think?

Is there a way you've tried that helps get rid of Snapchat's error message on your Android phone? Let us know what other techniques have worked for you and which ones haven't.

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1 day ago

Prisma: Blank notification appearing after using the app? Here's the fix!

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Prisma notification

If you're seeing an empty Prisma notification that you can't swipe away, you're not alone. Fortunately there's an easy fix.

As Prisma for Android becomes more popular, a handful of bugs in the AI-enabled photo app are starting to emerge. One of the most confusing glitches has to do with an empty notification that'll show up in your notification after using the app. On most versions of Android it's not obvious which app is creating the notification, and it can't be dismissed normally, so it'll just sit there — pretty frustrating.

Fortunately there's an easy fix.

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1 day ago

Opera Mini's new video download feature aims to help you save even more data

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Opera Mini just got a whole lot more useful if you consume a lot of video on the go.

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2 days ago

Google Maps rolls out a cleaner look and adds areas of interest

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Google Maps is getting a makeover in an update that's currently rolling out to its mobile apps as well as on the desktop. It will offer a cleaner look to the maps themselves while also adding new "areas of interest".

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2 days ago

Google brings spam call protection to some Nexus and Android One phones

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Google is rolling out an update for the Android phone app that will warn you about spam callers. The update, currently for Nexus or Android One phones on Marshmallow, lets you block and report these numbers.

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2 days ago

Share your Prisma pics on the Android Central forums!

Join the discussion and share your best Prisma creations!

With artistic photo filtering app Prisma now available on Android, there's a massive new user base for the app's AI-enhanced artwork. Android owners have been sharing pics across all the usual social places, and over on the Android Central forums, readers have been sharing a few of their creations.

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2 days ago

How to access and use Memories in Snapchat for Android

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How do I use Snapchat Memories?

Snapchat has announced yet another feature as they continue to expand their platform that originally was created to simply send and receive temporary pictures.

This new feature is called Memories, and it's essentially a cumulative archive of all of the snaps you've saved to your phone since you downloaded the app.

But how exactly do you navigate Snapchat Memories, and how does this new feature work? Here's how to use Snapchat Memories to your fullest advantage.

How to access Memories in Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories.

How to access Snaps in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Snaps tab at the top of the screen to access your saved snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap on the Snaps tab to access your saved content.

How to access Stories in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen.

How to access your Camera Roll in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll tab at the top of the screen to access your Camera Roll.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Camera Roll tab.

How to access My Eyes Only in Memories on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the My Eyes Only tab at the top of the screen to access your protected, private snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the My Eyes only tab to get access to protected snaps.

Type in your password to access your My Eyes Only. Keep in mind that if you have to reset your password, all of the snaps saved to My Eyes Only will be erased.

How to post an old Snap to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Snaps tab at the top of the screen to access your saved snaps.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Snaps tab.

  4. Tap on the photo or video you would like to post to your Snapchat story or friend.
  5. Tap and hold the photo. A black border will appear around the photo.
  6. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap on the photo or video you would like to post, and then press and hold the photo. Tap the arrow within the blue circle.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your photo/video with.

How to post part of a saved story to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen to access your saved stories.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Stories tab at the top of the screen.

  4. Tap and hold the story bubble you would like to select.
  5. Swipe left or right to pick a specific snap in the story bubble to post.
  6. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap and hold the story bubble to select it and then swipe left or right to pick a specific snap. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the corner.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your story photo/video with.

How to post a photo from your Camera Roll to your Snapchat on Android

  1. Launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  2. Tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. You can also swipe up anywhere on the screen.
  3. Tap the Camera Roll tab at the top of the screen to access your Camera Roll.

    Launch Snapchat from your home screen and tap on the smaller white circle underneath the shutter button to access Memories. Tap the Camera Roll tab.

  4. Tap and hold the photo or video you would like to post from Camera Roll.
  5. Tap the arrow within the blue circle in the lower right corner.

    Tap and hold the photo or video and then the arrow in the lower right corner.

Just like sending a standard snap, select My Story or the contacts you would like to share your story photo/video with.

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