What are the best free Android games that the Play Store has to offer? Well, you can forget looking at Play Store recommendations, because quite often the apps mentioned there are not the best ones you can get! This is why we’ve used all of our brain matter and experience with Android games after spending hours playing them, to compile a list of the best free games for Android in no particular order.
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Plants vs Zombies 2
Sequel to one of the most successful free-to-play games ever, EA’s Plants vs. Zombies 2 retains the spirit of the original while adding more zombies, plants, and power ups. This colorful tower defense game will suck up a lot of your time (and potentially money, if you want to make use of its in-app purchases), but you are guaranteed fun along the way.
Fruit Ninja has been around for years now, but it is still just as addictive as it was when it first hit the scene. Swiping your finger across the touchscreen, you become the ninja, dishing out deadly attacks to, erm, fruit. Slice your way through your five a day while creating combos and making highscores in this infinitely satisfying arcade game.
Everybody loves Jetpacks, right? This is an endless runner with a twist: in this game you don’t jump to avoid hazards, you use your jetpack. It’s all about getting the furthest distance or earning the most points before crashing, and along the way you will find other vehicles, such as mechanical dragons, motorbikes, and teleporters, to help you achieve this. Each vehicle adds its own unique twist to the gameplay, making JetPack Joyride a joy to play.
Clash of Clans
We’ll start the list with a classic, one that has been played by Android users for a very long time. The game is based on a simple concept and is really addictive. You need to build a town and its defences as well as improving your troupes to fend off attacks from other players. The game duration for Clash of Clans is basically never ending, plus the developers often update the game. Clash of Clans is stable, and you can play the same game with the same village on many devices with your Google+ account.
Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush, everyone knows it, and has likely played it. This game has managed to create a nation of addicts! The match three game is based on the concept of ‘’Diamond Mine’’, with various missions and levels which makes it hard to stop playing. Candy Crush first appeared on Facebook, then browser, and finally Android, it has come a long way. King.com has received a lot of critizism and was accused of stealing ideas from other games, but most players don’t seem to care. What’s more, Candy Crush Saga often gets festive for holidays, like at Christmas time for example.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
If you are into racecar driving, look no further than Asphalt 8: Airborne, a favorite arcade game among Android users. Why do we love it so much? You get to choose between real-life cars that you’ve always dreamt of driving, from Lamborghinis to Ferraris, and rip these down awesome courses in various exciting locations. Plus if you’ve got a competitive side, you can also drive in career mode which takes you through 8 seasons and 180 events.
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Angry Birds Go
Take a racing game, dunk it in tar, and then in features, what do you get? Angry Birds Go! This game is kind of like Mario Kart where you choose from a variety of Angry Birds characters and must race your way through fanciful terrains while shooting random objects at your opponents. Just like Mario Kart, it takes some time to get used to at the beginning in terms of controls, but soon you’ll be slinging those birds down the race track with ease.
Dumb ways to die
You think it’s cool to cross the train tracks? The makers of Dumb Ways To Die don’t! They created this game to teach you and kids a lesson about really stupid things that people do that often lead to a very dumb and embarrassing death, like putting a fork in a toaster, eating some rotten food, swimming with piranhas, poking a bear etc. In the game, you must act quickly to avoid succumbing to such a fate, so you tap away the piranhas from your private parts, swat deadly wasps, get your little buddies out of the way of trains etc. It all gets faster and faster, and after you’ve lost 3 lives, you’re toast! The game is super addictive, and the super catchy theme song doesn’t hurt either! Worth a play (and hundreds more)!
Dead Trigger 2
Following the success of their first game, MadFinger Games brought Dead Trigger 2, which is so zombielicious you’ll soon be asking for more blood and guts after just a few minutes of playing. You must travel through various undead-infested areas of the world, all the while killing as many zombies with your jam-packed artillery of weapons. It’s positively disgusting, and that’s why we love it!
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I hope you didn’t forget how to connect the dots from your childhood, because this game asks for those set of skills all over again. Dots quickly became an Android favorite, which spawned a lot of copycat apps. The original is probably the best though: you must combine as many same-colored dots as you can in just 60 seconds. There are also some other game modes, like endless mode, no-limits, un-timed (counts the number of moves) etc. The game design is also really nice, and very minimalistic.
QuizUp landed on the world like a bomb this year: it spread so quickly and everybody started playing the trivia game on a global scale. The sky’s the limit for the number of categories, with new ones added daily. It’s cool too, because they aren’t just boring categories were used to with Trivial Pursuit, but ones that correspond to any interests! I for one am an expert in anything Harry Potter, so that was my niche. You play can play against others from around the world and compete on the leaderboard.
Oh Flappy Bird, where do we begin! The game took the world by a storm, but was short-lived after the developer got cold feet over the success and pulled the game from the Play Store. A ton of Flappy Bird clones and alternatives then sprung up on the Play Store, some of which are actually quite good, while some really are just plain dumb. If you are clever, like we were, we’ve figured out how you can still play Flappy Bird on your phone, but please do so at your own risk.
A Flappy Bird spin-off that actually worked was Timberman which was released in July of 2014. The game is just as testing as Flappy Bird: you must coordinate when and where you tap the screen to avoid getting knocked on the head by the next branch, as the lumberjack continues to cut the tree down. The game is ridiculously simple to understand, but hard to master, plus there’s a new detail, a countdown to see how far you can get.
Badland has received a lot of acclaim by game critics and we love it too! Plainly put, it’s just well-made: the graphics are great, you’ve got a multiplayer mode, the gameplay is simple but compelling, it has a great soundtrack and the developers update it regularly. Badland is an adventure game where you need to guide a little forest dweller by tapping on the display through a swampy forest full of eerie shadows and obstacles.
If you haven’t heard of SHADOWGUN: DeadZone, you should definitely add this to your repertoire. This is THE go-to FPS multiplayer on Android. The game requires a powerful Android device because of its demanding graphics. SHADOWGUN has many different modes, like the classic deathmatch, capture the flag etc, plus you can also get teamspeak. To be able to use this game, you require Wi-Fi, and it’s a good idea to get an OTG mouse and even cast it onto a bigger screen!
The creators of Clash of Clans have come up with another superb game idea: Boom Beach! The gameplay is very similar to that the Clash of Clans in that you need to build and defend your base as well as try to gain forces to be able to attack and conquer enemy territories. And instead of facing goblins, you need to go up against the Black Guard, though don’t forget that you can attack others as well. The battles that go down on Boom Beach are likely the best that you can get on Android, because the order and the type of units sent really make the difference between victory and defeat.
Another cult classic: Icomania is simple, but keeps you entertained. The game shows you a series of icons and you have to guess which movie star, cartoon, place, country it is (of course there are many more categories). If you get stuck, we’ve got all of the answers in our forum.
Pudding Monsters is one of the hardest games that I’ve ever played on Android, but not to the point of being impossible. You’ve got to move pudding monsters in a straight line without having them dropping off the screen. It’s hard to explain, so take our word and give it this addictive game a try. This game was developed by the same creators as Cut The Rope.
Cut the Rope 1 & 2 and extensions
Speaking of which, Cut the Rope has made it to our list too! The point of the game is to feed the monsters candies which are hanging on ropes which must be cut. Sounds weird? Well I did get stumped quite a few times! It’s quite the tricky puzzle game and is a must.
4 Pics 1 Word
Like Logo Quiz, there are many versions of 4 Pics 1 Word. The purpose of the game is to guess the concept that a picture is hinting at. If you can’t figure it out, then you will get a second image, then a third and finally a fourth and final picture. The subject could be a color, an object, sometime abstract etc.
This game could not escape the list, it's one of the most downloaded games of all times! There are many versions of Angry Birds too, like Space, Rovio, Epic etc. For the classic game, you need to slingshot the birds and knock down the pigs which have usually barricaded themselves into massive forts. Give it a try and I’m sure you will be hooked.
This is a pretty sick game, pun intended! Your job in the game is to spread a epidemic which causes symptoms, effects and death. The morose side of the game put to the side for a second, Plague Inc. is well made, challenging, and has about an infinite amount of scenarios. If you’ve got some dark humor, give it a whirl.
Though Alchemy may not be the newest kid on the block, having been around since October 2012 (and you can see this in its graphics), it has a very addictive concept that has turned many players into avid fans throughout the years.
These are the games we consider the best for now, but we will likely add more.
What is your favorite Android game?