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Some of the best things in life are free, and, by applying a little discretion, we can certainly apply this to Android games. There are a whole ton of free games on the Play Store clamoring for your precious attention, and it can be hard to pick out the best free Android games out there at a glance.Luckily, we've taken on the long, hard job of testing the most promising free games on Android in order to bring you the definitive list of best free Android games out there.

Just because a game is free, doesn't mean it has to be poor quality. These top free Android games won't cost a single cent, though many will show ads or offer in-app purchases for extra goodies.

We've selected 12 of the best free games that can provide hours of enjoyment even without in-app purchases being taken into account, to enjoy without any strain on your wallet.

Warhammer 40, 000: Freeblade

There are quite a few titles set in Games Workshop's wildly popular dark science-fiction Warhammer, 40, 000 universe, but Pixel Toys' Warhammer 40, 000: Freeblade towers above the rest on massive armor-plated mecha-legs. 

Freeblade puts you in the role of an Imperial Knight, a walking humanoid arsenal of guns, missiles, and whirring blades, and pits you against hordes of alien Orks and the demonic forces of chaos in an fun and viscerally violent on-rails campaign. The action comes thick and fast and always looks cool, and the game even supports the Razer Phone's 120Hz display.

The graphics are great and the tap and swipe controls to activate different weapons make controlling your knight quick and easy. In-app purchases will make your Knight tougher, which is mainly an advantage in the PvP multiplayer, but there are plenty of single player missions to keep the lone warrior busy.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade Install on Google Play
  • App version: 5.2.3
  • App size: 606 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Economic model: Ads, in-app purchases

Shadow Fight 3

The classic beat 'em up, in which a pair of rock-hard warriors thrash each other within an inch of their lives, isn't one of the more popular types of mobile games but the Shadow Fight series has always stood out as one of the best examples of the genre on handheld devices.

Although previous iterations in the series featured battles between almost featureless black figures, Shadow Fight 3 brings all the action into the light, with great graphics and a variety of fighting styles, armor and weapons for your fighter to brutalize their enemies with.

You won't get far with button-mashing in this game either, beating Shadow Fight 3 requires proper form and timing to succeed, especially if you resist the in-app purchases.

Get it from the Play Store

  • App version: 5.2.3
  • App size: 551 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

Pixel Dungeon

The various Pixel Dungeon titles are roguelike dungeon crawl games with primitive graphics (but great gameplay), that punish failure harshly, but were so easy to pick up and play again after every character death that I stopped worrying and learned to love restarting.

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Hit marsupial rats, get paid in Pixel Dungeon. / © AndroidPIT

It's a simple tap to control everything, and although the 'basic' Pixel Dungeon game by Watabou has unlockable character classes and tons of items to enjoy the game with, there are plenty of other addictive versions such as Shattered Pixel Dungeon, Pixel Dungeon Unleashed etc., that offer twists and different features based on the original.

Pixel Dungeon Install on Google Play
  • App version: 1.9.2a
  • App size: 9.61 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 2.3 and up
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

Lineage II: Revolution

Lineage II: Revolution is an MMORPG in the style of the massively popular World of Warcraft and co. Visually lush and richly detailed, it offers a wide open-world fantasy realm to explore and boasts of epic battles with over 100 fighters on the field of battle, or defending a fortress.

Being an MMO, the social element is critical, and you'll be able to join clans and fight alongside your buddies against your rivals. Plenty of RPG class and race character options are available among traditional lines - be a human warrior, elven mystic, etc.

Since Lineage II: Revolution is still pretty new, there's a chance to get in early to this MMO and rise to power as a faction leader in this seriously pretty fantasy world before the first players start to dominate.

Get it from the Play Store

  • App version: 1.00.06
  • App size: 216 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.4  and up
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

Sky Force Reloaded

Sky Force Reloaded delighted me with some skillful design that optimized it for shooting on the go. It's an engaging "bullet hell" shooter, a classic genre that typically demands intense attention to detail and lightning-quick reaction.

Not an obvious choice for gaming on the morning commute then, but the Sky Force Reloaded solves this by automatically going into super-slow motion when you take your finger away from the screen.

This handy feature combined with well-paced levels that don't take too long to complete, make it forgiving when you have to keep an eye on crossing the road, or someone bumps into you on the subway.

The levels can still get quite challenging, but there are plenty of upgrades to your plucky fighter plane including, shields, missiles, bombs and extra guns, all of which can be earned free though play (but you can spend real money for faster upgrades if you just can't wait).

Sky Force Reloaded Install on Google Play
  • App version: Varies with device
  • App size: Varies with device
  • App compatibility: Varies with device
  • Economic model: Ads, In-app purchases

Clash Royale

Clash Royale comes from the creators of the ever-popular Clash of Clans, and it's sure to steal more hours from your life. It plays something like a cross between a MOBA and a tower-defense title, and it's a highly addictive concept.

In Clash Royale, you take part in one-on-one battles with other players from around the world. You must throw down troops to destroy three of your opponents towers before they do the same to you. However, these towers are only accessible via two lanes which your army must travel along.

The majority of Clash Royale's gameplay revolves around trying to use resources effectively. Each creature has their own unique strengths and weaknesses, so it's your job to pick the right guys for the job and make sure your opponent doesn't outmatch you.

Clash Royale Install on Google Play
  • App version: 2.0.7
  • App size: 90.73 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

Plague Inc.

Hopefully, you've never dreamed of creating a virus to exterminate humanity. Nevertheless, Plague Inc. combines the 'strategy' and 'post-apocalypse' genres. 

In this game, you must try to infect the world's population with a deadly virus, choosing from among the 12 accessible types. Moreover, the game is equipped with an artificial intelligence that will challenge your efforts.

Plague Inc. Install on Google Play
  • App version: Varies with device
  • App size: Varies with device
  • App compatibility: Varies with device
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone

SHADOWGUN is the best multi-player shooter on Android, and will push powerful Android devices to the limit because of its demanding graphics. There are several classic shooter modes, including Deathmatch, and the Battlefield-style Zone Control. There is also an easy-to-use multiplayer voice chat, to help you better coordinate your team – or yell insults at your enemy.

💀 SHADOWGUN: DeadZone Install on Google Play
  • App version: 2.8.0
  • App size: 224 MB
  • App compatibility: 4.1 and up
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

Angry Birds 2

After what seems like endless variations on the original, Roxio is back with a whole new iteration of Angry Birds.

The game itself is free, but it's attracted some controversy over its approach to in-app purchases: while some reviews say the game is a hoot even in its free incarnation, others say that Roxio is more interested in making you pay than having you play. We'd love to know what you think.

Angry Birds 2 Install on Google Play
  • App version: 2.16.1
  • App size: 128 MB
  • App compatibility: 4.1 and up
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

Crossy Road

Falling somewhere between Frogger and infinity runners Temple Run and Subway Surfers, Crossy Road is a cute game that's great for quick-fix sessions. So great, in fact, that it won a Best quickplay game award at the International Mobile Gaming Awards.

The longer you survive, the more gold you earn, which allows you to unlock new characters to traverse the endless 3D pixel-blocky world. It's old-school and new-school, charming and challenging, and we love it.

Crossy Road Install on Google Play
  • App version: 2.4.4
  • App size: 47.34 MB
  • App compatibility: 4.1 and up
  • Economic model: Ads, in-app purchases

Alto's Adventure

Alto’s Adventure is an endless runner in which you must guide snowboarder Alto down a treacherous mountain. You're tasked with avoiding crashing on your way down the slope, and you can tap on the screen to jump. The graphics are gorgeous and it's a pleasure to play.

Alto's Adventure Install on Google Play
  • App version: 1.5.1
  • App size: 60.93 MB
  • App compatibility: 4.0 and up
  • Economic model: Ads, in-app purchases

Elder Scrolls: Legends

Elder Scrolls: Legends is a card battle game much like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering. In this game though, there are multiple 'lanes' you can play, making the game more complex as you can be more offensive or defensive depending on your style. It's highly strategic, and a must-have for fans of Elder Scrolls.

Get it on the Play Store.

  • App version: 1.68.0
  • App size: 1.25 GB
  • App compatibility: 4.4 and up
  • Economic model: In-app purchases

Have you discovered any free Android games that we should mention here? Let us know, and it might just make the list one day.

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