If you just got a new Android device for Christmas you’re probably looking to fill it with some great apps, and let’s face it… Free is always better! Mobile Geeks has put together a no-nonsense list of free Android Games for you.
We’re not going to take responsibility for the lost hours, blisters or sharp decline in productivity. So check out the games below at your own peril!
1. Action Potato
ActionPotato is a simple game that at first glance. You control three pots. Pressing on the pots makes them jump up into the air, where they harvest potatoes. See how many you can get in a row. It’s got over 1,000,000,000 Downloads so there must be something to it.
2. Meganoid 2
Meganoid 2 looks like a Nintendo Game, but it’s made by a developer that has been consistently coming out with some solid 8-bit games. Orange Pixel’s speed-based challenge game uses on-screen buttons, or the accelerometer, to control your character, which jumps and bounds through increasingly difficult levels. Unlike some other 8-bit games, you can actually get into this one without running out of levels. New map packs and characters appear to be on a steady stream of updates.
3. Angry Birds Star Wars II
We’d almost be negligent if we didn’t include an Angry Birds game, even though we personally haven’t been hooked since 2010. If you’re going to check one out, I would recommend Angry Birds Star Wars II. It’s got interesting and familiar graphics, plus the use of physics in gameplay, so it’s much more interesting than when Angry Birds was first released back in 2009.
Speaking of Games that we loved playing back in 2010, Abduction! is a platform jumper that has some nice hand drawn graphics that don’t feel budget. There are some cute cows with wings and penguins with parachutes. It’s a simple game that anyone can play since it’s based on the accelerometer. Who knew a gentle back and forth can quickly become obsessive?
5. Words with Friends Free
Can’t miss Words with Friends Free, it’s the only game my Mom has on her tablet right now, so it has to make the list. It’s kind of like Scrabble. You can play it alone and challenge strangers (or friends you can select from your contacts list). You take turns playing, so you can play a single game over many days.
Google came out with an augmented reality game. Ingress is a GPS-based game that’s all about urban exploration as you fight for control of ‘portals’. They’ve got a video here that does a great job of explaining it with some sleek visuals. Think capture the flag reinvented by geeks.
7. Skulls of Shogun
Skulls of Shogun initially got a bunch of press when it was released because it launched on Windows Phone first. Since, they’ve come to their senses and taken care of iOS and Android. General Akamoto falls in battle and when he gets to the afterlife he finds out that his glory didn’t come with him. Unimpressed he gathers an army of the undead with sights on taking over.
The characters have a cartoonish feel, but the game is full of clever and funny interactions. As a strategy game, it’s got infantry, cavalry, archers and spirit monks, but the graphics make it seem less like a war game and more like a puzzle game… even though you have to consume the skulls of your enemies to gain their power. One last word of warning, it was free when we wrote this and $0.49 before that, but rumors say it will go up again, so act fast!
8. Plants vs Zombies 2
Plants vs Zombies 2 is a fun tower defense style game, your towers are plants, flowers, shrubs and veggies that you use to fight off hordes of the undead.
Not convinced? Check out the trailer.
9. Asphalt 8 – Airborn
No list of mobile games is complete without a Racing Game. With so many solid free games in the Google Play Store, Asphalt 8 – Airborn must be pretty impressive to land the top spot (in terms of Racing games). Since this is the 8th Asphalt title, Gameloft finally took the series to the next level introducing some serious air time into the gameplay. Along with realistic tracks and graphics, your vehicle can be catapulted into the air to perform crazy aerial stunts.
Downloading good-looking free game is always a bonus. Badland is a side-scrolling puzzle game where you fall upon some pretty imaginative traps and road blocks. There is single player mode, as well as multiplayer, supporting up to 4 players on a single device. The graphics and Audio are nearing the level or art, which is refreshing.
11. Hopeless: The Dark Cave
Hopeless: The Dark Cave is cute and creepy all at the same time! You’re a yellow blob standing in a dark room where your position is lit. Allies and enemies are going to come for you; kill the enemies and let the yellow blobs in to help you fight the good fight. Sounds easy enough…right?
12. Super Stickman Golf 2
Super Stickman Golf 2 is a mash up of Angry Birds, Worms and Tiger Woods. You can play Single Player 2D and sniper some perfect scores, or a casual fan of Race Mode frenzy. There are a few ways to get hooked.
13. Galaxy On Fire 2
Looking for a spaceship shooter game? Galaxy On Fire 2 is 20 hours of shootem’ up goodness. You battle the Void Threat that’s plaguing the galaxy. Your goal is to disable their ability to launch attacks. There are some in-app purchases but it doesn’t get in the way of the gameplay.
If you’re itching to play the bad guy, Plague is the game for you! Looking to end the entire world race? Look no further, choose where your plague starts and develop it to spread at just the right speed, while keeping ahead of those working on a cure.
Call me sentimental, but a good 2D game can never go out of style. Moving them over onto touchscreen hasn’t always gone well, though. Meet Swordigo, which nails it! There is magic, treasure, monsters and giant spiders. Harry Potter impressions welcome.
16. Voxel Rush
Remember Deathchase? No worries if you don’t, it means you’re likely not worried about adding supplements to your diet yet. There isn’t much to it, zoom through a forest and don’t smash into trees. Voxel Rush takes the concept, adds beautiful geometric 3D graphics and shows off with crazy ‘events’ such as towers collapsing or the view flipping upside down. Think racing game but with some physics twists.
17. Winter Walk
Winter Walk has it all: entertaining internal dialogues, an evening walk and a gentlemen trying to keep his hat on. It’s simple but it’s a high-score challenge game that will keep you coming back for a few weeks. If you don’t like Winter, there is also a version in the Autumn
GYRO is a different type of game – it is a little abstract, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a pretty good time. You are the circle thing in the middle, and you rotate yourself to absorb the incoming spheres, matching the balls with the right colored segment. It gets quicker, harder and you get shields to make sliding around your screen easier.
19. StarWars Lego
StarWars Lego combines the awesomeness of Lego with StarWars. Seems like a no-brainer that it would be great, especially since you can be Yoda. Battle in space stations and in space! You also get all the classic fighters and storm troopers along the way.
20. Arkham Origins
A big name, graphically intensive game for free. Get your Batman fix with Arkham Origins. Move through levels and fight bad guys with some solid graphics to back it up. One word of warning: it’s easy to justify for the upgrades you’ll want to pay for.
21. Flappy Crush
Flappy Crush is a spin off of Flappy Birds. In this iteration you’re in charge of the pipes. The job is then to mash up the birds, sucking their bodies up and spewing out the bones. Just like the original, there isn’t much else to it and it’s just as addictive.