It's true, the best things in life are free — or at least, freemium. These Android games are our favorites that won't cost you a penny to download. From cruising the galaxy while color matching drones, trying to survive the zombie apocalypse or paling around with some of your favorite Marvel Heroes, these games are both fun and addictive, and they'll be right at home whether you've got a new Android device or you just want to try out some new apps on your current phone.
Gameloft returns to its classic mobile shooter franchise with N.O.V.A. Legacy, a reworked, free-to-play version of the series' first game. As retired N.O.V.A. trooper Kal Wardin, players don a Mobile Armor Suit and join their AI assistant Yelena to investigate an alien threat to humanity and its colonies. Players can engage in the full story campaign, as well as time-limited Shadow Events and six-player deathmatch multiplayer games.
Take command of mighty Titans and daring Pilots in Titanfall: Assault, a mobile lane control strategy game, not unlike Clash Royale. As opposing commanders in the Colonial Militia or the IMC, players battle it out either to destroy the enemy base, or dominate the battlefield by seizing control points through the use of soldiers, elite Pilots, and massive Titan mecha. The control point mechanic adds a new dimension to Titanfall: Assault, challenging players to balance between pushing their enemy's base or dominating the battlefield.
Ketchap’s Ballz is simple but surprisingly addictive. The game takes its inspiration from classics like Breakout, as blocks push down from the top of the screen while players take aim and launch balls to strike them, hoping to keep the ball in play as long as possible and to destroy the most blocks. As rounds progress, the blocks become tougher, but players also get to launch more balls in the air , resulting in a chaotic torrent of virtual ping-pong balls bouncing around, smashing bricks and crashing back to the ground.
A relaxing infinite runner in the vein of Canabalt, Velocity and Ski Free, Alto's Adventure has you chasing escaped llamas by snowboarding down the mountainside. Along the way, you have to avoid perils like rocks, fires and chasms, while picking up coins and scoring points for tricks. While that's standard infinite runner fare, the game's clean, simple design and low-stress presentation make it endearing and almost oxymoronic — a relaxing action game.
Zynga’s Scrabble-like Words With Friends returns with a major update adding a ton of new features, while making sure that loyal users don’t get left behind. The app’s asynchronous multiplayer fun remains untouched, but new game modes have been added, including Solo Challenge and the team-based Lightning Round. An expanded dictionary adds more than 50,000 new words to the game. Crucially, in-progress matches from the first game can be seamlessly continued in the second, and players who bought the ad-removal in-app purchases in the original can continue to play the new game ad-free.
Party like it’s 1984 again with Stranger Things: The Game, a surprisingly meaty free-to-play tie-in to the hit sci-fi/horror show. Explore the town of Hawkins, Indiana, and its environs with a familiar cast of characters, all presented in a retro style evocative of SNES action RPG classics. Take advantage of each character’s special abilities, collect Eggos and and Gnomes, compete with your friends’ speedrun times, and get ready to explore the mysteries of Hawkins, Mirkwood Forest, and the Upside Down.
What do you call a group of zebras? What in the world is a mumpsimus? Inspired by party games like Balderdash, Psych has you cooking up the zaniest but most plausible answers to these questions so that you can fool your friends and score points. Each player secretly submits a funny but plausible answer; once collected, the submissions (and the correct answer) are displayed on the screen, and players try to figure out which one is the correct one. If somebody chooses your submission, then you score a point; if you guess the right answer, you score a point as well.