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. (Image Credit: Tom's Guide)
The sequel to Alto’s Adventure retains all the simplicity and charm of the original while adding new gameplay elements. Alto’s Odyssey trades snowy landscapes for dunes and desert vistas, but you’ll still pull off tricks to avoid hazards as you collect coins. The new game adds environmental elements — tornadoes, balloons and more — that introduce new challenges while still giving you that magical combo of infinite runner and relaxing zen gameplay. You can play for free if you don’t mind ads, though you can also remove those via an in-app purchase.
Tencent has delivered a very solid port of Player Unknown Battlegrounds to Android devices by shrinking down the action of this battle royal game to a smartphone-sized screen. At the same time, PUBG Mobile hasn't compromised on graphics. The action scrolls smoothly as you race around an 8x8-kilometer battlefield, looking for 99 other opponents to get the drop on. Customizable, mobile-oriented controls and gameplay tweaks such as auto-pickups of ammo and gear make nods toward smartphone playability, and frequent updates keep the game fresh, such as adding more multiplayer features like clans and quick teams, game modes, and more.
Prepare to be wowed by Gameloft’s Asphalt 9: Legends. The latest edition of the racing series focuses on blazing fast hypercars from prestigious manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and W Motors, while letting you make each car your own with customizations that can include materials, colors, and rims. You can then take your ride out for a spin in a career mode that features more than 60 seasons and 800 events; there's an online multiplayer, too. Asphalt’s focus is squarely on arcade fun rather than realism, with nitro pulse speed boosts and 360-degree knockout spins, combined with slick, hyper-detailed cars and console-quality visual effects.
Get ready to explore the halls of Hogwarts. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a free-to-play game in which The Boy That Lived is nowhere to be seen. Instead, you're the hero of your own story as you create your own avatar, learn spells, form alliances and compete for the House Cup. But the real meat of Hogwarts Mystery is trying to find out the secret of your brother’s disappearance years ago. While Hogwarts Mystery is free, in-app purchases let you load up on items you can use in the game, should you choose.
HQ is a neat trivia game that’s taking mobile gamers by storm, and it landed on Android after a beta period. People can't get enough of this game's live trivia contests, usually held at 9 p.m. ET daily in addition to 3 p.m. ET on weekdays. (HQ's been experimenting with different times and formats, though, so be sure to keep the notifications turned on.) The icing on the cake? Players stand a chance to win a slice of a daily cash prize. Each game features multiple choice trivia questions, with players getting 10 seconds to answer each one. Get all of them right, and you get a slice of the daily cash prize paid out to your PayPal account. The combination of accessible trivia questions, live hosted games, and real money payouts have turned this mobile upstart into a winner.
Mobile shooter franchise Shadowgun is back with a spin on a persistent world, loot-shooter game. Shadowgun Legends cribs from the same gaming DNA as shooters like Destiny and The Division, with an extensive campaign, a blistering arsenal of weapons and armor, and co-op boss raids and multiplayer events. To mix things up, you’ll also find social hub areas and PVP combat along with a vast array of character customizations ranging from the cosmetic to game-changing. Mobile shooter fans should definitely give Shadowgun Legends a shot.
The NBA 2K series may dominate the premium mobile basketball space, but EA’s NBA Live Mobile offers a strong free-to-play challenge. NBA Live Mobile presents players with a variety of game modes, including PVP and Blacktop games as well as season play, live events, leagues and head-to-head action. As the game is free, you’ll have to expect a bit of grind as you work to earn new players and various boosts, packs, and in-game currency. (You also have the option of spending a few bucks to speed things up).