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.
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.
Combining the addictive collecting and battling-ready gameplay of Nintendo's Pokémon with Niantic's augmented reality technology, Pokémon Go took the mobile gaming world by storm last year, and updates have continued the fun into 2017. Pokémon Go sends players exploring their neighborhood on foot to discover, photograph and collect cute Pokémon from Nintendo's hit franchise. Each player's phone functions as a map and viewfinder, guiding you toward Poké Stops to collect items and helping you spot Pokemon to capture. Players who reach Level 5 are encouraged to join one of three teams in order to battle each others' Pokémon for control of Pokémon Gyms.
Nintendo brings its Fire Emblem franchise of strategy RPGs to mobile with Fire Emblem Heroes, a light strategy and collectibles game that has you recruiting heroes from the many Fire Emblem games to join your forces. As a summoner defending the Kingdom of Askr from the depredations of the Emblian Empire, you have the power to summon heroes from across the Fire Emblem franchise to aid you in turn-based battles. Players can battle their way through the story campaign, as well as extra game modes and challenges to unlock or train more heroes to add to your collection.
If you like strategy games but loath the F2P grind and random reward draws, consider Battle of Polytopia, which takes the 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) genre of strategy games and pares it down into a mobile-friendly format. Players take command of one of the game’s many tribes and try to rack up the highest score that they can in 30 turns by exploring the map, developing their civilization and dealing with their neighbors. The game’s quick-playing mechanics and short time limit cuts out the fat from the 4X formula to provide a sleek and mobile-friendly strategy title that doesn’t skimp on strategic choices. The free game provides four different tribes to play, with more available as in-app purchases.
Tinytouchtales returns with a sequel to its solitaire-dungeon crawl crossover Card Crawl. This time, things take a sneakier turn with Card Thief. As an ingenious sneak thief, players evade guards, traps and torches while trying to steal as much treasure as possible. Players sneak through a 3 x 3 grid, each move potentially draining your thief's stealth value. Players must balance risk and reward, nabbing treasure, eliminating guards, and looking for places to hide, while trying to make their way out of each castle. While it's not as beginner-friendly as Card Crawl, Card Thief's more involved mechanics, daily challenges and quick play time makes it a mobile puzzle winner.
Tower Defense fans should get a kick out of Timenauts, a cartoony battle that takes you through the annuls of time. The strategy game tasks gamers with destroying the enemy's' bases, while protecting yours by deploying troops onto the battlefield. As you progress through the title, you'll unlock spells called Time Vessel powers that can quickly turn the tide of battle, as well as upgrade older characters or unlock new ones.
It's sort of like "Tokyo Drift", but with your thumbs. In Thumb Drift, the name of the game is speed, finesse and coasting around corners like you're starring in your own personal "Fast and the Furious". As you get better at clearing some of the more difficult tracks, you'll earn access to more than 50 different cars to take for a spin.