15 best free Android games of 2016!

by: Joe HindyFebruary 2, 2016
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We all know that free Android games aren’t always free these days, but many of them are very close if you have a little patience. Most Freemium bottlenecks occur when players get impatient and waiting the game out can usually get around those pitfalls. What we have here are the best free Android games that you should be able to play comfortably without engaging in in-app purchases and we hope you enjoy the!


asphalt 8 airborne best free android gamesAsphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
When it comes to racing games without an up-front price tag, Gameloft has a real winner with Asphalt 8: Airborne. It’s a full-fledged racing game with a ton of cars to unlock, a ton of tracks to race on, and various online multiplayer modes that allow you to challenge friends, strangers, and have even more fun. There are in-app purchases, but unless you want something game breaking, you can get along just fine without any of them. The game has decent graphics, good controls, and tons of active players so online multiplayer is actually useful.

Get it now on Google Play!


call of champions best free android gamesCall of Champions

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Call of Champions is a mobile MOBA where you and two teammates face off against another team of three to see who can destroy the other’s base first. Each game has a time limit of five minutes which makes games quick to complete and the only thing you have the option of spending money on is additional characters if you want them. It’s a lot of fun and works very well. If you’re interested in MOBAs and Call of Champions isn’t cutting it for you, we also quite enjoyed Vainglory which is also free to play.

Get it now on Google Play!


clash of clans best free android gamesClash of Clans

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Clash of Clans is well-known around the world and putting it on this list seems to be a throwaway. However, Clash of Clans is unique as its one of the few Freemium games that actively gives you the game’s in-game currency so you can spend gems without having to buy them. What really makes Clash of Clans enjoyable is the ridiculous number of active players and it shouldn’t take long to get into the game and find a clan of people you can play with. It’s a slower game, so prepare to wait for stuff, but it has remained a consistently good experience in the Freemium space which is rare.

Get it now on Google Play!


Eternity Warriors 4 best free Android gamesEternity Warriors 4

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Eternity Warriors 4 is an action RPG where you hack and slash your way to glory. You can choose between four heroes, each with their own set of stats and skills. The entire game is free so you can make it to the end with a little grinding and a little luck with additional equipment and items being for sale as in-app purchases. There are also PvP battles and guilds that you can join to add a bit of a social element to the game. The developers have done a decent job at adding events into the game to keep it fresh as well.

Get it now on Google Play!


fallout shelter best free android gamesFallout Shelter

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Fallout Shelter made huge waves in 2015 and remains one of the best games released that year. In Fallout Shelter, you must build a shelter, take in survivors (called Dwellers), and create a thriving ecosystem. You’ll have obstacles such as fires, raids by AI bad guys, and the like but otherwise it’s a pretty standard builder simulation game. The in-app purchases take almost a blatant backseat in this title and the developers have been good (so far) on releasing new and updated content.

Get it now on Google Play!


cut the rope magic best free android gamesCut the Rope: Magic

[Price: Free with in-app purchase]
It’s safe to say that Cut the Rope has eclipsed Angry Birds as the must-have time wasting puzzle game on mobile. The series has evolved in a positive fashion and Cut the Rope: Magic is the latest iteration. The core mechanics involve you solving puzzles in unique ways to help Om Nom the monster eat the candy. There are a ton of levels, power ups, transformations, and tactics that will be required and you can complete each level without the use of in-app purchases. It will just take some time because this game does rely on an energy system.

Get it now on Google Play!


Madden NFL Mobile best free Android gamesMadden NFL Mobile

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Madden NFL Mobile is one of the precious few sports games on mobile that is competent enough to actually be enjoyable. In this title, you’ll actually get to play football games instead of some weird simulation styles like we’ve seen in the past and that’s a good sign. There are also various modes that allow you to do other things and it adds up to a metric ton of content to enjoy. The in-app purchases are a tad harsh but like most titles, you can wait it out if you so choose.

Get it now on Google Play!


Modern Combat 5 Blackout best free android gamesModern Combat 5: Blackout

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Modern Combat 5: Blackout has run the gamut when it comes to pay styles. It started out a paid game, the transitioned to paid with in-app purchases, and is not free with in-app purchases. The developers have made a lot of changes since the game first came out and now it’s among the best free-to-play first person shooters available anywhere. There is a campaign mode and an online multiplayer mode that provides a ton of content that should keep gamers busy for a while. You can also choose between one of six classes and customize your controls to fit your style. It’s not perfect and the road to this point left a lot of people upset, but there is a lot of game here and you can get through pretty much all of it for free.

Get it now on Google Play!


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pocket mortys best free android gamesPocket Mortys

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Pocket Mortys was released in 2016 and is one of the hotter hit games of the year so far. It’s based around the Adult Swim cartoon series Rick and Morty and the game play is a parody of the popular Pokemon series. You’ll play as Rick and you must collect and train various types of Mortys in order to play through the story and find out what’s going on. The game is full of the show’s style of quirkiness and the mechanics work well. Some have lamented the game’s length, but it’s a fun way to spend a week and you can beat it without using in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


smash hit best free android gamesSmash Hit

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Smash Hit has been around for a while but it remains one of the most solid infinite runner experiences available. The graphics are pretty decent and you play from a first-person perspective. Your job is to throw balls at obstacles in your path with the balls also doubling as your life total. The entire game is free to play without advertising and you can’t buy power ups. The one purchase you can make unlocks things like saving your game and access to game stats, but you can play through entirely without that stuff if you don’t mind a challenge.

Get it now on Google Play!


Sky Force 2014 best free android gamesSky Force 2014

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Sky Force 2014 is, obviously, another older title with some serious staying power. This one is a top-down sky shooter where you must take down bad guys, avoid enemy bullets, and upgrade your ship to survive more onslaughts. Each level has a variety of objectives for replay value and ship upgrades are generally pretty quick to complete. It looks pretty good and the mechanics are simple enough to understand. It also comes with leaderboards so you can compare scores with friends.

Get it now on Google Play!


Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes best free android gamesStar Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a relatively newer game but one of the few that successfully cashed in on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens hype train. This is a “monster collector” game where you must collect your favorite Star Wars characters and then battle them in various situations. The game is almost entirely multiplayer which can be a drag for those who like campaign modes, but the game features a ton of Star Wars characters to collect and train and you can mix and match them as you choose.

Get it now on Google Play!


summoners war best free Android gamesSummoners War

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Summoner’s War is a monster collecting game where your goal is to collect and train monsters, level them up, fuse them, and more to create a team of fighting champions. It’s one of the smoother games we’ve played and getting around is quite easy once you learn how. Where Summoner’s War differs from most other creature collection is how much free stuff the developers give you. It’s almost a constant torrent of gems, scrolls, and what have you. There is the classic Freemium “wall” where the game gets much more difficult, but a little patience should help you get over it.

Get it now on Google Play!


the sims freeplay best free Android gamesThe Sims FreePlay

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Sims FreePlay is one of the few really good simulation games that is free to play on mobile. It is a Sims game and you’ll have no doubt of that when you start playing and immediately recognize the familiar graphics. This game allows you to create houses, build Sims, and live out their lives as you see fit. There is a ton of content to enjoy and there is also a social mechanic that lets you engage with other people. It also includes quests to keep things interesting and the developers have done a decent job of updating the game to keep things current.

Get it now on Google Play!


unkilled best free android gamesUNKILLED

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
UNKILLED is likely one of the most underrated games of 2015. This is a zombie shooter where your job is to accept missions and then dive into the various scenarios and slaughter all of the zombies. There are over 300 missions and many of them include boss fights. You’ll also find over 50 weapons, some of the best mobile graphics we’ve seen so far, and there are some online multiplayer aspects to the game as well. It comes from the same developers who did Dead Trigger 2 (Madfinger Games) which was a mainstay on previous versions of this very list for years.

Get it now on Google Play!


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