15 best free Android games of 2016!

by: Joe HindySeptember 1, 2016
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best free Android games
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. If you like racing games but not this one, check out our list of the best racing games for Android.

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. If you like the idea but don’t like Clash of Clans, here are the best games like Clash of Clans!

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!


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!


hearthstone best free android gamesHearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a card dueling game where you unlock cards, build decks, and then duel other players using the deck you built. You can build multiple decks and Blizzard has been pretty good with putting out regular updates to add more cards and content. You can also log into your account on mobile or on PC which is a really nice touch. If you don’t want to face real players in real-time PvP combat, you can always beat down on some bots for practice. It’s free to play which makes it easy and accessible for everyone to try out.

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!


quizup Best free android gamesQuizUp

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
QuizUp is a free to play quiz game that is almost exclusively played online. Each round you’ll be challenged (or challenge) an online opponent in a category of your choice. The game contains a ton of categories covering everything from science to pop culture, video games to music, and everything between. You can also make friends, challenge friends, and keep track of your rank in each category to see how well you do. If you want to see the game in action, Josh Vergara and I went toe to toe and you can watch that video linked below. If you like quiz games but not this one, we have a whole lost of (mostly) free quiz and trivia games for you to try!

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. You can pick it up for the low, low price of nothing, but there are in-app purchases.

Get it now on Google Play!


plague inc best free android gamesPlague, Inc

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Plague, Inc is a strategy game where you must mutate diseases and use them to destroy the world. The basic idea is that this pathogen you made has infested someone and now you can get to see it in action. There are 12 diseases in the game, each with their own outbreak strategy and the game is realistic enough that the developers were once invited to speak at the CDC. Since its release, expansions have been added to pile on the content that you can play through and the game comes with save and load game functionality for multiple files so you can play many times at once. It’s one challenging game, but one that’s also worth checking out.

Get it now on Google Play!


shadowgun deadzone best free android gamesShadowgun: DeadZone

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Shadowgun: DeadZone is a free-to-play, online FPS game that is meant to be the “online component” to the classic shooter Shadowgun. With this app (which can be played by itself), you can engage in epic 12-person matches in real-time multiplayer. There are two game types which are Deathmatch and Zone Control. Each game can be played on one of a variety of maps and each player can choose between ten playable characters. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you don’t want anything hardcore and just want to shoot some people online. If this isn’t doing it for you, check out our full list of the best FPS games for Android! It’s a classic and a new DeadZone game is coming soon!

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. You can pick it up for free, but expect to see some in-app purchases as you play.

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. You can pick this up for free but there are in-app purchases so do beware of those.

Get it now on Google Play!


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