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 too many in-app purchases and we hope you enjoy them! If you want free Android games with no in-app purchases, we have that linked just below. Let’s get started.

Asphalt 8: Airborne or Asphalt: Xtreme

Price: Free with in-app purchases
When it comes to racing games without an up-front price tag, Gameloft has real winenrs with Asphalt Xtreme and Asphalt 8: Airborne. The former is an offroad style racer with a variety of tracks, online multiplayer, and various vehicles that you can unlock. Asphalt 8: Airborne is an older game, but has a metric ton of content for you to play through. It also has online multiplayer and other activities to play. These are both very solid racing games considering their free price tag, but their in-app purchase strategy is a little aggressive. They’re great experiences. They're both excellent free Android games.

Critical Ops

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Critical Ops is among the newer generation of first person shooters and it’s one of the best. In this title, you’ll battle terrorists in a variety of urban-oriented levels or you can play as the terrorists if you want to. It has a strong online multiplayer community where you can play with your friends as well. It’s still a work in progress, but it seems to hit all the right marks and it’s updated frequently. If you’d like a first person shooter that’s completely free, NOVA 3: Freedom Edition is quite good as well. They're both free Android games worth checking out.

Clash Royale

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Clash Royale is the latest game out of Supercell. They also made Clash of Clans, a former entrant on this list. In Clash Royale, you’ll collect cards, build decks, and then square off in one-on-one duels with online opponents. You'll earn trophies when you win. Similarly, you'll lose trophies when you lose. You’ll also get to form clans to share cards, challenge clanmates to combat, and you’ll have a variety of chances to unlock new cards. It’s a solid card game and a great alternative if you just can’t get into Hearthstone. If Clash Royale just isn't your thing, Supercell also makes the highly popular Boom Beach and Clash of Clans games. Either of those are good enough to make this list too.

Cut the Rope: Magic

Price: Free with in-app purchases
It’s safe to say that Cut the Rope has eclipsed Angry Birds as the must-have time wasting puzzle game on mobile for now. 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.

Fallout Shelter

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Fallout Shelter made huge waves in 2015 and was one of the best free Android 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.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is perhaps the best Final Fantasy-themed freemium game out there. It features tons of elements from the original games, including actual town and dungeon explorations, hidden treasures, secret dungeons, and tons of lore. The game play is simple to learn but you’ll need to think critically in order to beat bosses and hard opponents. You’re frequently rewarded for logging in daily and additional missions, quests, and activities helps keep the game fresh. This is about as good as it gets for freemium titles. If this one isn’t doing it for you, but you love Final Fantasy, you can also try out Mobius Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy Record Keeper which are both pretty good free Android games.

Hearthstone: 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. It's definitely one of the best free Android games out there.

NOVA Legacy

Price: Free with in-app purchases
NOVA was one of the first successful first person shooters on Android. NOVA Legacy is the latest installment and it's already one of the best free Android games. It comes pack with better than average graphics and controls. There is also a story line, online multiplayer mode, and a rudimentary crafting system. The story is sci-fi based and that means there are plenty of fun things you don't get with more realistic shooters. It'll no doubt be one of the best games released in 2017.

Pokemon Go

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Love it or hate it, no one can deny that Pokemon Go was a massive hit in 2016. Even though its popularity has tapered off a bit, the game is still a very solid free option. Players can explore the real world around them all while catching Pokemon, taking down gyms, and finding Pokestops. New features have been added on a regular basis that have helped improve the game play. There’s a real problem with GPS spoofers owning all of the best Pokemon, but thankfully that only affects certain parts of the game. It’s one of the great free Android games.

PinOut or Smash Hit

Price: Free / $2.99
Smash Hit and PinOut are two of the most solid infinite runners out there and they’re from the same developer. Smash Hit gives you a first person perspective as you throw metal balls at glass panels to avoid certain death. It’s calm, fun, and it looks fantastic. PinOut is an infinite pinball game where you must launch the ball through various levels and obstacles forever. Both free Android games look great, play well, and have unique mechanics for this genre. Both titles have an optional pro version that unlocks checkpoints so you can continue from a saved game. Otherwise, there are no ads, no in-app purchases, and nothing getting between you and the game.

Sky Force Reloaded

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Sky Force Reloaded is the latest in the Sky Force franchise (which are all pretty good free Android games). Like its predecessors, Sky Force Reloaded is a top-down, scrolling shooter where you fly a plane and your goal is to defeat bad guys, avoid bullets, and perform all kinds of various quests. It’s an ode to the old school top-down shooters. Despite its highly improved graphics, the game stays true to those old shooters. The difference being that this one has better graphics. It’s a good overall experience just like the previous iterations were.

Plague 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 multiple 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.


Price: Free with in-app purchases
UNKILLED was one of the best free Android 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.


Price: Free with in-app purchases
Vainglory is perhaps the best MOBA currently available on Android. It boasts high frame rates, unlimited free play, and solid connections. You’ll be able to team up with people and go head to head against other teams much like you see in all MOBAs. There are also decent graphics, more than 25 heroes to unlock and play with, and you can play with (or against) bots if you so choose. There is also a beta version that can use the Vulkan API if you want to check that out. It's one of the better free Android games.

Yodo1 Games

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Yodo1 Games is a game developer that has a bunch of very enjoyable and very engaging freemium games. Most have probably heard of their hit titles such as Crossy Road, Rodeo Stampede, Pac-Man 265, and Looty Dungeon. There are also a few others including Rooms of Doom. Most of these games are infinite runners where you must continue moving forward or you lose. The graphics are charming and the game play mechanics are simple to learn and understand. They’re also extremely kid friendly which makes them great overall family games. You can click the button below and check out the whole collection!

If we missed any of the best free Android games, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!
  • Luka Mlinar

    Got hooked on Clash of Clans myself :P

    • It’s designed to get you hooked, Luka :P

      • JosephHindy

        Damn right it is :D this app guy has been hooked for months.

        • Luka Mlinar

          Most of these games have the same problem and that’s the replay value. PC games have a hard enough time here but at least there are a handfull of games that are so awesome that you could play them endlessly. I can’t even count the times i played HL2 or the original Deus Ex. As far as Android games go; even Angry Birds get tedious after a wile. As much as i like Clash of Clans it seams to me that by the time i build everything there, i will lose interest to ever play it again.

    • icchan

      My friend got addicted to Clash of Clans, and now he’s ignoring me T__T

    • Jaun Lombard

      I just want more GEMS!!!!! and dont want to buy it!

  • Jayfeather787

    Asphalt 8 is super fun, but one thing is bad about it. It is so unoptimized. The cars look so cartoonish and the drifting mechanism is not as good as need for speed. It maxes out at 30 FPS, and lags on a Snapdragon 600 with Adreno 320 overclocked and thermald rasised higher than the temp of the sun.

    • Олег Александров

      it’s absolutely flies on my nexus 7 2013 with kitkat

      • Jayfeather787

        No it doesn’t. I have a Nexus 7 2013 and it is smoother than most, but it does not fly. On the old Tegra 3 Nexus 7 it lags badly. On this Snapdragon 600 in the Nexus 7, even with it overclocked, it still is not as smooth as it should be. The Nexus 7 2013 is super powerful, and it is smooth on the Nexus 7 2013, but there are random frame rate drops. Also I haven’t installed anything. This is a rooted OmniROM, and I uninstalled 20 system apps, and installed only this one. The GPU and CPU are both overclocked, and the thermald is rasised, so it should have been smoother than what I experienced.

        • Abdel Aziz Farhi

          Gameloft is known for not being so good at optimizing their games for Android devices while other developers such as Electronic arts or Glu for example are doing a very good job so far.

          • Jayfeather787

            Yeah Need For Speed Most Wanted and Real Racing 3 are awesome. GT Racing 2 is more optimized than Asphalt 8, but the cars and handling are terrible and so unrealistic.

          • Abdel Aziz Farhi

            Yep true.

  • Bryan Z

    JetPack Joy Ride…. stayed up till 3am the other night playing this game.

  • nickfury

    Traffic Racer is also a good one, surprisingly addictive

  • Denis De Fazio

    No ingress! :(

    • JosephHindy

      It’s under best multiplayer games, due out soon ;)

  • No GT Racing 2? I just got the game, it’s *loads* of fun!

    BTW, thanks for the Sims thing! I didn’t know we had Sims on Android. EDIT: It’s not compatible with my phone *or* my tablet. The Xperia E I’ll understand, but why don’t you work on a Nexus 7?

  • Hozella

    What about Real Racing 3, One of the best multiplayer games out there for Android & IOS

  • aldrih

    Pixel Dungeon, Pleague inc., Atomic Bomber

  • nitz

    where is frontline commando

  • Good Collection of android Games…)

  • mohammad reza

    Thanks but I think all of them isn’t good…
    as you know some games like modern combat or wild blood or the other action games is better…

  • jameson444

    Where is brave frontier?!

  • Dany Jerry

    Hello,Joe Hindy, have you ever checked out the game Grand Battle, a game similar as Clash of Clans.

  • Tristan Belford

    Don’t forget Hero of Shaolin! This is a funny full-motion video game based on old kung fu movie footage.

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  • Got hooked on Clash of Clans myself :P

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  • Karl Evans

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  • Laura Kelly

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  • Angry Birds, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Temple Run 2, Plants vs Zombies 2, FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS are the best games of 2014 and they got millions of download and still continue to dominate the play store…

    I would also like to suggest one of the best android girls game “Hair Do Design”, its really amazing and addictive game for girls you all must try this game once you will really get addicted this game

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  • Bhavika Sicka

    You missed some of my favorites: Zombiewood, Pocket Heroes, Samurai vs Zombies!

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  • Rron

    Just found out about this new arcade game called Shaolin Fury. A shaolin monk travels on top of mountains by cutting down bamboo sticks with punches. It really test your precision skills, trust me. Give it a try, it’s free

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  • sam appsreviewer

    Clash of clans is the best one in strategy however, if we talk about arcade, there’s a new one : The Path is really great in presenting challenge.
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  • Aleksandar Milosavljevic

    You should try “Counter Pong”, a mind switching self played arcade:

  • Kiho Shema

    Castle clash is the best and more better than clash of clan.

    It deserve to be on top 10. :)

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  • sinisa

    darkness reborn is the only one I have enjoyed playing and got hooked to.

    • JosephHindy

      I’ll look into that. Thank you for the recommendation!

  • some awesome games in there =)

  • Marius-Adrian Zoltan

    Fifa was shit this year, I mean more shit than usual…

    • Marius-Adrian Zoltan

      Mortal Kombat was decent …

  • s2weden2000

    one touch draw

  • Paul

    Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes is where it’s at. It’s even managed to get a few bucks out of me. The only mobile game in recent memory that I’ve played consistently every day for months.

  • James Sarino

    No Star Wars: Uprising? It’s a quasi-modern take of the venerable Knights of the Old Republic.

  • Literally Every single game here is an in-app-ocalypse. *shakes head*

    QuizUp and There Is No Game / Eyes / Escape the Prison / (whatever new game YouTubers play) are more enjoyable because there’s NO strings attached. At least Smash Hit is good.

    • JosephHindy

      That’s subject to individual interpretation. To date, over a million readers have read this. I guarantee they don’t all like the same stuff you like. I have a TON of people to think about with these.

  • Ruben Hurtado

    Try World of Tanks: Blitz, you won’t regret it. Just remember to thank Encho80 if you get hooked!.

    • Pr0je3ct

      U totally right, from all games i EVER played, WOT Blitz was the stunning one fron all, i got so addicted the first days that i caught myself playing it from morning till midnight! !!!

  • Lindle

    Try God of Light. It’s a puzzle game where you have to guide the beam of light to a point while making it pass through gems for bonuses. The first set of levels while the 4 others are paid. If you don’t want to pay though, you can get it by watching ads to collect currency (1 each) 50 unlocks all the levels

  • Pramod

    Nice! Star wars galaxy of heroes really requires more attention. This is the only website I found it on!

  • Da Fuq

    Why do you keep promoting these stupid pay-to-win games???

    • JosephHindy

      They’re only pay to win if you’re really bad at the game.

  • M.Kimp

    hell yeah….Asphalt 8 is num 1 :D
    wheres dead trigger ??

    • JosephHindy

      It’s alphabetical order bud lol, and Unkilled is done by the same people as dead trigger.

  • StevenGarner

    This is great list. I’m playing Sky Force and Smash Hit, and really to enjoy them. You should play Sky Garden and Fish Crush, which have cool graphics and addictive gameplay. All are free!

  • Gorilla Guard_25

    Love this list!

  • 3223

    I’ve been hooked on marvel future fight over the past year or so, and i believe it should have made it on this list!

    Only 2 of the many characters (carnage + hyperion) are paywalled, and are not exactly essential for game completion. Plus it faithfully recreates most marvel characters so you have a healthy roster. And no ads and all that nonsense.:)

  • Morgana Twist

    HAYPI MONSTERS!!!! This game is soooo great how did it not make the list?

    Guys, seriously, check it out. Its free, fun, easy, and amazing.

    The only issue is that you cannot buy gold coins from the in game coin shop in the app its BROKEN. You have to paypal the payment for coins directly to Haypi co:
    then you have to send them an in game in app message to support or email them at their support email:

    and tell them in the in game message or email:
    1. the paypal email you used to paypal them the money
    2. your in game username
    3. your in game server number
    4. the name of the game: Haypi Monster
    5. the transaction ID number from paypal for the purchase
    6. the amount of USD you sent them in paypal plus how many coins you want to purchase

    It takes their support team 24 hours max to get the coins to you which sucks but its so worth it because after buying about 1,000 coins or so gets you up to VIP4 status with tons of in game perks and daily perks.
    I wish they would fix their in game coin shop though… takes em so long. :/

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  • CJakes ™

    Do you realize your link for Plague inc takes you to a Starwars game to dl?

    • JosephHindy

      You’re right, it does. That has been fixed, thank you!

  • JoelHarman

    Thanks for the game..I’m playing asphalt 8, Clash of Royal and Pokemon Go..It’s rocking guys..I recommend them!!

  • Why isn’t Real Racing 3 on this list? It’s way better than any of the asphalt games on mobile. RR3 IS THE BEST RACING GAME ON MOBILE. And it’s free. I’ve been playing it since it released in 2013 and I haven’t spent a dime in that game…

  • Louie Cafarella

    This War of Mine. Buy it. Nevermind the price. Just do yourself a favor and buy it.

    • JosephHindy

      Keyword in this one “Free”

      This War of Mine is on our “best Android games ever” list, though :)

      • Louie Cafarella

        I know it. Hence the “nevermind the price” comment. But yeah man, one of the best games I’ve ever played. You indulge?

        • JosephHindy

          Of course I did :) I wouldn’t put it on an app list if I hadn’t played it myself.

  • nick

    sorry but this was kinda dumb most of these games were released before 2017

    • JosephHindy

      I know, and when a 2017 game reaches these ranks, it’ll be here. It’s a cumulative list, We have another list that shows just games released in 2017.

  • Jackson Clark

    I play Cut The Rope game its very nice game.

  • J.j. Evans

    Final Fantasy Brave Exvius…but no Brave Frontier (it’s by the exact same development squad of Alim & Gumi, and FFBE plays almost identically to Brave Frontier)!? Kinda baffling there.

    No love for Tiny Tower? That’s still pretty good, too.

    And Pokémon GO needs to go away from the list for awhile until things are smoother going; right now, it reminds me of the Facebook app in that the development staff fixes or adds something, which seemingly breaks something (or everything) else.