It’s true that the very best Android games cost money. Unfortunately, not everyone has money to spend. There are many reasons why this can be the case, but suffice it to say that there is a market for games that are totally free. The good news is that those of you who can’t afford games are in luck because there are great options out there that cost nothing. In this roundup, we’ll take a look at the best free Android games with no in-app purchases. Please note that many of these do have in-game advertising to support the developers. Free games with no in-app purchases aren’t common releases.
AI Factory Limited games
Price: Free / Varies
AI Factory Limited is a developer on Google Play. They make a variety of simple free Android games. That includes Chess, Checkers, Gin Rummy, Hearts, Euchre, Go, Reversi, Sudoku, and many others. Each one is free with no in-app purchases. Some of them have paid versions that remove advertising. However, the ads really aren’t that bad. A few of them, especially the Chess game, are actually fairy in-depth. You can’t go wrong when it comes to simple, free Android games.
Alto’s Odyssey and Alto’s Adventure
Price: Free to play
Alto’s Odyssey and Alto’s Adventure are two of the best free mobile games for runner fans. Players ski down gorgeous landscapes while avoiding obstacles, collecting coins, and performing neat tricks. Alto’s Adventure is the older game and its mechanics are a little simpler in terms of scope. Alto’s Odyssey adds to the Adventure experience and adds some extra stuff. Now, technically, these do have in-app purchases. However, they are purely cosmetic. The entire game and everything in it is unlockable through game play, although it does take a while. The developers went on record to state that the game makes most of its bones from ads anyway so hardly any of the players actually buy anything.
Price: Free to play
Crossy Road is another extremely popular free game. It’s basically this generation’s version of Frogger. You navigate a chicken (or other characters) across streets, streams, and other areas while avoiding obstacles. If you fall in the water or get hit by a truck, it’s game over. The game also features tons of unlockable characters, online and offline multiplayer modes, Android TV support, and more. It’s also family friendly, if that helps. Like Alto’s Odyssey above, Crossy Road does technically have in-app purchases. However, they are purely for cosmetic purposes and you can’t pay your way to the end of this game.
Cytoid is a rare, totally free rhythm game. You simply tap and swipe the screen when instructed. The game features a few decent tracks and simple controls. The big feature is song porting. The game’s community made hundreds of songs. You download them, install them in the game, and you get more stuff to play with. It’s otherwise a very dry game. This is a great game for people who like a real challenge. Plus it’s free, obviously. As of the time of this writing, the game boasts over 1,400 user-generated tracks to play through so you’re not starved for content with this one.
Doom and Destiny Advanced
Price: Free (with ads) / $4.99
Doom and Destiny Advanced is a jRPG. It’s also free. The game features a 30-hour story line. In addition, there are side quests and plenty of other things to do. That includes 100 hidden secrets and a bunch of hidden areas. The experience is quite lighthearted and fun. Finding full RPGs for free is not an easy task. Doom and Destiny is definitely the best one. The free version has ads and a few limitations. However, it does contain the entire base game and that’s what’s most important.
Geometry Dash franchise
Geometry Dash is a small series of free Android games. They’re action platformers with some rhythm game elements. Each one is rather short. However, it’s tough to complain much when they’re completely free. The latest in the series is Geometry Dash SubZero. The other free one is Geometry Dash World. Unfortunately, the rest were taken down from Google Play sometime in 2019. Nevertheless, both games are excellent free Android games with no in-app purchases.
HQ Trivia is a hit new trivia game. People compete from all over the world for real cash prizes. Each game has between 12 and 15 questions. Those left at the end split the winnings. It’s not a unique premise. Game shows have existed for decades. However, this one is unique in that it’s a mobile game, it’s free, and it has a live host asking questions. There are usually around 12 games per week at set times. Follow the company on Twitter for the full schedule. The game is buggy, though, especially if your web speeds are slower than average. That should work itself out over time, though.
It’s a Space Thing
It’s A Space Thing is a relatively newer shooter that was released in 2016. This is an arcade style shooter where you play the character on the bottom and your job is to kill the bad guy at the top of the screen. It features simple controls, intense game play, and five boss battles to play through. It also features local multiplayer where you can play the bottom character and someone else sits opposite of you and plays the top character. Add in the retro graphics and you have a pretty well rounded experience for a free game.
Pathos is a retro game with a surprising amount of depth. It’s a roguelike adventure game so players will spend most of their time roaming the game and collecting loot. The graphics are super simple, but you can choose between 13 classes and play through the game for free. It’s a Nethack port so it’s something that existed before the mobile game appeared. The mechanics are good, but the game has a bit of a learning curve. In any case, it’s an excellent free game with no in-app purchases whatsoever.
Price: Free / $4.99
Pocket CIty is a newer simulation game. It’s a lot like Sim City. You build a city, its infrastructure, and all of that. The goal is to build a self-sufficient city where everybody is happy. There is a free version and a premium version of this game. The free version has fewer features, but it’s still a full game. It doesn’t have a ton of features even in the full version. However, it’s hard to complain too much about a free city builder simulator.
Price: Free / $2.99
Quizoid is a free quiz game that can actually compete with other games in this genre. It features over 6000 trivia questions. They spread out over six levels. Questions are consistently added. It helps keep the game feeling fresh. There are 17 topics that you can play through, two game modes, and you have lifelines to help you answer questions you may not know the answers to. This one is also playable offline which is a plus for many people. There is an optional paid version that adds more questions. However, the neat part is that when the premium version gets more questions, the free version does as well.
Rowdy Wrestling is one of the newer free Android games. This one is an arcade wrestling game. Players go head to head with AI opponents in massive battle royales. There are 55 playable characters, simple controls, and retro 2D graphics. The game has two modes, a solo mode and a tag-team mode. Both are pretty fun. This one is an arcade game through and through. Thus, it’s best for killing a few minutes rather than longer playing sessions.
Rusty Lake Cube Escape series
Cube Escape is a series of puzzle games by Rusty Lake that are all entirely free. It’s a hybrid between the hidden item and puzzle genres that has you finding clues, putting together puzzles, and figuring exactly what is going on. There are a bunch of games in the series. They should keep you busy for a while. The graphics aren’t anything special, but everything is so quirky and offbeat that it doesn’t matter. Each game’s Google Play description shows what order the games go.
Sonny is one of the newer free Android games with no in-app purchases. It is an action RPG with a post-apocalyptic theme and comic book elements. The mechanics are easy enough to figure out. The game is also fairly deep for a free game. There is advertising and it can get a little brutal. However, it doesn’t mess too much with the fun of the game. It is rather new. Thus, there may be a few bugs. Otherwise, it’s pretty decent.
Vodobanka is a puzzle game with a neat premise. You command a SWAT team and you must make your approach and breach without losing hostages. There are some goofy elements to lower the intensity of the subject matter, but it’s a pretty neat little game. Each level is a map with bandits and you use various tactics and abilities to disarm them and keep them from harming hostages. This one could’ve easily have gone for a few bucks if the developer decided to charge money for it. The developer has a bunch of other free games with no in-app purchases as well.
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