15 best free Android games available now! (Updated August 2022)

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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 free-to-play bottlenecks occur when players get impatient and waiting for 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. This is a hall of fame style list so the options here will only change if something better comes along. Let’s get started.

The best free Android games


Alto’s Odyssey

Price: Free to play

Alto’s Odyssey is a natural choice for a free Android game. It features simple mechanics, gorgeous graphics, and a relaxing style. Players ski down a hill while avoiding obstacles and making massive jumps. There are also items to collect that can be traded in for various customization options. The game relies heavily on its wallpaper-worthy graphics. They are simple but effective and the dark, gradient colors add a good atmosphere to the game.
It’s completely free to download and play with some limited ads. There are in-app purchases, but they are all for customization stuff so it’s entirely optional and it doesn’t affect gameplay. It’s kid-friendly and fun. Noodlecake Studios also does Alto’s Adventure, the predecessor to this one. Here’s a list of the best endless runners if you want other options. Also, give the screenshot mode a try for some excellent desktop background ideas.

Apex Legends Mobile

Price: Free to play

Apex Legends Mobile launched in 2022 and it became an immediate success. It’s a 60-player battle royale shooter (20 teams of three players) with a couple of other game modes to keep things fresh. Players choose from a cast of Legends, each one with its own playstyle and abilities. You can unlock more as you play the game. It has some of the best controls we’ve seen in a mobile shooter and even some solo player stuff you can do if you don’t feel like playing against others. Like most battle royale games, the depth of content is a bit thin. However, it seems like people very much enjoy shooting it out in large numbers.

Asphalt 9: Legends

Price: Free to play

The Asphalt franchise has some of mobile’s most popular racing games. Asphalt 8: Airborne and Asphalt Xtreme were the big ones in the series. However, Asphalt 9: Legends came out in July 2018. This is the most recent game in the series now. It includes 50 cars, a bunch of challenges, and a bunch of content to play with. That includes online multiplayer, single-player stuff, and more.
It uses an auto-go mechanism so you can’t control your acceleration. To be honest, it’s not the best implementation, but you get used to it. The graphics are good and there are social elements as well. It’s a freemium game. Thus, the online competitive aspect may be skewed a bit. However, the single-player stuff is classically good arcade racing. You can also skip in-app purchases with extra grinding. It’s tedious but entirely doable. Here are some other great racing games on mobile as well.

Brawl Stars

Price: Free to play

Brawl Stars is Supercell’s latest hit game. It’s a brawler with online multiplayer elements as well as some MOBA elements. Players drop into a game with a couple of teammates, brawl with opponents, and try to win. There are a few game modes, including a straight brawl mode, a mode where you collect crystals, a heist mode where you steal the opponent’s treasure, and a bounty mode where you beat specific opponents on a team.
It feels like a Supercell game and that’s mostly a good thing. Supercell also makes Clash Royale, Clash of Clans, and Boom Beach. All of those could also easily go on a list like this if you like auto battlers (Clash Royale) or kingdom builder strategy games (Clash of Clans and Boom Beach). You can find more beat ’em ups here if you want more of that.

Call of Duty: Mobile

Price: Free to play

Call of Duty: Mobile is one of the newer games on this list. We usually wait a bit to see how a game plays out, but this one is so intensely popular and so intensely good that we had to add it basically immediately. The game includes classic online FPS PvP like any Call of Duty. However, it also includes a 100-player battle royale mode similar to PUBG Mobile and Fortnite. That puts it in a rare category of a good regular FPS game like Critical Ops as well as a good battle royale like PUBG Mobile.
The game has in-app purchases, but they seem to be solely for cosmetic gear and a good amount of it is available as in-game rewards. The gameplay is good and people seem to really like this one. It’s relatively new so there are some bugs, but those should be ironed out over time. There are some other great FPS games if this one doesn’t do it for you.

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EA Sports games

Price: Free to play

EA has the market cornered on sports games. They are the only developer with yearly launches for most sports, including their Madden NFL Overdrive game, FIFA Soccer, NBA Live Mobile, EA Sports UFC, and others. These games all have very similar elements. You can play the actual sport and there is a sim mechanic in all of these games. The graphics are usually pretty decent and the controls are generally good. However, EA sports games have heavy free-to-play elements. That is a frequent frustration for many players and it makes it difficult to recommend EA in general.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

Price: Free to play

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 gameplay 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 help keep the game fresh.

Genshin Impact

Price: Free to play

Genshin Impact was a surprise release that is actually pretty good. It’s a mix of an action RPG with a gacha element. It has most of the usual gacha elements, including a story to play through and plenty of teammates to summon. However, this one is a lot less restrictive and comes with a completely open world and some satisfying combat mechanics. The graphics and gameplay are both surprisingly good. Plus, you can play with people on PS4, iOS, and PC as well. This is a sneaky good game despite its free-to-play price tag and gacha label.

League of Legends: Wild Rift

Price: Free to play

League of Legends: Wild Rift launched in 2021 and it’s already one of the best mobile MOBAs. It features 5v5 gameplay with fairly balanced champions. Matches take about 15-20 minutes on average which is a bit long for mobile gaming. However, everything else about it is pretty decent. We especially like that you can’t buy wins in this game. Everybody has the same champion options.
The only downside is matchmaking. Casual playlists sometimes put lower-tier players against more experienced players for some lopsided games. That is a trend in today’s gaming anyway, though, and there isn’t much that can be done. Here is a list of more good MOBAs in case you want to see them.

Legends of Runeterra

Price: Free to play

Legends of Runeterra is the newest game on the list. It’s a card dueling game similar to Hearthstone (another excellent free-to-play game). Players collect cards, build decks, and duel each other until someone wins. You pick a champion, build the deck around it, and that helps define your strategy. It’s honestly a lot like the Commander game type in Magic: The Gathering.

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Nintendo games

Price: Free to play (usually)

Nintendo is an easy recommendation for free Android games. They have games in a variety of different genres and most of them tug at the nostalgia factor. Some Nintendo titles include Dragalia Lost, Fire Emblem: Heroes, Mario Kart Tour, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. There is also a Dr. Mario World game if you like puzzles. Each game is cleanly done with smooth gameplay and colorful graphics. A few, like Mario Kart Tour, are a bit rough around the edges with its free-to-play elements, but otherwise, Nintendo does a great job of delivering good experiences.
We definitely recommend Fire Emblem Heroes to strategy RPG fans especially. Fun fact, Mario Kart Tour has the second largest mobile launch of all time behind only Call of Duty: Mobile

Pocket City

Price: Free / $2.99

Pocket City is as close to SimCity as you can get on Android. The game starts out as many other city builders. You build roads, residential zones, commercial zones, and important buildings. There are disasters to deal with and surprisingly deep economic and crime mechanics to keep track of. The free version of the game doesn’t have quite as many features as the premium version and it has ads as well.
However, most of the extra features are just that, extras, and you can play the core game for free without paying for it. This is easily one of the best simulators on Android right now, even if it had a rough patch when it started.

Pokemon Go

Price: Free to play

Pokemon Go was the biggest mobile game of 2016. Even though its popularity has tapered off a bit, the game is still a very solid free option. It even saw a resurgence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Players can explore the real world around them all while catching Pokemon, taking down gyms, and finding Pokestops. New additions include legendary Pokemon, raid battles, trainer battles (with some caveats), and more. You can even trade Pokemon in the game now.
The game continues to evolve beyond what many remember it to be. When it eventually ends its run, it’ll go down as one of the greatest and most iconic mobile games ever. It stands alone atop the best augmented reality games list.

Roblox

Price: Free to play

Roblox is one of the most popular games in the world right now. It’s a sandbox game with a metric ton of content to play through. The game is ancient by mobile gaming standards, but the ever-increasing amount of things to do keeps it relevant to this day. Players can play stuff that other players create or create stuff themselves.
The mobile app has complete cross-platform support with the other versions of the game and includes a chat function. The downloadable content is occasionally NSFW, so make sure to monitor your kids if you let them play. Here are some other great sandbox games as well.

Smash Hit

Price: Free / $1.99

Smash Hit is one of the best endless runners ever made. It uses a unique first-person perspective and you have to throw metal balls at glass panels in order to avoid taking damage. Your hit points double as your ammo count so there is a micromanaging aspect to the game to throw as few balls as possible while also being hit as little as possible. The free version of the game contains the full game from start to finish. The premium version adds saving and player stats.

FAQ

Tencent’s PUBG Mobile is the most popular game in the Google Play store, having been downloaded more than one billion times.

Microsoft updated Minecraft on Android to give it the same features as the PC and Xbox versions of the game. You can even crossplay with your friends on other platforms. The download link is in the list above.
If we missed any of the best free Android games, tell us about them in the comments.

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