Mobile games have come a long way since that snake game you had on your flip phone. Today, the graphics are better, the puzzles harder, and there’s even the ability to play with your friends over the internet. Best of all, a ton of these great games are absolutely free. With so many games flooding the marketplace, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. And, for many of us, storage space is a valuable commodity. So, get your app store ready, here are 25 Best Free Mobile Games You Should Play Today.
Based on the best-selling game Fallout, Fallout Shelter is a free mobile simulator where you create, build, and manage your very own post-apocalyptic underground vault. It’s a fun time-killer that’ll keep you on your toes with invading raiders and radroaches trying to ruin your perfect utopia.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Asphalt 8: Airborne is a racer with tremendous graphics, intuitive tilt controls, and multiplayer that’ll keep you coming back. But, just keep in mind, it regularly will encourage you to purchase enhancements to make things easier.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
You don’t have to be a World of Warcraft player to get into Hearthstone. It’s easy to learn, addictive to play, and has plenty of strategic and fun possibilities. It’s perfectly executed. Pick it up and give it a try!
Stranger Things: The Game
Whether you’re a fan of the Netflix Original television show Stranger Things or you just really like retro video games, Stranger Things: The Game is right up your alley. It’s a fun adventure game wrapped in beautiful 90’s nostalgia. Even better, it’s free without ads or in-app purchases.
Temple Run 2
From Minion Rush to Subway Surfers, everyone loves a good mobile runner game, but with so many to choose from, it’s hard to pick. We’d like to suggest Temple Run 2. With impressive graphics, heart-pounding adventure, and unique obstacles, plus the feeling of being Indiana Jones, Temple Run 2 is a tough one to beat.
Drop Wizard Tower
A sequel to Drop Wizard, Drop Wizard Tower has all the same great elements but throws on more features, making it feel like a better and more whole game. Another game that harkens back to a simpler time of video games, Drop Wizard Tower feels similar to the old Mario Bros. arcade game, but you’re a wizard with many other cool abilities.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
The Final Fantasy franchise has been around for about as long as video games. So why wouldn’t you want Square Enix’s mobile game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius? It’s got all the great elements of a classic JRPG sent straight to mobile. It’s fairly simple. Destroy the monsters, level up, and progress through the story.
Beat Street is a brawler wrapped in a cute and cuddly package. But don’t let its adorability fool you, this game packs a punch and calls back to other classics like Streets of Rage. So, if you’re in the mood for punching a few guys on your phone, Beat Street may be the game for you.
Who doesn’t like jetpacks? The fact they aren’t in the mainstream yet is a travesty. But, the next best thing is Jetpack Joyride. This action-adventure side-scroller has you using jetpacks and other weaponry to defeat your enemies. Collect coins, dodge obstacles, and fly your way to victory.
Pac-Man 256 is the same Pac-Man you know and love but injected with a lot more power-ups and obstacles. The ghosts are smarter, faster, and trickier, plus the map just continues on forever rather than ending once all the white dots have been gobbled up.
The heir to the legacy of Frogger, Crossy Road follows the same mechanics but with more tricky obstacles and different avatars. It might seem simple enough, but this little game will keep you glued to your phone. Also, it has no end, so don’t ever expect to finish it.
If you’re into letter games and love adorable creatures, then you’ll want to get Alphabear. The concept is simple, but the game certainly isn’t. The game presents you with letters worth different points, like Scrabble, and you create words out of them. Bigger words create bigger bears and gives you the most points.
League of Legends fans and newcomers alike may find something to enjoy in Vainglory. It’s an attractive and stylish team-based MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) that boasts impressive heroes and creative maps. It’s similar to League of Legends but, you know, for your phone. It’s surprisingly first-timer friendly and if you have another friend nearby, you can play co-op together as well.
Here’s a unique mobile ap concept! With HQ Trivia, you have a chance to win actual money. There are only 12 games a week, each with 12 questions each round. You answer the questions in real time, and the money is split among those left standing.
Hex FRVR is the kind of game your boss absolutely hates. Simple and elegant, it’s very similar to Tetris in that it gives you different shapes that you have to fit on a hexagonal board. Be warned, its addictive nature will likely kill your productivity.
Another game that’ll lead you down procrastination lane is Infiniroom, an endless platformer with an ever-expanding world. As you play through the game, your confines keep growing, making the gameplay more complex and challenging.
NOVA Legacy is a first-person shooter sent straight to your phone. In this science fiction world, similar to Halo, you’re a soldier tasked with protecting humanity from an alien threat. With solid graphics, easy controls, and good gameplay, this is definitely worth the download.
Super Cat Tales
For cat lovers or people who like a good platformer, Super Cat Tales has everything you need. With great level designs, easy controls, and fun challenges, there’s plenty here to dig into and enjoy.
Similar to Hearthstone, Clash Royale is a card and strategy game mixed with MOBA elements, creating an addictive and fun arena for kids and adults alike. Using a deck of cards, you face off with another player using your wits and your best cards to march to victory.
Sky Force Reloaded
Sky Force Reloaded has the same spirit of an old arcade shooter, like Galaga, but the action and graphics are obviously greatly improved. If you’re into flying through the sky and blowing stuff up, then this is a game for you.
Another mobile game harkening back to a classic age, Timberman keeps it straight forward. Basically, you chop down the tree and avoid the branches along the way. It’s that simple, easy to learn, and, naturally, addictive.
With a beautiful, minimalist interface, Data Wing is a racer game where you fly through a track as a tiny triangle. The controls and gameplay can be tough to master at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be hooked. Each track is short enough to keep your attention but hard enough to make it interesting. You’ll definitely want to check this one out.
Angry Birds 2
How could we not mention Angry Birds? And this time, they’re back with Angry Birds 2. While this sequel does change the game by limiting your number of lives, it still provides exactly what you want: bombing pigs and solving puzzles.
If you’re craving a first-person shooter with zombies involved, then Unkilled gives you just that. It has great touch controls and is loaded with missions to keep you busy for a while.
The Silent Age
The Silent Age is a unique mobile game. Set in 1972, an average guy is told the world ends in 40 years, and he has to do something to stop it. From storytelling to gameplay, The Silent Age excels at what it sets out to do and is worth far more than the going price.
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