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Top 9 free games to try for your Android device

BY JESICA SLABBERT - AUGUST 3, 2017
Top 9 free games to try for your Android device

The amounts of games available for your Android device are practically endless, however the ones available for free are not as many, nor are they considered as much fun.

However there are a few out there that have risen in popularity and become something almost everyone has on their mobile device.

Here is a list of the most downloaded, free Android games that are fun for almost everyone:

Asphalt Xtreme and Asphalt 8: Airborne

 Do you enjoy a good racing game? Love the feel of driving at high speeds behind the wheel, while sitting in the comfort of your own home? When it comes to racing games without an up-front price tag, Gameloft has real winners with Asphalt Xtreme and Asphalt 8: Airborne.

These two racing games allow for a variety of tracks, online multiplayer, and various vehicles that you can unlock and a ton of content that you can play through. While these games are plenty fun considering they are free, the in-app purchases are a little steep for those who can afford them. Despite this, these games are great to experience and excellent free Android games.


Critical Ops

If you like games such as Call of Duty and any kind of first person shooter games, then Critical Ops will definitely peak your interest. Critical Ops is one of the newer generation first person shooter games and is considered one of the best available at the moment.

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. If you enjoy playing games with your friends, Critical Ops has a strong online multiplayer community that allows you to team up with fellow players to complete your main goal.

Considering that the game is free to download, the package sounds almost too good to be true. However the game is still new and considered a work-in-progress, and undergoes regular updates in order to make improvements to the system.


Clash Royale

The latest game from the developers of the famous Clash of Clans game, Clash of Royale has been increasing in downloads and popularity since its release.  In Clash Royale, you’ll collect cards, build decks, and then square off in one-on-one duels with online opponents. The game also awards trophies for achievements you make as you play, but you can also lose trophies the more you lose in these ‘clashes’.

 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 well-developed card game and a great alternative for those who simply can’t get into Hearthstone.


Cut the Rope: Magic

When it comes to puzzle games that not only keep your kids busy, but manage to stump a few adults to the point of frustration, it’s safe to say that Cut the Rope has eclipsed Angry Birds as the must-have game to download.

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. For each level you will have to utilise different power ups, transformations, and tactics in order to complete the puzzle, and without the use of in-app purchases.


Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter was released in the Play Store in 2015 and made huge waves that year, becoming one of the best free Android games released in 2015.  In Fallout Shelter, you must build a shelter, take in survivors (called Dwellers), and create a thriving ecosystem.

Throughout the game you will have to face obstacles that prevent you from saving Dwellers, such as fire and raids from Artificially Intelligent bad guys. Obstacles aside, it’s just like your standard builder simulation game.

Updated content for the game is regular so there’s always something new to look forward to, and in-app purchases are almost not needed.


Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

We’ve all heard of the Final Fantasy franchise at least once, dating back to the days of pixelated gaming and arcades, Final Fantasy has become one of the most well-known and played games in the world. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is perhaps the best Final Fantasy-themed freemium game out there.

The game features tons of elements from the original games, including actual town and dungeon explorations, hidden treasures, secret dungeons, and tons of lore. Gameplay is simple enough, but you will have to think critically in order to defeat the games bad bosses and progress.

Rewards are given for daily log ins, and additional missions, quests, and activities are available to users in order to keep the game fresh and fun.


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Arguably one of the most popular and most downloaded card-based Android games, Hearthstone still continues to draw in more users and keep its popularity high. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a card duelling game where you unlock cards, build decks, and then duel other players using the deck you built.

Card Decks can be changed and modified, and regular updates allow for more card content to keep things interesting for users. This game is also available to play on PC which is a nice touch for many users.

Users can choose to play against other players in PVP combat, or face off against the games bot challengers for practice. Adding that gameplay is free makes it very easily accessible to players as well.


Pokémon Go

Upon its release in 2016, Pokémon Go was the most downloaded game of the year, some say ever. Despite the fact that the games popularity has dwindled over time it’s still considered one of the best free Android games available.

Players can explore the real world around them all while catching Pokémon, taking down gyms, and finding Pokestops. New features have been added on a regular basis, which help improve the game play. 


Plague Inc.

Plague, Inc is a strategy game where you must mutate diseases and use them to destroy the world. The goal is to infect as many people as possible. There are multiple diseases to choose from in the game, and they all have their own unique outbreak strategy.

The developers of this game wanted to make it as accurate as possible, even consulting the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) for more information. Many expansions have been made available over time and the game even has a save and load game function for multiple files so you can play many times at once.