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Backflip Studios try to bring D&D gameplay to mobile

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We all know it’s futile, trying to recreate tabletop RPG gaming classic Dungeons and Dragons on digital media. There are just some “open play/open world” aspects to D&D that will just not translate to digital. But Backflip Studios is going to give it a try, at least to capture some essence of the decades-old game.

Backflip should know that it has been tried before, a lot of people have tried to do just that, and they’ve crashed and burned. Gamers usually come with the tabletop-like gaming expectations and end up with a crappy alternative. So Backflip Studios have a lot of history to build on. Try to go through the “game in the making” video they released below.

Backflip, developers of DragonVale, are giving this a try, from what the video shows. On evidence, it looks far from the classic D&D RPG. There is hope though, as the outfit attempts to get at least one of the game’s key elements – that players will be able to create or modify the game world that they’re playing in, a huge aspect of tabletop D&D gaming. But aside from the video, nothing’s been confirmed.

Because of the troubles of bringing D&D to digital gaming, a totally new genre of RPGs was born – this was the line that gave us Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, Oblivion and more recently, Skyrim. It would be good to remember that these magnificent classics were spawned out of the difficulties of bringing real, creative, tabletop D&D to digital. Will Backflip Studios’ “mobile” D&D make it big with gamers? Tell us what you think.

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Hugely popular ‘Wayward Souls’ has come to Android

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you’re up for a dungeon crawler that will throw you into a random room and say “good luck, hope you make it out of there alive”, then Rocketcat’s “Wayward Souls” is the game for you. It’s notoriously difficult, an easy game to get into but very hard to get past. Some people get challenged by these types of games, so yeah.

What most RPG and dungeon crawl gamers tend to do is to memorize bosses and skills that work effectively with each boss – pretty standard. But this strategy doesn’t work well with Wayward Souls, as the game changes with each playthrough. It’s more of your ability to adapt your character to new challenges.

There are six characters that you can choose from, and thirteen different area types, and you can grind through them all. It takes a special kind of skill and patience to actually get to the bosses, so bring your “A” game.

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Noodlecake, the developers who are bringing this game to Android are charging USD$4.99 for the game, but it will increase USD$1.00 after every update. Paying for the game gets you through all the next updates – which Noodlecake promises there will be. They are planning to bring controller support, boss health bars, sync of game saves, and other helpful stuff – in this case it will pay to get in on the action pretty early. Check out the game at the source link.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

D&D ‘enhanced’ classic RPG Icewind Dale coming to Android soon

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Fans of classic Dungeons and Dragons RPGs rejoice – an “enhanced edition” of the circa-2000 classic Icewind Dale is coming to multiple platforms soon, including Android. Icewind Dale is the millennium follow-up to the critically acclaimed 1998 release Baldur’s Gate, the latter having its own “enhanced edition” release for Android already.

It’s a great strategy for Beamdog, developer of the “enhanced edition” of both games, bringing back these classics to multiple platforms. The Wizards of the Coast/Forgotten Realms combo has a very strong cult following until today, and even as a rehash we’re pretty sure Beamdog will make a tidy profit from these games.

Icewind Dale is pure classic D&D RPG, so you can expect all the spellcasting, hack-n-slash, RPG gameplay you’ve grown to love over the years, plus some cool new features. With today’s socially inclined culture, Beamdog is bringing multiplayer cooperative cross-platform gameplay to the table. This edition also includes the “Heart of Winter” and the “Trials of the Luremaster” expansion sets, including content cut from the original game.

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At the moment, it is still in “coming soon” state for Android, while it is already accepting pre-orders for other platforms. Baldur’s Gate is priced at around USD$9.00, so we expect Icewind Dale to sell at those rates as well – or maybe cheaper as it launches. You’re excited, yes?

SOURCE: Icewind Dale Official Website

22 Best RPGs for Android

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


RPGs have one of the most loyal followings of any video game genre. You can find Final Fantasy fans and Zelda fans arguing in forums to this very day about which franchise is better. Pokemon fans are always bragging about how they caught a MewTwo without a Master Ball. One thing they all have in common is that they all love the RPG title. However, for Android, a good RPG can be hard to find as a simple search can turn up hundreds of results. So we’ve put together a best RPG list to help people find the best of the best. The written list has been updated so it’s more current than the video!


My Boy Game Boy Advance Emulator - best RPGs for androidEmulators

[Price: Varies]
Okay, so emulators aren’t technically RPG titles. However, by using an emulator, there is a huge selection of RPGs available to people who know how to find them. We’re not talking obscure titles either. With an SNES emulator, you can find Zelda and Final Fantasy games along with more obscure classics like Mario RPG and Star Ocean. With a PlayStation emulator, you can find greats like Lunar 1 and 2, Final Fantasy 7 through 9, and some more obscure classics like Legend of Legaia and Chrono Cross. With a Game Boy Advanced Emulator, you can play some classic Pokemon games, Breath of Fire, and Golden Sun, among others. If you want to check out the best emulators, click here to see our list!
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Best RPGs for AndroidAralon Sword and Shadows 3D RPG

[Price: $4.99]
Aralon Sword and Shadows is a highly regarded RPG and was recommended for this list by our readers in the comments. It’s an RPG with over 30 hours of game play, first and third player game modes, huge landscapes, epic quests, and pretty much everything else you could ask for in an RPG. Some people have had problems on a few tablets and some bugs here and there but overall it appears to be one of the best.
Get it on Google Play
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baldur's gate icon the best Android apps of May 2014Baldur’s Gate

[Price: $9.99 with in app purchases]
Baldur’s Gate is a classic PC game from back when RPGs weren’t yet a respected genre on PC. For $9.99 you get the entire core game along with all of the expansion packs and the in app purchases are actually just peripheral stuff like character voices that you don’t need at all to enjoy the game. It has an insanely long story line so you’ll be on this one for a while. It’s a little complicated to learn and the touch controls don’t always translate well to mobile but it’s one of the best and a classic to boot! If you’re just a casual gamer, you should probably stay away. This is a pretty intense game.
Get it on Google Play


blood brothers best RPGs for AndroidBlood Brothers (RPG)

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Blood Brothers is another RPG that was recommended to us by our readers and this one is really good. It uses some different mechanics than classic RPGs such as a board game style layout and utilizes cards for things like battles and allies. If you like card-based RPGs, this is one of the best available right now and the developers seem to be listening because they actually rolled back to a prior update when their latest one was broken. That takes guts but it also shows that they’re paying attention.
Get it on Google Play


Chrono Trigger - Best RPGs for AndroidChrono Trigger

[Price: $9.99]
Chrono Trigger holds a special place in the hearts of many RPG players because it is still among the best ever released. It has time travel, talking frogs, and a great soundtrack. It’s been ported to Android by Square Enix as one of their very first efforts. It’s been a roller coaster ride but if your device is able to play it, then you’re in for one of the best stories ever told in a video game.
Get it on Google Play
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Covenant of Solitude - Best RPGs for androidCovenant of Solitude

[Price: $2.99]
Covenant of Solitude is the first RPG on the list that’s native to Android. As such, it’s also one of the best. It presents with a polished look, easy to learn game mechanics, and an original story line. It’s a top down, 2D RPG like Final Fantasy or Pokemon. So fans of those types of games will find this game easy to get used to. We were actually going to take this off the list but saw that it has been reduced in price from $7.99 to $2.99 and that’s good enough to keep it here!
Get it on Google Play
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Eve of the Genesis - Best RPGs for AndroidEve of the Genesis

[Price: $7.99]
Eve of the Genesis HD comes from the same development team that also produced Covenant of Solitude. Between Covenant of Solitude and Eve of Genesis, this makes Kemco Games easily one of the best RPG studios for Android. Eve of Genesis is even more polished and refined than Covenant was and Kemco Games put a bunch of extra little details to make things feel more complete. The characters’ mouths move when they talk and you can see it when you touch or swipe on the home screen. Little things like that do actually matter to some gamers.
Get it on Google Play
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Final Fantasy - Best RPGs for AndroidFinal Fantasy (all of them)

[Price: Dimensions - $16.99 / Final Fantasy I - $7.99 / Final Fantasy II - $7.99 / Final Fantasy III - $15.99 / Final Fantasy IV - $15.99 / Final Fantasy V - $15.99 / Final Fantasy VI - $15.99]
Having a best RPG list without a Final Fantasy title is very nearly blasphemous. It happens to be the second highest selling RPG franchise of all time behind only Pokemon. So we’ve included all of them as a single entry on ours. For those who love the old school charm of the early Final Fantasy titles, Square Enix has heard your pleas and has been systematically releasing all the classic Final Fantasy titles for Android. You can currently get remakes of Final Fantasy 1 through 6 along with Final Fantasy Dimensions, which is a mobile exclusive.
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If you want to grab Final Fantasy Dimensions, click the button above. To get the rest, follow the links below.
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Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
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inotia 4 best rpgs for androidInotia 4

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Inotia 4 is another highly popular and highly rated series that was recommended by our readers. It features a huge world (400 maps) with a lot of character types and game play available for you to enjoy. There are in app purchases if you wish to purchase items but the core game is free to play and judging based on its 4.6 rating, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of people who are unhappy about this freemium title. The graphics are a little old school but it makes up for it by being colorful and fun. It’s worth a shot for sure.
Get it on Google Play


Zenonia 5 the best rpgs for androidZenonia 5

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
In an attempt to capture as many different types of RPGs as possible, we’ve included Zenonia 5 on our best RPGs for Android list. Zenonia 5 is a hack and slash RPG where gamers accept new quests from people, go and kill some bad guys, complete the quests, and accept the next one. This is definitely geared toward the more casual RPG gamer. It’s perfect for those who don’t want the tedious dialogue associated with in depth story lines or level grinding.
Get it on Google Play
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soulcraft best rpgs for androidSoulCraft

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
We’re not going to beat around the bush, SoulCraft is one of the best looking games on this list. It cant compare to the best on console and PC, of course, but compared to most Android games, SoulCraft delivers some great graphics. As opposed to most RPGs on this list, SoulCraft plays more like Gauntlet Legends. Players enter levels, hack enemies to pieces, and use the loot and experience to level up and buy upgrades. For fans of hack and slash RPGs, this is among the best out there.
Get it on Google Play
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Order & Chaos best rpgs for androidOrder & Chaos Online

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
For you MMORPG fans wondering if we would include something for you, your time has come. Order & Chaos Online is a masterpiece MMORPG on Android and definitely the one we’d recommend to anyone looking for an MMORPG adventure. The graphics are above average, the game play is pretty simple to learn, and people in the game are generally pretty friendly. In fact, while I was testing this game, someone randomly came up and saved my life from an enemy that someone at my level had no business fighting. As I say in the video, thank you again random online person!
Get it on Google Play
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pocket rpg best rpgs for androidPocket RPG

[Price: $1.99]
Pocket RPG is an old school style dungeon crawler with graphics not unlike the old Gauntlet Legend games. It’s colorful and reminds one of a cartoon but it’s still quite fun to play. It’s been around for a few years but the developers are still updating it. User reviews have talked about the game giving them that “just one more” feeling and that’s pretty much what a review for an addictive game sounds like. It’s not expensive so why not try it?
Get it on Google Play


bard's tale best rpgs for androidBard’s Tale

[Price: $2.99]
Last but certainly not least is Bard’s Tale. This classic RPG brings not only a great RPG experience, but also a really goofy one. Reviewers praise its sarcasm and wit and the game itself is pretty good too. There are two packages to choose from: a standard definition and high definition package. So if you can’t afford to lose the 3GB of space for the high def package, you can opt for the smaller one. It has great characters, lots of content, and is well worth your time!
Get it on Google Play
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ravensword shadowlands best rpgs for androidRavensword: Shadowland 3D RPG

[Price: $6.99 with in app purchases]
This is by far the most gorgeous game on the list. It has fantastic graphics along with your standard RPG game play. It also has first and third person views if you want them, a long story line, and plenty of places to explore and quests to go on. There’s an awesome soundtrack and pretty much everything about this game is fantastic. However, do beware and read the user reviews because some devices (particularly older ones) could have problems running the title.
Get it on Google Play


Best RPGs wrap-up

As we initially stated, RPG gamers are among the most loyal in all of gaming. So if we missed one of your favorites, we sincerely apologize and we invite you to comment below to let us know what we missed. Also, do check out the comments because even as we update this list over time, our readers have already helped out by providing even more RPGs in the comments to take a look at.

SoulCraft 2: League of Angels now out for Android

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

It would be an understatement for us to say that MobileBits’ first SoulCraft game was a success in terms of showing mobile platform gamers what was actually possible in terms of graphics and gameplay for Android and casual games. But don’t look now, MobileBits is out with its second RPG/Action game in SoulCraft 2: League of Angels, which serves as the logical sequel to the impressive first SoulCraft game.

When we talk about RPGs and action-based games on the mobile platform, it is quite unfair to expect deep storylines and surprising twists to games like we have all expected from desktop-based RPGs. That is not to say that SoulCraft 2 is devoid of any storyline – you get to “continue your quest to save the world from the demons of the apocalypse,” as MobileBits candidly puts it. The storyline seems to develop from the game’s predecessor, but it is quite possible for casual gamers to jump directly into SoulCraft 2 as well.

There are new bits to the game, though sadly not the game logo, which suspiciously looks like Blizzard’s StarCraft 2 logo, doesn’t it? New features to the game include being able to choose your class now – there are seven types of heroes ranging from melee fighters or spell-casting mages. In the earlier version of SoulCraft, one played as an angel without hero classes. Lastly, SoulCraft 2 also has a new multiplayer element, where you can pit your character against all other players.

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Admittedly, MobileBits has created a Diablo-type game that has more personality and verve than its competitors, namely Dungeon Hunter or Dark Avenger. The gameplay on this new version has enough bells and whistles to while away the few minutes or hours of your time that you can commit to casual gaming, and the features are fun enough to keep you coming back to it. The game is a convenient 200MB download from the Google Play Store, though you may want to acquire it within range of a WiFi connection. Download it via the source link.

SOURCE: Google Play Store

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition review

Posted by wicked May - 13 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Baldur’s Gate was originally released for PC back in 1998 and critics claimed that it was responsible for the revival of the RPG genre on PC. The highly customizable game had features that few games had and put it in a world that was huge and expansive. Now, an enhanced edition has been released for Android. Can it hold up to the original? Let’s take a look. As always, you can watch it above if you prefer.


Baldur's Gate review

Game play

If you’ve played Baldur’s Gate before a lot of this won’t feel new to you. However, the last time you played it, you probably played it with a keyboard and mouse which allowed for a lot of action at once. In this version, you’ll be playing with touch controls and believe me the experience is vastly different.

You can do pretty much everything you used to be able to do. Attack, cast and learn spells, pick up and use items, switch between characters and all of the other things you’re used to being able to do. For those who have never played before. Your character and another character named Imoen are lifelong friends who embark on an adventure to save Baldur’s Gate from sinister forces. It is a very long adventure.

Along the way you meet new friends and digest a lot of story. The game can go for well over 40 hours even if you’re a quick game player. For first time players, it’ll likely be much longer than that. Comparatively speaking, Baldur’s Gate is one of the largest, longest, and most complex games ever to be released on Android.

That’s really it for the game play. You start the game, you play the story, and the story ends. It is worth mentioning that there are 2 additional characters available as in app purchases along with a voice set and a portrait set. You can use these to augment your experience and customize your characters a little bit.


Baldur's Gate review

Mechanics

The mechanics are where things start to get tricky. Where there were once hot keys, keyboard commands, and mouse movement, there are now touch controls. Admittedly, things are a lot slower on mobile than they were on PC. You tap on areas to navigate to them or on objects to interact with them. This includes staircases, doors, chests, traps, people, enemies, and general navigation.

On the left side there are icons that open various things such as your spell list, inventory, journal, character sheet, as well as buttons that let you rest and pause the game. Resting of course also doubles as the way you learn spells and pausing the game is an essential element to get your party in order during intense moments of the game because touch controls simply aren’t fast enough.

On the right side is your party list where you can switch between characters as well as a few buttons that do things like raise and lower character names on screen and show objects. On the bottom is the action bar where you choose what special abilities, attacks, spells, and items you use.

Pretty much everything in the game is tapping. You tap to move, tap to attack, and tap to select things. So there really aren’t any weird swipe or gesture commands. In the journal you can take down your own notes and use the device keyboard for that.


Baldur's Gate review

PROS
  • Long and complex story means a lot of game play.
  • Graphics and music are above average.
  • In app purchases that are actually worth buying.
  • Multiplayer support.
  • Loads of character and story customization.
CONS
  • No Google Play Services.
  • Can be buggy for some.
  • Complicated controls can overwhelm new players.
  • Mechanics can be tedious for some people.

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Overall, whether or not you will like this game or hate this game depends on what kind of gamer you are. If you’re strictly casual like Angry Birds or even Clash of Clans, you may not like this title. If you’re a PC or console gamer looking for that level of game on Android, you very well may like this title. If you get to play it without most of the bugs that are being reported, it’s a long and amazing game that pretty much any RPG enthusiast will enjoy.

It does have its problems but fans of the series and the genre can likely get passed them to enjoy the game. It’s $9.99 which is a little steep but in all fairness this isn’t your standard $1 game. If you want to try it out, we’ll have a link posted in the written companion which is in the video description.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Posted by wicked March - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


It’s been a surprisingly busy week in the world of Google Play this week. Let’s start with some good news as Google has dramatically lowered the price of Google Drive cloud storage. It turns out Rovio is at it again with a new Angry Birds RPG. QuizUp is a game that is almost amazing and was released last week. Dong Nguyen has three games on the horizon and is contemplating bringing Flappy Bird back. Lastly, Google may be in some legal trouble because a North California mom is suing for in-app purchase problems. Now on to five more Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!


Minuum Android appsMinuum Keyboard

[Price: $3.99]
First up this week is the Minuum Keyboard. It has officially left beta with the release of version 2.0. For those who may not remember or don’t know, Minuum is a unique spin Get it on Google Playon a keyboard where you can type a little more sloppy and the app knows what you meant to type. The 2.0 update comes with bug fixes, visual improvements, reduced lag, and more.
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talon for twitter android appsTalon for Twitter

[Price: $1.99]
Talon for Twitter has consequently also been updated to version 2.0 and with that has come a lot of new features and improvements. Among them are a boat load of bug fixes and performance improvements, better stability, more tweeks for Get it on Google PlayTweetmarker, a new widget, visual improvements and fixes, and more. It hasn’t hit its Twitter token limit yet and it’s a great 3rd party Twitter app if you’re looking for one.
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banter android appsBanter

[Price: Free]
Banter is a new social network that is kind of a mix between IRC and AOL Instant Messenger. It’s a completely anonymous social network where you chit chat with people who have similar interests as you. Their app for Android is now available and aside from a few early day jitters it appears to be somewhat Get it on Google Playsolid. People are reporting that battery drains quickly and there are a few features missing, but it is usable if you want to try out something old wrapped in a new skin.
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deadlings android appsDeadlings

[Price: Free]
Deadlings is a new side scrolling platformer available for Android and it’s actually pretty unique. It boasts a looser and fun style of game play and provides a goofy atmosphere that isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. There are over 100 levels, four Get it on Google Playdifferent zombies to play, and one touch controls. It’s fun and it’s free with in app purchases so it can’t hurt to check it out. Just don’t hand it off to a kid for half an hour.
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threes! Android appsThrees!

[Price: $1.99 (on sale)]
Threes is a new game for Android that copies the concept of a popular iOS app called Fives. In this game you’re given a grid with a few tiles filled in with the number 3. Your job is to push the 3s into one another to create 6s. Then you push the 6s together to make 12s. This continues until you can no longer make any moves and Get it on Google Playthe game ends. It’s an addictive little puzzle game that an increasingly number of people seem to be enjoying. For a limited time you can get it for 33.3% off which puts it at $1.99.
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Square Enix drops Final Fantasy VI on the Play Store for $15.99

Posted by wicked January - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Square Enix has released their classic RPG, Final Fantasy VI, onto the Play Store. It’ll cost you $15.99 which is definitely more than the latest version of Angry Birds, but it’s packed with a lot more content, too.

Square has reworked the graphics to give them a more modern feel, and the controls have been altered to work on touchscreen devices. Overall, if you’re a fan of Final Fantasy games, this one’s definitely worth the price of admission. Hit the link below for the download.

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Final Fantasy VI hitting the Play Store today [Update]

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Final Fantasy VI is coming to Android. Via a tweet, Square Enix, publishers of the Final Fantasy series, announced the sixth installment would come to Android today. We’ve been checking the Play Store, and have yet to see it, though there is a Beta Wiki available. For Final Fantasy fans, this is another step in a growing and impressive mobile catalog.

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The game is said to be completely remastered for Android, and will undoubtedly provide hours of game play. With the evolving geography, going from the World of Balance to the World of Ruin, Final Fantasy VI promises to keep die-hard fans tuned in. It should also be a lot of fun for those who have yet to play a Final Fantasy game, offering a fun look at what makes the franchise so great.

While unavailable at the time of publishing, we don’t expect the latest installment to break with current FF tradition. The previous installments are quite pricey when compared to other Android games. Ranging from $7.99 for the original to $19.99 for Dimensions, the franchise isn’t a cheap one to be involved in.

We expect the game to go live with a price tag around $15.99, which seems to be the introductory pricing for news Final Fantasy games. Both Final Fantasy III & IV keep that pricing structure, but could see a reduction once VI goes live. Whatever the cost, it’s yet another Final Fantasy game for fans, and the latest in a series of excellent ports by Square Enix.
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Update: It’s now on the Play Store for $15.99

26 of the best free Android games

Posted by wicked January - 13 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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It goes without saying that most of the best games you can get on Android cost money. Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy, and a host of others provide an amazing experience but they’re also fairly expensive. It is possible to have an excellent, deep, and rich gaming experience on Android without spending a dime and we’ll show you how with this list of 26 of the best free Android games.

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Angry Birds - best free Android gamesAngry Birds

[Price: Free]
Of course the first on our list is the venerable Angry Birds. We know a lot of people don’t like Angry Birds anymore, but there are still tens of millions who do. There are more than half a dozen games the series, including a puzzle game called Bad Piggies and a racing game Get it on Google Playcalled Angry Birds GO. All the games combined bring a metric boat load of content that makes it a great time waster for anyone who isn’t tired of the series yet.
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Asphalt 8: Airborne best free Android gamesAsphalt 8: Airborne

[Price: Free]
Asphalt 8: Airborne is one of the best racing games available for Android and thanks to its Freemium model, you can pick up the game and play it without paying anything. There are some in app purchases and some people really don’t like those, but it is possible to play and enjoy the game without paying Get it on Google Playfor anything. It features some amazing graphics, a long racing campaign, and plenty of airtime. It’s definitely worth picking up if you’re a racing fan.
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Battle Nations best free Android gamesBattle Nations

[Price: Free]
Battle Nations is a combat strategy game that has managed to lay low and stay off of a lot of radars. It’s received praise from prominent gaming blogs like Kotaku and Touch Arcade. It boasts a lot of game play including 500 missions that an be played with over 100 unique troops Get it on Google Playand the developer promises more to come. Like many on this list, it’s Freemium so there are in app purchases but thankfully you don’t need them to enjoy the game.
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Bejeweled Blitz best free android gamesBejeweled Blitz

[Price: Free]
Bejeweled Blitz ended 2013 on a high note as it won “Best Game Franchise” in the Google Play Player’s Choice awards. It’s a fairly simple to play puzzle game where you must match shapes. It’s very simple but very addictive Get it on Google Playand it’s a time waster that’s already present on a lot of Android devices today. It’s worth checking out if you need something to kill a few minutes.
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Blood Brothers best free android gamesBlood Brothers (RPG)

[Price: Free]
Blood Brothers is a mix between a card game and an RPG that was done by Mobage; the same team that did the once-popular Rage of Bahamut card game. In this game you use cards to progress through the game and fight other characters and players. There are over 1000 characters and a strong Get it on Google Playsocial media integration. It is Freemium so that may be a problem for some but with an impressive 4.6 rating in the Google Play Store, most people seem to enjoy it.
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candy crush sagas best free android gamesCandy Crush Saga

[Price: Free]
Candy Crush Saga is an insanely popular game that a lot of people enjoy even if it is a little simple. It boasts over 400 levels and a “difficult to master” game play. There is also strong Facebook integration so you can play with Get it on Google Playyour friends if you use a Facebook account. It’s not the most in depth game ever, but it’s another great time waster if you need to kill a few minutes.
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Clash of Clans - best free android gamesClash of Clans

[Price: Free]
Clash of Clans is one of the most in depth games on our list. It’s a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game where you build a village, defend it against other (real) players, and then build an army to attack other real players. You can join clans to get extra troops or play alone it’s your call. Thanks to the upgrade times Get it on Google Playand the variety of upgrades and things to build, this game is not one that’s easy or quick to finish. If you’re into strategy games, this is worth picking up.
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CSR Racing best free android gamesCSR Racing

[Price: Free]
CSR Racing is a mix of a racing game and a simulation. In the game, you drag race other vehicles (both AI and real players) in quarter and half mile races. It’s a deeper game that is quick to play so if you’re looking for a good mix of a quick time waster and a deeper game experience, this is a really good one to pick up. Get it on Google PlayWith the recently added online component, it gives the game an extra facet that gives gamers even more to do. If you’re into sims and racing, this is worth trying.
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Cut the Rope best free android gamesCut the Rope FULL FREE

[Price: Free]
Cut the Rope is a cutesy puzzle game where you must feed an adorable little monster its favorite candy. You do so by cutting it down from ropes and avoiding obstacles. You get one star for getting the candy to the monster and you can collect additional stars by hitting the gold stars with the candy before it gets to the monster. There Get it on Google Playare 375 levels and the developers are very active in adding more content. It’s fun and enjoyable and a great alternative to puzzle games like Angry Birds.
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Dead Trigger 2 best free android gamesDead Trigger 2

[Price: Free]
Dead Trigger 2 is one of the highest anticipated and most popular releases of 2013. It’s a first person shooter game with a campaign mode and a lot of content. It also helps that MADFINGER Games consistently updates the title with gaming tweaks and new content. It’s one of the heavyweight Get it on Google Playtitles on Android and it just so happens to be free thanks to its Freemium business model. It really is one of the best out there today and it’s free.
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Doodle Jump best free android gamesDoodle Jump

[Price: Free]
Doodle Jump is a long time favorite for iOS fans and it’s been available for Android for quite some time now as well. It’s an addictive and simple micro-game where you jump from cloud to cloud continuously until you fall off or get hit by too many enemies. We’d say this is a quick Get it on Google Playtime waster but it’s possible to spend a whole bunch of time playing just one round of this game. It’s not the deepest game but it’s really addictive and fun.
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FIFA 14 best free android gamesFIFA 14 by EA SPORTS

[Price: Free]
FIFA 14 is one of two free sports games that are by EA Sports. On consoles, EA is known for their award winning games and while their Android games don’t quite have that same punch and innovation, they are still the best sports games for Android. In FIFA 14, you can play with any one of 600 teams in 33 leagues and in five languages. For soccer fans, it’s the best there is, Get it on Google Playperiod. The Freemium model is a little aggressive and many people don’t like it so there is that problem. It shouldn’t stop anyone from at least giving it a try.
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fruit ninja best free android gamesFruit Ninja Free

[Price: Free]
Fruit Ninja is one of the original Android time wasters. With well over 100 million downloads to date and a 4.5 Google Play rating, it’s hard to say anything bad about the game. It’s very simple to play with colorful graphics Get it on Google Playand busy game play. It has all the hallmarks of a classic arcade game and it’s been around long enough to be considered a classic Android arcade game.
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Galaxy on Fire 2 best free android gamesGalaxy on Fire 2 HD

[Price: Free]
Galaxy on Fire 2 is a surprisingly gorgeous and complex game given its price tag. In this space combat game, you get a mixture of mission-based, sandbox, and story-based game play with over 50 spaceships that are each customizable, and support for over 200 Android devices. There are in app Get it on Google Playpurchases but they aren’t too bad considering how awesome this game looks and how well it plays. If you want something with more complexity and depth, this is perfect.
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jetpack joyride best free android gamesJetpack Joyride

[Price: Free]
Jetpack Joyride is a solid and addictive arcade game from the same people who brought us Fruit Ninja. The game play itself is fairly simple. It’s a side-scrolling arcade game where you must collect coins and shoot things to make it through levels. It’s a fast paced game and among the highest rated in the Google Play Get it on Google PlayStore so people seem to really like it. A bonus is the developers seem to be keen on updating the game regularly with new content and that’s always preferable.
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Madden 25 best free android gamesMadden NFL 25 by EA SPORTS

[Price: Free]
Madden NFL 25 is one of the best football games available for Android. It comes with pretty good graphics, easy to learn controls, and features every professional NFL team (which apparently is a rarity in the mobile market). Get it on Google PlayThis one is a little heavy on the IAPs, but people claim to be able to enjoy it without them most of the time. It’s pretty fun and a must have for any sports fan.
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plants vs zombies 2 best free android gamesPlants vs Zombies 2

[Price: Free]
As one of the highest anticipated games to be released on mobile in 2013, Plants vs Zombies 2 picks up right where its predecessor left off. With better graphics and more game play, Plants vs Zombies 2 is pretty much better in every way than Get it on Google Playthe first one. In this game you must defend your lawn from zombies with plants. It is a unique concept and one of the fresher ideas in the zombie game market.
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Pou best free android gamesPou

[Price: Free]
Pou is kind of our wildcard on this list because it features the creepiest looking character ever. If you were a fan of the old Tamagotchi devices in the 1990′s then you’ll probably enjoy this game a little bit. You get a little Diglett/potato/meat bun thing that you then take care of. You play mini Get it on Google Playgames, personalize it, and there are even some functions like playing with friends that sound pretty fun. If you’re into that kind of stuff, give it a shot.
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Puzzles & Dragons best free android gamesPuzzles & Dragons

[Price: Free]
Puzzles & Dragons is a unique game because not many people outside of Japan have really played it or heard of it. In Japan it’s one of the most profitable mobile games of all time and it’s just now starting to take hold in the rest of the world. It’s a mix of arcade, puzzle, and RPG which sounds really strange but it works pretty well. You attack opponents by matching orbs. You then level grind, Get it on Google Playget new monsters, and dungeon crawl to get more cool stuff. There are IAPs, but that hasn’t stopped the game from getting a 4.5 rating in the Play Store.
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The Simpsons Tapped out best free android gamesThe Simpsons: Tapped Out

[Price: Free]
The Simpsons: Tapped Out very quickly became one of the best free games on Android once it was released. It features original Simpsons content from the creators along with original art and the original voice actors. If you’re a Simpsons fanatic, then it’s worth checking this game out. It’s a sim game where you play as Homer Get it on Google Playand you must rebuild Springfield after you blow it up. It is a good sim all on its own but the addition of Simpsons characters makes it even more enjoyable.
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The Sims FreePlay best free android gamesThe Sims FreePlay

[Price: Free]
Speaking of sims, Sims FreePlay is also available for free and as most gamers know, the Sims is the sim game to play. In this mobile version you are in control of teenagers doing their usual Sims stuff so Get it on Google Playit doesn’t feature a lot of the more adult content. It still has everything that makes its predecessors fun so it’s worth a shot if you’re a fan of the series.
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Temple Run 2 best free android gamesTemple Run 2

[Price: Free]
It just wouldn’t be a best free games list without the obligatory nod to Temple Run. The game play sparked hundreds of popular spin-offs and it’s still enjoyable to millions of people even today. Temple Run 2 features a number of improvements over the original although Get it on Google Playits mostly just in graphics. It’s a fun time waster and it is something a little different from your typical Angry Birds style puzzle games.
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Tower Defense best free android gamesTower Defense

[Price: Free]
Take a wild guess what genre of game Tower Defense falls in. In this colorful and enjoyable little game, you set up defenses to combat approaching hoards of bad guys. It’s a pretty basic game but it is also a Get it on Google Playfree game in a rather complex genre. If you’re looking for something a little more old school, another great free tower defense game option is Towers N’ Trolls.
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Words with Friends best free android gamesWords with Friends

[Price: Free]
Words with Friends is a popular Scrabble remake designed for mobile devices. This is obviously multiplayer and you can invite your friends to play with you. It’s not so popular among the hardcore gamers but your average casual mobile user seems to enjoy it quite a bit. You play an unlimited number of games and instead of in-app purchases this game relies on Get it on Google Playold fashioned advertisements. If you aren’t a fan of Scrabble style games, Zynga has a word search-style game called Scramble that’s pretty fun too.
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zenonia 4 best free android gamesZenonia 4

[Price: Free]
We know that Zenonia 5 is out but it seems the gamer community considers it an inferior title than Zenonia 4 so that’s the one we recommend. Zenonia 4 is an action RPG where you walk around, kill things, complete quests, and level grind. It’s one of the highest rated free games on this entire list so that should tell you something. There are in app Get it on Google Playpurchases but according to reviewers they’re pretty mild (Zenonia 5 is apparently much worse with them). It’s a fun game and RPG fans should enjoy the game.
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Zombie Highway best free android gamesZombie Highway

[Price: Free]
Last on our list is one of the best endless runner zombie games available in Zombie Highway. In this game you drive down the highway forever defending yourself from zombies. If you aren’t careful they’ll Get it on Google Playtip you over and you’ll lose. You get guns, new vehicles, and new environments the longer you play. It’s free, it’s addictive, and an overall solid offering.
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Wrap up

We tried to not just include games with high ratings and positive reviews, but as many different categories as possible. There are zombie games, RPGs, puzzles, endless runners, arcade games, strategy games, and more. Of course, there are thousands upon thousands of games on the Play Store and there’s every reason to believe that we missed a couple of really good ones. If there’s a great free game that you want to tell us about, feel more than free to leave a comment and let us know!