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20 free-to-play Android games that you should actually download


Mobile games are often considered bottom-of-the-barrel, thanks to so many greedy free-to-play titles that have taken advantage of their customers over the years. But this doesn’t mean there aren’t any quality F2P titles out there. You just have to dig a bit, which is exactly what I’ve done in order to elevate some of the better options out there. Below you’ll find a running list of quality free-to-play games, newly updated for 2021, with a changelog at the bottom of the page. Keep in mind, some of the titles may contain excessive IAPs, but I’ve made sure to select games that offer fair pacing for free and paying players alike. Essentially this is a roundup of enjoyable F2P games that just about anyone should be able to have fun with, so go on and dig in.

AnimA ARPG (2020)

If you enjoy action RPGs in the same style as the Diablo series, then you’re going to want to check out AnimA ARPG. Not only is this a dark and gritty hack and slash title, but it’s also monetized well, leaving all in-app purchases for cosmetics that don’t affect gameplay. This means the game isn’t pay-to-win, unlike much of its competition on the Play Store. It also doesn’t hurt that the title gives off a distinct Diablo II feel with responsive controls, quality graphics, and phenomenal music.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $35.99

AnimA ARPG (2020)
AnimA ARPG (2020)

Brawlhalla

The easiest way to describe Brawlhalla is to call it a Smash Bros. clone, but of course, such a label may anger Smash and Brawlhalla fans alike. At its core, this is a free-to-play platformer brawler, and so the title contains a cash shop for cosmetics as well as an optional Battle Pass subscription that will net users extra rewards over free players. The game itself is best played with an external controller (my preferred way to play), though touchscreen controls are in the mix and can be adjusted in the title’s settings. All in all, the Android port of Brawlhalla holds its own, and thanks to cross-play support, you can easily play against your friends no matter their platform of choice.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $5.99 – $49.99

Brawlhalla
Brawlhalla

ANOTHER EDEN The Cat Beyond Time and Space

Another Eden is a mobile JRPG that offers a sane gacha experience, unlike much of its competition. You can expect a lengthy single-player campaign designed by many of the people behind the Chrono Trigger series, so you know the story is going to be good. So if you’re looking for a collection-based RPG that won’t break the bank even though it’s free-to-play, Another Eden is easily the best choice currently, and the fantastic story is simply the cherry on top.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $79.99

ANOTHER EDEN The Cat Beyond Time and Space
ANOTHER EDEN The Cat Beyond Time and Space

Call of Duty®: Mobile

Call of Duty: Mobile is about as good as it gets for first-person shooters on mobile, even now two years after it was originally released. Not only does the game contain a plethora of everyone’s favorite CoD levels, the gunplay feels great, no matter if you choose to play with touchscreen controls or a physical controller. Of course, since this is a F2P release, you can expect iffy monetization and an optional monthly subscription plan that can net players significant rewards.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $99.99

Call of Duty®: Mobile - Day of Reckoning
Call of Duty®: Mobile - Day of Reckoning

Among Us

Somehow I doubt Among Us needs an introduction. While it was released without fanfare back in 2018, it wasn’t until 2020 that the game blew up. Thanks to a flurry of streams, people caught on that this is an enjoyable party game. It’s best played with multiple friends, and so it supports 5-10 players at a time for each match. All in all, if you enjoy co-op party games and have a group of friends who also enjoy such things, then Among Us offers tons of fun.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $2.99

Among Us
Among Us

Dota Underlords

Dota Underlords is Valve’s take on auto chess, built off of the MOBA Dota 2, and it’s been playable on Android since July 2019, though the official release, as well as the beginning of the first season, only began last year. The auto-battler offers a $5 subscription pass for anyone that would like to earn extra rewards as they play, and new modes and gameplay elements will come to the title as these seasons progress. All in all, Dota Underlords is one of the more favored auto chess titles currently available, though there are options out there if Valve’s interpretation of the genre doesn’t float your boat.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $4.99

Dota Underlords
Dota Underlords

Plague Inc.

I feel I would be doing everyone a disservice if I didn’t list Plague Inc. in today’s free-to-play game roundup. This a game themed around a world-wide virus outbreak, making for a topical title as people are still quarantining for the coronavirus. Despite the on-the-nose theme, Plague Inc. is a quality virus simulation game where infecting the entire world with a virus is the goal, and as you can guess, it can be pretty challenging to wipe out the human race, which is what makes this game so enjoyable. So if you’re eager to simulate what a deadly virus can do to an imaginary world to take your mind off of the real virus, Plague Inc. is easily the best choice on the Play Store to date.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $14.99

Plague Inc.
Plague Inc.

Mekorama

Mekorama draws inspiration from similar isometric puzzle-based platformers, such as Monument Valley, though luckily, this game offers much more content. There are over 50 levels to explore, and even though this can be a very relaxing game, some puzzles are really challenging, ultimately making for a game that can be enjoyed by newbies and die-hards alike. Best of all, the entire game can be experienced for free, though fans can make donations to the dev through the title’s in-app purchases.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $1.00 – $32.00

Mekorama
Mekorama

Dadish

Dadish is definitely a free-to-play release, though it only contains a single in-app purchase to remove the game’s advertisements, which is about as good as it gets when it comes to F2P titles. Luckily players can reach the end of this release without spending a dime, which is probably why the 2D platformer has racked up so many positive reviews. It also doesn’t hurt that the game is balanced well, offering a challenge but never being too tough, and while there are only 40 levels to play through, the title’s collectible stars guarantee a healthy dose of replayability.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs $3.49 a piece

Dadish
Dadish

Brawl Stars

The creators of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale released Brawl Stars on the Play Store back in 2018, and so far, it’s been a resounding success. At its core, it’s a multiplayer affair that combines a bunch of different genres into one arena-based brawler. As you would expect, there are more than a few different modes to choose from, though the majority are played as 3v3 matches. Of course, if you’d like to participate without a team, you have the option to do so, but only in the battle royale mode. So sure, the title’s monetization isn’t the best, but at least there’s fun to be had as a free player, which is precisely why Brawl Stars is in today’s roundup.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $99.99

Brawl Stars
Brawl Stars

Old School RuneScape

Old School RuneScape is a classic MMORPG that made its way to Android in 2018, and it hardly needs an introduction. The game offers a boatload of free content, though it is slightly limited. However, it still makes for an excellent opportunity to jump into the MMO before you decide if you’d like to spend your money on an optional monthly subscription. The title offers cross-platform support, and it’s a skill-based game, which means players will have to grind to level the title’s 23 skills, which is the real draw of this release, grinding the day away.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $6.99 – $99.99

Old School RuneScape
Old School RuneScape

Soul Knight

Soul Knight is a bullet hell shooter that contains a slick fantasy theme. You can play as a knight, rogue, wizard, or thief in a top-down view while trying your best to kill everything that moves. Tons of weapons and upgrades are scattered throughout the game’s randomly-generated levels, along with NPCs that can be recruited for a little AI assistance. Of course, you can also team up with up to three local players if you’d like to really cause some damage.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $4.99

 

Soul Knight
Soul Knight

Pocket Build – Ultimate sandbox building

Pocket Build is a sandbox game all about building your own fantasy world. Primarily this title plays like a city builder or tycoon game, but there is also a sandbox mode and a survival-based first-person mode, which brings the game in line with titles like Minecraft. Amazingly the graphics in this release are superb, and the framerate is rock solid, which goes to show the title has competent devs. This is why new features are added to the game all of the time, and so it would appear these particular devs actually care about their game, which is definitely a rare occurrence on the Play Store. So if you enjoy building and designing your own fantasy worlds, Pocket Build is an excellent choice that keeps getting better.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $64.99

Pocket Build - Unlimited open-world building game
Pocket Build - Unlimited open-world building game

The Battle of Polytopia – An Epic Civilization War

The Battle of Polytopia is one of the better 4X turn-based strategy games currently available on the Play Store, and its low-poly graphics indeed provide the game with a unique look. All maps are auto-generated, which allows for endless replayability, and the majority of the title can be played for free, though if you want to play online, you’ll have to purchase at least one tribe to help the dev maintain server costs. Luckily the single-player content is so enjoyable the online content isn’t necessary unless you want to thrash some of your friends.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $3.99

Battle of Polytopia - A Civilization Strategy Game
Battle of Polytopia - A Civilization Strategy Game

Dadish 2

The original Dadish has found its way to many of my roundups over the last year, including this one. and that’s simply because the platformer offers a fair bit of fun. So it makes sense that the developer would want to follow up that success quickly while the iron was still hot, and so Dadish 2 is a quality sequel. This time around, you can expect to tool around in vehicles, with all new enemies in the mix along with new bosses to take down. Heck, the game even supports physical controllers. Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than this, so make sure to check this one out if you love platformers.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs $3.49 apiece

Dadish 2
Dadish 2

Bendy in Nightmare Run

Yes, Bendy in Nightmare Run is an auto-runner, but it’s easily one of the better auto-runners to date, thanks to its ’20s style cartoon graphics. The gameplay is very challenging, and while its in-app purchases are on the higher side, there is no way to advance without actually putting plenty of time into the title, which means this F2P game isn’t pay-to-win. On top of that, the controls are intuitive, though the camera is flipped, which means you are running towards the screen instead of away, which can feel a little odd at first. But once you play a couple of rounds, things start to really click.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $99.99

Bendy in Nightmare Run
Bendy in Nightmare Run

AdventureQuest 3D MMO RPG

I constantly see people asking what the best MMORPGs are on mobile, and my go-to is always Old School RuneScape, but AdventureQuest 3D comes in a close second since it adheres to the typical monetization and gameplay found in desktop MMOs. Sure, the game offers in-app purchases, but you’ll use them to purchase currency that’s mainly used for acquiring cosmetics, leaving free players to have just as much fun as paying players. This is a solid MMORPG, so if you enjoy the genre, make sure to check it out.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.00 – $49.99

AdventureQuest 3D MMO RPG
AdventureQuest 3D MMO RPG

Last Day on Earth: Survival

Last Day on Earth: Survival plays similarly to the defunct survival game Durango: Wild Lands, and since Durango is no longer around, Last Day on Earth is easily one of the better F2P survival games to play right now. First and foremost, it will be your job to survive in a world devastated by a global pandemic, which is definitely topical to current events. Besides the eerie premise, this is a game all about killing zombies, crafting, and of course, grinding. There’s a reason this title is packed with in-app purchases, and it’s not for the benefit of the player. Luckily most of these purchases can be ignored until the late game.

Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $99.99

Last Day on Earth: Survival
Last Day on Earth: Survival

PAC-MAN 256 – Endless Maze

Usually, I am not a fan of simplistic arcade games, but I make an exception for PAC-MAN 256. Despite how annoying its ads are or how difficult it is to get into another round after you die, I can’t stop playing what is essentially a Pac-Man endless runner. I play it on my phone, play it on my tablet, and even play on my Pixelbook, showing that the game is versatile (or maybe I’m addicted). Honestly, what’s not to love about an endless Pac-Man game? Sure, the in-app purchases aren’t great, but it’s not like I’ve ever spent a dime on the game, which is precisely why I’ve included the title in today’s roundup. It’s easily enjoyed for free.

Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 – $4.99

PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Maze
PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Maze

DATA WING

Last but not least is Data Wing, a racing game that is free to play in the truest sense of the words. The game offers stylish top-down racing that utilizes minimal graphics to give off a sense that you’re racing inside of a computer system. There’s a 2-hour story to complete with about 40 levels to play through. The touch screen controls are easy to pick up and even simpler to use. All you have to do is tap on the left or right side of the screen to turn your ship in the corresponding directions. Overall this is a slick little racer that is a joy to play and has a kicking chillwave soundtrack, but best of all, it’s completely free.

Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs

DATA WING
DATA WING

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