Searching for the best Android games isn’t easy, and free-to-play titles probably aren’t the first to come to mind when hunting down quality titles. Still, there are some excellent free-to-play mobile games out there if you know where to look, which is why Android Police has compiled a list of our favorites. We’ve chosen a variety of titles across different genres to cover your needs, no matter your interests. Like all of our roundups, this is an ever-growing list that’s continually updated. So if you’re looking for something new to play through that won’t break the bank while avoiding the many pitfalls F2P games are known for, you’ve come to the right place.
Rocket League Sideswipe
Psyonix Studios has managed to create a 2D version of Rocket League for mobile, and even though this sounds limiting, the game is actually pretty great. It offers similar twitch controls to the original, but now you’re playing on a 2D plane where the goals are on either side of the screen. Controllers are supported out of the box, and the touch controls are fairly serviceable for quick matches. As you would expect, PvP is the name of the game, and you can play 1vs1 or 2vs2 in a few different modes.
Best of all, the game is free, and it isn’t monetized yet, making it a perfect example of F2P done right. Plus, seeing that Psyonix has also fairly monetized the original PC and console game, it’s possible when Rocket League Sideswipe is finally monetized, it will sell cosmetics just like the OG. So as it stands, not only is Rocket League Sideswipe one of the better competitive games on Android, but it’s also a fantastic F2P release that won’t break the bank.
Sky: Children of the Light
Thatgamecompany is well known for its quirky games like Flower and Journey, but it also offers a free-to-play title on mobile similar to Journey, seeing that there’s a heavy reliance on cooperation in Sky: Children of the Light. So yes, this is a multiplayer game, but since there is no way to communicate beyond simple emojis, this is a game that children and adults can easily enjoy. What’s cool is you can team up with friends to explore the dreamlike world together, which is where this title shines.
Though they can be demanding, the graphics are detailed. It’s an open-world game, similar to an MMO, with events and an evolving story. Best of all, there’s no need to sink money into this title. You can enjoy the entire game for free, even if you’d like to jump into multiplayer. Essentially, it’s a game that offers a chill journey, backed by pretty graphics and a mysterious story. It’s easily worth checking out if you’re into similar games.
The Impossible Game 2
The Impossible Game 2 is an excellent representation of what a free-to-play game should be. Anyone can play the entire game for free, though there are optional cosmetics available for purchase, which is how you’ll show off in the online battle royale mode. You can face off against 60 opponents to see who will come out on top.
The gameplay in this sequel remains the same as the OG: simply navigate a box through obstacle-filled levels. Of course, this may sound simple, but the game is incredibly challenging, and that’s where the fun is to be had: conquer the game’s stages, and once you’ve trained your skills, you can then face off against the world in the online battle royale mode.
My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge
My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge is a perfect example of free-to-play done right. This offshoot game plays similarly to the core title but with less demanding and much cuter graphics. Touch controls are the only input, and since they revolve around slingshot mechanics, all you need is one finger to play. Somehow the enthralling slow-mo skill shots of the original game feel just as good to pull off in the mobile release. Best of all, the entire game can be played for free, but you can’t save unless you pay $3 to unlock the save feature.
So not only can anyone sit down to beat the full game in one go, anyone can take an extended look if they are unsure their money is worth the purchase. My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge is a challenging game that does require skill to play, so you won’t be breezing through this one, but at least everyone has the option to play as much or as little as they like without going out of pocket.
MOBAs may not be the hottest genre around anymore, but Pokémon is such a hot-ticket item that the Pokémon Company’s free-to-play MOBA has found a good bit of success across mobile and the Nintendo Switch. While matchmaking can be finicky, the core gameplay is solid, leaning on the easier side of things as far as MOBAs are concerned. Of course, the target audience is kids, so the casual design is hardly a surprise.
Luckily playing for free doesn’t leave players at a disadvantage, and while the game does offer a few pay-to-win items in the shop, just by playing, you can earn enough currency to purchase what you need without opening up your wallet. So yes, the balance is pretty good. Just make sure to watch out for a plethora of AFK players.
AnimA ARPG (Action RPG)
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.
The easiest way to describe Brawlhalla is to call it a Smash Bros. clone. But that oversimplified 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 available 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.
Legends of Runeterra
Riot has launched a few games on Android recently. Legends of Runeterra is a digital collectible card game inspired by Magic: The Gathering. Riot chose to lower the barrier to entry for the genre in Legends of Runeterra (as MtG can be hard to get into after decades of expansions and rule changes), which means this is an accessible CCG, with new cards and game modes added all the time to keep things fresh.
When it comes to digital CCGs, balance is key, especially for free players, and thankfully, Legends of Runeterra is welcoming to players who don’t want to spend any cash thanks to its generous rewards. Legends of Runeterra is a competitive CCG that’s balanced well, which is what makes it an excellent title for today’s free-to-play roundup.
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.
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 bunch of everyone’s favorite CoD levels, but the gunplay also 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.
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 streamers who promoted it, people realized that this is an enjoyable party game. It’s best played with multiple friends, so it supports 5-10 players at a time for each match. If you enjoy co-op party games and have a group of like-minded friends, then Among Us offers tons of fun for no money — those IAPs are just for skins, hats, and pets.
Dota Underlords is Valve’s take on auto chess, built off of the popular MOBA Dota 2. It’s been playable on Android since July 2019, though the official release (as well as the beginning of the first season) only began in 2020. 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.
Cats & Soup – Relaxing Cat Game
Kawaii games have gained popularity over the years, to the point it’s almost its own genre, and Cats & Soup is easily one of the better titles out there. Yes, this is an idle game, but it is a really relaxed one, with tons of humorous cats to collect, each offering their own unique personalities. You can, of course, dress these cats in various outfits. The draw here is how cute everything is, and playing dress-up is a big part of that.
More or less, this is a game for those who want to relax after a stressful day. The music is on point, the graphics are extremely fitting, and the idle gameplay loop is enthralling enough to keep people playing just to see what the next cat will have to offer.
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 is a game themed around a worldwide disease outbreak, making it a topical title these days. Despite the on-the-nose theme, Plague Inc. is a quality virus simulation game where infecting the entire world 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 (and maybe take your mind off of the real virus), Plague Inc. is easily the best choice on the Play Store.
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 surprisingly 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.
Skateboarding games are sadly few and far between on mobile, especially quality titles. This is why the port for The Ramp is something special. Not only is this a fantastic casual skateboard game all about creating long-lasting lines, but it also looks great in action. Controllers are supported out of the box, and since pulling off perfect transitions can be tricky with the touch controls, I definitely recommend using a controller to play.
Oh, and despite the fact the game launched on the Play Store with a $2 IAP in tow, the publisher has removed it, which means this free-to-play game is currently totally free. The Ramp is a game all about having fun while mastering the controls, with absolutely no distractions. So if you happen to have a controller handy, you should definitely give The Ramp a try, especially if you’re a big fan of skateboarding games.
Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier
Square Enix has done the unthinkable: It has released a battle royale game. And it’s pretty good! Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier offers graphics that looks close to the style of FF XIV, with gameplay that any PUBG fan should be familiar with. What’s cool is that you drop with a functioning blade, and you can even use this blade to take on enemy NPCs spread across the map. These NPCs offer rewards (such as in-game currency) that can be used to upgrade your gear in the very session you’re playing, much like a MOBA.
So despite what you’re thinking, Square’s PUBG clone isn’t half bad, and it offers a few unique features that even sets it apart. So if you enjoy battle royale games, you should probably check out Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier, especially if you’re a fan of Square’s long-running RPG series.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
If you’re in the market for a fresh collectible card game or simply adore Yu-Gi-Oh!, then Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel should appeal to you. This is the first time the full ruleset of the physical card game has been implemented in a digital offering, offering parity for collectors and players, with a story mode for those that prefer solo play instead of immediately dropping into competitive play.
The in-game currency is provided with generosity to start, though the typical grind awaits those who make it further. And yes, in-app purchases are available, and you can buy card packs, which means the game is by definition, pay-to-win. But unless you’re trying to make your way up the leaderboard, playing online with friends and family is still a hoot.
Dadish is a free-to-play platformer, 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. That means 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 challenging gameplay 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 and an added test for perfectionists.
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 game 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.
If you’d like to participate without a team, you have the option to do so, but only in the battle royale mode. 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.