The best free Android games in 2018: try these out now
What’s better than a free game? Well, pretty much nothing. Except when it’s just terrible and you’ve wasted your sweet time to download it.
Sure, it’s not going to cost you anything, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to just mess around with terrible games that are free because the developer can’t make you pay anything for it in good conscience.
So what are you supposed to do about it? Well, we’re here to help you with all that – but before you get into the best gallery around for recommendations, here’s some advice to consider.
Firstly, consider what sort of game you want to spend your time on. Time, in this case, is literally the equivalent of money here. Do you want a quick game that you can play easily, or something that’s going to be a bit more in-depth?
If it’s the latter, then you’ll probably have to accept that you’ll need to either view some ads or in-app purchases to get the good stuff, as most developers don’t want to give away their time for free.
However, there are some brilliant surprises out there as well – some lovely people spend hours coding brilliant games that they just let you play for free.
Also think about the kind of games that you need for your phone – if it’s a high-powered game that’s a visual treat, it’s not going to be much use on a phone that comes from four years ago and has a tiny display.
Right, got all that? Great – you need to get cracking and finding out which titles are right for you. Get your mouses clicking or fingers swiping… we guarantee there will be something you’ll enjoy in here.
New this week: The Battle of Polytopia
The Battle of Polytopia is a turn-based game akin to a stripped-back Civilization designed specifically for one-thumb mobile play. Each game has you start with a single city, the aim being to dominate a little isometric world. You either race to be the best within 30 turns, or emerge victorious when you’re the only tribe still standing.
Wisely, Polytopia focuses more on approachability than depth. The tech tree is abbreviated, stopping short of guns. The maps are small. Cities can be conquered, but you can’t found new ones with settlers.
Each of these decisions helps the game flow, but despite its compact nature, Polytopia affords plenty of opportunities to strategize. That’s especially true when venturing into online multiplayer with other people – a mode open to anyone who buys one or more extra tribes.