The most common means of entertainment nowadays is the mobile phone. When we are on the train on our way to work or home, in the doctor’s waiting room, or winding down for the day, the most common thing we whip out is our mobile. We want to be entertained and most times we pay for our games. However, there are games which we abandon when we reach the point it is asking for our financial information. There are games that start out as free, but then will ask us to purchase items or wait until our energy replenishes for us to get back to playing. Users may be patient up to a point, depending on how well they like the game, but eventually abandon it completely.
A percentage of mobile users have no issue shelling out money for their favorite game, but a vast majority would rather hop on the next train and look for the next best free app. For those who like their games free, here are the top five free games from card games to puzzles on Android this year:
- Cut the Rope
Cut the Rope has been on iOS and Android for a long time now. This is addicting puzzle game can be enjoyed by the entire family, but do not be fooled by its wholesome appearance, the game gets harder as you advance to a new level. This is played by cutting the rope to feed candy to a cute little frog at the bottom of the screen. It has gotten more difficult in the second edition of the app. If you plan to download this, be prepared to be tormented by its clever puzzles.
The objective is to stack your boxes as high as you can, but its simplicity is deceptive. To build the tower, you need to tap on the screen to add another block as it swings from side to side. The higher your tower goes, the faster the swinging gets. This demands eye and hands coordination paired with lightning speed reflexes. Tap a little late or a little early, and you lose a piece of your block that doesn’t align with the rest of the tower.
If puzzles are not your thing and you prefer action games, this game is the best driving app that has decent graphics and controls and will even let you race with other players. It’s the best of its kind in the market with a big number of vehicles in its inventory. If you love cars, then it’s the right game to download and conquer while playing against other drivers on different tracks.
- Critical Ops
This is one of the best first-person shooters available. It is like Counterstrike on mobile where you get to fight against terrorists in different maps and locations. Same with Counterstrike, you may choose which side you will fight for, and even play with your friends in the multiplayer campaigns.
- Clash Royal
The makers of Clash of Clans have come up with another addictive multiplayer game with other players to form a clan to pit against other clans online. This strategy game will challenge you on how to plan attacks and create team tactics to ensure that you come out victorious at the end of the battle day to earn trophies. This new card game is decent enough to be a suitable replacement for Hearthstone and equally addicting entertainment factor.
This is a connect the dots game. It is so simple that four-year-old kids can play the game. However, this is one of those games where the complexity level just goes off the charts due to the number of dots to connect. The layout of the game is a grid where there are pairs of colored dots. You have to connect the colored pairs by drawing a line through the unoccupied squares. The lines between pairs should not intersect with other lines. This may be played by four-year-olds, but it takes intelligence to get far in this game.
- Bad Piggies
This is a spin-off of Angry Birds. The game’s objective is to create a vehicle which will take the piggy to the checkered flag. It starts off with wheels and boxes until you get to the point where you use explosives, helicopter rotors, electric fan blades, different wheels and directional jets. The physics of the game is the same as Angry Birds, just that instead of using a slingshot to get birds to their target, the piggies use crates for vehicles.
- Pokemon Go!
This is a free-to-play game from Niantic. It happens to be the most popular game of the year. Based on the card game from Nintendo, Pokemon Go! Is an augmented reality game which uses real-life and real-time location services to capture various Pokemon (Pocket Monsters). The popularity of the game has made Pokemon relevant again. Adults who dreamed of capturing Pokemon and becoming Pokemon trainers have realized that their fantasy can come true.
The popularity of the above games is how easy it is to learn, and yet it becomes harder to master. These games were designed to be self-teaching and to allow for aggregate learning. The leveling up is a way to make you earn your points and learn new abilities while challenging the user to play some more. The learning curve may be hard, but the challenge is real and fun.