Best totally free Android games: no ads, no IAP

Best totally free Android games: no ads, no IAP

Some of the best things in life are free, and by applying a little discretion, we can certainly apply this to Android games. There are a whole ton of free games on the Play Store but this selection is for games without in-app purchases and no ads.

Just because a game is free with no IAP doesn't mean it has to be poor quality. Some of the best free games out there can take on the big-budget giants with nothing but passion, great design and goodwill. These top free Android games won't cost a single cent. Enjoy them without any strain on your wallet or annoying ads!

Battle for Wesnoth

Battle for Wesnoth is an unofficial Android port of a turn-based fantasy strategy game that already has a dedicated community on PC. The free game has several story-based campaigns, and a ton of different units from various fantasy races. You can play vs AI or other players.

Battle for Wesnoth has been around for years and doesn't boast lush graphics, but it has plenty of depth and still receives regular updates from the developers and community. A real work of passion, the Android version handles well and isn't too demanding at all on a modern phone, though you'll want a decent sized screen for a good view of the action.

Get it on the Play Store


In this free deck-building game, you take on the role of the leader of a spooky Lovecraftian cult on a mission to summon your chosen eldritch abomination into the world. As you play your cards, you also draw new ones representing unexpected events that can help or hinder your progress. 

Lead your cult to world domination! / © Spoopy Squad

The audio provides a suitably creepy atmosphere, with a nice touch being the in-game radio that reports on how the world is being changed by your actions. Underhand is a complete game, if a little short, the random elements afford some replayability.


Gamers of a certain age will remember losing many hours of precious youth to brutal first-person shooter pioneer Doom. This game is effectively a Doom port made with an original set of assets and game levels to avoid falling foul of copyright. 

Freedoom basically plays just like the classic, as the assets are different but still recognizable in the style of the original. You're still blasting ugly creatures in a vaguely industrial wasteland, and all the fun action, atmosphere and tension of Doom is right here in a not-so-different skin.

 Almost just like old times. / © NextPit (screenshot)

As an added bonus, you can always load your old (legally owned, of course) original Doom WAD files into the app's config folder, if you want to play the real thing on your phone. Fantastically, this also goes for related games on the same engine, such as Heretic, Hexen, and Strife, or the various mods of these games available online.

Wicked Lair

This game puts you in the evil shoes of what is normally the enemy in video games - a dungeon boss. Tasked with building your lair of evil and filling it with monsters and traps to destroy the pesky do-gooders who insisting on invading and disturbing your peace. Make them pay, because you won't have to.

Pixel Dungeon

The various Pixel Dungeon titles are roguelike dungeon crawl games with primitive graphics (but great gameplay), that punish failure harshly, but were so easy to pick up and play again after every character death that I stopped worrying and learned to love restarting.

Hit marsupial rats, get paid in Pixel Dungeon. / © NextPit

It's a simple tap to control everything, and although the 'basic' Pixel Dungeon game by Watabou has unlockable character classes and tons of items to enjoy the game with, there are plenty of other addictive versions such as Shattered Pixel Dungeon, Pixel Dungeon Unleashed etc., that offer twists and different features based on the original.


Unciv is an open-source reimplementation of the classic Civilization-style game of empire building, expansion, resource management, economic and technological development. It basically plays like Civilization V, but with very simple graphics. Nonetheless, the strategic depth is impressively preserved and Unciv is a small and lightweight app that runs like a dream even on low-end smartphones.

Everybody wants to rule the world. / © Yair Morgernstern

Get it on the Play Store

Pew Pew

This sweet little shoot-em-up puts the old-school spaceship 'bullet hell' scenario in a neon-clouded skin with simple but attractive graphics, but the real draw is the fast paced action. It's basically blasting stuff, in different ways, unlocking rewards and basking in the moving colors and sounds: what more do you want for free entertainment?

Abstract, but cool visuals. / © Jean-François Geyelin

Pathos Nethack Codex

This game is roguelike dungeon crawling game with random area generation and a variety of different classes to choose from, items to collect and monsters to slay. Based on the old school Nethack ruleset, Pathos is still being updated with quality of life fixes, and offers a choice of graphical tiles and hours upon hours of play time.

Warfare Incorporated

Warfare Incorporated is an old school favorite, originally for Windows Phones and PalmOS devices, but its style hearkens back even further to the Command and Conquer real-time strategy games. You must build up base and produce an army to control resources on the newly discovered planet of Icarus. Sure, Warfare Incorporated looks dated by now, but the experience stands the test of time and you won't find a more fully featured mobile RTS for completely free.

The old school RTS look. / © Spiffcode

Gloomy Dungeons 2

The Gloomy Dungeons series of indie games are first-person shooters in the classic Doom/Wolfenstein mold with some modern additions like sniper rifles and dual-wielding weapons. Note that while Google Play does say it has ads, it's only a single small banner on the main page for advertising the other games from the studio which are also free, so I'll allow it.

Prepare to meet your gloom! / © EightSines

The game is free and even comes with built-in cheats, if you just want to give yourself all the weapons and powerups and let 'er rip. While it's on the Google Play store, fans of alternative open-source repositories can also find it as one of the few games on F-Droid.

Still on the hunt for great mobile games?

Have you discovered any free Android games that we should mention here? Let us know, and it might just make the list one day.

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  • Thanks ;D

  • but the real draw is the faced paced action... What is that? Is it 'faceplant' or maybe palm/face? Any other guesses out there?

  •   25
    Deactivated Account Mar 25, 2019 Link to comment

    Thank you, not easy to find such games in good number so as to make your choice for the most favorite.

  • Thanks for this list...will try!

  • Sorin Sep 1, 2018 Link to comment

    A lot of games, good for fun or for the time lost.
    But the most important game is missing, without which you can not make the top 10 of all the games ever played, a game that made history, a game that created general hysteria, a crazy rule: ANGRYYY BIRDS !!!
    (take it as a joke, please)

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  • I just heard these games and it looks very interesting and I want to play them all. Just want to share that I'm addicted with

  • Nice list, I have enjoyed a few of them. Right now I'm playing a new one called Race Zero, which is amazing. To any F-Zero fans out there, you will love it!

  • Great list! All of them are great game and my fave here is the Shadow Fight 3 and my most fave is found in It is really interesting!

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    Deactivated Account Jun 14, 2018 Link to comment

    They may be free to download but then your blasted with ads have to give permission to all your data, not to mention all the in app purchases you blitzed with. I miss just being able to buy a game with out all that garbage that goes with them now.

  • Dear Nicholas, please check out WorldCraft : 3D Build & Craft on Google Play. Its Free, and played by many players online. I hope, you will like it too.

  • hey Nicholas check these games out i think you will love some of them out..
    Macaronis Adventure
    Smash Hit

  • What about the game Color Flow by One Thumb Games on Google Play? You should try out the game. You can play or create your own puzzles and challenge others.

  • Nice list. I love to play Plague Inc.

  • Mike Dec 2, 2017 Link to comment

    The female character in Lineage looks like Harmony

  • Nice list. I love to play Clash.

  • Clash of clans Games Always super Awesome. I am highly addicted of this game

  • Awesome List Brittany, I really like the CSI and Quiz up games from your list been my fav's for quite some time now. I would like to suggest one such trivia puzzle that am stuck by currently Words To Emojis, it's a simple and addictive game just match the emojis with the displayed words and clear the level.

  •   1
    Deactivated Account Jun 20, 2017 Link to comment

    words on tour is not on the play store

  • I am playing clash of clans since very long , great fan of supercell . They just need to update faceto face challenges.

  • Such wonderful list of top free games. All the games are my favorite. Thanks for sharing it.

  • I love these games.

  • Great list i really enjoyed

  • I like interaction games which you must think and play fast like Fruit Ninja, Fish Crush, and Piano Tiles. In the beginning it looks easy but harder quickly. These games also have creative graphics, let enjoy them now!

  • What do you think about Yes Or No game by ESdroid (Android game)? Have you ever played this game? If yes is it wotrh to download

  • Asphalt 8.airborne is nither free nore offline here in's a very ecpesive game

  • This game list of android games is really awesome.I download these games apk from

  • Try 2 Dot should be here -

  • Hi! I really like Chameleon Run, even when is not in this post XD but i wanna recommend a new indie game called Dodgeball Arena! A merge of powers, action and sports :D it's very cool! I hope you like it..

  • psycho Jun 14, 2016 Link to comment

    where is white line
    is amazing game

  • I would like to mention the DoubleDown Casino website and the app. There are really a lot of interesting casino games in this website. It is my favorite one and I like the poker there. I always use free promo codes from websites, like this one for example and never used to pay money for chips. Great list!

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  • I don't really think this list is fair because, just for a few examples, strategy games had seven suggestions, puzzle games had thirteen,and party games listed eleven. But of course, my favorite type of games, which are the RPG's, only had a measly four suggestions. Is this list supposed to be geared to the most popular types of games, or did you just list the best according to your opinion? I find tapping games, and party games tedious, simplistic for the most part,and uninteresting, but that's just me. I realize that I am not like most people.

  • the best android racing game is rush rally 2

  • Sweet list

  • Search in google play "pub:Cube Software" and download the game Cellular, if you think your reaction time is good, this game will prove otherwise!

  • Great selection off games but still i love playing "identical" among my friends and family

  • Hey everyone, check out our newly released game, with 500downloads within just 10 days. search ONE HIT GAME on google store, we are not spammers with links, we just need some Love

  • I am playing Globe Master 3D for few weekend now...

  • Great Article! This is really usefull app list for Android. I am using some apps such as Traffic Rider and Dead Effect2. I love them a lot as they are useful for me and you also find here Free Game Apps For Android.

  • Hey all, you maybe want to try another new addictive and very simple tap game. Some people tried and can't stop playing it. Here you can get it

  • You can add on your list the Thumb Drift. It is the same like Tokyo Drift but this one will be using a thumb.

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    Deactivated Account Apr 22, 2016 Link to comment

    I'd really appreciate it if anyone would want to try out the game that I've developed, my main focus was to make it simple enough for anyone to enjoy it.
    Here is the link: As new users can't post links, just search "Jumpy Ring" on Google Play Store.
    Love you all. <3

  • there is also this free and simple android game which is so nice, it is called Bandar : The Jumper .. you can download it from Google

  • Hey u must try the game stack I think it would be also on this list

  • I recommend these new android games (released on April 2016):

    -Rainbow Wings
    -MechCom 2
    -Evilbane: Rise of Ravens
    -Goo Saga
    -Chameleon Run
    -Disney Crossy Road

  • This is addictive? :D Have you tried game called Cityman ?

  • Nice article i found much information thanks

  • I found this article by googleing 'are there any good free android games?'.... Having played a lot of the shlock on this list and being totally uninspired by the rest I suppose the answer remains a resounding NO!

  • Idle Town! You need to add it! /store/apps/details?id=com.WipGames.idle

  • I have 3 games mentioned in this list. I am now addicted to a game called One Man Army.

    • Hey priya, i am a Android game lover usually i spend much time in playing games on mobile,Bdw How can i get this game?

  • Crazy Traffic Racer Mania 2016. Coolest Racing game of March 2016. TRY IT FOR FREE ON ANDROID PLAY STORE :)

  • Good Games

  • I recomend to download (Drum Drive) and (ScaleMe) =)

  • han Mar 28, 2016 Link to comment

    best bike game, google play "gerak lu pe roger" can even put your own picture in it..

  • What about some bloody fun time, with our newly released Get Dicey ?
    Sense of dark humor recommended, kids seems to love it!
    Free to play, can get extra weapons by watching Ads

  • List is cool but some of them are released before 2016
    I came across this new march release Top charts in UK Dash - Twisty Circle [ ] Simple musical addictive game play, good time pass game..

  • Sourav Mar 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Grabnfly providing a fast, easy gameplay and satisfying game that's perfect for mobile platforms.

  • smks Mar 17, 2016 Link to comment

    Some of these games look incredible. My favourites are probably Angry birds 2 and Crossy road. I've just released my own game called Ronnie the Rooster (shameless plug). This bird is ambitious, cute clumsy and comical. Let me know what you think!

  • Not the type of games for a 65 year old woman. I want word games and that so difficult?

  • Great games! You should also check out a new super CUTE game that my friend made! Animal Trail"

  • sak Feb 28, 2016 Link to comment

    I recomend to download "The path by Cyrus games" its very good time killing game

  • Though monument valley is paid,it is one of the beautiful games on android.

  • The candy crush is awsome but it's limited with only 5 lifes. If you want to play a kind of candy crush game with out those limit, I would like to introduce "Cookie Sweet", it's the coolest match 3 cookie game. You can search "com.geniuspham.cookiesweet"

  • Another (kind of like Flappy Bird) game. No need to think to much, just play for fun! Check it out:

  • Hello dear comment viewers, please take some time to check out my free game, Space Lord 2. It's an arcade space shooter and tons of fun. 100% free, no advertisements or in app purchases.

  • I want to include one 1 more game, I remember on my childhood I played a lot Simon Says, I found this game, it is the most similar to Simon Says, you can play also his Multiplayer mode¡¡

  • Play "Annoying Brain" it is available for both Android and iOS. Annoying Brain basically a brain game and will force players to control their mind and concentration.

    Download It. Play It. Review It.

  • I like this free game, "Puxers." Don't need wifi. A mix of air hockey and 2048.

  • Some really good games abd apps here. Dead trigger 2 and dead effect 2 are amazing games, have played them for sone time now. Cannot believe that Kritika was left off this list though. It is the best MMORPG on android playstore by far. Brilliant graphics and fast paced gameplay combine to make this game top of my personal list. A cross of dynasty warriors, final fantasy and DMC, this game will have you addicted if you are a fan of hacl and slash RPG style games.

  • "Word War W" is a great little word game with a funny name (think World War Z).

    It combines arcade elements with word spelling. It's fun and can get quite challenging. Besides it helps teach spelling and fast typing. Probably nothing else like it out there.

  • i love clash of clans, dumb ways to die, boom beach, and subway surfers. I f you ask me angry birds is getting very old and boring.


  • Really cool games.

  • Do You remember Flappy Bird? Now this one is very comparable. I like it.

  • I highly recommand CLASH OF CLANS. Once you start playing it, you will forget other games at all. I also recommand 8 Ball Pool and Zig Zag. Personally, I used to play these three games.
    But Thanks for this great info!
    Good Luck for more.

  • A lot of these games are action games. PersonnaIy, I love challenging my brain with my smartphone and puzzles games are the best way. I love Kakuro Cross Sums, a japanese puzzle that changes from Sudoku :

  • lanny Dec 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes is relatively new with great potential!

  • Adictive... "MagneTwo"

  • Great info.I like all your post.I will keep visiting this blog very often.It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and your clarity on this important subject can be easily observed. Thanks again!
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  • Check this out .. Jump Ball Up .. Simple and addictive ..

  • Cool list!, but I think this game 'Hero Quest Saga Dragon Knight' developed by RoosterDuck Entertainment should join this list! Check it out!

  • No love for our PIXELMAN? : P

  • hey guys try our new game ORBIT JUMP, a very nice and fun game for ANDROID and iOS, must try it you guys will love it
    here are the links

  • Also another good free game to consider is UFO Explorer. retains your attention for quite a while.
    Very easy to learn but hard to master. Pretty addictive too. good luck ;)

  • I found this cool game called Micey Dicey on Google Play. The game is free and has no advertisements. It’s really challenging to play, but super addicting. It’s much like Flappy Bird and Crossy Road combined, fast gameplay and easy to pick up and put away when you’re done. Check it out if you have the time;

  • This is a game I wrote over the course of 2015 - Star Dancer (search for mattiesgames on googleplay ) - it is a space strategy with 3d space combat. Free and Paid, No ads or in app purchases - old school gaming glory with modern graphics.

  • I am surprised Zenonia and pixel dungeon are not on this list. Though for beginners I would recommend playing "soft pixel dungeon".

  • A friend of mine recently shared UnblockMe to me and I found it interesting and highly challenging especially as you go through the levels. Amazing game. Kudos to the developers.

    I also found this interesting:

  • Android Game Development - Android being one of the most popular mobile platforms of modern times, Android game development has shot to popularity within no time, MobileAPPtelligence [dot] com is a leading Android game development company, developing games for Android devices including phones, tablet and phablets in genres like action, strategy, RPG, sports among others.

  • Shape Shoot Mania:(This supports both Accelerometer as well as touch.)

    GamePlay Video:

    This one is somewhat a new approach towards shooter games. Need more levels though..

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  • I like The Ugly Chicken, and her music it's great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • are a few games in this list that worh playing,coz of a very nice graphics,all the rest are just piece of craps,why ppl like games that look exactly like games loooooooong time ago,even be4 of MS DOS 4 games is more than i can understand

    • Because gameplay is far, far more important than fancy graphics. The greatest looking game could still be a let-down, but good gameplay can't be ruined by a lack of hi-def 3D graphics.

  • These free Android games are the newest ways to kill your time and of course they offer pure entertainment that you will surely be addicted to.

  • try this game for android and ios ^^

  • This is a New Addicting game, I play it for hours!

  • i've already saw something like that on:

  • I think this game should be in this list.

  • Nice list :) My fave one is Unlocker from Vardroid. Is there anybody here who has managed to complete Level 7 or 8???

  • Finally i found some great cheats for SUBWAY SURFERS

  • Omg The reviewer who wrote the article on Angry Birds 2 needs to grow a brain or use spellchecker. The company is called Rovio, not Roxio, moron!!

  • The game, "Shoot the Ninjas" is a lot of fun

  • Great list ... I had tried cut the rope series, dead trigger 2 and boom beach ... These all are just games to play

  • hey guys try this very nice android game "SAVE THE BIRDS", its a very cute game best for time pass, you will love it.

  • Hey guys try game :

  • fallout shelter

  • Top 9 free phone games of all time FREE u must have !!!
    ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL shiven gaming

  • these are nice games. but i am playing SAVE THE BIRDS nowadays and its very addictive. guys you should try it too.

  • Fallout Shelter

  • You have missed out Idle Town!
    https: //

  • Umma Gamma is a mobile puzzle game for Android and iOS with increasing levels of fun and featuring an original soundtrack.

    Over 360 unique puzzles! Umma Gamma is a simple, refreshing take on the word puzzle gaming genre. With multiple levels of beautiful, high resolution word collages, it’s up to the player to find all the words in each puzzle!

    Coming soon to Kickstarter!

    Please support our project!

  • I give the best to future fight marble I now playing it love it

  • only game missing is this adorable game Bird Drops

  • aks Jul 21, 2015 Link to comment

    check this one:

    It is my first android game. Please give me some feedback what to change or do better.

  • I like this big list , guys , please check my first android game , I hope u like it

  • Check out this Game Perfect Jump

  • You should try "Counter Pong", a mind switching self played arcade.

  • Nice Collection of Games, You may want check my Teen titans Game

  • Now, this is cool! :D

  • abid Jun 24, 2015 Link to comment

    nice collection of best android games

  • Great list! Another Android game that I like is Paddle Paddle, it's pretty challenging and fun. I think you can get it here:

  • Calvin Jun 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Hi, I just released my game for Android. It's a free and very addictive

  • Game achieved a high mass in its early days

    realy fun game

  • NumBoard - Number Game

  • Crush Frenzy is my favourite game this year. Cross between Tetris and Candy Crush. I like the feature that lets you play against your friends!

  • Check out pixel dungeon if you like rpg's/ dungeon crawlers it's extremely challenging though...

  • check out this:

  • Hello,
    I just release my first game called "Twandy", it is about two candies, it make your eyes be fooled before you can reach 100 points. It look easy to play, just click on the left or right of the screen, depend on candies 's color BUT 90% players can't get more than 10 points at the first time! Now, do you want to try it?
    Try it on Google Play: net.klteam.twandy

  • Tebbs May 11, 2015 Link to comment

    e have just made a game called "game of sniper" for android, its been hard work and the game is now on play store since yesterday. i am reaching out to everyone in this community so they can help me test the game and give suggestions for improvement.

    you can install it from play store (just available for android now) and comment and rate it.

    please try and suggest to help improve the game

  • The Cleanwiz is also excellent.

  • You should add Tap Titans. Its really simply buttons of fun and weirdly addictive.

  •   3
    Deactivated Account May 4, 2015 Link to comment

    JetPack Joyride is an amazing game!!

  • Very good list. like dead trigger2 most. Thanks for sharing such kind of android games.

  • Today, there are lots of new Android games that are for free. They offer unlimited fun and entertainment which makes the game more exciting and addicting.

  • Thanks for sharing this useful resource! Well, if anyone is interested in a permanent source to download free android games, then visit this blog, it has number of games to get for Free!

  • gamesg Apr 28, 2015 Link to comment

    i like iconmannia.
    i like for mobile game very simple game like
    space fable

  • i like 2 points.

  • More and more free Android games are being released into the market. For sure all of them will offer the best fun and entertainment to the users.

  • Candy Crush Soda is better than Saga, IMO. I don't play it but my wife loves it, and I like to watch her play.

  • I found a better game: RATAFISH! Is a very addictive game!
    My record is 35 points... I think that is imposible to get a better score.

  • James Mar 25, 2015 Link to comment

    I'd recommend Boxly ( ) Its a really simple idea (catch the circles in the box) but difficult and addictive.

  • Another one amazing free game Tesla Wars - II

  • Not a common game: WeedWorld THE game

  • there is only a few good games

  • Game is definitely a needful part on your Android phone, right? Playing games is a good way to help you kill time and get fun.

  • Jacks3D - fun multiplayer game I am addicted to. It might be too hard for some but the wacky ball is an awesome twist.

  • Digging Deep: Tap the blocks is getting more and more popular lately after the last update and I hope it will get more attention soon.

  • Arcane Legends and Order & chaoes are pretty good RPGs.

  • Most of those games are Freemium-->DLC pay to play/win cash cows...

  • I like roller-coaster tycoon 4. love the game but sick of how unstable it is

  • Don't you mean "freemium'?

  • Evalisense is really funny and completely free

  • red Sep 23, 2014 Link to comment

    glad to see a couple of titles that are new to me listed. I'd love to see a "sleeper" so to speak, game list.

  • Clash of Clans is a game that has a lot of focus on planning and execution of strategies and one of the most important aspects of the game is to have a good builder plan to help secure your base and to destroy enemy units that will come to attack your base.

  • These all aren't exactly "free" games. Clash of Clans for example.. Sure you can play it for free but don't expect yo remain competitive for long especially against those tossing $100 into the game a month ..ridiculous. Almost all these "free" games are like this.


    • People usually get discouraged about it because of raids on their bases. But raids are a part of the game that makes it fun, especially when you gotta work out strategies to prevent those raids from affecting you much and doing raids yourself. Been playing it for a year almost and I haven't spent a dime on it and I must say I've met great people and I love it.

  • Even for non-players of the TCG, Magic 2015 is pretty awesome. =)

  • angry birds go is pretty good, great great graphics

  • You forgot the big guy... "Asphalt 8"

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