5 Best free Android games of 2016 (1)

You’ve got some time to kill and only your trusty Android phone to keep you company? Take a gander at some of the most exciting, engaging, and absolutely free games that you can download from the Google Play Store. We’ve got a healthy mix including shooters, city-builders, puzzle games, racing, and lots more. If you’re itching for something new and you’re able to stomach a few in-app purchase prompts, read on!

1. ASPHALT 8

Asphalt 8: Airborne is easily one of the top racing games on mobile right now. It skips all pretensions of realism and provides an over-the-top, high-octane experience with all the fixings. Players can work their way through the career mode, unlock new rides, upgrade the ones they have, or take the competition online in multiplayer. The usual race modes are there, plus a new Infected one where players have to tag other racers before succumbing to an explosive virus. The incredibly polished graphics and outstanding soundtrack make Asphalt 8 an adrenaline trip you won’t soon forget. DOWNLOAD: Asphalt 8: Airborne (Free, IAPs)

 2. THREES!

Threes! is a thoughtful and light hearted puzzle game. By sliding a board of numbered cards in four directions, players aim to get adjacent and identically-numbered cards to stack on top of one another. Every turn introduces a new tile on the board, which means you’ve got to keep stacking to make room. When the board fills up, you’re given a score based on the value of the cards left, which in turn gets posted to the Google Play Games leaderboards. Threes! is elegant, fun, and challenging, and you should definitely pick it up if you haven’t tried it yet. DOWNLOAD: Threes! (Free, ads)

3. HEARTHSTONE

Hearthstone is a free turn-based card game that follows a familiar formula: players summon creature cards and cast spell cards based on the fantasy Warcraft universe in an effort to defeat online opponents. Every one of the nine heroes has their own unique special ability as well as a sizable batch of collectible and craftable cards. Casual online games, ranked matches, wacky weekly Tavern Brawls, and grueling Arena games appeal to varying levels of commitment. Hearthstone is without a doubt the best free card game to come to Android to date. DOWNLOAD: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Free, IAPs)

4. CROSSY ROAD

All you have to do in Crossy Road is get the chicken to cross the road so he can get to the other side. The catch is that there is no other side, and you’re just dodging speeding trains, traffic, torrential waters, and hungry eagles for as long as possible before meeting an inevitable and grisly demise. Single taps move you forward, and swipes move left or right. Old school gamers will sense plenty of familiarity with Frogger. Over time, you earn adorable new characters to hop along as. Between the adorable graphics and dead-simple controls, Crossy Road is incredibly addictive. DOWNLOAD: Crossy Road (Free, IAPs, ads)

5. SPACETEAM

Spaceteam is a truly unique local multiplayer game. Once paired, players are presented with ridiculously-labeled spaceship consoles. All manner of sliders, knobs, switches, and buttons show up on each screen. Each player then has a message flashing telling them which control needs to be tweaked in order to save their ship from being swallowed by an exploding star. The thing is, that control could be on anybody’s device, so everybody ends up barking ludicrous orders at one another with straight-faced urgency. Spaceteam is one of the most fun, free multiplayer games you can play.

DOWNLOAD: Spaceteam (Free, IAPs, ads)

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