Ten Popular Free Games for Android

If you're an Android phone user and looking for something interesting to kill time, the following ten free games will go a long way to achieving that. No matter which game type you like, there's at least one or two games which might suit you.

1. Angry Birds

The predictable winner, as its name has been on everyone's lips ever since its launch on iPhone/iPad a few months ago. It's a physics-based game (the things in it move according to the laws of physics), that has you guide some birds in order to destroy the fortresses of the mean pigs who stole their eggs. It currently has 195 levels with more to be released probably sometime soon.

2. Live Holdem Poker Pro

Play poker with other players from around the world (both Facebook and Android users). You get a number of free chips every day in order to play, and there's also a lottery draw, and two tournament modes.

3. Solitaire

This is actually a collection of some of the most popular card games: Solitaire, Spider, Freecell, and Forty Thieves.

4. Angry Birds Seasons

A new set of levels for the gaming sensation that has taken the world by storm lately. Contains Christmas-themed expansion and also a Halloween-themes one.

5. Jewels

A very polished and nice-looking version of the match-3 puzzle game that we all know and love. It also has a global leaderboard and four game modes including Timed, Quick, Normal and Infinite. 

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No offense, but this list is dreadful. No PewPew? Words with Friends? Replica Island? Rocket Bunnies? Nova?

This title should read "Alltime popular free games for Android". Other than what's listed here, the market is poor poor poor!

Tony. said,
Question Neowin, why quote a site of the best free Android games when you could of done it yourself?

Goode one, stop the spam, make some good original articles.

The overall quality (how they look) of the apps on android look aweful compared to their counterparts on IOS, perfect example, Weatherbug app looks like it was made by Fischer Price on Android. Yet take a look at the same app on an iPhone or an Ipad, complete difference in quality and design. I am partial to android and ios, I own an iPhone 4 and an Droid X as well as a iPad and a Nook color so don't fit me as a fan boy.

Wow, this list is bad.

In the past 3 or 4 months, the Android games have EXPLODED. There's so many good games on Android now. And, unlike iOS devices, many of these games are free and are of the same quality as that of iOS ones.

I think Robo Defence should of gotten up there... Any ways, talking of which, does any one else think Robo Defence has gotten A LOT harder since the last update? For some reason, I cannot no longer get passed the first level with basic skill level.

I don't understand why people argue in the comments like this. Everyone needs to get over their fanboyism and realize that both platforms have their ups and downs and neither are perfect. When it comes to iOS, it wins in the gaming section by far.... Actually really far. Only a pure android user and iOS hater will tell you otherwise. When it comes to functionality and freedom/customization, android wins. simple as that. While it's true that jail breaking helps alleviate these annoyances on iOS, it's still a pretty big down side that in order to use the OS the way you want it's almost necessary. Plus, not everyone is willing to jailbreak.

Xerax said,
Angry Birds is an overated, stupid game.
1+
Boring **** game. I don't understand why is it always placed on the top games list. They just have no taste...

This is the worst list ever. Game dev story, Basketball shot, Tank hero, Tap Tap 4(Recently released on android, still lots of bugs) , Fruit Slice Ninjump are way nicer. not to mention gameboy emulators like gameboid.

What's with all the iOS ports? What about Android-only games like Robo Defence Free? I miss games like that since I got my iPhone

thealexweb said,
What's with all the iOS ports? What about Android-only games like Robo Defence Free? I miss games like that since I got my iPhone

Then don't get an iPhone if you're that worried. You didn't pick the better choice!

Angry Birds is a game, but Angry Birds Seasons is an expansion and just comes with more levels and some themes and isnt a game, it is also mentioned that it is a expansion in this article. So i dont think it is qualified as a game as it is Angry Birds already and that game is on the first place.

I understand where you might come to that conclusion, but I disagree. You can download Angry Birds Seasons without downloading the original game, so it's not really an expansion. It's a stand-alone game.

Without any links to or names of developers of the apps this article is almost completely useless. Angry Birds and Live Holdem Poker Pro are easy to find, but have you tried searching the Android Marketplace for "Solitaire" to find the one mentioned in this article? Some clues as to which one it is would have been nice

DecoyDuck said,
Without any links to or names of developers of the apps this article is almost completely useless.

I can't agree more. I'm really surprised that not a single link was given in this post.

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

+1

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

This thought may be lost on this gaming generation but a game doesn't have to have ball busting graphics to be fun. In fact, I personally found Crysis, despite it's amazing graphics to be utterly boring.

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

Exactly this. One of the reasons I am glad I replaced my Android device(s). iPhone apps are just so much more developed.

Android is just. "Yep, it works, release it! Bug are fine, graphics suck but who cares"

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

this list must come from a 5 year old child
there's a lot of great games like cordy, tank hero, meganoid and these are free
there's also a lot of EA games , worms etc... and all the emulator for your console

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

1+

(Solitaire, LOL)

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

I only play games on my phone to pass the time on the bus/train/whatever, not as a serious gaming device, so these sorts of games are fine for me.

iOS is worlds ahead of Android in terms of gaming though, nobody can really argue otherwise.

NesTle said,

this list must come from a 5 year old child
there's a lot of great games like cordy, tank hero, meganoid and these are free
there's also a lot of EA games , worms etc... and all the emulator for your console
Yeah. It seems they just know how to place all famous games in a list.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

I only play games on my phone to pass the time on the bus/train/whatever, not as a serious gaming device, so these sorts of games are fine for me.

iOS is worlds ahead of Android in terms of gaming though, nobody can really argue otherwise.

I Like Android emulators, though!

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

It's true... If you are interested is in gaming, then iOS > Android.

Shadrack said,

It's true... If you are interested is in gaming, then iOS > Android.


Hardly. I've seen some excellent stuff on Android, and not as much on iOS.

Given Android is more flexible in many regards, I think that's the way to go.

Raa said,

Hardly. I've seen some excellent stuff on Android, and not as much on iOS.

Really? I don't think you've been looking carefully enough. Show me your "Infinity Blade" equivalent on Android. (Did "Rage" even make it over to Android?)

Given Android is more flexible in many regards, I think that's the way to go.

Irrelevant. In terms of what developers are producing, iOS has far more interesting and excellent games. Excluding emulators, Android hasn't got much that is substantial in terms of gaming.

Edited by Manish, Apr 10 2011, 3:06pm :

ishtarusa1 said,

You apple people have to be the biggest bunch of baby's around you whine about everything non apple , if someone says something about a crappy apple product the apple sympathisers on here delete you , though you can say anything about anything else and nothing happens sounds to me like your trying to start sometrhing

It's true - iOS is currently the best mobile gaming platform (excluding WP7 untill it get's more apps/games).

Jan said,

iOS is currently the best mobile gaming platform (excluding WP7 untill it get's more apps/games).

Surely you can then include WP7, since you specified "currently"?

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

Yeah because these are the only games Android has to offer. Glad I have my Android device. I can install Nintendo/Sega/Sony emulators without jailbreaking my phone. Lets see. My top ten would be:

Rocket Bunnies
Stupid Zombies
Tank Hero
Hyper Jump
Mini Squadron
Angry Birds
Radiant
Robo Defense
Pocket Gods
Words with Friends

Android is lacking in the gaming scene anymore so you can stop trolling. We even have a dedicated gaming phone (Xperia Play). What dedicated gaming phone does Apple have?


Hardcore Til I Die said,

I only play games on my phone to pass the time on the bus/train/whatever, not as a serious gaming device, so these sorts of games are fine for me.

iOS is worlds ahead of Android in terms of gaming though, nobody can really argue otherwise.

Yeah I agree. I mean Android just has a dedicated gaming device (Xperia Play) and even has hundreds of iOS titles that have been ported over to go along with its own titles. But you're right there's no argument.

Jmaxku said,

Yeah because these are the only games Android has to offer. Glad I have my Android device. I can install Nintendo/Sega/Sony emulators without jailbreaking my phone. Lets see. My top ten would be:

Rocket Bunnies
Stupid Zombies
Tank Hero
Hyper Jump
Mini Squadron
Angry Birds
Radiant
Robo Defense
Pocket Gods
Words with Friends

Android is lacking in the gaming scene anymore so you can stop trolling. We even have a dedicated gaming phone (Xperia Play). What dedicated gaming phone does Apple have?

Android isn't lacking*



Jmaxku said,

We even have a dedicated gaming phone (Xperia Play). What dedicated gaming phone does Apple have?

Why does Apple need one? It's better to allow every device to be good at gaming. Do you plan to buy a Xperia Play just to play exclusive titles? How many exclusive titles are there anyway? It's not still just Crash Bandicoot is it?

Like I said before, in terms of what the developers are churning out, iOS > Android (for now and in terms of gaming, obviously).

even has hundreds of iOS titles that have been ported over to go along with its own titles

Umm, iOS also has its own, exclusive titles.

Jmaxku said,

Yeah because these are the only games Android has to offer. Glad I have my Android device. I can install Nintendo/Sega/Sony emulators without jailbreaking my phone. Lets see. My top ten would be:

Rocket Bunnies
Stupid Zombies
Tank Hero
Hyper Jump
Mini Squadron
Angry Birds
Radiant
Robo Defense
Pocket Gods
Words with Friends

Android is lacking in the gaming scene anymore so you can stop trolling. We even have a dedicated gaming phone (Xperia Play). What dedicated gaming phone does Apple have?


Wake me up when Android can run a game like Infinity Blade.

Hey guys, see that clear part in the wall that kind of looks like a tv but is always showing something boring? That's a window, and on the other side is outside. Try going to check it out and stop arguing over what phone is better. Use whatever the hell you like and give it a rest.

Jmaxku said,

Yeah I agree. I mean Android just has a dedicated gaming device (Xperia Play) and even has hundreds of iOS titles that have been ported over to go along with its own titles. But you're right there's no argument.

If you're talking about a particular Android device, then the Xperia Play probably will have a lot of decent games available for it. Those games won't work on nearly all Android devices though. A dedicated gaming device like the Xperia Play is bound to have a superior GPU to most other Android devices.

I'm saying that when you compare the iPhone to *most* Android handsets, the iPhone will have more games available. My phone (the HTC Desire) is by no means low end/outdated but it is not in the same league as the iPhone for gaming.

Manish said,

Why does Apple need one? It's better to allow every device to be good at gaming. Do you plan to buy a Xperia Play just to play exclusive titles? How many exclusive titles are there anyway? It's not still just Crash Bandicoot is it?

Like I said before, in terms of what the developers are churning out, iOS > Android (for now and in terms of gaming, obviously).


Umm, iOS also has its own, exclusive titles.

No I don't plan on buying a Play. I have no need to. I have a Nexus One with Gingerbread and have no problems running 3D games that require good GPU However, it is awesome that Android has the ability to offer a gaming specific handset. The controls offer a superior gaming experience when compared to any touch screen.

I don't believe Android per se offers superior gaming to iOS. I just think Android doesn't receive enough credit, and the platform isn't that far behind iOS. It's fairly obvious that some lower-end Android handsets can't run games that require good gpu. However, that's because Android doesn't dictate one size fits all. There are plenty of high-end handsets that have no problem with titles from developers like GameLoft, and IMO it's easy for consumers to briefly browse the internet and read reviews to pick the proper phone for them. If they don't, then they were most likely too lazy to do some research or got caught up in a sales pitch for a cheap handset.

I have a Nexus One and have NEVER had a problem with a game because of gpu. There's nothing special about my Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. There are plenty of processors with better GPU and CPU. There have been instances were my limited touch screen has caused control issues, but that's only for a small percentage of games. There are plenty of Android handsets without this limitation. My handset is nearly a year and a half old. I knew it had this limitation when I bought it, and it hasn't had any major affect on my gaming experience. In fact, because I receive fast updates, my Android gaming experience has only gotten better.

The Tegra 2 has received a huge amount of attention from gaming developers. The chipset is appearing in a large variety of devices and is bringing many great gaming titles that won't be specific to it. In some cases it already has. Enter Dungeon Defenders.

iOS does have it's own exclusive titles, but there are more titles being ported from iOS to Android than titles from Android to iOS. Android has benefited greatly form the success of iOS, because they can offer both Android exclusive titles and ported iOS titles that have already gained popularity in Apple's market.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

If you're talking about a particular Android device, then the Xperia Play probably will have a lot of decent games available for it. Those games won't work on nearly all Android devices though. A dedicated gaming device like the Xperia Play is bound to have a superior GPU to most other Android devices.

I'm saying that when you compare the iPhone to *most* Android handsets, the iPhone will have more games available. My phone (the HTC Desire) is by no means low end/outdated but it is not in the same league as the iPhone for gaming.

As you noted, Xperia Play games won't be exclusive to the Play. The Play's Qualcomm chipset isn't anything special. In fact, I think it's a testimate to how little GPU mobile 3D gaming requires. 1 Ghz CPU? Adreno GPU? 60 FPS for 3D gaming is awesome, but some of that can be attributed to running Gingerbread on the device. Qualcomm will be offering a superior chipset in the EVO 3D being released this June.

IMO The controls and battery life of the Play are what make it a superior gaming device. Not the screen. Not the processor. Sony's brand also helps. IMO, it's inevitable that many high-end Android handsets will benefit from the Play.

King Mustard said,
Wow, makes me feel lucky to have an iOS device Most of those ten games are dog-ugly and basic.

Makes me glad to not have an iOS device. If iOS people think these are the best android games...they are smoking something and dont have a clue.