The best free Android games in 2018: try these out now | Gaming

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 okay to just mess around with terrible 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: Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne is a high-octane racer that gave a cursory glance towards realism. It then decided against bothering with such a trifling issue, and decided it’d much prefer you to pelt along at insane speeds under the power of glorious nitro, which frequently sends your car soaring into the air.

Not one for the simulation crowd, then, but this racer is perfect for everyone else. The larger-than-life branched courses – hyper-real takes on real-world locations – are madcap and exciting. Rather than doing laps around a boring circuit surrounded by gravel traps, you blast through rocket launch sites, and blaze through volcanos.

There are downsides – cynical IAPs and timers abound, welding a massive comedy tailfin to this otherwise sleek racer’s stylings. But for dizzying speed, mid-air barrel rolls, and loads of laughs, this racer is tough to beat.

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