Free & Fun
Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially free games. There are thousands of free games in the app store, some good and some bad. It can be overwhelming trying to decide what to play and what will be a waste of your time. We’re here to break down the top 10 best free Android games of 2023 for you to check out. From cute graphics to engaging stories, whether you’ve heard of them or not, these are bound to perk your interest.
10. The Ramp
Long before there were Tony Hawk skating games, there was 720 Degrees and Skate Boardin’ from Atari. And there’s been a surprisingly steady stream of skateboarding games ever since. Though mostly on consoles, there are a few that have managed to make it in the mobile game market. Examples include Subway Surfers and Skater Boy. Most are high-octane action, but then there’s The Ramp. There’s no extra bells and whistles here, just pure skating. Shred and grind on various ramps from the traditional to an empty swimming pool. Have your skater perform high-flying tricks like the Tailgrab, Lien Air and the Melon. And if you don’t stick the landing, have a laugh at the ragdoll physics of your skater tumbling down The Ramp.
9. Rocket League Sideswipe
Racing onto the scene in 2015, this soccer meets cars series has developed quite the fanbase. Rocket League Sideswipe is the newest addition to the franchise and is just as exciting as its console counterparts. With fast-paced, easy-to-learn gameplay and stunning visuals, it’s hard to imagine playing soccer any other way. Go hood-to-hood with other players in 1v1 or 2v2 matches. Plus, enjoy other game modes based on real-life sports like basketball, volleyball and more. You can also turn your car into the most absurdly decked-out machine on four wheels. Half the fun is customizing your car with various unlockables such as a cowboy hat, a flamethrower and other crazy items. You’re already playing soccer with cars, who needs them to look realistic?
8. Soul Knight
A classic tale of magic verses technology spun into a pixelated roguelike RPG, Soul Knight features over 20 heroes battling against invading aliens. Whether you play as a typical rogue or wizard, or as a more unique trap master or time traveling ninja, there’s a hero for everyone. Their skills plus over 400 kinds of weapons allow for multiple ways of taking down the aliens. And with randomly generated dungeons, such as dark forests and medieval castles, keeping you guessing, every playthrough is different. Play alone or turn on multiplayer to team up with friends both online and offline. Soul Knight may be hectic with its combat, but it’s the kind of hectic that’s both exhilarating and fun.
Platform fighters with characters from different IP’s have become more common in recent years, some examples being MultiVersus and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. But sometimes it’s nice to go back to the 2D roots you can play in the palm of your hand. Going strong since 2014, Brawlhalla is a colorful and multifaceted game filled with many kinds of characters. Those that came with the game include Cassidy, an ex-U.S. Marshal and Sentinel, a superhero. Some characters from other IP’s that joined Brawlhalla are the infamous indie game protagonist Shovel Knight and comic book star Hellboy. Each have their own unique set of skills and abilities for you to master and defeat up to eight other players. Beyond the main campaign, there’s many party game modes to enjoy. Brawlball, Bombsketball, Capture the Flag and Kung-Foot are just some of them. With access to cross-play, almost anyone can join the fight.
6. Another Eden
Another Eden is a JRPG filled with fantastical characters and heartfelt story written by the legendary Masato Kato. Go on a journey spanning the past, present and future with a game packed with enough content that almost shouldn’t be possible for mobile devices. Gather your party and face off against ferocious monsters across many beautiful landscapes. Play at your own pace and explore other game modes beyond the main story, such as character quests. Also, you can participate in crossover quests that feature characters from Persona 5: The Royal and others. All characters are fully voiced and there are over 100 songs performed with cultural instruments and an orchestra. Hard to believe Another Eden is a mobile game and not a major AAA title.
5. Among Us
Who would’ve thought that Among Us would blow up so much? Though technically released in the summer of 2018, this action multiplayer didn’t really take off until 2020. Joining with four to 15 players, crew members have to complete tasks around the ship to keep it running. These tasks include charting the course, cleaning vents, fixing wiring and more. Some are short while others take some time to finish. But don’t let your guard down, as one or more players is an imposter. The crew lookalikes only mission is to kill the crew and not get caught. Not knowing who’s who while trying to do your job can really keep you looking over your shoulder. There are five different ways to kill, including stabbing with a knife or sharp tongue, snapping their neck, and shooting with a gun or laser. Imposters can either run and hide in the vents or find a way to frame any innocent bystanders. Among Us ends when all tasks are complete, the imposter(s) are voted off, or if the imposter(s) kill everyone. Don’t be sus!
4. AnimA ARPG
With quality 3D graphics, thrilling story and epic soundtrack, AnimA ARPG is a dark, hack-and-slash gothic adventure. Traverse several layers of over 80 dungeons to fight monsters and uncover items. You can even customize your character with the equipment you find, ranging from common to legendary. Equipment includes swords, helmets and magical items. Also, consult the skill tree to improve your character’s strength, dexterity, intellect, and vitality to make them a better warrior. Beyond the main game there are multiple game difficulties and modes which keep things interesting. Not to mention there’s over ten secret levels to find, plus 45 skills to give your character. You could consider AnimA ARPG to be something of a spiritual successor to the Diablo series. It certainly has enough demons to slay.
3. AdventureQuest 3D
Described as a rather unusual MMORPG, AdventureQuest 3D is a cross-platform adventure filled with…well, everything. Pick and swap between classes from the typical Rogue to the unique Moglomancer. It’s fun trying out all the different classes and not just being stuck with one. The Moglomancer, for example, is basically a tamer of the world’s animals, called Moglins. They can assist you in battle and enhance your abilities. They can also become your pets if you’re interested. Besides fighting, you can explore the ever-expanding world, each area with its own challenges and quests. Traverse dungeons, participate in random, wacky events and craft weapons and armor to strengthen yourself. You can even watch delightfully animated cutscenes reminiscent of modern anime. New features will eventually be added to AdventureQuest 3D, like player houses and guilds. Honestly, even I’m considering playing this game.
You’ve heard of Octodad, now get ready for…Dadish. When his kids go missing from the vegetable patch, this radish dad sets out on a search and rescue mission. Standing in his way are fast food enemies such as pizza slices, soda cans and French fries. Not to mention the environmental dangers typical of platformers across 50 levels. Collect stars and unlock multiple secrets along the way, too. Reunite with all 50 radish children and get them home safe, even if they act rude and ungrateful, if not sassy. Honestly, the dialogue is just as fun as the gameplay. Plus, the graphics are adorable, and the soundtrack is bright and cheerful. If it’s not easy being green, it’s rough being a Dadish.
1. Cats & Soup
Anyone who says they hate cats is either lying or has never met one. Cats have graced the gaming world since the early 1980’s and they keep being entertaining. Cats & Soup, an idle sim, is no different. Gathering all kinds of cats out in the woods for the sole purpose of cooking good food sounds like a peaceful way to pass the time. Every finished dish earns coins, which you are encouraged to spend on your cooking stations. Upgrading your dishes will allow you to get new recipes and stations to earn even more coins. Beyond the cooking, you can dress the cats in adorable outfits and take their pictures. Plus, you can catch fish and feed them to gain hearts. Even name them however you like. And when they need a break, your cats can take a nap in various rest stations. If you ever need a break from the world, then Cats & Soup is the game for you.