Subscription services for premium video games on mobile devices are here to stay. Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass were born to fight against the abusive freemium model by introducing a catalog of games that don’t include ads or in-app purchases. While finding games for Android that follow this model is indeed difficult, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. We collected a total of ten free Android games that don’t include ads and you don’t need to make in-game purchases to enjoy all its content.

Mekorama

Mekorama’s business model is peculiar, to say the least. The game is available completely free of charge, and, you can to pay for it only if you think it’s worth your while. As far as its gameplay, you have to help a nice robot reach the end of each level. To do so, you have to explore each setting by changing the perspective and interacting with elements in the setting. We’re talking about a beauty that’s clearly inspired by games such as Monument Valley or FEZ. [Our review] [Download]

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Stranger Things: The Game

This peculiar promotional videogame was launched between the first and second season of the well-known Netflix series. This time, you have to go back to Hawkins alongside some of its protagonists. We’re talking about an adventure with aesthetics and development made for an 8 or 16-bit console that’s entirely available without any ads or monetization system (other than enticing you to watch the rest of the seasons). [Our review] [Download]

Underhand

The myths of Cthulhu are an inexhaustible source of games of doom and cosmic horror fun. Underhand transports the perversions of Lovecraft into a card game that challenges you to survive while invoking a creature from beyond. The life of a cult follower is hard. [Our review] [Download]

Data Wing

No one dislikes a good game that requires little skill. Data Wing turns you into a small digital messenger who must transport zeros and ones from one point to another on closed circuits that radiate neon and retro wave through and through. You have to avoid hitting the edges and take advantage of the momentum you gain from passing near them. As they say, less is more and all that. [Download]

Alto’s Oddysey

Little can be said about one of the best Android games that’s been released in recent years. Something as trivial as descending snowy slopes becomes a wonderful experience simply by having an artistic touch. The possible in-game purchases are relegated to mere artistic details as a way to compensate the authors somehow. [Our review] [Download]

Pixel Dungeon

Pixel Dungeon is an institution in the roguelike genre. This free game that includes the GNU license is indebted to classics like Moria or NetHack. Don’t be fooled by those huge pixels, this game is incredibly addicting because, besides being terribly difficult, the settings are completely different in each game. [Our review] [Download]

Pocket City

Management strategy games, especially city management games like Sin City, are a true time destroyer that you can now play with your smartphone. Pocket City, unlike similar games for Android, doesn’t include boring waiting times to build cities. In fact, the progress is made according to your own progression. The only thing the free version doesn’t include is the free mode, but it’s almost better that way since the challenge is starting from scratch! [Our review] [Download

Battle for Wesnoth

It’s impossible to make an online list of freeware video games and not mention one of their deans. With more than 16 years to back it up and countless ports for all the devices you can possibly think of, this turn-based strategy game includes so much content as game modes, units, and stories that it’s practically unmanageable. [Download]

Battleheart

Another must-have of the list. Battleheart lacks a story that touches your heart, but it doesn’t really need one. It already stands on its own two feet thanks to its tactile control system that lets you control our heroes during clashes in real-time. We’re talking about hundreds of missions, a skill progression system and countless hours ahead. You better start thinking about an external battery. [Download]

Naroth

The Elder Scrolls saga has inspired countless RPGs since its inception. The genre is riddled with Android titles, but Naroth is quite different because it strays away from the freemium model and multiplayer component. It offers a 15-hour single-player campaign where you get to visit dungeons, ancestral ruins, and other common fantasy settings. And, as a good TES clone, the combat is terribly coarse. Lovely! [Download]

1 COMMENT

  1. Great list, Actually I played two of them Mekorama and Alto”s Odyssey, both of them are freaking good. Mekorama being puzzle-solving is quite hard and needs rethinking and Alto”s Odyssey being adventurous is enjoy all the way. And the rest I will definitely try.

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