Best free Android games of 2015 UPDATE: Featuring angrier birds and massive online battles

Navigating the Play Store can be a minefield. Now that that store distinguishes between ''free'' games and free games with in-app purchases, it turns out that there really aren't that many completely free games out there. But some games with in-app purchases can still be enjoyed without spending anything, and there is even the occasional game out there that is totally free – no strings attached.

This list includes both categories of games, with their conditions for entry being that you don't need to spend anything to enjoy them (and of course that they're incredibly, relentlessly fun). Read on for our list of the best free Android games to play on your device so far in 2015.

Angry Birds 2
After what seems like endless variations on the original, Roxio is back with a whole new iteration of Angry Birds. The game itself is free, but it's attracted some controversy over its approach to in-app purchases: while some reviews say the game is a hoot even in its free incarnation, others say that Roxio is more interested in making you pay than having you play. We'd love to know what you think.
The gameplay's better than ever, but have in-app purchases ruined it? / © Roxio

Skiing Yeti Mountain

Skiing Yeti Mountain has all the hallmarks of free Android classics like Flappy Bird and Timberman. Lo-Fi graphics, excellent controls and addictive gameplay.
Skiing Yeti Mountain sees you control a skiier as he or she navigates a mountainside course, while you manoeuvre the skier by tilting your finger at the bottom of the screen.
The challenge from staying between the right and left posts, while avoiding obstacles and trying to reach the bottom of the course as fast as you can.
It’s easy to learn and difficult to master, with the short nature of the courses ensuring that you fail often and keep coming back for more.   
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Don't let the 8-bit graphics deter you, this a brilliant Android title. / © ANDROIDPIT
Skiing Yeti MountainInstall on Google Play


Noodlecake Studios is known for Android hits like Devious Dungeon and Zombie Road Trip Trials and it has added another great game to its roster with Brickies.
As the name suggests, brickies is a “brick-breaker” title where you control paddles on the top and bottom of the screen and are tasked with bouncing a ball against objects in the center to destroy them.
Featuring a plethora of levels, power-ups and a 3-star rating system like Candy Crush and Angry Birds, it’s certainly got that addictive free-to-play quality, but what sets it apart from the competition, for me, is the visual design.
It houses a wonderfully consistent cell-shaded aesthetic, and though you could be forgiven for thinking it simplistic, the carefully selected color palette, shapes and effects reinforce the quality in the production.
Though it 'only' has 50,000 downloads, brickies has the long-lasting formula and strong design to make it a classic.
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Brickies may look simple, but it's a well-balanced and compelling title. / © ANDROIDPIT
BrickiesInstall on Google Play


This multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) is as good to play as it is to look at, and while there are the inevitable in-app purchases the core game is free to play without restrictions. The game makes it across to Android after a successful run on iOS, and if there's a better developer name than Super Evil Megacorp we'd love to know what it is.
Vainglory comes to Android after lots of great reviews on iOS. / © Super Evil Megacorp
VaingloryInstall on Google Play

Hardest Game Ever 2 

Hardest Game Ever 2 is not the hardest game ever, but it is one of the most fun. It’s based around a series of frantic minigames like party games such as Mario Party or the WarioWare titles.
It’s great in short bursts, but it’s not ideal for tablets because the resolution is quite low. Also, it’s kind of crass, and might be a bit unsavory for some people. If you can stomach it, give it a try.  
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Hardest Game Ever 2 is a little coarse, but it's frantic fun.  / © ANDROIDPIT
Hardest Game Ever 2Install on Google Play

Wire Defuser

Many puzzle games on Android are of the fairly therapeutic variety; take your time in solving a puzzle while everything in game patiently waits for you. You can forget about all that in Wire Defuser - a tense, time-limited puzzle game in which you have to dispose of bombs before they blow. There are over 80 levels in the game, and once you've conquered it you can unlock a Hardcore mode. It's well presented too, with the bomb dials and knobs looking like something straight out of 80s action movies.
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Puzzle gaming takes a hectic turn with Wire Defuser. / © BulkyPix
Wire DefuserInstall on Google Play

Forsaken World Mobile

Forsaken World is an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) that's been a huge hit on PC, and it's a sign of just how far Android has come that it's just as exciting a prospect on mobile devices. It delivers everything you'd expect from the genre - loot, dungeons, classes, loot, fighting, loot, boss battles and loot - but you'll need to allow plenty of time to download it: the file's massive and the developers recommend that your device has 2 GB of RAM for best results.
Massively multiplayer online RPGs on your mobile? Yes please! / © Fedeen Games

Luna League Soccer

Big football game franchises like FIFA and Pro Evo have failed to convert their brilliant big-screen games to mobile. So rather than trying to replicate the beautiful game on the small screen, why not just go all out in the opposite direction and create a crazy arcade game filled with power-ups and magic kicks? That's the philosophy at play in Luna League Soccer. There's actually a sort-of story too, as you control one of six competing factions vying for world domination... by playing football. Ok, it makes about as much sense as Space Jam, but it's still great fun.
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Looks like it's Druids vs Mummies in Luna League Soccer. / © Lunagames Fun & Games
Luna League SoccerInstall on Google Play


This hilarious and beautifully minimal game sees you control a flailing 'wrassler' made up of about 20 pixels, competing in an endless royal rumble match. It's all against all in the ring, as opponents keep jumping in, and attempting to throw their rivals out by windmilling their arms around. The Commodore 64-style graphics and haphazard-looking gameplay make this game both charming and hilarious. As you reach certain scores, you can unlock hats for your wrassler, and fight bosses, as you aim to becoming the wrassling champion of Slamdovia (the home of Wrassling, apparently).
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WrasslingInstall on Google Play

Driver Speedboat Paradise

We don't know what speedboat racing and the mafia have in common, but these two things get thrown together in Driver Speedboat Paradise. Made by Ubisoft (who also made the 'Driver' games - hence the odd title), and featuring the kind of vibrant graphics that'll make the most of a pretty Galaxy S6 display, Driver Speedboat Paradise is a fun little thrill ride which can be enjoyed for free. As you win races, you get the chance to customize your boat to make it ride faster and look better, and you can even unlock new clothes and houses for your rider (though we warn you that some of these things come as in-app purchases).
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Take down the mafia using speedboats - apparently - in Driver Speedboat Paradise. / © Ubisoft
Driver Speedboat ParadiseInstall on Google Play

Silly Sausage in Meat Land

With the visual style of Flappy Bird, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Silly Sausage was another basic game that combined addictive gameplay with rudimentary graphics. However, this would be overlooking the fact that Silly Sausage is a varied and challenging platformer that has much more in common with indie classic Super Meat Boy. You control a very stretchy sausage dog, winding its elongated body through levels filled with spikes, pipes, keys and treasures. This game may not be easy, but it's unique and very rewarding.
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Weave your stretchy dog between spikes and other perils in this strange and brilliant game. / © Nitrome
Silly Sausage in Meat LandInstall on Google Play


Puzzle games that look like they belong on trendy design websites have been pretty commonplace since the fantastic Monument Valley, and ZigZag is the latest to jump on the bandwagon. Though despite its looks, ZigZag is more of a reflex-based game than a puzzler, as you guide a ball along thin zig-zagging paths, and have to time your taps to prevent it from falling off the edge. A simple, great-looking game for those quick-fix sessions.
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Guide a ball across perilous narrow pathways in ZigZag / © Ketchapp
ZigZagInstall on Google Play

RPG Clicker

'Clicker' games are synonymous with smartphones, and there is an absurd number of them out there. RPG Clicker is the latest in a long line, but its charming pixellated visual style and fantasy-RPG elements make it stand out. Take your hero out on quests, hunt for treasure, and take on bosses when you're ready. As you'd expect, the gameplay is all about the tapping - tap to move, tap to fight, tap to level up. A compulsive combo of classic RPG and relentless touchscreen-tapping.
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Get your tap on with this addictive fusion of RPG and 'Clicker' games. / © Epic Pixel, LLC
RPG ClickerInstall on Google Play

Super Monsters Ate My Condo!

This Jenga-meets-hyperactive-Japanese-arcade-game is as crazy as it sounds, which can largely be attributed to the fact that it's made by Adult Swim games (creators of the legendary Robot Unicorn Attack). In Super Monsters Ate My Condo! apartments floors of various colors drop down from the top of the screen, and it's your job to swipe them away into the mouths of the correspondingly-colored monsters sitting in wait.
If you leave the monsters unfed for too long, they get angry, and you don't want to see them angry (well, you probably do, but it'll lead to you losing the game). There are power-ups such as acid, nuke and dog to help and hinder you, as well as various game modes, unlockables, and online scoreboards. 
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This game is utterly insane and hugely entertaining. What else do you expect from the same minds that brought us Robot Chicken? / © [adult swim] games
Super Monsters Ate My Condo!Install on Google Play

Winter Walk / Autumn Walk

This duo of games is very endearing - from its pixelated art style, to its top-hatted protagonist, right down to the simple gameplay premise of trying to keep a Victorian gentleman's hat on his head as he goes for his afternoon constitutional.
As the weather conditions worsen, you'll find it more and more difficult to keep his hat on, even though mechanically all you need to do is hold your finger on it. Both games are similar, although in Autumn Walk you have to hold onto an unruly dog on a leash, and can also buy new outfits to make your gentleman look quite the dandy!
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Autumn Walk sees a dog thrown into the mix as you try to keep this chap's hat on. / © Monster and Monster
Winter WalkInstall on Google PlayAutumn WalkInstall on Google Play

Dungeon Hunter 5

The latest installment in the demonically popular Dungeon Hunter series is here, and it offers an interesting new twist on the dungeon-crawling hack-&-slash formula. It has a similar main quest to previous games, as you and up to three of your friends slash and spell-blast your way through piles of monsters to save the Kingdom of Valenthia.
There is spellcrafting, levelling-up and boss-fighting in abundance. However, the most interesting new feature is the new 'Strongholds' multiplayer mode, where you build a base, train a monster army, then take on other players and their strongholds. Clash of Clans better look out!
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Dungeon Hunter 5 - now with a Clash of Clans-style multiplayer mode, as well as the classic dungeon-crawling co-op mode. / © Gameloft
Dungeon Hunter 5Install on Google Play

Crossy Road

Falling somewhere between Frogger and infinity runners like Temple Run and Subway SurfersCrossy Road is a cute game that's great for those quick-fix sessions. So great, in fact, that it won 'Best quickplay game' at the International Mobile Gaming Awards. The longer you survive, the more gold you earn, letting you unlock new characters to traverse the endless 3D pixel-blocky world. It's old-school and new-school, charming and challenging, and we love it.
Crossy Road is a Frogger-like game that'll keep you engaged for quick toilet sessions as well as long journeys. / © ANDROIDPIT
Crossy RoadInstall on Google Play


It may look suspiciously similar to the wonderful Monument Valley, but give Skyward a chance (it's free, after all) and you'll see that it offers something quite different. You control a red and a blue circle, and have to rhythmically guide them through Escher-like levels that are falling away behind you. Take too long, and the circles shrink to nothing. It looks fantastic, and there are no in-app purchases, so you get the full experience for free.
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You control a red dot and blue dot. Sounds simple, but Skyward is challenging as well as hypnotic. / © Ketchapp
SkywardInstall on Google Play

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers takes over from the venerable Temple Run as the top infinity runner on Android, and rightfully so. Subway Surfers takes you to the subway/railway tracks of colorful, cartoony versions of famous places like Miami, Las Vegas, London and Bangkok. The idea is simply to run (very fast) along the railway tracks, avoiding trains and other obstacles, and picking up coins. Earning enough coins lets you unlock new characters and powerups. It's great fast-paced fun!
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Subway Surfers inherits the infinity runner throne from Temple Run. / © Kiloo
Subway SurfersInstall on Google Play

New Words With Friends

This Scrabble clone changes the classic board game from something you need to sit down and play with your grandparents, to an online experience where you can play several people simultaneously, and take your turn whenever you like. The new version tracks your performance, showing you your scores relative to other people, the longest words you've played, as well as your overall win-lose record. There is now also an in-built dictionary feature, so next time you gain points for a two-letter word you don't understand, you can find out what it actually means.
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The latest version of Words With Friends is addictive and kind of educational, so you won't feel guilty about all the hours you spend playing it. / © Zynga
New Words With FriendsInstall on Google Play

Hopeless: The Dark Cave

Horror, comedy and cuteness combine to great effect in this shooter about a small group of incandescent blobs in the middle of a dark cave, trying to fight off an endless horde of dark-dwelling monstrosities. There is no end to the game as such, just collect coins to upgrade your weapons arsenal for the next go, and do your best to keep the cute fellas alive. The game is not for the feint-hearted, because watching the brave blobs get swallowed up one-by-one by the darkness is a heart-rending experience.
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It's funny, tragic and horrifying. Try to keep a brave bunch of blobs alive in Hopeless: The Dark Cave. / © Upopa Games
Hopeless: The Dark CaveInstall on Google Play

Plants vs Zombies 2

Sequel to one of the most successful free-to-play games ever, EA’s Plants vs. Zombies 2 retains the spirit of the original while adding more zombies, plants, and power ups. This colorful tower defense game will suck up a lot of your time (and potentially money, if you want to make use of its in-app purchases), but you are guaranteed fun along the way.
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Defend against the invading zombie army in Plants vs. Zombies 2. / © ELECTRONIC ARTS
Plants vs. Zombies™ 2Install on Google Play


This one's been around for a while, but that doesn't stop it being one of the most addictive and intense multiplayer games on Android. Set in an abstract galaxy (presumably far, far away), you use a fleet of spaceships to fight for control of planets against the computer or other players. The more planets you control, the faster your fleet grows. The single-player campaign is OK, but the real fun starts when you play against others over Bluetooth or online.
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GalaxIR has been around since the dawn of the Android universe, but it remains one of the best little multiplayer games around. / © Smyno
GalaxIRInstall on Google Play

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja has been around for years now, but it is still just as addictive as it was when it first hit the scene. Swiping your finger - sorry, ninja sword - across the touchscreen to dish out deadly attacks to, erm, fruit - watermelons, bananas, peaches will fall by your blade. Slice your way through your five a day while creating combos and making highscores in this infinitely satisfying arcade game.
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Slicing up fruit has never been so satisfying. / © Halfbrick Studios
Fruit Ninja FreeInstall on Google Play

Words On Tour

The second wordy Zynga game on this list is a bit less conventional. Think of it as a free-for-all word search meets Tetris. Complete levels by creating words out of letters that are adjacent to each other in the grid. You don't have to create words in straight lines either, which means your mental muscles will be flexed if you want to gain maximum points. There are power-up tiles and traps hidden in the game, and you can take your progress online to compare yourself against your friends and rivals.
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Words on Tour - it's like a frantic wordsearch meets Tetris. / © Zynga
Words On TourInstall on Google Play

JetPack Joyride

Who doesn't love a good jetpack? Jetpack Joyride is an endless runner with a twist: in this game you don’t jump to avoid hazards, you use your jetpack. It’s all about getting the furthest distance or earning the most points before inevitably crashing. Along the way you will find other vehicles, such as mechanical dragons, motorbikes, and teleporters to help you, as well as new outfits, power-ups and other unlockables.
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Jetpack Joyride isn't an endless runner, it's an endless "hover'er".  / © Halfbrick Studios
Jetpack JoyrideInstall on Google Play

Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is a simple, highly addictive concept - build a town and its defences, then train your troops to fend off attacks from other players. As it's a persistent multiplayer game, its duration is basically never-ending, and is one of the most popular games on the Play Store. Your progress syncs to your Google + account, so you can continue your game across multiple devices.
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Do you have what it takes to build a village and be the victor? © ANDROIDPIT
Clash of ClansInstall on Google Play

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush is now beyond a game, it's a cultural phenomenon. The game is based on the concept of Diamond Mine, where you connect colors together in series of three to make them explode. It's a tried-and-tested idea dating back to the days of Bejeweled, but something about the psychedelic world of Candy Crush has caught millions of peoples' imaginations. What’s more, Candy Crush Saga often gets festive for holidays, so you'll have unique features for Christmas, Valentine's and Easter.
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Addiction has a new face! ©
Candy Crush SagaInstall on Google Play

Asphalt 8: Airborne

If you are into racecar driving, look no further than Asphalt 8: Airborne, a favorite arcade game among Android users. Why do we love it so much? Well, it's free for a start, and you get to choose between real-life cars that you’ve always dreamed of driving - from Lamborghinis to Ferraris - ripping them down courses in various stunning locations. Plus if you’ve got a competitive side, you can also drive in career mode which takes you through 8 seasons and 180 events.
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Asphalt 8: Airborne is the best arcade racing game on the Android platform, wouldn't you agree?/ © Gameloft
Asphalt 8: AirborneInstall on Google Play

Angry Birds Go!

Angry Birds have more or less taken over the world, taking the form of soft toys in our bedrooms, breakfast cereals, and now Mario Kart-style racing games. In Angry Birds Go! you choose from a variety of Angry Birds characters and must race your way through fanciful terrains while shooting random objects at your opponents. Just like Mario Kart, the controls take some time to get used to at the beginning, but soon you’ll be slinging those birds down the race track with ease.
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Android's answer to Mario Kart: Angry Birds Go! / © ANDROIDPIT/Rovio
Angry Birds Go!Install on Google Play

Dumb Ways To Die 2: The Games

Dumb Ways To Die was originally created as an educational game to teach you and your kids a lesson about foolish things that people do that often lead to embarrassing deaths. The sequel doesn't have the same educational slant as the original, throwing the colorful characters into dangerous athletics games-style scenarios. You must jump over electric fences, unclog doorways, and ride dolphins for as long as possible. The game gets faster and faster, then after you've lost three lives, you're dead. Simple, and hilarious.
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Don't be dumb, don't die / © Metro Trains
Dumb Ways to Die 2: The GamesInstall on Google Play

Dead Trigger 2

Following the success of their first game, MadFinger Games released Dead Trigger 2, which is so zombielicious you’ll soon be asking for more blood and guts after just a few minutes of playing. You must travel through various undead-infested areas of the world, killing as many zombies with your jam-packed artillery of weapons. It’s positively disgusting, and that’s why we love it.
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Dead Trigger 2 is one of the best zombie games you'll play on Android.  / © ANDROIDPIT/Madfinger Games
DEAD TRIGGER 2Install on Google Play


We hope you didn’t forget how to connect the dots from your childhood, because this game asks for those set of skills all over again. Dots is an Android favorite, where you must combine as many same-colored dots as you can in just 60 seconds. There are also some other game modes, like endless mode, no-limits, un-timed (counts the number of moves) etc. The game design is also really nice and minimalistic.
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Do you remember how to connect the dots from your childhood?/ © ANDROIDPIT
Dots: A Game About ConnectingInstall on Google Play


QuizUp landed like a bomb in 2014, revealing that everyone's a sucker for a good trivia game. The sky’s the limit for the number of categories, with new ones added daily. It’s not just your usual 'sports, films, history' fare either, with categories ranging from Android, to Harry Potter, to Batman. You can also play against others from around the world to compete on the global leaderboards.
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A battle of smarts against rivals from around the world! © ANDROIDPIT
QuizUpInstall on Google Play


Similar to Flappy Bird in its simplicity, Timberman was released in July of 2014. In this (basic) lumberjack simulator, you chop chunks out of the trunk of an infinitely tall tree, while avoiding the branches that fall from it. The game is ridiculously simple to understand, hard to master, and insanely addictive.
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Chop down those trees, but don't get bunked on the head by a branch. © ANDROIDPIT
TimbermanInstall on Google Play


Badland has been lauded by games critics, ourselves included. It's an adventure game where you tap the screen to guide a group of forest dwellers through strange, swampy forests full of eerie shadows and obstacles. Think of it as the connoiseur's Flappy Bird. Aside from compelling gameplay, the graphics are great, there's a multiplayer mode, and it has a fantastic soundtrack.
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We love this eerie game: Badland is an Android staple. © ANDROIDPIT
BADLANDInstall on Google Play


SHADOWGUN is hands-down the best multiplayer shooter on Android, and will push powerful Android devices to the limit because of its demanding graphics. There are several classic shooter modes, including Deathmatch, and the Battlefield-style Zone Control. To better coordinate your team, or just yell insults at your enemy, there is also an easy-to-use multiplayer voice chat.
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Arena shooters are tough to implement on Android, but SHADOWGUN: DeadZone pulls it off / © ANDROIDPIT
SHADOWGUN: DeadZoneInstall on Google Play

Boom Beach

From the creators of Clash of Clans comes Boom Beach. Like Clash of Clans, you must build and defend your base while building up your forces to attack and conquer enemy territories. The battles that go down on Boom Beach are among the best you can get on Android, because the order and the type of units sent really make the difference between victory and defeat.
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Clash of the Clash hits the beach in Boom Beach © ANDROIDPIT
Boom BeachInstall on Google Play


Another cult classic: Icomania is simple, but keeps you entertained. The game shows you a series of icons and you have to guess which movie star, cartoon, place, or various other category of thing in the world it is. If you get stuck, we’ve got all of the answers in our forum.
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How good are you at figuring out icons? © Games for Friends
IcomaniaInstall on Google Play

Cut the Rope series

Cut the Rope is a veteran game by Android standards now. The aim is to feed the monsters candies by cutting candies that are teasingly hanging on ropes over their heads. Sounds weird? Yes, it is, and it's utterly brilliant for it. Cut the Rope 2 adds a host of new characters and locations, while Cut the Rope: Experiments adds 200 new levels. All this for free.  You can't say no to that, can you? 
Both Cut the Rope games are a lot of fun. © ANDROIDPIT
Cut the Rope FULL FREEInstall on Google PlayCut the Rope 2Install on Google PlayCut the Rope: Experiments FREEInstall on Google Play

Original Angry Birds series

This iconic series could not escape the list. There are so many versions of Angry Birds now - Space, Rovio, Epic, to name a few -  that they'd take up too much of our list if we added them individually. The basic premise is that you need to slingshot the birds (we assume they volunteer for this suicidal strategy) and knock down forts created by the green pigs.
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Angry Birds is one of the best games on Android, and it changes for each season! © AndroidPIT/Rovio
Angry BirdsInstall on Google Play
Do you agree with our list? Have you discovered any free Android games that we haven't mentioned here? Let us know about it, and it might just make the list one day!
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