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5 best free Android games of 2018

SMASH HIT or PINOUT

Smash Hit and PinOut are two of the most solid infinite runners out there and they’re from the same developer. Smash Hit gives you a first person perspective as you throw metal balls at glass panels to avoid certain death. It’s calm, fun, and it looks fantastic. PinOut is an infinite pinball game where you must launch the ball through various levels and obstacles forever. Both free Android games look great, play well, and have unique mechanics for this genre. Both titles have an optional pro version that unlocks checkpoints so you can continue from a saved game. Otherwise, there are no ads, no in-app purchases, and nothing getting between you and the game.

CLASH ROYALE

Clash Royale is the latest game out of Supercell. They also made Clash of Clans, a former entrant on this list. In Clash Royale, you’ll collect cards, build decks, and then square off in one-on-one duels with online opponents. You’ll earn trophies when you win. Similarly, you’ll lose trophies when you lose. You’ll also get to form clans to share cards, challenge clanmates to combat, and you’ll have a variety of chances to unlock new cards. It’s a solid card game and a great alternative if you just can’t get into Hearthstone. If Clash Royale just isn’t your thing, Supercell also makes the highly popular Boom Beach and Clash of Clans games. Either of those are good enough to make this list too.

HQ TRIVIA

HQ Trivia is a hit new trivia game. It’s a live game show where all players compete at the same time. There’s a host that asks questions and people answer in real time. There are 12 questions per round with a ten second timer for each question. The people left standing after 12 questions split the winnings. Did we mention that it’s real money? It’s definitely something unique in the mobile gaming space.

MADFINGER

Madfinger Games is one of the best mobile game developers for first person shooters. Their list of titles includes heavy hitters like the Shadowgun series (including their latest release, Shadowgun Legends), the Dead Trigger series (two games), and UNKILLED. Dead Trigger and UNKILLED are a family of zombie shooters with tons of missions, some online PvP content, and tons of stuff to do. Shadowgun is a sci-fi shooter series with a campaign, online PvP, and more. Most of the main games are freemium. They are all extremely good games despite that, though.

NOVA LEGACY

NOVA was one of the first successful first person shooters on Android. NOVA Legacy is the latest installment and it’s already one of the best free Android games. It comes pack with better than average graphics and controls. There is also a story line, online multiplayer mode, and a rudimentary crafting system. The game has a sc-fi story line. Thus it brings something a little different than most mobile shooters. It’s not the best shooter available, but the price tag should be just right for a few dozen hours of fun before the freemium stuff gets annoying. We also recommend ignoring any claims that this game is small.

POKEMON GO

Pokemon Go was the biggest mobile game of 2016. Actually, it was the biggest ever. Even though its popularity has tapered off a bit, the game is still a very solid free option. Players can explore the real world around them all while catching Pokemon, taking down gyms, and finding Pokestops. New additions include legendary Pokemon, raid battles, and more. The game continues to evolve beyond what many remember it to be. It’s one of the great free Android games.

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