Whether we like it or not, most of us have engaged in iOS/Android gaming in recent years. While portable consoles like the PSP/DS were once the kings of portable gaming, the tides have shifted and now, we’re stuck with freemium titles. That being said, there are some FREE mobile games that are fun to play and aren’t filled with annoyances!
1. Hill Climb Racing
Hill Climb Racing is an almost 6 year old game by Fingersoft.
If you want to get rich quick, make sure you regularly play the Moon level 😉
The general objective of the game is to drive on different 2D terrains which include a mountain, countryside, desert and even Mars! When driving on these terrains, you collect coins and when you reach certain distances, you get rewarded by being given a couple thousand coins.
With these coins, you can upgrade your vehicle so that it’s faster and more stable which allows you to get farther in the game! From my experience, I can say that it’s a pretty fun game and it never forced me to watch any ads. That being said, you can buy coins through IAPs and earn them by watching videos if you want.
Note: Stay away from Hill Climb Racing 2 because it isn’t that nice!
Defender II is a fun little tower defense game by DroidHen Games that has both single and online multiplayer modes.
If upgradability is your thing, then both Hill Climb Racing and Defender II will greatly appeal to you!
In this game, you fight swarms of enemies which earn you coins, crystals and experience. Through coins and crystals, you may buy better bows and upgrade your damage/ability statistics to be able to face tougher enemies.
If you want to progress quicker, you may also buy coins/crystals via IAPs but they’re not mandatory for a fun experience. Furthermore, I was never presented any unskippable video ads so there isn’t much to complain about here!
This 2D game has you endlessly digging down the Earth to find treasure. While it sounds simple, it’s not a boring because it has:
Various temporary power-ups such as boots that prevent you from dying if you hit the ground hard from a high altitude and a golden shovel that makes digging much quicker
Doug Dug is pretty fun and not too hard but beware the enemies in lower depths!
Many enemies that could get pretty dangerous at times
Good physics in which bits of the Earth collapse depending on where you dig
If you’re not careful, you can get squashed!
A pretty good world generation level generation algorithm which makes your session different from the next
Until a while ago, this was a paid game but now, it’s free and doesn’t contain ads. That being said, the free version caps you at 500m per session (which is quite a generous distance) before you’re asked to fork out $0.99. If you don’t wish to pay up, you can still enjoy the game for as long as you like and with frequent updates, more content gets added frequently so it doesn’t get boring.
Nowadays, lots of mobile games are just a scheme to make you fork your money over via IAPs but thankfully, games like these keep me from losing hope in the smartphone/tablet gaming scene. Hopefully, in the future, more companies move away from the current cash-grab model and start treating mobile gamers with more dignity!
Do you know of any other free games that aren’t full of ads and don’t force you to make IAPs to progress? If so, leave their title in the comments!
This article isn’t affiliated with the companies that made the aforementioned games. Games were tested on an iPad Air 1st generation running iOS 12 betas
Defender II in-game in case you don’t know what tower defense games are
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