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Best free Android games of all time

by Phil Hornshaw

From puzzlers to side-scrolling platforming games, there's something for everyone in the Google Play Store. Here’s our pull of the best free games ever to grace an Android device.

TETRIS

TetrisOne of the most famous and popular puzzle titles of all time, TETRIS is a game about fitting puzzle pieces together. Players have to quickly move blocks that fall from the top of the screen into place along the bottom, fitting them together in order to create full horizontal lines across the screen to clear them and score points. Multiple game modes and online leaderboards add lots of competition to go with TETRIS’ classic gameplay.

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds SpaceThe almost-sequel to Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space uses the usual mechanics of the uber-popular arcade game -- namely, flinging birds at structures to destroy pigs -- and adds new kinds of levels and physics to change the game. You’ll need to use the gravity of planets and the effects of atmospheres to get the best scores you can on Angry Birds Space’s new levels.

Cordy 2

Cordy 2Side-scrolling platformer Cordy 2 comes with some great 3D graphics and plenty of clever, well-made levels. Players bounce through multiple levels as the titular robot Cordy. You’ll also find other robots that change how you’ll play the game and work through different obstacles. You can also customize Cordy to get your own unique look.

Words With Friends Free

Words With Friends FreeIf you’ve played SCRABBLE before, you’ll understand how to play Words With Friends. It’s another game in which players make words using tiles that display letters and point values. The cool thing about Words With Friends, however, is that players take turns making their words, which allows you to play at your own pace in every game, and to play as many games at the same time as you want.

Stardunk

StardunkAnother online multiplayer title in which players compete for high scores, Stardunk is a finger-fueled game of “horse” in which you shoot and make as many baskets as you can in a short period of time. Your job is to slide your finger across the screen, determining the arc and power of each shot. Every time you play, you’ll see your score pitted against other players from around the world, who are competing at the same time as you.

Badland

BadlandAction-adventure game Badland is a side-scroller in which you control a small, flying animal, keeping it in the air by tapping the screen. In order to complete each level, you’ll need to dodge deadly obstacles and use power-ups to clone your creature and change its properties -- making it sticky, huge, tiny and more. The more clones you have at the end of each level, the better your score.

Hero Academy

Hero AcademyA multiplayer strategy game, Hero Academy has players choosing teams of fighters to use in turn-based battles with other players. Each of the teams you get access to comes with a number of characters that each have different abilities and uses, so you’ll need to be smart about how you utilize them to win battles.

Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack JoyrideEndless runners are great for killing a few minutes, and Jetpack Joyride is great both for casual games and for deep play. As you run endlessly through the game, avoiding obstacles and grabbing coins, you’ll have to use your jetpack to stop from running into things that can kill you. There also are various vehicles you can grab as power-ups to get even further, and plenty of challenges to complete along the way that will change up your goals.

PewPew 2

PewPew 2PewPew 2 has players blasting away at geometric shapes in a slew of neon-colored insanity. You’ll control a small ship in this two-stick shooter, and the only way to survive is to fire away at attacking shapes as they barrel toward you. PewPew 2 includes nine different game modes, eight different ships, and a single-player campaign with three different difficulty levels.

Where’s My Water? 2

Where's My Water? 2Water needs to get into alligator Swampy’s shower, and it’s your job to get it there in Where’s My Water? 2. In order to guide water through each level, you’ll use your finger to dig paths through dirt. There also are other characters you can unlock that will change the way the game plays, and more than 100 levels to solve.