The Google Play Store is chock full of a variety of games encompassing different genres and catering to a number of different play styles. You’ll find everything from casual arcade and puzzle games which you can pop out when you’re taking a quick break at work or competitive strategy and action games which you can grind all day and reach the top of the ranking ladder. However, what’s really great is that the Play Store keeps adding new games ever so often, making sure that users never run out of options. In fact, so many new games are added to the Play Store each month, that you’re sometimes not able to keep up with the new releases and miss out on some great games that you’d absolutely love. That’s exactly where we come in. We’re constantly checking out new games on the Play Store, trying out most of the popular releases, just to get them to you in a curated list like this one!
So, without wasting any more of your precious time, let’s jump right into our list of 20 new free Android games you must try! For your convenience, we’ve divided the list into genres so you can choose games depending on your particular play style.
The Best New Android Games:
New Casual Games
1. Bouncy Break
Bouncy Break is a simple, yet fun game with a great summery-vibe. The premise of the game is quite simple, you’ve to bounce a ball onto the lighter colored tiles to break them. The tiles keep moving around and you get one point for breaking a single tile. However, if you line up a couple of tiles, you can break all of them together and get bonus combo points. While the game is pretty simple to begin with, getting a high score could be a difficult feat after you play it a couple of times.
2. Stickman Soccer 2018
Stickman Soccer 2018 is exactly what that title says it is, a bunch of stick men running around a field, playing soccer. The game is an updated version of the popular Stickman Soccer, with better graphics, simpler controls, and a ton of replay value. You can choose your favorite soccer team (well, the stickman version of your favorite soccer team), play various seasons, national leagues, cups, or even the World Cup 2018 which is currently underway in Russia. If you’re a soccer fan, then Stickman Soccer 2018 should definitely be up your alley.
If you’ve played Dots before, then you’re probably already familiar with Connection’s mechanics. The game requires users to connect different colored dots in a specific way to complete levels. The puzzles get more difficult with each successive level and the developer claims that if you’re able to complete level 200, then you have the IQ of a genius! Connection looks deceptively easy at first, but don’t let the simple game mechanic fool you. You’ll surely get frustrated once you get hard stuck on an advanced level, but thankfully, the games has soothing visuals and a great soundtrack to keep you level headed and focused.
4. Army of Robots
AR tech has come a long way since its inception, so much so, that you can now play a great AR game on your smartphone! Army of Robots is once such game, in which an army of robots invade your immediate surroundings and you have to hold your ground while you take them down one by one. The game has 12 stages overall and you’ll have to battle hordes of robots in each stage to protect your surroundings. The game has decent visuals and a ton of replay value, as you can physically change the environments in which you battle the robot army. It’s worth noting that the game will only work on devices that officially support Google’s ARCore framework.
Horizon is an simple endless runner in which you’re controlling a spaceship as it runs through an unpredictable series of obstacles. The game has a Tron-like vibe with the neon accents in the environment and the neon trail that the spaceship leaves behind. In order to keep the game interesting, there are a hundred challenges that you need to complete which reward XP points. You can spend the XP points to unlock 40 unique spaceships and 25 different trails. Horizon is a perfect game for short breaks but much like other endless runners, it can get boring after a while.
6. Bruce Lee Dragon Run
What happens when you cross an endless runner with Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee? You get Bruce Lee Dragon Run – a fast paced endless runner in which you control Lee himself as he runs through treacherous terrains, fighting off ninjas, dodging falling obstacles and fireballs. The game also has special bonus zones in which Lee transforms into a freakin’ dragon! The objective of the game is simple, you just have to keep running while collecting coins on the way, which can be used to unlock sixteen playable characters. The game also features amazing quotes from the legend, which really add onto to the immersion and makes you feel like you’re actually controlling Lee himself!
7. Tank Stars
Remember Worms? The old PC game where you took turns to shoot projectiles at your opponents, precisely calculating the angle for the best shot. Well, Tank Stars is the same, but obviously with tanks. You can choose from a variety of tanks and weapons to obliterate your opponents, chunking their life bar with each successive hit. You can choose to play against AI, with friends or even online against random players, and destroy everyone that crosses your path. The game has great colorful graphics, a variety of settings and exciting effects to keep you engaged time and time again.
8. Ghost Pop!
The last casual game on our list, Ghost Pop!, is a fun fast-paced shooter in which you take on hordes of ghosts with your trusty flashlight. The game features simple one-tap controls which are really easy to get used to and the large variety of customizations will definitely keep you hooked. You’ll have to collect coins as you progress forward and spend them to upgrade your damage, your flashlight’s battery life and critical hit stats. The environment also keeps changing as your progress and you can even unlock chests or collect gold fairies for great bonuses. Out of all the casual games on the list, Ghost Pop! is definitely my favorite, with its flashy visuals and fun gameplay.
New Action Games
1. CrossFire: Legends
If you’re a fan of first person shooters, then Tencent’s CrossFire: Legends is totally up your alley. The game delivers great graphics in a small package and boasts of a precise control system which allows players to aim more accurately. The game features the popular battle royale mode, along with two other action-packed modes – team deathmatch and demolition. You can choose to play all the modes online or against bots and you can rest assured that your time with this game is going to be a whole lot of fun! In my opinion, CrossFire: Legends easily figures among the top FPS titles on Android today, so you should definitely check it out.
2. Dragon Ball Legends
Dragon Ball Legends brings all the popular characters from the Dragon Ball universe to an action packed fighting game in which you fight one-on-one against an opponent online. The game features fairly simple controls, allowing you to unleash well-timed combos and special moves at just the touch of a finger. There’s a complete storyline, in which players controls an all new character designed by Akira Toriyama and progress through stages defeating one opponent after another. I must admit, Bandai Namco has done a brilliant job with Dragon Ball Legends and it’s definitely a game worth trying.
3. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is a toned down version of the full-fledged PC game with simple controls and low poly graphics, but it’s definitely worth trying. The game has been divided into 10 chapters in which you control Noctis, crown prince of Lucis, on his journey to marry Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae. While the game is free to download, only the first chapter of the story is free to play, with the rest available for purchase. The pocket edition encompasses all aspects of the original game and if you’re a fan of the Final Fantasy franchise, I’m pretty sure you’ll love the game.
4. Shadowgun Legends
Shadowgun Legends is an epic combination of a multiplayer first person shooter with role playing elements that takes you through a thrilling campaign, co-op missions and raids with friends, real -time PvP battles, and a whole bunch of customizations to make your character your own. You can collect over 600 unique weapons, over 1000 armor pieces, and more than 250 cosmetic items. In line with Shadowgun’s other RPG elements, the game also have interactive social features which allow you to interact with other players, visit vendors, accept missions, and much more in the game’s Hub. You can also chat with friends to create battle squads and form guilds to take down your opponents.
5. Dungeon Hunter Champions
Another new role playing game to make it to this list, Dungeon Hunter Champions takes you on a journey filled with epic battles, 5v5 fights against players from around the world, a competitive ranking ladder, and a bunch of customizations to level up your champions to take on new opponents. The top down view angle is pretty great as it gives you a bigger view of the battlefield and more space for controls for your characters. The game includes over 250 champions, each with their own unique abilities and interactions. While there’s a bit of a learning curve to this game, once you do get the hang of it, I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to get your mind off it.
6. Eden Obscura
If you’re looking for the ultimate audio visual experience, then look no further. Q-Games’ Eden Obscura takes players on a journey to the garden of sound and life where they have to gather pollen while jumping around in the ever changing environment. The game ramakes use of your smartphone’s camera to create interactive visual effects which, combined with the upbeat electronic music, will bring you closer to your artistic side. Although the gameplay is quite simple and might get boring after a while, it’s the ever changing visuals that will capture your attention and keep you coming back for even more.
New Strategy Games
1. The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Pretty much anyone who knows anything about gaming is familiar with the Elder Scrolls franchise. The franchise is known for its epic universes, detailed story line, and amazing graphics. Developer Bethesda Softworks has now brought all of that to a strategy-based card game and it’s simply amazing. The game brings over 140 unique cards, capturing characters from The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and its Elder Scrolls: Online prequel. The game introduces three new attribute decks along with 5 new mechanics which are bound to take card battles to the next level. If you’re a fan of the Elder Scrolls franchise, this game is definitely worth a shot and even if you’re not a fan, there’s no harm trying it out.
2. ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved is a mobile version of the PC game with the same name that takes players to a prehistoric land where they have to act wisely and survive. The game features a massive open world with over 80 unique dinosaurs and primal creatures which players can capture and tame. You can also meet up with players in game and team up to form tribes, form colonies and survive the harsh conditions by hunting or gathering supplies from nature. Starting off alone and unarmed, you’ll have to gather resources, craft tools, build a shelter, while protecting yourself from the harsh environment and, of course, predators.
3. Paladins Strike
The well known multiplayer online battle arena Paladins: Champions of the Realm is now available on the go as Paladins Strike. Built specifically for mobile, Paladins Strike brings over 15 champions to a real-time 5v5 battle with a top-down view. You can choose from multiple game modes and defeat your enemies using your skills and superior strategic tactics. All the featured champions have their own weapons and special abilities, which can be further customized using an assortment of skins available in the in-game store. The game will surely appeal to all MOBA fanatics out there and in case you aren’t aware of the genre, Paladins Strike could be an appropriate introduction for you.
4. Space Pioneer
Space Pioneer is a fantastic amalgamation of space exploration and battle strategy which allows you to take the role of an intergalactic alien shooter, exploring the galaxy, discovering new planets, and eliminating all aliens who stand in your way. The action-packed gameplay combined with the simple, yet beautiful, graphics is an absolute treat to behold. The game is quite challenging and it becomes even more so as you progress from one planet to another, upgrading your arsenal and taking down epic bosses. If space exploration tickles your fancy, then Space Pioneer is undoubtedly worth looking at.
New Racing Games
1. Pako 2
If you’ve played Pako, then you’re probably already familiar with the premise of the game. However, if you haven’t, Pako 2 is an arcade driving game in which you take the role of a getaway driver who has to pick up his crew and escort them to safety while avoiding capture from the police. The game feature retro arcade style graphics, which I’m really fond of, and it has fairly simple controls, so you won’t have any problems getting the hang of it. As you progress through the levels, you’ll be awarded with cash which can be used to upgrade your getaway vehicle and purchase perk items which will assist you in your getaway. The game has an exciting electronic soundtrack which complements the gameplay well and I’m pretty sure you’ll love wasting time immersed in the low-poly world of Pako 2.
2. Donuts Drift
Donuts Drift is a simple yet fun monochrome game in which you take control of a car and drift donuts around obstacles, collecting coins and fuel in the process. You can use the collected coins to upgrade your car with better capabilities and land better scores in turn. But make sure you don’t miss the fuel, because if your run out, it’s game over for you. It’s not all that simple though, the game has a number of dynamic obstacles and you’ll need to avoid them skillfully in order to make the most out of your fuel capacity. The controls are fairly simple and you’ll easily get the hang of it after a couple of games. If you want to be the drift king, make sure you check out Donuts Drift on the Play Store.
Which New Android Game Do You Like?
Well, that concludes our list of the 20 new free Android games that you must try on your smartphones. Out of the lot, The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Paladins Strike are my personal favorites as they fall in line with my play style. If you’re also interested in online multiplayer games, then you should definitely give them a shot. The other games on the list are also quite fun and depending on your play style, you might even like them a lot more than the one’s I preferred. If you’re not quite sure which game you’ll fall in love with, I’d suggest that you give them all a shot. After all, they’re all free! Once you do find a game that you absolutely love, make sure you let us know in the comments section below.