Best free Android games: our top downloads! PART 1

By selecting each month the best Android games of the year 2020 for smartphones and tablets, we update our selection of the best free titles not to be missed. Find here the essentials of the Android platform, which you absolutely must download or miss out on games that are really worth it.

There are so many excellent free Android games in the Google Play Store, it can be hard to know where to begin looking for something new to play. That's why we've put together a comprehensive guide to the very best games in every genre.


The Sims™ Mobile

There are two Sims games for Android. The first is Sims Freeplay, released six years ago and still very active, and the second is Sims Mobile, released in 2018. Both games have over a million downloads each (5 million even for the first) and are rated 4 out of 5 stars on the Play Store.
While both games are part of the Sims license, well known to PC (and console) gamers, both smartphone apps offer more restricted gameplay than the computer versions, of course. More precisely, they are more “thematic”.
Sims Freeplay offers you to manage a city of Sims without going into the granularity of a household. In Sims Mobile, you step into the life of a single family of Sims, but you go into the details of this management: house, relationships, work, money, style of dress, etc. Of course, other families live in the neighborhood. With all that this can have as possibilities (and consequences).

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Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

Arriving on smartphone, Nintendo decided to carry several of its successful licenses. The goal is obviously to attract mobile players with brands they know on game consoles such as 3DS, Switch or Wii. Fire Emblem, Mario and Pokemon are some of them (but not yet Zelda at the time of this writing). And there is Animal Crossing, whose addiction affects all generations!

Like Sims Mobile, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is again a management and simulation game. But this time around instead of a classic town, it's a campsite you have to manage. All with animals as customers. The game can be multiplayer: you can visit the campsite of other players and exchange certain resources. There are also quests, events, and permanent feature enrichment. One of the most recent is the creation of new flowers by cross pollination.


PES Club Manager

As on console and PC, Electronic Arts and Konami compete on mobile to conquer the hearts of football fans. The Japanese publisher operates its famous Pro Evolution Soccer series (or PES for close friends) and offers several applications. The passable PES Card Collection. The promising eFootball PES 2020 which offers a real football game in a smartphone. And PES Club Manager.

The latter takes over the club management part of the PES series on console and PC. You create your club, you recruit players, you train them and set up game tactics. You participate in meetings and tournaments. You don't control your players, but let the game engine work. It is based on the statistics of your team and those of the opponent that you know whether you get the three points or not. A good alternative to the legendary Football Club Manager.


8 Ball Pool

Not all sports games are as nerve-racking as soccer games or racing simulations. There are also disciplines which let subtlety and strategy speak more. You will find golf there, for example. But also billiards which obviously takes advantage on smartphones of an intuitive handling and optimized connectivity. In this area, it is indeed 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip that is the most interesting.

This application offers you several game modes. Some quieter, offline, to learn how to handle the cue and understand the behavior of balls on the mat. And others more panting, facing real opponents in breathless head-to-head clashes or 8-player tournaments to win a big jackpot ... or lose it for that matter. The progression is fast and simple, no need to spend money to advance without fuss, we recommend it!

Real Racing 3

Motor racing games can be divided into two categories: arcade games, which advocate easy handling for more energetic games, and simulation games, which are intended to be closer to reality, especially in terms of behavior. of the car. On the one hand, Need for Speed. On the other, Gran Turismo. For example. The Real Racing series, created and developed by Firemonkey Studios (a subsidiary of Electronic Arts), has always positioned itself in the second category.

And Real Racing 3, the latest opus (and the first to rely on the freemium model), is no exception. 19 circuits drawn from real courses. 250 cars modeled after authentic designs from brands such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Ford, McLaren, Bugatti, etc. And 4000 different events, spread over different categories. All sprinkled with a rich multiplayer game, with real-time races with eight players simultaneously.


Need For Speed : No Limits

Created and published by Electronic Arts, the Need For Speed series is one of the great references of the arcade-style racing game. Launched in 1994 on PC and console (PS1, Saturn and… 3DO please), it puts you behind the wheel of supercharged cars in very fast races where the grip is fast. Which is obviously perfect for a mobile game. It was in 2004 that it arrived on mobile and in 2008 on smartphone.

If you search the Play Store, today you will find three Need For Speed games. The very good Most Wanted, which pays off and is getting old. NFS Heat Studio, which offers to customize cars (with a link to the eponymous console and PC game). And No Limits, an unprecedented opus which takes up certain aspects of Underground gameplay. It offers to participate in races, of course, but also to customize your vehicle, participate in challenges and raise money in order to pay you the best possible improvements. All served by a great achievement.


Brothers in Arms 3

The Brothers in Arms series was not born on smartphones, but on PC and console. This is the first original license from Gearbox Software studio, the creators of Borderlands. The series, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, has only a small number of canonical episodes. The vast majority of games are spinoffs developed for portable and mobile consoles. Brothers in Arms 3 is the fifth game in the series to hit mobile.

Released in 2014, it remains one of the benchmarks of the genre: third-person shooter games. And it continues to be updated, the latest dating from 2020. Like Sniper Elite, Battlefield or Call of Duty, Brothers in Arms 3 puts you and your squad mates behind enemy lines. You have to use the skills of each soldier present (sniper, mortar, infiltration, etc.) and take advantage of the terrain to defeat your opponents. Of course, you improve your equipment as the missions go. A multiplayer part is obviously present to face the talents of other players.


A spiritual sequel to Dead Trigger 2, which is still one of our go-to titles for testing smartphones and tablets, Unkilled largely takes up what made its predecessor Madfingers' best title, far ahead of the Shadowgun series (also created by the Czech studio). In particular its very impressive graphics engine.

Real-time 3D FPS, Unkilled puts you in the shoes of a survivor of a pandemic that turns humans into cannibalistic zombies. Obviously, to defend yourself, you have an arsenal of choice, between heavy weapons, handguns and bladed weapons, not to mention explosives. All of these pieces of gear can be upgraded to increase damage, range, speed, and accuracy.

Unlike Dead Trigger 2, you have a choice of your playable character. A multiplayer part is obviously present to bring a little spice, whether in PVP games or during co-op missions. And in-app purchases aren't that important to getting the single-player campaign closed properly.

Call of Duty – Mobile

Even if you're not a console or PC gamer, there's no need to introduce Call of Duty, Activision's FPS license. Recently arrived on smartphone bringing with it all the history of the series, as well as its great peculiarities: massive cards from mythical episodes like Black Ops or Modern Warfare, very tactical missions and, recently, the armory. For those unfamiliar with it, it's all about the ability to customize a weapon in a thousand and one ways. This is it too, Call of Duty

Call of Duty Mobile is an exclusive episode suitable for console use. You will not find a single player mode there, which could have been used as training for the multi modes. So you need to get straight into the action. All modes are demanding, but not necessarily the same. There are the quick five-on-five PVP matches. Or a PUBG-style “battle royale” mode with 100 participants simultaneously (where you have the option of choosing a third-person view). The game is freemium, but does not seem particularly conducive to buying.

Maiden : Legacy of the Beast

In the ultimate heavy metal (and even hard rock in general) fan discography, there is certainly an album by the London band Iron Maiden. Powerslave. Somewhere in Time. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Or the excellent Number of the Beast. One of the common points between all of Iron Maiden's albums, studio or live, is the character on its cover: Eddie, half mummy, half zombie, living extratemporal and extraordinary adventures.

Eddie's designs, created by British illustrator Derek Riggs, inspired London-based video game studio Nodding Frog to create in 2016 an epic role-playing game called Legacy of the Beast. The player plays there as Eddie who must find the fragments of his scattered soul. He will have to help him his other incarnations, some of which have been made famous by the album covers: Trooper, Shaman, Pharaoh, Cyborg, Mummy, etc. The gameplay, classic, but with a unique atmosphere, is that of a turn-based RPG.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – War of the Visions

Following the success of Brave Exvius, Square Enix decided to extend this parallel license with a second game called War of the Visions. The gameplay, graphic style, and storyline of this game are totally different, as War of the Visions borrows all of these elements from Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. It is therefore a tactical role-playing game with turn-based movement on a grid. It's totally different gameplay that will satisfy those who want a little change between battles in Fire Emblem Heroes.

War of the Visions invites you to participate in a war between several kingdoms. A conflict whose real goals and instigators will not be revealed until the very end of the scenario. To help you survive the battles, you will have at your disposal the original heroes of this episode (Mont Leonis, Sterne Leonis, Machérie Hourne), as well as characters created for Brave Exvius (Ayaka and Aileen for example) and many others of the other opus in the series. Like Fire Emblem Heroes, War of the Visions will eagerly tap into Final Fantasy's gargantuan pool. Which will make War of the Visions quite a long title.


Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage

Namco Bandai is known for its huge catalog of manga licenses, each more popular than the next: One Piece, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, Sword Art Online, Deadly Seven Sins, Gundam and even Naruto. Few of them have not been the subject of a video game adaptation on a smartphone. The Naruto series has several of them: Ultimate Ninja Blazing and Ninja Voltage. We have chosen to include the second in our selection, because it is relatively different from other adaptations of the genre.

It is a strategy game, mixing action and Tower Defense. Based on beautiful graphics faithful to the series, it offers a short single-player campaign, but above all a very nice multiplayer mode, especially with a few friends. The goal is to create a fortress that will serve as your base camp to strategize, set up traps, and come up with plans to attack other players. And you can obviously attack with your friends, in real time. This is fun!


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