There are lots of great free games out there that you can download and play on your tablet or phone.
Here at GameSpew, we don't normally talk about mobile games, but with some many great, free games out there, we thought, "why the hell not?" So taking a bit of inspiration from our regular Free Game Friday features, we decided to introduce you to some of our favourite mobile titles, from the likes of Temple Run to some old classics. So, without further ado Spewers, here’s a look at some of our guilty pleasures.
We’ve mentioned Temple Run, so it’s as good a place as any to start. Originally released back in 2011, it was developed by Imangi Studios in North Carolina in the U.S. and was so well received it spawned a sequel – the imaginatively titled Temple Run 2. The latter allegedly was the fastest-spreading mobile game ever, with over 50 million downloads in the first two weeks of its release.
It’s a 3D endless running game and while it is now not so cutting-edge as when it was first released, it is no less fun. If you have a modern Samsung handset and Gear VR, there's also a free-to-play VR version of Temple Run too, just in case you wanted to get closer to the action and really feel like a gem thief being chased by an ancient evil.
Another great free game is Angry Birds, and it is probably one of the best puzzle games of recent years, although the original will celebrate its eighth birthday this December. Hard to believe but it is true! That first game led to multiple sequels and spin-offs, with Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Star Wars released to tie in with those respective films. There's been multiple console versions since it first debuted on mobile, too.
Angry Birds is a relatively simple game, but that is part of its appeal. It is extremely addictive, and comical, too. Hell, it's been so popular, it's even spawned a film of its own!
If you fancy something more retro – and retro gaming has taken on a life of its own in recent years – you can also get classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog, or if you want to go back even further, how about searching for Space Invaders, Pac-Man or Frogger?The latter is sort-of updated and available in 3D as Crossy Road. They are all great fun and there is a nice sense of nostalgia playing on old games, similar to when you might hear an old song, or watch an old favourite movie. Again, these games are all free, so do a quick search.
Finally, if you want lots of short, quick games and just want to download one quickly, check out Nordcurrent’s 101-in-1 Games Anthology, which has different versions available for your phone and tablet as well as your PC. It does exactly what it says on the tin and includes a nice mix of remakes of some old games and some original ones, too. You don’t get access to them all at once and will need to earn points to unlock them, but that’s half the fun of it.
Of course, we're only just scratching the surface of the free games that are available on your mobile device, but these are a great place to start. Let us know your favourite free games by commenting below!