One of the easiest ways for game developers to attract players is to list their titles as free to download. In fact, there are way more free games than paid titles available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Google Play, for example, currently offers close to 3.5 million free games.
But that doesn’t mean just any game is worth your time. For mobile titles, free games tend to be saddled with microtransactions and ads. Meanwhile, in terms of traditional games for PCs and consoles, free games often suffer from poor production quality. This means they’re barely worth playing.
Still, not all free games are duds. Save yourself some time from shopping around a free games page and try one of the titles listed below.
Casino Games: Chumba Casino & PokerStars Play
Along with mobile titles, some of the best free games available today are in the virtual casino category. However, much like mobile games, casino platforms aren’t created equally. For those interested in trying out a range of casino titles, from slots to roulette, Chumba Casino offers a quality experience.
Chumba has a roster of proprietary games, which means gamers won’t find them anywhere else. However, if you’re looking to try your hand at poker, then sample PokerStars Play. The app comes from the highly experienced PokerStars brand—except it’s totally free to download and play.
Indie PC: The Supper & Doki Doki Literature Club
In the last ten years, video games have enjoyed a global expansion. While developers from EA to Tencent dominate the gaming industry, there is a growing number of indie producers creating highly unique games. One of these is Supper, which covers a medieval and pixelated world in which Ms. Appleton must concoct special dishes for her customers.
The game mainly relies on puzzles, but its highly intriguing storyline is a treat for gamers of all skill levels. Though the game is short, it’s made a lasting impression—just like fellow indie game Doki Doki Literature Club. The latter presents like a visual anime novel… but things quickly get spooky and start to unravel for this social club.
VR: Horizon Beyond & War Thunder
While VR headsets are still a bit pricey and clunky, now that more gamers are investigating virtual reality, there’s a growing number of quality free games. Horizon Beyond has jumped in the charts for its beautiful setting, in which gamers navigate a ship through the skies to explore new imaginative worlds.
Meanwhile, War Thunder also takes gamers skyward… but with a new objective. The game harkens back to the earliest iterations of VR: to train pilots to fly. Gamers must navigate the skies during high-octane battles. Best of all, the game was created prior to its VR port, which means it’s still a lot of fun to play without the headset.
As mentioned above, no gaming sector has as many free games as mobile devices. However, there’s one incredibly unique title that’s still worth a download (and doesn’t include bothersome ads and microtransactions). Underhand is a card game that requires gamers to manage a cult… and keep cult members loyal by allocating resources correctly. It’s sort of like Football Manager meets a choice-based, occultist adventure game.