The best free games for Android in 2021

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If you are looking for the best games on Android without spending a dime, here is a selection of free games that will let you pass the time for less.





There is no shortage of free games on Android and the Play Store. But there are now so many of them that it is very difficult to find quality titles capable of remaining more than a few minutes on the memory of your Android smartphone.

So here is a small selection of old and new free games, of different genres and themes. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but you can of course suggest your favorite games in the comments so that we can add them here.

management games

Rebel Inc.

Do you know the game Plague Inc.? This is a very popular and entertaining simulation that puts you in control of an epidemic with the objective of eradicating all life on the planet (any resemblance to an existing reality is purely coincidental).



Rebel Inc. uses the same principle and is developed by the same creators, but this time you will have to fight an insurrection and maintain your power in place over a region.

It's a great free game that's also playable offline. An in-app payment is offered to remove advertising.

  • Genre : management
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Rebel Inc.

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The Sims Mobile

The Sims and smartphones, it's a long story. Electronic Arts' flagship management license returned with a new copy in 2018: The Sims Mobile. This new opus takes up the basic principles of the license: the player creates a human avatar whose life, habitat, work and social relations will have to be managed.



Still free to play, with in-app purchases, The Sims Mobile was much better received than previous episodes thanks to more generous content without going to checkout.

  • Genre : life simulation — management
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Les Sims

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Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

Animal Crossing is a well-known Nintendo license and like Super Mario or Fire Emblem, it has also been exported to mobile and is called Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. The goal of the game is to create and manage your campsite in a universe made up of funny animals.

This title obviously gives pride of place to life simulation and you must take care of your friendship with the characters who visit your camp by carrying out the quests they submit to you. The game also encourages you to meet with other players by visiting your respective campsites and exchanging materials.

  • Genre : life simulation — management
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is the mobile version of RollerCoaster Tycoon originally released on PC. Well adapted to mobile, RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch has put aside the almost unreadable tables of other titles available on the Play Store. The editor mode allows both regulars and newcomers to have fun.

Be careful though, this is free-to-play so you can choose to be patient and use virtual currency to unlock the attractions, or spend real money.

  • Genre : management
  • Internet connection required : not
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch

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Fallout Shelter

Released in 2015, Fallout Shelter was originally intended to be a small application intended to promote the console and PC game Fallout 4. It is however a very neat anti-nuclear shelter management game in which the player must manage an underground population of survivors, make them live together, work and send some of them on an expedition abroad.

It's pretty, smart, and the aesthetic is sure to appeal to fans of the post-apocalyptic role-playing series.

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  • Genre : Management game in a post-apo environment
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Fallout Shelter

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SimCity BuildIt

SimCity is the benchmark game in terms of city management. On this mobile adaptation, you can build your city from every angle: roads, buildings, shops, etc. Become an exemplary mayor of a large megalopolis as you improve your city.

Please note that the game is free-to-play and you will have to spend money for certain services such as speeding up work, etc.

  • Genre : Management
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

SimCity BuildIt

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The best of its kind

Android offers many other games. Our file dedicated to management games expands the selection of free titles offered here.

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Our selection of the best management games for Android

Skill games

Ballz

The breakout game is one of the oldest concepts in the video game universe and yet, it often happens that someone manages to reinvent it by adding simple little touches, from the simple power-up game breaker to the revolutionary gameplay.

Ballz rather falls into the second category since here it is not a question of preventing the balls from falling to the ground, but just of breaking bricks requiring a certain number of blows before bursting while collecting new balls which will make the next round easier. To try urgently.

  • Genre : brick breaker
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Ballz

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Sky chasers

In Sky Chasers, the player must help a pilot to come from one point to another of a level using a small ship powered by two reactors. By pressing on the left part of the screen, the left reactor is activated and by pressing on the right part, the right reactor.

The handling is instinctive, the pixel-art graphics are particularly cute and the game has a very progressive difficulty making it very accessible. A free little gem that only offers a single in-app purchase to eliminate advertising.

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Sky Chasers: Flying a jetpack has never been so fun

  • Genre : Games of skill — platform
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Sky chasers

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Archero

Archero is a game where, as its name suggests, you have to control an archer who will shoot anything that moves in an atmosphere reminiscent of the famous Gantlet.

The developers have above all succeeded in making the game addictive thanks to a succession of objectives that you will inevitably want to achieve.

  • Genre : Platform game
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Archero

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Platform games and runners

Once Upon a Tower

Why do you need a prince when you have a hammer? In Once Upon a Tower, we play a princess prisoner in a dungeon whose prince charming, who came to save her, has been devoured. You must therefore use the hammer to destroy the sound and kill the enemies to get to the bottom of the levels while avoiding the traps!

The game is very dynamic and is clearly one of the best platformers on Android. Thus, the game has an in-app purchase system which is in no way intrusive and only serves to avoid losing a level if you die. He will then offer you to use a heart that you will either have to buy or recover by watching an advertisement.

  • Genre : Platform game
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Once Upon a Tower

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Alto's Odyssey

After losing its llamas in the middle of the mountains, Alto's Odyssey now sets off on an adventure in many other universes. The game is still a runner putting you on skis to survey many landscapes this time more idyllic and colorful since not subject to the universe of the first episode. It is still a very high quality game and an experience to do on Android, especially since the game is free and supported by advertisements.

LEARN MORE
Alto's Odyssey: the runner is finally available on Android

  • Genre : ski runner
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Alto's Odyssey

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Crossy Road

Crossy Road, too, has quickly become a mobile gaming classic. A small chicken at the edge of the road decides to cross it, you control it and you have to be careful of the cars that have only made this poor galliform. If you prefer, you can even embody a duck, a dolphin or a unicorn.

  • Genre : Arcade — Runner
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Crossy Road

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Rayman Adventures

If you're looking for something a little more punchy or more colorful, Rayman Adventures should fill that office perfectly. No surprise here, it's a runner - platform game in which we once again embody Rayman in search this time of ancient eggs. Platform, exploration, runner, there is something for everyone and the graphics are also beautiful.

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Rayman Adventures: a new opus in the vein of Jungle and Fiesta Run

  • Genre : Armless Runner — Platform
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Rayman Adventures

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Thinking games

chess.com

Since the release of The Queen's Game on Netflix, online chess has seen a massive boom. Among the references of the genre, the chess.com (or Chess) application, also available in a web version, has managed to hold its own. After registration, the game allows you to launch free games against other players in your level, but also analyze one game and solve five games per day. Paid options also exist, to solve more problems and redo the layout of your game.

  • Genre : Game of reflection and strategy
  • Internet connection required : yes to play online
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Chess Play & Learn

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Hungry Cat Picross

Your thing is more quiet games that require reflection? Then Hungry Cat Picross is just the thing for you. This is a Picross, a game in which the player must blacken squares in a grid using numerical indications in order to bring out drawings. However, the developers have gone even further here since there are several colors to fill in each of the grids. The principle is clever, the realization is on the small onions and the lifespan monstrous. The kind of game that quickly turns into hard drugs, especially since new grids are added every Tuesday.

  • Genre : Puzzle game and logic — hard drugs
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Hungry Cat Picross Purrfect Edition

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sudoku.com

We no longer present Sudoku, this famous puzzle game that we generally know on paper. There are a lot of Sudokus on the application stores, but our favorite is undoubtedly Sudoku.com.

  • Genre : Puzzle and logic game
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Sudoku.com - Free Game

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2048

It caused a sensation a few years ago when it went from newcomer to international mobile gaming phenomenon. The craze has since died down, but 2048 is still a game that deserves its place on a smartphone. Its system of tiles to add up to get the highest possible score is clearly addictive!

And it is not our editor Geoffroy who will tell us the opposite!

  • Genre : Puzzle — Reflection
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : no

2048

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The best of its kind

To discover even more choices, you can discover our file dedicated to the best puzzle games for Android.

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Action games and FPS

Harry Potter Mystery at Hogwarts

Secret at Hogwarts is a Harry Potter mobile game developed by Jam City, to whom we owe the Futurama or Family Guy games. It's actually a role-playing game in which you play as a student of Hogwarts, the school of wizards, during the 1980s. After being assigned to your house, you can learn to invoke your Patronus and above all, solve many puzzles. The game depicts many characters from the Harry Potter saga and allows you to customize the appearance of your avatar.

  • Genre :RPG
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

HARRY POTTER Mystery at Hogwarts

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Call of Duty Mobile

The Call of Duty Mobile series is a must when it comes to first-person shooters. The game is available on smartphone with Call of Duty Mobile, and includes everything we already know well, especially with its military atmosphere.

It's a very good free-to-play whose economic model is based on Game Pass, these in-app purchases popularized by Fortnite Battle Royale. The game was acclaimed upon release for its sound system, and responsive gameplay.

  • Genre : FPS
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Call of Duty : Mobile

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Genshin impact

Genshin Impact was able to seduce a lot of players in 2020 by offering a great fantasy adventure with very pleasant graphics taking full advantage of the potential of our smartphones which have, over time, become real portable consoles.

Get ready for hours of exploration and combat sprinkled with side quests. Genshin Impact has a knack for grabbing players and it's for our greatest pleasure. It's not for nothing that it has been repeatedly compared to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

  • Genre : Adventure, RPG
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Genshin impact

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Fortnite

Fortnite is Epic Games' flagship title and requires a muscular configuration to run, but that's normal: this is the real game, not a mobile adaptation. You can therefore use your account to continue trying for the top 1 and improve your level even on the go.

Be careful though: Fortnite is no longer available on the App Store or the Play Store following a conflict between the developer on one side and Apple and Google on the other. Players on iPhone can therefore no longer download the game, but on Android it is still possible to obtain it directly from the official Epic Games website. We explain how to install it in a dedicated article.

  • Genre : TPS — Battle Royale
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Fortnite

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PUBG Mobile

The famous Playerunknown's Battlegrounds landed on mobile at the beginning of 2018 after conquering PC throughout 2017. The concept is simple: you are parachuted onto a giant map with 99 other players.

Over time, the size of the map is reduced due to the spread of a deadly gas, it's up to you to stay in a safe area and arm yourself to hopefully become the last survivor of the game.

  • Genre : Battle Royal — Third Person Shooter
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

PUBG

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Dragon Ball Legends

The Dragon Ball license has already had great success on mobile with Dokkan Battle. However, it is still more suited to a particular genre: that of the fighting game. With Dragon Ball Legends, the series returns to this one for a much more dynamic gameplay which will require you to chain normal attacks and special attacks while dodging your opponent.

The highlight of the show: the game's story mode features a new character created directly by master Akira Toriyama!

  • Genre : fighting game
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Bragon Ball legends

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Stranger Things : The Game

Like the Netflix series of the same name, Stranger Things: The Game pays homage to video games of the 80s. This game uses point & click mechanics, but also beat them all, to create an action-adventure experience.

Developed to promote season 2 of the TV series, the game is completely free and offers a good experience of around ten hours.

  • Genre : Old school action-adventure
  • Internet connection required : not
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : no

Stranger Things

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The best of its kind

We also have a folder dedicated to the best action and shooting games on Android.

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The best FPS and TPS (shooting games) on Android and iPhone

Strategy games

League of Legends: Wild Rift

Absolute reference of MOBAs on PC, League of Legends has been available on smartphones since December 2020. The game uses the same mechanics as on the PC version, with the objective of destroying the opposing Nexus, while removing the aspects that could make it too complicated for manipulation on the touch screen. About fifty heroes are available, from Garen to Jinx via Ahri, Blitzcrank or Gangplank.

The game is completely free with access to all characters. However, it is still possible to pay if you want to obtain certain cosmetic elements.

  • Genre : MOBA
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Pokemon unite

Same principle as League of Legends, but with Pokémon. This is more or less the promise of Pokemon Unite, which offers you, it is rare enough to be underlined, to embody the faithful little beasts rather than their trainer.

As in any MOBA, you will have to play as a team, level up and destroy opponents' towers. Small twist to the formula, beyond the presence of Pikachu and Charizard: some characters will evolve as the game progresses and you will have to fight other Pokémon on the map embodied by the AI ​​to gain strength.

The game is free and each game allows you to collect coins to buy new characters or skins. You can of course also pay with "real money" to speed up the process.

  • Genre : MOBA
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Pokemon UNITE

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Teamfight Tactics

Also nicknamed TFT by its followers, Teamfight Tactics belongs to the same universe as League of Legends. The principle ? In an arena facing eight other players, you will select a team of characters from League of Legends and send them into battle.

  • Genre : Auto battler
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Teamfight Tactics: LoL strategy game

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Among Us

Among Us has established itself as the phenomenon game of 2020 with its Werewolf-inspired concept. Within your crew hide one or more imposters who seek only to sabotage your ship and eliminate all team members with the utmost discretion. The other players must perform a series of tasks or wisely eject those they think are imposters.

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But be careful… Imposters can be clever strategists and turn you against each other without attracting the suspicion of the group. Among Us promises a lot of laughs… but also some grudges between friends if they stab you in the back!

  • Genre : strategy
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Among Us

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Antiyoy

Behind its simplistic graphics, Antiyoy hides a complex and deep turn-based strategy game. The rules are simple to assimilate: you have villagers, spearmen, farms and defense towers. You must expand your territory with your settlers to earn more money and recruit new units to finally attack your opponents.

You can play in campaign mode, through custom levels or against your friends (up to 7 players) on a single device.

  • Genre : minimalist management/strategy
  • Internet connection required : not
  • Advertising : not
  • In-app purchases : no

Antiyoy

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Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2

Shin Megami Tensei is one of Japan's oldest and most respected RPG series, although it's a bit more understated in Europe. We know in our lands especially the Persona series, which is a spin-off. Here, you will be able to engage in turn-based battles alongside many monsters drawn from the legends and myths of the world, which you can integrate into your team with great bargaining power. Once in your pocket, you can merge them to improve their skills and pocket ever more powerful monsters.

What's more, you can even battle with friends with your team online! Be careful though: you will need to be fluent in English.

  • Genre : turn-based strategy
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Shin Megami Tensei D × XNUMX

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The Battle of Polytopia

Anglophobes abstain! The Battle of Polytopia is a pixel-art turn-based strategy/management game entirely in English.

Choose your tribe (each with different skills), develop new technologies and set off to explore the world, harvest resources, colonize new tribes and fight the most hostile. All in 30 rounds.

  • Genre : strategy
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : yes (to buy new tribes)

The Battle of Polytopia

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Total War Battles : Kingdom

Total War Battles: Kingdom is the very first Android game based on the popular Total War management and tactics franchise. The title is just as complete as its PC counterpart. You must demonstrate strategy, of course, but also diplomacy. For this episode, the historical period chosen is the Middle Ages, and more precisely just before the year one thousand.

The goal is to fix his castle and build an empire through exploration, resources and invasion. Little more, but not least, the game is cross-platform, so you can face your pecist friends.

  • Genre : management/strategy
  • Internet connection required : not
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Total War Battles: Kingdom

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Fire Emblem Heroes

First Nintendo game to be released on Android, Fire Emblem Heroes takes over one of the biggest licenses – but still confidential in the West – from its catalog to offer free-to-play with small onions.

We find all the neat work of a classic Fire Emblem, but with lighter gameplay that adapts more easily to short sessions on smartphones. Ideal for those who wish, without too much difficulty, to discover the series as well as for fans who will be able to find their favorite heroes.

  • Genre : tactical
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Fire Emblem Heroes

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Clash Royale

Are you looking for an online game that is easily accessible and similar to what you know? Then Clash Royale is exactly what you need. A blend of tower defense, collectible card games, and real-time strategy games, Clash Royale is as easy to learn as it is hard to master.

A smartphone classic that has a good number of in-app purchases, but these are not necessary until you have spent some time there.

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The new game from the creators of Clash of Clans is available on Android

  • Genre : Strategy – card collection – Tower Defense
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Clash Royale

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Hearthstone

HearthStone is neither more nor less than the benchmark for online card games since its release on PC in 2014, then on Android in 2015. The goal here is to build 30-card decks and compete against other players. in line. Thanks to a very clear tutorial and an exemplary interface, the game is very easy to learn. But it hides an unsuspected depth at first glance which gives it an almost infinite lifespan.

Be careful, however, because of its age, the game encourages players to go to the cash register.

LEARN MORE
Hearthstone: all about Project Armageboum, the next extension of the TCG

  • Genre : Strategy — Card game
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Hearthstone

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The best of its kind

If you are a fan of strategy games and this selection is not enough for you, do not hesitate to consult our file of the best strategy games for Android. If you're more into TCG, take a look at our selection of collectible card games.

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The best free and paid strategy games for Android smartphones

The best racing games

Asphalt 9 Legends

Asphalt 9 Legends finally takes the continuation of the series, while Asphalt 8 was released well 5 years ago. And he does it brilliantly!

With 80 vehicles available and more than 100 playable races, Gameloft's racing game has gone all out by offering graphics worthy of the biggest console titles for our smartphones.

  • Genre : vroum vroum
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : Yes
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Asphalt 9: Legend

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Data Wing

Data Wing is a very particular game since it is a narrative racing game. The graphics are very simple (you control a triangle on a circuit formed by two lines), but the background is much deeper than it looks during the first minutes of the game. The first grip is a bit rough, but the title is definitely worth a look.

Not only is the gameplay very demanding, but the background is very well written.

  • Genre : Race with a story
  • Internet connection required : no
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : no

Data Wing

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augmented reality games

Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth takes the colorful, cubic world of Minecraft and adds it into our real world in augmented reality. In this free game, you can draw materials around you, or explore dungeons once well equipped.

As in Minecraft, these materials can be used to make new elements, and especially to build structures. The culmination of the most famous virtual Lego game.

  • Genre : virtual LEGO — augmented reality
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Minecraft Earth

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Pokémon GO

Hunting Pokémon in real life, is it impossible? Not when you have a smartphone and Pokémon Go. The principle is generally the same as Ingress, namely to walk in the street, in the countryside or on the edge of the beaches and to wait for Pokémon to appear to catch them.

The best thing about it is that the nature of these depends on where you are. Water-type Pokémon are thus more present near rivers or beaches.

Finally, it is possible to face other trainers, through arenas, in which teams of trainers compete, but also to challenge their friends.

  • Genre : Catch 'Em All — Augmented Reality
  • Internet connection required : Yes
  • Advertising : no
  • In-app purchases : Yes

Pokémon GO

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If our selection seems too restrictive for you, know that we publish a larger selection of the best Android games by category. Here are the links to access it.

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