Smartphones are everywhere. You’re just as likely to spot a doctor with her shiny, new Samsung Galaxy S6 as you are a 12-year old with his hand-me-down iPhone 4. With our ever-increasing love for smartphones comes the ability to do practically anything on the go. This is fantastic for busy bees, as the option to manage social media, check emails and draft reports on the train to work fills the hole of what could have been an unproductive journey. Then, there are the games. The days of setting up your wired console on the floor in front of your television are gone. Mobile gaming is here, and whilst the smartphone industry continues to boom, it’s not going anywhere.
Whether you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, in a queue, eating lunch alone or simply relaxing at home after an eventful day at work, you’re guaranteed to find a game you’ll enjoy. Luckily, there are hundreds of free games available for your smartphone, so your search for a new game won’t be difficult. Below is a selection to get you started.
An oldie but a goldie. If you can endure the multitude of ads, flinging lots of birds at greedy, green pigs is great fun.
This is an 8-bit style airline simulation game that is equally simple and addictive. Grow your airline by unlocking and investing in your fleet of planes. The pixel-charm of the game will hook you and the need to improve your company will keep you there.
If you’re a fan of either the Fallout games or post-apocalyptic worlds, you’ll enjoy Fallout Shelter. You control a state-of-the-art underground Vault, and your job is to make it thrive.
Draw Something Free
We now live in a world so advanced that we can play Pictionary, in real time, with people all over the planet. That’s a world I’m sure you’re glad you can be a part of. Draw Something is a brilliantly simple and social game that’ll reignite your love for doodles.
An award-winning and completely unique side-scrolling platformer, yet surprisingly it’s free. The artwork is beautiful and it looks just like something out of a fairy tale. However, there’s something wrong, and it’s the player’s role to find out what. This is only free on Android, and is £2.49 on the iTunes store.
The classic Pac-Man has been perfectly redeveloped for smartphones, and this time the maze is endless. If you’ve thought to yourself, “damn, I wish I could play Pac-Man in a never-ending maze” then clearly this is the game for you.
Train your brain on the go with Scrabble on your smartphone. You can play with friends and strangers alike, as the game offers a social aspect to match the real life gameplay experience.
Cally’s Caves 3
A beautifully designed game with an expansive world. It makes you ask “What’s the catch? When does it stop being free to play?” Amazingly, there is no catch. It’s simply a brilliant platform game designed with a great gameplay experience in mind.
This quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. It challenges users to play the compact trivia game with their friends and is tailored specifically for each country, using user-suggested questions. It’s highly addictive, but you learn something new each time you play.
Connect matching dots to create lines across the entire board to solve each puzzle. Flow Free is both a fantastic brainteaser and an effective time killer.