Top 25 best free mobile games to play on your iPhone, iPad or Android Phone in 2021 - Updated
It is challenging to make a list of best free mobile games without leaving out a lot of titles
This list compiles the best free mobile games that you can play on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone - and we've done our best to keep it right up to date.
We've everything from radical roguelikes to radish platformers, and we stop off at plenty of places in-between, but the most important thing is that all of these are high-quality games that are totally free to download on your phone or tablet right now.
How did this list of the best free mobile games come to be?We originally started this list because a mass of developers came forward, offering up their normally-premium games for free as a result of the increased isolation of society due to Covid-19. But, let's face it, working from home isn't exactly a trend we are going to see going away.
Over time, however, the list has evolved into a selection of the finest free mobile games, be that free to start, free to play, or just plain free. We've deliberately tip-toed around some of the bigger names which you already know, to bring you this carefully curated list of fantastic free mobile games.
So, what we'll do here is compile and regularly update a list of the best free mobile games - including discounted premium games and free-to-play games - which you can grab right now for your iPhone or Android device.
As with everything, some of these discounts are limited time or change rapidly, we'll do our best to keep the post updated - but if we do miss anything then do feel free to reach out to us and let us know in the comments below.
But for now, click on the big button below to start finding out the current best free mobile games to play on your iPhone or Android device.
Retro Bowl is an excellent retro-inspired American Football game. You'll only need to take control of the offence and it's so satisfying when you aim a pass perfectly or successfully dodge your way through a pack of opposition defenders. Another nice touch, if you don't enter your own name it gives you a cool randomly generated one instead, I got Marshal Cannon.Download Retro Bowl for iOS or Android
Possibly one of the most hyped free mobile games of recent years, Genshin Impact - known for its sweeping green landscapes reminiscent of Zelda Breath of The Wind - has definitely earned its place in this list. Within days of launch, there are floods of people praising its clever use of gatcha as much as they are praising its vast worlds, and frankly, it sounds well worth the effort of a quick, free download.
Read our Genshin Impact reviewDownload Genshin Impact on iOS or Android
Dungeon Faster is an excellent rogue-like deck-builder that was nominated by our readers as one of the best games to release in 2019. It's been updated since it was held in such high esteem, adding an Arena Mode that allows players to battle it out for leaderboard supremacy.Download Dungeon Faster from the App Store or Google Play
Dadish 2 sees the return of everyone's favourite radish father. This time around his children have decided to participate in an impromptu 'bring your kids to work day'. Of course, this scheme doesn't exist in Dadish's office and it's just his sassy offspring causing trouble. Once again, our wear hero must set off to find them all, platforming his way through a fresh set of dangers.
Read our Dadish 2 reviewDownload Dadish 2 for iOS or Android
The Everlasting Regret
The Everlasting Regret is a beautiful casual puzzler that's been made by five graduates at Tencent. It's centered around the Chinese poem Song of Everlasting Regret and boasts a gorgeous visual style that matches the relaxed gameplay loop.
Read our The Everlasting Regret reviewDownload The Everlasting Regret for Android or iOS
Cookie Run: Kingdom
RPG-combat meetings town-builder in Devsisters' most recent entry into the Cookie Run series. Not only that, but they've managed to softly layer gacha mechanics and a baked-goods twist on the classic good-vs-evil plotline into the mix, and it all cooks out wonderfully.
Read our Cookie Run: Kingdom review
It's hard to have any sort of a list of best free mobile games without tilting the torch toward location-based game Pokemon Go. It took the world by storm when it first launched in 2016, and has only gone from strength to strength since. It now features weekly and monthly events, as well as the raid and battle systems which ensures that you've always got something to do. It also managed to survive national lockdowns through quick work from the development team. Phew.
Read our Pokemon GO reviewDownload Pokemon GO from the App Store or Google Play
Super Fowlst 2
Super Fowlst 2 is a delightful, easy to pick up platformer where you tap the left and right-hand sides of the screen to bounce a chicken around the levels. It's definitely got a pinball vibe going and it's bright, cheerful aesthetic certainly makes the experience feel much more wholesome.Download Super Fowlst 2 on iOS or Android
NetEase seem to be going from strength to strength when it comes to their games of late, with console-quality titles like LifeAfter and Eve: Echoes recently joining their roster. But, it's really Badlanders which sticks out for us. It's an almost perfectly designed loot-gathering battle royale that delivers a strong military theme while juggling tense inventory management and deadly battlefield sprinting to keep the whole match captivating and compelling.
We're really excited to see what Badlanders evolves into over the years, hopefully - much like LifeAfter - it's a game that will twist and change into something unique and memorable.Download Badlanders for iOS or Android
Words for a bird
Words for a bird is the latest micro-puzzle game out from puzzle-powerhouse Bart Bonte. While it's certainly not got the colour theming of his most recent issuing, it's visual punning is exceptional and - by golly - the art style is memorable and... well, lovely.Download Words for a bird for Android or iOS
Gogogo! is a fantastic local-multiplayer mobile game which wins its place in our list due to a caveat. 20 of the games included in it are completely free, and they're great - each is a microgame like you might find in a Warioware game, albeit expanded for four players and made competitive.
That said, you can watch a single advert to unlock an extra game for two days, or pay for additional content. But with the 20 starting games these extra ones really feel more like DLC or expansions than content behind a paywall.
Easily one of the best Halloween games of recent years, and one of the most memorable games to experiment with Squash, Spooky Squashers is an arcade game with a sporty feel to it. It's definitely one that we're going to be playing for a while, it's rare to find a game with such an interesting twist on a familiar sport and genre.
When it comes to talking about some of Pocket Gamer's favourite free mobile games, it would be a massive mistake to leave out Frogmind's Rumble Stars. It's a perfect fusion of strategy mana systems and pick-up-and-play sports gaming, and all the while it's bright, colourful and so engaging that we keep playing even though we've already got four chests waiting to unlock.
Read our Rumble Stars reviewDownload Rumble Stars for iOS or Android
Rainmaker - The Beautiful Flood
Rainmaker - The Beautiful Flood is a minimalistic puzzler game that's incredibly pretty. Each level will see you guide a bubble to a door and it won't do much in the way of hand-holding either. Whenever new elements are introduced you'll need to work out how best to use them.Download Rainmaker - The Beautiful Flood for iOS or Android
Innersloth's now iconic title Among Us was about to become a footnote in the company's history after three years of middling performance when, with the announcement of a sequel, interest in the first title suddenly surged. While the PC version of the game costs, albeit a rather affordable 3.99, the mobile version is completely free to play.
For those of you who don't know about how the game works, much like Mafia/Werewolf or many Space Station 13 modes, there are a bunch of human players placed in a situation who must work together to identify the imposter among them. Among Us is lauded due to its accessibility and ease of play, but for us, it's the mini-game tasks that really make it stand out from the competition - that and the silly execution animations.
Night of the Full Moon
Night of the Full Moon is an excellent card battler in the same mould as Slay the Spire. If you're still waiting on that to come out this makes for an excellent alternative, though you will have to pay for some additional character classes.
Read our Night of the Full Moon reviewDownload Night of the Full Moon for iOS or Android
Monolisk is a beautiful-looking action RPG where players can create their own levels for others to try and beat. It was recently updated to introduce a whole range of new cards for inventing your own stages. It's also had a host of UI improvements that makes finding the best levels much easier.Download Monolisk for iOS or Android
Auto-battlers and PvP experiences are hardly something new, but Battle Legion combines style, charm and strategy in fairly fresh feeling way. Due to the importance of fine-placement, unit levels, runes and more it makes it a hard game to look away from - there's a massive, simulation-style pull to micromanage, tweak and refine in order to find the perfect strategy for your current units.Download Battle Legion for Android or iOS
NieR Reincarnation is a mobile spin-off from Yoko Taro's popular action RPG series. Whilst it swaps real-time action with a more straightforward approach to turn-based combat, Reincarnation still maintains the essence of the other games in the series. It's hauntingly beautiful and tells multiple sombre tales in an unashamedly emotional fashion. There's still room for some humour too though, it's not all serious.
Tales of Crestoria
We've definitely seen a lot of hero-collecting RPGs over the years, and it hasn't really been a genre where we've seen much innovation. Tales of Crestoria will likely be the start of a shift in that as it plans on bringing classic Tales of storytelling and world-building into a genre which normally, doesn't really do much in that area.
Read our Tales of Crestoria review
Tvinnr is an interesting take on the merging genre where you'll gain additional points for combining two tokens instead of the usual shtick where they become something larger. It's a very laid back approach to this kind of game so it's perfect for those spare moments where you just want to zone out a little.Download Tvinnr
Democratic Socialism Simulator
If you're into political games Democratic Socialism Simulator might be for you. It sees you taking on the role of the first socialist president of the United States. You'll have to manage taxes, tackle issues without upsetting voters and be aware that your allies may turn on you. Please note, this is only free on iOS.Download Democratic Socialism Simulator on iOS or purchase it on Android
Amethlion is a retro-inspired, open-world RPG where you can spend hours exploring, crafting and battling various foes. Dungeons are randomly generated so if you end up enjoying the core combat it should hopefully keep you entertained for a good amount of time. The Android version is currently not free, however.Download Amethlion for Android or iOS
The next entry in the Pako series is here, and it's a little bit different than its predecessors, although... interestingly, it actually takes us back to the days of the earliest mobile games. Pako Caravan merges up Pako's funky, brightly-coloured drifting with the simple mechanics of Snake. You'll snake around cheerful, busy maps, creating convoys (or, some might say, caravans) of vehicles as you try to create as long a chain as possible.
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