Today’s Top Free Mobile Games Depending on Your Spare Time
By Cat Lo
Let’s face it: mobile games have taken over our lives—or rather, the world—and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. But with our ever-busy schedules, will we really ever be able to play all those games we desperately want to play without sacrificing our much-needed and often-neglected sleep? We’ve got a simple rundown of the best free mobile games to play depending on how much spare time you have—because we can’t all be Everwing zombies, can we?
1. Casual – Everwing
If you’re a Facebook user, chances are that you’ve already encountered friends sending you scores via Messenger—which is a telltale sign of a game reaching epic proportions. You know a game is as big as it is when friends you haven’t spoken to in ages suddenly send you invites and scores, and when the game itself has its own Wiki and a myriad of Youtube tutorials and Reddit threads. Everwing is exclusively available via Facebook Messenger, and developer Blackstorm Labs is revolutionizing the mobile game by freeing us from the constraints of app stores. The scrolling shooter puts you in the role of a Guardian whose life goal is to keep shooting at monsters who are supposed to look menacing but are actually kinda cute. Along the way, you get to collect gems and coins that help you upgrade your bullets and such. The added addictive factor here is the opportunity to collect Dragons, which can aid you in your monster extermination business—and honestly, any game that has a collection function automatically means hours and hours of fun.
2. Taking a Quick Break From Reality – Magikarp Jump
Just because the Pokemon Go hype has died down doesn’t mean people are over those cute little critters just yet. Magikarp Jump takes what most Pokemon trainers consider as the weakest and most boring Pokemon and gives it its own game, because it’s about darn time the little fish got some lovin’. Because it’s still a Pokemon game, the whole point of the app revolves around catching, training, and competing—all based on how high your Magikarp can jump (it is titled as such, after all). The point is to catch a good Magikarp, breed it, feed it, train it, until it’s Olympic enough to compete by jumping higher than your competitor. If you win, you gain XP and coins that you can use to buy power-ups and boosts in Jump Power. There are also plenty of random encounters that may or may not help you on your journey in the form of free food and boosts. Not just your run-of-the-mill Flappy Bird wannabe, right?
3. No Internet? No Problem! – Neko Atsume
Whether you’re a cat-lover or not, you won’t be able to resist the allure of Neko Atsume. Already huge enough to garner its own live-action movie (and hordes and hordes of collectibles and merchandise to boot), the game is basically all about you, the owner of a backyard, who lays food out and waits for random kitties to invade your house and steal all of your food. These diva-cats leave some fish for you in gratitude, and you use these fish to buy more food and expensive toys for them, just so they can come back and play in your yard all over again. The insanely simple yet highly addictive game essentially makes you a slave to these adorable cats’ desires, but once you start attracting those felines into your home, I guarantee that you just cannot stop. Every so often, rare cats that dress up as samurai and old Hollywood actresses can grace you with their presence if you happen to lay out the right food or plaything for them, and it’s all you can do not to scramble for a rare photograph with them. At the end of the day, all you’ll really be left with is an empty yard of tuna leftovers and a photo album of the cats you happened to chance upon and take pictures of when they were in your yard, but it is just so oddly satisfying that you’ll do it all over again the very next day.
4. Play Hardcore All Day Like It’s the End of the World – Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is, without a doubt, one of the best mobile games ever, and it’s almost a crime that it’s free-to-play. For hardcore fans of the FF series, Brave Exvius brings back the nostalgia of colorful and pixilated sprites, as well as the simple turn-based battle system of the RPGs of old. Aside from the never-ending grind of leveling up until you’re too beefed up to bother with random critters on the world map (yes, the world map is back!), there are also tons of things you can do on the menu alone, like crafting items and skills, going on weekly quests, competing PvP, and upgrading Ifrit and Shiva and the rest of the old gang. There are also actual dungeons that you can explore, as well as towns where you can speak to the citizens and accept quests for them. Best of all, you get to summon characters or “units” from past Final Fantasy games of varying rarity! And because it’s a mobile game, you also get daily log-in bonuses and continuously expanding storylines and maps. It’s hard to believe that you can get all this without paying a cent, which just proves that there really is such a thing as a free lunch in this world after all.
What are YOUR favorite free mobile games? Did your best bet make the list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!