There are hundreds of fantastic games available for Android, and a lot of them are available for absolutely nothing.
Whether ad-supported or based on a (boo and indeed hiss) “freemium” model, these titles are free – and guaranteed to make your morning commute a little less painful.
iFighter 2: The Pacific 1942
A “bullet hell” vertical scrolling shoot ‘em up very much inspired by the 1980s arcade classic 1942, iFighter sees you steering a US fighter through waves of Japanese planes, ships and ground-based enemies, with each stage culminating in an epic boss fight. Power-ups to boost your armaments are spread throughout the levels, and the coins you collect can be spent to upgrade your starting plane.
Plants vs Zombies 2
A popular game franchise that has veered down a somewhat controversial freemium path, Plants vs Zombies 2 is what’s known as a “tower defence” game: you build towers and emplacements (or in this case, plant flowers, shrubs and veggies) to fight off hordes of incoming enemies (in this case, shambling hordes of undead). The badgering about micro-transactions can be a pain, but it doesn’t kill off the essential brilliance of PopCap’s game.
A supremely simple game – you’re a Victorian gentleman on his daily constitutional, and must hold your finger on the screen every time the wind threatens to dislodge your top hat – Winter Walk succeeds through the sheer force of its charm. Lovely stuff.
Now around two years old, Colosseum Heroes isn’t the kind of title that’ll win any awards for its originality or brains: it’s a side-scroller bash ‘em up where you hit things, collect rewards and then use these to buff up your character (your choice of either gladiator or vampire) with new abilities, equipment and spells. It’s unforgivingly difficult too – just make sure you don’t chuck your Nexus 5 across the room when your hero falls for the 10th time.
Words With Friends
Scrabble by another name (well, with apparently just enough differences to prevent legal action), Words With Friends is an evergreen smartphone staple thanks to its simplicity, the fact that you play “with friends” (but only one per game) and the fact that it never rushes you: you have several days to take your turn, so it can be played whenever you have a spare minute.