30 fantastic free Android games

Smash Hit

Smash Hit takes you on a deeply weird and oddly ethereal journey through a geometric world of glass barriers. Your only way forward: lobbing a rapidly depleting supply of metal balls to clear a path, and grabbing increasingly scarce top-ups as you go.

It's a strangely cathartic experience, and very demanding as you take on later levels with whirling glass contraptions and a spinning camera.

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Spaceteam

Multi-device party games are usually a bit glib, but Spaceteam bucks the trend with a quirky and oddball take on co-op gameplay. Between two and four players are part of the Spaceteam (red jerseys optional), and must give orders, to try and stop your ship exploding, a ship – naturally – that happens to be attempting to outrun an exploding star.

It's a very silly game, and you can't help but love anything on Google Play that has 'Beveled Nanobuzzers' as an item in its feature list.

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Swordigo

Before all games had to be 3D by law, the 2D adventure-platformer reigned supreme. On touchscreens, these games are usually a bit rubbish, due to iffy design and even worse controls, but Swordigo bucks the trend.

You get a huge magical realm of monsters to fight, treasures to find, and towns to explore. Any whiff of nostalgia is rapidly expunged as you become engrossed in the plot, give giant spiders a serious kicking, and do your best Harry Potter impersonation with the aid of enemy-troubling spells.

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Voxel Rush

If you're very old indeed, you might remember a ZX Spectrum title called Deathchase. There wasn't much to the game – you zoomed through a forest, tried very hard not to get killed by smashing into a tree, and shot bad guys – but it was brilliant.

Voxel Rush takes the concept, adds beautiful geometric 3D graphics, and shows off with crazy 'events' such as towers collapsing or the view flipping upside down. It's an adrenaline-fuelled breathless affair that feels more exhilarating than many proper racing games on Android, and it's far more exciting than most endless runners.

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Zen Pinball HD

Pinball often gets a duff deal, because many people just don't get it. A modern table isn't just about spanging a metal ball about – you must learn the table's rules, discover missions, and complete them with uncannily accurate aiming.

Zen Pinball layers on top of classic pinball a modern gaming sensibility, peppering tables with animated characters, vibrant visual effects and some amusingly awful voice acting. For free (with no ads), you get Sorcerer's Lair, and more tables are available via IAP, including some surprisingly great ones based on Star Wars

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