The great thing about free games is that they're free. But then the terrible thing about free games is they're often terrible. But then the other great thing about free games is that you can rely on Stuff to try them out for you.
We've done exactly that with Windows Phone games, wading through the murkiest depths of the Windows Phone Store in search of gaming pearls. And as luck would have it, we've found 25 worthy of Stuff recommendation. So here they are.
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Age Of Empires: Castle Siege
The classic Microsoft real-time strategy franchise is reborn on Windows Phone as a city-building affair with combat elements – in other words, it's essentially a Clash of Clans-alike. Despite the obvious influence (and move away from the source formula), it's a solid historical strategy affair meant to fill spare moments in your day as you advance your civilization, battle foes, and hopefully spend no real money.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Smash your opponents’ cars into pieces and perform impossible aerial stunts with beautifully rendered vehicles. It’s what we’ve always dreamed of - handling expensive cars and wrecking them without paying a single cent. You don't have to pay a single cent for this unrealistic racing game too.
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Like most Gameloft games, Blitz Brigade isn't remarkably original in design: it looks and acts a lot like Valve's cartoonish Team Fortress 2. But on Windows Phone, it's easily the best free option around for multiplayer shootouts. The first-person action is smooth and entertaining, and while balance issues come with the freemium territory and you'll wait to respawn without paying up, Blitz Brigade is still plenty of fun.
In space, no one can hear you scream. But you can sure as hell wreak havoc against aliens with your thumb. Or fingers, whatever floats your boat. This space shoot’em up requires nimble fingers to navigate your ship around enemy fire. A quick release of the thumb will trigger an arsenal that includes missiles and bombs, obliterating everything in its path.
Dungeon Hunter 4
Hack. Slash. Gain experience points. Rinse and repeat. Heck, even the plot about you awakening with new powers and finding your kingdom decimated by demons sounds kind of contrived. No sir, not for true fans of dungeon crawlers. It’s all about the the loot, and there’s so much to go around in this dungeon crawler.