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 30 worthy of Stuff recommendation. So here they are - with a freshly revised and expanded list packed with the latest and greatest Windows Phone freebies.
This ridiculously fun endless tapper finds you crossing roads and rivers alike in a quest for leaderboard glory.
The Minecraft-esque look and unlockable characters are ultra-charming, but the real appeal comes from the rush you feel narrowly avoiding collisions and passing your friends' names plastered on the ground along the way. And it never beats you over the head with ads or in-app purchase demands.
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 penny. You don't have to pay a single penny for this unrealistic racing game too.
Lara Croft: Relic Run
Relic Run is no Tomb Raider, to be honest: it's a free-to-play riff on the Temple Run theme, with bite-sized missions and plenty of items and coins to snag along the way.
But even with a tried-and-true template, Lara's runner is great fun, pumping in some cinematic thrills with vehicle sequences, death-defying leaps, and even dinosaur shootouts. With myriad costumes and weapons to unlock, it'll keep you raiding… or running, rather.
We don't know why Threes! is free on Windows Phone, since the ad-free version has a price tag elsewhere, but we're not questioning it. We do, however, strongly advise you to download it if you like brainy puzzlers at all. It's one of the best designed for touch devices, challenging you to constantly add up matching and compatible tiles as the screen fills up with every move. You'll have to play smart and steady if you want to get deep into this enthralling entry.
Not every Disney game needs a licensed character or toy tie-in: the company delivered big with Where's My Water? and has done it again with Dodo Pop. It's a bit innocuous-looking - it's really just a colour-matching puzzler starring cartoonish birds - but there's something strongly compelling about the game. You'll clear jumbles of like-coloured gumballs that roll and shift in each area, and the game does a solid job of shaking things up along the way.