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25 Free Alternatives to Your Favorite Video Games

Keeping up with the latest video game trends can be expensive. Fortunately, there are 25 free alternatives to your favorite video games!

  1. theHunter
    This game is for those of you who love the Cabela Hunter series. theHunter offers the same sort of game play you might find in a Cabela svideo game but without the price tag. You can play with your friends and immerse yourself in an open world with various environments. There, you’ll be able to hunt different types of animals and increase your skills along the way. Simply register an account and play for free on theHunter’s website.
  2. Candy Crush
    Candy Crush is a great option for anyone wanting to play a puzzle game like Lumines. This game will make you think and figure out strategy while earning points and different level up skills. You can play this game online free at without having to register an account.
  3. NBA Jam
    Alright, so this game is a little dated, but definitely still worth playing. There wouldn’t be NBA games without Sega’s NBA Jam. You can play some of the older NBA stars as you work to beat the best teams each city has to offer. You can play either head-to-head or a team game. This game can be found online at
  4. Subway Surfers
    This is an app game for mobile devices, but it can also be found online at various websites. The basic premise of the game is simple: Run along the subway tracks for as long as you can. It seems easy, right? Nope. You’ll quickly become addicted to this game to complete tasks and achieve high scores. Your friends can also play the game for an added level of competition. 
  5. Gangstar Vegas
    This is another free app game that you can purchase on both Android and iPhone. This game is an open-world action-adventure game for people who like Grand Theft Auto. You play a character named Jason, who is skilled in martial arts, but that’s not all there is. Anything you can do in GTA, you can do in Gangstar Vegas.
  6. Shotgun Vs Zombies
    If you enjoy playing Call of Duty: Zombies, you’ll love Shotgun Vs Zombies. This game features a platformer layout. You play a character who runs along killing zombies with a shotgun as long as possible. It’s available for free at AddictingGames.
  7. Scribblenauts
    Games like Scribblenauts are hard to come by. The concept is pretty unique, but it’s possible to find this game for free. Super Scribblenauts: LIMITED is a game on that will allow you to play with a limited dictionary of things you can conjure. The game offers a series of tasks that you have to complete in order to progress to the next level.
  8. Real Driving Sim
    This game is free on iTunes and is a great option for those of you who love car-parking games. It’s a real life simulation in which you park cars with different angles, various speeds, and crazy situations. You also get to drive different cool cars on the top of a skyscraper. Need I say more?
  9. Jewel Quest
    For another puzzle game, Jewel Quest is a fun option similar to Candy Crush. You create various combinations of jewels in this game in order to score points, all the while collecting power ups that will help you in a tough spot. It can be played online for free at MSN Games.
  10. WolfQuest
    Playing an animal can be fun, but what is more enjoyable than playing a wolf? WolfQuest is an immersive wildlife simulator in which you play as a wolf. There are currently two episodes with more in development. Your main goal is stated in each episode and you can play with up to five players. Find this game at WolfQuest’s website.
  11. The Sims Freeplay
    The Sims is one of those games everyone wants to play, but buying it costs a pretty penny. Thankfully, The Sims can be played on your phone for free. The Sims Freeplay is an option released by EA to allow you to create an entire town of Sims with their own styles, personalities, and dreams. You can make them fall in love, grow your family, and design amazing homes all on this one app. Find it on your phone at Google play or iTunes.
  12. Sushi Cat
    Sushi Cat ... wait, what? Yes, Sushi Cat. This is a fantastic game that can be incredibly addicting. Basically, it’s Plinko with a twist. You play a cat with a goal of eating a certain amount of sushi to progress to the next level. It may seem like a simple concept, but somehow sucks you in. It can be played online at Yahoo Games.
  13. Grand Theft Auto
    Grand Theft Auto is a game all on its own and it can be hard to find games like it. Thankfully JustOnlineGames has you covered. There, you can play Grand Theft Auto for free, doing everything you can do in a normal GTA game. The game is a success, as it has an overall 85% rating on the website. Be aware though, it’s not GTA V. The graphics are simplistic, but it doesn’t take away from the overall concept.
  14. Plants Vs Zombies 
    Plants Vs Zombies is the tower defense game that took the world by storm. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s a game in which you control plants that try to protect their home from an incoming horde of zombies. Each plant has its own attack that you’ll use to take out various types of zombies with different attributes. The first version of Plants Vs Zombies is online for free at PopCap. Plants Vs Zombies 2 is also free on iTunes, Google Play, and Y8.
  15. Keno
    Keno is popular all around the world. It’s a lottery or bingo type game with simple rules. The player guesses which numbers will be drawn at random and gets paid based on how many numbers they guessed correctly. It’s incredibly easy to learn but extremely fun to play. It can be played online for free at KenoOnline.
  16. Fun Run 2
    This is another app that is available on Google Play or iTunes. It’s a free game that you can play with random people or with friends. During Fun Run 2, you play furry forest creatures that have to run to the finish line while avoiding all sorts of different hazards. You can get power ups to destroy your opponents in an all-out warfare race. The game is not unlike Happy Tree Friends.
  17. Real Steel
    Based off of the movie with Hugh Jackman, Real Steel is a game in which you play robots that box each other. The game is available for free on your phone through iTunes and Google Play. You have the ability to customize your robots and battle competitors through one-on-one combat. Brawl with friends, unleash robot titans, and win challenges.
  18. Bubble Shooter
    Bubble Shooter is an easy game in which you shoot colored bubbles to pop ones of similar colors. It’s a recreation of Puzzle Bobble 2 from 1995, and while it might seem tedious, it actually takes skill to complete the game. The further you get, the more difficult the game becomes. You can play it online for free at Shooter-Bubble or BubbleShooter.
  19. Chuzzle Deluxe
    This is a tile-matching puzzle game published by PopCap. The game revolves around multi-colored fuzz balls that squeak when you select them. This might be a great game for a child, as there are several hints that respond based on how close to a match you are. The more Chuzzles you match, the more points you score and the higher power ups you obtain.
  20. Cops Vs Robbers
    The classic scenario of cops versus robbers can now be played in a racing game for Google Play and iTunes. You control a police car that is on the pursuit of someone who has broken the law. You have the option of causing as little havoc you want or wrecking every single car around you in a fiery explosion.
  21. Jurassic World: The Game
    With the recent release of Jurassic World, new interest has sparked about the series of movies from the '90s and early 2000s. Thankfully, there are games to accompany the new attention. Jurassic World: The Game is an app available through iTunes and Google Play that allows you to build your own park. You design your own dinosaurs and create your own terrifying amusement park that guests visit. It’s a lot like Zoo Tycoon, so if you’re a fan of any park-builder game, grab Jurassic World at your app store.
  22. TERA 
    This is for those of you who love MMORPGs. TERA is a free-to-play 3D action game based on a non-targeting system. Basically, you have direct control over your character and can control combat however you want. Like any MMO, you can design your character specifically for your playing style. Wear different outfits and select different skills as you level up. Considering that the game is free, it offers amazing visuals and detailed monsters. It can be downloaded to free at
  23. Fallout Shelter
    If you love Fallout or any Bethesda game for that matter, you’ll love Fallout Shelter. It’s a simulation game in which you play as an overseer who monitors a group of dwellers that live underground. Your job is to grow your population while protecting them from enemies that come into your shelter. You have to make sure your dwellers have enough food, water, medical supplies, and other necessities while sending people out to explore the radiation-ravaged planet. Fallout Shelter It can be found free on Google Play and iTunes store.
  24. Far Cry 4 Arena
    If you’ve played Far Cry, then you know how amazing these games can be. Ubisoft released an app game called Far Cry 4 Arena in which you have various creatures that take on other animals and enemies. You have a limited number of “soldiers,” so use your materials wisely. This game can be found free on Google Play and iTunes store.
  25. Team Fortress 2
    This popular first-person shooter has always had an overwhelming positive response from the gaming community. The only issue was that some people might not be able to afford it. Recently, Valve has released the game for free through Steam. You play as one of nine classes that have their own attributes. You also have several different play modes, including king of the hill or capture the flag.
Last Updated: November 12, 2015