Free mobile games that aren’t total trash


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Mobile gaming has become a large aspect of daily lives, so it makes sense that there are many underrated titles.

Matthew McCallough, Staff Writer

With the multitude of mobile game releases throughout the years, it can be a headache to sift through all the garbage and find some good apps to play. We know there are countless pay to play options but that adds up fast. So here are five free, high-quality games that have fallen under the radar.

Jurassic World Alive

Jurassic World Alive is an interactive game created by the company Ludia Inc. which released March 2018. Similar to Pokemon GO, this game uses location settings to provide a map with key interest points. As you travel to these points, you can collect dinosaur DNA that allows you to unlock different breeds which you can use to battle other players.

Given Jurassic World Alive’s large game size, it’s a surprise as to how smooth the graphics run and how few glitches there are. While interacting with the dinosaurs, they move with ease and are loaded onto the screen without any sort of lag. Overall, Jurassic World Alive has a lot of interactive gameplay to keep you immersed for extensive periods of time.

The Trail

The Trail is a travel simulation game that was created by Kongregate which released November 2016. The Trail allows the player to collect resources they need to survive various wilderness environments. You can occasionally sell the things you create to gain money when you’re closer to towns; while doing this you can also befriend other players who may help you with certain objectives.

The graphics are high quality for a free app.  Everything from the characters to the environment is three-dimensional and vibrant. The materials you collect along this trail are detailed and intricate. Since it’s not story based, you are allowed to play at your own pace making the gameplay much more interesting.

Turbo Dismount

Turbo Dismount is a crash course simulation game created by Secret Exit which released January 2014. In most video games you’re trying to stay alive, but ironically you’re doing the exact opposite here. The main goal in the game is to inflict the greatest amount of damage to your character in each level, whether it be through high speed crashes or extremely high falls.

You can achieve this objective by selecting different vehicles, speeds, and difficulty levels. There are a variety of poses for your character to be in as well. Some examples include doing a headstand on a car, hanging off the bumper, or simply standing inside the vehicle.

The graphics in the game are sweet and simple but get the job done. You run into objects at high speeds but the game doesn’t freeze or slow down. The demolition and hardcore collisions make the gameplay more action packed and fun to engage with.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Classic

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Classic is an arcade game created by Sega. The main goal is to struggle through multiple levels or “zones”, where you will ultimately do battle with the infamous boss and Sonic villain Dr. Eggman. Once you defeat him on the last level the game is complete.

There are unique biomes and characters to choose from such as Sonic, Knuckles, or Tails. The graphics in the game are very much like the console version which is 16 bit and two dimensional giving it the feel of an instant classic. The gameplay is engaging as there are a lot of enemies in each zone and you have a time limit which adds some additional tension.

Plague Inc.

Plague Inc. is a simulation game that was created by Ndemic Creations and Miniclip which released May 2012. In Plague Inc. you are attempting to create a virus powerful enough to wipe out all humanity before they are able to develop a cure.

The graphics in this game are very simple as most of it is focusing on the two dimensional world map that shows you the countries where you have already managed to introduce the virus. As twisted as it may seem, the gameplay is actually fun as it makes you use strategic moves to plan how you are going to evolve your virus as it­ spreads across the world.