Some games are made to be played for hours on end like Role Playing Games. Other are made for short bursts of entertainment. The 10 Free card games for Android can be played for hours or for just a few minutes, depending on your spare time.
These games tap a sweet spot between being immensely accessible and even greatly entertaining.
Some of the free card games for Android are well-known card games which we have grown up playing while others are rather unconventional. Simply put, the collection is amazing whether you have just 5 minutes to burn or 5 hours to invest.
Note: The 10 Free card games for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone running on Android 4.4.2 TouchWiz UI.
1. Spider Solitaire – Free
Ah, do you remember when Windows XP came out and a pinball game was released with it? There was another great game called Spider Solitaire which made my afternoons in high school computer lab fun (yep, I’m a geek). Spider Solitaire is exactly the same game but with some minor yet welcome changes.
For example tap any card and it will go to an appropriate place if there is one. While this may seem like cheating, it sure does beat pulling your hair out. The user interface could have used some improvement and does look a little cheap compared to other free card games for Android.
But nostalgia made me overlook the small shortcoming.
- A handy timer and move counter is displayed on-screen.
- The game works well on tablets as well as phones.
- There are a few different game modes included.
The game comes with an undo feature which I believe is a must for newcomers. It will save you quite some time and avoid frustration.
2. BlackJack 21 – Free and $1.99 with In-app Purchases
Easy and Fast
2.A Free Version
If you need an introduction to what BlackJack is…well I have bad news for you. BlackJack is one of the most famous card games in history and there is a high chance you and your friends call it by a different name.
Anyways this paragraph is about the Android game, not how you can play it. The game itself is a good one with solid AI and traditional game mechanics. The In-app purchases are what make it a bit hard to love. However if you love BlackJack this is the game made for you.
- Good interface, although a little crammed tight.
- No internet connection is required.
- Animations are good to look at.
The buttons are well spaced and provide ample space for activation. This way you can never accidentally hit the wrong button in the heat of fun.
3. Order & Chaos Duels – Free with In-app Purchases
Detailed and Articulate
This is one of the most fleshed out trading card games I have played on a mobile platform. Gameloft has done outstanding work with this epic card duel game. The lore, the characters and the card design is simply marvelous.
The elaborate tutorial introduces to the all too familiar card dueling mechanics and after that you get to make decks and fight evils. The game is fast, accessible and comes with flamboyant and pretty attack effects making the boring card battles come to life.
This is a game which requires you to invest some time into it, but if you love card games this is a great one to have on your phone.
- The animations and outlook are superb.
- Magic and attack effects look great.
- More than 300 cards to collect.
The best part about this game is that you can play it against other people too. This is a great way to challenge your skill and better your card deck.
4. Zynga Poker Texas Holdem – Free with In-app Purchases
Poker at its Best
Zynga is a company which made the famous Farmville games for Facebook. Zynga Poker Texas Holdem is thankfully not Farmville with cards; it is actually a pretty sweet card game which you can play with actual players from around the globe.
This is traditional Texas Holdem Poker which we all know and love. The app makes it easier to play the game and compete with friends. The game is as addictive as the real thing but without the risk of losing your lifesavings, given that you don’t succumb to in-app purchases.
- Stellar interface which is easy on the eyes.
- No connectivity issues at all.
- The rewards depend on your own skills.
The app allows you to gift up to 1 million chips to friends. This is a very generous amount especially if your friends are interested in playing the game.
5. Gin Rummy – Free and $0.99
Luck and Strategy
5.A Free Version
Gin Rummy is a great card game made for two players. Thankfully the game comes with 15 different AI controlled players with their own play style so you can play solo too. The game has a neat interface and is not that hard to learn.
If you are already a fan of the card game, you will feel right at home. You need to make sets of your cards before your opponent in order to win the game. If you are new, the game has an excellent tutorial which explains everything in a few minutes.
- A clean and easy to understand interface.
- The swipe and drag controls are good.
- Different AI difficulties to match your own level.
When I was young, my mom used to arrange the cards for me. As I grew up, the arranging part felt like a chore. To my great surprise, the game can sort the cards, eliminating the need of manual sorting.
5.B Paid Version
This version of the app is ad-free. While the ads on the free version are unobtrusive, it is still better to get rid of them altogether. There is nothing more added in terms of game-play or content though.
6. Urban Rivals – Free with In-app Purchases
Clash of the Crazy
One of the unique games in the 10 free cards games for Android list, Urban Rivals has some great visuals. Sure the game is purely in 2D but the art style and characters are fun to look at.
The game is a simple trading card dueling one but with hundreds of cards to collect and upgrade. If you have time to invest in a card game this will surly reward you in multiple ways.
- Cool art style and character design.
- Building a team of characters feels progressive.
- Strategic fights are a must.
There is a market where you can trade your characters with other players. This is welcome social addition which I believe should be in every trading card game.
7. UNO & Friends – Free with In-app Purchases
There is a high chance that you are already familiar with the popular card game named UNO. This game is UNO but with friends. The game allows you to play UNO with your friends and family and relive those glorious freedom filled school vacations.
The game itself is simple to use and has good responsive controls. You can play on 3G or WiFi and even compete in weekly contests.
- Connect to your friends via Facebook.
- There is a leaderboard to test your skill.
- Challenging strangers is oddly satisfying.
You can create games and invite your friends to play with you. It’s a very easy process which makes matchmaking all the more user-friendly.
8. Shadow Era – Free with In-app Purchases
Hundreds of Cards
Shadow Era is by far the deepest trading card game on the free card games for Android list. The game is a full-fledged trading card game which features great card art and requires actual strategy.
The game looks very beautiful on phones as well as tablets. The game starts with you choosing your starter deck and then gaining more cards as you progress.
- The card art is expressive and great.
- The multiplayer is seamless and easy to start.
- The special effects are truly special.
The game features more than 550 cards bundled in 3 sets. The developers are constantly adding more cards to the collection to keep things fresh for veteran players.
9. Tekken Card Tournament – Free with In-app Purchases
Let the Battle Begin
You may be surprised to see a hard-core competitive arcade fighting game as Tekken being featured in a card game list. When I first discovered this gem, I went from excited to disappointed and then from curious to addicted.
Tekken Card Tournament combines the world-famous Tekken with card based battles. You still draw cards with combos on them and you still take turns. But the action plays out in traditional Tekken fashion. You have to experience it first hand to know what I’m saying.
- All the iconic characters are included.
- The combos are faithful to the source game.
- The 3D visuals look amazing.
You can play the game online against opponents from around the world. The game may not be as fast paced as an actual arcade fighter, but it sure comes close.
10. Collection of card games – Free
Quite a Collection
Collection of cards games is as uninspiring as its name. That is why it is the last entry on the 10 free cards games for Android. The game is basically a collection of card games which are presented in a revolting way.
The user interface and design of the app seems to be made by a programmer and not an actual designer. Regardless, the game does provide some quality card games which are not to be found anywhere else.
- Drag and drop controls work ok.
- Undo and redo options are available.
- The game auto saves on exit.
You can play multiplayer via Bluetooth if your friend is near the vicinity. No online multiplayer support though.
These are the 10 free card games for Android which caught my eye and passed the quality test. I’m aware there are many other card games available on the Google Play Store but I think this list covers almost all the genres quite well. Now get your virtual gambling hat on and try your luck in one of the games from the list.