The first playing cards appeared long time ago, in the 9th century, in China. During many centuries, card games were changed, and many different card games popped out.
With the global rise of the Android operating system and a big demand from lots of card game lovers, Android card games appeared.
The first Android card games that appeared a few years ago were a lot different than games nowadays. However, we have played and reviewed the best in the genre.
Today, we are presenting you with 10 of the best Android card games to play in 2019 for free!
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11 of the Best Android Card Games that are Free
All of the games that we reviewed here are free to play. However, note that many games nowadays offer in-app-purchases, in order to remove ads, unlock some premium features, or basically boast the potential of your deck. Do note that despite each game are free, most of them are earning through microtransaction system. Making those games a “Pay to Win” game system which is somehow unfair and unfortunate for players who doesn’t pay.
The criteria for our selection are based on:
- General Gameplay
- Ease of Use
- and Features
So without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
Even if you are not a card games fan, you must have heard of Hearthstone. With more than 10,000,000 downloads, it’s currently one of the most famous Android card games.
Created by Blizzard studio, Hearthstone is based on various World of Warcraft heroes.
The actual gameplay is pretty interesting and catchy. You can play against other players worldwide, or just play the single-player missions, which are content-rich.
The interesting thing about Hearthstone is that there are many, many different cards to win, craft or collect. Also, every time you play, you can try out a different strategy which could allow you to assemble different, powerful combos.
It’s a fast-paced game which will keep you entertained for days. New content is added very often, so there are many things to discover and conquer.
You can download the game from the link below.
2. Clash Royale
Clash Royale is another famous Android card game. Being updated very often with new stuff, this game will make you entertained for days.
The actual gameplay is very simple – both you and the enemy have 3 or 4 towers to defend. The first who destroys enemy towers is the winner.
You spawn army by using cards – every card represents a different unit. During the game, you will unlock new cards (units) which will slowly level up as you play. Every unit is different, so some guys might be small and quick, some might be big, strong and slow, some are able to fly, etc.
Since only a certain amount of cards can be carried in the battle, you will have to form your deck before starting the match. This allows you to create various different decks and strategies.
As you play, you will progress through different areas in which you can fight. Of course, you can speed up the whole process with in-app-purchases. However, the game is definitely not a pay-to-win.
3. Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens started as a Kickstarter project, and seems to be one of the most funded games in Kickstarter history. In 2016, the game was also released for the Android system.
This is a pretty crazy game. If you love cats, explosions, and lasers, it might be the perfect game for you.
Basically, the game is very similar to Russian roulette. Players keep on drawing cards until someone gets an Exploding Kitten. Unless the player has a defuser card, he is out of the game.
The kitten can be defused with things such as laser pointers, catnip sandwiches, and belly rubs.
Again, this is a pretty crazy game, supported by nice background music, funny animations, and very catchy gameplay.
4. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Solitaire has remained one of the most popular card games in the past 25 years. In this collection, you will get 5 different versions of Solitaire game.
Basically, it’s the same game with some stuff added and some rules changed here and there. Your main goal is to create a “Solitaire” of cards.
You can also complete daily challenges to earn various badges and rewards.
All of the games from the collection are completely free.
5. Blackjack 21
The goal of Blackjack is simple – you draw cards and have to reach score as near as possible to 21, without exceeding that amount. If you exceed, you lose. Besides, your score has to be higher than the dealer score. If your score is 19 and dealer has 20, you lose. However, if your score is 22, you lose again.
The nice thing is that the interface is very intuitive and simple. You can play by the original Las Vegas rules, on beautifully designed HD tables. There is no “chip-buying” – just install and start playing.
Controls are very simple and the animations are nice. Cards and tables are large enough for a smooth play. There is also a deep statistics tracking, which allows you to see your progress over time.
The game is free but offers in-app purchases.
6. The Elder Scrolls Legends: Heroes of Skyrim
If you are an RPG fan, you must have heard of Skyrim. It’s currently one of the best (if not the best) RPG games in the world. This game is dedicated mainly to Skyrim fans.
You can journey through various Elder Scrolls stories and conquer your enemies. The game is updated very often with new stuff, including cards. You can create multiple decks, and try to win using various strategies.
There are multiple game modes, including Single Player, PvP, and various Card Battle games and tournaments. Every card can be upgraded when you have enough coins, and you can also collect daily and monthly rewards.
The gameplay itself is very catchy and will keep you entertained for hours. You can also play daily, weekly and monthly tournaments. Also, you can enter Solo Arena to try out your brand new deck and cards, and also different play strategies.
7. Magic: the Gathering – Puzzle Quest
This game is a combination of the original Magic the Gathering and Match-3 puzzle games. The original game was released back in 1993, however, it’s still being played today. The current community is around 2.5 million players.
In Magic the Gathering, mana gems are the essence of your strength and powers. You need to match different mana games to create magic and spells. When you match 3 or more in a row, you will collect power and be able to cast deadly spells.
The actual game design is “magical” and colorful. It’s really pleasing to the eye to play this game. The game is free but offer various in-app-purchases.
8. Card Crawl
Your goal is to clear the dungeon of 54 cards. In each run, you have to build a mini-deck of 5 ability cards which will give you unique abilities. However, by collecting gold, you will be able to increase the deck size to 10 cards, or to 20 cards with in-app-purchases.
There are 4 different game modes, and all of those are pretty interesting. There is also an inventory management system, which will give you another challenge. A typical game can be finished in 2-3 mins, which is great if you just want to kill some time, or when waiting in a line.
The game is free, but you might need to buy some IAPs in order to unlock the game’s full potential.
9. Star Realms
This is a classic deck-building game. There aren’t many features, and the campaign has less than 10 missions.
However, the actual gameplay is pretty interesting. You can play online and climb the leaderboards, or play against AI on 3 different difficulty levels.
When you start the game, you will have to complete a quick tutorial, which will teach you how to play the game. The gameplay is unique but easy to learn. According to various critics, people seem to love the actual gameplay, which “keeps them entertained for hours”.
You can download a game for free but will have to pay in order to unlock 3 different difficulty levels, battle friends face-to-face, and other features. If you like Android card games, this game is definitely worth a try!
10. Pokemon TCG Online
Please have in mind that his game is available only on tablets.
When you start the game, you must choose between Grass, Fire and Water decks. There is no tutorial and you will have to learn as you go – however, it’s very easy to start. You can also play against AI until you are ready to battle other players.
As in other similar card games mentioned, you can create a unique deck, unlock cards, and apply different strategies. When you start building the deck, as time passes, your collection will slowly grow for you.
After all, the actual gameplay is pretty interesting and catchy. Especially if you are a Pokemon fan, this game is definitely worth a try!
Since the game is available only on tablets, you might want to check out 9 Best Android Tablets for Gaming.
11. Cribbage Online
The classic card game is available through their website and is playable on desktop and Android browsers. The main objective is to score 121 points through a series of card combinations, this fast-paced game is both entertaining and engaging.
Additionally, Cribbage Online features a history of the game, rules, and tips. The different skill level options make this playable for all skill levels.
What Android card games are NOT Pay to Win (P2W) System?
Although some of the games that we mentioned are P2W system, you can still enjoy all of those without spending a penny. However, be sure that The Elder Scrolls Legends: Heroes of Skyrim, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, and Exploding Kittens are definitely not pay-to-win games.
Best Android card games to play with friends?
When playing with friends, people usually don’t care too much about being able to level up and upgrade units – actual gameplay is the most important thing. Therefore, funny games like Exploding Kittens might be the best choice.
Best card games with no ads?
Exploding Kittens, The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Magic: The Gathering seem to contain no ads. Note that when playing any single-player game, you can just turn off the mobile data, which will prevent the game from trying to show you an ad.
Card games are fun and all to play with but if you want something or if you’re looking for something that you can play with your friends at home or together in one place, then we recommend checking out Game of Phones [A Modern Party Game].
Game of Phones [A Modern Party Game]
Now, this is something truly unique. You have to use apps and smartphone’s web browser to fulfill weirdest and funniest game prompts. The game is completely different every time since the internet is endless and the content (apps) on your phone is always changing.
Best of The Best
These are currently the best Android card games to play in 2019 (in our opinion).
If you like to combine card games with magic and fantastic elements, be sure to check out Magic the Gathering. Or Skyrim Legends, if you are also an RPG fan.
Have we missed something? Is there a great Android card game you have played, but is not on a list? Please let us know in the comments below…