Playing card games on your Android device is a great way to unwind!
There are a huge amount of us who use our devices more for playing games than actually calling or texting people, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m one of them. Gaming on your smartphone or tablet offers a portable and convenient experience, meaning you can play almost anytime and anywhere, and the trend towards larger displays for devices makes gaming even more pleasurable.
Card games, in particular, are one of the best ways to relax and keep you entertained, either for a brief spell in the doctor’s waiting room or on public transport or for longer periods of time when you just want to chill out.
Card game apps range from simple, easy games that don’t require much concentration, to more complex games that will require all of your focus and keep your brain ticking over. As well as this they cover genres such as trading card games, casino style, fantasy, and traditional card games, and options to play against opponents or go solo. There are many free apps on the Google Play Store to suit a variety of tastes and we want to offer something for everyone, so have endeavored to round up some of the best free card games for Android.
All of these are free to download although they nearly all offer in-app purchases for extra cards and more. Check out this selection of some well-known card games, as well as some that are not so well known.
The best free card games to Play solitaire, poker, hearts, or other card & Casino games
1. POKEMON TCG ONLINE (free)
Pokemon TCG is a good pick for those who want to pit their wits against players from across the world, although you can also play solo against the computer. It’s an online trading card game that was around before Pokemon Go, and you’ll need to build your own unique collection by unlocking cards and decks and opening booster packs on the way.
This game offers a very customizable element (some of this through in-app purchases) as you can customize your avatar, the appearance of your cards, and deck boxes. You begin with Water, Grass, or Fire decks and it’s very much a game that’s easy to learn as you go along. Do note that playing this game requires an Internet connection.
2. MABINOGI DUEL (free)
This is another trading card game and you’ll make your way through the Mabinogi world full of unusual characters in PVP or PVE mode. It involves dueling with your deck, and there are more than 1000 types of cards to form an unlimited amount of strategies and combinations. You can play with your own deck in the daily mission or take part in live 1vs 1 duels.
Mabinogi also has an effective social community on Facebook as well as an official forum, and requires a network connection.
3. Governor of Poker 2 (free)
One of the more interesting card games on this list, Governor of Poker 2 is a mix between the classic game of poker and an RPG game. Providing players with a choice between a cowboy or cowgirl characters along with a customized name, players are tasked with traveling around Wild West towns such as El Paso, Amarillo, San Angelo, and more as they play in poker tournaments and regular cash games in an attempt to gain a reputation for being a poker shark and winning more money along the way. It’s an interesting twist on the game of poker, and is one worth your attention.
4. YU-GI-OH! DUEL LINKS (free)
Like the previous app this game also involves dueling and you can take on other duelists around the world in real-time in a bid to become the Duel World King! Yu-Gi-Oh has a whopping rating on the Google Play Store and is currently rated 4.7-stars by users. The idea is to build the ultimate deck and characters include Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, and Mai among others.
The experience is enhanced with voices from the anime, monsters with 3D animations, and a world that crosses dimensions. The app has been specially optimized for mobile devices and has intuitive controls and great visuals.
5. HEARTHSTONE (free)
This is a fast-paced, strategic and involved card game from Blizzard Entertainment that offers a lot of fun even though it’s easy enough to play. There are many loyal followers of Hearthstone, and you can join them if you take on the role of the hero (or villain) and use your cards to take control of the battlefield, cast spells, or summon minions. During the game you will come across characters from the Warcraft universe such as Uther and Thrall.
It’s easy to become totally absorbed in the game and you can craft your deck after some introductory missions that will help you get the hang of how to play. Once you feel ready you can duel your opponents in the arena with an opportunity to win prizes.
6. CARD WARS – ADVENTURE TIME (free)
This is a relatively new action and adventure card game from the Cartoon Network. It took its inspiration from the “Card Wars” Adventure Time episode and features Floop the Pig, warriors such as Cool Dog and the Immortal Maize Walker, and entirely new characters devised solely for this game. It’s quite complex and you’ll need to command your army to do battle across enemy forces using spells to become the ultimate victor.
As you progress through the game you collect your deck of cards for the Land of Ooo. You can also start wars as Princess Bubblegum, Jake, Finn, and others.
7. BLACKJACK21 (free)
This casino card game offers a taste of Las Vegas and a chance to participate with millions of other players. It’s aimed at those over the age of 21 and you can train yourself to become a better BlackJack player with hundreds of different tables, tournaments and challenges, and VIP privilege suites. There’s a weekly challenge to get to the top of the leaderboard and win a prize, and the dealer’s voice and background noises of the casino can be heard to give a more realistic experience. In-game currency ‘diamonds’ can be used to buy special items and these can be earned freely or you can use in-app purchases.
Two things to point out is that the developers of this app don’t advise you to take any success in the game as a guarantee of winning with real money gambling, and that the app does not offer real money or prizes.
8. MAGIC 2015 (free)
In this strategy game that’s an extension of Magic: The Gathering you’ll take on the mantel of Multiverse hunter Garruk and use a changing deck from hundreds of cards to hunt down prey. You can unlock additional powerful cards and in multiplayer mode you can play against your friends or random opponents to increase your cards by winning battle boosters. There’s a detailed tutorial to get your started, and throughout the game you’ll come across various creatures, use spells against your rivals, and encounter Planeswalkers on Theros, Ravnica, and Innistrad.
Once the Innistrad chapter is completed you can purchase premium boosters via in-app purchases. It’s a relatively simple game but intriguing at the same time, and should appeal to many gamers because of the excellent graphics and high production values.
9. SPIDER SOLITAIRE (free)
This is one of the few free card games for Android that doesn’t feature any in-app purchases at all, so all of the features come as standard. The app is extremely popular with great graphics, and players across the globe have spent many hours playing Spider Solitaire. The game receives frequent updates with the latest update bringing new daily challenges and puzzles as well as new animations. There are a variety of themes and the game is pretty addictive and hard to stop once you’ve started.
As the game is easy to master it’s suitable for adults and kids alike and it’s a good option if you want to keep your brain ticking over. It also offers plenty of customizable options such as statistic tracking, custom picture, and right or left-handed play.
10. AI FACTORY LIMITED (free/ paid)
Rather than just one game we thought we’d tell you about an entire collection from AI Factory Limited. This popular developer specializes in quality AI gaming engines for consoles, PC and mobile devices and has many apps available on the Google Play Store covering both card games and board games. The games include traditional parlour games and also new games with a twist. For instance card games include Solitaire, Poker, Euchre, Spades, and Gin Rummy and there are some neat features on offer with many of these apps.
For instance with Spades you can talk to other players using speech bubbles and even smile or frown so they know how you’re feeling. Alternatively if you play Solitaire you’ll get three levels of difficulty and the option to choose some very nice graphics or use your own images. Other non-card games include favorites such as Backgammon, Chess, Tic Tac Toe, Sudoku, and Four in a Line.
11. Solitaire (free)
While there are many Solitaire games on Android, MobilityWare’s version of the classic card game is arguably the king of Solitaire games available on Google Play. Nearly identical to the classic Windows version of Solitaire, MobilityWare’s version of Solitaire is made specifically with smaller screens in mind while also looking attractive on larger tablet screens. Sporting crisp graphics and tight gameplay, it’s the simple game of Solitaire as it was meant to be played on the Android platform.
12. Zynga Poker – Texas Holdem (free)
The most popular online poker game where over 8 million players enjoy poker table. Zynga Poker – Texas Holdem android game allows to join with your social network profile and play free. Play with your poker buddies or join other players around the world. Earn free chips.
13. GIN RUMMY PLUS (free)
If you’re looking for validation of just how well loved this card game app is, you need look no further than its 4.8-star rating on Google Play. Millions of players enjoy this game and you can play with family, friends, or other people worldwide. A multiplayer mode features leaderboards so that you can see your standing, and further features include progressive jackpots and free bonuses. One of the highlights of this app is the community social experience that it offers.
14. UNO™ & Friends (free)
Whenever you want to play a game of UNO with real people but are unable to do so, consider UNO & Friends. Whether you want to play with your friends or random strangers around the world, UNO & Friends allows you to do so. With one of the largest mobile gaming communities around, the free version of UNO & Friends is exactly what you need when you need your UNO fix.