As regular readers of Philippines Plus already know, this site’s main contributor, The Crusty Old Expat, is retired. Over eight years ago I moved to the Philippines with my lovely Filipina wife of over 18 years. Although I’ve maintained this website for almost eight years, I still have plenty of free time on my hands. My spouse, niece, nephew and live-in-domestic helper do the bulk of the chores here. Thus, I had time to check out this article from Vines by Price.price.com: “10 Best Free Android Apps in the Philippines.”
With the purchase of a couple of Samsung Galaxy tablets over the past several years, I’ve occasionally downloaded some free online games.
While waiting at a doctor’s office in Iloilo (most physicians in our region of the Philippines treat patients on a “first come-first served” basis), I can pass the time playing some of the games I’ve downloaded.
Sure, I could engage in meaningful conversation with my better half who always accompanies me, but frankly, she’s too busy checking her Facebook on her Samsung mobile. She has to examine the latest status of her friends and investigate the most recent gossip.
So if you find yourself lingering at a doctor’s office in the Philippines or waiting in your local Land Transportation Office, playing some mobile phone/tablet game can help you pass the time.
Here’s a list of the 10 best free Android apps in the Philippines courtesy of Vines by Price.price.com.
10. Chinese Poker 2 Multiplayer
If you live in the Philippines, your Filipina wife or girlfriend, may have played this card game which is also known as Pusoy. It’s an Asian style of Poker which lets you battle the AI or players from around the world like Singapore, Las Vegas, Paris and Macau. The App is free to play.
9. Word Cookies
In “Word Cookies” you form words out of an existing set of letters. Word Cookies is reminiscent of games like Pressed for Words. There’s a list of all the possible words you can make out of the letters, and you need to swipe your way through the letters to find as many words as you can to complete the stage.
My own asawa absolutely loves these games. She used to buy similar word hunt games in paperback, but now enjoys playing them on her own Samsung Galaxy tablet. Despite growing up in the Philippines, her command of the English language is exceptional.
I will occasionally look over her shoulder to see if I can “help” but 99.99% of the time, she doesn’t need the assistance of her Crusty Old Expat husband.
8. Garena AOV – Arena of Valor
Arena is a big, full-fledged five vs. five MOBA (Multiplayer online battle arena) game with a whole host of heroes to choose from. You do battle with and against other players in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. If you’re familiar with MOBAs, you’ll quickly acclimate to the three-lane maps with obstacles and other features that make modern MOBAs so absorbing. Matches take around 15 minutes.
7. Candy Crush Soda Saga
The startling success of Candy Crush has given birth to Candy Crush Soda Saga! Join Kimmy on her juicy adventure to find Tiffi by matching candies to crush them in explosive fashion. The core concept of matching candies to match three or more within a limited number of moves to finish a stage remains, but here there are special challenging game modes filled with purple soda and candy bears
6. Clash Royale
This spinoff from Clash of Clans brings you to the Arena, where the Royales and other partisans from Clash of Clans come to duel each. It’s a real-time mad frenzy of head-to-head action as you try to demolish each other’s towers.
As you play you’ll collect more cards to unlock more troops, spells and defenses to aid you. It’s an interesting mix of a tower defense game turned into a duel against another player as you set up defenses and send out troops at the same time.
5. RULES OF SURVIVAL
Fans of Koushun Takami’s Battle Royal or its more modern descendant, The Hunger Games, will feel right at home in Rules of Survival. This exciting and challenging game is played by up to 120 players in a massive desert island. You will need to rely on ingenuity and skill to survive as poison gas and enemies close in.
Only one can survive. Can it be you?
4. Candy Crush Saga
I’ve downloaded this game for my niece and nephew that live on our island province of Guimaras. This popular game is played by millions around the world. Its unique brand of candy/gem matching with limited moves has entertained countless people the world over.
Each stage is designed to be solvable with a limited number of moves. It’s up to you to skillfully match the candy and find the solution. If successful, you are rewarded with a cascade of delicious looking candy smashed into delectable gobs of sugar and everything nice.
3. Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans is one of the most popular mobile games around. It’s a fantasy world brimming with barbarians, wizards and monsters for you to direct as you build your clan’s village with structures and defenses to withstand any other player’s attempts of conquest.
2. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends takes mobile MOBA combat into professional territory, in an intensely competitive five vs. five format with classic three lane maps that have fast and furious battles that take around ten minutes to play. Play a bevy of classes like Support, Mage, Assassin, Marksman and learn combat tactics and strategies to crush your foes.
Wordscapes is a popular word game comprised of blank crossword puzzles for you to fill using a set of letters you need to swipe through to form words. With over 3,700 puzzles to conquer there’s never a dull moment. The simplicity and addictive nature of Wordscapes will keep you coming back to play just one more puzzle.
The Crusty Old Expat enjoys playing Marvel Future Fight and World Conqueror 3 in his spare time. I’ve been a comic book fan since I was eight years old and enjoy pitting Marvel heroes and villains against each other in Marvel Future Fight. World Conqueror is a game I can play offline and for history buffs like myself, it’s a challenging and rewarding game that’s actually quite educational, aside from being fun.
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