(USATODAY.com) - Whether you're waiting for the next console wars to start or simply prefer playing games on your mobile phone, there's no shortage of awesome smartphone games - and ones that won't cost you a dime. Here are 10 "must have" free downloads for Apple (iOS) and Android devices.
Candy Crush Saga
The hit Facebook game is even better on your iPhone or Android. Taking a page from Bejeweled, King.com's Candy Crush Saga is an incredibly addictive puzzler that has you swap colored candies on a board to make a match of at least three in a row. Timed levels, cascading fruit and chocolate obstacles all add to the deliciously challenging gameplay. Facebook integration is still part of the game, so you can show off your high score to friends or ask them for extra "lives" to keep playing.
A screenshot from "4 Pics 1 Word"(Photo: LOTUM GmbH)
4 Pics 1 Word
Can you guess what the mystery word is based on four pictures? This is the premise behind the aptly named 4 Pics 1 Word. For example, you might see one photo with socks, another with two playing cards, a third with twins and a fourth with two hamburgers. The word is "pair," and you'll type it using a few of the letters available at the bottom of the screen. Another clue is the number of blank spaces that fit the word (think Hangman). LOTUM GmbH's puzzle game has many smartphone users buzzing - and you'll no doubt see players posting images to Facebook in search of help.
A screenshot from "Jetpack Joyride"(Photo: Halfbrick Studios)
Ready to go retro? Jetpack Joyride from Halfbrick Studios is a fast-paced side-scroller that stars Barry Steakfries, a hapless hero who takes a jetpack for a spin in a secret laboratory. Fly through the lab and stay alive as long as you can - despite laser beams, guided missiles and other harmful obstacles - while also collecting coins, accomplishing missions and trying on new jetpacks (each with a unique feature). Dozens of Jetpack Joyride knockoffs have surfaced since this instant classic debuted at the App Store and Google Play.
A screenshot from 'Rail Rush'(Photo: MiniClip)
One part Temple Run and one part Indiana Jones, this popular action game has you riding in a cart through twisting, underground mines. In MiniClip's Rail Rush, you simply tilt your device to lean to one side - in order to avoid obstacles or pick up gold nuggets and other goodies - while also swiping left and right to switch rails, or up or down to jump or duck, respectively. Find new paths to explore, unlock new characters, collect gems and power-ups, and try to survive the increasingly speedy ride as long as you can.
A screenshot of 'Angry Birds'(Photo: Rovio)
Free on Android devices, and with free versions on iOS, Rovio's Angry Birds is an essential game for your mobile device. It seems a group of scheming green pigs have stolen eggs from a bird's nest - and now the winged warriors are calling for revenge.Angry Birds is a physics-based 2D puzzle game that has you flinging fowl out of a giant slingshot from the left side of the screen to the right, and you must aim just so, with the ideal amount of force, to destroy the all pigs within the allotted number of turns per level. Each of the five bird types have their own unique skills that can also be used to topple the pigs' elaborate houses, leaving the swine exposed for a final blow. Also check out the Angry Birds sequels, like Seasons, Rio, Space and Star Wars.
A screenshot from 'Draw Something Free'(Photo: OMGPOP)
Draw Something Free
OMGPOP's mega-popular Draw Something Free challenges you to draw a particular object with your fingertip - such as a fruit basket, elephant or even Justin Bieber - and another player, somewhere on the Internet, must guess what you're drawing. You can find friends to play with, link up with others through your Facebook and Twitter circles, or choose to play someone randomly. When you're done drawing the picture, it gets sent to your opponent, who can then watch your fingertip creation being made and must use the letters at the bottom of the screen to type what you drew.
A screenshot from 'Real Racing 3'(Photo: Electronic Arts)
Real Racing 3
If you've ever doubted how advanced smartphone games could get, look no further than Electronic Arts' Real Racing 3, a stunning, fast and smooth racer for car buffs. The handheld driving game features nearly 50 authentic racing cars - including models from Lamborghini, Porsche and BMW - playable on real-world tracks, such as Silverstone, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca or Belgium's Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, to name a few. Depending on the kind of race, up to 22 cars are on the track at the same time. Did we mention how gorgeous the graphics are?
A screenshot from 'Subway Surfers'(Photo: Kiloo)
Kiloo's Subway Surfers is an incredibly addictive game that places you as a graffiti artist who gets caught vandalizing a train. To avoid capture, you must run down railway tracks, hop onto train cars and duck under signs and other obstacles. You must dodge oncoming trains, collect coins and use power-ups to aid in your escape - including jetpacks, powerful magnets and super sneakers that let you temporarily hop right over fast-moving trains. Completing missions - such as rolling 200 times, hopping over 10 trains or collecting 5 mystery boxes - will provide bonus items and gold coins, which can be used to purchase new characters, power-ups and other goodies.
A screenshot from 'My Singing Monsters'(Photo: Big Blue Bubble)
My Singing Monsters
If Pokémon characters ran off to populate an island, and decided to form a choir, it might look (and sound) a little like My Singing Monsters from Big Blue Bubble. Breed more than 30 different monsters, place them somewhere on the island and listen as they sing together in unison. Collectively they form a catchy song, be it from a two-headed Venus Flytrap-like creature, a three-eyed frog thing, a skinny tree trunk (who does "beatbox" with his voice) or a booming baritone in the form of a tall, white and furry monster. Kids and kids at heart will likely fall for these charming ditties, which differ per island.
A screenshot from 'Mini Golf MatchUp'(Photo: Scopely)
Mini Golf MatchUp
Who doesn't love mini-putt? Now you can take the casual golf experience with you to go, via your Android or iPhone. Mini Golf MatchUp is an accessible mini-putt simulation that houses five 18-hole courses. Just like Angry Birds, use your fingertip to angle the shot, pull back on the golf ball and let go. Avoid the crazy obstacles - including sharks, pyramids, jumps and dinosaurs - and apply just the right amount of power to sink the putt. As the name of the game suggests, Mini Golf MatchUp is designed for you to play against your online friends (over Facebook, Twitter or SMS) or a random stranger. You can also chat with people through the in-game messaging system.