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Cartoons have made you laugh countless times on TV and online, but in game form? That’s right! You might not know it, but your favorite cartoons have been turned into some of the best and most entertaining mobile games on the market.
Maybe it’s that classic cartoon style lends itself well to gaming, but these are seriously some of the most entertaining, most addicting, and most satisfying games to play on mobile. Read on to see the absolute best free games on the market fashioned after cartoons.
1. South Park: Phone Destroyer
I can’t begin to measure how impressed I am with South Park: Phone Destroyer. South Park is no stranger to games; both South Park: The Stick of Truth (our review) and The Fractured But Whole experienced monumental success on the console and PC gaming market. But this game marks the series’ mobile debut.
Thankfully, Phone Destroyer understands the mobile gaming market incredibly well. The card-style fighting and tower defense elements provide intriguing, addicting gameplay. Equipped with a slew of cards and characters, along with both story and PvP gameplay, you’ll find it difficult to turn the game off.
Best of all: while the game offers microtransactions, it does not limit the amount you can play. If you’re a South Park fan, check this one out. You won’t regret it.
2. Pocket Mortys
Pocket Mortys is another impressive mobile game because it’s not only fun, it breaks the fourth wall (which, if you’ve seen the show, was inevitable). This perfectly executed Pokémon-styled game developed using Rick and Morty’s wonderful universe should be canon.
If you’ve played Pokémon before, you should be familiar with the battle format. The ingenious dimension zones are your battlegrounds, and you’ll have to beef up and evolve your “mortys” in order to advance among an in-game council’s ranks.
There’s questing, iconic skins, and a huge ensemble of mortys to choose from and capture. Another truly forward-thinking game from an impressive cartoon.
3. Pokémon GO
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the largest mobile gaming crazes as of late, Pokémon GO. Of course, this is a point of contention: Pokémon was first a Game Boy game before becoming one of the largest media franchises of all time.
That said, to see the franchise start on mobile gaming, continue on as a show watched by millions of children worldwide, and then make its comeback to mobile gaming is quite the full circle.
Though the game has been riddled with both praise and accomplishment, it’s quite a feat. A location-based augmented reality (AR) game, available for free, which turns any area into an AR Pallet town, is something out of the dreams of Pokémon fans everywhere.
Amass your favorite Pokémon, evolve them, and take them into battle as Team Mystic, Valor, or Instinct. You have to go outside for this one, but you’ll leave the house a trainer! Follow our beginner tips to get started.
4. Champions and Challengers
This part turned-based, part card game will devour hours of your time, but then again, so does Adventure Time. Your favorite characters are all jam-packed into this mobile thriller — the likes of which you probably haven’t seen but will over and over again now.
Beef up your characters as you face wave after wave and level after level of Champions and Challengers. Make your way through more and more difficult challenges as you level up your group. It’s everything you want in a mobile game, with the added perk of containing the zany cast from Adventure Time.
5. Animation Throwdown
With this game, you don’t just get a set of characters from one universe. Instead, you get the whole late-night cartoon shebang from shows like Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Futurama, and King of the Hill. Epic, right? Cue Animation Throwdown.
This card-based game provides surprisingly straightforward gameplay. If you’re familiar with the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card franchise, it’ll seem somewhat familiar. You essentially stack character cards and battle enemies throughout various fields and levels. The rarer the card, the bigger punch it packs.
6. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow
What’s better than the Futurama show? Very little, but its mobile game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is fun too. This game is filled to the brim with activity from the moment you install the game.
You build a city, amass resources, go out on mission, defeat alien scum in awesome 8-bit style, and do it all over again. The harder the mission, the more resources and characters you’ll need.
Form your own gang to build your city, all within the Futurama universe. Better yet, the voices (and heaps of jokes) are voiced by the original voice actors of the show.
It’s the closest thing to a new season we’ll get. What more could one want? Oh, it’s free too!
7. What’s Up, Snoopy?
Believe it or not, there was a point in time where cartoons were designed specifically with kids in mind. What’s Up, Snoopy? is a perfect throwback to that period. From tennis to pancake flipping, these jam-packed mini-games are the exact thrill you’d want for a kid or toddler.
Better yet, you get to play as the iconic characters from the Charlie Brown gang. Even if the games don’t interest you, the soundtrack will. Put on a pair of earphones and you’ll be taken back to the sonorous, easy listening jazz of the Charlie Brown era.
Download: What’s Up, Snoopy? for Android [No Longer Available] | iOS (Free)
8. Daniel Tiger for Parents
Okay, this is a bit of a cheat. That is, unless you’re a parent, in which case this is a godsend. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the honorable animated spin-off of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, is now in app form!
You get all the fantastic children’s songs discussing themes like frustration, sadness, and getting along with friends all in one convenient application. Simply put, this is a huge repository of some of the best children’s songs available to get your child through pretty much anything.
9. Super Slime Blitz – Gumball Endless Arcade Climber
That’s enough education — let’s get back to gaming. Fashioned after the zany The Amazing World of Gumball show, this family-friendly mobile game is like Candy Crush but infinitely more entertaining.
Maneuver your way up, and up, and up, in this arcade style puzzler — the likes of which you’ve never seen before (except for Super Mario, maybe). Break down block after block to reach your way to… who knows. But the more you play, the more characters you stack up and the higher you go!
It’s a Cartoon Domination!
Something about cartoon universes lends them wholeheartedly to the mobile gaming market. Cartoon networks know this, and have led to the creations of some of the best mobile games on the market. Don’t settle for a nameless surfer cruising a bland subway. Get immersed in your favorite universes, with your favorite characters, with these awesome games!
If you’re an animation lover, also check out the best sites to watch classic cartoons.
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