How to find Android games with no in-app purchases

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Honest Android Games curates games from the Google Play store that won't ask you to spend extra money on in-game items.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

When you look at a mobile game for iOS on iTunes, there's a very handy at-a-glance tool that lets you know whether or not it is supported by in-app purchases: a bar on the left-hand side that shows the most popular purchases.

Google Play, unfortunately, is a little less clear. You can never be sure, when you're looking at a game, if it's completely free, ad-supported, has a free demo but the full game can only be unlocked with a one-off purchase, or if it is filled with sneaky bits of content that can only be unlocked if you spend money in increments.

Honest Android Games offers a solution. It curates games so that you can easily find a game you're willing to download, and eschews anything that incorporated incremental payment models.

It files them into one of three categories: completely free (including ad-supported); freemium (which incorporates a one-off payment to remove ads, or a one-off payment after a free demo to unlock the full game); and paid.

It also sorts them via Google features (full screen mode, gamepad support and Google Play services), type of multiplayer and genre.

The website is fairly new and, as such, has relatively little content, but you can help out by emailing the creator suggestions from a link on the page. Be warned — it has pretty strict criteria. The creator makes it clear that the site is only looking for high quality content.

"For your game to be considered please make sure the game is aesthetically pleasing and controls well on a touchscreen (no ports that were originally designed to be played with controllers)," the site reads. "Games must also support proper full screen scaling (no letterboxing) and HD graphics for tablets."

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ThermoP posted a comment   

Oh my GOD! This is my site. Thanks for the shout out!


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

Hey, you're welcome! Nice work :)


ivstinian posted a comment   

people used to pay insane amounts of money for console games, yet now many wear as a badge of honor not paying for games on iOS and Android. They want free, they get angry at in app purchases and in chat call purchasers in app "cheats".
Time to wake up and smell the roses folks, if no one pays, no one plays. Developers are no tax exempt charities or not for profits. The demand for free app is a little out of control. Splurge the .99 cents for an in app purchase, heck buy 5. And remember the days when games were $100 bucks and unless you rented them first (for more than 99 cents) you did not know if you would enjoy it or not.
Stop being cheap, and stop complaining about in app purchases. this aint 1967 and we dont live in USSR comrade. buck up and shut up.


Pining posted a reply   

Games used to be in depth. Apps are more often than not rubbish. I don't pay for rubbish.


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

I'm happy to pay for in-game content. However, I do like to know up-front if a game contains it.

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