We realize that a lot of people have a hard time bringing themselves to buy apps.

Even paying $0.99 is a barrier that keeps people from downloading an app for some reason, which is truly odd. We’ll pay a premium for video games, movies and all sorts of other entertainment, but mobile purchasing is an exception to the rule.

Maybe it’s a carry-over from our experience with music downloads, where once we were willing to pay for an entire CD, now we’re hard pressed to bring ourselves to pay for even a single $0.99 song. (That’s less than a candy bar! And a whole lot more work goes into these awesome apps than into a candy bar, no matter how delicious said candy bar may be.)

Whatever the reason, we’ve found that users want free apps and they want it without ads.

So here they are, the best apps we’ve reviewed that are both free and ad free:

1. The Marbians

The Marbians

The Marbians

This game is simply delightful. The design is gorgeous, the user interface is seamless, the storyline is compelling, and the characters are adorable. It has beautiful design cues from the ‘50s and game play that is deceptively difficult. This is an app that can be enjoyed by toddlers and grandparents alike. The free version only has 8 levels, which is, of course, meant to convince you to download the full (paid) version, and they do an excellent job of making the experience one you would be willing to pay a dollar for.

2. Cordy

Cordy

Cordy

Cordy is another example of a very, very pretty game. Game play is a bit more difficult to master than The Marbians, but as a tradeoff, the levels are more complex. It feels like you’re holding a little world in your hand, which I adore because it shows that the developer put a ton of thought into the concept and design for the app, which is rarely found in the content present within the marketplaces. Run around this tiny universe and be amazed.

3. Totemo Lite

Totemo Lite

Totemo Lite

I am in love with this little game. I first played it about three months ago in order to write a review for Famigo, but I’ve kept in on my phone ever since and I play it at least a couple of times a week.  It follows the trend within this list of being an exceptionally well designed game that has character and a lot of spirit. Totemo is essentially a simple puzzle game, but through the kind of creepy storyline and cute characters it becomes so much more. Watch out, because it’s super addictive and frustrating (in a good way). I’ve been meaning to download the full version, but I am generally very much staunchly against paying for apps. Hence, the reason for this post.

4. Asphalt 5

Asphalt 5

Asphalt 5

I’m not really a huge fan of racing games, but this one is especially well done. I like that the steering is controlled through tilting the device, it makes you feel like you’re really steering a car. This app is very simply a straight forward racing game that is easy to use, easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet. The free version does have a ton of prompts to download the full game, which can get obnoxious, but overall, it’s a very well executed game that will be enjoyed by anyone that likes cars and competition.

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