It's not easy to game on a budget. It can be especially hard for anime fans who want to play big-budget games based on their favorite series but don't have $60 to spend at the moment. Thankfully, the emergence of free-to-play games has made it easier for tight-budget gamers to have some full-fledged gaming fun like Girls’ Frontline, Onigiri, and Final Fantasy XIV. And, with the Japanese gaming market favoring free-to-play games, lots of popular anime series are becoming free anime games.
Wanna go cheap? Here are 20 anime games that are free to play on mobile devices and consoles. Don't forget to upvote the free-to-play anime games you want everyone else to play too.
Anime fans should check out the strategy mobile game Girls' Frontline. As the name suggests, Girls' Frontline is all about cute anime girls equipped with heavy artillery who are at your command. Don't let the cutesy presentation fool you. The maps in Girls' Frontline are challenging but fun. The strategy mechanics here are also surprisingly deep. As with other anime mobile games, there are lots of crossover events featuring series like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear.
Platform: iOS, Android
Anyone who ever dreamt of living within the world of Final Fantasy will be pleased with Final Fantasy XIV. The MMORPG takes the series' rich history to create an ambitious world where fans can play as their favorite class of characters. While Final Fantasy XIV is a subscription-based game, you can play it like a free-to-play game. Until your custom character reaches level 35, you can experience Final Fantasy XIV for free all you want. A fantastic way to help you decide if you want to fully commit to the game.
Platform: PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows
Granblue Fantasy is a free-to-play RPG that's available for mobile and browser. The Japanese fantasy game sets the player off on a grand journey after rescuing a mysterious girl named Lyria from the Erste Empire. What makes Granblue Fantasy a great recommendation for free-to-play players is its commitment to accessibility. Newcomers and longtime players are often rewarded with free draws, rare items, and anime crossover events. You'll never feel pressured to spend just to keep ahead.
Platform: iOS, Android, PC
MapleStory 2 takes what everyone loved about the original game and enhances it in a 3D environment. Similar to the original game, MapleStory 2 is an MMORPG set in the cute and magical world of "Maple World." Players can hunt monsters together, exchange rare items with each other, or just get together and talk. How you develop your character is up to you.
Release: Jan 01 2002
Platform: Microsoft Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows ME, Windows 2000, + more