Best free apps for Windows Phones

Free Apps for your Windows Phone

We've taken a look at must have games and must have apps for your Windows Phone, now we turn our sights on the best free apps that might interest every Windows Phone owner. Everyone likes free stuff, right?

The Windows Phone Marketplace is full of free apps and games. Some good, some bad. Some with ads, some without.  We've compiled a short list of free Windows Phone games and apps the we found interesting and thought you would too.

Best Free Windows Phone Apps

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Shuriken Ninja:  With Shuriken Ninja you play the role of the ninja and must take out various targets with your throwing stars to advance to the next level.  The game has over 150 levels of play, an in-game level creator and three different game modes.  Plenty of gaming to keep you busy. 

Weather: If you are looking for a weather app that covers the basics, take a look at what Microsoft has developed. Weather brings the current conditions and a ten day forecast to your Windows Phone.

Netflix: Are you a Netflix subscriber? Want to view your movies while on the go from your Windows Phone? Check out the official Netflix app for your Windows Phone. The nice thing about Netflix is that you can start watching a movie on your Windows Phone and finish watching it from your computer or television.

Krashlander Free:  Krashlander is a physics based game that is graphically well presented, a challenge to play and has some epic crashes.  You play the role of Krashlander who is working his way around the slopes navigating the jumps and avoiding the enemy robots.  It takes a while to master the controls but once you do, it's a fun game to play.

HandyScan Free and ESPN ScoreCenter

Handyscan Free: Ever have the need to scan documents from your Windows Phone? Handyscan's key features include Skydrive and Dropbox support, import/export photos, align/crop documents, and multiple page scans.

ESPN ScoreCenter: ESPN ScoreCenter brings you scores, news, videos and standings from all your favorite sports leagues. You can tag your favorite teams and follow them from the myTeams Page and The Lead page brings you the days breaking news from the world of sports.

Yelp! and Impossible Shoota

Yelp!: Need help finding a place to eat locally? Ever need to find a gas station close by? Yelp! is a search app for your Windows Phone that presents you with various categories of searches to make finding what you need a little more efficient. You can also pin your favorite searches to your Start Screen for easy reference and view reviews on the various services and businesses from the Yelp! community.

Impossible Shoota:  What would a free app roundup be without mentioning Occasional Gamer?  Incomplete.  Elbert Perez has built an impressive collection of free games over at the Marketplace and Impossible Shoota may be the fastest paced game in his collection.  You navigate your starship through waves upon waves of enemy ships taking out as many as you can.

RedLaser and Instacam

RedLaser: RedLaser is a barcode scanner and QR Code reader that will search online for the lowest prices and local prices from hundreds of thousands of retailers. The scan is fast and the results may help you save a dime or two.

Instacam: InstaCam is a Windows Phone Instagram client available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. It allows you to take pictures on your phone, add different effects, and then share them via Facebook, Twitter or email. You can log into your Instagram account to check "likes" and comments on your uploaded content. You can also view other people's photos and leave comments, or follow them if you're a fan of their work.

Get Your Free Windows Phone Apps on!

We realize this list only scratches the surface of all the quality free apps and games available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. The nice thing about the free titles is that it won't cost you anything to give these free Windows Phone apps a try. So if you're new to Windows Phones or an old hat, don't be bashful.  Give these freebies a try.  Who knows you might find a keeper.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments on your favorite free titles.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.