Word games challenge the mind and can build your vocabulary. Since many word games offer multiplayer, we can play against our friends and family regardless of how far away they live.

The list below is my choice of the greatest free Android word games you’ll find on this amazing platform.

Wordfeud Free

This free app lets you play random opponents or invite a friend by e-mail, username or from your contacts. You can play up to 30 games simultaneously (if you can keep up). It’s very similar to Scrabble and Words With Friends with double/triple letter and word blocks, push notifications and more. The layout is appealing and the gameplay is very fun.

Words With Friends Free

Play a random opponent, invite a friend from your contact list, search by username or try the pass and play game to play locally. On the iPad, Words With Friends is one of absolute favorite games, so having the ability to play on my Android device by logging in with my account is great. The game is a bit glitchy when first logging in, but once you are in, you’ll love this game. The game features chat functionality and lets you play up to 20 games at once. It’s very similar to Scrabble, offering double/triple letter and word blocks to score big points. Push notifications tell you when it’s your turn.

Dropwords

Dropwords is a single player game, but it’s ridiculously addictive. The game combines elements of Scrabble, Boggle and Bejeweled. You get six modes from normal to untimed with options to change the appearance and dictionary source (Scrabble, Websters). In this game, you have a time limite to create as many words as you can by dragging your finger in the appropriate direction to complete it. You can discard letters on the board and shuffle the tiles.

Shortyz Crosswords

If you like crossword puzzles, you’re going to love Shortyz. Upon launching the app, Shortyz automatically downloads the latest crosswords from countless sources that include USAToday, LA Times, Newsday, Thinks.com and more. Once you begin, you’re given the classic crossword display and as you scroll over different areas of the puzzle, the word direction and clues displays at the top. You won’t know you’re getting a word incorrect unless you tap the menu key and turn on “show errors.” Also within the menu, you can reveal letters, words or the entire puzzle and see the list of clues.

DroidWords Free

DroidWords lets you play single player, a local game, against a random opponent or by inviting friends by username or e-mail or choosing from your phone contacts. Multiplayer modes consist of Blitz, BS and Urban Slang. The game is very similar to Scrabble and Words With Friends with double and triple words and letters and horizontal and vertical word making. Once you make a word, tap the play button. You can also recall tiles, swap for new ones and chat while playing. Hit the menu button to define a word or add a user to your buddy list. The game offers two skins and other settings to toggle. You can play up to 25 games at once.

Did I miss any of your favorite word games? Let me know what you think of the apps listed above.