The weekend's almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.
This is a hand-picked list of free apps we've noticed this week while assembling our regular App Deals roundup of new and discounted apps. We haven't reviewed them and we don't endorse them. As with the main App Deals column, apps can stop being free at a moment's notice if they're discounted, so grab them quickly if you're interested.
Stack From the publisher's description: "Stack up the blocks as high as you can! Simple & Beautiful graphics designed. Compete for the best score in the world"
School Bus Driver 2016 From the publisher's description: "THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE OVER.. All the kids are waiting for the school driver to arrive and pick them up. Please remember to always drive safe because your job brings many responsibilities. Drop the children at school before the final horn rings."
Alto's Adventure From the publisher's description: "Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins."
InCell VR (Cardboard) From the publisher's description: "InCell is an action/racing game with a bit of strategy and education thrown into the mix in a rare and highly unusual micro world of the carefully recreated human cell. This is the right project to start your acquaintance with Cardboard VR or receive new VR impressions."
Get The Nut From the publisher's description: "Squirrely has lost his lifetime collection of acorns in an unfortunate geyser accident and now he needs your help!"
Leo Galaxy: Text Based RPG From the publisher's description: "The Leo Galaxy app is a sci-fi text based RPG game where you choose your story. It is a profound adventure with multiple story branches that chronicles your triumphant escape from a distant planet. You must guide Andrea, a female cyborg, to facilitate your safe getaway from outer space. She is your only lifeline among the plague of space zombies and hostile war droids that wonder the nights in silence."
HoPiKo From the publisher's description: "HoPiKo is an intense speed run platformer where you get to save gaming. Jump from platform to platform avoiding death, exploiting shortcuts and ripping through 100s of hand-crafted levels, each one dropped into a 5-stage mini run designed to break your mind!"
DEATHSMILES From the publisher's description: "Deathsmiles is CAVE’s horizontal-scrolling shooter released to arcades in 2007. With its signature gothic horror setting and charismatic characters, Deathsmiles was ported to the Xbox 360 in Japan 2009, and released in North America via Aksys Games in 2010, and Europe via Rising Star Games in 2011."
Tales From The Dragon Mountain: The Lair HD From the publisher's description: "It has been years since brave Mina Lockheart defeated Lord Strix. But dark shadows are rising once again, and restless mythical creatures beseech Mina’s protection! Join Mina and her best friend Malik in their dangerous trip to turn up clues and locate Lord Strix's lair. Meet different creatures along your journey, help them and have them help you. Hurry! Lord Strix and his ruthless army are getting stronger every minute!"
Bamba From the publisher's description: "Balancing an unicycle juggler over a tightrope is what Bamba is about. With a minimalist gameplay that consists basically in going back and forth, Bamba features an incredible set of 25 levels of ever growing difficulty."
Stride And Prejudice From the publisher's description: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that Stride & Prejudice is an unusual endless runner where the platforms are made from the text of Pride and Prejudice."
FALLMAN – Trampoline Action From the publisher's description: "FALLMAN is a trampoline jumping action game starring an 80's trampoline champion with his athletic career gone south. Keep your jumping rhythm going while performing crazy trick combos in the air by tapping, swiping and rotating. And do not fumble a landing!"
PaintScape From the publisher's description: "Introducing PaintScape - an exuberant blend of art and game. PaintScape is a 2d side-scroller shooter that uses hand-painted art to create a vivid world for you to navigate. Defeat over 100 enemy varieties across seven unique worlds. Upgrade your player's weapons, shields, and abilities as well as acquire bombs and force fields to help overcome the black and white world!"
Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch From the publisher's description: "Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion is a turn-based strategy game, set on the edge of Imperial space, where your Space Marines will take on the Tyranids in a series of tactical engagements. From war ravaged cities, to the insides of Tyranid bio-ships, the missions will see your Kill Team rise in strength and skill as you face ever greater threats and peril."
Tower In The Sky From the publisher's description: "Lead a team of unlikely heroes into battle against an ancient enemy and save the Kingdom of Tyrune!"
Mirror's Edge From the publisher's description: "Immerse yourself in the world of Faith Connors – an underground “Runner” who must bolt into action to stop a deadly threat in a “perfect society” full of sinister surveillance and relentless pursuers."
Imperia Online From the publisher's description: "Join thousands of players in an universe that never sleeps! Take control of your state and expand it into a mighty empire! Recruit soldiers and command huge armies into epic battles and crush all those who oppose you!"
Storm Of Wars From the publisher's description: "Storm of Wars brings real-time strategy combats to a kingdom building war game. It features fast-paced combat in cities and epic real-time wars on the world map that impact gameplay and strategy in fun, unexpected ways!"
Dragon Friends From the publisher's description: "Collect awesome unique dragons while personalizing your mystical island on Windows 10! Socialize with your best friends and family online with infinite possibilities."
Digfender From the publisher's description: "Beneath your castle an enemy lies waiting. Grab your shovel and prepare your defenses! Dig deep into the ground and find valuable treasures and ancient relics to help you on your mission."
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