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.
Snowboard Party From the publisher's description: "Snowboard Party brings the thrill of snowboarding to your mobile device! Get ready to ride down the slopes at extreme speed and catch some big air to perform the craziest tricks in 15 completely unique adrenaline-filled locations."
Barbie Magical Fashion From the publisher's description: "Budge Studios presents Barbie Magical Fashion, where you can transform into a princess, mermaid, fairy or unicorn! Design a beautiful outfit, style your hair, and add glittering accessories and colorful make up!"
Soul Seeker From the publisher's description: "An Action RPG beyond your wildest imaginations! Soul Seeker will blow your mind!"
Trial Xtreme 4 From the publisher's description: "Feel the adrenalin pumping as you take your bike on more than 70 challenging and spectacular levels of pure motoring fun. Earn cash in races, tournaments and in head to head duels."
TRANSFORMERS: Battle Tactics From the publisher's description: "TRANSFORMERS: Battle Tactics is an exciting turn-based strategy game featuring a roster of over 75 iconic Transformers characters including Optimum Prime, Megatron, Starscream and Bumblebee."
Midnight Star From the publisher's description: "As 2nd Lt. Charles Campbell, players will encounter deep space, a strange alien landscape and a war that has long since been lost."
Sage Fusion From the publisher's description: "Sage Fusion is a hybrid between Role-Playing Game (RPG), adventure game, and visual novel. It is different from most RPGs in that it does away with level progression and equipment customization, instead focusing mainly on storytelling and exploration."
Tail Drift From the publisher's description: "Jump into the pilot seat and take to the skies in this free to play 360 degree arcade racer. Zoom through fantastic environments including floating islands, ancient temples and desert canyons."
Magnifico From the publisher's description: "Magnifico (Previously Da Vinci's Art of War) is a popular region-based board game where the ultimate goal is to dominate 16th century Europe. Now you can play it on the iPad!"
Build It! Miami Beach Resort HD From the publisher's description: "During the course of sixty years, you will get to construct glittering hotels, fabulous restaurants and chic boutiques, but you’ll also need to manage repairs, deliveries, remodeling and much more. Design everything you can imagine on a big scrollable map and ensure that your vibrant city offers diversity, arts, culture, fashion and gastronomy!"
Angry Birds Seasons HD From the publisher's description: "Join the Angry Birds as they celebrate unique seasonal events from around the world! Enjoy the addictive physics-based gameplay you love, but with an exciting twist! For the latest update, it’s time to hit the court for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game!"
New Year: Jumpstart From the publisher's description: "12 months, 12 levels, 12 problems... Shall you pass? Let's jump!"
Candy Crush Saga From the publisher's description: "Join Tiffi and Mr. Toffee in their sweet adventure through the Candy Kingdom. Pass level 50 to unlock Dreamworld and escape reality alongside an owl named Odus. Switch and match your way through hundreds of levels in this delicious puzzle adventure."
Star Wars: Commander From the publisher's description: "Charge into battle on distant planets, and lead your troops to victory in this action-packed, combat strategy game! Build a base, recruit an unstoppable force, and challenge players across the Star Wars universe in Star Wars: Commander!"
Sago Mini Road Trip From the publisher's description: "Go for a fun-filled drive with Jinja the cat. Pick a destination, select a vehicle and hit the road. What will Jinja drive today? Choose a sporty racing car, a jumpy jeep or a funny pickle car!"
Kung Fu ToFu From the publisher's description: "Meet the CUTE but FURIOUS little TOFU! He knows a lot of COMBAT maneuvers! He can be dexterous, quick and invisible like a real NINJA! He has a lot of envious ENEMIES! He is here to BE THE BEST KUNG FU MASTER!"
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