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.
Twisted Lands: Shadow Town From the publisher's description: "Welcome to Shadow Town. There are beaches, but you should not go near the water. There are woods, but those who enter them never return. And there's a village, but all it has to offer are empty streets and fog that hangs in the air like a curse. The only thing you can explore in this place is the source of the terror that will grip your heart."
Note Wars From the publisher's description: "Gameplay is more important than graphics in this game! Spectacular battles on notebook sheet! Nothing in excess - use the minimum number of abilities and come up with different level walkthrough tactics to achieve even better results, and collect all stars! Pass through 30 challenges in opening campaign!"
DogWorld 3D: My Dalmatian From the publisher's description: "You collect stars with every mission. Once you've reached a certain amount, a cool surprise waits for you each time. Cool dog accessories such as treats and toys are hidden in the gift packets for unending game fun with your new friend."
MONOPOLY Dash for Chromecast From the publisher's description: "Play cards a whole new way with MONOPOLY Dash for Chromecast! This fun, card game version of MONOPOLY has includes all of the fast dealing property trading fun you love."
WGT Golf Mobile From the publisher's description: "Play the #1 free golf game and top-rated 3D simulation sports game on famous golf courses like Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach and St Andrews. Each golf course is re-created using HD photography, GPS terrain mapping and precise physics for the most realistic golf simulation available."
Zombiestan VR (Google Cardboard) From the publisher's description: "4 levels (more coming soon), 3 different weapons, tons of zombies, new input setting menu (remapping button), classic mode."
LaneMine From the publisher's description: "Control your character by shifting lanes, left and right. Avoid mines and kill-zones and collect all the coins. Complete the level in different ways."
Lute Hero From the publisher's description: "Lute Hero is a Late Medieval/Renaissance rhythm game! Earn gold, unlock new pieces, and customize your instrument to shred some sweet lute licks!"
EPOCH.2 From the publisher's description: "Control your character with intuitive finger swipes designed specifically for touch-screens. Make split-second tactical decisions, take cover, select targets, dodge incoming fire, utilize special abilities, and launch countermeasures!"
PAC-MAN Friends From the publisher's description: "PAC-MAN Friends is a new, original fast-paced game using classic PAC-MAN characters! With simple tilt controls, you can maneuver PAC-MAN through progressively challenging mazes to rescue his friends from the Ghosts' Castle!"
Gunship X From the publisher's description: "Take control of an AC-130 Gunship to defend humanity from invading hordes. Push back the intruders and give the humans a chance to be airlifted to safety."
Axe in Face From the publisher's description: "Even though Red Beard loves gardening more than he loves pillaging, his obsession with flowers can turn him into a vicious killing machine. Not only does he know how to handle a watering can, he can also throw an axe like no other Viking in the village."
Monkey Flight 2 From the publisher's description: "Your favorite monkeys are BACK! This time they've carried their elastic, whippy, inflatable palm tree to THREE new places for more monkey-flinging fun."
Time Surfer From the publisher's description: "Surf for your life across the galaxy! The end of the universe is after you. Your only hope? Cheating death by rewinding time! Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping surf!"
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."
Defenders of Suntoria From the publisher's description: "Take up arms for the future of Suntoria! Defend your kingdom from hordes of devilish goblins in this challenging tower defense game. Summon mighty forces and head into battle right now in the epic Defenders of Suntoria!"
Bomberland From the publisher's description: "Bomberland: Classic game in a NEW great implementation! 40 levels and more. Global leaderboard. Multi item on store."
Bubble Pirates From the publisher's description: "Tired of traditional bubble bobble? Now, a new mode is coming! Rocking Screen. Rotating Puzzle. VS Boss. So New! So thrilling!"
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!"
Escape the prison room From the publisher's description: "In this Prison version, try to break out of each jail room. Solve the mini puzzles and discover the hidden objects to use them to open the room and go to the next level. This popular game has now a Prison themed of all your favorite Prison break movies"
Pretty Girl From the publisher's description: "With this game you can create your own attire. You and your kids will be able to feel like fashion designers. You will think not only of suiting colors but also of fitting of different styles too."
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