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.
ICONIKA From the publisher's description: "An abstract visual novel puzzle game about perspective and death. You find yourself in search of three murderers in this plane of existence, exploring concepts of existential horror and philosophy."
Pokemon Shuffle Mobile From the publisher's description: "A whole new puzzle game where you solve puzzles to battle Pokémon."
MGS V: THE PHANTOM PAIN From the publisher's description: "Extend the world of "METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN" (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) into the palm of your hands."
PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Maze From the publisher's description: "From the creators of Crossy Road… Cherries are red, Ghosts are blue, Munch a power pellet, Get Lasers too!"
Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup From the publisher's description: "From Riot Games, creator of League of Legends, comes Blitzcrank’s Poro Roundup. Blitzcrank must save his fluffy poro friends from Baron Nashor’s belly. Why? Well, because robots have hearts too... or maybe their programming is just telling them that they do. This is getting confusing."
Spring Jump Joyride From the publisher's description: "Spring Jump Joyride: Stickman ninja fly & fall rush over temple candy rocks!"
Atomic+ From the publisher's description: "Atomic+ is a simple, fast-paced action game where you avoid bullets and survive for the longest time while collecting squares to achieve the highest score."
Words With Monsters From the publisher's description: "Words With Monsters is a word game with role playing game elements. Battle monsters with your words and spend their money on shiny hats."
LEGO Minifigures Online From the publisher's description: "LEGO® Minifigures Online is an online game for LEGO fans of all ages, where you get to collect awesome Minifigures, build your own unique team and go on exciting adventures through classic LEGO worlds!"
Sage Solitaire From the publisher's description: "Sage Solitaire is a brand new Solitaire variant that combines the luck and joy of Klondike with the depth of Poker, made specifically for your phone."
A Mechanical Story From the publisher's description: "As Mr Mechanic goes to work, he discovers something that he never quite expected! Can you Help Mr Mechanic fix his newly found friend?"
Imperia Online: The Great People 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!"
Tiltagon From the publisher's description: "Tilt. Fall. Repeat. Tiltagon is a hard arcade game where you tilt and fall. Many times. Sometimes you also explode."
Dice Reloaded From the publisher's description: "Find equal dices and bring them together! A very simple but addictive game."
Mini Golf Club From the publisher's description: "Mini Golf Club is a realistic 3D mini golf simulator with fun gameplay and hundreds of challenging levels."
European War 4 - Napoleon From the publisher's description: "Welcome to the 18th century, the Age of Napoleon. It’s an entirely new gaming mode, adding general skills and a new item system, and there are more than 200 famous generals to choose including Napoleon, Murat, Wellington, Nelson, Kutusov amnd Washington."
Metro 2033 Wars From the publisher's description: "Metro 2033 wars is a turn-based open world strategy game. It is the world's first mobile game based on the story of Dmitry Glukhovsky's best-selling novel, Metro 2033."
HNG Zombie Defense From the publisher's description: "A modern hybrid of the classic RTS and modern Tower Defense. Recruit soldiers, place them on slots and let them shoot incoming waves of zombies by their own."
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