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.
World Conqueror 3 From the publisher's description: "World Conqueror 3 is a newly-developed strategy game released in 2015 by EASYTECH! Commander! War is about to begin. Lead your army and conquer the world!"
DragonSoul From the publisher's description: "Grab your enemies by the tender bits in DragonSoul, an epic fantasy role-playing game! Brawl with dragons and mighty monsters in fast and furious battles, because who doesn’t like fighting dragons? You don’t? Well, maybe you should go play Super Sparkle Pet Evolution instead, because this ain’t your grandma’s mobile RPG!"
Toy Defense 2 From the publisher's description: "Playtime’s over, soldier! It’s time for some real fast-paced tower defense action. Lucky for you, Toy Defense 2 has you covered. Forget about castles and clans — jump into epic combat, take command of powerful vehicles, hone your strategic skills and become the ultimate commander."
Just Cause 3: WingSuit Tour From the publisher's description: "Download the Just Cause 3 - WingSuit Experience for free now and explore the beautiful Mediterranean islands of Medici from the skies, and in complete 360 degrees. This world-first app combines real in-engine capture from upcoming game, Just Cause 3, with Mindlight's unique 360-degree video capture technology to let you discover Medici through a thrilling wingsuit ride."
Slow Down From the publisher's description: "Control time with the tip of your finger! Just tap the screen to Slow Down. Avoid all obstacles and collect stars to unlock new balls!"
FIFA 16 From the publisher's description: "Play beautiful with a newer, better, and faster FIFA experience on mobile! FIFA 16 Ultimate Team lets you celebrate every awesome attack, nail-biting goal, and powerful win like never before with console-like graphics. Experience the most realistic set of football features on Google Play."
Crazy Wheels From the publisher's description: "Crazy Wheels offers an exhilarating mix of amazing tracks and intense challenges. Feel the speed as you negotiate your way through the deadly survival courses. Perform death defying wild stunts, witness bone cracking impacts and lose a limb or few, and take it to the extreme!"
Sky Gamblers Air Supremacy From the publisher's description: "With an extensive single player campaign and revolutionary multiplayer modes, the non-stop action will keep you at the edge of your seat! Become the supreme lord of the skies!"
Torque Burnout From the publisher's description: "Grip the wheel, put your foot to the floor and drive, completing donuts and drifts like a champion. Evolve your ride and push it to it's limits, rally the crowd into a frenzy and then push it some more to reign supreme as the BURNOUT KING!"
Star Wars - Heroes Path From the publisher's description: "Lead the Rebel Alliance to victory! Guide Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi through perilous puzzles that will rack your brain and test your luck!"
Tales from the Borderlands From the publisher's description: "Tales from the Borderlands is a five part episodic game series from the creators of The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series. Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2, this is a story full of Borderlands’ trademark humor, following two adventurers on their quest for greatness."
8bitWar: Apokalyps From the publisher's description: "8bitWar puts your strategical and tactical thinking to the test! Hire units and place them in strategic formations to counter the enemy army."
Shooty Skies From the publisher's description: "The creators of Crossy Road present Shooty Skies! Shoot, dodge, duck, goose and weave. Take to the skies!"
Exiled Gods From the publisher's description: "The Holy Gate has opened! It's time to build your legion of mythical heroes and lead them to fight against the most dangerous monsters and fiends. In Exiled Gods, you are the strategist who can choose from a diverse range of skills. Command your heroes and expel the darkness with destructive skills. A dangerous clash of the gods has begun. Command your heroes to victory!"
Sago Mini Friends From the publisher's description: "Go on a playdate with your favourite Sago Mini friends! Take a walk to a friend’s house and let the fun begin. Help Robin the bird fix a birdhouse, play dress-up with Jinja the cat or enjoy a snack with Harvey the dog. With five friends and more than ten activities, there’s a lot to explore."
IQ Mission 2 From the publisher's description: "Visit three cities and solve the puzzles you encounter there. In the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, move the coin between deceptively rotating fields. Let's hope you can bring it to the vault! In Tokyo, play a board game with a beautiful geisha. Remember the rules and place the stones in designated areas in accordance with them. In Barcelona, arrange a mosaic of a certain shape. Make sure that the sides of the same color do not touch each other."
Grim Legends 2 From the publisher's description: "Embark on a dangerous quest through mysterious ruins and magical woods in the second chapter of Grim Legends series. Save the young queen from a mortal danger and change the faith of the entire kingdom!"
Bubble Pet Journey From the publisher's description: "A lovely and cute graphic game with many cute pet animal tiger, frog, cat, dog...etc..covered by bubble, look kute, kawaii !"
Basket+ From the publisher's description: "Basket+ is an addictive ball game, the fun part in this game is that you can throw different balls on different courts. Check out which ball and court suits you most."
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."
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