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.
Cryptica From the publisher's description: "These mysterious crypts were created thousands of years ago to protect the temple relics, Only the wisest were meant to solve these riddles and reveal the relics, but they have all failed! Beaten by their own creation the relics were buried forever. Can you succeed where all wise man have failed?"
Pot Smash From the publisher's description: "Like smashing stuff? Challenge your brain while your fingers do the smashing. Combine thinking skills with quick reactions to smash every pot in sight."
Age of Diamonds From the publisher's description: "Age of Diamonds is a classic arcade game for mobile Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. It offers a great blend between pure arcade “breakout” like game-play, and original physics and logic based puzzles."
Squibble From the publisher's description: "Help Squibble swing, bounce, and slingshot his way home in an epic, fast-paced and fun 2D platformer that’s easy to learn but hard to master. Future updates include bonus areas to explore and conquer at no extra cost!"
Swing From the publisher's description: "Swing from platform to platform. Simply tap the screen when the rope is long enough to reach the next platform. How long can you survive?"
Cubic From the publisher's description: "Cubic is an arcade game where you have to collect cubes in a time trial challenge. There are evil enemies who will try to destroy you."
Lifeline... From the publisher's description: "Lifeline is a playable, branching story of survival against all odds. Using your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you will help Taylor make life or death decisions, and face the consequences together."
King of Opera - Multiplayer Party Game! From the publisher's description: "1. Control a wacky looking tenor. 2. Knock other tenors off the stage. 3. Fight for your fame in 5 game modes! 4. Avoid the bull tenor to become King of Opera!"
StarDroid From the publisher's description: "The game is set in the future, of course, and has a lot of unmanned spaceships that are drifting around aimlessly around the galaxy, thus causing chaos for space traffic. Your mission, as a robot, is to board these spaceships and destroy them in order to save the galaxy's traffic. Are you up to the task?"
PixelSlime From the publisher's description: "PixelSlime is a simple action role-playing game! structured like 8-bit dots. Lots of items, magics, but super easy play!"
Mahjong Artifacts From the publisher's description: "Mahjongg Artifacts®: Chapter 2 is one of the most popular mahjong games on PC now available on iPad. Pair up tiles to dismantle hundreds of layouts. Gather pearls for purchasing special powers, utilize a selection of ground-breaking powerups, earn trophies, and enjoy the game's beautiful graphics and rich audio. There's more than enough tile-matching action in Mahjongg Artifacts 2 to keep you tapping the screen for months!"
Catapult King From the publisher's description: "Take down forts, castles and even a fire-breathing dragon in the award-winning Catapult King—the King of castle crushers! Rescue the princess and defeat the enemy in this beautiful, 3D fantasy adventure, Catapult King."
Siege From the publisher's description: "Command a colony on a distant planet as alien creatures attempt to lay waste to your base. Use credits gained to purchase upgrades or make use of special abilities to defend against the onslaught."
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."
Real Bowling Star From the publisher's description: "Real Bowling Star is one of the best bowling games in the Windows market. The high-quality graphics make players feel like they are at their local bowling alley."
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