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.
Alto's Adventure From the publisher's description: "Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins."
Temple Adventure Runner 2016 From the publisher's description: "Temple Adventurer is stranded in jungle ruine world. Help the hero running through jungle and temples and try to find all treasures. Run for your life and escape all troubles and obstacles. Collect coins, explore different areas and run along cliffs, traps and barriers."
VR Boost 3D for Cardboard From the publisher's description: "Cardboard Boost 3D puts virtual reality on your smartphone. The VR Boost 3D for Cardboard game gives ultimate 3D VR experiences. This VR Boost 3D is a combination of adventure and arcade game-play to escape cubes."
City of Zombies From the publisher's description: "City of Zombies is a third-person shooter mobile game, survivors can shoot against the infected persons. Abandoning the traditional card game mode , City of Zombies adds dot-dash operation . Also with unique strategy game plays, let you have different game feelings. So come and join us now!"
Ultimate Briefcase From the publisher's description: "Hundreds of automated doomsday machines have been unleashed on the city. Survive waves of onslaught using your dodging skills and a variety of ridiculous special moves. Where did the mysterious bomb-dropping, laser-spewing machines come from? What is the Ultimate Briefcase? And what is in it?"
Lost in Harmony From the publisher's description: "Dive into a fantastic musical odyssey, brought by an immersive soundtrack imagined by famous composers, including Wyclef Jean. Go beyond by CREATING and SHARING your own levels on ANY SONG with the included level editor."
The Mesh From the publisher's description: "The Mesh is an innovative game that reinvents the way we play with numbers. Combine the numbered tiles and find the best way to achieve the highest score possible. But, be careful and think twice every move! If The Mesh runs out of cells, the game is over."
Bamba From the publisher's description: "Balancing an unicycle juggler over a tightrope is what Bamba is about. With a minimalist gameplay that consists basically in going back and forth, Bamba features an incredible set of 25 levels of ever growing difficulty."
The Martian: Official Game From the publisher's description: "Based on the best selling novel and critically acclaimed film, The Martian is a real time, text based adventure game that tells the story of Astronaut Mark Watney who finds himself stranded on Mars. Play as a NASA communications specialist and Mark’s sole contact with Earth in this riveting story of survival against all odds. You choose the story path that will ultimately decide Mark’s fate.Accept your mission and BRING HIM HOME."
Rototo: Space Survival From the publisher's description: "Tap to rotate your shield, stopping incoming hostiles in their tracks. Whether you're lounging on the sofa or riding the bus home from work, you can always compete with your friends for the highest score in this retro-styled arcade game."
Stacky Sandwich From the publisher's description: "Stacky Sandwich is an endless arcade game. It's easy to play, just tap anywhere to drop a piece of your sandwich once it's directly over it. Miss, and you'll have to start over."
INFOCUS Extreme Bike From the publisher's description: "INFOCUS Extreme Bike is an arcade first person mountain bike downhill videogame, with challenging circuits full of speed inspired by real competitions and locations like Chile, Mexico and Bolivia."
Yak Dash: Horns Of Glory From the publisher's description: "Inspired by traditional Tibetan yak racing, Yak Dash: Horns of Glory is an exciting 2D side-scrolling racer that tests reaction time, skill, and bravado. Experience 17 levels in four treacherous mountain ranges. Complete each level as fast as possible by smashing obstacles, leaping chasms and discovering shortcuts along the way. "
Horizon Chase From the publisher's description: "Horizon Chase is a love letter to all retro gaming fans. It's an addictive racing game inspired in the great hits of the 80's and 90's: Out Run, Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear (SNES), Rush, among others. Each curve and each lap in Horizon Chase recreate classic arcade gameplay and offer you unbound speed limits of fun. Full throttle on and enjoy!"
Toilet People From the publisher's description: "Toilet People is fun 3D board game exclusively for Windows Phone! Fun and addictive gameplay with amazing graphics and music will keep you entertained."
Mirror's Edge From the publisher's description: "Immerse yourself in the world of Faith Connors – an underground “Runner” who must bolt into action to stop a deadly threat in a “perfect society” full of sinister surveillance and relentless pursuers."
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."
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