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.
High School Escape From the publisher's description: "This escape game takes you back to the high school but this time you are trapped. Prove your skills in code-breaking, puzzle solving and logical thinking! Because no one wants to be locked down in the school. So use all the escaping skills you have to break out!"
Rolling Sky From the publisher's description: "Rolling Sky is the ultimate 'one more try' game. Drag left and right to avoid obstacles and stay on the track. Featuring a custom pumping soundtrack, colorful locations and impossible gameplay. Do you have what it takes to complete all five worlds?"
The Pit From the publisher's description: "Run, jump, and slide your way through The Pit! Watch out for deadly traps as you race against the most dangerous terrain. Choose to play as multiple characters by collecting coins to unlock new ones. Compete with your friends for the highest score."
Star Trek Timelines From the publisher's description: "Ready your crew to explore the final frontier in the ultimate sci-fi strategy RPG: Star Trek Timelines! Join Starfleet in a truly immersive mobile experience as you boldly go where no game has gone before – across the entire history of Star Trek."
Downtown Showdown From the publisher's description: "Build a city that leads to your team's success! Build your own city strategically and help your team win the property battle of the century. Attack your opponent cities for loots and HELP team to recover from the attacks."
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?"
Piloteer From the publisher's description: "In Piloteer, a whimsical and serenely challenging physics-based game about learning to fly, a renowned inventor is determined to overcome the stigma associated with flying a jetpack and convince the world that jetpacks should be revered by all."
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!"
Hidden World From the publisher's description: "The strange feeling you had all day followed you to bed that night. A sudden crash from the next room wakes you from dreams of magical lands, and sets your heart racing in your chest. Sitting bolt upright in bed, the strange feeling returns as your eyes adjust to the darkness, focusing on the odd wooden symbols across the mantel of the fireplace. Almost as if something were calling you..."
Swords And Crossbones: An Epic Pirate Story From the publisher's description: "Swords and Crossbones: An Epic Pirate Story is a comedic role play adventure. Duke A. Blizzardo the most feared pirate in all the seas has kidnapped your friend and employer. Hook up with a zany crew of swindlers, cut throats, and hooligans in this whirlwind adventure involving ancient treasure, pirate lords, tourism, killer parrots, and mad mad monkeys."
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."
Cavernaut From the publisher's description: "Pilot your spaceship through a maze of caves on an alien planet. Try to reach the surface, while collecting luminum crystals which you can trade for upgrades. Watch out for hazards like mines or laser batteries, and keep an eye on your limited fuel supply."
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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