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.
Ancient Aliens: The Game From the publisher's description: "Millions of people around the world believe we have been visited in the past by extraterrestrial beings. What if it were true? Did ancient aliens really help to shape our history? And if so, might they have come here to escape some cataclysmic event on their home planet? Or perhaps... to prevent one from happening on ours?"
Sea Hero Quest From the publisher's description: ""It’s not just a game, it’s a quest to help scientists fight dementia!” It sounds too good to be true but this really is a game, where simply by having loads of fun chasing creatures around magical seas and swamps, you can help to fight a disease that currently affects 45 million people worldwide."
Strategy & Tactics: WWII From the publisher's description: "Relive the greatest battles of World War II in this grand strategy masterpiece. Take command of the Axis to conquer Europe - then command the armies of the USSR and Allies to retake it. In Strategy & Tactics: World War II, you battle impressive AI enemies in three campaigns with a classic turn-based battle system and serried ranks of historically-accurate troops."
Black Tower Enigma From the publisher's description: "Black Tower Enigma is a retro style riddle/puzzle fantasy adventure. Here you play as Wigo, the orc, whose wife has been kidnapped and taken up to the skies by a magic dress gifted by a mysterious fairy."
Hop -- Endless Hopper From the publisher's description: "Hop is an addictive minimalist game of skill and focus. How to get a score above 100: Let go of your thoughts, get into a state of flow, and trust your instincts!"
Batman v Superman Who Will Win From the publisher's description: "Mankind faces a new threat as darkness falls on Gotham and Metropolis. A personal vendetta has been made, side between Batman or Superman to set the record straight. Race against time and go the distance. Dodge obstacles, collect power-ups and battle against your opponent."
Proun+ From the publisher's description: "In Proun+ you guide a ball racing along a pipe while dodging obstacles. 5 different speeds from Relaxed to Speed of Light mean this game is suitable for both casual and hardcore gamers, so anyone can enjoy it. The levels are accompanied by great jazz-rock music specially written for Proun+."
Flight Unlimited 2K16 From the publisher's description: "Soar across the beautiful skies of the San Francisco bay area, Las Vegas, and Switzerland, in Flight Unlimited 2K16. Flight Unlimited utilizes advanced streaming technology to provide some of the best visuals in mobile gaming. The HD scenery is a first in mobile flight simulation and covers an area over 10x larger than its predecessor. The scenery is so detailed you can even find your house."
Maestria From the publisher's description: "Maestria is a new kind of puzzle game in which you will help Fugue bring back Harmony in eight enchanting worlds. In order to win, you just need to ring the bells in the correct order. Easy enough... But will you find a solution to the 160 levels of the game?"
Wardwell House From the publisher's description: "After being lost on the water for countless weeks, you finally drift to a mysterious island. Your ordeal has left you exhausted and delirious but you start discovering horrific artifacts and gruesome remains. As you make your way through the forest, you approach a gloomy house in the middle of the island. Discover the forbidden history and terrifying secrets that slowly reveal themselves in Wardwell House."
King Rabbit From the publisher's description: "The King Rabbit must rescue his bunny citizens from devious enemies! A mix of puzzle and action levels will challenge your mind and delight your senses. Immerse yourself in a beautiful world ripe with secrets which may never be discovered."
Pool+ From the publisher's description: "Play pool against computer opponent or your friend."
Age of Empires: Castle Siege From the publisher's description: "Age of Empires®: Castle Siege invites you to guide your empire through the Medieval Era on your Windows PC or touch screen device."
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."
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