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.
AirAttack 2 From the publisher's description: "Sequel of Award Winning next-gen top down air combat shooter with stunning 3D graphics and amazing orchestral soundtrack. Enjoy the classic atmosphere of WW2 arcade shoot-'em-ups in modern rendering. Prepare your plane and destroy the axis of evil with Flamethrower, Tail Gunner, Bombs, ...Show your friends no mercy in the daily challenges!"
Glory of Generals 2: ACE From the publisher's description: "Commander! The new war is about to begin. EASYTECH will continue to create the most outstanding war strategy games as we always do. Command over 70 kinds of most advanced army, navy and airforce units. Each military unit has its own feature. Use them wisely and you will be invincible. Reform and upgrade your troops with components. Make them the ACE of the battlefield."
Cascade From the publisher's description: "Spin, Match, and Win in this unique matching puzzle game! Join Jasper the Mole on his adventure through 29 lands to complete over 400 colorful levels! Spin for gems and send them cascading with matches of three or more. The larger the match, the higher your score!"
Vector 2 From the publisher's description: "Vector 2 features intense gameplay with procedurally generated environment and lifelike animations in a dystopian world. Descend through a huge and complex research facility and try to get out alive – over and over again."
Mekorama From the publisher's description: "Help a tiny robot stumble home through 50 puzzling mechanical dioramas: Relaxing gameplay, Charming robots, Collectible level cards, Diorama maker, Small install size."
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?"
Jack Lumber From the publisher's description: "A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the superhuman lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees. Hike the trails of Flapjack Forest, trudge through The Loggers Bog, and ascend Widowmaker’s Peak chopping down every pine, oak, and maple that stands between you and the tree that killed your sweet old granny."
Dwelp From the publisher's description: "Dwelp is an elegant little puzzler with a brand new game mechanic. To complete a puzzle, just link all of the same-colored dots by placing them one near another. There's a catch, though... Once you have connected two dots, the others of the same color become locked in their place."
Lume From the publisher's description: "With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style unlike any other. Power to your grandad’s house has failed. What’s more, he’s nowhere to be seen. Immerse yourself in Lume’s photoreal world, solve perplexing paper puzzles to help restore the power, and uncover a deeper mystery behind the blackout. "
KAMI From the publisher's description: "Relaxing and easy to pick up, you'll soon find yourself deep in contemplation to perfect each puzzle. Created by State of Play, famous for their handcrafted aesthetic, KAMI has been created with real paper in an elegant Japanese theme. KAMI is tactile, engaging and stunning to look at."
Pull My Tongue From the publisher's description: "Meet Greg. A hungry little chameleon that loves popcorn! Help feed Greg by pulling his tongue through a series of fun puzzles that include, zappers, spikes, chewing gum, balloons and more!"
Swordigo From the publisher's description: "Run, jump and fight your way through a vast world to defeat the spreading corruption. Explore a magical realm of dungeons, towns, treasures and devious monsters. Gain experience and level up your character. Find powerful weapons, items and spells to defeat your enemies."
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!"
Crazy Owls From the publisher's description: "Crazy Owls is addictive classic match 3 game. Cute owls will not leave you indifferent."
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