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.
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?"
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."
Soul of Sword From the publisher's description: "Long long ago monsters everywhere. A taoist made a sword. Killed a lot of monsters.The world was finally restored to tranquility. Peace is always flash of time. Now the evil revive. The Monster King brings death and chaos. A young hero chase the Monster King for avenging his parents to here."
Where Angels Cry From the publisher's description: "Embark on a secret mission to a mysterious and isolated monastery! Journey deep into the Alps to a remote medieval monastery, where you must investigate the disappearance of Brother John as well as the curious case of a weeping statue. Explore the monastery and its eerie surroundings while interrogating its inhabitants, completing challenging tasks, solving perplexing puzzles and playing dozens of mini-games. Uncover a sad and shocking story of love and treachery in this exciting adventure game!"
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."
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+."
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?"
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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