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.
Gordon Ramsay Dash From the publisher's description: "Join Gordon Ramsay and cook your way to success! Travel around the globe and master your skills in unique restaurants w/ Gordon Ramsay as your guide! Build your restaurant empire!"
Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari From the publisher's description: "Saddle up and get ready to wrassle with the stampede-iest critters this side of the Savannah. Lions and Tigers and Bears are no match for this rodeo star. Armed with a lasso and a ten gallon hat, swing from the backs of stampeding buffalo, elephants, ostrich and more."
Creature Seekers From the publisher's description: "Inspire your kid! Dive into dreamland adventure! Collect fantastic pets, learn animal sounds and reward yourself with deserved moment of rest."
Dawnbringer From the publisher's description: "Enter the demon-infested realm of Mourngard. Explore the ruins of a deserted world. Venture into the darkest dungeons and vanquish an unrelenting demon horde in this grand fantasy adventure. A forsaken land. A banished hero. Two brothers in strife. As you blaze towards the world of Mourngard, your angelic wings burn to ash. You and your brother are oblivious to the cataclysmic events you are about to spark, but your arrival could also be the key to salvation."
Legion Of Warriors From the publisher's description: "Start your adventure with a hobbit swordsman. You have to protect your kingdom against the aggression. Build your army and upgrade them to ready for each battle."
Battleheart From the publisher's description: "Battleheart - enter a world of epic fantasy combat! Rebuilt for compatibility Android 5+, and with all characters intact - sorry it took so long. Pick it up now for free - no ads, no IAP, no nonsense. "
OddPlanet From the publisher's description: "OddPlanet is a side-scrolling adventure game inspired by Limbo and Oddworld. You will guide a lone little girl through the hostile environments of an alien planet and help her survive. She will share her feelings and thoughts. Prepare to experience atmospheric sounds, music in stereo and meet fascinating creatures in this beautiful, hand-painted world."
Iron Mission From the publisher's description: "Iron mission is next-generation side-scrolling shooting tactical game with action-packed gameplay and stunning 3D graphics. In game, collecting various weapons, players are able to make customized and unique warplanes to participate in the combat."
Mimpi Dreams From the publisher's description: "Mimpi is a lazy doggy who becomes the "Superdog" in his dreams. Help him to save his friends by manipulating the environment of 6 original illustrated worlds in this charming mix of adventure, puzzle, and platformer. Find out what dreams dogs have and download the sequel to the award-winning Mimpi 1! Mimpi Dreams is a casual game, do not expect strong challenges, we want you to have fun and finish it."
Sky Force Reloaded From the publisher's description: "There are many scrolling shooters but none of them is like "Sky Force". This stunning shoot ‘em up game combines the classic arcade elements with the new possibilities offered by current technology. The new installment in the series just came out in a spectacular style."
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."
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. "
Hocus From the publisher's description: "Do you think that the buildings in the game are quite strange? Buidlings crisscross together in a very artistical form which make you feel like a top artwork, not only a game."
Mini-Puzzle From the publisher's description: "Entertainment that makes you smarter: An easy yet effective puzzle game good for improving memory, concentration, patience and developing structured thinking and problem solving skills... Or simply pass the time."
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!"
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