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.
Colouring World: Amusement Park From the publisher's description: "There are control mode and painting mode. In control mode, kids can move, twirl, extend and reduce the screen to the location they want to paint colors and observe. In painting mode, kids can enjoy three-dimensional painting. In printing mode, there are 4 kinds of tools.(brush, seal, pattern, painting gun). Brush enables coloring of chosen color on objects."
Note Wars From the publisher's description: "Gameplay is more important than graphics in this game! Spectacular battles on notebook sheet! Nothing in excess - use the minimum number of abilities and come up with different level walkthrough tactics to achieve even better results, and collect all stars! Pass through 30 challenges in opening campaign!"
Rocket Drop (Google Cardboard) From the publisher's description: "You play as a sky-diver, who can fly short distances via the use of a jetpack. The jetpack requires constant fuel, which you can gain by collecting fuel capsules as you fall. Meanwhile, you also need to dodge the missiles that are constantly being fired at you. View the world in 360 degrees with gyroscopic head tracking."
Jolly Jam From the publisher's description: "A fresh puzzle game that will surely make you jolly! Prince Jam needs YOU to help save Princess Honey and the Jelly Kingdom. Download and play today for free! Defeat the evil Boss and his wicked, cute minions through hundreds of levels of fruit-filled goodness."
Evolve: Hunters Quest From the publisher's description: "Use match 3 tokens of the same color to unleash devastating attacks on your enemies, and fill up energy bars to activate hunters’ special abilities. Earn Mastery Points to rank up your character in both the mobile and console games."
WGT Golf Mobile From the publisher's description: "Play the #1 free golf game and top-rated 3D simulation sports game on famous golf courses like Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach and St Andrews. Each golf course is re-created using HD photography, GPS terrain mapping and precise physics for the most realistic golf simulation available."
Gunship X From the publisher's description: "Take control of an AC-130 Gunship to defend humanity from invading hordes. Push back the intruders and give the humans a chance to be airlifted to safety."
Cursed Treasure 2 From the publisher's description: "Hordes of good heroes are on the hunt again, hungry for even more gems for the King's private collection. Gather dark forces and build towers to defend your treasure from those thieving goody-goody heroes. Drink magical soda-pop, cast mighty spells, and upgrade skills and buildings to destroy anybody who wants to touch your gems!"
Duet Game From the publisher's description: "Enter a mesmerising trance of co-dependence in Duet. The rules are simple: control two vessels in sync, survive against all odds and keep calm."
Onion Knight From the publisher's description: "The story happened in a dark age, with no hero in existence. The main character is a knight from fantasy; a heroic knight who often times behaves absurdly. However, there is nothing that can stop him from chasing his dreams."
Toca Hair Salon From the publisher's description: "Let your kids run their own Toca Hair Salon! Cut, color, comb and blow-dry lifelike hair on six different cute characters. Using your fingers you can make any hair style you want! And of course - take a snapshot and save your creations! "
Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire From the publisher's description: "Wanted, wizard required for defence duties. Must be proficient in spell casting to pop varying balloon types that may be utilised by intruders. Must be confident working alone and comfortable facing aggressive hordes."
Watch Out! From the publisher's description: "The big guy needs to jump to keep them safe!"
AG Jelly Jump From the publisher's description: "Jelly Jump free of ads for limited time! Hurry up and share with friends. One of the best free Action game for windows phone! Highly entertaining for all ages!"
Star Wars: Commander From the publisher's description: "Charge into battle on distant planets, and lead your troops to victory in this action-packed, combat strategy game! Build a base, recruit an unstoppable force, and challenge players across the Star Wars universe in Star Wars: Commander!"
Escape the prison room From the publisher's description: "In this Prison version, try to break out of each jail room. Solve the mini puzzles and discover the hidden objects to use them to open the room and go to the next level. This popular game has now a Prison themed of all your favorite Prison break movies"
ZigZag For WP From the publisher's description: "Stay on the wall and do as many zigzags as you can! Just tap the screen to change the direction of the ball. Try not to fall off the edges! How far can you go?"
Pretty Girl From the publisher's description: "With this game you can create your own attire. You and your kids will be able to feel like fashion designers. You will think not only of suiting colors but also of fitting of different styles too."
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