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.
Plucky Rush From the publisher's description: "Plucky Rush is the second in the Saga of the fearless Plucky. This episode introduces The Pluckers, Plucky’s evil nemeses, whose sole purpose is to capture, and kill Plucky. Help Plucky avoid his evil nemeses by guiding him around the track."
Ice Age Avalanche From the publisher's description: "Join Sid, Manny and Diego on an epic Ice Age journey in search of a long-forgotten treasure in this fun new puzzle game from the makers of Ice Age Village and Ice Age Adventures!"
SQUIDS From the publisher's description: "SQUIDS is a unique mix of action strategy and RPG: build your team of heroes for epic turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimps!"
Ball Alien From the publisher's description: "Ball Alien is a new free game in the ball balance series with amazing cool 3D graphics, animation effects, relaxing background score, clever level complexity, addictive and challenging gameplay."
Pixelmon Hunter From the publisher's description: "Welcome to the pocket universe of Pixelmon Hunter! You’re about to discover beautiful world where the five elements collide. Choose your monster, get the weapon and join the battle! Who knows — maybe you’re fated to become the Lord of the Pixelmons?"
Musher From the publisher's description: "Let your inner Musher come out and race with your Huskies! Avoid hares, wolves and fly like a Top Gun with a rocket-powered sled on the Arctic Tundra."
Dragon Blaze From the publisher's description: "As a descendant of the long-extinct Boden tribe, you must use your power to reclaim the lands! Speak to and capture dragons as you journey through Dragon's Landing, unveil the secrets behind the pandemonium, and bring the relentless war to an end."
EA Sports UFC From the publisher's description: "Step into the Octagon® with EA SPORTS™ UFC® for mobile! Collect your favorite UFC fighters, throw down in competitive combat, and earn in-game rewards by playing live events tied to the real world of the UFC."
Snake Rewind From the publisher's description: "Iconic elements and intuitive gameplay from the original Snake are combined with cool visual effects, sounds and many new features. The result is a game that will entertain, challenge and delight you time after time!"
Modern Combat 5: Blackout From the publisher's description: "Step into the action as the latest instalment in the best FPS series raises the bar for shooters once more! Create a squad, add your friends and test your individual and team skills against other squads! Is single player your thing? Then step into a world on the brink of anarchy and shoot your way out of one dire situation after another to expose a lunatic who’s trying to tear the world to shreds."
Rapture: World Conquest From the publisher's description: "The End is coming! Bombard the globe with devastating miracles and decimate the enemy civilizations. Guide your armies to dominate the planet and catch your people up to heaven!"
Boshi From the publisher's description: "Boshi gives you the opportunity to be a logger in a pixelated winter environment. Just chop wood and enjoy the scenery. How difficult can it be?"
Bring Me Sandwiches! From the publisher's description: " As lowly fast food employee Jimmy Nugget, you’ve been charged by the President of the United States to save the planet. When making a sandwich for Gourmo, anything goes: meat, trash, cats…whatever you can stick between two slices of bread!"
Agent RX From the publisher's description: "You are Agent RX. One of the best agent from ISEN. Unfortunately ISEN’s secret military base,a floating fortress called ARIES has been compromised by unknown assailants. Only with stealth infiltration can recover ARIES. Are you up for it?"
Valiant Hearts From the publisher's description: "Immerse yourself in the touching story of four unsung heroes swept up by World War 1 in this unique interactive graphic novel that combines action, puzzles and adventure."
Gridrunner From the publisher's description: "Here's another slick shooter from the developer who is rapidly gaining a reputation as the king of retro on iOS."
Absolon From the publisher's description: "Prepare yourself for some of the most intense shoot-em up action on Windows Phone. Tons of enemies, tons of bullets, tons of carnage. See how long you can survive."
Hyper Rift From the publisher's description: "You wake up in the medical bay of a spaceship with no memory of who you're, who put you there, and why. When you explore the spaceship, you realize that you're not alone."
Battleship War 3D Game From the publisher's description: "Ocean. Infinite water space. Mysterious, terrifying, romantic and exciting marine world with a lot of opportunities to do. Everyone will find something for himself in the sea."
Dictator: Revolt From the publisher's description: "You must make wise and timely decisions, eliminate scheming enemies, pay tribute to true friends, deftly plot, expose conspiracies and, of course, diligently look after the welfare of your large and happy family."
Fry It Game From the publisher's description: "Yummy!!! What could be more delicious than steak? Forget about vegetables, culinary plants and other vegetarian haulm! Be a real peasant with a real toad-in-the-hole with Fry It!"
Public Transport Simulator From the publisher's description: "Jump behind the steering wheel in this driving simulator. There are three different types of missions, depending on what type of vehicle you choose."
Alcoholic Drink Recipes From the publisher's description: "Over 6,000 drink recipes to choose from! Choose and make up your favourite alcoholic drinks. For any drinks you have a particular taste for, make sure you select those as a Favourite using the menu bar."
Xtreme Dirtz From the publisher's description: "Xtreme Dirtz... a game seriously not for beginners... it's for real gamers. You have to be a true gamer to beat this one."
Overkill 3 From the publisher's description: "Step into the action of the audio-visual spectacle that is Overkill 3. Lead the Resistance into victory over the evil Faction forces and their brutal killing machines."
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