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.
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."
Star Command (requires Amazon Appstore app) From the publisher's description: "Like twitch action games? Like a challenge? Want to play something a little different? Doppler is for you!"
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!"
Angry Birds Seasons (Amazon Appstore app required) From the publisher's description: "Join the Angry Birds as they celebrate unique seasonal events from around the world! Enjoy the addictive physics-based gameplay you love, but with an exciting twist. For the latest update, it’s time for spring break, and we’re off to a Tropigal Paradise!"
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."
Bike Race Pro (Amazon Appstore app required) From the publisher's description: "Drive your bike through amazing tracks with jumps and crazy loops in this fast-paced physics-based game. Tilt your device to lean your bike and touch the screen to accelerate/brake."
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (Amazon Appstore app required) From the publisher's description: "At first there were only empty shells, a hand, a hook, an old paper-plate doll, but then a remarkable discovery was made. The attraction now has one animatronic."
Sorcery! 3 (Amazon Appstore app required) From the publisher's description: "The land of Kakhabad is a wilderness - a ruined desert, a tangled forest, cruel mountains and fissures, all guarded by seven fearsome serpents. Rely on your wits or fight your way through - play with honour, or lie, cheat and steal - the choices are all yours."
Gentlemen...Ricochet Mini! From the publisher's description: "Gent Mini is a remake/demake/sequel of "Gentlemen... Ricochet!", rethought completely as a simple one-button game. Play as the Gentleman himself and visit every pub in town to play some games of the ridiculously popular table game of Ricochet."
Toca Lab From the publisher's description: "Be prepared to push the limits of your brain with its 180 carefully designed snaky puzzles! Dozens of hours of gameplay are awaiting you."
Quetzalcoatl From the publisher's description: "2-bit Cowboy is a Western action platformer game, styled after classics of the Gameboy era."
Alien Tribe 2 From the publisher's description: "Imagine a universe sandbox meets real-time strategy and a pinch of tower defence. With realtime gameplay, objective-based unlocks, and tower-defense flavored combat, Alien Tribe 2 brings something new to strategy gaming."
Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings HD From the publisher's description: "A 3D Sci-Fi Adventure Mystery, designed by veterans of LucasArts’ classics: The Curse of Monkey Island, The Dig and Full Throttle, Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy."
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."
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."
ZergsComing2 - Angel Avenger From the publisher's description: "ZergsComing2 adopts a brand new 3D combat mode to make battles more vivid. Players grow stronger with more powerful skills and more types of weapons, while monsters also become fiercer, more dangerous and challenging."
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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