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.
Block City Wars From the publisher's description: "Welcome to the City! To the pixel world where the real war is going! Complete impossible missions, drive cars, parkour, destroy enemies or just do what you wanna do!"
LetMeLive From the publisher's description: "Survive the world all alone, meet random players or you can invite your friends to help you survive. Kill zombies, hide in bases, drive cars, pick up useful items, save money and buy weaponry in shops, use gliders — there's alot you can do. Currently, the game is in alpha and more features are yet to come."
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!"
Terminator Genisys Revolution From the publisher's description: "The year is 2028 and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Help John Connor in the war to save the human race in the official game of the new movie Terminator Genisys. Escape from the Skynet prison camp and fight the machines in this action-packed sci-fi shooter!"
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."
Rewind: One Last Chance From the publisher's description: "Rewind is a story-based game with unique word and number puzzles. Throughout the Rewind, you must explore rooms, while gathering information about Commander Zamon’s past. You decipher documents. Analyze texts. Decode encrypted words. Solve number patterns. Follow maps and gather clues leading to new information."
Super Ox Wars From the publisher's description: "Continuing their ongoing mission to bring you the best arcade/retro gaming action on iOS, Llamasoft presents Super Ox Wars - classic vertical scrolling shooter action at its finest."
Alpha Omega From the publisher's description: "Can you solve each crossword puzzle, with only the first and last letters as your guide?"
Slingshot Racing From the publisher's description: "Slingshot Racing is an original racing game developed exclusively for iOS devices. Behold a beautiful steampunk environment with ice tracks, grappling hooks, snowmen and more!"
Inbetween Land HD From the publisher's description: "Explore the creepy island using the clues Mary left, make friends with the spirits of the island's people, solve challenging puzzles, find missing crystals and take your friend back home in this absorbing adventure."
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."
Title Challenge – Football Manager From the publisher's description: "Made by fans of classic Champ Man, Title Challenge is a back to basics football manager game that puts the fun back into managing your favourite club."
Hyper Square From the publisher's description: "Twist, pinch, and drag. Hyper Square is a rich audio visual experience that takes you through multiple worlds of elegantly simple gameplay."
Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters HD From the publisher's description: "Play as the fabled detective in this Collector's Edition and continue the legacy of previous games in the Dark Parables series! Investigate the town and over 40 other exquisite locations to find out what the driving force is behind these continued attacks!"
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."
Fantasy Assault 3D From the publisher's description: "Travel in a fantasy world, and fight against swordsmen and magicians in this medieval battle. Dangerous enemies are waiting for you! Prove to be one of the best warriors in Fantasy Assault 3D! Try to prove your worthiness and stay alive."
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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