Free Games Friday: Metro Wars, Hatchi, Pac-Man 256

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.

Android

Fallout Shelter From the publisher's description: "Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you. What are you waiting for? Get started building your Vault today."

Stratego Multiplayer From the publisher's description: "The classic board game of battlefield strategy, now available on Android! Do you have what it takes to achieve victory against players all over the world on the battlefield? Defeat your opponents in the official Stratego Multiplayer battles!"

Amazing Run 3D From the publisher's description: "Amazing Run is the #1 action adventure game show with 3D graphics and realistic physics. Feel the speed as you negotiate your way through obstacles in this unique sports game!"

Zombies: Line Of Defence From the publisher's description: "Hungry zombies are attacking! Defend the survivors’ base from their attacks: place towers in the enemy’s path, upgrade your soldiers and arm them with the best weapons. Smash never-ending waves of bloodthirsty zombies in a new tower defense game! Onwards, zombie-killer!"

Cops N Robbers 2 From the publisher's description: "New huge island prison - "West Pacific Prison" is here, waiting for your adventure. New game settings, new props&craft system...Most important of all, a new role - spy is added in "Cops N Robbers."

PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Maze From the publisher's description: "From the creators of Crossy Road… Cherries are red, Ghosts are blue, Munch a power pellet, Get Lasers too!"

Chessboard Simulator From the publisher's description: "This chessboard is not upside down. The pieces are not upside down. The board is not upside down. The squares are not upside down. Ever."

Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup From the publisher's description: "From Riot Games, creator of League of Legends, comes Blitzcrank’s Poro Roundup. Blitzcrank must save his fluffy poro friends from Baron Nashor’s belly. Why? Well, because robots have hearts too... or maybe their programming is just telling them that they do. This is getting confusing."

Egyxos - Labyrinth Run From the publisher's description: "Enter Apis' labyrinth with Leo and help him become a real Egyxos warrior. Run, jump, slide, avoid obstacles and defeat the Black Army's enemies. Collect coins and complete the fun, action-packed missions. Only in this way will Leo gain the respect and admiration of Apis, his teacher and battle guide."

Baby Dino From the publisher's description: "Adopt a cute little baby dino and enjoy countless hours of exciting and fun gameplay. With life-like emotions, stunning graphics and fluid animations it will feel just as if your baby dino is real, and you will hopefully love him just like a real pet."

iOS

Tainted Keep From the publisher's description: "Uncover sinister evil in this console quality, magical, twin stick hack and slash."

Hatchi From the publisher's description: "Hatchi is a retro-looking iPhone app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity."

Pengword From the publisher's description: "Pengword is a fun and addictive game that tests your vocabulary and spelling skills. 5 penguins are trapped under a grid of ice cubes. Each ice cube displays a letter. Adjacent letters are used to construct words (in a style similar to Boggle). Each time a letter is used in a word, an ice cube layer melts. "

Quell Memento+ From the publisher's description: "Forget the world. Fall in love with this enchanting zen puzzler. Set within an old abandoned house, the player restores order to the jumbled memories of the last occupant, and in doing so embarks on a haunting journey of self-discovery and reflection."

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."

Fallout Shelter From the publisher's description: "Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland."

Windows Phone

Pixel Gun 3D From the publisher's description: "Now you have a perfect chance to battle with your friends, classmates and colleagues or anyone else all around the world! You can create and customize your character using a special skins maker and then show off on the battlefield!"

Robot Rundown From the publisher's description: "Slice your enemies! Slide through Space! Save your skin! She's no ordinary robot!"

Monster Island From the publisher's description: "Monster thugs are on the loose harassing the inhabitants of the colorful world of Monster Island. Now, it's up to you and your arsenal of mini-monster bombs to get rid of this plague of unwanted visitors. Can you stand against such mischievous foes?"

Mini Golf Club From the publisher's description: "Mini Golf Club is a realistic 3D mini golf simulator with fun gameplay and hundreds of challenging levels."

European War 4 - Napoleon From the publisher's description: "Welcome to the 18th century, the Age of Napoleon. It’s an entirely new gaming mode, adding general skills and a new item system, and there are more than 200 famous generals to choose including『Napoleon, Murat, Wellington, Nelson, Kutusov amnd Washington."

Metro 2033 Wars From the publisher's description: "Metro 2033 wars is a turn-based open world strategy game. It is the world's first mobile game based on the story of Dmitry Glukhovsky's best-selling novel, Metro 2033."

HNG Zombie Defense From the publisher's description: "A modern hybrid of the classic RTS and modern Tower Defense. Recruit soldiers, place them on slots and let them shoot incoming waves of zombies by their own."

Siegfall From the publisher's description: "Smash the castle gates and leave nothing but rubble behind in the game that makes you builder, strategist and destroyer, all in one!"

The Light Game From the publisher's description: "Is your finger quick enough? Keep it on the light and jump when needed. Finally with a global leaderboard! So simple and so fun. Truly addictive!"

Cartoon Ball From the publisher's description: "Cartoon Ball is a funny, but at the same time challenging game. The main objective of this game is to throw the ball into the basket. How to do it? Of course with the help of big explosions!"

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